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


 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


 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


 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


 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


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

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


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


 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


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!


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…


Go on an evening cruise along the English Riviera



Enrol in a couple’s cooking class



Unleash your creativity and take an art class



Enjoy a day out wine and cheese tasting



Watch the sunset over Croyde Bay


Get back to nature with a walk at Lydford Gorge



Book a romantic meal for two in Babbacombe



Have a picnic on the Exmoor Hills



Visit the delightful little town of Dittisham



Face your fears with a Ghost Walk



Have lunch in Brixham Marina



Take a stroll along Breakwater Beach



See a show at Cockington Court outdoor theatre



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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.

Explore Brixham…

01 November 2016

brixhamHome to Galmpton Touring Park, and located in the heart of Devon, Brixham is a stunning little seaside resort that offers something for everyone, all year round.

Located right on the coast of Devon, Brixham is a charming fishing town packed full of things to do, see and explore – from adventures with the kids to relaxing amongst stunning scenery.

brixham-marinaThe focal point of Brixham is the harbour, which perfectly captures the essence of the English Riviera, and is a combination of both pleasure and work with its yachts and heritage trawlers nestled together in their moorings.

Brixham is laced with history and culture, with the most popular attraction being the Golden Hind – Sir Francis Drake’s Tudor galleon and the first ship to sail around the world. There are Pirate Days, special events and celebrations happening all year round on what is lovingly known as ‘Brixham’s treasure’ to celebrate its history with tales of pirates and smugglers from it’s past.

Bustling with things to do no matter the season, Brixham is full of attractions, scenic views and nature – not to mention a plethora of great places to eat amongst fascinating boutique stores.

berry-headgolden-hindIn the spring and summer, there are countless boat trips that allow you to experience the true beauty of the area from the water, and what boat trip would be complete without a tale (tall or not) about some of the famous historical nautical adventures from the area? Both interesting and entertaining, it’s a definite must for a summer family visit.

The UNESCO Global Geopark is open year round, and you can reach it via Berry Head – a gorgeous half an hour walk from the harbour. If you’re a birdwatcher, the walk from Berry Head to Sharkham Point is a haven for several nationally rare and threatened species. These birds rely on thin limestone soils, a mild climate, and exposed headlands to thrive and this area provides this atmosphere in abundance.

The Geopark, designated in 2007, offers kayaking, diving, coasteering, and sea-fishing – to name a few, and is home to 3 visitor centres: Kents Cavern, Berry Head National Nature Reserve and The Seashore Centre, which all give a glimpse into the history and geography of the region. Kents Cavern in particular, is Britain’s oldest cave site and was around during the Stone Age. This spectacular archaeological site has produced the bones of sabre-toothed tiger and a mammoth, and was the Ice Age home to Britain’s earliest living humans.

Alongside the Marina and nearby attractions, Brixham’s natural beauty is reason enough to pay a visit. Whether you explore it during the winter months, or book your summer holiday early there is plenty to experience no matter what the weather.

Form Furry Friendships at Living Coasts

03 October 2016

galmpton-living-coastsLiving Coasts is a year round, all weather zoo and aquarium located on the Torquay seafront in South Devon, and it is a hugely popular attraction for all ages.

Located just 15 minutes away from Galmpton Touring Park, this family favourite offers a huge array of activities and experiences to make it a truly wonderful day out. The marine animal experiences let you get up close and personal with some of the most popular animals, specifically penguins, seals, otters, and rays.

There is more than enough to keep you entertained throughout your visit to Living Coasts, with feeding times and talks for different animals happening daily and lots of things to see and do. There are many special areas within the grounds, such as the Puppet Show at Auks Under Water, which is one of the first things you encounter as you enter the site, and Water Play at the Jetty where toddlers can splash about and have some fun in the water. The Crawl Tank is a firm favourite as it lets children get a glimpse of how the sea life lives from underneath the tank and is described as like being ‘under a huge transparent rockpool!’ The Climbing Wall lets you experience the difficulty in holding on to rocks – and really makes you wonder how limpets do it. The Children’s Area is a great place for young children to play and is the perfect opportunity to watch the penguins under water, while The Interactive Area is a spot where children can jump around and clear the seaweed and litter before the tide comes in.

Alongside the daily activities, there are also various exhibitions and events going on throughout the year. The Forgotten Wrecks exhibition is on until the 16th November and features First World War wrecks of all shapes and sizes that were discovered off the Devon Coast. With more than 700 wrecks currently off the south coast, this gives a great insight into what lies below the waves in and around Devon. Then there is the Super Villains Week (perfect for celebrating Halloween), which is taking place between the 24th and 30th October. Super Villains make an appearance to interact and get up to no good as only villains can do! Plus during half term there are fancy dress competitions, spooky puppet shows, and a Creepy Coffin trail (for which there is a £1 charge).

You can also meet and chat with the animals’ keepers who will tell you everything you need to know about the animals and their natural habitat, and there are plenty of experiences to be had – including a diving experience where you can go below deck to see sea creatures in their natural habitats. (If you want to have either of these experiences on a specific date, call or email Living Coasts to check availability before booking.)

Are you a real animal lover who would love to make a difference? Living Coasts’ ‘Adopt an Animal’ scheme is an excellent program that allows you to make a real contribution to the vital conservation work that the group does onsite and around the world. At the moment, there is a real threat that more than 10,000 species could disappear by the year 2050, and you can help to change that. Choose from African penguins, macaroni penguins, otters, seals, blue-spotted ribbon tail rays, octopuses and tufted puffins. This is a chance to adopt a species rather than a specific animal, and it is designed this way because some animals may move from Living Coasts to other zoos as part of breeding programmes. For more information, please visit the adoption section of their website.

If you’re feeling ‘peckish’ during your visit, the Living Coasts Café is open to all with free entry to non-visitors. You can drop in any time for family friendly, local food and drink with spectacular sea views to enjoy while you eat. Tradewinds Gift Shop is also free to visit, and carries everything from plush toys and games to books, clothing and confectionery as well as a huge range of Fair Trade jewellery and local art, with all profits going towards the conservation work the group are so proud of.

Living Coasts is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10.00am. Adult entry is £11.05, with Children (3-15 Years) costing £8.30. Senior Citizens are £9.40 and Family Passes (2 Adults and 2 Children 3-15 years) are £34.85.

The Old Market House Restaurant

01 September 2016

18496-brixham-harbourLocated a mere 10 mins from Galmpton Touring Park, on the beautiful Brixham harbour, The Old Market House Restaurant provides a fantastic dining experience with stunning views overlooking the marina.

Covering two floors, the restaurant offers a bar menu with counter service on the ground floor, while upstairs there is a friendly table service to create a true dining experience. If that is not enough, The Old Market House also has an extensive outdoor seating area overlooking breath-taking Brixham harbour, including the replica of The Golden Hind – a popular feature of the area.

The food is spectacular, and the menu consists of fresh, locally sourced food from the South West. They offer a range of drinks, including their own award-winning beer as well as a great selection of fine wines. The food is all freshly prepared and cooked on the premises, and there is a local produce map that shows who the key local providers are for the items on the menu.

Whether you want to explore and discover a bit of history in the hillside harbour town and the surrounding countryside of Brixham, or just want a good meal – The Old Market House is a great place to start or end a tour of the area. Not only is the food fresh and locally sourced, the restaurant also has a daily specials board announcing what seasonal produce is available that day.

Reviews are excellent, with a typical comment going something like this: “…it was the best place by far. Excellent range of beers and cider (St Austell ales and lager, Rattler cider amongst others).”

The nearest parking is available at Brixham Central where you can park for up to 3 hours, but there are car parks for longer stays on the edges of the harbour and beyond.

Breakfast is served from 9am – 11am. Other meals are served daily from 12 noon.