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Devon Staycation

It’s getting to that time of year again…summer’s coming!


Staycations are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. Why go abroad when there is so much to do in our own beautiful country!

From stunning award-winning beaches to a wide variety of watersports, North Devon offers extraordinary holidays to all. There’s holiday parks and campsites for families, romantic getaways for couples and larger accommodation for stag and hen groups (check out our accommodation page for more accommodation ideas). 


Now that you’ve got the accommodation sorted, it’s time to fill your holiday with some of the many things to do in Devon! 

North Devon beaches are world class, with seaside villages providing you with cafes and restaurants for evening meals post-beach days.


If you’re looking for an activity filled holiday then North Devon has it all, from surf lessons to more extreme adrenaline activities, North Devon is a haven for watersports.


At Active Escape, we specialise in minimum skill for maximum thrill. We know what we’re doing, so you don’t have to! 

We’re just a stone's throw away from the main holiday hotspots in North Devon; Croyde, Woolacombe, Ilfracombe yet we still have that personal and private feel.


Here are just a few of our activities, check out our activities page for more!

  • Coasteering

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

  • Rafting

  • Adventure Challenge

  • **NEW** Escape Mission


Coasteering is a high adrenaline sport and the North Devon coast is a great spot for it. For those that don’t know coasteering is a coastal journey, a mixture of sea swimming, rock climbing and scrambling, and cliff jumping. At Active Escape, we have exclusive access to the stunning private coastline around Watermouth, giving you a more personal experience. Our jumps vary from 1ft to 30ft, so whether you like heights or not, we can push you out of your comfort zone!

At only £40 this 3 hour experience will fill your trip with memories that you will cherish for years to come! Not only that but we take a camera out on our sessions, so you have a little souvenir of your experience, at no extra charge. Although, we are outdoor instructors and not photographers, so we try our best with the photos but we can’t guarantee their quality! 

Click here to book your adrenaline filled coasteering experience now!


If you’re looking to fill your holiday with something a little more chilled, then why not try out our SUP hire session. Whether you’re a seasoned professional at paddleboarding or a complete beginner, our SUP hire session is perfect for you.

Not only do we provide you with great equipment, our experienced instructors will give you 15 minutes of tuition, teaching you the basics and making sure you are happy getting around. You then have a couple of hours to explore the stunning sea caves and local coastline and secluded beaches.

For only £25 this experience is great value for money. It is equivalent to the £10 an hour that other places offer but with free tuition and wetsuit hire too.

To book a chilled morning/afternoon paddling round the stunning North Devon coastline, click here


Alongside our individual boards, we have Family sized SUPs, ideal for fitting the whole family on, whatever the shape and size. Get the whole family on one board and paddle round the coast together. 

These are only £50 for the same 2 ½ hour session as the individual SUP hire (with all the kit included), again you’ll get tuition and then can explore the coastline as a family!

For a family activity you won't be forgetting any time soon, click here to book


NEW FOR 2020 we have our very own twist on an escape room… 

A traditional escape room has you breaking out of a room. Our Escape Mission has an Active Escape twist that will see you breaking into the escape room to shut down enemy communications. You’ll tackle our assault course in order to get the code and break into the room before taking on mental challenges to hit the master switch and shut down the enemy’s communication. 

To check out our NEW escape mission for yourself, click here


So what do you say…? Time to get planning that summer holiday? We have a lot to offer, in the heart of the North Devon watersports scene and at competitive prices. 


Our sessions are available to book online and via telephone, so check out the activity section on our website and get booking your staycation now! Can’t see the date you want? Ping us over an email and we can sort it out for you!