Things to do in Torquay during May Half Term

Living in Dorset and with my Dad just over the border in East Devon, Torquay and its surrounding area is somewhere we visit quite regularly.

I have partnered with Parkdean Resorts for their Coastal Adventures campaign to reveal some of our beautiful British coastline and in particular how you can spend a day out in Torquay and the surrounding area with all the family.

Set at the very heart of the English Riviera on the South Devon Coast, Torquay is famous for being a traditional English seaside resort with sandy beaches, family attractions and its very own microclimate that sees some of the longest sunlight hours in the country.

The three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are also known collectively as Torbay and are home to some of the best days out in the South West and there are so many to choose from you couldn’t possibly fit them all into one day!

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo has more animals than anyone else in the southwest (over 2000 if counting) and 6 animal habitats giving you the opportunity to get close to creatures including giraffes, lions, gorillas, an elephant, cheetahs, crocodiles, meerkats, colourful snakes, monkeys and more!

Giraffe Paignton Zoo

The zoo itself is deceptively large and as well as a plethora of animals to see, there is also both indoor and outdoor play areas where you can swing, slide and climb!


Living Coasts

Living Coasts in Torquay is owned by Paignton Zoo and is an all weather attraction, giving you the chance to keep up close to penguins, seals, puffins, otters, octopus, rays, sea horses & much more.


The Living Coasts is also a registered charity and conservation project and takes part in co-operative conservation breeding programmes for endangered species. It is also home to The Terrace Bar Café which offers some stunning views over Torbay alongside traditional Devonshire Cream Teas.

Splashdown Quaywest

If travelling with tweens and teens, sometimes they need a little more action than their younger siblings and Torbay is home to the UK’s biggest outdoor waterpark, situated on Goodrington Sands which boasts spectacular views over the bay.


There are 8 adrenalin-pumping flume rides as well as the Submarine Adventure splash park which is ideal for keeping the little ones entertained.


Golden Hind Brixham

Brixham is possibly my favourite of the three towns of Torbay as it has so much character and offers the chance for a lovely stroll along the waterfront with lots of tasty, traditional seaside and British food to enjoy too!

Golden Hind

The Golden Hind, the replica of the English galleon best known for her privateering circumnavigation of the world and is permanently moored in the harbour and offers a great insight in to what it may have been like to sail the seven sea’s aboard such a relatively small ship.

Golden Hind Brixham

If visiting with small children, beware it is quite dark inside with lots of steep steps to climb up and down.

Golden Hind


If you are visiting over May bank holiday weekend, Brixham has a fabulous FREE festival which promises to bring hundreds of artists, charities, chefs and local people together with face painting, drama workshops, interactive trails, local acoustic live music, balloon-animal making, build-a-boat and loads more on offer. Make sure you don’t miss the dragon boat races!!


Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village is one of Torquay’s top attractions and portrays English life and culture over the last 6 decades.

Babbacombe Model Village

The 4 acre gardens contains over 400 models featuring animation and sound effects to create their impressive model village. Along with the effects, the village contains some cheeky, typically British humour that parents can silently chuckle to whilst the children enjoy the miniature settlements.

fishing village

Children can also try their hand at mini golf and follow along some exciting character trails through the village.

English Riviera Wheel

Viewing wheels and towers are popular attractions these days and Torquay has one that offers breathtaking 360 degree views almost 60 metres above The Princess Gardens. The Wheel offers a bird’s eye view of the English Riviera overlooking Torquay Harbour from a rare perspective.

Torquay Wheel

Torquay really is a fantastic destination for a family holiday, as it is packed full of reasonably priced entertainment, lovely architecture, gorgeous beaches and has a real charm about it. We cannot wait until our next visit.

Have you visited Torquay before?

14 thoughts on “Things to do in Torquay during May Half Term

  1. Louise says:

    It looks like there’s been lots of awesome stuff to do in Torquay over the holidays. We’ve not done much here in Notts as Oscar’s been poorly 🙁

    Louise x
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  2. Laura says:

    Oh wow this is such an ace list, we are hoping to head down that way at some point this year so keeping this if we do! The waterpark looks amazing and all of these are great for kids

    Laura x
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  3. Kizzy says:

    There are lots to do down there. Next time we have a holiday down there I will check these out
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  4. Lynne Harper says:

    This all looks amazing, the model village especially i know my boys would love a visit here and me too 🙂

  5. Laura Dove says:

    We are in Paignton this week!! We have been to Paignton zoo today, are going to Living Coasts tomorrow, then Brixham on Thursday, I love it down here!!
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  6. Stephanie says:

    My parents LOVE Torquay and have had some lovely holidays there. I haven’t explored much of that area. My kids would love the waterpark!
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  7. It looks like there is quite a bit to do in Torquay. I’ve not been but it sounds like the ideal place to visit with the children over the summer.
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  8. I’d want to do all those things, especially Splashdown. We absolutely love Torquay and you’ve just reminded me we need to go soon. I’ve heard amazing things about Parkdean too. I love that they have parks all over the UK. I really want to go and stay in one. x

  9. Lauren Davis says:

    I haven’t been to Torquay since I was a child, you’ve made me want to go back even more now!

  10. Anosa says:

    Wow, there is so much to do in Torquay this week, isn’t there? I’d love to visit Living Coasts, that looks like a fun place!

  11. Alison Rost says:

    I’ve never been to Torquay before but I sure would love to visit! It’s really worth it, with all the things that you can experience there! I can’t believe I never thought about planning a trip there before.
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  12. Alex says:

    I’ve never been to Torquay but it’s now going on my bucket list! Paignton zoo looks great and I do love a model village!

  13. I like the sound of the water park and zoo. They will interest my kids for sure.

  14. Oh – this is handy as I’m planning to go down Torquay with my little godson and niece! Sounds like a great place for kids!

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