Things to do
Bantham has a beautiful expanse of sandy beach overlooked by the stunning Burgh Island, perfect for families and water sports enthusiasts with RNLI lifeguard cover from May to October. The beach is a few minutes drive away or about a 15/20 minute walk. Bear in mind there is a £6.50 car parking fee in the summer. You can get there on foot via the road or if you turn right at the ‘farms only’ sign and left at the bottom of the hill, a footpath leads down to the beach along the stunning Avon estuary. There are toilets and the ‘Gastro Bus’ which sells food and drink at the beach and Bantham Stores in the village offers tea, coffee, drinks, snacks and ice creams plus a shop selling newspapers, food supplies and beach accessories. The Sloop Inn pub also offers a full lunch and dinner menu.
Surfing, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing are all very popular on the beach and there is a separate swimming area designated by the red and yellow flags which is monitored daily by the lifeguard service. For surfing/paddle boarding lessons, try the Discovery Surf School located at Bigbury Beach right next door to Bantham. Surf board and wetsuit hire is available from TriOcean Surf Shop at the South Hams business park in nearby Churchstow.
For a not so sunny day, you could go to Woodlands Leisure Park in between here and Totnes, or the Leisure Centre in Kingsbridge. For an amazing forest adventure, try Forest and Beach near Beesands where children can learn shelter building, outdoor cooking, explorations and more.
For more information about things to do and places to see, try the Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre.