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Top Attractions & Activities to enjoy in South Devon
Things to do in late summer and autumn
20th August 2017

Top Attractions & Activities to enjoy in South Devon

While July and August have flown by in a blur, there are still so many great reasons to visit Devon in the coming weeks! For those in the know, late summer and autumn can be the best time of all to visit. Local beaches and attractions are certainly as beautiful as ever. Meanwhile, the queues tend to disappear and we provide a selection of cracking late deals and special offers on our holiday cottages! Here are just some of the reasons we love this time of year…

Animal mad!

You don’t have to venture far to discover some friendly four-legged friends. Cuddle miniature piglets, groom the pint-sized ponies and bottle feed lambs at Pennywell Farm. Or for something a little different why not try an animal yoga class? What’s more, little (and big!) Paw Patrol fans can meet star Chase at the farm on 17th September! Head to Haldon Forest Park to explore the famous Gruffalo trail, or to nearby towns Babbacombe or Stoke Gabriel to try your hand at crabbing!

Fabulous Devon Food Events

September is probably the best month of the year for foodie breaks in Devon. It’s prime time for all kinds of top nosh, from street food to seafood. Unsurprisingly, many of our towns pick this month to throw their annual food festivals. Just a short hop away in Torbay, Brixham’s Fishstock Festival (9th September), Bovey’s Nourish Festival (2nd Sept), Ashburton Food Festival (9th September), Newton Abbot’s Summer Nights Festival (16th September), Abbfest Beer Festival (22-24th September) and a whole slew of lively local markets are all worth a bite. For more tasty details, try the Visit Devon food and drink listings.

Rewarding Rainy Day Activities

September can often be a mild, pleasant month in Devon. But what happens if your stay coincides with soggy weather? Never fear, because there are still some great activities and places to visit on rainy days. If we had to pick just a handful of Devon’s best, the Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Otter Sanctuary and Plymouth Marine Aquarium are both excellent in all weathers (well, the fish and otters are already wet). Or you could take a shopping trip to Totnes, Exeter or Plymouth, or indeed visit one of Devon’s many museums; visit the Agatha Christie Festival (13-17th September) or tour some of the many art exhibitions open to the public as part of the Devon Open Studios (9-24th September).

A Walking Wonderland

Do you love scenic walks with views to die for? You’ll find Dartmoor and the South West Coast Path especially tempting once the main summer holiday crowds gone. With autumn on the way, the colours of nature are never richer. Join a guided garden walk at the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre, or simply pack a picnic and a map and start exploring! Perhaps download the Geocaching app on your digital device and things get even more interesting! For plenty of walking routes and handy maps, take a look here.

Great value self-catering breaks and late offers on Devon holiday lets

Last but not least, late summer and autumn are a great time to book holiday lets for less, and our beautifully-appointed holiday cottages are proof that you don't need to sacrifice quality when you're on a budget! Call one of our delightful cottages 'home' for half price when you book a short break between 1st September and 9th October 2017. Find out more >>

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