England in the summertime is amongst the most beautiful places on earth. Bathed in glorious sunshine, England’s exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity truly begin to shine.

It’s something that we rarely find time to notice as we rush from work to family commitments in our day-to-day grind, but when you take the time to slow down and really look around, it becomes clear why so many choose to take a holiday within the UK, or more specifically: Devon.

With truly resplendent natural beauty, countless beautiful and historic towns and cities, more bars, restaurants and pubs than you know what to do with and countless activities on offer, there’s more to do in Devon than you might realise. It’s why our Devon holiday cottages are so popular throughout the summer, with each acting as the ideal base from which to explore Devon’s many delights.

But what should you do this summer in Devon? Here are our top picks.

Visit Devon’s Beautiful Beaches

When you think of world-class beaches, you often think about the golden sands of some far-away land in Europe, the Americas or the Caribbean. But what if we told you that beautiful, endless sandy beaches weren’t only available to those willing to fork over for expensive flights?

Well, it’s true, because Devon’s beaches are regularly rated to be amongst the best beaches in the world. Best of all though, Devon’s variety of beaches means there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re swimming at Dawlish Beach, sunbathing in secluded beauty at Hope Cove or surfing at one of Devon’s renowned surfing spots like Woolacombe Beach, Devon has you covered.

Hit the Road

One of the best things about going on holiday within the UK is, should you bring your own car, the fact that you’re free to go anywhere you please. With the kid’s seatbelts set tight, you can hit the open road and discover Devon’s countless brilliant towns and cities.

Whether that’s exciting cities like Exeter or charming, quaint towns like Ottery St. Mary, Exmouth or Beer, you just can’t go wrong with Devon. In fact, we often recommend our guests switch off the sat-nav and simply follow their intuition – you just can’t go wrong!

Get Active

The British summertime is the perfect time to get active again, and Devon is ideal for holidaymakers looking to challenge themselves.

Whether it’s adventure parks where you can swing amongst the trees to surfing, kayaking, sailing and fishing spots, there’s an endless world of activities to take part in. Oh, and that’s on top of the incredible walks, cycle paths and horse riding centres that are available alongside plentiful parks in which to kick a ball around.

Absorb Some Knowledge

We know that the weather isn’t always perfect in a Devonshire summer, so, if the weather takes a turn, why not get to know some of Devon’s top museums?

Devon has a little something for everyone, from the thrills of the Golden Hind Museum Ship to the incredible vehicles on show at Moretonhampstead Motor Museum, you’re certain to find a museum which suits both you and the kids.