Sailing in South Devon

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 . . .

Yes it is a tourist haven but Salcombe is attractive and the beaches opposite are excellent. Had an excellent meal in Dick and Wills. Geach Family, July 2017

Dartmouth,which is only about 8 miles from the cottage is a beautiful day out and well worth a visit. Louise, July 2017

Steam train from Dartmouth to Paignton very enjoyable, dogs welcome. We found the park and ride very useful, no worries about parking. Mr & Mrs Radford, June 2017

Start Point is very picturesque, we reveled in the history of Torcross and Slapton Sands. Salcombe is another gem to visit. Mr & Mrs Murdin, April 2017


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Wildlife & Nature

Summer wildlife events are still on at the Field Study Centre in Slapton, just two miles from Dittiscombe. 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.

Food & Drink

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. There are various beach cafes and shack: The Beachhouse at South Milton for a varied Mediteranean menu; The Gastrobus for fresh beach food especially good for hungry surfers; and Britannia on the Beach Cafe for the freshest fish in the area. From 25th – 28th August the South Devon Railway will be holding family days out with steam and heritage diesel services every day and into the evening, with the now famous real ale festival at Staverton station.

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. Take a canoe trip with Singing Paddles on one of the gentle waterways near us, it’s always a favourite with families. Contact Dave on The Hope Cove Weekend takes place in Hope Cove on 26th and 27th August: Good old fashioned family fun from children’s races to family sandcastle competitions, live music, food and drink…

Watersports in South Devon

Outdoors & Sports

Stand Up Paddle boarding is a gentle way of moving along the rivers and estuaries in this area – book a session either with Waterborn, situated on the Kingsbridge estuary next to the Crabshell Inn, or Discovery Surf School at Bigbury-on-sea, TQ7 4AZ. Dartmouth Sailing week during the Dartmouth Regatta will begin with dinghy racing from 19th – 22nd August on the River Dart. A free monthly 10k trail run along the rugged South West Coast Path and through Coleton Fishacre garden. Free, fun, informal,  for everyone, organised by the National Trust with the next one on 27 August.

Music, Culture & Crafts

There is always something fun going on at the South Devon Railway. Talented local 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. The International Agatha Christie Festival takes place in Torquay between 13 – 17 September.

Agatha Christie's House, Greenway

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.