Make the most of your Summer Adventures

With the second May Bank Holiday coming up and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start lining up plans for your summer adventures.

Whether whisking your loved one away for a romantic break or planning a weekend away with friends, we’ve paired our best cars with the best things to do to make the most of the sunshine.

FOR A ROMANTIC ESCAPE:

For a date that’s truly unforgettable, head to Sharpham’s for a guided tour of their vineyard along with a tasting of wine and cheese. Learn all about the process and experience the beauty of the River Dart in this stunning South Devon location.

© The Scarlet Hotel

The Scarlet Hotel in North Cornwall offers the ultimate luxury escape. This adult hotel not only boasts a cliff-top hot tub, but also sea-view rooms and a restaurant with unbeatable views across the Atlantic Ocean.

FOR A FUN FILLED FAMILY ADVENTURE:

This summer visit Dartmoor Zoo in the smart forfour, where your little monkeys can get to know the animals with a junior zoo keeper experience. Or the ecological wonder that is the Eden Project where families can learn more about the world around them. This May half-term Eden welcome children’s TV favourites Dick & Dom for a fun-filled week of mayhem.

Read our tips for a peaceful family road trip to help maintain family bliss on your journey.

FOR COUNTRYSIDE CRUISERS:

While the compact cool of smart was designed as a solution for urban driving, this dynamic vehicle also makes the ideal partner for discovering our rural region.

The idyllic Somerset town of Frome is perfect for a summer afternoon of exploring. The beautiful cobbled streets and winding roads are perfect for the smart’s responsive drive.

The Frome Independent Market takes place on the first Sunday of each month, and is bursting with vibrant examples of the unexpected treats this town has to offer. Including vintage fashion, street entertainment, artists, designers and much more.

FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS:

If you like to live a life less ordinary, the South West couldn’t be more suited to you. Croyde, North Devon is famous for its low tide barrels and excellent surf conditions for boarders of all abilities. For those who haven’t quite mastered their kickflip, the Croyde Surf Academy will get you on the crest of the wave in no time.

If you prefer to get your kicks on dry land, Hot Pursuit Cycles will rent you a bike for the day and point out the best routes for your ability. Discover the scenery of the South Hams on two wheels for a true Devonshire summer adventure, and don’t forget the obligatory stop off in a country pub! For the best cycling across the region, read The Guardian’s guide to the top five scenic bike routes in the West Country.

FOR A GROUP OF YOU:

The best thing about the South West is that you don’t need to travel far for a holiday! Retallack Resort in Cornwall has everything you could need for a group getaway with your favourite people. With a luxurious spa for relaxing, large rental properties with hot tubs and private pools, as well as an Aqua Sports Centre complete with assault course, you’ll never be bored at Retallack.


© The Seafood Restaurant

For a bit of extra exploring you can then take your mates to the nearby town of Padstow for adventures on the camel trail, or an incredible seafood dinner at Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant.

However you’re spending your summer smart South West can get you there in style. All of our new vehicles come with navigation as standard to take the stress out of discovering something new. Check our 2019 Bucket List for more inspiration of our favourite West Country spots.

If you are interested in a new car to get you to your summer adventure, visit one of our show rooms to explore the smart range.

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