Plenty to see and do in Devon
If you’re looking for houses for sale in Devon and thinking about things to see and do, you won’t be disappointed. Being the biggest county in the South West and having the largest number of attractions, choosing one of our new homes in Devon means a fantastic selection of varied days out for all ages and interests. For a day packed full of family fun, there’s a choice of theme parks offering rides and slides for the ultimate thrill. Or if animals are your thing, Devon has a number of activity packed farm attractions. For more exotic wildlife choices, take your pick from zoos and wildlife parks and even the national marine aquarium. Step back in time and explore Devon’s historic houses and gardens, plus the range of heritage attractions to visit, including the last castle ever built in England. Devon’s natural beauty is something to behold, you could take in the wonder of England’s highest waterfall or enjoy Devon’s stunning scenery on the county’s boat, train or tram rides.
Eating Out in Devon
Our Devon properties enjoy being perfectly placed to enjoy all the foodie specialities the county has to offer. Indulge yourself with scones covered in Devon clotted cream and strawberry jam, Ruby Red Devon beef, fresh mackerel, Exe estuary mussels, Brixham crab, Lundy lobster or even fish and chips down on the seafront. Devon boasts the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in any county outside of London, located in grand country hotels, cosy pubs and neighbourhood restaurants. Enjoy food and drink in true French style at Bistro Pierre in the impressive surroundings of Plymouth’s Royal William Yard or take in the bay views while you enjoy hearty platters at Paignton’s BE Tempted Restaurant. Seasons Bar & Brasserie in Barnstaple offers an imaginative seasonal menu and there is a number of traditional pubs and tea rooms to enjoy.
For entertainment and fun with the whole family, properties in Devon have well and truly got it covered. From large national events to traditional village fetes – whatever kind of entertainment you’re looking for, you will find it here. Every year in August, Plymouth hosts the British Fireworks Championships. It’s a spectacular two-day programme of displays, along with music, entertainment, stalls and a funfair. There’s plenty for music fans too, Goldcoast Oceanfest offers three days of waterfront music in Croyde, MTV Crashes Plymouth offers two days of music and entertainment on Plymouth Hoe and Beautiful Days in August hosts family-friendly fun managed by the Levellers. The Devon County Show is a highlight in the calendar year for the county, with three days of farming, food and fun in May.
Sports and Fitness
For health and fitness, people settling in Devon properties can try out one of the many spas and leisure centres dotted around the region. The extensively refurbished leisure club at The Barnstaple Hotel now boasts the finest facilities in the area. Leisure & Spa at Saunton Sands Hotel offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fully equipped gym and exclusive temple Spa products at their in-house spa for the ultimate relaxation and indulgence.
For those looking for sport to enjoy, surfing is one of the things Devon is best known for. Offering surfing beaches with waves to suit everybody, Devon is a mecca for surfers of all abilities. The watersports don’t stop there, Devon’s two unique coastlines are perfect for sailing. Whether you’re hoping to learn or love to watch the professionals out on the water, enjoy the fantastic sailing schools, international competitions and regattas, plus boats to charter.
Devon is also a haven for golfers, home to some of the finest golf courses in England. With over 50 courses to choose from, all set in the stunning Devon countryside, there is a course to suit every player’s level and mood. If you’re looking to experience a day out at the races, there are racecourses located all over Devon. In the heart of Devon, you’ll find Newton Abbot Racecourse with weekday, weekend and evening fixtures to choose from, you’ll find a racing date to appeal to everyone.