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5 things to do in South Devon in winter

Mug of hot chocolate in front of fire place in cosy Devon cottage

You may think of Devon as a summer holiday destination. But there are plenty of reasons to visit in the cooler months. Not least because you can snuggle up next to the wood burner in one of our cosy cottages. Here’s why you should consider an off season break and take advantage of all the things to do in South Devon in winter.

NB: In 2020 always check what’s open and whether you need to book days out in advance.

Have a fun-filled day out

Carriages of Dartmouth Steam Railway travelling along viaduct in South Devon countryside

Plenty Devon attractions remain open over the winter months including theme parks, steam railways and historic houses. Some of our favourites are Dartmouth Steam Railway, Woodlands Theme Park and our local National Trust properties. There’s plenty to do within a short drive of Dartmouth and the South Hams.

Here’s a selection of things to enjoy in South Devon when it’s raining and free days out if you are on a budget.

Enjoy the quieter beaches

Strete Gate Beach in the South Hams, South Devon

The South Ham’s best beaches and coves are a lot less busy in the winter. But on a bright, clear day it can still feel like summer. 

Many of South Devon’s beaches are dog-friendly over the winter months too. So there’s even more places for you to explore with your four-legged friend.

Find more dog-friendly things to do in Devon.

Dig into a cream tea

Devon scone cream first

There’s never a bad time for a Devon cream team and you’ll always find them on offer in South Devon’s eateries. 

In Dartmouth pop into the Market Square and visit the Dart to Mouth Deli for a homemade treat. Or for something a bit different, visit the cafe at South Devon Chilli Farm. Here you can top your scones with cream cheese and chilli jam.

Here’s more places to enjoy Devon foodie delights all year round.

Go shopping 

Dart to Mouth Deli

South Devon has an abundance of independent retailers where you can pick up unique gifts, artwork and homeware to remind you of your visit. Try shopping in Dartmouth town centre, Totnes, Kingsbridge and The Shops at Dartington.

Markets continue throughout the year and, of course, when November and December arrive there are Christmas markets too.

Speaking of which…

Christmas in Devon

Father Christmas and kids

The festive season is a magical time to spend in Devon with Christmas markets, special events and opportunities for kids to meet Santa. Why not book a Devon cottage stay over the holidays to take advantage of all the Christmas events in Devon.

For more information about holidays in Devon, where to stay and things to do in South Devon in winter contact us. We’ll be happy to advise you on the perfect base for your winter break. We have plenty of choice whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway for two or a cottage where you can bring the whole family for Christmas.

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