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.