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Start Bay, Slapton, Devon

Pond dipping at Start Bay, Devon.Pond dipping at Start Bay, Devon.
The coastline.The coastline.
Survival skills.Survival skills.
Family fun.Family fun.

Start Bay is an enclosed family activity site in the rural south Devon village of Slapton, surrounded by the countryside and with beaches close by plus a very handy coastal path within easy reach.

The property itself is a former school with a selection of bedrooms sleeping up to 8 people, so if you have a large brood you can all be housed together with a mix of bunk and single beds (some rooms en-suite). However, it is the setting and surroundings, along with the organised activities and all-inclusive elements that are the big attractions at Start Bay.

Kids can run riot in the spacious garden, try out the high-ropes course and explore the ancient woodlands, and of an evening you can sit around the fire pit and fire-up the BBQ for a social time with other families. But the pièce de résistance are the free organised activities available throughout your stay, operated by experienced tutors. These include orienteering, team games, survival skills in the wild and educational excursions learning about local wildlife (such as 'bat watch' when the sun goes down).

Family stays at Start Bay operate on specific dates through the year and are all-inclusive, meaning along with the activities, you get all meals, afternoon cake and unlimited hot and cold drinks.  So if you are an active family with kids aged 3-16 years, are looking to explore the wild coastline of Devon whilst introducing new skills (both fun and educational) to your kids, and are looking for a great value option, this is the holiday for you!

What to Expect:
  • All-inclusive
  • Activities
  • Beach < 1km
  • Choose activities
  • Educational
  • Family rooms
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Indoor play
  • Seasonal opening
  • Outdoor play area


Rooms sleep between 3 and 8 people.

Three rooms are en-suite, the rest have showers and toilets nearby.

The rooms have a mix of bunk beds and single beds.


Organised activities (includes orienteering, team games, survival skills, learning about local wildlife; all free).

Games room.

Board games and books.

TV area.

Access to hot and cold drinks.

Large garden.

Low ropes course.

BBQ area.

Fire Pit.

Ancient woodland.

Budget guidance

Want further information, prices and availability for Start Bay, Slapton, Devon?

Call to find out availability and prices 01548 580 466


Located in southern Devon, around 20-mins drive from Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Totnes is the nearest train station, taking approximately 3 hours from London.

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