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This month Chris and I took a trip to Croyde in Devon for a little mini break! I love heading away with Chris and discovering new places with one another – it’s just so nice to switch off and get away. And with Devon sitting just 3 hours away it was the perfect place for our long weekend. 3 days out in Devon together, absolute bliss!
Usually we take Toby with us when we holiday in the UK as he adores discovering new places too (have you seen his latest Scottish Adventure?!) but this time we decided to make it just the two of us so we could squeeze in loads of different activities and have some couple time too!
But just what can you do with a day out in Devon…how about 3?! I’m here to share with you 6 lovely things to do near croyde, to make your Croyde Bay holiday a seriously fun one!
6 Things To Do In Croyde
Quince Honey Farm
First activity for our days out in Devon was a visit to the adorable Quince Honey Farm to take part in some candle rolling and to learn about how they help look after our British Honey Bees! We got to take a walk around their beautiful gardens, have a cuppa in their tea room, roll our own beeswax candles to take home and even see the bees up close with their beekeeper experience.
The honey they produce here is stunning – you’re able to taste them all and find your favourite – and it changes throughout the year as the flora and fauna of the area grows. To see the honey bees up close was an incredible experience and you bet we left with a bag full of handmade honey, chutney and even a honey passion fruit curd – delicious!
What a cute afternoon!
Quince Honey Farm Ticket Prices:
Adults £11.25, Child (5-16) £10.25, Toddler (2-4) £6.50
(under 2’s visit for free)
Quince Honey Farm Parking: FREE
Quince Honey Farm Opening Times: 11-6pm Moday-Sunday
Address: Aller Cross, South Molton, EX36 3RD
Surfing with Surf South West
Ok, so you can’t come to the seaside and not have a go at some surfing! Both Chris and I had only tried to surf once before (to varying levels of success!) so we were very much in the beginner category for this one. But the guys at Surf South West were amazing at helping us feel calm, safe and excited for catching some waves, and surprisingly the sea wasn’t cold at all…I promise!
Chris turned out to be a pro rider and I also turned out to be a pro….at falling off! It’s a real workout and so much fun – we both finished giddy with the excitement! Our instructor was incredibly patient and encouraging, and even though I won’t be entering any surf competitions any time soon I would 100% love to do it all again!
If you haven’t tried surfing before, or even if you have, Croyde is such a fab place to do it and the beach is lovely too!
How much is a Surf Lesson with Surf South West?
Half Day Lesson: £35 per person
(Paid Parking Nearby)
Surf South West Opening Times: Morning or Afternoon lessons available Every Day!
Address: Moore Lane Croyde, EX33 1NZ
From riding the waves on the big blue, to wandering the beautifully manicured gardens of Arlington Court – a National Trust site about 30 minutes out from Croyde Bay.
It’s so lovely to wander around, breathe in the fresh air, have a cake in their tea room and even watch the bats that live in their belfry! If you’re a national trust site lover then I’d highly recommend taking a trip to Arlington Court one afternoon, being out in the countryside is so good for the soul. If you’re a national trust member you get
How much is entry to Arlington Court?
Adults £13.50, Child £6.80 (under 5’s visit for free)
(Parking charge applies for non-National Trust Members – £1 for 1 hour, £3 for 3 hours or £4 for all day)
Arlington Court Opening Times Vary: around 11am-5pm
Address: Arlington, Barnstaple EX31 4LP
The Big Sheep
I’d heard so many people talk about The Big Sheep we just had to come and check it out! From feeding the farm animals (how cute are those piglets!) to exploring their on site gin distillery and microbrewery, there’s something for everyone.
They have rollercoasters and an on site restaurant so you can enjoy a spot of lunch. Make sure you pick up a few bottles of their local ale, it’s delicious and perfect for sharing in front of the fire after a long day exploring.
The Big Sheep Ticket Prices:
Tickets vary by time of year and day of the week –
Adults & Children £14.95 on the door – Book online for £11.95 at least an hour before you go.
Arlington Court Opening Times Vary: 10am-4-6pm
Address: The Big sheep EX39 5AP
The Perfect Devonshire Cream Tea
A must when heading down to Devon is a proper Devonshire Cream Tea! We found an epic one at The Thatch Pub about 5 minutes from our resort, with ginormous warm scones, thick clotted cream, sweet sticky jam and the perfect sized pot of tea.
Cream first, then jam in Devon!
I think I could quite happily live on Devonshire Cream Teas, and strawberry jam totally counts as one of your 5 a day right?!
A short car ride away from our resort was the adorable Braunton Village with rows of boutique shops and lovely places to eat. We enjoyed brunch at SQ Bar with big drippy poached eggs and sticky french toast – what a great way to start the day!
It’s also the home to one of my favourite jewellery brands Wanderlust Life which I got quite giddy about when I spotted the workshop! It’s such a lovely place to wander and people watch taking in its slow and calming vibe with a hint of salty sea air.
We stayed in Ruda Holiday Park in Croyde, where we had our very own (and absolutely humongous!) luxury holiday home for the long weekend which was just a 5 minute stroll to the beach. If you’re looking for accommodation in Croyde then this is a great one!
With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, flat screen tvs, spacious kitchen and cosy sofas we were very comfortable for our stay and although we spent a lot of time out exploring the local area, it was so nice to come back, switch the heating on and cuddle up in front of the fire with a nice glass of wine.
We loved our little stay in Devon and can’t wait to explore more of our beautiful country. There’s so much to be seen on our little island and it just goes to show that you don’t need to board a plane to get that relaxing couples break away!
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Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for your days out in Devon
with some of the wonderful things to do in Croyde!
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