The Best Sunday Lunches for Autumn Days in South Hams

26 September 2017

The coming of September means the coming of autumn. The colder days, beautiful bronze foliage and earlier evenings are the perfect environment for some comfort food – and the traditional British Sunday Pub Roast might just be the best kind of comfort food! With a wide selection of pubs across the Dartmouth and South Hams area there’s a lot of choice when it comes to finding a truly great Sunday Roast. Here are just some of our favourites, all within a short distance of Galmpton Touring Park!

With the days getting colder there’s nothing more appealing that a cozy pub and a tasty Sunday Roast in South Hams! We share our local favourites.

The Grill Room at The Royal Castle Hotel

Dartmouth

Just five minutes walk from the town centre, and offering picturesque views of Dartmouth harbour, The Grill Room at the Royal Castle Hotel makes a perfect Sunday lunch venue. If the location isn’t enough to persuade you, the Sunday carvery at the Grill Room offers delicious Beef, Lamb, Pork and Turkey with crispy potatoes and freshly prepared veg – all served within the stately atmosphere of the Royal Castle Hotel! If meat isn’t quite what you’re after, then the Grill Room also offers Fish and Vegetarian options for Sunday lunch.

Once you’ve finished with your main why not take advantage of the Grill Room’s sweets buffet? Offering a selection of sweet treats to cap off an excellent meal. If you’ve no more room for pudding then there’s always the hotel bar – with its selection of local ales and a fully stocked wine cellar.

The Pig and Whistle

Totnes

The Pig and Whistle is a traditional, British country pub offering real, local ales (including a local favourite in Dartmoor Brewery’s Jail Ale), bed and breakfast – and of course – good food! All of the food is sourced locally and cooked fresh, so that when the Pig and Whistle opens for lunch at 12 o’clock on a Sunday – you know you’re in for something tasty. Despite the traditional nature of this family run pub, you’ll still have access to all the modern conveniences, including free wifi. There’s also a menu for children who might not be quite ready for a Sunday Roast and dogs are also welcome.

The Monks Retreat

Broadhempston

Slightly further North of Galmpton Touring parks sits the rural village of Broadhempston – home to The Monks Retreat. This pub dates back to 1450 and still features log fires and other traditional features – adding to that autumn comfort feel! This family run inn cooks with only the freshest of ingredients, so much so that you’re never quite sure what meat will be available, as the meats menu changes weekly depending on the availability of ingredients. Alongside the traditional roast, The Monks Retreat also offers other British favourites – including a Steak and Jail Ale pie – made using local ale – ham, egg and chips and cauliflower cheese bake!

The Berry Head Hotel

Brixham

The stately cliff top Berry Head Hotel serves a delicious carvery every Sunday from noon to 2:30pm. Menus are created anew each time based on what fresh ingredients the kitchen has available to them – but the menu always includes three meats and a vegetarian option so you’re never short on choice. In the summer months the hotel hosts a Jazz band, who play on the terrace to create a relaxed Sunday feeling. You won’t find that in many other places!

So when you find yourself in our neck of the woods this autumn, make sure you keep warm with a delicious Sunday roast, great atmosphere and good friends. Better still, all of these venues are in driving distance of Galmpton Touring Park – there really is no excuse!

The Best Walks in South Hams

21 July 2017

With the beautiful countryside of the Dart Valley on your doorstep, South Hams is an excellent place for a walk!

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

We’ve selected some of our favourite walks to get your legs pumping this summer. From short town circuits for young families to daylong rambles for more experienced walkers, it’s time to get trail bound!

The Dart Circuit – 1.5 miles

The Dart Circuit is ideal for those with young children or a pushchair in tow who want to stay close to town. This route lets you take in the sights of the Dart without taking you too far away from the comforts of the Dartmouth streets. The Dart Circuit includes two quick fon to this short walk. If you want to stretch your legs just that little bit more, this walk can be extended up to an extra-mile by talking two walk extensions.

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this walk is available for free from the Devon County Council website.

Little Dartmouth Walk – 4 miles

The Little Dartmouth walk starts you off in a small, secluded car park, but initial impressions are deceiving – this 4-mile circuit offers relaxing forest ambience and awe inspiring coastal views. You can even – if you’ve got the energy for it – stop off to visit Dartmouth Castle on your way past. If you find yourself feeling peckish then a short walk extension takes you into Dartmouth proper with its many pubs, restaurants and café’s waiting to provide for a weary traveller.

While not suitable for small children or pushchairs, this moderate walk provides a healthy challenge for all novice walkers while rewarding your efforts with spectacular views.

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this work is available for free from the National Trust website.

Kingswear to Froward Point – 5 miles

This circular walk takes you up into the cliffs and countryside of the coastline south of Kingswear and is a walk rich in fascinating natural and historical sights. Starting in Kingswear this path will take you towards the coast with a view of Dartmouth Castle on the opposing bank. You’ll also have a chance to see the smaller Kingswear Castle, which was abandoned after the armaments at Dartmouth became powerful enough to cover the whole area. You’ll also get up close to the grade II listed Daymark, which in the past was a marker for ships at sea. The Kingswear to Froward Point walk is a moderate to severe trail and is best suited to experienced walkers after more of an adventure!

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this work is available for free from the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.

Dartmouth to Greenway: The Dart Valley Trail – 9 miles

Considered one of the great walks of the area, this 9-mile ramble is a great day excursion for the discerning walker. This route has a little bit of everything, town walking, escapes into the forest and stunning views to name just a few of it’s features. Going as far north as Greenway and Dittisham, this walk is a great way to really get to know the Dart Valley area and includes two ferry crossings, one at Dartmouth and one at Greenway. As well as taking in the sights, walkers can expect to learn a lot about the natural and manmade history of the area, from sea-faring raiders to river-bound seals. While definitely a walk for the more intrepid, the Dartmouth to Greenway stretch of the Dart Valley Trail is a fantastic way to spend a sunny summer day.

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this walk is available for free from the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.

But if walking isn’t your thing, there’s so much more to see and do in South Hams and Galmpton Touring Park, with its central location east of Dartmouth, makes an ideal hub from which to experience it all!

Things to Do with the Kids in South Hams this Summer

03 July 2017

A fast approaching summer means only one thing – summer holidays with the kids! With this in mind, we thought we’d collect some of the best children’s activities in South Hams to make planning the perfect family holiday in South Devon that little bit easier.

A fast approaching summer means only one thing - summer holidays with the kids! Check out some of the best kids activities South Hams has to offer.

Occombe Farm near Marldon is a working farm that offers free entry and parking. While there is plenty to see and do on the farm itself – including a wartime garden to explore and animals to meet – the site also features a two kilometre nature trail through beautiful local woodland that is bustling with wildlife. This summer, Occombe farm is offering a kids activity pack giving your child the chance to discover mega and mini beasts, brass rubbings and more!

If you and your family are looking to escape from the summer heat and cool down, then Splashdown Quaywest is just the ticket. Located in Torbay, this outdoor water park has a range of pools, flumes and slides – perfect for those who want to relax and those looking for a thrill. With special pools and facilities for under sevens and a variety of rides, there’s something at Splashdown for children and adults of all ages, meaning no member of the family will be left out.

Alternatively, why not embrace your inner pirate with a trip to Dartmouth Castle. This 600 year old coastal fort will be over-run by pirates from July 24th to August 31st – bringing history to life before your eyes! Complete the experience with a ferryboat trip to or from the castle to make this an excellent family adventure.

If you visit Dartmouth Castle, be sure to explore the rugged, local south coastal areas, Sugary and Castle coves. The small pebble beaches are surrounded by trees and cliffs and make a wonderfully secluded and relaxing picnic spot.

If you can’t stand to let the pirate adventure end, then step onboard the Golden Hind. This replica of the famous ship – that first circumnavigated the globe while captained by Sir Francis Drake – has been a staple of Brixham harbour for over 50-years and features five decks to explore. New for 2017 are “Pirate Thursdays” at the Golden Hind. These family friendly days feature a range of pirate themed activities including shows, workshops and special events for all the little budding pirates out there. Upcoming Pirate Thursdays fall on July 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.

A visit to the Babbacombe Model Village is perfect for families with younger children. Just north of central Torquay, the Babbacombe Model Village is home to over 13,000 tiny residents, with their homes located amongst four acres of carefully maintained, award winning gardens. Featuring recreations of the last six decades of British living, mum and dad can enjoy the antics of recognisable scenes, while the kids can enjoy filling out a free spotter sheet to see what fantastic sights they can find – watch out for the fire-breathing dragon!

With so many great activities and attractions on offer, South Hams is a fantastic venue for this year’s south coast holiday. Galmpton Touring Park, located between Brixham and Paignton, is a great central hub from which to launch your family holiday being within easy driving (or boating) distance of everything we’ve mentioned here! Why not enjoy South Hams this summer?

Make the Most of the River Dart

06 June 2017

Central to any visit to South Hams is the historic and beautiful River Dart. Located just down the road from Galmpton Touring Park, the river offers a wealth of different activities to try out, from leisurely cruises to adventurous coasteering. We’ve picked out a few highlights to help you make the most of your trip to the south coast.

If you’re looking forward to a relaxing time in the sun, make sure you take advantage of one of the many opportunities for boating. If you’re after a luxurious – but still totally unique – experience, then the Kingswear Castle is just the ticket. This 1924 coal-fired paddle steamer is the only vessel of its kind in the UK and is part of the National Historic Fleet. The Kingswear Castle offers a range of dog-friendly trips, including cruises back and forth between Totnes and Dartmouth, as well as more recreational circular cruises around the River Dart.

Make the Most of the River Dart by taking a trip on the Kingswear Castle
Alternatively, you can take in the scenery from the banks of the Dart as well as the river itself, on the Dartmouth Steam Railway which offers a vintage steam train, bus and steamboat river cruise all in one package. The ‘Round Robin’ ticket gives you the opportunity to take in the picturesque beauty of the area and visit a variety of different attractions.

Or, for the explorer in you, why not take a completely different view of the Dart and dive below? The river plays host to a range of diving charters for those who prefer to explore Devon’s depths. Companies like Falcon Diving Charters operate around the Dart estuary and with their boat, the Flacon II, offer the chance to explore the wrecks, reefs and rocks of the South Coast. Falcon Diving offer a range of diving sites, including southern Lyme Bay, Start Bay and Bolt Tail. As well as leisure diving, they also offer coastal explorations, wildlife tours and commercial diving operations.

Coming back to the surface, but offering no less in the way of excitement, are the coasteering excursions offered by Reach Outdoors. Based in Torbay, Reach Outdoors give budding coasteers the opportunity to scramble, jump, climb and swim their way around Devon’s South Coast. This challenging new coastal pastime is becoming one of the UK’s most popular extreme sports and offers a fantastic opportunity to see England’s coastline from an entirely new perspective. Reach Outdoors tailors their excursions to suit the whole group, meaning no one gets left out and the whole family can get involved and try something new.

A good meal is important when you’ve had a busy day and the bank-side eateries of the River Dart offer great food in spades. The Ship Inn in Kingswear is a 15th century pub and restaurant that features stunning views towards Dartmouth. A CAMRA and Cask Marque award winner, the Ship Inn is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike and often features live music.

Enjoy Fish and Chips at the Fish and Chips Anchorstone Cafe as part of your visit to the River Dart

Or if you want to grab a bite on your way back, just over the water from Galmpton Touring Park is the Anchorstone Café in Dittisham, boasting to be the only true riverside café in South Hams. The Anchorstone Café offers some of the best in local produce with great seafood and a quality selection of wine. The Anchorstone Café is a must for those who want to enjoy the best view and great food without having to go too far from the park.

These are just some of the great experience that the River Dart has to offer, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy them all? With it’s central location, Galmpton Touring Park is perfectly suited to be your hub for a South Coast holiday you’ll never forget!

Dining Devon – Great Food near Galmpton

08 May 2017

With the seventh year of the Dartington Food Festival upon us, it seemed only right to celebrate some of our local food culture! There is no shortage of choice for great food near Galmpton, but we’ve hand picked a few that come highly recommended.

Devon’s best food has one thing in common. It’s fresh and it’s local and right on your doorstep! So if you’re looking for some of the best food the Galmpton area has to offer, then you’re in the right place. Whether you’re after a festival, a traditional pub, a market or a modern café, you can find it all nearby. Dive into great food near Galmpton!

 

galmpton devon diningDartington Food Fair – 28th – 29th May

Totnes

 If you’re looking to sample the true taste of Devon delights, then the Dartington Food Fair at the historical ‘The Shops at Dartington’ is a must. This two day event features street food stalls, an outdoor bar serving local cider, ale and gin and cookery workshops from some of Devon’s favourite foodies! You can also enjoy local produce prepared at two on-site cafes as well as a special discount through all the stores at the ‘The Shops at Dartington.’ Once you’ve finished sampling some delicious local food you can sit back and take in some live music while the kids enjoy some of the onsite children’s activities.

 

galmpton devon diningThe Ferry Boat Inn

Dittisham

 This quaint, and strikingly pink, pub looks over the water and offers good home cooked food with home cooked portions! The Ferry Boat Inn is best accessed by ferry from Greenway Quay and on arrival you’ll be greeted by a fully loaded bar, offering the best in local ale, cider and wine.

galmpton devon diningCockington Court Food and Craft Market 28th May & 25th June

Torquay

 Set in the grounds of an award-winning country park and historic manor, the Cocking Court Food and Craft Market features unique, handmade crafts and fresh locally farmed produce. Find the Cockington Court Food and Craft market in the court grounds on the last Sunday of every month.

 

galmpton devon diningThe Curious Kitchen

Brixham

 If you want a taste of the modern then look no further than the Curious Kitchen. This new cafe offers fresh, healthy modern food with options for every dietary requirement. The staff at The Curious Kitchen make as much from scratch from possible and have taken a long time to find their perfect coffee roaster. The Curious Kitchen offers lunch and brunch throughout the week and a three-course supper on Friday and Saturday evenings, but you’ll need to book in advance as reservations are required for evening meals.

 

galmpton devon diningThe Maltsters Arms

Tuckenhay

The Maltsters Arms is tucked away in the countryside of Tuckenhay but is well worth the journey for its selection of pub cooked fresh fish. Calling itself “the fish pub on the dart” this riverside pub offers a wide range of grub with a focus on fresh, local dishes and fish market specials including whole crabs, fish and chips and Surf ’n’ Turf! The Maltsters Arms is child and dog friendly so is a great place to eat for all the family!

  

6Totnes Good Food Sunday Market – 21st May & 18th June
Totnes

It’s in the name! This Fine Food Farmers’ Market takes place on the third Sunday of the month and has a reputation for only offering the best in quality produce. Perfect if you’re looking for a picnic lunch or ingredients for the evening meal. There is no better place to talk food, taste food and buy food!

 

galmpton devon diningRockFish

Dartford

This modern take on the classic fish restaurant offers fresh local fish cooked in breadcrumbs, batter or just on the grill! Located near the river’s edge and owned by famed chef Mitch Tonks this child friendly restaurant also offers firm favourites including cracked crab, a pint of prawns and the local fish of the day. The RockFish also runs a takeaway located nearby, so you can take a seat by the Dart with a fresh fish meal from the UK’s favourite independent fish and chip shop!

 

galmpton devon diningTeignmouth Farmers’ Market – 27th May

Teignmouth

 If you’d rather do a bit of cooking for yourself, then you can find some of the freshest ingredients available at the Teignmouth Farmers’ Market. You’ll be able to meet the farmers themselves as well as sample their produce. If you want good, fresh food then you won’t get much fresher than what’s available from Teignmouth Farmers Market.

 

galmpton devon diningThe Cherub Inn

Dartmouth

The Cherub Inn dates back to 1380 and is the oldest pub in the area, and still retains many of the original architectural features. The Cherub Inn offers a wide selection of pub classics with a great choice of local ales to go with them!

Spring into Devon – Top 10 Things To Do in April

30 March 2017

Spring is now officially upon us and the nicer weather is here at last! Make the most of the longer days by exploring all the Easter and Spring activities that Devon has to offer. We’ve hand-picked the best of the best attractions for you and all the family to enjoy in April 2017.

 

2nd April – Rock on the Beach – Ferry Boat Inn

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family with live music, BBQ and a massive Paella from scratch at the Ferry Boat Inn.  

Rock on the Beach

1st-17th April – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Greenway

Follow the clues to track down Cadbury chocolate eggs!

Easter-Egg-Hunt3

4th and 15th April – Newton Abbot Horse Racing

Try your luck at Newton Abbot Racecourse and see if you can go home with a pocketful of winnings!

Newton Abbott Racecourse

12th April – Fireworks Splashdown Quaywest

Visit the largest outdoor water park to celebrate the start of the new fluming season with their annual fireworks display.

Splashdown Quay West

14-17th  – April South Devon Railway Easter Heritage Gala

Go back in time to explore steam and diesel trains, passenger trains, vintage cars and motor bikes and enjoy an Easter egg hunt for younger visitors.

 

south devon railway

15th April – “Lion King” at the Zoo

For kids of all ages, and adults too, experience the action of The Lion King like never before at Darmoor Zoo outdoor cinema.

The Lion King at The Zoo

19th April – Transatlantic Tall Ships Race

See the Tall Ships in action as they embark on their epic five-month Transatlantic journey starting in Tor Bay.

Tallships Race

22nd April – Dartmouth Artisan Market

Indulge in local artistry from designers, jewellery, furniture markers, artists and craftsmen and purchase an original gift for you or a friend.

artisan market

28-29th April – Toby Garden Fest

Hear from celebrity speakers, kitchen cuttings experts and get inspiration for your garden from over 100 nurseries at this fantastic garden festival at Powderham Castle.

Powderham Castle

27-29th April – Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival

Celebrate the 25th beer festival at Tuckers Maltings with the finest ales and see how your malt is made in their traditional floor maltings.

Tucker Maltings Beer Festival

 

 

 

 

Devon’s Hidden Gems

02 March 2017

If you’re thinking of visiting Devon this Summer, we’ve handpicked 10 of Devon’s “hidden gems” that need to be on your list to visit!

1. Have dinner with a difference on The Picnic Boat in Dartmouth

The Picnic Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Spend the day at Anstey’s Cove

Ansteys Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Explore the full size replica of one of the most iconic ships from age of exploration – The Golden Hind 

The Golden Hind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Step into the Stone Age at Kents Cavern prehistoric caves

Kents Cavern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Enjoy panoramic sea views at family-run Breakwater Bistro

Breakwater Bistro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. If you’re feeling brave, why not visit the Elizabethan haunted Castle at Berry Pomeroy 

Berry Pomeroy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Visit Paignton Harbour and see its’ understated beauty and authenticity of this historic fishing haven

Paington Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Tuck into delicious, locally sourced fresh fish at Beamers Restaurant

Beamers Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Follow the trail and solve cryptic clues in the hills of Dartmoor by letterboxing

Dartmoor Letterboxing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. If you’re visiting in June, be sure to pop along to Brixham Trawler Race on the quayside

Brixham Trawler Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay, a romantic getaway or a fun-packed, family break – there really is something for everyone to do in Devon.

14 things to do as a couple in Devon this summer…

01 February 2017

With Valentine’s Day almost upon it and love in the air, we thought we’d celebrate by bringing you our 14 favourite things to do as a couple – and bring a little romance into your lives…

evening-river-boat-cruise

Go on an evening cruise along the English Riviera

 

cookery-class

Enrol in a couple’s cooking class

 

art-class

Unleash your creativity and take an art class

 

wine-and-cheese-tasting

Enjoy a day out wine and cheese tasting

 

croyde-bay

Watch the sunset over Croyde Bay

 

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Get back to nature with a walk at Lydford Gorge

 

romantic-meal-for-two

Book a romantic meal for two in Babbacombe

 

picnic-in-exmoor

Have a picnic on the Exmoor Hills

 

dittisham

Visit the delightful little town of Dittisham

 

ghost-walk

Face your fears with a Ghost Walk

 

brixham-marina

Have lunch in Brixham Marina

 

breakwater-beach

Take a stroll along Breakwater Beach

 

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See a show at Cockington Court outdoor theatre

 

horse-riding

Go horse riding in Dartmoor

5 things to do with the kids this summer at Galmpton Touring Park…

05 January 2017

It’s the time of year when we’re all thinking about changes, new experiences… and summer holidays! At Galmpton Touring Park, there is so much to see and do you’ll be spoilt for choice come the warmer weather. We open just in time for the Easter Break, and offer great deals and discounts for early bookers.

In Brixham and the surrounding areas along the English Riviera there are attractions, excursions, events and days out a-plenty, and as we are a family-based holiday park, we thought we’d give you a taster of some of our favourite things to do with the kids.

Babbacombe Model Village

babbacombe-model-village

Just 30 minutes away from Galmpton, the Babbacombe Model Village is a spectacle to behold!

This perfect replica of a mini village has been built and maintained with passion since 1963. You can even bring your dog along to explore a charming stroll through the tiny streets and houses.

The spectacular gardens cover nearly four acres, and are constantly maintained by a team of professional gardeners who keep them vibrant and to scale. Once you have finished exploring, you can grab a bite to eat in the aptly named ‘Gulliver’s Tearoom’, which serves sandwiches, cakes, snacks and a wide range of refreshments.

Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark

splashdown-quaywest

Just 10 minutes away from the Park, on the seafront at Goodrington Sands, this huge waterpark (the biggest in the UK) offers a brilliant fun-filled family day out. Although best reserved for the warmer weather, Splashdown has something for everyone, with 8 flume rides, a swimming area, sun terraces and an arcade.

Dartmouth Steam Rail & Riverboat Company

dartmouth-rail-river-and-steam

Leave the car behind and explore some great travel alternatives with the Dartmouth Steam, Rail & Riverboat Company. Travel along the South Devon coastline and take in the views on a steam train, boat or paddle steamer. They also offer day trips and excursions to see Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes from the water.

Good Intent Ice Cream Parlour

dartmouth-ice-cream-company

If you take a trip to nearby Dartmouth, we highly recommend a visit to The Dartmouth Ice Cream Company’s parlour, which has been in business since 1928!

Situated overlooking the harbour, this lovely little parlour serves 22 flavours of ice cream, all made with local ingredients. This old-fashioned shop has kept its traditional atmosphere and provides a small taste of history – making it all the more welcoming and worth the visit. As well as the ice cream and homemade fudge, you will also find traditional confectionery, own-label preserves, biscuits, shortbreads, pickles and chutneys.

Battlefield Live Torbay

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For the more energetic holiday-maker (and great for older kids), visit Battlefield Live in Torbay, just 5 minutes away from Galmpton Touring Park. This action-packed laser quest centre asks “why play Call of Duty at home when you can play it for real?” – a sentence that sums up the experience perfectly.

On Saturdays, there is Bootcamp – an open session for 8 to 16 years old that runs for 90 minutes from 9.30am – 11am. From 12pm onwards, the session is open for all ages, provided there are at least people booked to play. (Sunday’s Bootcamp is open from 10am – 11.30am for ages 8 and up). For £20.00, you can include Mini Golf or Footgolf to your experience, perfect for winding down after all that running around, or for those who want to take a more leisurely approach to their visit.

These are just a few of the many attractions near Galmpton, visit our website for more information, and book your 2017 holiday today!

Devon: Cream Tea, Coastlines & Christie

01 December 2016

brixham-devonDevon, home to sandy beaches, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks, medieval towns and of course, Galmpton Touring Park.

Based in the heart of the English Riviera, Galmpton is a prime location for relaxing, exploring and discovering all that the South West has to offer. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, we have picked some of the things that always spring to mind first when you think of Devon.
 

Cream Tea

devon-cream-teaDevon cream is a quintessential ingredient in the oh-so-British tradition of Afternoon Cream Tea. Picture it: dainty sandwiches, scones served with lashings of clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries, and of course, tea from India or Ceylon in silver tea pots drunk from bone China cups. Simply delectable!

There is something of a disagreement about how one is supposed to serve Cream Tea – more specifically the scones, and in Devon the cream is slathered onto the scone first and topped off with jam (strawberry ideally). This means you get the sweetness of the jam first, followed by the balancing flavours of the thick cream underneath.

To experience a true Devonshire Cream Tea, you can visit places such as Cakeadoodledo, the home of all things ‘cakey’, which is a 50 minute drive from the Park, or a little further afield you can find The Old Forge in Chagford, which began as a blacksmith’s forge early in the 1800’s and its historic ambiance remains to this day. It serves what has been billed as Britain’s best cream tea. Closer to home, The Singing Kettle Tea Room and Eatery on Belgrave Road in Torquay is just 25 minutes away and is famous for its cream teas – and its breakfasts.
 

Coastlines

burnham-coastlineThe English Riviera is 22 miles of coastline running through Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham, with Galmpton at its heart. There is literally something for everyone, with glorious beaches, walks and watersports all along the Riviera, and in nearby Paignton, there is the zoo, an environmental park, the Palace Theatre, and Pirates Bay Adventure Golf.

In Torquay there is Kents Cavern, which is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Babbacombe has a wonderful miniature model village and Brixham Harbour & Marina is the perfect place to soak up some history, culture and some sunshine.

With some of the most stunning beaches in Britain, the English Riviera offers plenty of choice – whether it’s a relaxing day on the sand, or a more adventurous afternoon in the water.
 

Christie

GTP_greenway_01Greenway House, located a short walk away from Galmpton Touring Park was home to the world’s best-selling novelists – Agatha Christie. Only the Bible and Shakespeare have sold more books! She was born in Torquay on 15 September 1890, and spent her years in stunning surroundings that proved to be an inspiration time and time again. Christie called Greenway “the loveliest place in the world.” She had grown up knowing all about it, and in later years, bought the place as a summer home where she and her family got away to relax and play croquet and clock golf. The garden is large and quite romantic and leads down the hillside toward the Dart estuary.

Want to know more? Take an Agatha Christie tour! The English Riviera Visitor Information Centre can arrange a tour of Agatha Christie’s Riviera and there are excellent local guides who have an in-depth knowledge of Christie, the Queen of Crime. You can experience walks along the Agatha Christie Mile or a guide will take you on driving tours of the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.

The Agatha Christie Festival is a grand annual event held in September, and returns in 2017 running from the 13th – 17th.

Book your holiday at Galmpton Touring Park now and prepare for stunning beauty, historic surprises and special events that are underway from March 2017 onward.