Devon – The Home of Agatha Christie

Famous – and much loved – mystery author Agatha Christie is not well known as a woman who stayed in one place. Indeed, out of all authors, it is Christie whose fans may struggle to pinpoint the best place to visit to celebrate the writer – with choices ranging from Bagdad to London.

The answer, as far as we are concerned, is the English Rivera of South Devon. It is here that Christie was born in 1890, where she spent her honeymoon and where she bought Greenway – a stately holiday home on the banks of the Dart.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and spent her childhood living in Ashfield – a Victorian mansion house. While Ashfield was demolished in the 60s a blue plaque on Barton Road commemorates the site for any discerning fans to visit. It is said that Ashfield was the inspiration for “The Laurels” property in her final novel, The Postern of Fate.

The rest of Torquay is full of sights and places that acted as a backdrop for Christie’s youth. Princess pier, now overlooking Torquay marina, was once a venue for Agatha to roller-skate and take in the sea view. The nearby Princess gardens featured in the novel The ABC Murders, while the Grand Hotel – found on the other side of the small bay – was where Christie spent her honeymoon with her first husband in 1914.

There are countless spots in Torquay where an avid fan of Christie’s works can soak in the author’s past, but perhaps the most intriguing offering resides further south in the Greenway area.

Less than two miles walk from Galmpton Touring Park is Greenway House. Christie and her second husband, Max Mallowan, purchased this Georgian stately home in 1938 to be their holiday property on the banks of the Dart. The family spent many springs, summers and Christmases at Greenway but it was never a place for writing – instead, it was a place where Christie went to relax after a novel had been completed.

The site was an inspiration for locations in three of Christie’s books, including Dead Man’s Folly, which is why the house itself was used as a filming location for the ITV adaptation of the same story.

Greenway House is currently owned by the National Trust and the house and gardens are open to visitors. Inside you will find examples of Christie’s extensive collections from around the world, as well as items that were taken from her childhood home of Ashfield prior to its demolition. The house stands as if the family are just in the next room – with dominoes and cards sitting in front of the fire and Christie’s own Steinway piano taking pride of place in the living room. Greenway is an essential visit for any Agatha Christie fan.

It’s not all about places to visit, however; the International Agatha Christie Festival takes place every other year in Torbay – with talks, adaptations, tours and a myriad of other Agatha Christie-themed events on offer. Even in years where the festival isn’t held, the organisers put on a one-day event to celebrate the author’s birthday on September 15th. To learn more about upcoming events visit the International Agatha Christie Festival website.

Just minutes from Greenway House and with a central location in South Devon, Galmpton Touring Park makes for the perfect accommodation for those looking to explore the history of this cultural icon. To learn more and to book your next adventure, visit the Galmpton Touring Park website.

The Wildlife of the River Dart

The River Dart isn’t just a great place for people to relax and enjoy – it is also home to a wide range of birds, fish and other animals – including some you might not expect. So grab your binoculars and join us as we explore the natural world of the River Dart!

Unsurprisingly for a river, the Dart is home to a great many fish. Especially prevalent are salmon, trout and even mackerel, making it incredibly popular with fishermen – both human anglers and predatory animals alike. Indeed, the eco-system of the Dart area is almost entirely centred on the fish population of the river.

The Dart and its surrounds are home to a high population of fishing birds. It’s not unheard of to see a graceful egret lazily glide its way up and down the river, nor to see an osprey diving to catch a fish for lunch.

A sight many bird watchers hope to catch is that of a dipper flitting around the area. These birds congregate around fast flowing and cold rivers and streams, making the Dart an ideal home for these rare creatures.

Back in the water, visitors to the river at the right time of year are likely to see grey seals swimming alongside boats or sunbathing on docks. During high tide these true seals can often be found far inland as they venture up the river looking for their lunch – something seals and people seem to have in common!

When not playing around in the river, the seals can be found on their colony on the Mew Stone – an uninhabited (save for the wildlife of course!) island near the mouth of the Dart that was once used as a ministry of defence gun battery. This is a great place to spot these charismatic creatures, but they are best viewed from land with a pair of binoculars to minimise any disruption to the animals. If you are viewing them from the water, it is vital that you minimise any noise or other disturbances as this can affect their resting time and result in lower fitness and reduced health in the seals.

Grey seals aren’t all that you might spot in the cool water of the Dart. Dolphins are also regular visitors to the Dart estuary – again lured in by the promise of a brown trout supper. Basking sharks also make appearances on occasion. These bigmouthed sharks are the largest fish that can be found in British waters and are a sight to be seen when conditions are favourable. Unlike the fish-eating dolphins however, the basking shark are more interested in eating microscopic krill than anything else.

Krill aren’t the only microscopic creatures of interest living around the Dart. Believe it or not, the nutrient-rich sediment of the estuary is home to billions upon billions of different bacteria that help break down organic material deposited by the tide. The Dart’s mudflats support a myriad of species including worms, snails and shellfish. The mudflats, along with the fish in the river itself, are one of the key sources of food for wildlife in the area.

If you’re an animal lover then the River Dart has so much to offer. Rare birds, cheeky seals and giant basking shark await those who take the time to look. The best part however? Galmpton Touring Park is the only touring park in the area that overlooks the river – making it an ideal base for your animal spotting expeditions!

Explore Paignton

Near Galmpton Touring Park can be found Paignton, the central town of Torbay. This beautiful coastal town has plenty to offer the whole family all year round – from scenic beaches to award winning zoos and exciting water slides.

Beaches

Paignton is well known for its beaches. With soft sand over gentle slopes, this section of the English Rivera offers some of the safest and most welcoming beaches on the South Coast. On more blustery days, the beaches in the Paignton area are the perfect venues for surfers with the area’s many bays and coves offering some great waves.

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a combined zoo and botanical garden that first opened its doors all the way back in 1923 – making it one of the first of it’s kind. The Paignton Zoo welcomes over half a million visitors a year, and it’s not hard to see why. This award-winning zoo is home to around 2,000 animal species and over 1,600 species of plants. At Paignton Zoo you can get face-to-face with some of the most interesting and entertaining animals on our planet; from tiny termites to enormous African Elephants. The Paignton Zoo is a great day out for all the family – from adults to kids there’s something incredible to see and learn.

Dartmouth Steam Railway

The Dartmouth Steam Railway runs between Paignton and Kingswear at the mouth of the River Dart. This bank-side railway line runs for seven miles between the two towns and has been delighting passengers with its traditional steam engine service for over 30 years. The Dartmouth Steam Railway lets you explore South Hams in style and is part of the award winning “round robin” all-day excursion service that features steam trains, a ferry ride and traditional buses.

Splashdown Quaywest

Walking distance from the Paignton coastline is Splashdown Quaywest – the largest outdoor water park in the UK! Featuring a wide array of slides and flumes, Splashdown Quaywest has something for everyone and is bound to be a hit with the whole family. Smaller children who may not be large enough or confident enough for the larger rides have their own dedicated water play areas and there’s even a more traditional pool for those looking for something more relaxing – no one need be left out at Splashdown Quaywest.

Paignton Pier

The pier on Paignton beach is a traditional Victorian amusement pier with all of the expected trappings. First opening in 1879, the pier features a wide array of refreshments and amusements to satisfy even the most discerning of leisure makers. The pier structure was modernised in the 1980s and now features an arcade that runs the whole length of the pier. As well as the arcade, the pier also features karting, slides and a carousel. A great day out indeed!

Palace Theatre

Constructed in 1890, the Palace Theatre is the oldest Theatre in Torbay and embodies the true sense of community theatre. There’s always something on to entertain and educate, with many different acts and companies coming through this comfortable and recently refurbished venue. Past acts have included Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourites, Agatha Christie adaptations for stage and independent modern theatre.

Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect place to stay while you get out there to explore Paignton. Why not enquire today?

The Best Sunday Lunches for Autumn Days in South Hams

The coming of September means the coming of autumn. The colder days, beautiful bronze foliage and earlier evenings are the perfect environment for some comfort food – and the traditional British Sunday Pub Roast might just be the best kind of comfort food! With a wide selection of pubs across the Dartmouth and South Hams area there’s a lot of choice when it comes to finding a truly great Sunday Roast. Here are just some of our favourites, all within a short distance of Galmpton Touring Park!

The Grill Room at The Royal Castle Hotel

Dartmouth

Just five minutes walk from the town centre, and offering picturesque views of Dartmouth harbour, The Grill Room at the Royal Castle Hotel makes a perfect Sunday lunch venue. If the location isn’t enough to persuade you, the Sunday carvery at the Grill Room offers delicious Beef, Lamb, Pork and Turkey with crispy potatoes and freshly prepared veg – all served within the stately atmosphere of the Royal Castle Hotel! If meat isn’t quite what you’re after, then the Grill Room also offers Fish and Vegetarian options for Sunday lunch.

Once you’ve finished with your main why not take advantage of the Grill Room’s sweets buffet? Offering a selection of sweet treats to cap off an excellent meal. If you’ve no more room for pudding then there’s always the hotel bar – with its selection of local ales and a fully stocked wine cellar.

The Pig and Whistle

Totnes

The Pig and Whistle is a traditional, British country pub offering real, local ales (including a local favourite in Dartmoor Brewery’s Jail Ale), bed and breakfast – and of course – good food! All of the food is sourced locally and cooked fresh, so that when the Pig and Whistle opens for lunch at 12 o’clock on a Sunday – you know you’re in for something tasty. Despite the traditional nature of this family run pub, you’ll still have access to all the modern conveniences, including free wifi. There’s also a menu for children who might not be quite ready for a Sunday Roast and dogs are also welcome.

The Monks Retreat

Broadhempston

Slightly further North of Galmpton Touring parks sits the rural village of Broadhempston – home to The Monks Retreat. This pub dates back to 1450 and still features log fires and other traditional features – adding to that autumn comfort feel! This family run inn cooks with only the freshest of ingredients, so much so that you’re never quite sure what meat will be available, as the meats menu changes weekly depending on the availability of ingredients. Alongside the traditional roast, The Monks Retreat also offers other British favourites – including a Steak and Jail Ale pie – made using local ale – ham, egg and chips and cauliflower cheese bake!

The Berry Head Hotel

Brixham

The stately cliff top Berry Head Hotel serves a delicious carvery every Sunday from noon to 2:30pm. Menus are created anew each time based on what fresh ingredients the kitchen has available to them – but the menu always includes three meats and a vegetarian option so you’re never short on choice. In the summer months the hotel hosts a Jazz band, who play on the terrace to create a relaxed Sunday feeling. You won’t find that in many other places!

So when you find yourself in our neck of the woods this autumn, make sure you keep warm with a delicious Sunday roast, great atmosphere and good friends. Better still, all of these venues are in driving distance of Galmpton Touring Park – there really is no excuse!

Things to Do with the Kids in South Hams this Summer

A fast approaching summer means only one thing – summer holidays with the kids! With this in mind, we thought we’d collect some of the best children’s activities in South Hams to make planning the perfect family holiday in South Devon that little bit easier.

Occombe Farm near Marldon is a working farm that offers free entry and parking. While there is plenty to see and do on the farm itself – including a wartime garden to explore and animals to meet – the site also features a two kilometre nature trail through beautiful local woodland that is bustling with wildlife. This summer, Occombe farm is offering a kids activity pack giving your child the chance to discover mega and mini beasts, brass rubbings and more!

If you and your family are looking to escape from the summer heat and cool down, then Splashdown Quaywest is just the ticket. Located in Torbay, this outdoor water park has a range of pools, flumes and slides – perfect for those who want to relax and those looking for a thrill. With special pools and facilities for under sevens and a variety of rides, there’s something at Splashdown for children and adults of all ages, meaning no member of the family will be left out.

Alternatively, why not embrace your inner pirate with a trip to Dartmouth Castle. This 600 year old coastal fort will be over-run by pirates from July 24th to August 31st – bringing history to life before your eyes! Complete the experience with a ferryboat trip to or from the castle to make this an excellent family adventure.

If you visit Dartmouth Castle, be sure to explore the rugged, local south coastal areas, Sugary and Castle coves. The small pebble beaches are surrounded by trees and cliffs and make a wonderfully secluded and relaxing picnic spot.

If you can’t stand to let the pirate adventure end, then step onboard the Golden Hind. This replica of the famous ship – that first circumnavigated the globe while captained by Sir Francis Drake – has been a staple of Brixham harbour for over 50-years and features five decks to explore. New for 2017 are “Pirate Thursdays” at the Golden Hind. These family friendly days feature a range of pirate themed activities including shows, workshops and special events for all the little budding pirates out there. Upcoming Pirate Thursdays fall on July 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.

A visit to the Babbacombe Model Village is perfect for families with younger children. Just north of central Torquay, the Babbacombe Model Village is home to over 13,000 tiny residents, with their homes located amongst four acres of carefully maintained, award winning gardens. Featuring recreations of the last six decades of British living, mum and dad can enjoy the antics of recognisable scenes, while the kids can enjoy filling out a free spotter sheet to see what fantastic sights they can find – watch out for the fire-breathing dragon!

With so many great activities and attractions on offer, South Hams is a fantastic venue for this year’s south coast holiday. Galmpton Touring Park, located between Brixham and Paignton, is a great central hub from which to launch your family holiday being within easy driving (or boating) distance of everything we’ve mentioned here! Why not enjoy South Hams this summer?

Make the Most of the River Dart

Central to any visit to South Hams is the historic and beautiful River Dart. Located just down the road from Galmpton Touring Park, the river offers a wealth of different activities to try out, from leisurely cruises to adventurous coasteering. We’ve picked out a few highlights to help you make the most of your trip to the south coast.

If you’re looking forward to a relaxing time in the sun, make sure you take advantage of one of the many opportunities for boating. If you’re after a luxurious – but still totally unique – experience, then the Kingswear Castle is just the ticket. This 1924 coal-fired paddle steamer is the only vessel of its kind in the UK and is part of the National Historic Fleet. The Kingswear Castle offers a range of dog-friendly trips, including cruises back and forth between Totnes and Dartmouth, as well as more recreational circular cruises around the River Dart.

Alternatively, you can take in the scenery from the banks of the Dart as well as the river itself, on the Dartmouth Steam Railway which offers a vintage steam train, bus and steamboat river cruise all in one package. The ‘Round Robin’ ticket gives you the opportunity to take in the picturesque beauty of the area and visit a variety of different attractions.

Or, for the explorer in you, why not take a completely different view of the Dart and dive below? The river plays host to a range of diving charters for those who prefer to explore Devon’s depths. Companies like Falcon Diving Charters operate around the Dart estuary and with their boat, the Flacon II, offer the chance to explore the wrecks, reefs and rocks of the South Coast. Falcon Diving offer a range of diving sites, including southern Lyme Bay, Start Bay and Bolt Tail. As well as leisure diving, they also offer coastal explorations, wildlife tours and commercial diving operations.

Coming back to the surface, but offering no less in the way of excitement, are the coasteering excursions offered by Reach Outdoors. Based in Torbay, Reach Outdoors give budding coasteers the opportunity to scramble, jump, climb and swim their way around Devon’s South Coast. This challenging new coastal pastime is becoming one of the UK’s most popular extreme sports and offers a fantastic opportunity to see England’s coastline from an entirely new perspective. Reach Outdoors tailors their excursions to suit the whole group, meaning no one gets left out and the whole family can get involved and try something new.

A good meal is important when you’ve had a busy day and the bank-side eateries of the River Dart offer great food in spades. The Ship Inn in Kingswear is a 15th century pub and restaurant that features stunning views towards Dartmouth. A CAMRA and Cask Marque award winner, the Ship Inn is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike and often features live music.

Enjoy Fish and Chips at the Fish and Chips Anchorstone Cafe as part of your visit to the River Dart

Or if you want to grab a bite on your way back, just over the water from Galmpton Touring Park is the Anchorstone Café in Dittisham, boasting to be the only true riverside café in South Hams. The Anchorstone Café offers some of the best in local produce with great seafood and a quality selection of wine. The Anchorstone Café is a must for those who want to enjoy the best view and great food without having to go too far from the park.

These are just some of the great experience that the River Dart has to offer, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy them all? With it’s central location, Galmpton Touring Park is perfectly suited to be your hub for a South Coast holiday you’ll never forget!

Dining Devon – Great Food near Galmpton

With the seventh year of the Dartington Food Festival upon us, it seemed only right to celebrate some of our local food culture! There is no shortage of choice for great food near Galmpton, but we’ve hand picked a few that come highly recommended.

Devon’s best food has one thing in common. It’s fresh and it’s local and right on your doorstep! So if you’re looking for some of the best food the Galmpton area has to offer, then you’re in the right place. Whether you’re after a festival, a traditional pub, a market or a modern café, you can find it all nearby. Dive into great food near Galmpton!

Dartington Food Fair – 28th – 29th May Totnes  If you’re looking to sample the true taste of Devon delights, then the Dartington Food Fair at the historical ‘The Shops at Dartington’ is a must. This two day event features street food stalls, an outdoor bar serving local cider, ale and gin and cookery workshops from some of Devon’s favourite foodies! You can also enjoy local produce prepared at two on-site cafes as well as a special discount through all the stores at the ‘The Shops at Dartington.’ Once you’ve finished sampling some delicious local food you can sit back and take in some live music while the kids enjoy some of the onsite children’s activities.

The Ferry Boat Inn Dittisham  This quaint, and strikingly pink, pub looks over the water and offers good home cooked food with home cooked portions! The Ferry Boat Inn is best accessed by ferry from Greenway Quay and on arrival you’ll be greeted by a fully loaded bar, offering the best in local ale, cider and wine.

Cockington Court Food and Craft Market 28th May & 25th June Torquay  Set in the grounds of an award-winning country park and historic manor, the Cocking Court Food and Craft Market features unique, handmade crafts and fresh locally farmed produce. Find the Cockington Court Food and Craft market in the court grounds on the last Sunday of every month.

The Curious Kitchen Brixham  If you want a taste of the modern then look no further than the Curious Kitchen. This new cafe offers fresh, healthy modern food with options for every dietary requirement. The staff at The Curious Kitchen make as much from scratch from possible and have taken a long time to find their perfect coffee roaster. The Curious Kitchen offers lunch and brunch throughout the week and a three-course supper on Friday and Saturday evenings, but you’ll need to book in advance as reservations are required for evening meals.


The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay The Maltsters Arms is tucked away in the countryside of Tuckenhay but is well worth the journey for its selection of pub cooked fresh fish. Calling itself “the fish pub on the dart” this riverside pub offers a wide range of grub with a focus on fresh, local dishes and fish market specials including whole crabs, fish and chips and Surf ’n’ Turf! The Maltsters Arms is child and dog friendly so is a great place to eat for all the family!Totnes Good Food Sunday Market – 21st May & 18th June Totnes It’s in the name! This Fine Food Farmers’ Market takes place on the third Sunday of the month and has a reputation for only offering the best in quality produce. Perfect if you’re looking for a picnic lunch or ingredients for the evening meal. There is no better place to talk food, taste food and buy food!RockFish Dartford This modern take on the classic fish restaurant offers fresh local fish cooked in breadcrumbs, batter or just on the grill! Located near the river’s edge and owned by famed chef Mitch Tonks this child friendly restaurant also offers firm favourites including cracked crab, a pint of prawns and the local fish of the day. The RockFish also runs a takeaway located nearby, so you can take a seat by the Dart with a fresh fish meal from the UK’s favourite independent fish and chip shop!

Teignmouth Farmers’ Market – 27th May Teignmouth  If you’d rather do a bit of cooking for yourself, then you can find some of the freshest ingredients available at the Teignmouth Farmers’ Market. You’ll be able to meet the farmers themselves as well as sample their produce. If you want good, fresh food then you won’t get much fresher than what’s available from Teignmouth Farmers Market.


The Cherub Inn Dartmouth The Cherub Inn dates back to 1380 and is the oldest pub in the area, and still retains many of the original architectural features. The Cherub Inn offers a wide selection of pub classics with a great choice of local ales to go with them!

5 things to do with the kids this summer at Galmpton Touring Park…

It’s the time of year when we’re all thinking about changes, new experiences… and summer holidays! At Galmpton Touring Park, there is so much to see and do you’ll be spoilt for choice come the warmer weather. We open just in time for the Easter Break, and offer great deals and discounts for early bookers.

In Brixham and the surrounding areas along the English Riviera there are attractions, excursions, events and days out a-plenty, and as we are a family-based holiday park, we thought we’d give you a taster of some of our favourite things to do with the kids.

Babbacombe Model Village

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Just 30 minutes away from Galmpton, the Babbacombe Model Village is a spectacle to behold!

This perfect replica of a mini village has been built and maintained with passion since 1963. You can even bring your dog along to explore a charming stroll through the tiny streets and houses.

The spectacular gardens cover nearly four acres, and are constantly maintained by a team of professional gardeners who keep them vibrant and to scale. Once you have finished exploring, you can grab a bite to eat in the aptly named ‘Gulliver’s Tearoom’, which serves sandwiches, cakes, snacks and a wide range of refreshments.

Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark

splashdown-quaywest

Just 10 minutes away from the Park, on the seafront at Goodrington Sands, this huge waterpark (the biggest in the UK) offers a brilliant fun-filled family day out. Although best reserved for the warmer weather, Splashdown has something for everyone, with 8 flume rides, a swimming area, sun terraces and an arcade.

Dartmouth Steam Rail & Riverboat Company

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Leave the car behind and explore some great travel alternatives with the Dartmouth Steam, Rail & Riverboat Company. Travel along the South Devon coastline and take in the views on a steam train, boat or paddle steamer. They also offer day trips and excursions to see Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes from the water.

Good Intent Ice Cream Parlour

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If you take a trip to nearby Dartmouth, we highly recommend a visit to The Dartmouth Ice Cream Company’s parlour, which has been in business since 1928!

Situated overlooking the harbour, this lovely little parlour serves 22 flavours of ice cream, all made with local ingredients. This old-fashioned shop has kept its traditional atmosphere and provides a small taste of history – making it all the more welcoming and worth the visit. As well as the ice cream and homemade fudge, you will also find traditional confectionery, own-label preserves, biscuits, shortbreads, pickles and chutneys.

Battlefield Live Torbay

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For the more energetic holiday-maker (and great for older kids), visit Battlefield Live in Torbay, just 5 minutes away from Galmpton Touring Park. This action-packed laser quest centre asks “why play Call of Duty at home when you can play it for real?” – a sentence that sums up the experience perfectly.

On Saturdays, there is Bootcamp – an open session for 8 to 16 years old that runs for 90 minutes from 9.30am – 11am. From 12pm onwards, the session is open for all ages, provided there are at least people booked to play. (Sunday’s Bootcamp is open from 10am – 11.30am for ages 8 and up). For £20.00, you can include Mini Golf or Footgolf to your experience, perfect for winding down after all that running around, or for those who want to take a more leisurely approach to their visit.

These are just a few of the many attractions near Galmpton, visit our website for more information, and book your 2017 holiday today!

Devon: Cream Tea, Coastlines & Christie

Devon, home to sandy beaches, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks, medieval towns and of course, Galmpton Touring Park.

Based in the heart of the English Riviera, Galmpton is a prime location for relaxing, exploring and discovering all that the South West has to offer. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, we have picked some of the things that always spring to mind first when you think of Devon.

Cream Tea

devon-cream-teaDevon cream is a quintessential ingredient in the oh-so-British tradition of Afternoon Cream Tea. Picture it: dainty sandwiches, scones served with lashings of clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries, and of course, tea from India or Ceylon in silver tea pots drunk from bone China cups. Simply delectable!

There is something of a disagreement about how one is supposed to serve Cream Tea – more specifically the scones, and in Devon the cream is slathered onto the scone first and topped off with jam (strawberry ideally). This means you get the sweetness of the jam first, followed by the balancing flavours of the thick cream underneath.

To experience a true Devonshire Cream Tea, you can visit places such as Cakeadoodledo, the home of all things ‘cakey’, which is a 50 minute drive from the Park, or a little further afield you can find The Old Forge in Chagford, which began as a blacksmith’s forge early in the 1800’s and its historic ambiance remains to this day. It serves what has been billed as Britain’s best cream tea. Closer to home, The Singing Kettle Tea Room and Eatery on Belgrave Road in Torquay is just 25 minutes away and is famous for its cream teas – and its breakfasts.

Coastlines

burnham-coastlineThe English Riviera is 22 miles of coastline running through Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham, with Galmpton at its heart. There is literally something for everyone, with glorious beaches, walks and watersports all along the Riviera, and in nearby Paignton, there is the zoo, an environmental park, the Palace Theatre, and Pirates Bay Adventure Golf.

In Torquay there is Kents Cavern, which is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Babbacombe has a wonderful miniature model village and Brixham Harbour & Marina is the perfect place to soak up some history, culture and some sunshine.

With some of the most stunning beaches in Britain, the English Riviera offers plenty of choice – whether it’s a relaxing day on the sand, or a more adventurous afternoon in the water.

Christie

GTP_greenway_01Greenway House, located a short walk away from Galmpton Touring Park was home to the world’s best-selling novelists – Agatha Christie. Only the Bible and Shakespeare have sold more books! She was born in Torquay on 15 September 1890, and spent her years in stunning surroundings that proved to be an inspiration time and time again. Christie called Greenway “the loveliest place in the world.” She had grown up knowing all about it, and in later years, bought the place as a summer home where she and her family got away to relax and play croquet and clock golf. The garden is large and quite romantic and leads down the hillside toward the Dart estuary.

Want to know more? Take an Agatha Christie tour! The English Riviera Visitor Information Centre can arrange a tour of Agatha Christie’s Riviera and there are excellent local guides who have an in-depth knowledge of Christie, the Queen of Crime. You can experience walks along the Agatha Christie Mile or a guide will take you on driving tours of the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.

The Agatha Christie Festival is a grand annual event held in September, and returns in 2017 running from the 13th – 17th.

Book your holiday at Galmpton Touring Park now and prepare for stunning beauty, historic surprises and special events that are underway from March 2017 onward.

Explore Brixham…

Home to Galmpton Touring Park, and located in the heart of Devon, Brixham is a stunning little seaside resort that offers something for everyone, all year round.

Located right on the coast of Devon, Brixham is a charming fishing town packed full of things to do, see and explore – from adventures with the kids to relaxing amongst stunning scenery.

brixham-marinaThe focal point of Brixham is the harbour, which perfectly captures the essence of the English Riviera, and is a combination of both pleasure and work with its yachts and heritage trawlers nestled together in their moorings.

Brixham is laced with history and culture, with the most popular attraction being the Golden Hind – Sir Francis Drake’s Tudor galleon and the first ship to sail around the world. There are Pirate Days, special events and celebrations happening all year round on what is lovingly known as ‘Brixham’s treasure’ to celebrate its history with tales of pirates and smugglers from it’s past.

Bustling with things to do no matter the season, Brixham is full of attractions, scenic views and nature – not to mention a plethora of great places to eat amongst fascinating boutique stores.

berry-headgolden-hindIn the spring and summer, there are countless boat trips that allow you to experience the true beauty of the area from the water, and what boat trip would be complete without a tale (tall or not) about some of the famous historical nautical adventures from the area? Both interesting and entertaining, it’s a definite must for a summer family visit.

The UNESCO Global Geopark is open year round, and you can reach it via Berry Head – a gorgeous half an hour walk from the harbour. If you’re a birdwatcher, the walk from Berry Head to Sharkham Point is a haven for several nationally rare and threatened species. These birds rely on thin limestone soils, a mild climate, and exposed headlands to thrive and this area provides this atmosphere in abundance.

The Geopark, designated in 2007, offers kayaking, diving, coasteering, and sea-fishing – to name a few, and is home to 3 visitor centres: Kents Cavern, Berry Head National Nature Reserve and The Seashore Centre, which all give a glimpse into the history and geography of the region. Kents Cavern in particular, is Britain’s oldest cave site and was around during the Stone Age. This spectacular archaeological site has produced the bones of sabre-toothed tiger and a mammoth, and was the Ice Age home to Britain’s earliest living humans.

Alongside the Marina and nearby attractions, Brixham’s natural beauty is reason enough to pay a visit. Whether you explore it during the winter months, or book your summer holiday early there is plenty to experience no matter what the weather.