Ok, so most guests of accommodation in Torquay make a beeline for one of its silky beaches, but there’s plenty to do on those days when you fancy a break from all that sea and sand too. The Southwest Coast Path is one of the country’s most popular walking routes, and it runs right through Torbay. There are also regular boat trips to explore neighbouring resorts and see the sights from the bay, and with Dartmoor just a short drive away you could try your hand at historic Letterboxing! Failing that, treat yourselves to a night of razzle dazzle at one of the popular theatres in the area…
Enjoying the English Riviera on foot doesn’t mean leaving the views behind to wander pavements, as the Southwest Coast Path runs for 13 miles between Babbacombe and Brixham. Why not get the number 12 bus to Brixham and walk back? The good news is that this stretch of the Coast Path passes Paignton and Torquay’s bustling seafronts, so there’s plenty of opportunity to stop off for a drink or a snack along the way. Look out for the fascinating geology this coast boasts, and as the path becomes surprisingly rugged closer to Babbacombe it’s a great idea to bring your dog along.
If you feel like venturing a little further afield during a Torquay holiday, don’t worry if you’re not in the mood to reach for the walking boots. A regular boat operates between Torquay and Brixham throughout high season (except for windier days!) and you can hop on right on Torquay pier. Cruises around the bay can be booked on the day in the booking office beside the harbour. A day trip to the quieter fishing resort of Brixham is a great chance to relax and watch as the trawlers leave and return to the harbour, and if you’ve a weakness for fresh seafood this is the place to try it!
One of the many draws for guests of self-catering Torquay accommodation is it’s energetic night life. If the lively pubs and clubs found around the twinkling harbourside aren’t for you, you have the pick of The Princess Theatre on Torquay seafront, the Little Theatre in Babbacombe and the Palace Theatre just a few miles along the coast in Paignton. Whether you fancy sampling the local talent and enjoying one of the many year-round productions, letting your hair down at a concert or finally seeing that West End show now it’s doing the rounds, you’ll find something just right.
With a brand new crazy golf course in Abbey Park, close to the stunning Torre Abbey Gardens there’s no excuse not to grab your club and challenge your family to a game! The extended course is one of the most scenic ones you’ll find, and no holiday in Torquay would be complete without a round. Family tickets are ten pounds from the kiosk. If you take your golf a little more seriously, there’s a course just a short walk away in front of Torre Abbey too. Crazy Golf Torquay is just minutes walk from the Riviera Centre, and its leisure pool is just the place for a cooling dip after your game!