Real Family Holidays in Start Bay, Devon, England, UK

The Start Bay Centre is a short walk from the unspoilt and picturesque coastline of South Devon.

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Start Bay Centre is located at the top of Slapton, surround by England’s beautiful countryside. This old school building is a wonderful venue for an exciting packed family holiday.

We have a large enclosed garden, where your family will find the campfire circle and a safe play area offering a secure and private location for young family members to have fun in.

If the weather in England isn’t on your side, while you are experiencing your real family holiday in Devon, then don’t worry! Inside your family you will find an activity room, with board games, books, hot and cold drinks facilities and a TV. Your family can also use the facilities located at our Slapton Ley Centre as well.

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Explore Devon

Located close to the stunning Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve this Centre really has the best of all worlds when it comes to natural surroundings. With the south Devon coast and the largest natural lake in south-west England on the doorstep, you will find your family in the midst of an abundance of wildlife, including otters, badgers and bats.

Our staff will be able to advise you of the best places to go in the Devon; these are just a selection of the places your family could visit during your holiday, many are free:

Slapton Sands is a beach your family must visit on your holiday. On top of being an extremely picturesque and popular beach, it plays an important part in the survival of some of the UK’s rarest flora and fauna.

Totnes Castle or Dartmouth Castle: Take a trip to either castle to find out about the history and heritage of these marvellous places.

Woodlands Leisure Park: The largest family theme park in Devon.

Thurlestone Sands: Thurlestone is made up of two main beaches - the smaller one is next to the Golf Club while the larger beach is slightly further along the coast towards South Milton. Both beaches are sheltered and the waters are shallow enough for young family members to splash about in.

Becky Falls Woodland Park: A great fun family day out.

Splashdown Quaywest: Take a drive to the UK’s largest outdoor water park.

Slapton Village is a short walk away which provides a range of facilities including the village shop and two pubs. Take a walk, bike or drive through Slapton Village and beyond to see the picturesque coastline.

For more information visit:

Devon: Slapton Ley (Start Bay Field Centre), Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP

Sample activities that will be available at this location are listed below.  Actual activities will depend on the ages of children visiting, weather etc.

Free Activities

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Team Games and Low Ropes

Test your communication and team work skills as you work together to complete our mini challenges then test your balance and agility along the low ropes course.

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Nature Reserve Ramble

Explore the amazing wildlife that calls Slapton Ley home. Armed with binoculars we will go in search of all creatures great and small.

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What Lurks Beneath

On this micro-safari we will be searching in the undergrowth and sweeping through grasses looking for minibeasts, as well as pond dipping in Slapton Ley.

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Seashore Adventure

A pirate adventure down on the beach. Imagine being shipwrecked on a faraway island, how would you survive? Learn how to light a fire and cook a tasty snack!

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Discover the secrets of our ancient wood in Slapton. Use your senses to explore the sights, smells and sounds of the woodland.

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Survive in the Wild

Learn skills for surviving in the wild; build your own shelter made from the surrounding natural materials, learn about hunter gatherers and light your own fire!

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Natural Inspirations

Come and join us as we discover the amazing coastal wildlife along Slapton Sands. Learn about this wonderful environment and the creatures that live there.

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Magical Moths

We will learn all about the magical lives of moths and open up our moth traps for the chance to see these incredible creatures up close.

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Seashore Safari

Come and join us as we discover the amazing coastal wildlife along Slapton Sands. Learn about this wonderful environment and the creatures that live there.

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