Visit South Devon: A day In Brixham

Last month we were very lucky to stay at Beverley Holidays, the most beautiful, family holiday park in Goodrington, South Devon. Not only were we bowled over by the park itself, but the location could not have been any better!

Just four miles down the road is Brixham, a small fishing town in the district of Torbay, and undoubtedly one of the most stunning towns we have visited on the English Riviera.

It comes as no surprise that Brixham is a busy town, even on a Thursday it was bustling with visitors, or locals going about their day. One of the biggest attractions in Brixham is the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind, that is permanently moored at the harbour and open to visitors.

But for Eva, Megan and Harry, the biggest attraction was that Brixham is very popular for crabbing, with both adults and children lining the harbour walls, casting their nets and patiently waiting. And we couldn’t wait to join them!

You’d think that, at four, five and six, the children would grow tired of waiting to catch a crab, and yet I honestly think they would stand their all day!

Catching crabs is a big deal when you’re small, and as is always the case with these three, it fast became a competition!

We had the best morning crabbing in the sunshine and although the children loved catching crabs, they also loved letting them go free back into the sea.

After lunch we explored a little more of Brixham, wandering around the town and along the harbour, enjoying the view and soaking up the sun.

We loved all of the different coloured houses in Brixham, creating the most beautiful backdrop, and both Gaz and I said that if we had to live anywhere in the South, Brixham would be our first choice!

Another amazing thing about Brixham, and South Devon in general, is the ice cream! I lost count of the number of ice creams we tasted throughout the week but when you’re on holiday it’s the law, right?

Brixham has the most stunning marina that you can walk the whole way down along the breakwater towards a lighthouse at the end, and although it’s quite a trek for tired little legs, we had plenty to entertain us along the way.

Over on the beach there was a boat race starting which the children loved watching. Brixham seems to have a large sailing community and I’m sure events like this are very popular throughout the Summer months.

At the end of Victoria breakwater, half a mile into the marina, we arrived at the lighthouse which stands at 9 metres high. From there you get the most incredible views of Brixham!

We were incredibly lucky that, not only did we see the boat race but, we also caught the second day of the Torbay Air Show! Standing there in the most beautiful setting watching the Red Arrows swooping over head, the children’s eyes wide with amazement, was undoubtedly one of the most special moments we have ever shared, and one that we will never forget.

Although we had not intentionally planned to watch the Air Show, having seen it I would absolutely plan to visit at the same time next year and watch it all over again….even if my heart was beating out of my chest for the most of it!!

We had the most amazing day together at Brixham and created some lovely memories. It just goes to show that, sometimes, the best days out are the ones that haven’t cost a single penny.

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  1. June 20, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Aww this looks like such a fun place to visit for a holiday or day! In fact we’re heading to Devon on holiday in September, so I’ll add Brixham to the list of places to visit 🙂

  2. June 20, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    It is SO blue! Looks stunning. I last went to Brixham when I was about 2 so I really don’t remember it but I have seen pictures of myself there. It looks fab and would make a great stop off when we visit Lee’s family in Cornwall. PS – mine love crabbing too. Sarah

  3. June 20, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    This is such a gorgeous place. I love your photos. I wouldn’t mind going here for a family outing.

  4. June 20, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    This place looks lovely, Makes a gorgeous seaside holiday. I am really loving your photos!

  5. June 20, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Oh wow! It’s so beautiful there! I’d love to spend a solid week there with the family.

  6. June 20, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Oh my goodness! How beautiful is Brixham, I want to move there right now or at least go on holiday there. It’s instagram heaven with it’s pretty houses. It also looks like you were really lucky with the weather too. Sounds like you had a fab holiday x

  7. June 20, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Your photos look amazing! We’re going to Devon for the first time in the summer holidays, so this has been really useful 🙂

  8. Mary Edwards
    June 20, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    WOW this place is gorgeous. I think my family would love to sightsee here. I know I would

  9. Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    June 20, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Looks like you had a gorgeous day for a visit! I’m surprised at your kids’ patience for catching crabs . . . I don’t think I would even have the attention span for that haha.

  10. Rose Ann Sales
    June 21, 2018 / 3:08 am

    Wow! Amazing photo you have there. Especially the jet show, hoping to experience it also. The place looks beautiful and stunning, loved the ambiance of the surrounding.

  11. June 21, 2018 / 5:31 am

    It looks like you had such a nice day as the skies are so bright, I didn’t realise crabbing was such a big thing x

  12. June 21, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I haven’t been to Brixham in years! I had a boyfriend whose grandma lived there once and I have forgotten how gorgeous it is! Looks like you an amazing time hun xx

  13. June 21, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    These are all such beautiful photos. It looks like a nice place to visit with the family, I need to look more into this one.

  14. June 21, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, that would be so fun to see in person. I’ve seen some jets fly over, but I haven’t seen an air show like this. What an amazing experience that must have been.

  15. June 21, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Ah come on you guys have all the fun! What a nice place for the whole family to enjoy!

  16. June 21, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    These kids are so cute and the views you captured are awesome.

  17. June 21, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    I would absolutely love to visit this place! It’s beautiful and I know my family would have a blast.

  18. June 21, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know Devon at all but this looks amazing! That blue of the sea is incredible and it looks like such a pretty town. I’ve never been crabbing either, but Max is desperate to, so I’m keen to put that right. And how amazing to see the Red Arrows too – breathtaking!

  19. Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    June 21, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    I totally agree . . . snacking doesn’t count when you’re on vacation! I’d love to visit a cute little seaside town like this someday.

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc
    June 21, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Wow, such a lovely, lovely town. It would sure be nice to have a vacation there someday. Watching a boat race would be so fun! Oh, and yes, diets get thrown out the window from vacation day 1.

  21. June 21, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Wow how beautiful is Brixham!! I’ve not explored Devon at all and I feel like we’re missing out. The air show looks incredible. I will definitely add this to the list for potential holidays for us x

  22. June 21, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    This looks like a fabulous little place that my daughters would love to visit! They would really enjoy the fishing experience and seeing the big boats.

  23. June 21, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    It looks so picturesque, like on postcards. We have never been to crabbing but looks so much fun so does the air show.

  24. June 22, 2018 / 12:32 am

    That looks like a very pleasant place to take the family. I would love to spend more time at a marina.

  25. June 22, 2018 / 12:34 am

    That place is just lovely. I need to go on a good trip like this,

  26. June 22, 2018 / 3:56 am

    That is like my picture perfect way to spend a day! It’s beautiful there and I would love it!

  27. June 22, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I love the beautiful trips you guys take as a family. I love the various pictures out there. So beautiful. I also love the airplanes. It’s pretty amazing.

  28. June 23, 2018 / 4:17 am

    that place looks so beautiful it seems like its straight from a fairytale… I would love to go visit in Brixham!!! love the pictures of the kids enjoying their treats, makes me think of my kiddos ; )

  29. June 24, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    This looks and sounds like a must visit spot! I will be putting it on our list for when we visit later in the year. So lucky to have caught the air show anything like that always blows me away! Beautiful photos of you and the kids too xx

  30. June 25, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Ah we visited Brixham last year and it was such a lovely place – your pictures have taken me right back. I would love to visit again!!

  31. June 26, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    You were there during Brixfest, how lovely. We missed it this year but it is so much fun

  32. June 29, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit. I’m jealous! Brixfest looks like a ton of fun with the kiddos.

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