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
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.
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.