Even though today is St Patrick's Day, our minds are turning to the Easter holiday which is fast approaching.
There are loads of events in the area but we thought we'd choose a few that would allow you to travel via steam strain and/or boat - neatly avoiding the Easter traffic!
Guided spring flower walk at Greenway House & Garden: Join the gardeners at Greenway for a walk through the glorious woodland gardens filled with spring flowers. Greenway's woodland garden is renowned for its spring flowers - from camellias to rhododendrons, as well as swathes of spring bulbs. This "walk and talk" is a great way to find out all about what's in flower, and the history of the garden. Walks take place on 24th March, 1st April and 9th April. Check out their website for details. Take the steam train and enjoy the woodland walk to the Estate.
Staying with the Greenway House theme, they are also hosting a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. The easter bunny has hidden his delicious choccy eggs across the whole of Britain - including Greenway, and it's up to you and your family to find them. But to do that, you're going to have to think like Bunny... Just choose your date (25th March to 10th April). Again, the steam train is a great way to travel and arrive - just adds to the fun!
The Dartmouth TIC offers guided walks which take place on Thursday mornings. Call into the TIC for full details and leaflet. Dartmouth Walk & Talk are a fun, friendly walking group who walk weekly around Dartmouth and the surrounding area.The group offers Level 1, 2 and 3 walks. These range from a gentle 30 minute walk on flat ground, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs to 90 minute walks which may involve steps and gradients.All walks are FREE and led by trained volunteer walk leaders, who are always looking for new walkers to join them! Start times and locations vary so please see their programme which can be picked up from the TIC. Travel to Dartmouth by steam train or by boat from Totnes.
Also, Dartmouth Castle are hosting Easter fun and a family fun trail over the Bank Holiday weekend from 10am-5pm.
Day on the beach at Goodrington. Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award, safe swimming conditions and loads of great activities, this family friendly beach promises to keep the kids happy whatever the weather. Easter egg sandcastle anyone? This a great place to swim (bracing!), and there are a number of different hire options available, with pedalos, paddle boats and even windsurfing for beginners. If you’re planning to explore the rock pools at low tide, don’t forget to visit the Seashore Centre first. Here you can learn more about the English Riviera’s sea-life and Geopark through interactive displays. After arming yourself with information, you’ll know precisely what you’ve found lurking under the seaweed! Goodrington can be reached easily on the steam train. The train runs right alongside the tracks - so remember ot wave at the drivers and passengers!
The Anderton & Rowlands Fun Fair will be on the Green at Paignton (24th March to 10th April). Guess what, Paignton can be reached by steam train!
Torquay French Market 25th to 28th March. Celebrating the best of French and Continental produce! Including a variety of European cheeses, sausages, fruit & veg and much more. Make sure you don't miss this fantastic market experience. There will be a host of other delights to tempt the most discerning of palates and purses! Travel to Torquay via the famous Western Lady ferry from Brixham. If you're travelling from Torquay to Brixham on the ferry then Easter Sunday brings with it the Berry Head Easter Trail. From 11am at the Berry Head Visitor Centre. A really stunning spot for an easter egg hunt.