Friday, 19 August 2016

Here comes the sun! Top 5 things to do in Devon this summer

Devon is wonderful all year round, but there is no denying that the county has a little extra sparkle during the summer. Sometimes the Vision Responsive team pinch ourselves as a reminder that we live in such a beautiful place.

Whether you are a local or just visiting for a summer break, take a look at our top tips for enjoying the best of Devon this summer.

1. Gone surfin’

North Devon has some of the best surfing beaches in the South West. Now considered a rival to Cornwall’s surfing scene at Fistral Beach, North Devon boasts quieter beaches with world-class experiences. Beginners should head to Saunton Sands for calm and cruising waves with a slower break. With its growing reputation, Croyde is sure to impress the more advanced surfer. The best waves occur at low tide, but be aware of the shallow waters.

2. These boots are made for walking

If you would rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, Dartmoor Walking Festival is new for 2016 and will run from 27 August - 4 September. The Dartmoor National Park are organising Ranger-led walks, archaeological visits and fundraising events such as the British Heart Foundation’s 25th annual moor walk. Whether you want easy strolls or a challenging hike, you are sure to be dazzled by Dartmoor’s stunning scenery. A full programme of events is available at visitdartmoor.co.uk.

3. Out of this world

For fun no matter what the weather, head to the award-winning Milky Way Adventure Park near Higher Clovelly. It is great for the whole family with attractions such as the Droid Destroyer dodgems, the Time Warp play area, assault courses, the Cosmic Typhoon rollercoaster, bouncing pillows, huge slides, as well as the Little Stars Play Centre for younger thrill seekers. There is even a railway line and a Bird of Prey Centre.

4. Food glorious food

Devon is admired for its fantastic local food, award-winning restaurants and links to renowned chefs. With the Queen St Dining quarter set to open in Exeter’s Guildhall this summer, there is even more to look forward to. Sample some of the region’s best produce at one of the many Devon markets or food festivals. Our favourites include the Totnes Good Food Market held on the third Sunday of each month, Exeter Street Food markets held at four locations across the summer, and Crediton Farmers Market on the first and third Saturday of each month.

5. Go wild!

Get outdoors into Devon’s world of wildlife. The Devon Wildlife Trust website is brimming with information, helping you to discover magical places on your doorstep. Visit the site for a full summer programme of organised events or be inspired by their walking guides, species lists, secret places, and suggestions of “what to see this season”. The Devon Wildlife Trust is the only charity that exists to protect all wildlife in Devon and to safeguard Devon’s unique natural environment.

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