The historic port town of Teignmouth is located at the mouth of the Teign estuary and boasts a Victorian pier and a working fishing harbour. The narrow streets are filled with shops and cafes for a relaxing family visit. To find out more about the area, head to Teignmouth Museum.
Jazz and carnivals
Teignmouth is popular with artists and hosts an annual Jazz Festival and carnival, which runs for a week every July. This traditional festival of local entertainment has been taking place in the area since the 1920s.
Along Teignmouth's sea edge is The Den, an open space where lawns and flowers run along the perimeter of the town. In this area there is a cinema, theatre, lighthouse and children's play areas.
The estuary side of Teignmouth is somewhat different. The atmosphere is more slumberous, with boats and ferries offering trips across to the village of Shaldon where, every Wednesday, there's a farmer's market with maypole dancing and locals wearing period dress. Shaldon has its own zoo, which is home to some of the world's most endangered animals including Pygmy Marmosets, the smallest species of monkey in the world.
If you fancy a day at the beach, head to Dawlish Warren Beach where golden sands are backed by dunes. Lifeguards are always on site so the beach is ideal for families.
Far and wide
For a day trip head to Torquay or Exeter - both are located around fifteen and twenty five minutes from Teignmouth. Torquay is a perfect seaside resort for the whole family, whilst Exeter is an impressive city that provides a mixture of historic architecture and modern life.