Widdicombe Farm Touring Park Paignton, Devon, South West England, TQ3 1ST (Location map)
March to October (approx.)
Widdicombe Farm Touring Park is a family run, adults only holiday destination close to the popular Devon coastal resort towns of Torquay and Paignton.
The site has been awarded a four-star rating by the AA & Trip adviser, Certificate of excellence. It is open from the middle of March until the end of October. Widdicombe Farm Touring Park welcomes guests with touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, while also having a small number of static holiday homes for hire.
Seasonal pitches are available at the site, while affordable caravan storage is offered, too.
The pitches range from basic grass pitches for tents right up to premium, all-weather and fully serviced pitches for large motorhomes and caravans. Guests staying in the on-site statics will find them all well-equipped with everything needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Facilities found at Widdicombe Farm Touring Park include three modern amenities blocks, which feature wet room style facilities with ample free hot water and covered dish washing areas. Water and waste disposal points are situated throughout the park, while there is also a fully equipped launderette on-site.
Our well-stocked Country Store on-site shop sells a selection of groceries, as well as other essentials and camping accessories, while Calor Gas exchanges are also available. Well behaved pets are welcomed and there is a dog walking exercise field on-site, as well as miles of countryside and coastal walks available across the surrounding area.
Also found on-site at Widdicombe Farm Touring Park is a great welcoming bar, showcasing notable singers from the local area and karaoke are among the entertainment provided, from Easter then from end of May through to end September.
Poppies licenced restaurant and takeaway offer good home cooked food at very reasonable prices with daily specials during the week. The popular Sunday Roast are well worth a try!
This is a great park to stay at to visit Devon, as it is just a 12-minute drive from the centre of Torquay and a 10-minute drive from the centre of Paignton. Both towns have lots of places where you can go to enjoy a bite to eat or something to drink, as well as great shopping, bars and famous beaches. If you fancy a night out and a few drinks, the campsite is close enough that a taxi ride home won't be too expensive.
In Torquay you could get exceptional views along the coast from the The English Riviera Wheel, go to the Babbacombe Model Village, walk the Agatha Christie Mile or wander through the Cary Gardens. While in Paignton, there's a zoo, or you could check out the pier or enjoy a scenic steam railway journey from the town to Dartmouth.
Totnes is also just a 15-minute drive from Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, and both Exeter and Plymouth are 40- to 50-minutes away by car.
This campsite is also well placed for those who want to explore the wild and wonderful Dartmoor National Park. See it on foot, on two wheels or on horseback. And away from the resorts, you can also enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the South Devon Heritage Coast.
There are lots of things to do in Devon on your motorhome, camping and caravan holidays, and if you've pitched at Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, you're well placed to see the area.
Central for all local attractions. Torquay Liesure Centre.
Paignton Zoo. Model Village. Bygones. Boat trips. River Dart Cruise. Old Fishing Port of Brixham.etc. etc...
Based on 9 review(s)
24 Jul 2017
Our first unforgettable visit to Widdicombe Farm was last year, and then decided that we would defiantly return again this year for 15 nights. We arrived about 8.45 Friday morning after driving through the night from Cheshire and was directed to our pitch straight away, not having to wait until 12 noon was another bonus. Nothing had changed, a clean tidy site, spotlessly clean toilets and shower blocks, enough hot water to float a large submarine, a cracking breakfast in "Poppy's cafe/restaurant and the evening entertainment in the "Hay Loft Bar" is about as good as it gets, especially "Andy Oakley" you will need tissues to wipe away the tears of laughter. We always recommend this site to friends as it covers all aspects of having a superb caravanning holiday. My only gripe (which I did mention to staff in reception) was the tiled hole in the ground for your toilet waste, you have to bend right over to empty your cassette down this hole (not all senior campers can bend over this far) otherwise your feet and lower legs do get splashed with the contents of your toilet cassette, (not nice) I did suggest on old toilet bowl cemented into place over the hole thereby removing all problems of being splashed. The full serviced pitches have this facility, so this begs the question why do I have to get splashed because I could not afford a fully serviced pitch? Apart from that a superb holiday. Thanks to all the staff for another wonderful Devon holiday and look forward to next year and also maybe keeping my feet and lower legs dry.
Liverpool 02 Jan 2016
This is one of the most friendliest sites I have been to, the staff are lovely, the farmer and his wife are so down to earth and friendly, and the shower rooms are just perfect, with real showers ( not the one which turn themselves off after a minute or two ) can't wait to go back, so relaxing and the club is fab !!!!
Property manager response (08 Jan 2016)
Thank you for such lovely comments. Gordon,Thelma and staff all try to make everyone's holiday an enjoyable one. We look forward to see you back again soon!
Gloucestershire 29 Aug 2014
This is an adult only site, staff very friendly and helpful. The shower blocks are kept spotless also the shower cubicles are really spacious. We spent two separate weeks there in 2013 and we are looking forward to another week on this lovely site in September.
Property manager response (30 Aug 2014)
Thank you very much for your kind comments. We look forward to see you again soon!
uk 14 Aug 2012
perfect adults only site clean tidy friendly good bar with entertainment poppys restaurant is a must great food and value for money if this restaurant was on the high street it would be booked up years in advance what more can i say.
Devon 03 Jul 2012
This is a fantastic site. The showers/toilets are kept spotless. The staff are friendly and helpful. It has a fantastic pub on the site with the best entertainment I have seen on any caravan site, the bar prices are very reasonable and you are guaranteed a good night out. There is a restaurant called Poppy's on the site and the food served is lovely, they do a fantastic Sunday lunch and a good breakfast and everything is cooked fresh for you. They also do a take away menu. The site itself has beautiful views and we have stayed on numerous ocassions enjoying it so much that we have put our caravan on for the season. If you are in Devon give this site a try you will not be dissapointed.
Wrexham, Wales 08 Aug 2009
We have been camping and caravanning for many years now. A number of years ago a friend recommended Widdicombe Farm to us and we've spent all our holidays there ever since. Although it's quite a journey for us it's certainly worth it in our opinion.The facilities are spotless, the restaurant is excellent and very reasonably priced, the entertainment is the best we have encountered so far on any campsite........but what impresses us most is the warm welcome we get every time we visit. The staff and owners really go out of their way to make sure we have an enjoyable stay, it feels as though nothing is too much trouble. This year the site has become adults only and I have to admit we like the newfound peace and tranquility that this brings. Please don't get me wrong, I love children, but I think there are enough touring sites around for some to be just for adults. There are many regular visitors to Widdicombe Farm and it's lovely to meet old friends when you visit. With so many people returning time and time again the owners are obviously doing something right! We will be travelling to Widdicombe Farm again tomorrow.......we can't wait!!! Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, Devon
north wales 01 Jun 2009
Being just one of many regular visitors to this site,we've just returned from our 3rd break this year.iI didn't think it could get much better by becoming an adults only park but it has.It is now so much more peaceful and even the great evening entertainment has benefitted from the lack of small children shouting and crying.I think children are great - I work withg them and I used to be one myself! There,s also an added bonus -there are now bargain breaks in July and August now (can't be bad can it? Everything else is just as good as always - owners,office staff and wardens are as friendly and helpful as they've always been - the restaurant serves delicious reasonably priced home made meals and the facilities are kept spotlessly clean at all times.What more can you ask for? I can't wait for our next visait and I'm sure there are many otherswho feel the same.. Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, Paignton, Devon
Scotland 17 Sep 2008
Having recently stayed at this site, I have to agree with the first reviewer in the fact there is a constant noise from the busy duel carriageway, and there are a lot of rules and regulations, especially the one in the toilet block (which is a bit old fashioned) about wiping down the sink after you have used it, in all my years of visiting sites, that was a first for me. What the site does have going for it, is the pub/club is one of the best for entrainment and a lot of lovely, friendly people do use the site. Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, Paignton, Devon
west mids 23 Jul 2008
What a FAB site - the best weve been on so far! We stayed on the adults only field and it was so lovely and quiet. The toilets etc were spotlessly clean and ive never seen a chemical toilet disposal so clean. We didnt use the bar so cant comment but the little shop was useful. The only little niggle is that we stayed on the B field and children were coming up and using the toilets which really should have been adults only as a few times they were unsupervised and didnt flush - a sign would have been useful. On the subject of signs we didnt think there were too many - we didnt see many at all! THe site is just off the ringroad so you do end up driving most places but a bus does run into Torquay if you request it. Overall it is a fab site and well worth a visit - we think it should be a 5 star!
Cambs 27 Aug 2006
I was disappointed. The name of the site alone leads you to think of idyllic settings in a rural environment. This is not the case. The park is situated in earshot of the A380 – the constant whoosh of vehicles nearly led me to leave the site within minutes – at a less busy time of year I would have found something else and moved on, leaving my money behind – I felt that strongly. There is a list of rules and regulations which are (in my opinion) heavy handed and out of place in this environment – the comment about windbreaks being “un-neighbourly” was particularly pointed as your “neighbours” were some 15ft below you separated by an Armco barrier. The wash facilities were basic and not warm at all – something I thought was a thing of the past – maybe it’s me! I felt it was expensive for what it was – we will definitely NOT be going back, unless it’s the only thing available!! I am not alone, everyone I spoke to had a grumble about this site.
Property manager response (13 Sep 2006)
We have owned Widdicombe Farm for 35 years and we hope the business will continue within the family for many years to come! Not many touring parks are able to say this. Over 75% of our customers are repeat bookings and a high number of bookings are from customers who have been recommended. We pride ourselves on our warm friendly atmosphere, hospitality and the welcome given to all our visitors from our family and all the staff. Unfortunately, Mr Whiles and his family did not come into our reception and make us aware of any issues or complaints they had whilst staying on our park. Had they done so we would have had the opportunity to discuss the matter in full and hopefully been able to resolve them to everyone's satisfaction. Mr Whiles' family stayed with us for a nine-day period and we believe there was ample time for them to approach one of the reception staff or to have completed one of the Customer Feedback forms that are freely available on the reception counter. We were surprised and disappointed to read his comments on your web site without prior knowledge of any issues they had. We are committed to ensuring wherever possible that all our guests have an enjoyable and pleasant memorable stay with us and we feel disappointed if a customer leaves unhappy especially if we had not been given the opportunity to resolve their issues. As stated in our promotional literature we are situated on the A380, thus providing very easy access to our park with no narrow or twisty lanes to negotiate, so typical of Devon. This is especially ideal for those towing long caravans such as Mr Whiles and ideal for those not used to towing. We had not received any other complaints regarding noise from the road however; it is occasionally audible by those staying on the top terraces of the park when the wind blows in a certain direction. Also as our park is situated on a hillside most of the pitches are on terraces providing superb views of the surrounding farmland and countryside. Therefore for peace of mind and as a necessary health & safety feature some terraces have Armco barriers on the outside edges. In response to Mr Whiles comments regarding our rules we would like to make it clear that our Terms and Conditions have been compiled over our 35 years of experience and by listening to the needs and desires of those staying with us. These terms and conditions serve to provide a safe, organised and enjoyable touring park experience for everyone on the park. Widdicombe Farm is after all a smaller family run park not one of the larger parks with the associated attractions and children's clubs etc and people comment on how comfortable they are on a well organised park. We were most surprised by Mr Whiles comments regarding our wash facilities as we are always complimented on the cleanliness of our superb facilites. We have received a 4 star rating again from our Quality in Tourism inspections. This rating has been maintained for over 15 years and we are very pleased at this. Mr Whiles family came to stay with us during the peak period in August and we are concerned that on occasion the water was not as hot as it could have been. With over 200 pitches and 3 amenity buildings to service throughout the park there were times when the demand was too great within a concentrated period of time and our system struggled to cope to the usual high standards. This will be reviewed to establish if improvements are necessary. The facilities provided along with the free entertainment in the Hayloft Clubhouse are good value for money and our tariff is competitively priced being comparable to other similar touring parks. Finding a touring park to accommodate a large caravan and a dog during peak periods can be difficult as many parks will not take dogs during the peak months of the season. Finally, as stated above we were all disappointed that the Whiles family did not enjoy their time with us. This may have been avoided if they had spoken up during their stay. We hope that upon reflection Mr Whiles reconsiders his comments about not coming back as we are sure the family could have a more enjoyable stay with us sometime in the future. A copy of our response has also been sent directly to Mr Whiles.