Dog Friendly Pubs in South Devon

Galmpton Touring Park loves pooches of all shapes and sizes and we welcome two well behaved dogs to stay with us, per pitch, at our Touring Park. South Devon is the perfect spot for a complete family holiday, including your pet! With fantastic spots for walking, plenty of parks as well as dog friendly modes of transport, there’s no reason to leave your furry four-legged friend or friends at home. Devon also plays host to many dog-friendly pubs that offer fantastic food alongside stunning seaside views.

The Manor

Located just 1 mile from Broadsands Beach, The Manor is one of the oldest pubs in Devon and a hidden gem set back from the coastline in a quiet yet elegant street. Just 9 minutes by car or 25 minutes by public transport from Galmpton Touring Park, this is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink. The pub offers indoor and outside seating as well as an extensive selection of drinks on tap, spirits and over 40 gins!

The Railway Inn

Situated adjacent to Dartmouth Steam Railway, The Railway Inn is passionate about local produce and delicious cuisine. The Inn is open for food 7 days a week and food is served all day on Sundays. The menu includes pub classics as well as local seafood and grills for a delicious afternoon treat. Just a short 15 minute walk from our Park, The Railway Inn is the perfect spot to pop with your pet and refuel.

Ferry Boat Inn

The boldly painted Ferry Boat Inn (known locally as The FBI) is a traditional pub located just off the shore of the River Dart in Dittisham. The pretty pink pub looks directly out across the River and offers amazing views year-round. Pop in for a delicious meal and even try the Fisherman’s Platter, if you’re feeling hungry. With an unbeatable location and dog-friendly atmosphere, it’s certainly worth a visit!

Blue Anchor

The Blue Anchor is a traditional Devonshire pub located on the harbour of the stunning fishing town of Brixham. The Blue Anchor is one of Brixham’s most popular pubs and is known for its amazing location and regular live music nights. Passionate about locally sourced food and produce, the pub menu offers tantalising seafood and daily specials.


Shoreline is located directly on the Paignton seafront with outdoor seating that looks directly out onto the bright blue ocean. This glamorous eatery welcomes dogs, so after your leisurely stroll across the beach and maybe a quick dip in the sea, pop into Shoreline for some outstanding food. Offering breakfast and weekend brunch menus as well as the main menu, Shoreline is famous for its authentic Italian pizza and homemade burgers.

This is just to name a few of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, there are plenty more places your family and pooch would be welcomed across the local area. Book your holiday for all the family today at Galmpton Touring Park. Call us on 01803 842 066 or visit our website for more details by clicking here.

Days out in Torquay

Just a short 20-minute drive away from Galmpton Touring Park is the seaside resort town, Torquay. Located in the heart of the English Riviera on the South Devon coastline, Torquay is well-known for its popular beaches, abundance of local activities and stunning harbour. Our guests love visiting Torquay for a family day out as there is plenty to see and do, whatever the weather! Steeped in history, the quaint Victorian appearance of the town’s architecture  provides a quintessentially British feel whilst the plentiful tourist attractions provide hours of entertainment for children and young ones.

Here are some of our favourite activities for a day out in Torquay:

Babbacombe Model Village

This world famous attraction has been bringing joy for families across the region for over 50 years. Since the village opened in 1963, it has dedicated itself to the upkeep of the model village and has frequently updated the features on display. The exhibition stretches across 4.5 acres of land and depicts the subtle humour of British life through the decades. Featuring over 400 well-maintained models that capture architectural styles from Shakespeare to modern times. Kids will love the Where’s Wally game as well as the miniature displays and animations, there’s so much to see at Babbacombe! We recommend the Christmas wonderland illuminations with thousands of miniature sparkling lights twinkling across the garden. What’s more, Babbacombe allow a free return visit within 7 days, so why not see the village by day and night!

Discover more about the award-winning attraction online.

Jungle Journey Adventure Golf

This 18-hole crazy golf course is the perfect activity for families small or large. Located just a short walk away from the beach, this golf course is the perfect way to finish off a day spent lounging by the shore. No need to book, just turn up, grab your club and play! The jungle-themed decoration will even have you ducking past dangerous predators as you try to get a hole-in-one!

Watch their video online to find out more.

Torre Abbey Sands

Featuring not just one but 9 sandy beaches, you are spoilt for choice when visiting Torquay, but Torre Abbey Sands is our favourite. Located on the main seafront and just a short walking distance away from the main town centre, it is definitely worth taking a quick trip down to the seaside to enjoy the views. The expansive beach is perfect for making sandcastles or just lying back in the sun with a book. Plus, amazing facilities mean you have all your wants and needs catered for including an ice cream hut and cafe.

Learn more about the beach facilities online.


Take a walk through history from the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign to the First and Second World Wars and onto the 50s and 60s. Bygones is fun for all the family and involves 3 levels of exciting displays full of surprise, suspense and nostalgia. Stroll down an authentic life-size Victorian street and take a moment to visit the blacksmith hammering horseshoes or pick up some treats at the old-fashioned sweet shop. Even featuring a 27-tonne steam engine, there’s certainly something to entertain everyone at Bygones.

Learn more about the history of Bygones online.

Torquay is the perfect seaside resort for a fun day out for all the family. After a day of exploring, head back to your touring caravan, tent, motorhome or holiday let for a relaxing night with all the creature comforts you could need. Book your get away for 2020 or even book for the season with a seasonal pitch at Galmpton Touring Park. Call today on 01803 842 066 to speak to one of our friendly team. 

Best Fish and Chips in Devon – South Devon’s Top 5

A trip to the stunning English Riviera would not be complete without sampling some of the fantastic fryers the local area has to offer. South Devon, with its rich fishing heritage and miles of gorgeous coastline, is the perfect place for some classic fish and chips. Whether its a quick takeaway to enjoy on the beach or a sit-down meal with all the trimmings, this quintessentially British meal can be enjoyed anywhere, by anyone!

Galmpton Touring Park is situated between Paignton and Brixham, in the heart of South Devon and overlooking the beautiful River Dart. We were spoilt for choice on this one, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to our top 5 favourite local spots for delicious fresh fish and crunchy chips with plenty of salt and vinegar!

Rockfish, Brixham

With the original restaurant opening in nearby Dartmouth, this popular restaurant perked the tastebuds of locals and holiday-maker’s alike and soon opened more chains on other seafronts across the region, including our very own Brixham. Proudly serving local and sustainable seafood, Rockfish catch their own and supplement this with fresh selections from the Brixham market. Available to eat in and take out and just a short drive or bus ride away from the park, Rockfish is one not to be missed.

Find out more about Rockfish restaurants online.

Krispies, Exmouth

Winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award 2019, Krispies certainly has a lot to brag about. Located in the seaside resort of Exmouth, Krispies is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat after your day out exploring the local town. We highly recommend the battered chips and the homemade mushy peas, a speciality of Krispies. Or, if you’re looking for something a little healthier, ask for your fish to be grilled.

Check out the Krispies menu online.

Simply Fish, Brixham

This laid back eatery is a great place for a relaxing meal, the large windows and banquette seating create a chilled-out setting, perfect for a family feast. Dedicated to sustainability, the seafood is chosen from the local market and caught by local fisherman. This family-run business serves up delicious crispy cod, chunky chips and an array of sides and extras.

View the Simply Fish to learn more.

Paignton Pier Chippy Co., Paignton

Shortlisted for The Good Catch Award 2020 due to their commitment for only selling MSC certified seafood, Paignton Pier Chippy Co. serve high-quality, tasty fish and chips, using only the finest ingredients. Located directly on the Paignton seafront, this is the perfect hang out to take in the gorgeous coastal views after a day out on the beautiful sandy beach. So eat-in, or take-away, but be sure to visit!

Find out more about Paignton Pier Chippy Co. online.

Saltwater Fish Restaurant & Takeaway, Torquay

On the Torquay harbour-side lies Saltwater Fish Restaurant & Takeaway which has been established since 2015. Serving award-winning food, the chippy is proud to have earned their spot in the top 10 in the UK according to the National Fish & Chip Awards. This dog-friendly spot is perfect for families and quality fish and chips is guaranteed, 7 days a week!

Check out the Saltwater menu online.

Boasting not just some of the best fish and chips in Devon, but some of the best in the country, South Devon has plenty of delicious places to visit during your holiday. With amazing facilities on-site and easy transport links across Devon, Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect place for a relaxing get-away! Book your stay with us today.

Seasonal Pitches in Devon

Love kicking back and relaxing in the beautiful British countryside? Enjoy evening walking along exquisite beaches? Or eating delicious pub food by the riverside? Then why not do it all year round with a seasonal pitch at Galmpton Touring Park! Our fantastic pitches allow you to leave your caravan, campervan or motorhome on our holiday park for the entire season, giving you complete freedom to come and go as you please. Our next season will run from March 28th 2020 til October 24th 2020, giving you 7 glorious months to enjoy the best South Devon has to offer.

Our park is situated in a tranquil location, with stunning views overlooking the River Dart and surrounded by the great outdoors. It is a walkers, cyclists and boaters paradise; there are tons of gorgeous walking and cycling trails throughout the countryside, allowing you to make the most of the rural views, as well as a whole host of water sport activities available on and around the River Dart. So, pop out for a morning hike with your well-behaved pooch and enjoy the forest scenery, or hire a canoe or kayak and take a gentle paddle up the river. Whatever your favourite activity, there will be something for everyone in and around South Devon.

One of the amazing benefits of purchasing a seasonal pitch is that you don’t need to pack up and tow your holiday home back after each visit. Say goodbye to the added stress and hassle of having to pack and unpack and moving a large unit around! What’s more, we all know that the British weather can be somewhat unpredictable. A seasonal pitch allows you to be more spontaneous with your holidays as you have the freedom to visit whenever you so desire. So when England surprises us with an unexpected sunny weekend, pop down to Galmpton and enjoy a cold drink in a riverside beer garden!

Our seasonal pitches are available with a choice of service, hard stand electrical, grass electrical or non-electrical plots, each at a fantastically tempting price! Each pitch is conveniently located near to a range of facilities such as water connections, grey waste points and sparkling clean toilet and shower blocks. Wifi is also available throughout the whole park so all your friends at home can see how much of a fantastic time you and your family are having at Galmpton Touring Park.

If that isn’t enough, there are many more fun-filled activities to enjoy in the local area. There are frequent bus and train services to connect you to fabulous leisure attractions, shops and restaurants in Torquay, Paignton, Dartmouth and more. Or, take a short car ride to some of our beautiful blue flag beaches such as Blackpool Sands and Broadsands Beach.

To secure one of our highly sought after seasonal pitches in Devon, please email or give us a call on 01803 842 066 to register your interest today. Please advise us on the type of unit, size of unit and type of pitch you will be interested in as well as if you will have an awning. To secure your spot, a deposit of £400 will be payable by 18th October 2019. Full balance will then be due 28 days before the season commences (1st March 2020). You can choose to pay in instalments of your choice through the winter by logging into your customer portal or by posting us a cheque. Get in contact and book your pitch today to avoid disappointment!

The Top 5 Activities for Kids and Toddlers in South Devon

Looking for some amazing days out with the kids, or got some little ones you need to keep entertained as the summer draws to a close? South Devon boasts a whole host of fun-for-the-family days out from adventure parks to animal sanctuaries and aquariums! So, although the summer may be winding down, there’s no need for the fun to stop in Devon. We’ve put together a list of our absolute favourite days out that we think kids, toddlers (and parents) will love!

River Dart Country Park

Make the most of those last precious days of sun in the beautiful grounds of Dartmoor National Park. 90 acres of parkland are home to River Dart Country Park, a well-loved adventure park packed full of family attractions and activities. Enjoy the great outdoors with a wide range of park activities. Whiz down the mini zip wire, survey the waters on the pirate ship and slither down the snake slides! Also, new for 2019, reach new heights in the ‘Bounce Zone’, an inflatable haven that little ones will just love. Under 2s go free at River Dart Country Park so bring them along to the toddler beach or playground for a fun-filled day. Too much to explore for one day? Return for a free visit within 7 days by showing your valid proof of purchase and experience the fun all over again!

Book your day out online now.

National Marine Aquarium

Explore the deepest depths of the ocean with National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s biggest aquarium. Get up close and personal with creatures from across the globe with the various aquarium zones. Brave a visit to the Starry Smooth Hounds in the British Coasts zone, a cool water shark with a ‘starry’ pattern, or meet Friday, a Green Turtle from the Atlantic Ocean zone. Wonder through the UV tunnel and become immersed in a wave of colour as tropical fish dive and dart by. Children can also burn off some excitement in the Lola Land soft play area or the sea-cret garden, open every day of summer. Bring your toddler along to Toddler Tuesdays for only £1 when purchased with an adult entry ticket and enjoy activities such as story-telling and treasure hunts.

Book your day out entry tickets online now.

Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Travel back millions of years to the Jurassic period and walk amongst the dinosaurs at Torquay’s Dinosaur World. A great way for children to learn about natural history and also have a fantastic time too; adults and children alike will love what’s on offer at Dinosaur World. Explore the interactive indoor exhibit with full-sized and scaled dinosaurs, get the kids to take on the explorer quiz and become dinosaur experts and discover mesmerising fossils. Don’t forget to make the most of the amazing photo opportunities on offer and capture this moment with the whole family. Free for children under 2, Dinosaur World is the perfect day out for young explorers.

Check out entry prices online now.

Woodlands Park

Woodlands Park has something for everyone; amusement rides, waterpark coasters, 125,000 sq ft. of indoor playground and even a zoo park! Being the largest theme park in Devon means there really is something for everyone at Woodlands Park, from toddlers to grandparents. Little ones will love Toddlers Village, a safe play area including the Mermaids Ball Pool and a paddling pool for when the sun is shining. Feeling adventurous? Visit the Falconry Centre and meet Peppa the little owl or Malachite the elegant eagle in one of the daily displays. The Zoo Farm also has plenty of animals to meet and greet including meerkats at meerkat mealtime!

Book your tickets online to save a whopping 30%.

The Donkey Sanctuary

Looking for a budget-friendly day out that’s still full of fun and excitement? Visit the Donkey Sanctuary completely free of charge (donations welcomed)! This award-winning visitor attraction is open 365 days a year, so come rain or shine, you’ll always have an amazing place to visit. With plenty of loving donkeys waiting to meet you, the Donkey Sanctuary is an amazing place to visit to have fun and also support a local charity. Take a stroll through scenic farm trails, get lost in the hedge maze and learn all there is to know about donkeys at the nature centre talks and tours! 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the donkey sanctuary, making it the perfect year to visit and join in on the fun. Make your trip extra special by going to an event. The 18th September hosts an ‘all things donkey’ experience day, so come along and meet the donkeys!

Find out more on the Donkey Sanctuary website.

There’s so much to do and see in Devon! You can guarantee there is something here for the whole family. Galmpton Touring Park has an amazing central location overlooking the beautiful River Dart and is a superb place to stay if you want to make the most of the local area. Book your stay with us and enjoy all the fabulous days out Devon has to offer!

The Best Beaches in South Devon

Nothing says traditional British holiday more than a trip to the sea-side. Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect place to pitch your tent or park your caravan before heading off to visit some of the most beautiful beaches of the English Riviera. Here’s a few of the best that you definitely don’t want to miss!

Blackpool Sands

Blue Flag awarded Blackpool Sands on the South Devon coastline is an unspoilt bay of natural beauty. Sheltered amongst evergreens and pines, this relaxing shingle beach is a lovely sheltered treasure cove away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The beautiful clear sea will fool even the most worldly traveller into thinking they’ve packed their passport and flown to the Mediterranean.

As well as stunning scenery, Blackpool Sands has amazing facilities. The Venus Beach Cafe offers impressive views across the beach and is the perfect spot for a peaceful breakfast, light lunch or refreshing drink. Enjoy fresh organic produce and local alcoholic drinks at this delightful spot.

Well rested? Why not liven your sea-side trip up by trying out some of the water sports on offer at Blackpool Sands. Hire a single, double or triple kayak and ride the waves, or dare to try a paddle board and take on a challenge this summer.

Remember to leave your pooches at home for this one as dogs are banned from March until October!

Slapton Sands

For a beach with some interesting modern history, visit Slapton Sands. In 1943, the beach was raided by allied forces and used as a ‘rehearsal’ space for the infamous D-Day Landings, resulting in the tragic death of many American servicemen. You can visit a stone monument to mark their memory and pay respects.

In modern times, however, the beach is enjoyed by many for its amazing climate, water sports and safe ocean. A beachside cafe serves refreshments for hungry beach goers and you’ll be happy to hear that Slapton Sands is a dog-friendly beach, all year round! So feel free to bring your well-behaved furry friends along for some fun in the sun.

While you’re here, don’t forgot to visit the National Nature Reserve, which covers 490 acres of gorgeous natural woodland and greenery.

Broadsands Beach Paignton

A charming bay on the English Riviera, Broadsands Beach Paignton offers an expansive sandy beach, perfect for building sandcastles or kicking back with a book. Alternatively, explore rock pools with the children and see what wonders of the sea you can uncover.

The beach is conveniently surrounded by a large area of parkland so bring a bat and ball or a frisbee to make the most of this versatile beach.

Whilst dogs are not allowed on the beach during summer, you are allowed to walk your pets on the expansive exercise area behind the beach.

Make sure you have somewhere cosy to rinse the sand from between your toes after a long, hard day of relaxing at the beach. With amazing facilities, whether you’re staying in a caravan, tent or motorhome, Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect place for a country escape, and we’re dog friendly! To book your stay with us, click here to visit our website.

Our Favourite Dog Walks in Devon

We love dogs here at Galmpton Touring Park and are always happy to welcome four-legged family members to our park. Our guests often ask us about the best places to take their dog for a walk – apart from our onsite dog park of course! As dog walkers ourselves, we know some the areas most scenic routes – both long and short – and are always happy to share our local knowledge.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration on where to take your dog in Devon this summer, we’ve compiled five of our favourite routes below, from quick coastal strolls to day-long circular hikes – nearby to Galmpton and some further afield.

Start Point Lighthouse: Short Walk

Start Point Lighthouse is the most southern place in Devon and the short walk down the peninsula from the car park offers fantastic views of the bay. Look down the northern cliffs, you can see the remains of Hallsands Village that was damaged by storms in 1917. On a clear day, this route offers views that extend all the way to the Isle of Portland to the North East – that’s nearly 60 miles away.

The path is fully paved and offers a slight incline, sloping down towards the lighthouse. The surrounding landscape is ruggedly scenic and makes for a great quick walk for smaller dogs or dogs who prefer shorter and easier walks.

Click here for more information on this route.

Blackpool Sands: Short Walk

Blackpool Sands (no, not THAT Blackpool) is just a short drive from Dartmouth and is one of the best beaches in the area. Covering quiet lanes offering coastal views of Start Point, Torcross and Slapton Lay, this 3.4-mile circular route offers a great opportunity to get to know Devon’s famous coastline and pastoral rolling green hills.

Starting at Blackpool Sands carpark, you’ll walk from the seafront and slowly work inland along coastal paths and through small Devon towns. Perfect for dogs (and people) looking to get a full helping of sea-air without spending all day on their feet (or paws!)

Click here for more information on this route.

Little Dartmouth Circular: Medium Walk

The first of two walks starting from Little Dartmouth – an area of coastal beauty that was once home to a Civil War fort and encampment. The shorter of the two routes, a 3.5-mile loop, is full of interesting sights, charming British landscapes and characterful rocky coastlines. It even features a quick stop off at Dartmouth Castle at the mouth of the River Dart.

Featuring some below-cliff paths, the Little Dartmouth Circular features some steeper inclines and steps and is only suitable for dogs comfortable with such things – unless you’re looking to carry them up and down!

Click here for more information on this route.

Diamond Jubilee Way: Medium Walk

The second and longer of the two Little Dartmouth routes was created in 2012 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation – which explains the diamond shape of the route.

With more of a countryside focus, the Diamond Jubilee route takes you through undulating green farmland before reaching the town of Dartmouth itself. Here you can stop for a break in one of the many dog-friendly pubs and cafes while taking in the glory of the River Dart – an especially enjoyable experience on a sunny day.

The route is fully signposted starting just east of Little Dartmouth carpark, making it an easy route to follow.

Click here for more information on this route.

Dartmouth to Greenway: Long Walk

The Dartmouth to Greenway trail is one for daring doggy explorers and experienced hikers. This 9-mile tour of the Dart valley takes you through towns, alongside railway lines and even on two river crossings – don’t worry, the ferries are dog-friendly too!

We recommend leaving a whole day free to complete this ramble – so be sure to pack a water bowl and lots of treats – but during this time you’ll experience wooded river banks and beautiful views of the river. If you have the legs for it, it’s a journey you won’t forget in a hurry.

Click here for more information on this route.

All these walks are easily accessible from Galmpton Touring Park. We are a dog-friendly touring park that offers incredible views over the River Dart along with great touring park facilities. We even have some holiday lets too! To learn more about us or to book your next Devon escape, click here to view our website.

Our Favourite 2019 Summer Events in Devon

Stuck for something to do in Devon this Summer? We can’t see why when there’s so much going on! We’ve decided to pick our top five favourite summer events taking place in Devon this year and share them with you – just in case you needed a little summer inspiration for when the kids are off school!

Wild Week Summer School at Paignton Zoo – 29th June to 23rd August

A cute monkey

Are the kids in desperate need of something to do this summer? Why not book them into the country’s most unique summer school?

Whether it’s working with the zoo’s animals or helping prepare their lunches, the Wild Week summer school programme offers children between the ages of 7 and 11 the chance to get behind the scenes of Paignton Zoo. The programme offers five fun-filled days of one-of-a-kind animal experiences alongside the Paignton zookeepers. Be warned though, they’ll probably get more than a bit muddy before the week is done!

To learn more or to book a place, visit the Paignton Zoo website.

Torbay Steam Fair – 2nd August to 4th August

row of steam engines at a steam fair

Start the engines, stoke the fires and head on down to this year’s Torbay Steam Fair. As one of the highlights of the Torbay summer calendar, the Torbay Steam Fair has been entertaining and educating steam fanatics and casual visitors alike for over 30 years.

This year’s show promises to be the biggest ever, with a wide range of working steam engines as well as vintage and classic cars and trucks, military displays, market stalls and much more. If you’re feeling a little tired from exploring, then you can take a break and grab a pick-me-up from one of the many bars or catering tents. There are even special arts and crafts and activities to help keep the kids entertained.

Attracting visitors from all over the country, the Torbay Steam Fair is one not to miss.

Click here to learn more.

Dartmouth Shakespeare Week – 23rd July to 27th July

A book of plays by Shakespeare

Taking place just outside the walls of historical Dartmouth Castle, this weeklong celebration of “The Bard” is presented by the Inn Theatre Company. The annual event sees the area’s most talented performers come together to create a spectacular tribute to some of literature’s greatest works.

This year sees the event enter its 18th year as the tale of Macbeth is brought to the shores of the River Dart. We can’t think of a better setting to experience such a performance!

To learn more about this year’s event, click here

Woofstock 2019 – 15th August to 18th August

border collie dog portrait with medal and award

We love dogs here at Galmpton Touring Park, so we love Woofstock – Devon’s premier dog festival! Returning for its fifth year, the small town of Blackawton will be packed with dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes this August weekend.

Woofstock features many dog shows that are open to all attending dogs. Categories include “Appealing Eyes”, “Golden Oldie” and, of course, the coveted “Best in Show” award. There’s a lot for human attendees to do too of course, including displays to watch, stalls to browse and live music to enjoy.

Proceeds from Woofstock 2019 will be donated to a wide range of dog and animal charities, including support for retired working dogs, care for animals and international animal protection.

For more information, visit the Woofstock 2019 website.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2019 – 30th August to 31st August

Dartmouth in South Devon

Dartmouth, the scenic point at which the River Dart meets the sea and the picturesque heart of the English Riviera. It’s also host to one of the finest annual Regattas in the country. The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is entering its 175th year and there’s never been a better time to pay a visit.

Mixing traditional sailing and rowing events with air displays, fireworks, a fun fair and many other shoreside activities, the event sees over 100,000 visitors every year. That makes it’s the second largest regatta in the country, second only to Cowes Week!

Learn more about the 175th Dartmouth Royal Regatta by clicking here.

Set in the hills overlooking the River Dart, Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect destination for a family escape to the country. There’s nothing that says “Summer Hols” to us more than getting out of your tent or caravan in the morning to such a quintessentially picturesque view. For more information about our onsite activities or to book a stay with us, please visit us on the Galmpton Touring Park website.

Top 5 Camping Tips and Tricks for a Great Holiday

Maybe you’re new to the world of camping or perhaps you’re just looking for some new ideas.  We’ve seen thousands of campers come and go at Galmpton Touring Park and over the years we’ve learned so much from our guests about what makes for a great camping holiday. So we’ve brought together some of our top hacks, tips and tricks to help make your next tent holiday the best it can be!

1. Know how to pitch your tent and how to pack it away

Two children pitch a tent

You don’t want the first time you put up your tent to be on your first night at the campsite. Especially if it’s raining or dark when you arrive. Before you head out on your holiday, be sure you’ve practised putting your tent up in your back garden. You should do this at least once, but the more times you can practise the better!

To make packing up at the end of your break that much easier, take a quick photo of your tent using your phone as soon as you take it out of its bag. We all know how hard it can be to fold a map back to its original state and tents aren’t much different. Having a reference photo to work to will make the packing up process that much easier.

2. Make your tent more comfortable with a few creature comforts

A comfortable glamping tent

One thing that puts many people off camping is thinking it’s a cramped and uncomfortable experience. That, instead of a relaxing holiday, you’re destined for a sore back and bags under your eyes. The reality couldn’t be more different, especially with a few additions to your camping checklist.

Interlocking foam floor tiles, for example, are perfect for covering the floor of your tent, creating a soft barrier between yourself and the cold, hard ground. Not only does this provide extra padding beyond your air mattress or roll mat while sleeping, but the tiles make sitting and generally being in the tent far more comfortable. This is one of the more thrifty camping hacks out there as these tiles are often sold as play matting and are relatively inexpensive. Combine a padded floor with real pillows, a duvet and some hanging lanterns, and you’ll be in for a 5* camping experience!

3. Prepare for any kind of weather

A woman in warm outdoor clothes

This is especially true if you’re going on a camping holiday in the UK. No matter how sunny the summer day, rain and wind might be just around the corner.

The best way to be prepared is by packing a lot of layer-friendly clothing – clothes that can be worn on their own or together to keep you toasty and warm. Add a simple pack-a-mac or lightweight waterproof jacket to keep the rain out and you‘re good to go – all without taking up large swathes of packing space. Don’t let bad weather stop you from having a great camping holiday!

4. Learn to switch off

A couple relax on a camping holiday

With phones, apps and social media being an ever larger part of our lives, it gets harder and harder to take a break from the digital world. Escaping to the country and pitching a tent however, is a great way to disconnect from these stresses of day-to-day life.

The 2011 study “The Psychological and Social Benefits of the Camping Experience” showed that people who camp regularly are 20% more likely to feel they have a high quality of life. So while it’s important to be able to get in touch with the outside world if necessary, it might be worth limiting your social media use and leaving the work laptop at home!

5. Make sure you know the campsite rules

A family enjoying a camping holiday

Knowing the rules of your campsite is essential for a fun and safe camping trip. While it might seem a boring thing to talk about, knowing the campsite rules will keep you safe and help you avoid any needless stress – this is especially true when it comes to the campground’s fire and barbecue policies. It will also ensure that you don’t annoy your fellow campers!

There are also some rules that you might not find in your booking information (or on the park) but are just as essential. These are the unwritten rules of camping etiquette. We’ll explore these in a future blog, so be sure to check back soon!

These are just some of the best camping hacks and tips we’ve collected over the years and there are plenty more where these came from. If you’re looking for somewhere to take advantage of these tips, then why not try Galmpton Touring Park on the banks of the River Dart in Devon? You’ll be hard pressed to find a more picturesque or tranquil place for a camping trip. To learn more, visit the Galmpton Touring Park website or call 01803 842 066.

Top 5 Best Historical Sites in Devon

Devon, and especially South Devon, is full of history. From Stone Age caverns to more castles than you can explore in a day, there’s a lot for history buffs to see and do. To make planning your next trip through South Devon a little easier, here are our top 5 favourite historical sites in Devon that we think are well worth a visit.

Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle is just one of the many castles in South Devon. This spectacular fortress has been guarding the mouth of the River Dart for over 600 years. During that time, the castle has protected England’s shores during the 17th Century Civil War and the First and Second World Wars. The castle ceased active service in 1955 and English Heritage now manages it, keeping it open to thousands of visitors every year.

Once a place of war, Dartmouth Castle now offers spectacular views and tranquil ferry rides. Climb to the top of the battlements and take in the best views in Dartmouth. Alternatively, spend a quiet hour with a delicious cream tea in the castle café.

The Newcomen Engine

In 1712, Dartmouth native Thomas Newcomen invented the first practical steam engine. The Newcomen atmospheric engine, to give its full name, pumped water out of mines and was one of the first signs of the upcoming Industrial Revolution. The engine on display once worked the canals in Coventry, before the Newcomen Society moved it to Devon in 1963. It has lived in Dartmouth ever since.

The Newcomen Engine at Dartmouth is still running, albeit thanks to hydraulics rather than steam. You can pay a visit to this piece of Dartmouth history at the Dartmouth Visitor Centre.

Torre Abbey

In 1196, six cannons and an abbot founded Torre Abbey to act as a monastery for Catholic priests. The original buildings stand to this day and represent one of the best-preserved monasteries in the South West. Torquay Borough Council eventually bought the abbey in 1930. Since then, it has provided a home to a variety of public services and works. It is most well known however, as a public art gallery.

In modern times, Torre Abbey has become the Torre Abbey Museum and Gardens. As a cultural hub, the museum hosts world-class collections along with the work of local artists and art events. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the abbey’s award-winning gardens. Set amongst the ruins of the ancient abbey, the gardens offer a wide range of rare shrubs and trees.

Greenway House

Greenway House was once home to author Agatha Christie, who bought the property in 1938.  Christie lived in Devon for many years and was born in nearby Torquay. While not directly named, the property features in several of her books, including ‘The ABC Murders’ and ‘Five Little Pigs’.

Christie lived at Greenway, along with her husband Max Mallowan, until her passing in 1976. The National Trust purchased the house and gardens in 2000, and both are now open to visitors.

The National Trust has preserved the home as a living memory. Rooms decorated as if Christie still lived there and is just in the other room. For fans of the author, a visit to Greenway House is essential.

Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern is an important part of human history. This cave system in the heart of Devon has provided fossil evidence of ancient humans, with some bone fragments thought to be almost 40,000 years old.

While still being an important part of scientific research into our Stone Age past, Kents Cavern is also open to the public. On your visit, you’ll step back in time and see the caves as our ancestors did. As a place of shelter, away from harsh weather and deadly predators. Take a tour of the show caves and experience the famous Kents Cavern blackout. The latter has been a firm favourite of visitors since the 1930s.

If you’re looking to pay a visit to South Devon, Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect place for the weary time traveller to rest. Overlooking the banks of the River Dart, we offer a range of self-catering touring pitches and holiday let accommodation. For more information, or to book, visit the Galmpton Touring Park website.