Activities, Destinations, Hostels

10 perfect ways to relax in Devon this summer

Glorious sunshine? Check. The prettiest fishing boats you can find? Check. The UK’s longest National Trail minutes away? Obviously. For a happy marriage of countryside and coast, our Devon hostel YHA Beer is hard to beat. Here’s why we love lazy seaside breaks on the Jurassic Coast.

1. Celebrate song at Sidmouth Folk Week

This well-established festival attracts a fantastic crowd of revellers. Join a drum circle, get up for a dance, or learn a new skill at a craft workshop. 2016’s line-up includes folk icons like Steeleye Span, plus many emerging talents. With over 700 events, there’s something for everyone.

2. Hunt for fossils on the Jurassic Coast

There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a fossil on the beach, and our Jurassic Coast is full of them. From Beer’s flinty cliffs, to the fascinating specimens in Lyme Regis Museum, natural history lovers will find plenty to amaze them. Look out for crazy rock formations along the cliffs too.

3. Go fishing from Beer beach

Not having a harbour hasn’t stopped Beer from being a thriving fishing village – you can try local seafood right on the beach. Head out for a day’s fishing, or hire one of the pretty boats for a day bobbing on the waves. Don’t forget to ask about the local legends of pirates and smugglers!

4. Prepare food the South West way

Ever wanted to visit Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage? Their prestigious HQ is less than ten miles away from YHA Beer. You could take a cooking course, stock up on unique produce, or stuff your face with some delicious Devonshire dishes. Oh we’re feeling hungry already.

5. Get in the sea with Teign Diving

Get close to the wrecks and reefs of Lyme Bay with a scuba lesson from Teign Diving Centre. You’ll find turquoise waters and fascinating wildlife without even leaving the UK. Make friends with the fishes, watch the delicately moving reefs, and discover how relaxing scubadiving can be.

6. Let off steam at Crealy Adventure Park

A great one for kids and big kids alike, this award-winning attraction has something to delight all ages. Whether you love thrill rides, animals or hilarious live shows, you’re sure to come back with a smile on your face. We love the log flume, Aqua Blasters and exciting Twister rollercoaster.

7. Party at the Beer Regatta

The focus is fun, the mood is happy and the welcome is warm – can you really visit Devon without joining the Beer Regatta? This friendly seaside event includes sailboat races and plenty of late night merriment. Look out for sea shanties, fancy dress and family fun until the sun goes down.

8. Make a friend at the Donkey Sanctuary

Experience a slower way of life at this much-loved animal sanctuary. You’ll find lots of thought-provoking info about these lovely creatures and there are many chances for a cuddle. A calming, memorable day out (and you can even adopt one if you’ve found yourself a bit in love).

9. Explore the South West Coast Path

We won’t force you to do the whole 630 miles, but YHA Beer is temptingly near this epic route. If you love stunning scenery, walking along this coastal path is a holiday from heaven. We’d recommend bringing a spare memory card for your camera – it’s truly breathtaking here.

10. Book a stay at YHA Beer

We’re a little biased, but our Arts and Crafts country house makes a gorgeous base to explore Devon. From its light and airy rooms to its sprawling garden, YHA Beer is as comfortable as your own home. Sample some of our local beer, or use our BBQ equipment to grill your catch of the day.

Sound ideal? Book a stay at YHA Beer here!

Previous ArticleNext Article