Paignton and the English Riviera is known for it's milder micro-climate. Around the Bay there are a range of plants growing normally found around the Mediteraean. It is not unusual to see less hardy plants like Fuchias and pelargoniums flowering all year round.
Of course the usual beach activities are not really practical but sitting by the sea, ice creams or fish and chips taste good any time of the year. There are still the fantastic walks along the coastpath and some say the scenery is better over the winter months. Indeed on breezier days the sea itself can produce some spectcular sights.....viewed from a safe distance of course!
The Steam Railway to Kingswear/Dartmouth runs limited schedule throughout the winter and the zoo is open all year round. Across the Bay all the English Riviera attractions are open and out of the main season, without the summer bustle is the best time to visit them. Getting around is a lot easier with less traffic and the buses still run their normal service .......the Hop12 every 10 minutes.
Paignton is an ideal base to explore the wider south Devon area, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB). Explore the South Devon countryside For example you could go to Kingswear and take one of the unusual ferries across the river Dart to Dartmouth where there are still many river trips available. Further upstream explore the ancient maket town of Totnes with it's interesting range of shops. How about a visit to one of the unspoilt villages along the Dart Valley such as Stoke Gabriel or Dittisham.
Paignton gives easy access to Dartmoor. The cities of Plymouth and Exeter are both easily accessable by public transport.
Check out our What to do in Paignton page for more information and links.