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5 Great Free Activities in Torquay for your Toddler!

1 January 2024

Before you know it, your baby is a toddler then a pre-schooler. But how do you make the most of the time with your children before they start school in September? We’ve thought of a 5 great free things to do in Torquay with your under 5’s in the sunshine and for those showery days.

Visit the Geopark in Paignton

The park is designed around the English Riviera’s geological history. The toddler area represents the Devonian Period when the area was south of the equator and under tropical coral seas. Toddlers will be able to ride on a trilobit plus this area also has a seesaw, climbing hut, trampoline and spinner bowls.

Geo park

The sand and water play area represents the Permian Period when we were just north of the equator and all of our red sandstones and breccia rocks were formed. Flash floods occurred after violent storms in the distant mountains and giant millipedes crawled around! This area has a purpose built water channel for children to pump and dam water and digging equipment and tables for sand play.

Explore Cockington Village

Cockington Country Park is a beautiful mix of picturesque well-ordered garden landscapes, open parkland, countryside and woodland. The 450 acres of Cockington include parkland, three ornamental lakes, an historic Manor House with craft centre and studios, a chocolate box village, delightful thatched cottages and a quaint 11th Century church. Take a walk around the park using a variety of walking paths.

Try Geocaching – a great FREE activity for all ages!

There’s treasure in ‘them there hills’! Geocaching is becoming a global pastime so why not add treasure hunting to your list of things to do in Torquay. Read our blog on how to get started GEOCACHING


Play on our Outstanding Beaches

Along the 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 20 beaches and coves. Some are wide, sandy beaches, others are smaller and more secluded. Many of the beaches hold coveted awards for cleanliness and quality. You little ones will love playing in the sand or taking a look in the rockpools to find seashore residents. You will find beach cafes and watering holes for the thirsty and a wide variety of ice creams for the youngsters.

Don’t Forget Their Scooters

Torquay seafront is great for exploring on a scooter. From Torre Abbey along to the harbour, the flat surface is perfect for young ones to ride along. The views of the coastline are especially great and you can travel up Princess Pier. Dating back to the 1890s, the pier was a favourite with Agatha Christie for roller skating! There are lots of places to grab an ice cream before scooting back.

Don’t forget, TLH Leisure Resort also has Aztec Games which is open to everyone whether you are staying in our hotels or not! Whatever your plans when you visit Torquay, there are so many activities and things to do. You’ll be spoilt for choice!


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