Things to do near Fingals
Below you will find a selection of things to do locally.
Fingals is a mile away from Dittisham, a beautiful village sited on the edge of the river Dart. As well as the many popular tourist spots right on our doorstep; Agatha Christie's recently restored summer house and gardens are just across the river, there are many delights a short drive away including the renowned Devon beaches and Dartmoor National Park. Below we have listed a selection of some of our favourite things to do locally.
On 11th September Greenway will be open at 7pm for wine and canapes and a chance to enjoy the house after hours. Discover the secrets of the Greenway that Agatha Christie knew and loved, and get a feel for yourself of the house she described as 'the loveliest place in the world'.
Agatha Christie Festival
To celebrate Agatha Christie's birthday - Torquay 15th September 1890 - the English Riviera transforms itself for a week each September into the murder mystery capital of the country. Ladies and gents in their period finery will immerse themselves in tea parties, theatre, dinners on steam trains and vintage bus tours.
Dartmouth Regatta 30th August - 1st September
Dartmouth Regatta is at the end of this week, so much going on - rowing, sailing, Red Arrows, helicopter displays, review of classic craft, road races, water polo, tug of war, swimming, crabbing ..... lots to enjoy...or take part in if you're feeling energetic!
Greenway House and Gardens
This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden, with a restored vinery and peach house, wild edges and rare plantings, which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary.
Coleton Fishacre is a spectacular house and garden designed by Milne (a disciple of Lutyens) in 1925 for Rupert and Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame). The house reflects the Arts and Crafts tradition yet has refreshingly modern interiors...
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin.
Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle still displaying a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in c.1560 and ambitiously enlarged from c.1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour.
Blackpool Sands, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. A shingle beach, as are all the main beaches in Start Bay and all incorporating 'Sands' as a historical name, located only 3 miles West of Dartmouth on the beautiful South Devon heritage coast.
Anchorstone Cafe is a great place to eat right by the riverside in Dittisham and The Picnic Boat for a foodie river trip.
Learn to sail on the river.... with qualified instructors who make boating fun.