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10 Free Fun Things to do in Torquay… Whatever Your Age!

12 October 2022

Whether you’re a visitor to Torquay or lucky enough to live here, you are surrounded by great things to do and see. We’ve listed our 10 favourite fun things in the area which are completely free to enjoy.

Visit some of the Best Torquay Beaches

Torquay’s beaches rate amongst the best in the country and offer up plenty of free activities, and not only in the summer months. Wrap up warm and head out to some of the English Riviera’s best spots.

1. Build Sandcastles – With over 19 beaches, Torquay’s sand on Torre Abbey beach is perfect for constructing amazing sand creations!  BEST BEACHES IN TORQUAY >

2. Go Rockpooling – Come and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay’s rock pools. Find wriggly starfish, anemones and crabs in the rockpools. Some great ones are Meadfoot Beach and Corbyn’s Head, only a few minutes walk from TLH.  More about the wildlife 

Get Active!

3. Give Geocaching a go! – Described as 21st century treasure hunting, geocaching introduces you to unusual, interesting and beautiful locations and gets you walking either a long or a little way. It is so much fun and you will find places in your local area where you would normally not think of going. Download the free app and off you go! WHAT IS GEOCACHING? >

4. Fly a Kite on Torre Abbey – You don’t even need to spend money buying a kite as there’s a great page here on how to make one out of recycling materials! Torre Abbey Meadows is a great open space for kite flying!

5. Visit the Geoplay Park, Paignton – Divided into 4 areas for different age groups and different play experiences, this fantastic play park also tells the story of the four critical geological time periods in Torbay’s history. Toddlers can ride on a trilobite and swing over a wetpour sea plus play on the seesaw, climbing hut, trampoline and spinner bowls. Older children can use the giant climbing net, towers, play huts, a six way swing, climbing logs and stilts and climbing trees.

Geoplay Park in Paignton

Explore the Surrounding Countryside and Woodlands

6. Haldon Forest – Located just outside Exeter. As the forest begins to wake up what better time to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of spring. Our easy access trails are perfect for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters, so plan a day of fresh forest air.

7. Occombe Farm Nature Walk – This working organic farm is located just a few miles from TLH. There is a great 2km nature trail that runs through the farmland. You can also take a look in the forest garden, kitchen garden and apple orchard. TORBAY COAST & COUNTRYSIDE TRUST >

8. South West Coast Path – Originally created by coastguards patrolling for smugglers, the path stretches along the entire length of the English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, where you’ll find 22 miles of coastal path through some stunning Geopark scenery. How many Acorn signs can you see on the paths along the seafront? SOUTH WEST COAST PATH >

9. Explore Cockington Country Park – Explore through a network of paths and bridleways on foot or by bike. Our Visitor Centre, located in the heart of the village, offers lots of information about the park, its history, wildlife and the Trust, as well as a selection of quality gifts and souvenirs. Disability access is good with tarmac or laid paths.

TLH Leisure Resort Facilities

10. Swim, play, dance, quiz and more – As a guest at one of TLH’s four hotels, there are plenty of things to enjoy which are all included in the cost of your stay. Swim in our 25 metre indoor Aztec pool complex; play pool, table tennis, arcade games and lots more in Aztec Games or join in our range of daily activities – it’s all right here!

Aztec Games, Torquay

With so much to see and do, Torquay is a great location for families and couples alike and TLH Leisure Resort is the ideal place from which to explore.

Come and see us soon!


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