Situated at the mouth of Dawlish Water, a small river in South Devon, Dawlish is a picturesque town that still reflects much of its charm from the Regency and early Victorian era, when many of its buildings were first erected. Like many traditional seaside towns, it boasts a rich history of fishing and a good reputation for its salt, which was abundant in the 17th century.
In the town centre, there’s an area known as ‘The Lawn’, a large expanse of green lawns, which is not only used for bowling, but houses the famous black Dawlish swans. Take a stroll along the Brook, which lies adjacent to the lawn, where you can witness ducklings at the hatchery and enjoy a variety of vibrant floral displays.
Dawlish sits on a part of the coast that is known as the English Riviera and is famed for the cleanliness of the beaches and quality of water that surrounds them. One of the beaches to achieve Blue Flag status along this stretch of coastline is Dawlish Warren, where a 1.5 mile stretch of sand is backed by sand dunes. The beach can become a lively place during the summer months with open-air events and children’s entertainment taking place regularly on the beach. Along the English Riviera there are another 21 beaches to enjoy all with unique features.
The nearby Dawlish Warren is the ideal location to spot some stunning wildlife, a National Nature Reserve; it sits in a sand spit and is a major roosting site for waterfowl and wading birds.
The Dawlish Air Show is one of the biggest events of the year with over 80,000 people flocking to the town to catch a glimpse of the award winning air show. Display teams from around the world have displayed at Dawlish in the past including The Army’s Blue Eagles and the Red Arrows in recent years.
Dawlish Warren is the ideal location to spot some stunning wildlife
Pirates Cove Adventure Golf is a fantastic way to bring a competitive edge to your holiday. Challenge friends and family to a round of adventure mini golf around the exciting pirate themed course.
There are plenty more great attractions along the rest of the English Riviera. Head to Babbacombe Model Village for more miniature fun spread over 4 acres featuring over 400 model houses and 13,000 miniature people who live in the village. At Living Coasts you’ll find penguins, seals, otter and octopuses among the 600 plus animals that are housed at the UK’s only coastal zoo.