This week Toddler Trips brings us to Dawlish In Devon. A lovely regency seaside town on the English Riviera, which you can see from the train window on the way to Cornwall. Famous for it’s black swans, everything is within close proximity – the beach, shops, restaurants, ducks, trainline, cliffs. Here’s what we did there:
It’s called Dawlish Town Beach, right by the station with the railway tracks running alongside it.
Here’s how close the railway tracks are to the beach! This is what we usually see from the train window, so it was nice to be on the other side waving at the train 🙂
The South Devon coast is famous for it’s bright red cliffs, and they are quite amazing to see close up.
Here’s where the railway line comes out of one cliff and into another.
And of course no beach is complete with it’s own set of beach huts. The Dawlish ones are so colourful, like a postcard.
2. See the famous Dawlsh Black Swans
Dawlish is famous for it’s black swans – there are LOADS here, all in a landscaped area in the centre of town called ‘The Lawn’. They’re quite friendly swans too.
3. Visit the Waterfowl Sanctuary
As well as black swans, Dawlish is home to many waterfowl who live in The Lawn area, and they are looked after by wardens. We saw many different ducks, and upon googling the names, here are the species at Dawlish: Lesser White-fronted Geese, Whistling Tree Ducks, African Geese, Barnacle Geese, Carolina Ducks, Bantam Ducks, Red Crested Pochard, Call Ducks, Pintails, Shell Ducks, Mandarin Ducks and Chinese Geese. A lot of ducks and geese!
4. Lunch at the Monkey House Soft Play Cafe
This was the first time we had discovered a soft play cafe so we were very excited! An area for kids to play while the grown-ups could have a coffee – genius! Of course now, 2 years later, I am so familiar with these types of places 😛 This one cost £1.50 for Tyler being under 2. Under 12 months was free, and over 2s was £3. We had lunch there, which was £5 for a lasagne special. The Monkey House is at the end of the parade by the landscaped Lawn area, so a great location, and as it had just started raining when we walked by, we were glad to have found it!
5. Dawlish Carnival
We totally had not planned this, but the day we arrived in Dawlish was the big finale day of the annual Dawlish Carvinal! It was brilliant! The Lawn area was full of local folk crowding around, ready for the procession to start at 6pm. There was a fair, a band and generally a party atmosphere! Our hotel was located right at the centre of it all, so when it got dark we went back to our hotel room and watched from there. The procession went right past our window, and many of the performers waved at Tyler! If you’re planning to go this year, the carnival runs from 8 – 15 August 2015, with the Grand Carnival Procession Friday 14th August 2015.
6. Where to stay: The Blenheim (Photo source: easytobook,com)
Right on the seafront in the centre of town, we stayed in this huge bright pink period style house called the Blenheim. It had a lovely family feel, and our room was huge! With a kitchen area by the bed, and a round table and chairs for eating, bookshelves full of books, plus the view of the town and beach – it really was perfect. The decor was chintzy, but you expect that in a traditional seaside town, In the morning, the lady running the place brought up our breakfast so we ate in the comfort of our room at the table.
7. Things we didn’t get time to see:
Dawlish Warren Beach (another family friendly beach nearby),
Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve
I hope this has inspired you! Next week, I’ll take you to St. Ives 🙂
Other Toddler Trips:
Bude – Salisbury – St Ives – Penzance – Land’s End – Yeovil – Southend
I live inDevon but haven’t been to Dawlish for years, great to see it from a family perspective. #thelist
Ahh you should visit! I imagine it’s a bit quieter out-of-season which would be nice 🙂 It’s great how family friendly it is there too. xx
Trains and sand in the same place? Sounds like my son’s perfect holiday! #SummerDays
Oh yes, it’s a little boy’s dream! My boy is so obsessed with trains, it is ridiculous! xx
Ooooh – I have been on that train several times – lovely seeing what Dawlish has to offer other than a fabulous seaside view from a train. Thank you for linking up to #SummerDays – please link up with your St Ives post next week as I love St Ives and have family there. Would love to read your take on it.
Yeah that’s why we had to visit, we always used to see it from the train, that and Teignmouth 🙂 It really is worth a visit, a proper English seaside town. Oh yes I’ll definitely link up St Ives, another pretty seaside town, love it! xx
Lovely post I love being by the sea, we have a train going by near is too it’s lovely 🙂 #mummymondays
Ooh do you live be the sea? I love the sound of it, it’s so soothing 🙂 xx
I’ve never been to Dawlish, not even on the train, but it looks like a great place to visit! Thanks for linking up with the #summerdays linky xxx
Oh I do recommend it, it’s lovely there. A very english seaside! xx
Not heard of this before but sounds great and love all the family fun photos. Sounds like you all had a great time together. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme
Oh yes, a lot of people haven’t heard of it, that’s what’s nice about it, not so touristy, so you get a real traditional English seaside feel. Definitely recommend a visit if you’re ever going the Devon way xx
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We stayed just down the coast recently – it’s such a lovely place to go with kids. And what great timing for you. #MondayEscapes
It’s lovely isn’t it, like a real traditional english seaside. It was great timing, we were very lucky! xx
Looks like a fun trip! Love the black swans, how cool!
It really was. And the black swans – so unique! I’ve never seen them anywhere else. x
Awwwwwnn these little colourful houses are the best!! I love them 😀
I have never been to a beach in the UK, but after your posts about them I feel like I am missing out a lot. Maybe next time I’m there 😀
They are so pretty and cheerful, I love looking at them. What?! You’ve never been to a UK beach – oh you must next time you’re over! 🙂 xx
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I know right?? The 2 times I was there I only stayed in London, and once I visited Windsor… that’s it 😦
Next time I need to explore more!!
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