EasterHop along to Torbay, Devon during Easter and you may well spot a bunny or two. With Easter events for all the family, from egg-hunts to garden talks, you can celebrate spring the way you want to during your next visit to the English Riviera, Devon.
Hunting in the gardens for some funEaster wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt. And you’ll find lots to choose from across the English Riviera. Two of the biggest are at Coleton Fishacre and Greenway. A great way to enjoy the spring sunshine (and encourage the children to get a little exercise to work off all that chocolate!) you’ll find fun trails around the beautiful gardens and grounds of these National Trust properties. Tick off all the items and your reward will be a delicious chocolate treat!
Egg-cellent fun at Babbacombe, Paignton and Torquay
There’s more Easter egg hunt fun at Babbacombe Model Village. Here you’ll find a trail to explore the four acres of gardens and the miniature model village. There’s a chocolatey reward for egg-splorers who find all the eggs – though some may be very little and harder to spot!
Or discover that it’s not just birds that lay eggs at Paignton Zoo. Find out about reptiles, tortoises, crocodiles, and more with their Easter egg trail with a twist. Or learn even more fun facts about eggs at Living Coasts in Torquay, which organises a fun trail, special talks, and other activities during the Easter break.
ChocolateThe tremendous grounds at Cockington Court are another great spot for the children to run around and enjoy an Easter trail or have a go at springtime crafts. You’ll also find yourself on the doorstep of chocolate heaven at the Cockington Chocolate Company. Located in a studio just behind Cockington Court, here you can watch the chocolatier in action creating all manner of wonderful objects from chocolate – including eggs and rabbits of course!
Easter CookingWhilst most of us love to indulge in some extra chocolate at Easter, it’s also a time for other sweet treats. Occombe Farm Cookery School organises special Easter cookery days for children, where your mini-chef can learn all about making hot cross buns and simnel cake.
All aboard for some Easter funHop aboard the Dartmouth steam train at Paignton and play I-spy to win an Easter treat. Keep eyes peeled because you may also spot the Easter bunny (as well as some real rabbits in the fields as the train majestically puffs by.)
Springtime gardensOur unique micro-climate in the English Riviera means springtime comes earlier than in other parts of the country. Whilst your garden at home may still be sleeping, ours are coming into bloom with a wonderful spring show of flowers. You can admire the crocuses, primroses, bulbs and other springtime beauties coleton fishacre Explore on your own, or join a member of the gardening team for a free tour every week from February to March.
Or pop over to the stunning gardens at Greenway House. With its own camelia garden, rhododendrons, and spring bulbs, many consider this to be the most beautiful time to visit the garden. Join a member of the garden team every day at 2pm for a free spring flower walk to discover the hidden gems.
Torbay Airshow will return this spring with a breathtaking air display programme over the stunning bay.
The two day show will take place over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June on Paignton Green offering free entertainment for all the family.
The action-packed flying programme will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday and Sunday alongside ground displays, entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering within the event village on Paignton Green.
Details of this year's programme will be revealed shortly.
Torquay is perfectly located in the South of the UK and offers mild weather conditions all year round. When the other parts of the country are struggling with snow, the South West is usually the only region of the UK to be unaffected.
The top 5 reasons to choose Torquay are
1. its range of accommodation,
2. choice of outdoor activities,
3. walking opportunities,
4. Shopping facilities and
5. fantastic food.
1. Holiday Accommodation
Torquay offers ample hotels and B&B style of accommodation catering for families, couples, groups and single travellers.
There is an abundance of accommodation in Torquay ranging from five star luxury lodges to inexpensive and cheerful budget hotels. Not all hotels cater for all male or all female parties understandably so be sure to verify with the resort at the time of reservation to make sure that single sex groups are welcome if that is the type of booking you are looking for.
2. Outdoor Activities
You can find plenty of activities on offer in the region for example walking or hiking, golf, water sports, beaches and more energetic pursuits such as paint balling or quad biking.
wake boarding or water skiing, both are obtainable on numerous beaches locally. Equipment is available for rent and with the expert tuition for water skiing and wake boarding, you are sure to be up (and down again) in no time.
Clay pigeon shooting is always a popular choice, in particular for stag weekends, with excellent clay shooting facilities with fully trained instructors. Teaching is available if needed, take aim and shoot for a fun day out.
Power Boats / Ribs are also on offer with various power boat and Rib charter facilities in Torbay and nearby, this is a must for the thrill seekers. Classes are available or excursions and day trips around the coastline.
Quad Bikes are brilliant fun and always a popular activity. Off road quad trekking is available all year round. Prepare to get dirty!
Kite Surfing or Kite Buggying is swiftly becoming the most popular form of water sports, especially for people seeking an extreme recreation. Excellent facilities are found in Torbay, providing taster lessons or refresher course. All equipment is offered for hire.
Paint balling days are available at a variety of nearby venues in Newton Abbot, Exeter and Torquay.
Torquay provides 22 miles of coastal footpath from the northern outskirts of Torbay to the far side of Brixham. The coast trail is well signposted and public transport connections may also be found at various points en-route.
The moors are also within easy reach offering miles of unspoilt countryside with Dartmoor ponies roaming wild alongside sheep and cattle.
Torbay has plenty of high street shops including large department stores and out of town shops and complexes. For more individual stores, nearby Totnes and Dartmouth can supply an abundance of boutiques, galleries and art and craft stores.
Devon is famous for it’s organic, fresh and local produce that is available in regular farmers markets, dellies and restaurants. Several celebrity chefs have been drawn to the south west because of the abundance of premium quality produce and seafood. As a result there are plenty of Michelin starred restaurants to select from. If your budget is a little lower then the standard of fish and chip shops and local pub food is first class.
Deborah May Morrison