Easter is the perfect time to visit the English Riveria.
Treat yourselves to a short break away after those dull winter days. If you want to get away during Easter then Braddon Hall in Torquay is ideally located to visit South Devon attractions. Here are some great things to do over Easter;
GIN FESTIVAL TORQUAY 2017
Described in Timeout as one of the "Top 10 things to do in 2016," the UK's biggest and oldest Gin Festival is coming to The Riviera International Centre for our first ever event in Devon.
We'll be serving up over 100 different gins (including many new and exclusive gins) plus, new brands, cocktails and masterclasses from industry experts!
THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY OVER 18'S ONLY (ID MAY BE REQUIRED)
Kent Caves is one of the area most popular attractions and a ‘must-see’ in my opinion. These ancient underground caverns go back 2 1/2 million years – you’ll get to see the most amazing stalactites and stalagmites as well as the jaw bone of what is to be believed the oldest human remains in Europe.
Babbacombe model village
Just a short bus ride away, or 5 minutes in the car. I’ve been a fan off Babbacombe Model Village for years and every year it just keeps getting better. There are thousands of miniature models and figures, plus a 4D theatre, Model Railways, Where’s Wally– and of course an Easter Trail the children will love. The Easter Egg Hunt takes place daily from 19 March – 10 April, between 10am-4pm with a chocolate treat for all successful young explorers.
Paignton Zoo is within a 5mile drive of Braddon Hall and one of the country’s top environmental parks. Within your visit you can visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. You may even get to meet the new boy in town.
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