One of Britain's top Zoos and only a 5 minute drive away. Home to some of the planets rarest and most amazing creatures and hundreds of rare, special and beautiful plants. Paignton Zoo is a registered charity so not only do you get a good day out, you know your money is going to a good cause, supporting education, scientific research and practical conservation both at home and abroad. Paignton Zoo has plenty to keep everyone going all day - as well as the amazing wildlife there's food, shopping, a free bird show and the hands on interactive Discovery Centre.
Paignton Pier offers fun for all the family every day of the year with amusements, trampolines, mega slides, ten pin bowling, rides, orbiter dodgems, cafe, ice creams, shops and much more.
2 Mins Walk from Rowcroft Lodge is ’, Goodrington Park and The Famous Goodrington Sands Beach this is a highly accessible and very popular beach.
The beach is divided into two sections:the quieter North beach and the more popular South Beach. For visitors bringing along dogs, it is important to note that from May until the end of September dogs are only allowed on the North Beach.
The soft, golden-red sand and shallow water make this Blue Flag awarded beach a well-visited destination, especially in the summer months. Each day the beach is raked for pebbles, stones and seaweed and in the summer lifeguards are on duty to patrol the water. This safe and clean environment makes Goodrington Sands especially popular with families.
Activity options at Goodrington Sands are almost endless. Visitors can choose from a variety of watersports, including pedalos for hire, paddle boats and windsurfing. The UK’s largest waterpark, Quaywest Waterpark, is also located virtually on the beach. Eight waterslides, a small splash pool and a swimming pool make Quaywest the perfect place to cool down. For those who aren’t seeking an adrenaline rush, Goodrington Sands also offers a beach restaurant and cafe as well as sun loungers, beach huts and deck chairs for hire.
At low tide, Goodrington Sands’most popular activity becomes available:rock-pooling. Before you go, consider making a stop at the popular Seashore Centre first. Located within easy walking distance of the beach, at Goodrington Park, the centre is full of information on what kinds of animals are commonly found in the beach’s rock pools. Afterwards, go explore the pools for yourself!
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear. Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear.
Experience the adventure of Pirates Bay - A landscaped 18 hole course situated on Paignton Seafront. It's great fun for all the family. Dodge cannonballs and evade the thieving pirates as you navigate the lush carpeted greens, sink your ball but don't sink your ship!
Splashdown Quaywest is an outdoor water park located on Goodrington Sands Beach near to Paignton, Devon. It is the largest outdoor waterpark in the UK. The site has 8 water slides, small splash pools for youngsters and a swimming pool.
Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue. Once thought to be of Norman origin, the castle was in fact begun during the later 15th century by the Pomeroy family.
Saltern Cove is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The beach is made up of sand, shingle and rocks, and at low tide there are many rock pools to explore.
When you visit Devon, and travel into the very heart of it, you will discover a magical, ancient landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. This is Dartmoor, where you can truly escape to find peace, quiet and extreme beauty.
Dartmoor Ponies are an iconic sight, living as semi-wild herds all over the moor. Where else can you see the wonderful sight of wild pony foals playing together against a backdrop of one of the most stunningly beautiful areas in the UK?
Dartmoor has a very gentle side. Safe, quiet areas where you can picnic with the family, easy to follow trails for strolling, walking and cycling, many lovely open spaces where the children can run to their heart’s content and a huge number of child friendly and dog friendly places to stay, to eat and attractions to visit.
Just a short journey about 5 miles from Rowcroft Lodge is the famous Brixham
Life in the busy Devon fishing town of Brixham has always centred around the harbour, where heritage trawlers jostle for space with dayboats heading out to sea for the day’s catch, bringing it home daily to Brixham’s famous Fish Market. Here, in the heart of England’s Seafood Coast, the freshest fish and most delicious seafood is on the menu everywhere.
Brixham isn’t just about fishing. It’s still one of the busiest fishing ports in the UK and a working town, but it’s also a place where you can discover a range of arts and culture, excellent local food and some unique attractions. Brixham attracts visitors for its character, charm and combination of tradition and an enthusiasm for contemporary styles.
Originally a Saxon settlement, Brixham was the landing place of William of Orange during the Glorious Revolution, and many of the town’s inhabitants, who are descendants of the Dutch army, have Dutch surnames. Many of the street names in Brixham reflect the town’s history, with some also bearing Dutch influences.
Things to do
If you like art, you’ll love Brixham. The town has a great range of art galleries featuring local and visiting artists. You can visit the artists’corner on the Strand to see artists working, if the weather permits. Brixham museum is packed with interesting exhibits from the town’s cultural and maritime heritage, while there are plenty of coastal tours and fishing trips by boat on offer if you want to get a taste of Brixham’s maritime heritage.
Food and drink
Being a fishing port, you can expect a good choice of seafood restaurants in the Brixham area. While if you’re self catering then the excellent range of fishmongers, butchers and greengrocers supplying local produce will enable you to rustle up some very tasty dishes of your own from South Devon’s finest food.
Something a little different
A landmark attraction of Brixham is the Golden Hind replica. A fascinating recreation of Sir Frances Drake’s flagship, you and your family can experience five decks of Tudor history and adventure. The exhibition is ideal for schoolchildren, with various activities geared around specific curriculum skills. Best of all, the Golden Hind allows you to step into history, experiencing the real feel and atmosphere of the Tudor Age of Discovery.
Paignton Bike Night takes place on Wednesday nights between May and the end of September on the sea front at Paignton.
Bike Night is intended to be a place to get together with like minded people and at the same time raise money for charity.
Having said that, the event has become very popular with both locals and tourists who are just amazed to see so many bikes in one location and is now becoming a big tourist attraction during the summer months.
All the money raised at Wednesday Bike Nights goes to BMAD's chosen local charities.
Come along soak up the atmosphere and see some amazing motorcycles from Custom Harley Davidsons to Modern Classics ...
Everyone is welcome, young and old..