As a family we have always been keen on family travel. We love exploring on family holidays around the UK and we’ve visited some beautiful places.
“I’m bored” is rarely heard on our family trips. We are quite lucky that we all like to explore, get out and about to see the sights as well as having relaxing days too.
Our recent trip to Devon is just what we all needed. It was quite literally a last minute decision. It was Saturday afternoon, the kids were off school the following week and we had no plans. A quick search on google, a check on the weather forecast and ten minutes later we were booked into a bungalow at a family holiday park called “welcome families” for a week right next to the beach!
Cue a moment of panic when I quickly realised I had to pack everyone’s cases, clean the house, sort out accommodation for the family pet rabbit, pack the car and gather all the essentials! “Crickey!”
– but we made it!! A couple of hours in the car and we had arrived just in time for some amazing entertainment!
I couldn’t quite believe how well the entertainment was put together, there was singing and dancing and a full theatrical production of plays! I was gobsmacked at how much effort was involved! I mean, we’ve stayed at some amazing family holiday parks but these shows just blew the others right out the water! (You can find video clips of these on their website).
Our accommodation was just fine also. We had chosen a little bungalow for the four of us and it was just perfect for what we needed. (There were other accommodations available). We only spent time showering and sleeping here as we were out exploring every day. Perfect for us! And cheaper than our usual breaks away in a caravan! Bonus right there! Just look how pretty they are…
The local beach was Dawlish beach right next door to our family park. A quick five minute walk around the corner and we were there. Beach huts, restaurants, toilets, pubs, amusements and shops available. The beach had us sorted for the day. The kids were having fun digging holes and building sand castles and us parents were happy relaxing in the sunshine. The local restaurants were cheap enough for us to dine out for all our meal times and had offers on for the kids as well as play parks too!
We noticed there was a train station along the walk to the beach so the next day we hopped on, and for just £12 for the four of us we had a round trip through, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay and Paignton. We stopped off at all these places for a look about in the cute ‘nick-nick shops’, have a play on the arcades, have a spot of lunch and a coffee here and there. We couldn’t grumble at any of the destinations, they were all just beautiful in their own ways. Even the train journey right alongside the coast was beautiful. We picked up a tour guide and found lots of things to do, from events happening in the towns, fun fairs ( – which we just had to go to!) to days out and experiences – well worth picking up a pamphlet!
Babbacombe Cliff Railway was an adventure that really caught my eye. Built in 1926 and surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in the UK, the Cliff Railway provides a vital and non-exhausting way for locals and holiday makers alike to soak up the peaceful atmosphere and take in the amazing views as they travel to and from the water’s edge. We spent most of the day here, relaxing on the beach and enjoying a quiet beverage … or two! An absolute must if your in the area! I mean, what an experience and just look at that view!
Our family break away was just brilliant. This was our first time visiting Devon and it was a delight! From the entertainment at night on the holiday park, the adventures about the towns, relaxing on the beaches, trying local foods and ales, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea by the sea and having so much fun along the way. Devon was a great idea! There’s so much more to see and do, we will have to go back in the future!
If your looking for a fun-filled family break away in Devon, I can highly recommend the Welcome Families Park in the Dawlish area! Absolutely Fantastic!
Have you been to Devon for a mini break? Where would you recommend?
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