May Bank Holiday Exploring in South West England
If you fancy a few days exploring England's captivating coast and countryside, a camping break in the South West is a bank holiday no-brainer. Celebrate the Spring awakening in this charismatic corner of the country, where the warmer clime lends itself to a spectacular array of vibrant blooms and gardens against a truly stunning backdrop of rolling, rocky landscapes.
Walkers are in for a real treat, as you're privy to a fantastic selection of trails including the famous South West Coast Path and hundreds of smaller routes, including easy circulars and exploratory self-guided rambles. You'll also find a great selection of informative talks taking place over the weekend at Coleton Fishacre and Greenway House, among others, not to mention well-timed fairs and festivals (Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival on Saturday gets our vote!)
Our Club Sites at Dartmouth and Slapton Sands fit neatly into the equation by offering a great location from which to enjoy your bank holiday adventure, with comfortable amenities, beautiful views and a relaxing ambience to boot.
Day 1 - Friday
Let's get the bank holiday weekend started! On Friday, head to Totnes for a lively 'Party in the Town' festival celebrating local music and culture based around the theme of Revolution. Various venues around Totnes will host events and live performances, giving you a great opportunity to wander around and explore this beautiful and historic town. Packed with listed buildings, there's always something to see or do in Totnes - from weekly markets to river trips on the Dart.
There's always a good reason to visit Coleton Fishacre, the National Trust's beautiful country retreat with sloping gardens overlooking the sea. On Friday, from 12.30 or 3pm, join a member of the garden team for a free 'Spring Garden Walk' to learn the history behind the gardens and spring blooms. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Day 2 - Saturday
Get acquainted with the local area by following a circular self-guided walk from Little Dartmouth. The starting point is just one mile from Dartmouth Club Site and 6 miles from Slapton Sands Club Site, providing an easy and rewarding activity to fit into your May Bank Holiday weekend. This four-mile dog-friendly walk takes in Devon's glorious coastal and countryside scenery, with far-reaching views across the sea towards Dartmouth.
After a full morning of walking and fresh sea air, reward yourself with a trip to Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival. The festival takes place at Edwin Tucker & Sons' Traditional Maltings, one of only four malt houses in the country which still produces malt in the traditional way. The festival starts on 27th April and culminates on Saturday 29th.
Day 3 - Sunday
No trip to Devon is complete without tasting delicious local crab and seafood - and the annual Salcombe Crabfest on Sunday is the place to do it. Featuring demonstrations, crab picking tuition, crab pot making, music, special talks and wine tasting, this cheerful celebration of all things crab is bound to fuel your appetite. It's also a great excuse to visit lovely Salcombe, an attractive harbour town with a long history of fishing and shipbuilding.
Away from the water, head to the glorious Greenway House for a free walk and talk through the woodland gardens, exploring the estate's lovely outdoor spaces and enjoying the sight and scent of its spring blooms. Talks with the Greenway House gardeners take place between 2pm - 3pm on Friday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday.
Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday
Take a punt on the wild side with a day canoeing along the River Dart. Instructed by a knowledgeable guide, glide along the water and forage for edible and useful plants as you go, then learn how to prepare and cook your pickings. 'Wild Foods by Canoe' is a fascinating adventure to enjoy on Bank Holiday Monday, taking place between 10am - 4pm.
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