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THE DEVON HANDBOOK

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

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.

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.

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.

Top five 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.

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.

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.
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