Family Holidays in Croyde family holiday guide



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Croyde is situated on the west-facing coastline of North Devon and offers old world charm, delightful tearooms and roaring waves perfect for surfing. This picturesque village sits within the North Devon Coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is within easy access to a plethora of beaches, including Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands, as well as North Devon’s largest town, Barnstaple. With plenty of sandcastle-making opportunities available, a mixture of water-sports to enjoy and nearby theme parks to explore, when visiting Croyde you can be rest assured there will never be a shortage of entertainment.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in CROYDE:

  1. The quaint village offers amenities such as a post office, small groceries and places to grab a bite to eat. Its superb location means the surrounding area offering large supermarkets are close by.
  2. In Croyde, you will have to slip on your walking boots because the remarkable headland at Croyde Bay, known as Baggy Point, has spectacular coastal views.
  3. Fantastic transport links to and from nearby beaches and towns means no hassle.
  4. Croyde is a fantastic base to place yourself if you want to explore the rest of North Devon.
  5. Croyde’s outstanding location means you could splash about at the beach one day and walk on the stunning moors of Exmoor the next.
  6. Croyde offers fascinating history to teach the kids as the US Army seized the area to practice drills for the D-Day landings on Saunton Beach and Braunton Burrows in 1943.
  7. Croyde is home to GoldCoast Oceanfest music and surfing festival.
  8. Croyde offers an excess of water-sports and is a playground for surfing, horse-riding, walkers and cyclists.
  9. Staying in Croyde means that you can wake up to breath-taking panoramic views and witness the dramatic crash of the waves hitting the sand at sunrise every morning – all without the million-pound price tag.
  10. Croyde offers something new with its up-and-coming street food including Sri Lankan, Indian and Mexican cuisine, to name a few.


The village of Croyde is shrouded in history with its focus being a market site during the medieval period. During World War Two, it was commandeered by the US Army for their training for D-Day. In the 1960s, a Royal Observer Corps bunker was constructed to watch the skies for nuclear missiles from the Soviet Union. Croyde boasts, then, both history and entertainment with its stunning beaches and array of activities.


    • Grab your board and hit up the beach. What we love more than anything about Croyde is its spectacular beach but also the fact that there are multiple beaches including Saunton Sands and Westward Ho! that are a short distance away.
    • Get some fresh air. Slide on your walking boots and have some quality family time walking the Tarka Trail – a 168-mile figure of eight around North Devon which includes a mixture of coast, river valleys, farmlands and moorlands.
    • Head over to Baggy Point which is owned by the National Trust. The stunning headland provides spectacular views of the sea and is also excellent for bird-watching. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geological features.
    • From Baggy Point head over to Putsborough beach. Within the area, this beach is the only one that has protection from south winds which is why it is most popular with longboarders and surfers alike. Watch them ride the waves or grab your own board!
    • Buy a family ticket for GoldCoast Oceanfest. Enjoy a three day festival in June of both surfing competitions, endless music all with activities suitable for little ones as well.
    • Discover all that the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer. 171 square kilometres ranging of beautiful views of inland and the sea.
    • Continue the entertainment – whatever the weather – with Croyde’s Deckchair Cinema. With homemade popcorn and deckchairs, Croyde’s Deckchair Cinema is brilliantly family-friendly and the best way to watch films – they even offer booster cushions for little ones.
    • Learn a new skill with Roylands Riding Stables. This family run horse riding stables offers beach rides and tuition all the while exploring the local scenery and coastline.
    • Be plunged into history. Discover all the history of Croyde with its Royal Observer Corps bunkers and the Braunton and District Museum which includes collections of the Braunton Railway, Military History, Henry Williamson and Braunton’s maritime heritage – all while not breaking the bank.

Further afield. There are many destinations to visit, ranging from towns such as Barnstaple to tourist attractions such as:

  • The Milky Way Adventure Park. Here you will meet aliens and ride on adrenaline pumping roller-coasters alike.
  •  Travel back in time at the fascinating Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.
  • Watch sheep race and feed lambs at The Big Sheep.
  • Visit the award-wining Ilfracombe Aquarium – perfect for when the weather takes a turn.
  • Let’s Go Bowling in Barnstaple is perfect for bowling, ice-skating or snooker.
  • Ever played dodgeball while bouncing on a trampoline? Here is your chance at the Air Extreme Trampoline Park.  The Park also offers freestyle trampolines and has sessions for little ones.
  • Explore the breath-taking Exmoor National Park and spot all the wildlife!


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