THINGS TO DO
When we think back on our childhood holidays, it’s the simple pleasures we tend to remember most – the friends we made on the beach, the dens we built in the woods and the trees we climbed. The best part of adventuring with your kids is that once you get into it, you easily end up feeling like you’re 8 again too. Once that child-like imagination kicks in, you can be onto a winner with just the simplest of pleasures.
Simple family fun…
in North Devon
Woolacombe Beach is on our doorstep, offering miles of uninterrupted sand and clean waves – excellent for bodyboarding. We’ve also got wide open spaces galore, so be sure to pack bats, balls and bikes! There’s also the Adventure Playground which has been home to many an imaginative takeover.
Perfect for when the younger ones get restless, we’ve put together a collection of the best places to visit…
Best family beaches
North Devon beaches are beautiful. Blessed with magnificent stretches of golden sand, secret beaches and secluded coves, this designated area of outstanding natural beauty is a fabulous place to enjoy some sandy adventures. From caves, grottos and body boarding, to kite-flying and tide-filled rockpools, this is our pick of the best family-friendly beaches.
All of the following have toilets, cafe or restaurant, and easy parking…
A great mix of everything – the dunes backing the beach are a haven for happy kids, there’s fabulous rockpooling and kids love splashing in the stream which splits the beach in half.
The Southern end of the beach is less busy – park at Down End Pay & Display. It takes only a couple of minutes to reach the beach from the path.
There are RNLI lifeguards here until October half-term, as well as a National Trust tea room, toilets, showers and playground.
With 3.5 miles of soft sand, Saunton Sands is one of the best beaches in North Devon for families. The surf is mellow, making it the perfect spot to get kids in surfing, boogie boarding or skim boarding. It’s also possible to hire beach huts for the day (although demand is high).
This beach is not RNLI patrolled so whilst it is regarded as a relatively safe beach, do keep an eye on children. There is a voluntary patrol by Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving during the Summer months. There’s a pay & display car park, toilets, showers and a choice of dining options.