If you’re looking for an exciting and unique way to explore the stunning South Hams region of England, then you’ve come to the right place! From outdoor activities to cultural events, there are loads of different ways to explore the area and experience its beauty like never before. From kayaking and cycling along the breath-taking coastline to attending traditional festivals and experiencing the area’s rich history, the South Hams has so much to offer. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure or simply want to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, there’s something for everyone. So, let’s take a look at some of the amazing events and activities you can enjoy in this stunning region.

One of the best ways to experience the South Hams is to explore its stunning coastline with a kayak or a paddleboard. You’ll be able to paddle along the beautiful beaches and coves, taking in the stunning views and wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at some fishing or scuba diving in the clear waters of the South Hams?

For those looking to explore the area’s cultural heritage, there are plenty of events to choose from. Various popular South Hams Folk Festivals that take place every year throughout the year include traditional music and dance and experiences to sample some of the best food and drink the region has to offer.



Perhaps you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, if so why not take a leisurely cycle ride along the winding country lanes? Here, you’ll be able to take in the stunning views, explore quaint villages, local pubs, and if you are lucky spot some of the area’s abundant wildlife.

If all of this wasn’t enough, we have hand selected a wide array of local events and good days out for the entire family to enjoy. Check out the selection below and begin to plan your very own Devon story.

Dartmoor Zoo Valentines Day

11th-14th February

Valentines day is fast approaching and what better way to spend it than hanging out with your best friend, immersed in the animal kingdom. Explore the zoo’s beautiful grounds and get up close to some of the most fascinating creatures; Dartmoor Zoo has to offer, such as the majestic tigers, elephants, and zebras. If that wasn’t enough there are plenty of activities and experiences to enjoy, like guided walks, talks, and even a petting zoo! Make your Valentine’s Day extra special this year and and if that wasn’t enough, they are currently offering 50% off from 11th -14th February. Simply use their code, DZSVAL50 on their website.

Mardi Gras Fiesta

18th February 2023

Ashburton is a vibrant and upcoming exciting town to visit in the South Hams, and the Mardi Gras Fiesta is one of its biggest and best-loved events. The event brings the community together to celebrate the diversity of Ashburton and the surrounding area. The fiesta features colourful parades, music, dance, food, and art. There’s something for everyone, from the very young to the young at heart.

Point-to-Point Racing

April – TBC

A day out at the races is always one to remember whether you’re a keen horse enthusiast or just along for the ride. You get to witness the thrill of horse racing, and experience the atmosphere of a traditional English countryside event. What a treat! During the event mingle with the jockeys, owners, and other horse racing enthusiasts while sampling some delicious food and drinks, everything from cold cider to hog roast, creamed teas and more. No matter if you’re a horse racing fan or just looking for an unforgettable day out, the Point-to-Point Horse Racing events are the perfect destination!

Brixham Pirate Festival

April 29th – 1st May 2023

This unique event takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Brixham, Devon, each year. The festival is a celebration of all things pirate-related, from swashbuckling performances and tall tales to a parade of costumed pirates and fun activities for all ages. Whether you’re a fan of pirates, an amateur historian, or just looking for a fun day out, the Brixham Pirate Festival is sure to have something for you. Come along to Devon and join the crew this year for an immersive experience full of adventure and fun. Plus a fantastic appearance from the Atyla that is set to arrive in Torbay on the 30th April, sailed all the way from Bilbao, Spain.

Tunes on the Sand Festival

21st – 22nd July 2023

We are so excited for this unique event that combines live music from some of the hottest acts in the UK with a Devon beach setting that will take your breath away. The festival will be taking place over two days and feature a variety of genres to suit all tastes. There will be a range of food and drink vendors, as well as fun activities and games for everyone to enjoy. The atmosphere is sure to be electric, as you dance and sway to the music under the stars. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear, as the beach is just a short walk away for a quick dip in the ocean to finish your day of perfectly.

Torbay Steam Fair

4th-6th August 2023

At Torbay Steam Fair, you can explore a unique slice of history! Marvel at the beauty of vintage steam engines, watch in ore at the power of classic tractors, and admire the intricate details of classic cars! This event is perfect for steam enthusiasts, history buffs, and those who just want to learn more about the vast array of engineering on show. Enjoy the nostalgia and excitement of Torbay Steam Fair – you won’t want to miss it!

Agatha Christie Festival

11th – 17th September 2023

The Agatha Christie Festival is an annual celebration of the life and legacy of the iconic mystery author. Held in her birthplace of Torquay, Devon, the festival provides a chance to explore her works and characters in an interactive and engaging way. You can attend panel discussions with authors, take part in immersive theatre experiences, engage in interactive workshops, and explore the Agatha Christie museum. There’s also plenty of food, entertainment, and other activities to enjoy. Whether you’re an avid fan or a mystery enthusiast, the Agatha Christie Festival is the perfect way to celebrate this timeless author and her prestigious work.

So why delay, book your stay today to explore the South Hams like never before and experience it’s true beauty this 2023.

Finding your perfect holiday often starts with a long time spent trawling through many sites picking out houses that may or may not suit all your holiday needs. Surely the most desirable thing about a holiday is location, accessibility and getting away from the rigours of everyday life. With that said, a comfortable abode suited for all the family with a splash of luxury certainly doesn’t go a miss. Not to mention, one that is downstairs dog friendly too. If this sounds familiar, we have the perfect house for you.

Bantham House is a jewel amidst the Bantham Village. This holiday let is rather unique to most. Why you ask? Simply, because it does not just house you for a short stay or lengthened holiday. Oh no, this property is quite special, it captivates your senses, brightens your mood and most importantly feels like home…

Staying at Bantham House in South Devon really presents an authentic coastal self-catered holiday. Not only is this property oozing with opulence, this timeless building founded back in the 17th century holds great historical culture. However, when you walk inside you are transcended into the chic modern world. The latest renovations bring this ship shaped house alive, with clean contemporary furnishings and quirky designs to compliment the theme. There are four radiant bedrooms, two with en-suites and each looking across either the picturesque coastline or the rolling countryside.









Commanding a holiday where you need not venture far or even in a car, Bantham House again ticks all the boxes. This property is in the heart of the village, adjacent to the long- standing friendly and traditional pub, The Sloop Inn and also conveniently only a short walk up to the Bantham Village Store and Estuary Cafe.

Cooking up a storm for the famished to feast? Have you ever tried using a traditional Aga? Good news, this one is electric! Bantham House has it all with an open plan kitchen, fully equipped with all your needs including an electric hob, American style fridge freezer and wine fridge – the perfect social spot for hosting dinner parties. And when the weather takes a turn this property becomes the perfect hideaway for rainy days.













Curl up beside the open wood fire in the TV room and explore the extensive collection of contemporary and classic literature. Meanwhile the children may venture upstairs to the ship bunk bed berth to be entertained with the toys, games and dress- up costumes. There really is something for everyone.

A day on the beach or venturing further afield, Bantham House, South Devon is a fantastic base for visiting the other stunning popular locations including Salcombe, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. Don’t forget, the spectacular surrounding beaches, coastal footpaths and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This exceptional property truly is for all generations of the family, and makes for an unforgettable family holiday!

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Bantham is an untouched village in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty tucked in a secluded spot along the South Devon coast and situated at the mouth of the Avon Estuary.  Located between the villages of Thurlestone and Bigbury on Sea, close to the market towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe this quaint village is home to beautiful thatched cottages and prestigious period properties standing high above the estuary with outstanding views up the estuary and out to sea encompassing the iconic  Burgh Island. Sheltered dunes lead down to Bantham Beach, with golden sands which when the tide goes out leaves a huge expanse of beach to explore and let the kids and dogs burn off their energy.

Bantham Beach is the most sought after surf beach on the South Coast and thousands of surfers flock here all season to ride the long swooping waves.

What is at Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach is the perfect location for a fun packed family day out with all the facilities you should need.  With RNLI Lifeguards on duty between April and October you have the reassurance that your little ones can paddle and surf to their hearts content under the watchful eye of the lifeguards.

The Bantham Surfing Academy is based in the dunes where you can learn to surf, paddleboard and kayak in group lessons, it is also handy for wetsuit and surfboard hire.  At the end of a sandy day on the beach you can take a quick shower in the toilet block situated in the car park.

The Gastrobus is situated on the fringes of the beach serving delicious homemade cakes, breakfasts and lunches using locally sourced products.

Bantham Beach is also perfect for taking your furry friend for a long walk across the acres of sand at low tide. There are no restrictions during winter months and partial restrictions from 1st May to 30th September however at low tide there is still a vast expanse of beach and the estuary for your pooch to have a well-earned dip on the estuary side of the beach.

Bantham Village

The village of Bantham though small has a well-balanced mix of local residents and family holiday homes available to rent throughout the year.  Many of the villagers are sustainably employed in the local Sloop Inn with its well-earned reputation for good food and friendly service and on a Sunday, as they are famous for their sumptuous roast lunch as well as a good selection of fish dishes.

The Bantham Village Stores shop is a cosy meeting place for locals and visitors alike to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the local gossip and news. The Bantham Village Stores and café stock all your daily essentials and you can stop and relax on their outside decked area and enjoy a cup of coffee and croissant while admiring the beautiful estuary view with swans gliding peacefully by.


Take a Walk through the Local Countryside with Coastal views

Bantham is located on the stunning South West Coastal Footpath where you are able to plan many circular routes from all-day treks to manageable strolls. Bantham is close to Thurlestone and Hope Cove where you can stop in various pubs and eateries for a snack or Sunday lunch.  Both host sandy beaches, with far reaching views should you wish to stop for a sandwich and rest your feet.  Further afield after strolling across Bolberry Downs and bracing yourself for the craggy and dramatic path in and out of Soar Mill Cove you will drop into Salcombe, a sailing mecca and boutique town nestled up the Salcombe Estuary.

Bantham Annual Events

Bantham Village is all about embracing the natural beauty of its surroundings and natural resources. At the mouth of the Avon Esturary lies the village sailing club which is active throughout the season with regattas and racing.

The estuary also hosts the Bantham Swoosh a family friendly wild swimming race from Aveton Gifford at the tail of the estuary down to the mouth of the estuary on Bantham Beach.  Let the natural tide of the estuary make you glide down the estuary taking in the breathtaking scenery.  Those more competitive can embrace the race down the estuary before you duck out onto the sandy beach.

Bantham Beach also hosts the top international cross fit competitive event called Tribal Clash where fitness fanatics congregate for two days of intense physicality at Bantham Beach. Not for the feint hearted!

Compass Quay Coastal Holidays – Bantham Beach Self-catering Holiday Cottages

Compass Quay Coastal Holidays, situated in Bantham Village have a fine collection of Bantham Holiday Homes within its portfolio to suit couples on romantic getaways, family homes for those fun packed school break getaways and larger properties that can host family gatherings or birthday celebrations. Many of the properties welcome your furry friends and are ideally located to enjoy both coastal and countryside walks. All the properties house either countryside or sea views, Compass Quay Coastal Holidays properties to suit all requirements There are also other properties within the portfolio in other nearby villages such ThurlestoneHope Cove, South Milton and Salcombe.