Amusements, crabbing, fishing, swimming, surfing but I wanted to give him a bit of freedom in a small town so he could wander about on his own or with a friend if he takes one. Think Torquay might be too big a town.
We live in Devon, not that far from Dawlish, it's an OK place but personally I'd go somewhere a bit nicer for a proper holiday - if you want a town in north Devon both Ilfracombe and Bideford are nice. Or around Salcombe area in South Devon. Those towns all have good sandy beaches near them and the towns and beaches are both nice.
Dawlish (and the holiday complex outside it, Dawlish Warren) are a bit, well, amusement-arcade-ish. And the beach is OK but there are far better in Devon.
Thanks, will have a look at Brixham online, I would prefer south Devon and Brixham does give the otpion of goign to the other local towns. It is hard when they get to 13, they don't want to sit on the beach and dig so much anymore - sob sob