{"LocationDetails":{"Id":76,"Name":"South Devon","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to South Devon Holiday Cottages \u0026amp; Apartments\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHands up who holidayed in South Devon as a child? If you didn\u0026rsquo;t just raise your hand (and it\u0026rsquo;s because you\u0026rsquo;ve never been to the region and not because you\u0026rsquo;re reading this in public) the chances are you know at least one person who did.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nMade up of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, Torbay is all about sandy beaches, family days out and a warm climate, and its winding sea roads are lined with friendly restaurants that serve the catch of the day and encourage alfresco dining. Think it sounds very continental? It feels it, and it\u0026rsquo;s still very much the classic seaside destination that had the Victorians hopping on trains to visit in their droves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with the beaches. When they were handing out the golden sand the bay was right at the front of the queue and whether you prefer to lie back with a book in a hidden cove or let the kids run riot on one of the main beaches \u0026ndash; you\u0026rsquo;ll find the one for you. Thanks to pleasure cruises that run as often as every half an hour during the summer, it\u0026rsquo;s easy to hop between the towns, and if you keep your eyes peeled as you go you may even spot the odd dolphin.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in South Devon\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe South West Coast path makes it easier than ever for walkers to discover the views that have made the area famous on foot, and whichever section you choose to trundle you\u0026rsquo;ll be rewarded with the sight of the sea to one side and the kind of peace and quiet you\u0026rsquo;ll only find in the West Country. If you\u0026rsquo;re planning on a South Devon holiday with your pet in tow the coast path\u0026rsquo;s perfect.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Agatha Christie Mile makes it easy for fans of the world\u0026rsquo;s biggest crime writer to follow in her footsteps during a visit to Torquay, and the places that meant the most to her life and works are marked with special plaques. Greenway House, her former summer home, is owned by the National Trust and open to visitors all year round, and you can hop aboard Barnaby, a 1940s bus which ferries fans from Torquay and Paignton to the estate in nearby Galmpton.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nThe Agatha Christie Festival sees the whole of the bay celebrate everything Agatha each September, and the programme includes everything from murder mystery evenings to themed tea dances...and you can even dress up as your favourite character.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eSouth Devon attractions\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith so many beautiful sandy beaches to sit and transform into sandcastles we\u0026rsquo;d understand if you spend most of your time in the region on the sand, but there are some fantastic South Devon attractions that even us Blue Chippers find ourselves in on a regular basis \u0026ndash; and we live here! For one thing, there\u0026rsquo;s Paignton Zoo. One of our faves, Paignton Zoo hosts all kinds of family events throughout the year, and it\u0026rsquo;s home to some of the world\u0026rsquo;s rarest species.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNext, there\u0026rsquo;s the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company. One of the most exciting ways to experience South Devon, the Round Robin ticket enables visitors to journey by steam train, boat and bus all in one day! The steam train between Paignton and Kingswear takes in some of the region\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular scenery. The River Dart comes into view as the train chugs its way towards Kingswear, and boats bob in the water, cottages sit quietly in Dartmouth on the other side of the river, and everything looks gorgeous.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen\u0026rsquo;s the last time you explored the world in miniature? Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay presents the world in teeny tiny form, and half the fun is spotting the witty puns the staff plant in the signs as you wander the miniscule towns! There\u0026rsquo;s even a miniature steam train that winds its way around. Living Coasts is another Torquay favourite, and it\u0026rsquo;s possible to buy a ticket that includes admission to this attraction with Paignton Zoo. Penguins roam free here, and they even have their own zebra crossing to stop the human traffic when they need to cross!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eRestaurants in South Devon\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe region\u0026rsquo;s a firm favourite with the foodies, and with Michelin Star restaurant The Elephant to its name, Torquay flies the flag for fine dining.\u0026nbsp; If you\u0026rsquo;re a fan of Mitch Tonks you won\u0026rsquo;t have to venture far to experience the expertise that have made him Devon\u0026rsquo;s most famous chef\u0026hellip;Rockfish sits right on the harbourside and serves up fish and chips with flair. Most of the region\u0026rsquo;s eateries serve up local produce wherever possible so we\u0026rsquo;re happy to say that there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to sample the taste of the South West.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re visiting Torquay during your South Devon holiday then you just have to stop off in a real tearoom\u0026hellip;the kind where you have to strain your tea properly and tuck into warm, freshly made scones while you have a natter \u0026ndash; and that\u0026rsquo;s got to be Angels Tearoom. Decorated with various cherubs, angels and other trinkets, the tearoom\u0026rsquo;s one of Torquay\u0026rsquo;s best-loved spots for a cream tea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCelebrity chef Mitch Tonks is one of the area\u0026rsquo;s best-loved restaurateurs, so if you sample at least one restaurant in South Devon then it\u0026rsquo;s an idea to make it Rockfish.Mitch has a restaurant in Dartmouth, Torquay and Brixham, so no matter where you stay you\u0026rsquo;ll find his signature seafood delights pretty much on your doorstep.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"south-devon","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/South Devon .jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dawlish Warren Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNobody discovers Dawlish Warren Beach and just visits the once, it\u0026rsquo;s one of those resorts that lures its fans back year after year, and TripAdvisor is full of reviews by parents happy to take their own children to it after years of holidays nearby.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sandy beach is backed by fluffy dunes and the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and it stretches for miles in either direction. Dawlish Warren Beach is a Blue Flag Beach, an official sign of clean sands and safe waters \u0026ndash; meaning it\u0026rsquo;s ideal for family beach holidays in Dawlish. With lifeguards keeping a close watch on the beach during the summer, families can enjoy a day in the sun at Dawlish Warren Beach with peace of mind.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is also backed by the Riviera Line - one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most scenic stretches of railway \u0026ndash; and if you walk along the sea wall chances are you\u0026rsquo;ll be passed by a train emerging from the cliff tunnel. You can walk all the way along the Exe Estuary in one direction or to Dawlish town in the other and this walk is part of the South West Coast Path.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are free events for all ages held on the beach during summer, including firework displays and children\u0026rsquo;s entertainment. Dogs are welcome as far as groyne 9 throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5985,"LocationLongitude":-3.43979,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/Dawlish Warren.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dawlish/dawlish-warren-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/Dawlish Warren.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Occombe Beer Festival","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNo matter where you go you\u0026rsquo;ll always find that one attraction in every region that just knows how to throw an annual event that the crowds flock to, and Occombe Farm in South Devon has become as notorious for its beer festival as it is for its produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTickets are sold in advance (as early as April) and it\u0026rsquo;s usually held in June. You\u0026rsquo;ll be handed your own festival cup when you arrive which you\u0026rsquo;ll need to hold onto for the evening as you sample the very best of the South West\u0026rsquo;s beers, ales and ciders. In fact, last year\u0026rsquo;s menu included more than 70 to choose from, and there\u0026rsquo;s a Pimm\u0026rsquo;s bar for those who prefer their refreshment with fruit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA selection of live bands provide the music and entertainment and all proceeds are donated to Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. The festival is held at Occombe Farm in Marldon, and we\u0026rsquo;d advise you to book your taxi back in advance as it\u0026rsquo;s a little out of the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBy day, the farm is also one of the area\u0026rsquo;s friendliest attractions, and children love to greet the resident animals during a visit. Pop into the visitor centre when you arrive to pick up activity trails and colouring sheets.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.4574,"LocationLongitude":-3.58593,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368609273.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/paignton/occombe-beer-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368609273.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Gidleigh Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eGidleigh Park is the South West\u0026rsquo;s most prestigious restaurant, and it\u0026rsquo;s got awards and accolades aplenty. Named the Best Restaurant in the South West by the Sunday Times Food List, Gidleigh Park was also voted as having the Best Wine List and came second for Best Service. So that\u0026rsquo;s the Sunday Times wowed by the food, wine and service...what more can we say?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMichael Caines MBE and his team have impressed their diners for 13 years, and with set and taster menus available for lunch and dinner sittings the restaurant is one of those food lovers should visit at least once. Gidleigh Park is the home of fine dining in Devon, and you can\u0026rsquo;t get much fresher than herbs and veg grown just metres from the kitchen \u0026ndash; yes that\u0026rsquo;s right, much of the produce used in the dishes is grown in the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s very own Kitchen Garden. As the seasons change so do the menus, so diners can enjoy the best flavours of the moment at any time of year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe wine cellar is almost as impressive as the restaurant itself, and those who can\u0026rsquo;t resist a peek at the 1100 bins it stores can ask for a personal visit. 10,000 bottles are stored in the cellar, so there\u0026rsquo;s always a huge selection of wines waiting to complement the menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGidleigh Park operates a dress code, so it\u0026rsquo;s shirts with collars for the gentlemen and they ask that diners don\u0026rsquo;t wear denim or trainers. Children are welcome but they must be over 8. Tucked in peaceful countryside, Gidleigh Park offers an experience its visitors never forget \u0026ndash; from the location, to the food and that special service that helps diners to relax, and more than 8000 voters would recommend it to visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6765,"LocationLongitude":-3.87367,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/Gidleigh Park.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/gidleigh-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/Gidleigh Park.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Coleton Fishacre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eStep back in time to the Jazz Age with a visit to the National Trust\u0026rsquo;s Coleton Fishacre. The English Riviera thrived in the 1920s when elegance and Arts Deco reigned, and the house and gardens reflect the Arts and Crafts style of the time. The country home of the D\u0026rsquo;oyly Carte family has a unique interior in an Art Deco style, and the 30 acre valley gardens that surround it are a magical place to have a wander.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eColeton Fishacre is home to the perfect country garden, and it benefits from occasional glimpses of the sea in the distance, ponds and even a gazebo. The valley gardens network of pathways makes a lovely place for a longer walk if you have the time, and although fairly easy to reach the house has that special feeling of being miles from anywhere. Thanks to its sheltered position, the garden is home to plants from all over the world, so expect to be impressed at any time of the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe house itself has a light and welcoming atmosphere, and the rooms are still home to items such as the Bluthner piano in the saloon that make it feel like the country home it once was. Find out the family\u0026rsquo;s Gilbert and Sullivan connections and take a peek into life in the 20s as you explore its music-filled rooms. The narrow lane that leads to the house can get very busy at times, so reversing may be required as you approach. 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Close to Torquay\u0026rsquo;s town centre, this Merlin cinema has three screens and one of its big draws is that it\u0026rsquo;s a cheaper option than the neighbouring multiplex in Paignton. You\u0026rsquo;ll be able to walk if you\u0026rsquo;re staying in Torquay, or if you need to drive there\u0026rsquo;s a car park on Abbey Road just a minute or two from Central Cinema.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCentral Cinema shows all the latest films to hit the silver screen, and it\u0026rsquo;s just a minute or two from the town centre on foot, so if you like to make a night of it you can visit one of the restaurants for a meal before you go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis cinema closed down temporarily a few years ago and was reopened due to popular demand, so many residents visit it instead of the larger Apollo in Paignton as a rule. You\u0026rsquo;ll find the usual snacks on offer at the main foyer, and it\u0026rsquo;s worth nothing that two of the screen are reached via a flight of stairs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.4654,"LocationLongitude":-3.5285,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/cinema-film.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/torquay/central-cinema-torquay","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/cinema-film.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Agatha Christie’s Greenway","Body":"\u003cp\u003eCome and see the family holiday home of Devon\u0026rsquo;s very own Agatha Christie and enjoy a rare view into the private life of the queen of crime. Agatha Christie and her family loved Greenway, and as soon as you reach this large white house peering down onto the River Dart you\u0026rsquo;ll understand why. One of the first things you\u0026rsquo;ll notice about the house is how relaxed it feels, and it\u0026rsquo;s a happy find to all fans of the author that her son donated all of its furniture and items to the National Trust with the property.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can see the very desk where some of the world\u0026rsquo;s biggest mysteries were penned, peer into the wardrobe of the woman behind the novels and admire the family collections \u0026ndash; all left just as they would have been when the house was in use. Set in the 1950s, the house remains home to an extensive archaeology collection, hundreds of books (unsurprisingly!) and botanical china. A visit to Greenway is about so much more than just the items you\u0026rsquo;ll see though, you\u0026rsquo;ll love the warm atmosphere of a property filled with family memories, and the grounds are simply stunning.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eRoam the romantic woodland garden that\u0026rsquo;s beautiful enough to inspire any writer, and note the rare plants that reflect Agatha\u0026rsquo;s interest in flora and fauna. In fact, she visited Torre Abbey in Torquay to find out about the poisonous uses for plants when writing her murder mysteries. 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Better yet, the barn caters for all film tastes, showing independent arthouse films as well as the latest to hit the big screen.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe cinema is open every day of the week, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a programme that includes world cinema and mainstream. It may have started life as a barn, but it\u0026rsquo;s now a comfortable cinema that makes a lovely spot to watch a film and drift away. Dartington Hall Estate is close to Totnes in South Devon, and its medieval courtyard makes it just the place for some time out in the peace and quiet.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4;\"\u003eTake a walk in the landscaped gardens while you wait for the film to start and enjoy the experience of a cinema in a cosy barn. 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This country park is easy to reach (less than a mile from the seafront) and is so old that it even featured in the Domesday Book.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNot much has changed over the years, and the manor house is surrounded by 460 acres of parkland. Apart from the occasional game of cricket the area is a great place to let your dog stretch his legs or sit and enjoy a drink outside the cafe while the children enjoy the open grounds. If you veer off the main path and explore the water meadows you\u0026rsquo;ll often see ducklings between the lily pads, and the deserted gamekeeper\u0026rsquo;s cottage tells of days gone by when the land was a Devon manor house\u0026rsquo;s hunting ground.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCockington village is the place to get that perfect holiday snapshot, as the thatched cottages, rose gardens and tea rooms huddle around the village square while horse and carts make plod between the seafront and the park. 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Choose from 450 miles of public rights of way or try your hand (and feet!) at the art of letterboxing! Follow the clues that lead walkers from letterbox to letterbox across the moor and stamp your book at each one to show you made it. 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This multiplex cinema offers the perfect place to watch the latest blockbusters in comfort, and there are 70 seats in the smallest screens. One of the screens is licensed, so if you haven\u0026rsquo;t finished your drink from the bar you can take it in with you while you enjoy the film. There are regular \u0026pound;2 showings for children on Saturdays, so this cinema caters for families as well as friends.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s no parking at the cinema, but there is a multi storey car park close to Victoria Park just on the other side of the road from the seafront. There are also occasional car parking spaces to be found right outside the cinema beside the sea wall, but these can be closed off at certain times of the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a wide range of snacks on offer at the ticket counter, including hot dogs and pic n mix, and The Boathouse restaurant right next door has a children\u0026rsquo;s play area. 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Burgh Island has been a favourite holiday haunt with the rich and famous, the literary and the jet set for generations, and some of its most famous fans have included Noel Coward and his friend Agatha Christie. So, if you\u0026rsquo;re after somewhere to free your mind and submit to the pleasures of pampering for a few hours, the Burgh Island Hotel Spa has got to be a good place to start.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Burgh Island Hotel offers a wide range of treatments for men and women, including full body massages, manicures and facials. 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Bantham is a popular beach, especially with families thanks to its shallow sandy bay. If you\u0026rsquo;re going to introduce your children to a board for the first time this is a good place to start, so bear Triocean Surf in mind for hiring their equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTriocean Surf stock wetsuits for hire in adult and children\u0026rsquo;s sizes, so if you fancy trying your hand at surfing as a family the staff will be on hand to get you kitted out. The comfort of their gear can make all the difference to how well they get on with the sport, so it\u0026rsquo;s a good idea to get an expert opinion.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDepending on the weather you\u0026rsquo;ll find Triocean Surf open throughout the year, and softboard and hardboard surf boards are available for hire. 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It may not be the easiest beach to get to but it\u0026rsquo;s worth it once you do and the surf\u0026rsquo;s pretty good too. The surf is great for newbies to the sport and learners, and there\u0026rsquo;s a notoriously friendly surf school there to make things easier. It\u0026rsquo;s worth turning up to Bantham pretty early and spending the day as the private car park isn\u0026rsquo;t the cheapest and charges per visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBigbury Bay may be shallow and sandy, but its natural topography has it pegged as one of the county\u0026rsquo;s best beaches for surfing. Devon\u0026rsquo;s south coast is more famous for its beauty and climate than its waves, but Bantham is one of the area\u0026rsquo;s finest places to bring your board.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAlthough privately owned, Bantham\u0026rsquo;s owners try to keep it as natural as they can and it\u0026rsquo;s remained a picturesque haven for wildlife. 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The true story depicted by Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson actually happened here in the wilderness of Dartmoor, and you may even catch sight of Benjamin Mee and his children as they go about the daily business of tending their animals.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eClose to Plymouth, the zoo is set in 33 acres of unspoilt woodland and enjoys some of the best views on Dartmoor. Known for its fascinating collection of big cats, the zoo is home to tigers, lions, jaguar, bears monkeys and all kinds of other animals. Animal enrichment sessions mean visitors can watch in awe as the big cats pounce for their meat just as they would in the wild, and the zoo\u0026rsquo;s story means it\u0026rsquo;s one of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most unusual attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s plenty of wide open space to enjoy the zoo in your own time, and children are free to make the most of the outdoors and run free during their visit. 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Ten years have seen D\u0026rsquo;art Gallery become one of the South West\u0026rsquo;s most important contemporary galleries, and the husband and wife team who run it passionately seek new and unusual talent to showcase. There are four exhibitions held throughout the season, and visitors can expect to peruse 80 pieces during any visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you enjoy a diverse selection of art and the chance to admire a patchwork of techniques and paintings you\u0026rsquo;ll love this waterside gallery in picturesque Dartmouth. In fact, it\u0026rsquo;s one of those galleries that\u0026rsquo;s great fun even for those who know nothing about art. D\u0026rsquo;art Gallery shows work by a set of regular gallery artists alongside the latest from up and coming artists.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe owners search for new talent year after year to showcase the very best and keep the collections fresh. 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Skim high above the treetops and admire views over Dartmoor in style as you ride the breathtaking zip wires, and that\u0026rsquo;s after you test your determination as you climb, clamber and cling your way up and down towering trees.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe highlights of GoApe are its two 235m zip wires, as how often do you get to glide above the world? There are different courses for different levels and ages, and if you don\u0026rsquo;t want to tackle a particular section you can always skip it and move on to the next one. That said, once you get started there\u0026rsquo;ll be no stopping you from launching yourself from Tarzan swings and tackling crossings to make it to the next stage.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGoApe is located in Haldon Forest Park, and it\u0026rsquo;s a popular place for a bike ride or a walk after you\u0026rsquo;ve finished monkeying around. 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The imposing building is home to a series of exhibitions that change frequently, so the gallery is constantly showcasing a wide range of artwork.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum\u0026rsquo;s permanent galleries are home to thousands of fascinating artefacts from around the world, including objects from Africa, Asia and Europe. Find out the secrets behind living and dying in Ancient Egypt, explore the wonders of natural history and learn about what shaped Plymouth into the city it is today. The first floor of the museum houses a stunning decorative art collection, and the China Collection gallery is vibrant space that will catch the eyes of visitors of all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePlymouth Museum and Art Gallery hosts regular talks and events throughout the year. Admission to them is free but they are ticketed due to popular demand, call 01752 304774 for tickets to any events. All talks begin at 1.10pm and will last for 45 minutes. 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Dartmoor found a new wave of international fame in 2012 when it was used as the backdrop to the Hollywood adaptation of the novel, and the locations make for some lovely walks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpielberg was so in awe of Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s natural beauty that he\u0026rsquo;s described it as a character in the film, and he revised the film to include more shots in the area than he had originally planned. Locations used include the area surrounding the enchanting Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Haytor, Sheepstor, the little known village of Meavy and many more. The great news is that hikers have their pick of the areas that shimmered on the silver screen, and they\u0026rsquo;re as unspoilt as they were for the centuries before Hollywood discovered them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a small village right in the heart of the national park, and it not only makes a picturesque base for a hearty Devon hike but it\u0026rsquo;s also an interesting place to spend some time. 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The country home of the D\u0026rsquo;Oyly Carte family is surrounded by 30 acres of garden, and a stroll around it on a sunny day will whisk you to another era. Enjoy the odd glimpse of the sea in the distance as you wander the grounds, and follow curving paths through shady glades as one of the Jazz Age\u0026rsquo;s most influential families would have done.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe garden\u0026rsquo;s location may make it the perfect English spot, but those of you with a canny eye will soon spot plants from around the world. There\u0026rsquo;s nothing better for garden lovers than the chance to peek at another family\u0026rsquo;s, especially when it was created by such an imaginative one as this South Devon clan.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe garden\u0026rsquo;s plant life includes blooms from the Mediterranean, New Zealand and South Africa, and they thrive in the valley\u0026rsquo;s moist conditions. 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There\u0026rsquo;s barely a postcard that doesn\u0026rsquo;t have the flower-lined gardens in the foreground, and many a summer event centres on the area. The Princess Gardens are a palm-lined promenade that frames the seafront, so a walk along its paths is pretty much compulsory during a holiday in South Devon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe gardens have changed little over the years, with a fountain at the centre, colourful flower beds, and the Princess Theatre just beside them. Recent months have seen a new arrival in the form of the Torquay Wheel, which means visitors can enjoy a view of Torbay from above and learn more about the town\u0026rsquo;s history while they enjoy the rise. 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The beach has everything you need to enjoy a day of doing nothing in particular on the sand (such as toilets, shops and cafes nearby) as well as the opportunity to have a go at all kinds of water sports.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is a mixture of sand and shingle that slopes gently to the river estuary, and thanks to its sheltered position it\u0026rsquo;s a great one for a walk out of season as well as a popular spot during the summer period. There\u0026rsquo;s a car park, and if you want to pop across the water to Teignmouth you can take the oldest passenger ferry in the country.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe position of the sands means Shaldon Beach lends itself to some exciting pastimes as well as just enjoying the views, and they include fishing, canoeing, swimming and sailing. 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