South Devon: Day Out at Broadsands Beach

During the first week of the school holidays we went down to South Devon for the week. We were staying at Beverley Holidays, which is in Paignton, and the location really is perfect for lots of things to see and do. The sun was shining, it was back when we were in full ‘heat wave’ so the beach was a must. In fact that week, the husband stayed home to work and it was over 30 degrees is London. We almost escaped to the coast to cool down, as it was a much more enjoyable 25 degrees!

We were spoilt for choice when it came to beaches, but our favourite that we actually went to twice, was Broadsands beach. Although the beaches were close to where we were staying, they weren’t walking distance. So parking was a must, and there was a specific car park at Broadsands, unlike the street parking at Prestonsands, just up the road. It had everything we need, including toilets, ice creams, and a little shop.

The water was so calm and really lovely. The beach itself is fairly small, but even though there were people there, it didn’t feel crowded. It is a bit of a horseshoe shape cove, so it helps people to spread out a little.

I just loved seeing them having a great time – I hadn’t been to a British beach for ages! It brought back many memories of going to the British seaside when I was little.

Something that was a little different ways just how red the sand was. I mean, I’m not expecting white sands in the UK. But it is just a little unusual and different. Perhaps I am just used to Brighton and its pebbly beach!

Have you even been to the beach if you haven’t tried to build a tunnel and fill it with water? Oh the disappointment when the water just disappears! It was fun to see them playing so will together (had nothing to do with me wanting to read my new book. Honest). 😉

And just how lovely are these beach huts? I can’t think of anything else that is more quintessentially British. Well, unless there was the Queen there with a corgi perhaps! It is a lovely beach and I’d really recommend it.

A few little tips:

  • For the car park it was cash only. That or paying by card on your phone. So make sure you’ve got some with you.
  • Take baby powder. It is my ultimate beach hack, but forgot some – doh! It makes getting the sand off your feet so much easier.
  • The fish and chips from the little shop are a must. Again, cash only.
  • When you arrive at the beach in the morning, the water will be quite far out. But unless you want to get everything soaked through, sit up on the dry sand rather than the wet sand. It means you have a little walk out to the water, but when you’re camping like we were, there isn’t anywhere to wash your towels if the sand sticks to them.
  • Check the high tide – it came in pretty early, around 4pm. So this isn’t the spot if you want to head to the beach in the evening as the water will be right up.
  • Take your bucket and spade. There are little rock pool areas to explore too.

Have you ever been to Devon or Broadsands before? It would be great to hear what you think.



  1. 10th August 2018 / 9:42 pm

    We have a beach hut at Broadsands so we are biased but we absolutely love it.ime you say it’s a great family beach as everything is there. It sounds like you had a lovely time visiting our beautiful South Devon.

  2. 11th August 2018 / 10:42 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful day out. I’d love to go for a visit and of course get a beach hut as that would make it easier as I have 3 children!!!

  3. 11th August 2018 / 1:10 pm

    South Devon is gorgeous. I’ve been once or twice but I really should make a point of going back sometime.

  4. 11th August 2018 / 9:51 pm

    What a lovely looking beach, looks like you all had a lovely day out. I love Devon.

  5. 12th August 2018 / 10:22 am

    This should go on our late summer travel list, maybe spend a weekend down there, as I’ve never been to! Looks so pretty and I love the beach huts.

  6. 13th August 2018 / 10:51 pm

    What a beautiful beach, made even more gorgeous by the glorious weather we’ve been having. So lucky with the sunshine this summer! xxx

  7. 13th August 2018 / 11:23 pm

    I’ve been to Devon with family but I would definitely like to go again! We have a beach just 10 mins from our house so we have been making the most out of it this summer as it has been quite warm. Your tips are very helpful. Thank you for sharing them!

  8. 19th August 2018 / 3:20 pm

    I love Devon but we haven’t yet visited this beach. Looks like you had a brilliant time

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