Summer holidays

School holiday adventures in the garden

Summer is a chance to play outside and explore the best of Devon. There are gardens to explore, beaches to discover and historical houses full of mysteries to solve. Whatever the British weather has planned for this summer, you can make the most of it.

Don't forget to tick off some of your '50 things' while you're out and about.

Things to see and do

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Celebrating the South West Coast

This year is all about the South West coast.

We're hosting a South West Coastal Festival throughout the year with activities, events and challenges on the coast.

Join in the fun, show your support and head to a beach.

Why not stay?

Take a look at our holiday cottages, campsites and bunkhouses. From staying in a quiet country cottage to a vacation in a fortified medieval house, we have the perfect place for an unforgettable holiday.  

Fancy a walk?

South Devon has miles of footpaths both along the coast and in the countryside, with walks and trails to suit all ages and abilities. Why not join us for a gentle stroll or a bracing hike?

Famous connections

Poirot paid a visit to the Boathouse at Greenway to film ’Dead Man’s Folly’

Delve into the mind of Agatha Christie at Greenway, her holiday home, or learn about the Jane Austen connection at Saltram. Go on a guided tour at Shute Barton to hear about its tragic royal connections or soak up the music of Coleton Fishacre, owned by the D'Oyly Carte family who worked with Gilbert and Sullivan.

Where do I park?

If you're out and about in your car, then this handy downloadable map, showing Trust car parks on the coast and in the countryside, is for you.

Don't forget that Trust members can park for free.

Tide times

South Milton Sands is one of the most popular beachs in the South Hams © Mike Townsend

Plan your trip to the beach in advance by checking the tide times. Tide times are available from the nearest measurement point and are predictions.

Safety information

You can learn more about the Wembury rock pools at the local Marine Centre © Alan Lockhart

Please remember that not all beaches in South Devon have lifeguards. Your safety is important to us so please do check on beach safety before you visit.