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The best places to build sandcastles in Devon


The best places to build sandcastles in Devon

With the summer holidays fast approaching, thoughts turn to what activities we can plan to keep little ones entertained, and there’s nothing better than a day at the beach.

With this in mind, here are a few places in Devon worth putting on your ‘to visit’ list with the kids, and are perfect for sandcastle building – an activity loved by all ages!

Grab your bucket and spade, as here are just a few of the best beaches you could be walking along on your next trip to Devon.

Woolacombe Beach

If you’re looking to book one of the many family holidays UK destinations have to offer, make sure you book somewhere near the award-winning Woolacombe Beach. This three-mile stretch of golden sand beach is popular with many beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts alike.

·        Water quality – 5-star rating.

·        Lifeguard service – Yes.

·        Dog friendly – Dogs are banned in zoned areas between May to October. Dogs are allowed in adjacent areas whilst on a lead.

·        Activities – Kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, sailing, swimming, surfing, windsurfing.

·        Facilities – Café, restaurant, toilets, disabled facilities.

·        Parking – Three large car parks (3000 spaces, including disabled spaces).

·        Postcode – EX34 7DN.


Bigbury on Sea Beach

Located between the rivers Avon and Erme, this South Devon beach is large and very sandy – perfect for sandcastles.

Not only is there a large span of golden sands to discover, but there are also safe swimming sections (if you’re brave enough to embrace the cold waters), rock pools full of marine life, as well as an island called Burgh Island across the beach which can be accessed via a causeway at low tide or upon a ‘sea tractor’ at high tide.

·        Water quality – 5-star rating.

·        Lifeguard service – Yes.

·        Dog friendly – No. there is a strict ban on dogs on the beach itself, however, there are dog bins provided in the area if you require one.

·        Activities – Swimming, surfing, windsurfing.

·        Facilities – Café, restaurant, toilets, town centre nearby, shops.

·        Parking – A large pay and display car park is located close to the beach which includes six disabled spaces.

·        Postcode – TQ7 4AS.


Bantham Beach

Just down the coast from Bigbury and Burgh Island, situated at the mouth of River Avon, Bantham Beach is backed by sand dunes and the rolling hills of the South Hams.

This stretch of golden sands is the ideal place for little ones to explore, as it is home to not only the perfect sand for building sandcastles but rock pools full of marine life, too. If this wasn’t enough, the waves that roll onto the shore at Bantham Beach are great for budding surfers.

·        Water quality – five-star rating.

·        Lifeguard services – Yes.

·        Dogs friendly – Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September.

·        Activities – Surfing.

·        Facilities – Café, restaurant, toilets, disabled facilities, shop.

·        Parking – There is a large car park located near the beach.

·        Postcode – TQ7 3AN


Will you be building sandcastles on any of the beaches mentioned on your next visit to Devon?

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