Things to do in the local area

We’re just moments away from the chic seaside town of Salcombe. So the delights of sailing, SUPing, fishing, bug & beastie hunting or some serious nautical designer shopping are all on hand.

We’ve made a shortlist of some favourite family inspired activities but if there’s something special you’d like to do just let us know

Bait, line & scuttle

Free traditional seaside fun at Victoria Key. Keep your mob happy fishing for creatures from the deep with a crab line, net and bucket.

Swallows & Amazons: take to the ocean blue with Salcombe Dinghy Sailing. Or pop into Sea Kayak and SUP Salcombe at South Sands Beach for the chance to uncover sheltered bays and adventure. Salcombe Sailing Days offers the perfect family sailing experience. Whilst Salcombe Boat Hire & Fishmongers offer self-drive fibreglass boats.

Gnarly Dudes

Discovery Surf School’s Surf Camp is made for your budding board riders – classes start from 5 years of age upwards and our guests get 10% discounted surf lessons.

Salcombe Maritime Museum

Avast, me hearties! Excite the youngsters with pirate, smuggling and seafaring stories at Salcombe Maritime Museum. Then take a walk down along Island Street to see handcrafted wooden clinker-built boats.

Baby Beachcombers

The Salcombe Ferry departs from Jubilee Pier by the Ferry Inn. Pop aboard and the one minute crossing takes you to East Portsmouth’s pristine beaches. Or take your family and dog on the South Sands Ferry and head out from Whitestrand in the centre of town before being met by the famous ‘sea tractor’ which travels out in the water to greet the ferry as it arrives at South Sands Beach.

Land Lubbers

Let your children pit their skills against animal knock-down targets at the Salcombe Shooting School for an air rifle experience. There’s even an online game to practice before you visit. Or if shooting’s not your thing, trawl Salcombe’s designer sailing fashion houses, art galleries and gift shops.

Budding Attenboroughs

Head up to Sharpitor and Overbeck’s Edwardian house where your little ones can search in the beautiful grounds for weird and wonderful bugs and beasties. For creatures of a different kind go seal, basking shark and dolphin watching. Sea-N-Shore’s 75 minute trip on board the super-fast Ribquest comes with binoculars, Aqua scopes, hydrophones and much excitement.

Multi-Gen Family Fun

Give the kids precious time with their grandparents while parents grab some ‘me time’ with super fun Sea-N-Shore’s Banana Boat, RIB Coasteering, Wakeboarding and RIB activities. Complete with your own driver, spotter, equipment and tuition you can book by the hour, half day or full family day. Their Photographic Treasure Hunt is also a sure-fire winner!

Sand, sea and adventure for all: Fire young imaginations down at our own private beach. Explore rock pools, build castles, play games, spot dolphins or just relax and wriggle toes in glorious sand. Take the dog and family walkies along the spectacular South West Coast Path and 2,000 acres of National Trust countryside that are on our doorstep. There are adventures to be had and memories to be made. Perfect.

Hire a Boat

Explore the sheltered waters of Salcombe as a family, rent a boat from Salcombe Launch Company. Take a perfect family fishing trip (fishing equipment available for hire), navigate the estuary or just head to the beach. On the way absorb the beautiful coastal views. It’s also well worth taking a trip to the local pubs at Southpool and Kingsbridge at high tides.

Lifejackets provided as well as full instruction means this experience is delivered with ease.

Thirsty for more?

Here are even more local activities, download our activity pack here.

Or get a real locals feel via our ‘Soar Mill Teams Top 10 Local Experiences’ 

Just speak to us if there’s else you’d like to do during your stay and we’ll do our best to arrange it. 


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