Summer Activities and Attractions in Dartmouth

Summer Activities and Attractions in Dartmouth

Nestled on the picturesque River Dart, Dartmouth is a charming town in South Devon, offering a plethora of summer attractions and activities. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, history buff, or simply looking to relax, Dartmouth has something for everyone. Here are our top activities and attractions to explore in this delightful coastal town. 

Watersports Adventures 

Dartmouth is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Sea Kayak Devon offers guided tours that allow you to explore the stunning coastline, secret coves and even spot wildlife. Paddleboarding and sailing on River Dart are also popular activities, with local schools providing lessons for beginners and equipment rentals for the more experienced. 

Historic Sites and Tours 

Dive into Dartmouth’s rich history with a visit to Dartmouth Castle, a fortress dating back to the 14th century. The castle offers breathtaking views and an intriguing insight into the town’s past. Don’t miss the Dartmouth Museum, housed in a 17th-century building, showcasing the town’s maritime heritage. 

Festivals and Events 

Summer in Dartmouth is vibrant with festivals. The Dartmouth Regatta is the highlight, featuring rowing races, sailing events, food stalls and fireworks. Dartmouth has several markets throughout the month, from farmer’s markets to artisan markets, but also, just five miles from Dartmouth, with a backdrop of scenic forests and hills, is Tunes on the Sands music festival, on one of Devon’s most loved Blackpool Sands Beach. Check out more of our Summer Events here

Culinary Experiences 

Foodies will love Dartmouth’s culinary scene. Enjoy a delicious and seasonal menu inspired by the surrounding coast and countryside at Bayard Cove Inn, a diverse menu inspired by global culinary traditions at Kendricks or experience fine dining at The Angel – Taste of Devon. The town’s cafés and bistros offer delicious local fare, perfect for a leisurely summer meal. 

Nature Walks and Hikes 

With some of the best views in the county and a fantastic network of footpaths, the best way to see the glorious countryside surrounding Dartmouth is on foot. Explore the South West Coast Path, offering stunning coastal views and a chance to discover the region’s diverse flora and fauna. The Dart Valley Trail is another beautiful route, taking you through woodlands and along the river. 

Art and Culture 

Dartmouth boasts a thriving arts scene. Visit the local galleries, such as Dart Gallery, showcasing works by local artists. The Flavel Arts Centre hosts exhibitions, theatre performances and film screenings throughout the summer. 

Shopping 

Stroll through Dartmouth’s charming streets lined with boutique shops. From art galleries and antique shops to local crafts, fashion boutiques, and markets, you’ll find unique treasures to take home as souvenirs. 

Family Fun 

Families will find plenty to do in and around Dartmouth. Pennywell Farm, situated a short drive away in Buckfastleigh, is a fun-filled experience packed full of animals, hands-on activities, rides, play-time, shows and displays. For a more relaxed day in the town, head to Coronation Park for a picnic and enjoy the playground and open spaces.  

Wildlife Watching 

Dartmouth and its surrounding areas are rich in wildlife. The River Dart is a lifeline for Dartmouth, offering many activities and scenic beauty. Rent a boat or join a guided river tour to explore its serene waters and discover wildlife. The Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, a short drive away, is a haven for birdwatchers. Find out more about the top places to go wildlife watching here

Wine and Dine Tours 

Discover the local vineyards and breweries with a guided tour. Sandridge Barton – a renowned wine producer set within the South Devon National Landscape, offers tours and tastings of their award-winning wines and cheeses. Sample the best of Devon’s produce while enjoying stunning vineyard views. 

Crabbing  

Crabbing is a quintessential activity in Dartmouth, especially popular with families. Head to the town’s quay or the nearby pontoon to try your hand at catching crabs. All you need is a simple crabbing line, bait and a bucket. It’s a delightful way to spend a sunny afternoon. 

Relaxation and Wellness 

Unwind with a spa day at one of Dartmouth’s luxurious spas. The Dartmouth Hotel Spa offers the perfect relaxing spa break. Enjoy a range of treatments, from massages to facials, and leave feeling rejuvenated. Yoga enthusiasts can join a local class, often held in beautiful outdoor settings during the summer. 

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a solo adventure, Dartmouth offers a diverse range of attractions and activities that cater to every interest and age group. From thrilling outdoor pursuits to serene walks, this charming town on the South Devon coast promises an unforgettable summer experience. Embrace the spirit of exploration and make the most of your summer in Dartmouth! 

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