Dartmouth Steam Railway

There is something about a steam train! We see quite a lot of them passing through Dawlish Warren, but it’s even better to take a trip on one occasionally. From Sandays at Dawlish Warren it is easy to take the standard train to Paignton, and then change to the infinitely more beautiful station next door and travel to Kingswear. Comfortable roomy carriages, the shriek of the whistle and steam billowing; can’t beat it. Not to mention hopping over to Dartmouth on the ferry (included in the ticket) for a few hours. Now is a great time before the Easter rush gets underway!

Spring Flowers at Bicton

A drive out to Bicton Botanical Gardens from Sandays is always worth the effort and looking rather lovely at the moment. We go to enjoy the gardens with our dog, but it is a favourite place for families. Indoor & outdoor play areas and lots of space to roam.

Half Term and Snowdrops

A cold start to half term here in Dawlish Warren, but a lovely bright day today with the funfair and amusements open for business.

One lovely half term trip would be a visit to the Snowdrop Valley near Wheddon Cross on Exmoor. It is looking beautiful as ever this year with very well signed walking routes to and from the village. Walking through this wooded valley to the sound of streams and enjoying literally thousands of snowdrops is one of the loveliest ways to spend a February day. We followed our walk with some lunch at the Rest and be Thankful Inn (we were!) and a detour to Dunster before driving home to Sandays.

January in Dawlish Warren

A mostly mild start to 2017 in Dawlish Warren. Had a walk up to the point yesterday in weak wintery sunshine, great numbers of birds around at the moment of course. Noticed how green the fields looked around Cockwood and Starcross. We have had a few lovely sunrises and in Sanday’s garden there are lots of shoots and the early flowers like primroses. Some nice reflections too, see pic. There are more people around than usual at this time of year due to the start of the beach management scheme.

We are closed to guests at Sandays at the moment … but open for bookings! Look forward to hearing from you.

Beach Management Scheme

The £14 million Dawlish Warren beach management scheme gets underway during January: the Environment Agency and Teignbridge District Council are working together to complete the project by September. The Warren is close to our hearts at Sandays as well very close to us physically so we will be watching the changes day by day and posting news every so often. The dredging phase starting in June should be particularly interesting.

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Happy Christmas from Sandays

Happy Christmas from Sandays everyone! We are currently closed and enjoying some family time amid the local festivities. Plenty to do this week, not least all the crib and carol services to choose from. The pics were taken in St. Gregory’s Dawlish at the weekend when they held their first Christmas tree festival.

Dawlish Celebrates Christmas, weekend 2nd – 4th December

The Dawlish Celebrates Christmas weekend is getting closer! Why not treat yourself to a weekend away and enjoy all the activities planned. From the carols and light ceremony on Friday evening through to the street markets & entertainment on Saturday and Sunday there is going to be plenty to do and see. We will certainly be going along from Sandays.

RNLI Events

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Events

As you would expect in this coastal community, the RNLI is well supported and there are lots of fundraising activities. Events are run throughout the year, here are just a few coming up in Teignmouth. The lifeboat stations closest to Sandays are at Exmouth and Teignmouth. At the time of writing this, the most recent lifeboat launch from Teignmouth was on 13th March 2017, and from Exmouth on the 12th February 2017.

Saturday 25th March 10am – 4pm Big book Sale & refreshments at the TAAG Community centre in Teignmouth.

Exmouth crew volunteers launch the all-weather lifeboat R and J Welburn on exercise every fortnight. They meet at 6pm and recovery on the beach is between 8 and 9pm.

Check the RLNI website for up to date information.

Dawlish Christmas Lights switch on.

Friday 2nd December 2016

Primary school choirs, refreshments and a festive evening are all part of the Dawlish Christmas lights switch on. Many of the shops stay open and everything centres around the bandstand on the Lawns, usually starting around 5pm and lasting up to a couple of hours. Come ready to sing! We always go along from Sandays.

Winter in Starcross

November at St.Paul’s church Starcross

St.Paul’s have a busy November with 3 special events in addition to all the usual services and groups.

Friday 11th November: a concert by Cosgrove & Banks, a new acoustic folk duo.
Saturday 12th November: the popular Westbank charity show takes place at 7pm and
Saturday 26th November: their Winter Warmer with a pew and table top sale .

Starcross Primary School are also busy and invite everyone to their Christmas Fair on Friday 9th December between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Starcross is aprox 2 miles from Sandays, or one stop on the train.

Dawlish Warren beach is “excellent”: it’s official!

Our glorious beach at Dawlish Warren has been rated “excellent” once again after the latest series of tests. The Teignbridge “love your beach” campaign has worked a treat with the result being that our beaches are the cleanest since records began. In addition to the Warren (closest to our front door and our hearts here at Sandays!), Dawlish town, Coryton Cove, Holcombe, Shaldon, and Ness Cove were all rated excellent.