Dartmouth is a fantastic destination for a day trip or holiday that the whole family will enjoy. To help you get the most out of your visit and ensure the family has a marvellous time we’ve listed some of the best family friendly activities to enjoy in and around Dartmouth.
Go Train and Boat Spotting
With the River Dart on its door step and a heritage steam line running on the other side of the river, Dartmouth is great for boat and train spotting. Make a competition of who can spot the first yellow boat or yacht or guess which colour train is running that day to keep the little ones engaged in the comings and goings of this busy harbour town.
Along the river edge in Dartmouth you’ll find The Embankment, which is the perfect spot for Crabbing. Overlooking the village of Kingswearon the opposite side of the River Dart, take a seat by the water’s edge and see how many of these scurrying creatures you can catch. All you need is a bucket, line and some bait and you’re ready to go.
Visit Coronation Park
Upriver from the town centre you’ll find Coronation Park, this inviting open space with views across the water is home to a large playing field as well as Tennis Courts, play park and a refreshment kiosk; making it the ideal location for a picnic or a chance to play some park games and explore the play area.
Visit Dartmouth Castle
For a fun day out that combines adventure and history why not visit Dartmouth Castle. The whole family will have fun exploring the passageways and admiring the guns and cannons of this 600 year old fortress located at the river month. For some hands on fun visit the gun tower where you can try on a helmet for size or handle cannon balls and shots fired from the castle’s guns. The castle can be reached by car, footpath or passenger ferry from the town.
Go to the Beach
There’s no better family activity to enjoy whist on holiday in Devon than a day trip to the beach. And Dartmouth is lucky enough to be a short drive away from a few. The closest main beach to the town with facilities is Blackpool Sands; one of the most picturesque beaches in South Devon this Blue Flag shingle beach is a sheltered bay with water sports, beach shop and café all on offer. Some other great family friendly beaches near to Dartmouth include Slapton Sands, Goodrington Sands and Broadsands.
Enjoy an Event
Throughout the year the town is home to a number of exciting events with many having elements specially designed for kids and the whole family to enjoy.
Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta held 30th August – 1st September 2018 is a great day out for the whole family. As well as rowing competitions and yacht racing to enjoy there’s fireworks, a fancy dress competition, scavenger hunt, dog show and a pavement artist competition.
On the 30th November – 1st December 2018 is the annual Candlelit Dartmouth weekend. This wonderful festive celebration includes a market, entertainers, carol singing, Christmas light switch on and Santa arriving by boat.
Try Some Watersports
With its position at the estuary mouth Dartmouth is ideal for watersports. The peaceful waters upstream are perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding while the river mouth and sea are great for sailing and sea kayaking. With a number of watersport providers and sailing schools operating in and near Dartmouth, it’s the perfect opportunity for the more adventurous members of the family to give one of these exciting hobbies a try.
Visit a Local Attraction
There’s plenty for the kids (and adults!) to enjoy at one of the many attractions in and around Dartmouth. Why not enjoy a dip in the outdoor heated pool or perhaps take a ride on the steam train across at Kingswear, from here you can get to Paignton in the English Riviera, where you could enjoy a trip to Torquay’s Dinosaur World or Babbacombe Model Village by visiting the next door town of Torquay. Just a short drive from the town centre you will also find Woodlands, a fantastic theme park or if you don’t mind heading a little further afield, Pennywell Farm also makes for a wonderful day out.
Have an Ice Cream
For an extra special delight during your trip to Dartmouth why not treat yourself and your family to a yummy locally made Devonshire Ice Cream. With a number of outlets in town serving up cones and tubs of this delicious luxury we’re sure you can find a new favourite flavour.
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