Though the coves in town have steep access which might not be suitable for prams, little legs and bags filled with buckets and spades, you only have to make a short journey to find lengthy golden shores with waters perfect for paddling. Blackpool Sands is less than a 15-minute drive from the centre of Dartmouth and is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from July to September so you can paddle and swim safely between the flags. There’s a beach café so you can keep tummies full and gardens behind the beach should you need an hour or two of sand-free play. At Bigbury-on-Sea Beach, rockpools dot the beach and again, the water is patrolled by lifeguards during summer months offering safe sections to enjoy the sea. 40 minutes from Dartmouth, there is a café where you can tuck into lunch and a beachside kiosk if little ones need a quick snack.
Hop aboard a boat or the Dartmouth Steam Railway for a family-friendly day exploring. A hit with all ages, boats and trains whisk you around the coastline and the local area and you can even arrive at Dartmouth Castle and its tea rooms by boat- a great spot to entertain younger guests if the weather is drizzly and wet.
The perfect rainy-day destination, Woodlands will keep little ones entertained for hours! With a large indoor play area, zoo farm, water rides and more, make your way around the park and enjoy pitstops at one of the on-site eateries which will keep you fed and watered with tasty treats throughout the day.
Stand tall above this lifelike miniature village (1 hour drive from Dartmouth) which spans 4 acres and boasts beautiful gardens. There are over 400 models for you to marvel at and 13,000 miniature people who call this village home! Perfect for little ones but also a fun destination for adults, there are many humorous scenes which will make grown ups chuckle and a coffee shop and gift shop to visit too.
Just 45 minutes from Dartmouth in the car, Pennywell Farm is home to an array of friendly four-legged farm animals and activities to keep your family entertained. Pennywell is famed for its miniature pigs and pig racing and has tractor rides, go karts and a Rainbow Railway to help you get around. With eateries on site, it’s a great place to spend the whole day.
If you want to leave the car behind and stay close to home, download the Dartmouth Treasure Hunt app and let the fun begin. Work as a team to find hotspots, complete challenges and get creative…may the best team win!