South Devon Railway

South Devon Events & Highlights

Dittiscombe – your perfect base in South Devon

Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages is located mid-way between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth and is just a short drive from plenty of dog-friendly beaches, estuaries and the South West Coast Path.

You’ll find inspiration for things to do during your stay from the list of highlights and upcoming events below. Also we have a suggested 3 night itinerary on our Short Breaks page. You can visit the Tourist Information Centres in Kingsbridge and Dartmouth to get some local advice, or call at the Farmhouse and Ruth or Jon will be able to help you.

Recent guests have recommended . . .

Dartmouth and Kingswear are a must. Beesands and Hallsands – a great walk ,also the lighthouse at Start Bay. East Portlemouth has Mill Bay and the ferry to Salcombe. Gara beach stunning. The walk around the Ley at Slapton. Mr & Mrs Brown, March 2017

I especially liked the area around Start and the lighthouse and down to Hallsands and the lost village where good information boards tell the sad tale of the destruction of a community caused by human intervention and nature. T Meredith, November 2016

Bigbury on Sea was particularly enjoyed by our dog with lovely sand and clear calm water. A beautiful walk is the coast path around Start Point lighthouse. Lovely Dartmouth and Salcombe both well worth visiting. Mr & Mrs Stone, October 2016

The South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh runs along the river Dart. It’s very scenic. Coleton Fishacre is just the other side of Dartmouth and is worth a visit. Lilian & Chris, September 2016 

A walk to Slapton for a roast at the Tower Inn: about 50 mins each way. Coastline walk from Beesands to Hallsands. Too much to mention. A superb area. Maria Arnold, September 2016

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Seal at Start Bay

Wildlife & Nature

A new events list is now published by the Field Study Centre in Slapton, just two miles from Dittiscombe. Starting in April there is an exciting range of wildlife watching outings and safaris in and around the freshwater lagoon, woodlands and fields near the village. The South Devon Area of Outstanding Nature Beauty have a selection of events from early bird breakfast walks with a ranger to apple juice and cider tasting tours. Forest & Beach offer day packages for kids throughout the school holidays – activities include forest school, beach school, farm visits, agricultural education and bespoke visits. Located near Beesands beach. Beach Fun@South Milton Sands – a scavenger hunt and beach art, on Thursday 27th July. Meet at South Milton Sands SX677414.

Food & Drink South Devon

Food & Drink

Salcombe Crab Fest on 30th April has demonstrations, crab picking tuition, commercial crab fishing talk, demonstration kitchen, crab pot making, music, wine tasting and much more! Special talks and live demos are on offer from renowned local chefs and food authors. Stokeley Food Fayre, Saturday 13th May at Stokeley Farm Shop, TQ7 2SE, is a chance to spend the day with local food producers, watch demos, and enjoy activities including children’s pizza class, sausage making and turored beer tasting. During your holiday you can buy local from our very own Kingsbridge Farmers’ Market which operates 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month in the Kingsbridge Town Square. Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival, 2-4 June, showcases the wonderful selection of home-grown food and musical talent of our area.

Go crabbing, South Devon

Family Days Out

Start Point Lighthouse, about 6 miles from Dittiscombe is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast. You can visit the lighthouse and enjoy a guided tour organised by Trinity HouseSouth Devon Railway is one of South Devon’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the South West. The Field Study Centre in Slapton (10 minutes from Dittiscombe) organises free wildlife safaris and pond dipping between April and September. Big Day out on the Farm, Sunday 30th April at East Soar Farm, Malborough TQ7 3DR with National Trust rangers and the farm animals, bug hunts, bird walks and children’s activities. 

Avon Mill Garden Centre

Music, Culture & Crafts

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen are located at the converted riverside mill at Bovey Tracey where you’ll find ongoing exhibitions throughout the Autumn. Local talented artists are exhibited at both Harbour House in Kingsbridge and Avon Mill Garden Centre near Loddiswell. You’ll find a range of events, exhibitions and film screenings at Dartington Hall near Totnes as well as the renowned Ways With Words festival which takes place in this beautiful location from 7 – 17 July this year. The Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival (June 2 – 4), the Dart Music Festival in Dartmouth (12-14 May ) and the Seachange Festival in Totnes (25-26 August), are just a few of the larger events and offer something for every musical taste.

Singing Paddles, South Devon

Outdoors & Sports

The River Dart and the River Avon are both unspoilt waterways and a great place to slow down and experience the natural world on the water. Using safe two-man canoes Singing Paddles paddle throughout the year at various venues with 2 hour sessions or more of tours of local estuaries: 22nd April Tea and Cake Tour, suitable for beginners or Canoe Bat Sarfari, booking essential call 01752 346585. Dogs are welcome on these trips and go free. Stand Up Paddle boarding is also a gentle way of moving along the rivers and estuaries in this area – book a session with Waterborn, situated on the Kingsbridge estuary next to the Crabshell Inn.

Overbeck's garden tours

Houses & Gardens

Local National Trust houses and gardens Overbeck’s near Salcombe, Greenway near Dartmouth and Colyton Fishacre near Torquay are popular with our guests. You can find out more about events on the National Trust website. Read about Ruth’s visit to the exotic seaside garden of Overbeck’s on Ruth’s Blog Page. Guided tours of Lupton House and Gardens at Churston Ferrers take place on various dates from March 29th onwards. Discover more about the  history of the estate and find out what the Lupton Trust are doing to bring back the house and gardens to their former glory. Booking essential call 01803 845800.