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 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 trilobite and swing over a wetpour sea. This area also has a seesaw, climbing hut, trampoline and spinner bowls.
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.
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. You could also take part some 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.
Aztec Games and Soft Play
Within the TLH Leisure Resort, you’ll find our fabulous indoor play area with slides, shutes, ball pool and toddlers’ area plus pool tables, arcade games, air hockey and 10 pin bowling. Entry to Aztec Games is free but charges do apply to non-hotel guests for soft play and bowling.
Whatever your plans when you visit Torquay, there are so many activities and things to do. You’ll be spoilt for choice!