UK Great Places: Why Woolacombe in Devon Ticks All the ‘Fun Family Holiday’ Boxes!

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woolacombe beach-image attribution to Hughie O'Connor

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It may have taken its time, but recent years have at long last seen a rather important message hit home for holidaymakers from the UK – you don’t have to leave the UK to have a genuinely fantastic family holiday.

Now more than ever, families are discovering and re-discovering the true joys of the British Isles having for so many years simply assumed that the only good times to be had could be found abroad.

In fact, such is the appeal and magnetism of certain UK hotspots that they’ve managed to gain international acclaim and are drawing in spring and summer sun-seekers from all over the world.

And when it comes to ticking all of the most important ‘family fun’ boxes, it’s hard to think of anywhere better than Devon’s own Woolacombe.

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Woolacombe beach-image credits Amy Paternoster

What makes Woolacombe so special?

Well, the simple answer is a lot of things, but it’s fair to say that the number-one draw above and beyond everything else is the natural wonder that is Woolacombe Beach. And it’s not as if it’s just a matter of opinion for some either – Woolacombe Beach was recently voted ‘Best Beach In The UK’ by Trip Advisor readers. What’s more, it’s also appeared in a variety of world-renowned publications including The Independent, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail, having been singled out as one of the very best family beaches in the whole world.

Which prompts the obvious question – why?

Well, for one thing Woolacombe Beach is blessed with mile after mile of soft golden sand, along with sublime swimming and surfing opportunities that are suitable for kids and adults at all levels.

There’s a huge resident contingency of rock pools to explore when the tides are right, the natural scenery on all sides is quite frankly breath-taking and even in the midst of the summer when things are at their busiest, you’ll still easily find plenty of space for you and the kids to relax.

Of course, local authorities are fiercely proud and protective of their glorious assets so it’s no surprise that the beach is kept spotlessly clean. In fact, the only sore point ever mentioned by those visiting the place is that the car park just behind the beach is borderline extortionate.

It’s all for a worthy cause of course,but for the sake of saving every penny for maximum family fun, the best advice is to make sure you and the kids stay somewhere close enough to the sands to never have to bother with the car at all.


By a sizeable margin, the closest accommodation to Woolacombe Beach that’s guaranteed to tick every family fun box and more is Woolacombe Bay Park.

Superbly located, always a winner with families and surprisingly affordable, Woolacombe Bay Park represents the perfect base for a dreamy Devon getaway.

To find more accommodation and hotel options, there is this very interesting and convenient website called Travel Ticker, which have an exhaustive list of discounted hotels deals and travel packages, definitely worth checking!

Here’s a quick video to give you a little teaser:

As you can see, the location of Woolacombe Bay really is something else. Commanding incredible views over the three-mile stretch of golden sands and out toward Lundy Island, there simply isn’t another holiday park in Devon that offers these kinds of views.

Just as soon as you catch your first sunset, you’ll know you made the best possible choice!

Great Family Facilities

Some parks were adapted to meet the needs of families and young children – Woolacombe Bay Park was built from the ground up with family fun in mind!

To say there’s ‘something for everyone’ just doesn’t do the park justice as no matter what it is you’re into or your age, you’ll find dozens of wonderful amenities, facilities and entertainment options to keep you busy night and day.

  • The heated pools
  • Sea view adventure golf course
  • Safe play areas for kids
  • A 9-hole family golf course
  • Pony trekking
  • Multi-use sports field


Bonus for the grown-ups & Other facilities


For those looking to really indulge their cravings for life’s little luxuries, why not pamper yourself with a spa beauty treatment, book yourself in for a professional manicure and round it all off with a dip in the indoor hot tub?

Every night, the park bursts into life with an array of wonderful entertainment opportunities for the whole family, while the three daily kids clubs keep the youngster in the thick of it all throughout the day.

Along with a series of caravans boasting unbroken sea views, the site offers ample space for camping, a fantastic farmhouse with its own outdoor hot tub and a contingency of seaside themed luxury apartments.


And if all this wasn’t enough, those staying at Woolacombe Bay Park are also free to use the facilities and amenities of their other 3 holiday parks in Woolacombe, Devon – Easewell Farm, Twitchen House and Golden Coast.

Ever fancied trying your luck on a surf simulator? Now’s your chance!


Horse Riding


Take in the sights of the local area and bathe in the true beauty from horseback, with a little help from  Roylands Riding Stables.

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Pros will be in their element. For kids and newbies there are many schools to choose from including  Woolacombe Surf School.

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Play a round or two at Willingcott Valley Golf Course which is famed for being as stunningly beautiful as it is challenging.

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Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the following top-rated cafés and restaurants really are the cream of the crop for families, you’ll love their food and atmosphere!


If you plan on straying from Woolacombe for an afternoon or even an entire day, be sure to make time to check out at least a couple of the following nearby highlights!


Exmoor Zoo – You’re never too old to love a good zoo and Exmoor’s is a genuine gem!

Mortehoe Museum – From tractor rides to hands-on exhibits, this place was built with kids in mind, so take them and have a blast together!

Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park – Gorgeous gardens, wild rides and even a water show…what more could you ask for?Your kids will love it!

Ilfracombe Museum – From stuffed centipedes to mounted Bison heads, a quirky museum, worth a visit!


Quince Honey Farm – Come meet the local bees and find out just how the sweet stuff gets made!

Lynmouth Cliff Railway – Spectacular views from one of the world’s most famous railway routes…absolutely unmissable!

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park – Kids + Dinosaurs = Good Times for All!Fill your day with adventure fun and nature!

Ilfracombe Aquarium – Explore the delights of the deep blue without getting wet!


As you can see, the Woolacombe area, not only is perfect for a family holiday, but its surroundings have so much more to offer, for both adults and kids. And if the weather is not exactly perfect, the little ones can still enjoy a day in, playing math games or other entertaining ones using the popular Poki website in the comfort of the caravan, waiting to go outside and enjoy the rest of the available amenities!

A Beach is not only a place where to swim or lay down in the sun, there are really many other factors to consider, and Woolacombe with its many amenities and spectacular views should definitely be on your wish list if you haven’t visited it yet!

So, what do you think about this fantastic area of the UK? Do you have any more tips or places worth seeing in the surroundings? Leave me a comment below! 🙂

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  1. Woolacombe beach was recently visited as “Best Beach in the UK” by trip Advisor readers. It is an amazing place to explore. Thanks for sharing this article.

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  3. Thanks for a great post. Living in the US, I have to admit that I didn’t know exactly where Woolacombe was located. However, your pictures look so great that I had to look it up. Found out it is only a 4hr drive from London 🙂 We have wanted to go visit Bath and Stonehenge and that isn’t much further. Nice long weekend trip too 🙂 Thanks for adding to my growing list to things to see, and I will stay at the place you recommend, it looks very nice and definitely our style! lol.

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      Samantha, the list usually never ends 🙂 I also have another nice post on places in the UK you should visit. Did you see Eastbourne’s white cliffs? they are also awesome! A spectacular view!

  4. The landscapes looks damn beautiful and thanks for sharing these wonderful pics, next on my list!

  5. I would love to explore and swim at Woolacombe Beach. Spotless and clear beach? How can you go wrong. Sounds amazing. Will have to remember this place for the future!

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      Thank you! I’d definitely recommend it… hoping that the UK weather will be nice and warm for a change 🙂

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  7. Looks like a gorgeous getaway with lots of places and events to attend! Your photos of Woolacombe clearly shows why it’s so popular. Who wouldn’t love a beautiful sunset or a sunny day at the beach? I can’t believe this in the UK. When I’ve visited before, most of the beaches were rocky and nothing like this. I’ll have to check it out if I return to the UK and try the caravan option, so cool!

    1. Author

      So true, right? Wolacombe is quite something! Especially great for people who want a place to go and relax without flying overseas, maybe for a weekend! The UK are so underrated sometimes 🙂

  8. Hi “Cle”… This is really nice post and I’m really impressed by the way you’ve shared the things here. I believe Travelling as a part of our life. My vacation was fun filled.

    Keep calm note: Sorry, links to private business are not allowed in the comment section and will be removed. Thank you! 🙂

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      Thanks for your comment Sofia, Travel should be mandatory for everyone!!!

  9. Great post! I didn’t know that Woolacombe beach is so great and so much thing to offer. I like the article, good one!

  10. Hi! Your blogs are amazing reads. I enjoyed reading each one of them; they are very much informative as well. Also, I would like to invite you to read mine. It would be a pleasure to know your opinion on the same. Thanks!

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      Thank you! I’ll see when I’ll have the time to check out yours (busy times!)

  11. Amazing details about Woolacombe and other attractions in Devon. I will travel with my
    family and you gave us great tips! Thanks a lot

  12. Scintillating views and amazing pictures! I am raring to visit the beach and do all the activities listed along with my friends and family.I’m from the UK and Woolacombe is on the list!

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      Hey Max, thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll be able to visit Woolacombe and have a great time in there! 🙂

  13. I can’t believe that place is in the UK! Gorgeous landscape and great photography. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Hello Clielia!

    I just landed on your website after listening to your interview on the Italianindie podcast. What an inspiring story! And what a lovely website!

    Even though I am not a travel blogger, I still found your experience very relatable on many levels. You inspired me to study more about the technical side of blogging and to work harder to achieve my goals. Motivation is the key. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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      Thanks Marghini! I’m so glad you find my website useful! What are you doing in Taiwan?? never been there 🙂

      1. I work and live here in Taipei at the moment. Taiwan is a great travel destination, you should check it out if you have a chance 😉

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          Absolutely! I’ve always been fascinated with those places, now I need to find the time to discover them, I’ll ask you for some advice when I’ll be finally heading there! 🙂

  15. Sounds like a beautiful place! I didn’t know that the UK had such beautiful beaches! And considering that I love caravans and spartan accommodations, this seems to be perfect for a weekend out with my family!

  16. I lived in the UK for over 3 years when I was studying in Wolverhampton. How could I miss this place!?!? I don’t know!

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      Agness, I didn’t know you stayed in the UK for so long! Yeah the South of England has some incredible places to see, if you ever go back don’t miss Eastbourne white cliffs, out of this world!

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