Spas, bars, pools and zoos

Kids can take their floats and inflatables down to Dartmouth Heated Pool, see the giraffes and gorillas at Paignton Zoo, or ride the toboggan run at Woodlands Theme Park. Grown-ups can enjoy the spa at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, coasteering or kayaking, and the drinks and delights of Bellini’s Piano Bar.

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Kids ahoy

Take their floats, inflatables and toys down to Dartmouth Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool for a treat in the heat, take a sea kayak along the sheltered bays and coves of the Devon coastline, or see one of England’s prettiest fortresses at Dartmouth Castle.

Blast military-grade infrared gaming guns at Battlefield Live Torbay in a custom-built, three-acre outdoor arena. Meet over 2000 animals, including giraffes, gorillas, cheetahs and meerkats, at Paignton Zoo. Or head to Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark, the UK’s largest and home to eight thrilling tyre, mat and body rides.

Get your wet gear on and try a little coasteering with Devon Activities. Head to Woodlands Theme Park to ride the Tornado Toboggan Run, pet the friendly ponies, reach new heights on Vertigo and go wild in the Sea Monster Zone, with its huge swinging ship and toddler area.

See a full-size replica of The Golden Hind at Brixham, with its weapons, tools and artefacts from the age of discovery. Set sail on a river-boat trip or head back to the golden age of steam trains with the Dartmouth Steam Rail and River Boat Co. Wrap things up at Occombe Farm, with its wartime bunkers and nature trails.

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For the grown ups

Get down to Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, Devon’s finest resort, and unwind in the health and leisure spa, knowing you’re entitled to 25% off as a guest of Barrington House. Or have a quiet mooch round Dartmouth’s shops, including Danielli, Bird, Starburst, Mistral, Home, Lazy Sundays and White Sails Gallery.

Go back in time to one of England’s most picturesque fortresses, Dartmouth Castle, or explore Bayard’s Cove Fort, from where the Mayflower sailed for the New World. Stay nautical at the Britannia Royal Naval College or take the ferry to the National Trust Greenway House and Gardens, holiday home of Agatha Christie.

Swim wild on some of the country’s most-natural and safe stretches of water. Surf, kayak, canoe, paddleboard or coasteer along the coves and caves of the Dartmouth coast. Or head inland to Dartmoor National Park, to explore a landscape of granite tors, deep wooded valleys and rugged, wide-open spaces.

Birdwatchers can twitch away at Slapton Ley, the South West’s largest natural freshwater lake. Head out in the evening to piratical harbour pubs, to upmarket The Laughing Monk for dinner, or to Bellini’s Piano Bar, for live music, chandeliers and a fine selection of champagnes and gins.

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