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Top 10 Outdoor Activities To Do With the Kids This Summer

So, you’re on holiday or about to be. The question is, how to make the most of the great outdoors this summer? Here are our top ten outdoor activities for your family staycation. Picked to suit kids of all ages, and their adults too, so you can make fantastic memories on the South Devon coast.


Outdoor Activities - Picnic

One good thing to come out of lockdown is that we have rediscovered picnics. They’re finally getting the love they deserve, because they really do deserve it.

When you eat in the fresh air, the food seems to taste even better. Plus, they’re the most low maintenance way to feed little ones, which is an advantage for outdoor activities. No more vetoes on couscous or French stick. Messier the better. Who cares if crumbs go everywhere?

You can choose your spot and make it as far away from anyone else as you like. A bit of space is always appreciated, but it’s paramount now. On the South Devon coast there’s no shortage of it, and the views are pretty good too…

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You can’t beat a dip in the sea. Having crystal clear turquoise water beside you makes a hot summer’s day infinitely more enjoyable.

Refresh yourself with a paddle or a burn some steam with a swim, then lie out to dry on warm sand. Heaven.



Outdoor Activities - Body Boarding

Before surfing in the UK, ‘bellyboarding’ was all the rage. Now called body boarding, it has all the thrill of surfing, but with far less technique.

Catching your first wave is the hook, after which you’re away, whizzing through the spray. The water’s resistance as you wade out to get the next wave is a real thigh-burner, too. Fantastic outdoor activities like this make us glad of the staycation!



Outdoor Activities - Beach Games

Sometimes we want to simply be on the beach. Snoozing, sunbathing, reading at a push…but there will be times when a good beach game comes into its own.

Two person, four person, twenty person games…there’s something for every group. Our favourites include the classic bat and ball, which is as close as any of us are getting to Wimbledon this year. Rounders is great for involving big families, as is Kubb, a Viking game which tests your aim.



Outdoor Activities - BBQ

You would think the way we cook 90% of the time- indoors, with an oven – would be the best. Nope. Modern ovens are reliable, and the chances of frazzling yourself and your food are low, but nothing beats a BBQ. Hot coals and open flames taste best, and satisfy our inner caveman (or woman).

A BBQ means no business. It’s what you do when you have all day and evening to relax. Get adventurous with the fare – few things aren’t improved by a light charring – and let the delicious sizzling and smoky-sweetness fill the air.



Outdoor Activities - Rockpool

Under the sea a whole other world awaits. It’s vast and mysterious, full of otherworldly creatures and landscapes. Did you know the tallest mountain in the world is Mauna Kea in Hawaii? You probably didn’t, because we can’t appreciate its height. Although it’s nearly a mile taller than Everest, over half of it is submerged in the Pacific.

All this lies outside of our reach, but a rockpool gives us a fresh and close-up view of what the tide leaves behind. Look out for crabs, prawns, mermaid’s purse (otherwise known as dogfish eggs: hold them up to the light to see the embryo inside), anemones and even starfish.

Coryton Cove in Dawlish Warren has fantastic rock pools, as does Shoalstone beach.



Outdoor Activities - Den in the woods

You can build a den anywhere. Let your imagination run wild. You could find a spot in the woods and build a tipi out of sticks, or dig a giant crater on the beach and use the surplus sand to form walls around it.

Fun, hands-on and absorbing, den building is a great group activity and will certainly let the kids blow off some steam. You might want to get stuck in too, or sit back as the kids sort the construction. They can give you a moving in date.



Take on the water, and be defeated. Damming a stream is as fun and absorbing as building a den, with the added excitement of a constant, slippery opponent.

Choose a shallow river or stream, or try to stop the tide in its tracks.



South Devon is a great place to stargaze. With clean, unpolluted skies and fresh ocean breezes, we see some of the most breath-taking displays in the country. Wrap up warm, pack a flask and head to Dartmoor or the cliffs for the darkest skies- and the brightest stars.



Outdoor Activities - Sandy Beach Footprints

Summer beach holidays are stripped back to basics. Plenty of fresh air, sunshine and salt water. And the chance to ditch your shoes to be barefoot on the beach. Being barefoot is good for our balance and natural posture, but it also feels great. There are 7,000 nerve endings in each foot (one of the most sensitive parts of our body) and when we walk barefoot on sand or grass, they tingle. It feels nice, like reflexology.



Outdoor Activities - Red Rock

If you’re looking for somewhere with nature on tap, Lady’s Mile is the place for you. We are in the heart of South Devon, with our own sandy beach, outdoor activities and a nature reserve full of wildlife.

See more blogs, including holiday activity ideas here.

14th August 2020


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Belle Kennard
Belle Kennard
22:14 14 Aug 22
Me and family come here basically every year and it never gets old. The lodges are amazing as well as the caravans, and when camping there is lots of entertainment! A lot of days there is live music, and they offer lots of games. There are two pools (indoor and outdoor) which both include water slides. There is also an arcade, restaurants and shops on site. It’s not a far walk from the beach and has beautiful scenery. Staff are great too. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
Andy Young
Andy Young
19:26 31 Jul 22
Loved staying here. Its worth drive around the different pitching areas, we came with a tent, to find a quiet spot. Loved the pools, arcades and bakery in the on site shop. It also has great facilities which are cleaned and well looked after. Def worth the 6 hour drive and will be coming again!
L Bull
L Bull
19:27 27 Jul 22
We had a amazing time, the parks are amazing, the pools are good and included, the pump/skate park is good. Lots to do non stop the shop is also well stocked. We loved the live music and fair up the marquee bar it was perfect way to spend a evening.
Michelle Roebuck
Michelle Roebuck
06:24 09 Jul 22
Just had 2 weeks here in a silver birch lodge and it's been amazing. The view is gorgeous from the decking area. The lodge it self is spotlessly clean and spacious The hot tub is a great bonus. Very quiet around the lodge area. The site it self is the best I've ever stayed on, everywhere is immaculately spotlessly clean. The outside pool is great fun. The water was warm but we did have alot of sunshine 🌞.We will be booking for next year definitely
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Dawlish Warren Life Saving Club

Dawlish Warren Life Saving club put a plea on Facebook on the 5<sup>th</sup> of April this year for funds to help the club after seeing their fundraising efforts suffer due to covid over the past two years, Dawlish Life Saving Club posted that they faced an uncertain future, Lady’s Mile Holiday Park and Oakcliff Holiday park owner Jason Jeffery contacted the club’s secretary and offered to help and secure the club’s future with a rolling 2-year funding agreement.

Dawlish Warren lifesaving club have been training beach lifeguards, first aiders, and children from age 7 at the Warren for over 55 years. During the summer season and busy bank holidays they provide a voluntary lifeguarding service both independently and alongside the RNLI. As well as suppling lifeguard cover for numerous open water swimming events, Triathlons and even music festivals all over the country.

Jason Jeffery owner of both Lady’s Mile Holiday Park and Oakcliff Holiday park said “we appreciate all the hard work the committee and the members do to keep the beach safe for our guests and local residents over the summer. We are proud to sponsor the club who are keeping our community safe.

Club Chairman Gareth Jones said “Our club is thrilled with our new sponsors, their community values reflect our own and have enabled us to invest in vital lifesaving equipment to help train new lifeguards and save lives on our beautiful beach and the local area.”

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