Whoever coined the phrase the "Great Outdoors" must surely have had the South West in mind when they came up with that particular bon mot. And there are endless ways to get out there and enjoy the outdoors with your children this summer, especially around the Westcountry's stunning coastline.
Why not join a rock-pool ramble at Wembury organised by the Devon Wildlife Trust tomorrow, Sunday, , scour the beach for limpets and crabs and learn more about the plethora of marine life which make their homes in the rock pools.
Goodrington Sands near Paignton, Tunnels Beach at Ilfracombe and Lee Bay at Woolacombe are also prime rock-pooling sites, you don't need to wait for an organised event, just grab a bucket and a net and get exploring – just be sure to observe the Seashore Code and respect the wildlife.
You can also log on to the North Devon AONB's Explore The Coast website for heaps of ideas of how to make the most of a trip to the fascinating and beautiful coastline running from Combe Martin on the edge of the Exmoor National Park right through to Welcombe on the Cornish border.
The site is packed with tips and hints on how to make the most of a family trip to the area and an interactive map will make sure you find the perfect place for a picnic or a dip in the sea. Your offspring might enjoy a Shepherding Experience at Borough Farm at Morthoe to see David Kennard's sheepdogs in action, every Thursday evening until September 26 – visit Borough Farm's website for more details on how to book.
Some of the most stunning parts of the South West coast are looked after by the National Trust and Sandymouth at the most eastern tip of North Cornwall is a brilliantly family-friendly beach.
Whether you're looking for a short stroll or the family is up for a more challenging walk there are many exhilarating coastal walks to be enjoyed here.
You could check out the Bushcraft Club at Poltesco on The Lizard's east coast in Cornwall. Running on August 13, 20 and 27 from 10am to 12.30pm kids can get their hands dirty learning a whole host of essential new skills like how to forage, build dens, light fires and much more besides. Booking is essential, so call 01326 561407 for more information.
If you pay a visit to the beautiful Polzeath Beach on August 15 why not round off the day with a bat night and barbecue at Pentireglaze Farm.
Join the National Trust's local rangers for a talk about bats before taking a short walk to the cliffs to see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge from old mine workings – you can park at Lead Mines car park and the barbecues will be lit at 7pm so don't forget your sausages and burgers. Again you really need to book so call 01208 863046 for more information – and under 12s go free!
Back to Morthoe again, this time for tractor and trailer rides out to Bull Point with the Morthoe Museum team. There's been a lighthouse there since 1879 as so many ships were wrecked along the coastline over the centuries. Rides start from 10.30am from the Morthoe Heritage Centre with four rides each day, every ride takes about an hour.
There's more than 400 million years of history to get to grips with at Berry Head, a national nature reserve at Brixham managed by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. Enjoy a day atop the 60-metre-high cliffs which look out over Tor Bay whether with a walk or spending time at the visitor centre which features displays about this significant headland, its wildlife and history. There are plenty of children's activities, films to watch and trails to complete.
To find out more about the National Trust's coastal sites in the South West visit the website nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/south-west/, the North Devon AONB's Explore the Coast site is at explorethecoast.org/ and find out more about Berry Head at countryside-trust.org.