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THE DEVON HANDBOOK

Our handbook is full of great ideas on things to see and places to go.

A local’s guide to the English Riviera

Long walks along the seafront, palm trees nodding in the breeze, luxury yachts bobbing in the harbour - the English Riviera isn't a far cry from its South-of-France sister. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham form an arc around a natural bay, packed with beaches, characterful towns and fantastic family attractions. Discover the English Riviera from a local's point of view and make the most of your time on this beautiful stretch of South Devon coastline.

The insider’s guide to Devon

Our insider’s guide to Devon is packed with top tips that only the locals will know because, well, we’re local! Our team have lived in, worked in and loved Devon for years, meaning we’re experts when it comes to all you need to know about our beloved county. So sit back and let us intrigue you with enthralling information, leading you to write a whole new Bucket List dedicated to the county of Devon.

Top five New Year's Eve events in Devon

There are so many different ways to see in the New Year it can often be tough to decide where to go to celebrate the clock striking midnight. Whether you want to indulge in lavish luxury at a top hotel, take to the streets to join the fancily-dressed masses with your mates or dance the night away to a live band in an edgy venue, there are plenty of options on how to enjoy New Year's Eve in Devon.

The countdown to Christmas in Devon

As children all over the country open their advent calendars, we’ve decided to create our very own Stay In Devon calendar of Christmas events, which hands out something even better than chocolate. We’ve picked out 25 family-friendly festive events in Devon, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas – because there's no greater gift than spending quality time together at this special time of year.

Top 10 Christmas markets in Devon

There aren't many better places to get your gift-buying underway than at the fabulous Devon Christmas markets. Exeter and Plymouth both have major markets, but there are various other events for you to visit – including an increasingly impressive one in Braunton. Make an evening or day of it, because here you'll find a range of gift ideas alongside some of the area's top food and drink producers.

The best Sunday lunches in Devon

Spend a lazy Sunday in one of Devon's favourite country pubs while savouring a delicious carvery. We can't think of a better way to spend your holiday. On this list of Devon establishments you’ll discover the perfect place for a Sunday lunch, so look through our post and see which lovely pub, tavern or restaurant takes you fancy. Devon is famed for its country pubs and tasty grub, so what are you waiting for? Travel down to the South West for a wonderful holiday, choose your pub and browse our holiday cottages in order to find your ideal place to stay while in the West Country.

How Devon inspired Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling spent a lot of time in Devon, studying in Exeter and exploring the surrounding countryside regularly. But did you know just how much of the area inspired her literary works - and how many Devon place names actually feature in the popular books and films? Our blog shines the spotlight on the wonderful Devon locations that feature in and provided inspiration for the wonderful book series.

A local’s guide to Paignton

Perched in the middle of Torbay between Brixham and Torquay, Paignton is one of the jewels in the English Riviera’s crown and has been delighting visitors for decades. Loved for its friendly atmosphere, lively pier and colourful beach huts, this South Devon holiday resort offers the ultimate in bucket and spade vacations. With its mild climate and sub-tropical palm trees, there is a real continental feel here making it the perfect year-round destination for both families looking for a coastal break and couples enjoying a romantic getaway.

Dog-friendly beaches in Devon

Here at Stay In Devon, we love the beaches that our wonderful county boasts. We also love the fact that our four-legged friends get to enjoy them too during a dog-friendly holiday in Devon! To make it easy for you to find the perfect stretch for a pootle with your pooch, we've compiled a list of our top 20 dog-friendly beaches in Devon - including award-winning and Blue Flag beaches.

A local’s guide to Instow

Discover Instow, a pretty fishing village on the North Devon coastline with a range of lively pubs and a sandy beach. Enjoy a fabulous holiday here!

A local's guide to Barnstaple

Widely thought of as the “capital” of North Devon, the historic market town of Barnstaple sits central to the popular region, with fantastic transport links connecting it to the rest of the county - and the rest of the country. Our local’s guide will you give you an insider’s glance at the town, showcasing some hotspots that you might not have heard of or read about on TripAdvisor...

A local's guide to Bovey Tracey

It’s no surprise that with beautiful beaches, bustling towns and pretty harbours, Devon is one of the top holiday destinations in the UK. But sometimes the beauty of the Mid Devon towns and villages gets forgotten in favour of the draw of the seaside. Let’s just take a few minutes to tell you why we love the welcoming market town of Bovey Tracey with its maze of streets and pretty parks.
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