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.

Monday 12 February-Sunday 18 February
Monday 02 April-Friday 06 April
Monday 28 May-Friday 01 June
Monday 23 July-Friday 27 July
Monday 30 July-Friday 03 August
Monday 06 August-Monday 27 August
Monday 22 October-Friday 26 October - Just one room remaining, please call

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Take a Virtual Tour of the Centre

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 Challenges

Test your communication and team work skills as you work together to complete our mini challenges

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Nature Night Walk

Explore the night-time world of these magical creatures. Watch them emerge from their roosts, follow their foraging routes and use our bat detectors to hear their weird and wonderful calls.

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Find Out What Lurks Beneath

An underwater micro-safari waiting to be discovered; we’ll catch and see which creepy-crawlies live in the ponds, streams and in your garden, getting up close to see some amazing creatures!

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Seashore Adventure

Come on an exciting Seashore Adventure! Imagine being shipwrecked on a faraway island!

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Low Ropes

Take the challenge and test your balance and agility along our low ropes course

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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!

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Meet the Ranger

Come and meet our National Nature Reserve Ranger and get hands on with our NNR with some practical conservation and visit secret parts of the reserve.

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Explore your way around the local surroundings to solve the code by using a map and learn about the environment on the way.

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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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