FREE/LOW COST ACTIVITIES

BEACHES

Stickwick is ideally positioned close to the Dartmoor and numerous beaches. Our nearest beach is Teignmouth (7 miles, 20 min drive from Stickwick) with sand and shingle beach. It also has an amusement pier and a few activities (pitch ‘n’ putt) and a great play park with water jets and fountains. Within 8 miles (25 min drive from Stickwick) is also Shaldon and Dawlish (parking can be difficult) beaches again sand and shingle, but not many shops/activities for children.

Further afield are the bright lights of Paignton and Torquay (12 miles, 45 min drive from Stickwick) with more sandy beaches. These are large towns with more tourists, shops, arcades, lots to see and do, including water sports etc. Real white sandy beaches can be found further south (South Hams) Bigbury on Sea, Hope Cove and Blackpool Sands (approx 45- 60min drive from Stickwick)

Dog Friendly Beaches

Dogs welcome all year around – Teignmouth River Beach (Estuary side) and Shaldon, Ness Cove (access down steps). Restricted Access beaches include- Dawlish Town beach (access all year to the left of the viaduct only), Dawlish Warren beach (access all year between groyne 3 to 9 only, Teignmouth town beach (restricted May-Sept), Shaldon beach (restricted May-Sept)

 

Stover Country Park
www.devon.gov.uk/stover_country_park.htm

Stover Country Park, Stover, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6QG – Tel:01626 835236 (3 miles, 10 min drive from Stickwick) 
Stover Country Park contains over 114 acres of woodland, heath land, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife. The Nature Interpretation Centre, opened in 2000 is situated near the entrance of the park and consists of a visitor centre, classroom, rangers’ office and public toilets. Additional recreation resources include interpretation boards, aerial walkway, a bird hide, a car park and picnic areas. There is also a wealth of historical interest. (Approx £3 car park charge for 2 hrs).

 

Trago Mills
www.tragomills.co.uk

Stover, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6JD- Tel: 01626 821111 (3 miles, 10 min drive from Stickwick)
 Shopping complex, fun Park and garden centre. Free entry and parking

 

House of Marbles
www.houseofmarbles.com

The Old Pottery, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9DS- Tel:01626 835285

(2 miles, 10 min drive from Stickwick)
 A warm welcome to House of Marbles, a working glass and games factory set in an historic pottery. 
We have been manufacturing our unusual range of traditional games, puzzles, toys, marbles and glassware for many years. Our aim is to make them to the highest standards and to offer high quality service to all our customers.
 Visitors are most welcome to wander around the old pottery buildings with their listed kilns, enjoy our museums of glass, games, marbles, and Bovey Pottery. Browse in the gift shop, glass shop and take refreshments in our coffee shop and licensed restaurant.

You will be entertained by our wonderful collection of marble runs and the giant floating marble amongst other amusements. We now have a new penny press machine which you can find in our museum, 4 different designs to collect!

Why not visit us and experience stress free shopping, fun for the children, mouth watering menus and much much more.
 No entrance charges and ample free parking.

 

Devon Guild of Craftsmen
www.crafts.org.uk

Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey,TQ13 9AF – Tel:01626 832223

(2 miles, 10 min drive from Stickwick)

 Devon Guild of Craftsmen is an acclaimed exhibition space for contemporary craft and design as well as a leading charity for craft education. Located in Bovey Tracey, our large craft centre offers inspiring exhibitions and events for people to buy, make and learn about contemporary craft.

Our Craft Shop sells hand-made gifts and a wide range of contemporary craft work by 250 South West based makers.
Our Terrace Cafe has delicious local food, children’s menu and play area as well as rooftop seating with glorious views across the town. Open daily, 10am – 5.30pm. Free entry, parking in town car parks (charge applicable)

 

Hennock Reserviors (Trenchford, Tottiford and Kennick)
www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/kennick

Walking and fishing at cost (10 min drive or 1 hr steep walk from Stickwick- up hill) Surrounded by farmland and forest, these beautiful waters on the edge of Dartmoor are a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Signposted from Trenchford car park, a number of walks, meander through woodland and along the waters edge taking you to Tottiford where a rugged round lake walk can be followed. Car park charges now applicable from £2, but there are places to park free of charge.

(Do not leave any valuables in the car)

 

Heritage Centre, Bovey Tracey

The Old Railway Station, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9GP – Tel: 01626 832047 (check opening times) (2 miles, 10 min drive from Stickwick)
 Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust is a registered charity which researches and preserves the history of the town. The Trust has now moved to a new exhibition centre at Bovey Station. Displays include railway and school memorabilia. Civil War, pottery and an extensive collection of photographs.

 

Buckfast Abbey
www.buckfast.org.uk

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfast, TQ11 0EE (20 min drive from Stickwick) Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life. The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world.

 At the heart of the site is the Abbey Church, a spiritual haven for the many thousands of visitors who come each year. There is an overwhelming sense of peace as soon as you enter the grounds with the church surrounded by gardens which in the summer come alive with colour.

Within the Abbey precinct, visitors can browse in the Bookshop or visit the Monastic Shop which has an extraordinary array of products made by nuns and monks across Europe. There is also a gift shop and information point by the Westgate entrance. 

In the Grange Restaurant, you can relax and enjoy tea and homemade cakes or choose from a range of hot meals and light snacks which are changed daily.

 Escape for a while at Buckfast – worlds away from the busy rush of the everyday and just a few minutes from the A38. Free entry, free parking.

 

SWIMMING POOLS

Bovey Tracey (Heated Outdoor May – Oct)
www.boveyswimmingpool.org.uk  Tel: 01626 832828,
Newton Abbot (Indoor) Dyrons Leisure Centre. www.teignbridge.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11337 Tel: 01626 215640.

 

CHILDREN’S PLAY PARKS

Hennock/Bovey Tracey/Chudleigh Knighton

 

FARMERS MARKETS/MARKETS

Bovey Tracey (Every other Saturday)
Newton Abbot (Wednesday)
Ashburton, Tuckers Yard (Thurs/Fri/Sat)

GARDEN CENTRES

Fermoys, Totnes Rd,
Newton Abbot Hillhead Nursery, Landscove, Nr Ashburton,
Wyevale, Newton Abbot Rd, Teignmouth.

Dartmoor National Park- Haytor Visitors Centre (15 min drive from Stickwick)
www.dartmoor.co.uk/active-dartmoor/dartmoor-walking

Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you’ve come to the right place.

Dartmoor has it all. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you know your way around an OS map, download one of the many map routes below, gather your kit and head out the door. If perhaps you are a little less confident of your surroundings, why not try a guided walk with our very own Dartmoor National Park Guides, download an audio walk to your mp3 player, or sample some of the easy circular routes. There are some excellent planned routes for families – including ones designed to put the children in charge – lasting from an hour to a full day. Most car parking free, although now changing.