Skipping along the promenade, eating ice creams in the sun, peering down at the local children crabbing on the slipway, watching the fish in the huge tanks at the aquarium, and smiles as long as the day. Our day out in Torquay with kids was packed full of fun, the perfect coastal adventure to give all of us some family time of the best kind. We really fell for Torquay, it was so much better than I remembered from visiting way too many years ago. It has a real buzz about it, some beautiful Victorian architecture mixed with new, fun attractions and a friendliness all of its own.
We have partnered with Parkdean Resorts for their Coastal Adventures campaign to show some of the beautiful British coastline and in particular how you can spend a day out in Torquay with kids.
A day out in Torquay with kids
We started our day at Babbacombe Cliff Railway which has been taking visitors to the beach since 1926. It is full of Victorian charm and character and is a wonderful way to get to the sand.
Once at the bottom we made our way out to Oddicombe Beach, a lovely stretch of coastline with shops, a cafe and beautiful clear waters. We spent the longest time here, the children skimming stones, building sandcastles and hunting for shells while we sat back and relaxed in the glorious sunshine.
We really enjoyed this beach, side-by-side with other families enjoying their day out it felt like the perfect weekend activity.
After getting our fill of beachtime, for now, we headed in to the centre of Torquay. It’s been a long time since I was last in the town and it really turned my memories of it on their head. It was full of a real mix of shops and restaurants, beautiful Victorian arcades and a friendly hustle and bustle.
We stopped for fudge as it’s almost the law when you’re on a trip to the beach to have fudge isn’t it? We loved picking out our flavours in Roly’s Fudge Shop, right on the harbour front and then eating big chunks while watching the boats bob about.
We loved the area just back from the harbourfront where the towering English Riviera Wheel slowly turns.
Here in Princess Gardens, which first opened to the public in 1890, the children raced around chasing each other. We bought some bubbles and they loved seeing who could blow the biggest and racing after long trains of them, shimmering different colours in the sunshine and bursting them with a laugh.
They didn’t want to leave this green little park, filled with colourful spring flowers and palm trees hardly moving in the still air.
As lunchtime grew closer we headed back through the streets to pick up some traditional west country treats of pasties. We stopped off in The Cornish Bakery and loaded up with a whole variety of veggie pasties and sweet pastries. The children then picked out milkshakes that were whipped up fresh in front of us.
With full bags of lunchtime treats we decided to try out another beach we’d heard so much about and drove just out of Torquay to Meadfoot Beach. The water here was crystal clear, I was almost tempted to join some of the families swimming in the water but it felt slightly too early in the season to be braving the sea. In summer though I would be straight in there.
I loved the curve of colourful beach houses at the end of the beach. It felt like holidays of yesteryear, full of simple fun and happy family time.
We headed back to the town and the absolutely wonderful Living Coasts aquarium and zoo. This is the UK’s only coastal zoo and they do an amazing job. We wound our way to the top, huge nets across our heads stopping the terns fly too far. It felt like a great space for all the creatures living here and we loved our time at Living Coasts.
Just as the sun was starting to set we stopped to watch the beautiful yachts bobbing about on the water. Watching the world drift past we reflected on what a wonderful day we’d spent in Torquay.
Torquay really is a fantastic day trip or more for families, it is packed full of entertainment, lovely architecture, gorgeous beaches and a real charm. Best of all it’s really well priced too. If you compare it to some of the Cornish seaside towns the change in price for everything is clear so it’s obvious why Torquay has been a firm family favourite.
Our six year old summed it up the following day when he said, “are we going to the place with the big wheel again?”, “Torquay?” I inquired, “no, not today”, “oooow”, he lamented, “I love it there”. I have a feeling we’ll be back again soon.
Check out our video and everything we got up to on our day out in Torquay with kids here –
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This post is in collaboration with Parkdean resorts but as always all opinions are our own.