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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Virtual tour of Start Bay Centre 


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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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What Lurks Beneath

MONDAYS: 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. This activity is on our Nature Reserve and includes a one mile walk.

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Team Games and Low Ropes

TUESDAYS: 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. This activity is in the garden and is suitable for any age. Please wear trousers and remove all jewellery.

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WEDNESDAYS: Use the map to navigate through the woods. Find all the pictures and collect all the letters. Can you work out the secret message? You will need £2 parking money. Long trousers advisable as there can be nettles.

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THURSDAYS: Enjoy the woods using all your senses. Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste all make the woodland special. A short walk to our woodland and small uphill climb on the way back.

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Beach Explorer

FRIDAYS: Come and join us as we discover the amazing coast along Slapton Sands. Learn about this wonderful environment and help protect it from man-made dangers. You will need £2 parking money.

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Nature Reserve Ramble

SATURDAYS: Our Nature Reserve is full of brilliant plants and animals. What can you spot? Learn about how we help nature and what you can do at home. A two mile walk around our nature reserve.

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Survive in the Wild

SUNDAYS: 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! A short walk to our woodland and small uphill climb on the way back. Please wear long trousers and tie back long hair.

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