Fun Family Things to Do in Brixham
With its colourful houses overlooking a busy harbour and marina, the charming fishing town of Brixham in South Devon has a rich history and maritime heritage that attracts visitors all year round.
From coastal walks and the freshest seafood to museums and pirate tales, Brixham will enchant and entertain the whole family.
Here’s a look at some of the fun things to do when visiting this lovely spot along England’s Riviera and Seafood Coast.
With a quaint backdrop of colourful houses, Brixham Harbour is one of prettiest on the South English coast. It’s also one of the busiest fishing ports in the country, with a thriving community centred on the industry.
Visitors can watch over 100 fishing boats and trawlers bring in their daily catch to sell at the famous Fish Market on the quayside, before sampling the freshest seafood at one of the many waterside restaurants. For early risers, the fantastic fish breakfasts at Rockfish are highly recommended. Then walk it off along the Breakwater, which stretches half a mile offshore.
On Saturdays from Easter to October, the harbour hosts the Brixham Art and Craft Market, where you can find delightful, handmade and unique wares crafted by local artisans.
Take a leisurely stroll through the woods to the cliff tops and enjoy the stunning scenery of the UNESCO Global Geopark along the South West Coast Path.
Berry Head National Nature Reserve is home to fascinating wildlife and restored Napoleonic War forts, where you can walk the ramparts just as the soldiers did 200 years ago.
The two-mile round-trip Buccaneers Way, overlooking the harbour, is a fun walk, where families can follow a treasure trail to learn about the town and its history.
A short walk from Berry Head is the secluded and sandy beach of St Mary’s Bay, which has a coastal path offering spectacular views across the beach.
Along the coast, Shoalstone Beach has a seawater swimming pool for safe swimming, and a variety of rock pools for the kids to explore at low tide.
Closer to the harbour is Breakwater Beach, a Blue Flag beach and one of the cleanest along the coast. This lovely, sandy beach offers plenty of facilities and calm, warm waters for safe swimming.
Whether you want to take a ferry trip, fishing trip, sailing trip or a sightseeing cruise, Brixham has something for everyone. You may even get to see dolphins and porpoises, if you’re lucky!
Discover the maritime history of Brixham at the Heritage Museum, which houses fascinating collections of archaeological, maritime and war artefacts, as well as a reconstructed Victorian parlour and nursery.
One of Brixham’s most famous attractions is the Golden Hind, a full size replica of Sir Frances Drake’s Tudor flagship. Docked in the harbour, the fascinating ship has five decks to explore and interactive activities for children of all ages who want to get a taste of Tudor maritime adventure.
Brixham Pirate Festival
The highlight of the year is the swashbuckling Brixham Pirate Festival in May. The free event features costumed pirates, re-enactments, guns, cannons, live music and food stalls.
The perfect excuse to dress up as a pirate and enjoy a weekend of piratical family fun.
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