Banish backseat travel boredom

We know many of our guests this Easter will be travelling a few hours in the car to get to South Devon. If your family is anything like ours then the thought of your little darlings stuck together on the back seat with impatient cries of “are we there yet?!” is the only downside of going on holiday!

Many families these days have in car entertainment but here are some ideas for good old fashioned travel games for when the kids are tired of the tech or sick of screens.

20 Questions This easy game is great for younger children thanks to its straightforward rules. Player One thinks of a person, place or thing. Everyone else takes turns asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. After each answer, the questioner gets one guess. Play continues until a player guesses the answer correctly.

The Holiday Game A memory based alphabet game for all ages. One player starts off with the line “I went on my holiday and I packed….” followed by an object beginning with the letter “A”. The next player has to repeat all that went before and add an item beginning with “B” and so on all through the alphabet.

The Number Plate Game Children loved to make up stories and this game is great for inspiring creativity and imagination. Each player chooses a passing car and looks at the last three letters of the number plat.  Now make up a story using those letters- the first letter decides the main character, the second letter could be a place or an item in the story and the third letter could be what the character is doing. Alternatively, get everyone to make up a phrase or word using the letters on the numberplate.

The Word Game One person starts by saying a word then each person has to come up with a new word that starts with the last letter of the word given.  For example, player one says ‘car’, player two says ‘rabbit, player three says ‘tree’, player four says ‘elephant’ and so on. Quick-thinking is key – the faster the pace the more fun the game

Who’s Next Door? Traffic jams – an inevitability of motorway travel but not a good combination with restless kids!  Play the game of nosey neighbours-  everyone chooses a window to look out of and takes a quick peek at the person in the car nearest to them. Don’t get caught staring! Its then up to each player to decide what sort of person they are… their name, job, decide where they’ve come from or where they’re heading, what their favourite food is and so on. Give points for the most outrageous or funny descriptions.

We hope all our families have safe, fun and easy travels to Beeson Farm this Easter!

World Book Day

World Book Day 1st March

Devon has inspired many authors, and South Devon is still a creative hub of artists & craftsmen who are inspired by the stunning and diverse area in which we live. Its no wonder that celebrated writers such as Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, RD Blackmore, Henry Williamson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge – to name only a few – all have links in one way or another with Devon.

Here are our top picks of books with a Devon connection.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and as a child Agatha enjoyed all aspects of an English Riviera social life: roller-skating along the pier; going to dances, dinners and balls; and bathing in the sea.  She later spent many happy years at Greenway House, her holiday home on the banks of the River Dart, now owned by the National Trust. Greenway is a magical place to explore for all the family, the house is charmingly cluttered, and there are acres of grounds filled with meandering walks, hidden follies and views of the River Dart. Agatha Christie set three of her novels here, Five Little Pigs, Dead Man’s Folly (in which the boat house is the scene of the crime) and Ordeal by Innocence.

Agatha Christie set And Then There Were None on fictional Island, off the coast of Devon, inspired by Burgh Island at Bigbury, which is also the setting for the Hercule Poirot mystery Evil Under the Sun.

Greenway House is approximately a 20 minute drive from Beeson Farm (if you travel via foot ferry from Dittisham). you can find information on visiting the house here

Burgh Island and Bigbury beach are approximately 35 minutes from Beeson Farm by car, the beach is a popular spot with many of our visitors who enjoy the large stretches of sand and surf lessons from the surf school.


Michael Morpurgo

Celebrated author, and resident of Dartmoor, Michael Morpurgo has written some of our best loved childrens books. War Horse and Farm Boy were set on Dartmoor but The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a favourite with us. Set in 1943, Lily Tregenza lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Her life is scarcely touched by the war until one day her family, along with all of the other villagers, are told to move out of their homes. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practice their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily’s adored cat, has other ideas. barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself…

Torcross and Slapton Sands are a 10 minute drive from Beeson Farm, visitors can see the memorial to the hundreds of Allied soldiers who lost their lives in Operation Tiger as well as the Sherman Tank that was recovered from the sea and now stands as a place of remembrance.

You can read more about Operation Tiger here

Arthur Conan Doyle

Dartmoor provides the backdrop for The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, perhaps his most famous and best loved novel. The novel is believed to be based on the story of local ‘monstrously evil man’ Richard Cabell of Buckfastleigh (his tomb still stands in Buckfastleigh churchyard), legend has it that when he died in the 1670s fire-breathing dogs raced howling across the moor. Baskerville Hall itself is argued to be either Hayford Hall or Brook Manor, both near Buckfastleigh, and many believe that Fox Tor Mire was the setting for the fictional Great Grimpen Mire.

Dartmoor is approximately a 40 minute drive from Beeson Farm. Visit the Dartmoor visitor centre to find out more about the hound of the baservilles

Devon Cookbooks

If your reading tastes are more of the non fiction variety then there are a plethora of cookbooks inspired by our local produce. The well known  Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. They now deliver around 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK from our regional farms and their cookbook contains a great variety of  seasonal recipes. The Farm Kitchen at Riverford is approximately a 30 minute drive from Beeson Farm, find out more here

The newly published Devon Cook Book celebrates the best of the county’s food scene with over 50 recipes from a wide selection of local foodie businesses.
These include some of Devon’s finest local restaurants, delis, gastro pubs, cafes and local suppliers (such as the South DEvon Chilli Farm, a 20 minute drive from Beeson Farm

To browse these and many more titles visit the Harbour Book Shop in Kingsbridge, on Mill Street at the bottom of the town.

Cottages at Beeson Farm are well stocked with good reads, sit and relax in the farm grounds or on the beach with a good read on your next stay with us!