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THE DEVON HANDBOOK

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

Top 10 Christmas markets in Devon

Enjoy an evening browsing the Christmas markets that take place throughout Devon. Check out the gifts and craft stalls and enjoy food and drink in the run-up to Christmas.

Where to spend New Year in Devon

Out with the old and in with the new – make this New Year’s Eve the year you do something different.

Romantic things to do in Devon

The South West, with its rolling hills, cosy country pubs and stunning coastline is often associated with romance. In fact, the region is the most popular place to tie the knot in the UK, with 21% more marriages than the British average. Therefore, it's unsurprising that our beautiful county offers a fantastic selection of romantic activities to keep love's flame burning strong.

Things to do in South Devon

Coming to South Devon for your next holiday? Here's a guide to all the fantastic things that you can do. From water parks and sailing, to food festivals and wonderful walking, you'll never be stuck for things to keep the whole family busy throughout your stay.

Breweries and distilleries to visit in Devon

Get to know your favourite beers and gins a little better...

The Best Activity Centres in Devon

With the whole world on a health-kick, why not flex your desire for outdoor adventure on your next holiday home break? Devon has some exceptional activity centres across the county for you to choose from.

The best places to paddleboard in Devon

If you’re heading off on a Devon holiday this season, here are the places we highly recommend testing out your SUP skills!

The Top Attractions in Devon

Mile upon mile of rolling green countryside, charming little fishing villages and two incredible unspoilt coastlines; we are lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful scenery here in Devon. But if you need to take a break from exploring this vast landscape, then you might like to visit some of our top attractions in Devon. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, a family day out or a bit of culture, you’ll find it here.

The best food festivals in Devon

Throughout the year, the calendar in Devon is packed with a variety of unique events, and these are a few of the food-themed extravaganzas that we most recommend.

20 best vegan places to eat in Devon

Looking for a tasty treat but you don't eat meat (or eggs or dairy or fish)? We've got you covered.

The best sunset spots in Devon

Be it a coastal or countryside location, Devon is home to some of the finest sunset watching spots in the UK.

Wonderful watersports to try in Devon

North and South Devon’s coastal locations naturally make them great for water sports; paired with the countryside bliss of gentle rivers and lakes and you’re spoilt for choice.

A complete guide to the Tarka Trail

Want a great Devon day out that the whole family will enjoy? You'll love the Tarka Trail.

Things to do in Woolacombe

Woolacombe is one of the premier beaches in England. It’s unbeatable for views, size, sandiness, surfing prospects and sandcastle building potential.  Small yet sweet, the town is a superb resort at the top western corner of the North Devon coastline – with views across Bideford Bay out to Lundy.

The 10 best experiences in the South West

Our partner brand, Tobooka, should be your first stop when planning things to do on your holiday to the South West. They offer experiences in Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and, most importantly, right here in Devon.

Ultimate summer bucket list: the Devon edition

Take a look at our Ultimate Devon Bucket List and see what you can do during your holiday in Devon.

A local's guide to Exmouth

Exmouth is a Victorian-era holiday resort with a long beach and promenade. As the name suggests, it sits at the mouth of the River Exe.  Ever since the late 18th century, the town has enjoyed its status as a popular seaside destination drawing in sunseekers from far and wide. 

Things to do in North Devon

There are so many things to do in Devon throughout the year, no matter the weather, that you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you choose to base yourself during your holiday. From great outdoor activities to days out for the entire family, you certainly won't get bored.

A Local’s guide to Tavistock

Tavistock is a Mid-Devon town close to border of Cornwall that also acts as the gateway town to Dartmoor. Read more...

A local’s guide to Noss Mayo

A picturesque village tucked away in a secluded area of South Devon, Noss Mayo is hidden on the southern bank of the Yealm Estuary and is a great holiday destination if you love boating and coastal walks.

Devon’s best cycling trails – an insider’s guide

Cycling alone, cycling with friends, cycling with your family; it’s a pure pleasure where you can accomplish speeds met through your own strength and efforts. With the help of a bike you can cover vast distances in an environmentally clean, safe and healthy fashion. Bikes can also get you to parts of the countryside that a car cannot get to, and Devon is a place that has some great off-road trails.

A local's guide to Tiverton

The historical town of Tiverton in mid Devon is the perfect base to discover the fascinating heritage of the area - its beautiful castles, historic houses and horse-drawn barges will transport you back to another era.

Days out in Devon for adults

With endless posts listing things to do with children, we thought it was time someone put together a post for adults looking for new ways we can push boundaries and rediscover our adventurous side.

Things to do in Devon

There are so many things to do in Devon that you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you choose to base yourself during your holiday. From great outdoor activities to days out for the entire family, there are plenty of things to do in Devon.

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 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.

Best places for surfing in Devon

The South West surfing scene is often dominated by Cornwall, with big name surf resorts like Newquay and Bude stealing the limelight. But its modest neighbour, Devon, also boasts some of the best surf spots in the UK. Think glassy hollow barrels, fun beach breaks and long mellow rides.

Top walking holidays in Devon

Devon is one of the best spots to experience an exhilarating walking holiday in the UK. It’s no surprise it’s known as a walker’s paradise, as this captivating location displays some of the finest scenery in not only the South West but the UK as a whole. With so many walks to choose from, we have selected some fantastic routes in Devon to give you a sample of the walking experiences on offer.

Top things to do in Plymouth

Head to the south coast to enjoy the sights of one of Devon's larger cities, Plymouth. From historic Hoes, to a City Centre where you can shop 'til you drop, there's plenty of interesting areas to visit which will keep the whole family entertained. To help you determine just what you should enjoy on your trip to the city, we've created a list of fantastic things to do in Plymouth.

Nine of our favourite Devon gardens

Whether spring has sprung in Devon or you want to see the autumn blooms, there's nothing better to do than explore the vibrant colours of the beautiful gardens that are located in the region. All uniquely beautiful, they offer something a little different at all times of the year. Here are some of the best gardens in Devon that will help you plan colourful days out in the county.

11 Devon dog walks for you to enjoy

Where can you enjoy a care-free afternoon of dog-walking? Where in Devon can you visit for the afternoon, knowing you have no worries about where you leave foot and pawprints? From picturesque paths in the North to Mid Devon's forests full of fir, via perfect parks in South Devon – there's a dog-walking location perfect for you - and here are 11 suggestions for you to enjoy.

The best pub walks in Devon

Take a look at our selection of the best pub walks in Devon

Interactive map of Devon

Found nestling in the south west of England, Devon is an extremely rich and diverse county, and the landscape changes dramatically as you travel throughout the region. When you are in Devon, you will find that the jagged coastlines of the north and south of the county are beautifully juxtaposed by the rugged inland areas of Exmoor and Dartmoor and perfectly placed towns and villages.

10 affordable family fun ideas in Devon

Family holidays can sometimes be an expensive affair, with entrance to pricey attractions, daily meals out and souvenirs to take home all helping to empty your pockets. Fortunately, a family holiday in Devon needn't cost you the earth. If you're looking for cheap ways to keep the kids entertained during your stay in Devon, look no further than our great list of things to do that won't break the bank.
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