north devon journal love summer 2014

A TASTE of Devon in the sun fun days out CYCLING THE Tarka Trail in association with STROLLING ON THE South West Coast Path MUSIC FESTIVALS and FARMERS’ MARKETS FREE

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North Devon holds a special place for anyone, young and old, because of its versatility. Whether you’re seeking golden sandy beaches or quaint country walks, exciting activities or a spot of retail therapy, explore everything the area has to offer and immerse yourself in the relaxing Devon lifestyle.


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A TASTEof Devon

in the sunfun days out


in association with

STROLLING ON THESouth West Coast Path



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WelcomeI have lived in North Devon since the age of 4. Back then, the variable

landscape offered opportunities to explore every space. After climbing

trees, swimming in the sea and making dens in the woods, I am now

able to appreciate the bliss of North Devon in a different way, such as

indulging in a delicious cream tea and walking along the coast.

North Devon holds a special place for anyone, young and old, because

of its versatility. Whether you’re seeking golden sandy beaches or

quaint country walks, exciting activities or a spot of retail therapy,

explore everything the area has to offer and immerse yourself in the

relaxing Devon lifestyle.

Have a wonderful summer!

Dawn Stephens-Borg,


Photograph by GemmieV Photography


Editorial: Dawn Stephens-BorgAdvertising: Dale SawyerDesign: Creative Hub

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CONTENTSLove Summer 201404-05 SouthMolton06-07 Lynton,Lynmouth&Exmoor08-11 CombeMartin12-13 Markets14-15 Ilfracombe16-20 Woolacombe21 Croyde&Saunton22-23 Braunton24-25 TarkaTrail26-28 Barnstaple&surroundingarea29-30 Appledore&Instow31-39 Bideford&surroundingarea40-42 WestwardHo!

43 Clovelly44-45 SouthWestCoastPath46 Hartland47-50 GreatTorrington51-52 RubyCountry53 Iddesleigh54 Chulmleigh,Eggesford &Winkleigh55 Summerfestivals56 Giftideas57-60 Placestostay61-64 EatingoutguideIBC 10thingstodoinNorthDevon



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From the historic pannier market with a vast array of food, gifts and treats available, to Quince Honey Farm, home to the world’s largest exhibition of honey bees, South Molton has plenty to offer.

You can also roam around the local chocolate factory or visit South Molton’s award-winning museum.

Explore the history of the town with the Heritage Trail, leading you through the history and architecture of South Molton. Medieval, Georgian and Elizabethan buildings provide an insight to the town’s fascinating history.

Market days are on Thursdays and Saturdays, including South Molton’s livestock market on Thursdays, offering a unique opportunity to experience rural life in North Devon. For more details, see P.12+13 for details.

The quaint market town of South Molton, known as the gateway to Exmoor, featuresa range of attractions and activities.

South Molton Flea MarketSunday, July 6 South Molton Flea Market offers a vast array of treasures including books, furniture, vintage and retro items, crafts, homewares, jewellery, clothing and more. South Molton Pannier Market, 10am to 3pm. For details: 07989 619745.

Somersault FestivalThursday, July 17 to Monday, July 21Somersault is a new festival at Castle Hill in Filleigh, showcasing two award-winning headliners, Jack Johnson and Ben Howard.The festival promises an extraordinary location andwhole host of wondrous events. See P.55 for details.

South Molton Sings Les MiserablesSunday, July 20Fans of Les Miserables may enjoy this upcoming concert by South Molton Sings. The performance will be supported by South Molton Town Band and will raise money for North Devon Hospice.For details: 01769 574122.

North Devon ShowWednesday, August 6This annual event is a celebration of North Devon’s agricultural roots. Expect to see a range of food outlets, fairground attractions and trade stands as well as livestock classes including alpacas, cattle horses, sheep and events including show jumping and an open dog show. For details: [email protected]

Castle Hill Car FestivalSaturday, August 9- Sunday, August 10The renowned car festival at the Castle Hill Estate in Filleigh includes displays of up to 1,000 classic vehicles. Both supercar and luxury car stands will be present, alongside more than 40 trade exhibitors.For details: 01598 760336.

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Quince Honey FarmQuince Honey Farm offers the chance to visit a family run honey farm in North Devon. The farm has produced honey since 1949 and keeps over 1,500 hives throughout the countryside.

Castle Hill EstateSteeped in history, the Castle Hill Estate in Filleigh is currently home to the Fortescue family. The Palladian home is set in a grade one listed landscape, offering tranquil paths and gardens alongside a beautiful property. For details: 01598 760 336.

PLACESto visit

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The steep Cliff Railway is a marvel of North Devon, remaining a must-do for all visitors.

The two towns also offer a great history and plenty of activities. For those seeking to learn more about the location’s history, the Lyn & Exmoor Museum and the Lyn Model Railway offer a unique insight.

While for those seeking a more “hands-on” approach to the area, boat trips are available alongside kayaking opportunities, a putting green, surfing and rock pooling.

Situated along the path from Lynmouth to the East Lyn River, Middleham Gardens offer a quiet hideaway.

With the famous cliff railway connecting Lynton and Lynmouth, the areais in the centre of Exmoor National Park, showcasing breathtaking views.

Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous MedicineTuesday, July 29A performance on the Manor Green in Lynmouth.Tickets available from The Plough Arts

Pirates of PenzanceSaturday, August 9A performance on the Manor Green in Lynmouth.Tickets from the Plough Arts Centre.

Lynmouth Raft RaceSaturday, August 9A host of rafts, some built for speed, some for fancy dress, take to the seas in a battle to the buoy and back. A family friendly event starting at 5pm. For details: 01598 753392

Blackadder Goes ForthFriday, August 22A performance by the Atlantic Theatre Company Production in Lynton Town Hall, 7pm. Photograph by Paula Davies


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Lynton, Lynmouth & Exmoor

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Lynton CinemaFor those seeking a relaxing activity, Lynton Cinema is a quirky choice for film lovers. Seating just 68 people, the cinema runs the latest films when possible as well as special presentations.With a population of approximately 2,000 people,Lynton is believed to be the smallest town in the countryto have a full time cinema.

Lynton & Barnstaple RailwayThe original railway station from 1898 offers a chance to step back in time and travel on a narrow gauge train. Take a seat in one of the restored heritage carriages and enjoy the two-mile roundtrip steam train ride through North Devon’s beautiful countryside. For details:

Calvert Trust Exmoor Set on the edge of Exmoor National Park, this award-winning centre offers a range of activities including horse riding, climbing, sailing, canoeing, archery, abseiling and more. The Calvert Trust welcomes guests of all ages and levels of ability, together with their families and friends.

PLACESto visit

Lynton, Lynmouth & Exmoor

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Travel back in time when dinosaurs walked our earth. Lurking amongst the tropical trees in the depth of the valley are some of the latest in dinosaur animatronics new to the park this year.

Come face to face with ferocious Spinosaurus, a family of Triceratops and our very own British dinosaur, the vicious Neovenator.

Watch out for the young T-Rex lurking round the corner, his mother is close behind. Watch the UK’s most realistic full sized animatronic T-Rex come to life, but don’t stand too close to Dilophosaurus, you may get wet! Visit the park’s Dinosaur Museum where you can see fantastic and rare exhibits including a complete Allosaurus skeleton and one of the largest nest of fossilised eggs ever discovered.

Wandering through this stunning park set within a beautiful valley you will be amazed to uncover natural cascading streams and waterfalls, various strains of Bamboo, tropical trees and plants as well as an abundance of indigenous wildlife. The park is home to a variety of exotic animals including African Lions, Primates, Otters, Sea lions, Penguins, Meerkats and rare White Hudson Bay Wolves. The park is one of only two collections in the UK where you can see these beautiful animals. There are daily Sea Lion Shows, talks and animal encounters throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy.

Take a ride on the Dino Express and scream as seven and a half thousand gallons of water hurtle towards you and your fellow passengers! Or be brave enough to enter the park’s underground tomb for a fascinating insight into Egypt. Decipher the ancient art of picture writing with the exact replication of Egyptian hieroglyphics - but watch out for the mummy! If you love creepy crawlies you will enjoy the Bug World exhibit, the kingdom of Insects and other invertebrates!

There are unique extra wild experiences available to book on the day of your visit. See the parks website for more details and prices.

A trulyunique day out!

Don’t miss the latest offerone child goes free with two full paying

adults with the advert opposite.

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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

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Celebrated for its farming community, North Devon is home to a host of wonderful markets

offering delicious homemade produce. Various markets also offer crafts, clothing,

homeware, antiques and trinkets.

Photographs by Dawn Stephens-Borg

MARKETSin North Devon

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Atlantic Village Farmers Country MarketStalls include strawberries, cheese, herbs, sausages, curry packs, cakes, baked goods, pies, pasties and more at Atlantic Village in Bideford. Saturday July 5 & 19, Saturday August 2.

Barnstaple Pannier MarketOpen daily (except Sundays) in Barnstaple’s historic pannier market in the town centre. Mondays & Thursdays: Craft and general Wednesdays: Antiques and collectables Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: General markets.Barnstaple Real Food Market Sunday, July 13

Bideford Farmers’ MarketSummer farmers’ market on Bideford Quay. Saturday July 12 & 26, Saturday August 9, 23 & 30.

Brayford Village & Farmers’ MarketA true farm and village market with local crafts, food, services, meals, bedding plants and games for children. Saturday July 12, Saturday August 9. Open 11am to 1pm in Brayford Village Hall. For details: 07513 062623

Croyde Bay MarketCroyde Bay’s open air market is open every Tuesday from 9am to 4pm throughout the summer. Visit the popular summer season market for plenty of stalls with local produce and crafts.

Hatherleigh MarketEvery Tuesday, the bustling market town of Hatherleigh flourishes with outstanding local produce, homemade cakes and a livestock auction.

Hartland Farmers’ MarketGreat local produce in Hartland Parish Hall and a breakfast in the café. Sunday July 6, Sunday August 3. For details: 01271 379084

Holsworthy Farmers’ MarketA range of local produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and poultry, plus gifts and much more. Every Wednesday at The Square in Holsworthy. from 8am to 3pm.

Ilfracombe Farmers’ MarketHeld on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of each month. For details: 01271 864621

Lynton Farmers’ MarketFresh vegetables, plenty of fruit, meat, eggs, bread and cakes, fruit juices and dairy products at Lynton Town Hall. Saturday July 5, Saturday August 2. 10am to 12.30pm.For details: 07837 937547

Merton MarketEvery Thursday. Fresh fish, bakery, meat, organic vegetables, cheeses, cakes, books, toys, bags, scarves and much more. For details: [email protected]

Okehampton Farmers’ Market In Fore Street around St James Chapel Square in centre of Okehampton, 9am-4pm. Locally produced cheeses, yoghurts, cakes, organic vegetables, pies and savoury bakes, organic chicken, eggs, organic duck eggs, cut flowers, meats including wild venison. Saturday July 5, Saturday July 19. For details: 01837 658672 or [email protected]

Ruby Country MarketSet within the heart of the Ruby Country in Hatherleigh, this market offers delicious local produce and lovely crafts, pottery and more. Saturday, July 19, 9am – 2pm.

South Molton Pannier MarketLocal produce, flowers and plants, fish, meat, cheese, books, bric-a-brac, jewellery and much more. Thursdays and Saturdays, 8.30am to 1pm at The Square, South Molton. For details: 01769 572252

Torrington Pannier MarketSet in the historic Great Torrington Pannier Market, built in 1842. 12 retail units/craft workshops and café open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Tuesdays: Indoor Food and Craft Market with an exciting range of art, scarves, knitwear, chutneys, woodwork, shabby chic, jewellery, beads, and much more will be on sale. Thursdays and Saturdays: Market Hall contains the weekly general market stalls. Fridays: Bric-a-brac and collectables.For details: 01805 626110

Woolacombe MarketEvery Monday, Woolacombe’s market welcomes visitors to its open air market. Open from 9am to 4pm, the market includes plenty of stalls and goods including wetsuits, body boards and beach goods.

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The aforementioned artist also has a restaurant on the quay, alongside a new gift shop and gallery.

Victorian buildings create an imposing high street, which is home to a wealth of local shops and restaurants. Attractions in the town include an aquarium, the Landmark Theatre, a cinema and boat trips from the harbour for activities such as diving and sightseeing.

There is also an opportunity to tour the coast of Ilfracombe in an old lifeboat, The Hampshire Rose.

Ilfracombe’s picturesque harbourholds a special place in the heartsof local people. Still a working fishing quay, Ilfracombe harbour is now home to a sculpture, ‘Verity’ created by renowned artist Damien Hirst.

Still a working fishing quay, Ilfracombe harbour is now home to a sculpture, ‘Verity’

A CHARMING seaside town

South West Birdman CompetitionSunday, July 27This fun and comical event sees competitors jump off the pier in Ilfracombe, in an attempt to fly. The festival has been running for more than 10 years and this year promises an outstanding live music line-up. Acts include Obsidian, Psylum, Raining Globe and Fit For Viewing and the headline act is The Harry Munk Project, including members of chart-toppers Massive Attack. For details:

Ilfracombe Flower and Craft Show3 AugustIlfracombe In Bloom has decided to host an annual flower and craft show. Expect competitions, produce sales and more.

Rescue Day13 AugustTake part in the largest emergency services display in the South West with the RNLI, lifeguards, coastguard, police, fire and ambulance services, Exmoor Search and Rescue and more at Ilfracombe Pier.

Ilfracombe Carnival 21 AugustA beautiful mix of floats promises a wealth of entertainment, while raising money for local charities. Entertainment will take place on the seafront and a parade in the evening.

Sunwest Beer and Music Festival22-25 AugustPromoting local and live music and a vast range of real ales and ciders, the Sunwest Beer and Music Festival promises a festive summer event at the Landmark Theatre.See P.55 for details.


Ilfracombe Aquarium This all-weather attraction provides a unique insight into the seas of North Devon. The aquarium is home to a vast range of local aquatic life in recreated natural habitats. Exhibits provide visitors with a journey from the source of an Exmoor stream, down river to an estuary, local rock pool, harbour, coast to Lundy and its marine reserve.

Watermouth CastleA Victorian Castle full of treasures, a theme park and stunning gardens feature at Watermouth Castle in Berrynarbor. Overlooking the beautiful Watermouth Cove, the castle offers wonderful entertainment for all ages.

The Landmark TheatreHome to a beautiful theatre with seating for 480 people, the renowned Landmark Theatre is a hub for entertainment. Catch shows including Private Lives, Talon- The Best Of The Eagles, The Supersonic 70s Show and The Sooty Show.

Larkstone CaféLarkstone Café promises delicious food and a leisure park for the family. New to the café this year, is a ‘Bounce Around’ mega-slide and bouncy assault course on the lawns. The café showcases beautiful views over Ilfracombe and offers a range of mouth-watering mealsand treats.

PLACESto visit

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Photographs by dawn Stephens-Borg

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As a prime surfing spot and with plenty of activities available, why not spend a day exploring the beautiful

beach and charming village?

Woolacombe was awarded the “England for Excellence Gold Award” for best family resort and was named in Trip

Advisor’s top 10 beaches in Europe in March.

Fantastic pubs, restaurants and places to stay can be found in the village, which is home to something for

families and all visitors.

Get involved and try surfing, kayaking or rock-pooling for the children, Woolacombe is an idyllic setting for any

summer holiday.

Woolacombe’s unrivalled golden sandy beach is the perfect place to spend

a hot summer’s day in Devon.

BEAUTIFULgolden sands

Woolacombe’s unrivalled golden sandy

Gold Award” for best family resort and was named in Trip

for the children, Woolacombe is an idyllic setting for any

Gold Award” for best family resort and was named in Trip

Photograph by Keith Stephens-Borg


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The areas feature plenty of opportunities for rock pooling and several public footpaths extend around the village, including walks to Baggy Point.

Croyde is perfect for activities including swimming, surfing, fishing and surfboard/canoe hire, while in the village, a good range of popular local pubs and restaurants can be found.

Why not sample local cuisine at the famous eatery The Thatch, which frequently hosts a fantastic range of musicians.

The area has a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly surfing community, with its many shops and campsites, there is a pleasant vibe to the village.

Putsborough Beach also offers further surfing opportunities, known as one of the cleanest and most attractive beaches in the South West.

Now in its 19th year, the UK National Sandcastle Competition at Croyde Beach takes place on Sunday, August 31. This spectacular event sees teams create masterful sandcastles in North Devon to win the coveted title of ‘King or Queen of the Castle’, in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

Ever popular with the surfing community, Croyde and Saunton are home to beautiful sandy beaches backed by sand dunes.

PERFECT FORbathing & surFing

Photographs by Mike Southon

Croyde & Saunton

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A POPULAR COMMUNITYin a lovely location

PLACESto visit

Located in the centre of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Braunton is a popular community.Incorporating Braunton Burrows, the largest sand dune system In England, Braunton is home to a number of independent shops, restaurants and cafes and occupies a perfect location close to the beach.

The South West Coast Path links to the village, (see P.44 + 45), offering access to walks along the stunning coastline. The Tarka Trail also offers opportunities to explore the area, see P.24 +25 for details.

Museum of British SurfingThe Museum of British Surfing opened its new exhibition and event venue in Braunton in 2012. Explore the history of surfing in Devon since the 1900s, including popular areas such as Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!For details:

Braunton and District Museum With collections including the Green Field and Agricultural Collection, Braunton’s maritime heritage, Braunton Railway, Military History and Henry Williamson, a famous local writer, the museum offers a unique insight to Braunton’s history.

Braunton Countryside CentreAiming to raise awareness and enthusiasm for the coastal and farmed landscapes surrounding Braunton, the Countryside Centre offers the chance to learn about the local area. Displays and illustrated talks and film shows are available alongside guided walks in the summer.

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Exploring North Devon on a bicycle is an excellent way to enjoy everything the region has to offer.

With routes through historic market towns, gorgeous coastal villages and stunning views on every ride, discover where your bike can take you this summer.

The 108-mile route is taken by its namesake in the novel Tarka The Otter, published by Henry Williamson in 1927. With both footpaths and cycle paths available, there

are plenty of places to hire a bike for this splendid journey through Devon.

Photograph by Mike Southon


Brauntonto Barnstaple

Route distance: 6 milesFor a flat, off-road route suitable for

families, this picturesque track runs along the banks of the River Taw.

This is a good section for spotting wildlife such as curlew, redshank, dunlin,

golden plover and Brent geese,or perhaps even a rare spoonbill.

Photograph by Mike Southon

or perhaps even a rare spoonbill.

Barnstapleto Bideford

Route distance: 9 milesYou can join this section at Barnstaple Railway

Station and head out westwards on this pleasant traffic free path towards Bideford.

Outstanding views can be discovered across the mouth of the Taw Estuary before

reaching Fremington Quay. This routeis also part of the South WestCoast Path before heading to

Bideford (East the Water)via Instow.

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Tarka Trail

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Bidefordto Great TorringtonRoute distance: 6 miles

This is a traffic free section leading along the Torridge Estuary. With the river on your left, the path continues on the old

railway bed.

It was the river bank in the shadow of Beam Aqueduct that Henry Williamson

describes as Tarka’s birthplace.

TorridgeCycle HireStation Yard, Torrington.

01805 622633

BidefordBicycle HireTorrington Street, East the Water, Bideford. 01237 424123

Tarka TrailCycle HireBarnstaple Railway Station.

01271 324202

BiketrailCycle HireStone Barn, Fremington Quay, Barnstaple.01271 372586

Cycle hireCycle hire

Torringtonto Meeth

Route distance: 11 milesThis is the least well known but most

peaceful and tranquil part of the Tarka Trail. It is a beautiful and scenic stretch that heads south on the old railway path

through East Yarde towards Petrockstowe and Meeth. Ahead are great views of

Dartmoor National Park.

Tarka Trail

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With a variety of shopping opportunities, including major high street brands such as Topshop, River Island, The Body Shop, New Look, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Costa Coffee, Café Nero and Boston Tea Party, Barnstaple is also home to wonderful independent shops and boutiques.

Whether you’re seeking vintage furniture, handmade trinkets, lovely soaps or delicious edible treats, Barnstaple is North Devon’s hub for shopping.

The historic pannier market is also open all week, offering local foods, clothing and homeware. Opposite the market is the famous Butchers Row, home to local butchers, bakers, fishmongers and quaint delicatessens where you can pick up mouth-watering meats, cheeses and tasty baked goods.

The beautiful and bustling town centre is perfect for retail therapy, with a mixture of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture providing a pleasant backdrop for your day out.

There are endless options for lunch or dinner out, from Italian restaurants to rustic cafes, classic pubs to local fish and chip eateries.

If you are interested in arts and culture, The White Moose gallery showcases outstanding local talent, while the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon offers the chance to discover the history of North Devon. Highlights of the museum include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

As the oldest borough in the country, Barnstaple has a wealth of history merged with outstanding shops and restaurants.

NORTH DEVON’Shub for shopping

Barnstaple Elephant Day Saturday, July 5Barnstaple Elephant Day is an annual community event that celebrates the discovery of the Barnstaple Straight-tusked Elephant fossil.

Green Man Day Saturday, July 19Pilton Festival is a regular event in the area, with festive fun for all ages, feasts and live entertainment. The day includes a procession in Barnstaple Square and a pageant. Pilton will be bustling with stalls, music and delicious food as well as arts and crafts. For details:

Living History Summer Garden Party Saturday, August 2Step back in time to the Victorian age and join in with a garden party of lawn games at Arlington Court. Bring along a picnic or buy a tasty takeaway lunch from the tea room.

THiNGSto do

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Barnstaple & surrounding area

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Rock ParkThis beautiful park in Barnstaple is home to a children’s play area and an outdoor gym. Just around the corner is The Imperial Hotel, where you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.

Arlington CourtVisit Arlington Court on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over 500 years. The home holds many treasures and was built in 1823. The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion.

Arlington today has Jacob sheep and Red Devon cattle grazing in the grounds, while over 20 miles of footpaths offer a chance to roam the countryside. Arlington’s formal Victorian garden is home to a conservatory, with exotic plant species and a quaint walled garden. Relax and enjoy tea and a slice of homemade cake in the tea room.

Barnstaple Heritage CentreWith great entertainment for families including quizzes and games, Barnstaple Heritage Centre offers a fun historical journey. Discover Saxon Life in Barnstaple, learn about the medieval market and listen to merchants trading at the Tome Stone. The heritage centre offers a journey through time.

The Queen’s TheatreHaving opened its doors in 1994, the Queen’s Theatre seats 680 people and puts on a host of fantastic shows. Upcoming shows include Elkie Brooks, That’ll Be The Day, Before The Leaves Fall, 99% Proof and Jesus Christ Superstar.

North Devon Leisure CentreNorth Devon Leisure Centre includes a 74 station gym, 25m swimming pool, sports hall, squash courts, group exercise studio, crèche, learner pool, martial arts room, soft play area, indoor bowling green, spa, function rooms and a café.

PLACESto visit

Barnstaple & surrounding area

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Appledore and Instow are quaint seaside villages in North Devon, home to a number of independent shops, galleries and attractions.

Appledore is a famous shipbuilding and fishing village, home to the Appledore RNLI and the North Devon Maritime Museum.

With pleasant streets and beautiful buildings, these villages have a lot to offer as well as a pretty setting for any summer visit.

The village of Instow is just across the estuary from Appledore, providing a beautiful location with boats on the quay and a

charming stretch of beach.

Further shops and galleries along the estuary offer an opportunity to peacefully browse the area, while the beach

offers activities and plenty of room to explore.


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PLACESto visitSkern LodgeTake to the River Torridge with the friendly and experienced staff from Skern Lodge. This activity hub offers trips to and from Bideford, or a drive and blast around the estuary in their RIB powerboat. Further activities include archery, climbing, high ropes and many more. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved with activities in a stunning part of North Devon.

North Devon Maritime MuseumNestled within the beautiful village of Appledore, the North Devon Maritime Museum offers a fascinating insight into the rich shipbuilding and seafaring history of the area. Featuring seven exhibition rooms, visitors can discover the WWII beach landing experiments, sail and steam vessels, shipwrecks and visit the delightful gift shop.

THINGSto doAppledore & Instow Ferry A small boat also offers a ferry service between Appledore and Instow. Enjoy a pleasant journey between the two villages during your visit this summer. Prices: £1.50 (adult), £1 ( 4 to 16), 50p (1 to 4), free (under 1)Bicycles cost £1.50 but dogs can travel for free.

Appledore Summer FestivalFriday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27This community festival offers music, arts, crafts, dance sessions, cupcake decorating and Appledore pasty making; a lively festival with family activities. See P.55 for details.

Appledore & Instow RegattaSaturday, July 26 to Tuesday, August 5The Appledore and Instow Regatta is a celebration of all things maritime, with a fun-filled week of events. The Regatta activities, traditions and events are organised throughout the week in Appledore and Instow, including an art show, crabbing competition, fishing competition, sailing boat race, greasy pole walking, model yacht racing and much more. For details:

Appledore & Instow Ferry A small boat also offers a ferry service between Appledore and Instow.

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Explore the quaint streets of boutique shops and cafés and enjoy a walk on the quay. If you’re seeking high street shops, the shopping outlet of Atlantic Village is just a short driving distance away from the town centre.

Bideford’s historic pannier market is also a must-see, with a range of treats and trinkets alongside the renowned Butcher’s Row offering an eclectic mix of unique shops. See P.12-13 for market details.

The Tarka Trail can be accessed from Bideford for cyclists and walkers, free of traffic to explore the beautiful scenery.

Victoria Park also features a lovely children’s play area and a free splash pool, perfect for summer days out.

Bideford is a charming town with a great history and provides a wonderful opportunity to explore one of North Devon’s bustling towns.

Bideford is an historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in North Devon.

With a range of pubs, restaurants and independent shops, Bideford has plenty to offer.

THE LITTLEwhite town

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Within the heart of rural Devon, this relaxed garden transports you to the cool and relaxing vibe of the Mediterranean.

Indulge in a summertime feast with a range of mouth-watering meals and salads, including fresh mussels from Appledore with a crisp white wine in the sunshine.

What better way to enjoy your summer than to experience the outdoors with such an exquisite menu?

Fresh ingredients in the chicken and chorizo salad nod to the Mediterranean culture, while you can enjoy live music and relax in the glorious sun trap at the Thatched Inn.

Mezze platters and other dishes for sharing allow families and friends to dine and enjoy the gorgeous blue skies together in this stunning space.

With a contemporary design in mind, the outdoor dining garden takes you to a tranquil hideaway. There’s something for everyone too, with a games room modern function room nearby.

For added luxury, why not hire the hot tub? Indulge in your summer holiday in North Devon and experience the outdoors at its finest.

Fresh summer drinks are available to complement the delectable menu on offer; so relax with a cold beer or a glass of Pimms and make the most of your holiday.

The Thatched Inn truly has something for everyone this summer.So, what are you waiting for?

Immerse yourself in the fresh, contemporary gardens at The Thatched Inn this summer.


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It is difficult to pin down why Lundy has such an effect on people. It is true that Lundy is different from any other island and that it is in a wonderful part of the country, situated off the coast of North Devon. A natural beauty, remote and tranquil, without roads, cars or pollution.

Why does it take so long to walk a mile on the island? Not because the going is hard, but because there are so many reasons to stop.

Visitors can enter a cave once used to hold prisoners, climb to the highest lighthouse in Britain, inspect the Georgian cannons which fired every ten minutes in fog, see the Lundy cabbage which grows nowhere else in the world.

There is also the unique flora and fauna, sika deer, soay sheep, Lundy ponies, goats, seals, basking sharks and an array of birdlife or just take in the magnificent views.

Lundy also offers visitors an extraordinary range of buildings in which to stay, twenty three individual properties are available from a castle, a lighthouse to the Admiralty Lookout and fisherman’s chalet.

The Marisco Tavern is the hub of island life, having a wonderful atmosphere and a fine cuisine to suit all tastes including Lundy Lamb and other island produce and a fine selection of beers and wines.

The island shop caters for all the visitors’ needs; it is well stocked with all the normal groceries, fresh fruit, bread, vegetables, frozen foods and much more.

The voyage to Lundy is on the island’s own passenger and supply vessel MS Oldenburg, carrying both day and staying visitors from Bideford or Ilfracombe.

MS Oldenburg is a handsome and graceful vessel, fast and comfortable. The ship sails three times a week during the summer season.

Season by season, from dawn to dusk the visitor on Lundy is offered endless interest and delight.

Visit the beautiful and remote island of Lundy


For more information and bookings please contact: Information and bookings: 01271 863636 Website:

The Marisco Tavern is the hub of island life, having a

Photograph by Nigel Dalby

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PLACESto visitThe Burton Art GalleryAiming to be recognised as one of the leading cultural venues in the South West, the Burton Art Gallery hosts a range of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The Big Sheep The Big Sheep is a unique all-weather attraction with an indoor play-zone, outdoor laser games, sheep racing and the Big Sheep Brewery.

Atlantic VillageWith a range of shops including Nike, Saltrock, Gap and Cadbury, Atlantic Village offers an indoor shopping outlet with a range of activities including crazy golf, panning for gold and rides.

cultural venues in the South West, the Burton Art

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With amusements, shops, food outlets and a glorious beach with blueflag status, Westward Ho! is an ideal summer holiday destination.

The pebble ridge backs the sandy beach, with Northam BurrowsCountry Park behind it. The area attracts the surfing community and equipment for surfing, bathing and even angling is available from local businesses.

A modern development, Latitude 51 provides independentshops and restaurants, overlooking the stunning resort.

For those seeking a fun holiday activity, Pebble Ridge Golf and Go Karts is next to the beach, offering visitors the chance to race go karts or try adventure golf.

Famed for the pebble ridge, Westward Ho! offersa seaside village with a host of family activities.

Country Park behind it. The area attracts the surfing community and equipment

Famed for the pebble ridge, Westward Ho! offers

A PICTURESQUE VILLAGEwith a quirky name

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The picturesque cobbled streets of Clovelly are a highlight of North Devon’s heritage.Upon visiting this stunning coastal village, it soon becomes clear that this place is one in a million. Unique traditions including Lentsherd, an event for Shrove Tuesday and a supreme love for seafood have kept the spirit of Clovelly alive. For a beautiful walk with stunning sights, glorious food and a day out with a quirky twist, Clovelly is the place for you.timeless village

THINGSto doLundy Gig RowSaturday, July 12- Sunday, July 13The row from Clovelly to Lundy and back across 32 miles of open seas is a test of endurance. The crew leaves Clovelly at 8am and arrived at Lundy at 11am, the following day they leave Lundy at 1pm an arrive back in Clovelly at 4pm. Why not visit and support the brave crews?

Clovelly Maritime FestivalSunday, July 20Starting at 10am in Clovelly harbour, the festival will be full of fun and packed with a programme of maritime-themed activities and entertainment for all ages. There will be music, crafty creations and family activities including storytelling, Punch and Judy, underwater adventures and street theatre. On the quay there will be seafood kitchens and arts and crafts. Entry is free for under 16’s if they come dressed as a pirate or mermaid. Held in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

Woolsery Agricultural ShowMonday, July 28With crafts, cattle and sheep, the Woolsery Agricultural Show in Clovelly Court is certainly a popular one. There will also be horse and pony competitions, a display of vintage farm machinery, trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food, fairground rides, a bouncy castle and the Young Farmers’ “It’s a knockout”. The show promises a great day out for all the family, in aid of the Chemotherapy Unit equipment at North Devon District Hospital.

Lifeboat WeekendSaturday, August 2 & Sunday, August 3In aid of the RNLI, this special event is a celebration of the Clovelly lifeboat. The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors and on Saturday there will be a sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly, followed by a tasty barbecue. Sunday will be a fun-packed day with games, competitions, entertainments, food, drink and music. During the day, the Clovelly lifeboat will be launched and in the evening there will be a curry, quiz and live music.

Clovelly Gig RegattaSunday, August 16Gig racing is exciting and challenging, with crews reaching speeds of nine knots in North Devon’s powerful tidal waters. You’re assured an exhilarating day’s racing. For details:

Star Wars at The Milky Way Adventure Park Saturday, August 23- Sunday, August 24Star Wars fans have the opportunity to meet Storm Troopers and other characters from the films at The Milky Way this summer. The event has been supported by the 501st UK Garrison, the world’s largest Star Wars costume character club. For their appearance at The Milky Way they will be donating £1000 of their fee to the North Devon Hospice.

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THE WALKof a lifetimeVoted Britain’s Best Walking Route by the readers of Walk magazine, the South West Coast Path offers a unique perspective of North Devon.

North Devon’s coastline provides a variety of extensive beaches, such as Saunton Sands and Woolacombe, and dune systems such as Braunton Burrows.

Due to the frequent villages and facilities, the length to the east of the Taw-Torridge estuary is a popular routefor walkers.

Lynton and the Valley of Rocks2.7 miles

This is a calm walk along a level section of high cliffs between Lynton and the impressive Valley of Rocks. The rock formations and local feral goats create picturesque walking experience.

Westward Ho! to Cornborough Cliff2.1 miles

This walk offers excellent views over North Devon. Leading along the outskirts of Westward Ho! along an old railway line, to a viewing point on Cornborough Cliffs,the views extend across Bideford Bay towards Clovelly and Hartland Point.

Baggy Point:2.7 miles

A short and easy walk out to the tip of Baggy Point and back again, with stunning sea views. A great family walk with unique sightings such as whale bones and an old wreck post, as well as breathtaking rocks and cliffs.

Heddon’s Mouth:2.1 miles

A peaceful walk through ancient woodland follows a stream to a secluded beach. Strewn with boulders and shadowed by steep hillsides and dramatic cliffs, this is a stunning walk suitable for families.

Putsborough Marine Drive2.6 miles

With unrivalled views from Baggy Point to Morte Point and to Lundy, this pleasant walk includes passing the beach which extends for over two miles.

Braunton Burrows6.1 miles

This route is a long walk, but over easy ground. Starting at Velator, the route passes through Braunton Burrows, one of the UK’s largest sand dune systems, with a unique diversity of species. Heading inland around Braunton Marshes, the walk also passed the Braunton Great Field.

Croyde & Saunton Down4.5 miles

For a refreshing walk, this stretch of the coast path weaves through a network of old lanes, leading to a vantage point above three miles of golden sand at Saunton. Views extend across Bideford Bay and the Taw and Torridge Estuary.

Bull Point & Lee Bay4.5 miles

First passing through ancient woodland and coastal farmland, this route passes through prehistoric standing stones and drops to another small valley, before emerging on a large exposed heath with views towards the Bristol Channel.

Combe Martin3.6 miles

This round-trip route goes from sea level at Combe Martin’s beach to the hills up high behind the village. Unbeatable panoramic views extend down the valley to the sea.

Clovelly and Mouth Mill5 miles

A walk through woodland, also passing through the Brownsham Moors and Culm Grasslands, offers an optional detour into the village of Clovelly. The famous thatched and cobbled village is home to donkeys and offers a beautiful walk.

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Hartland Point1.7 miles

A short walk above the dramatic rocky cliffs at Hartland Quay provides impressive views. The fascinating shipwreck of the Johanna is still visible from where she ran aground more than 30 years ago.

Hartland Quay Circular4 miles

This breathtaking circular walk leads along the coast path past streams banked with wildlife. Impressive waterfalls and rock formations feature throughout the route.

Morte Point 4.6 miles

The walk to Morte Point is an open walk through an area of rare coastal heathland. Look out for seals and even dolphins. This is a suitable walk for any energetic families to explore this vast space.

Watersmeet 8.2 miles

Picturesque woodland walks along the East Lyn and Hoar Oak rivers feature on this route, with a coastal stretch high above Lynmouth Bay.

Valley of Rocks Woodland Walk6.2 miles

Impressive rocks, woodland walks and stunning headlines feature on this beautiful walk, with a secluded bay and unrivalled views over a dramatic landscape.

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Walk Difficulty




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THINGSto doFestival Fortnight Music & Drama Thursday, July 10 to Thursday, July 24As part of the Hartland Art and Music Festival Fortnight, six concerts and one drama will take place across this two week period.

North Devon Firefly Faery Fayre & Ball Saturday, July 26 This is North Devon’s first celebration of faery culture, art, crafts and music for both children and adults, any proceeds will go to The Small School in Hartland. 12pm-12.30am.For details: 01237 441999.

Hartland CarnivalSunday, August 3 to Saturday, August 9This year’s carnival celebrations will commemorate the 100th year since the first Hartland Carnival. Expect parties, barbecues and events including quiz nights, scarecrow judging, bingo, skittles tournament and a “hearty food fest”. For details:

Hartland Abbey Outdoor Theatre eventsGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl, Illyria Theatre – Wednesday, July 30 at 5pm

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cambridge Touring Theatre - Tuesday, August 12 at 5pm

Robin Hood, Illyria Theatre - Wednesday, August 20 at 5pm

Pride & Prejudice, Heartbreak Theatre - Monday, August 25 at 7pm

For details: 01805 624624

Secluded beaches and stunning walks make Hartland an attractive visit for this summer in North Devon. See P.44+45 for walks in Hartland along the South West Coast Path.

Hartland is recognised worldwide for its outstanding natural beauty and rugged coastal scenery and also has a charming village to explore.

Local shops provide a quaint atmosphere to the area, while workshops and galleries provide further opportunities for browsing this picturesque village.

Hartland Abbey and Gardens, a fascinating house with a remarkable history is also open to visit this summer. The house, gardens, grounds and tea room offer a wonderful day out to explore the estate.

Boasting an impressive coastline with beautiful scenery, Hartland is the largest parish in Devon.

IMPRESSIVErugged coastline

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Great Torrington is a small market townwith a wealth of history in North Devon. Set in the middle of rolling countryside, the town features extensive views and is a vibrant community. Attractions include RHS Garden Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the Plough Arts Centre, alongside the notably quirky Barometer World. The town holds a regular market in the historic Great Torrington Pannier Market, built in 1842. With a frequent food, clothing, woodwork and craft market, Torrington’s markets are renowned for their unique items and outstanding local produce.

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Herbaceous perennials are at their peak throughout the whole garden but a highlight during July and August is one of our colour-themed gardens, the Hot Garden, planted with dazzling bold drifts of yellows, oranges and reds, which will take your breath away.

Scent and perfume is a must for any garden and helps stimulate the senses. The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden and Shrub Rose Garden at Rosemoor, both featuring more than 2,000 plants of 200 different cultivars, really pack a punch for sheer flower power and magical scent.

Our Journeys into Middle-Earth exhibition this summer (24 May – 25 September) has something for everyone, including a family-friendly exhibition of artwork inspired from JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, a garden trail for all to enjoy and various artwork installations around the garden creating unique photo opportunities.

During summer many of us devote much time to growing our own produce for the table. Come and be inspired by our diverse Fruit and Vegetable Garden and see which cultivars would work for you. On 16 August, try your luck in our Local Produce Show ( 16 August) which is open to all, with many different classes to enter.

Rosemoor is a garden for all seasons with something spectacular to see every time you visit. As you would expect, the summer months are all about vibrancy of colour and the power of scent.


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Dartington CrystalDartington Crystal creates beautiful and elegant designs in crystal and glass. Hand crafted in the Devon factory, Dartington is now the only crystal brand still producing in the UK. Why not visit the factory or watch the glass being engraved? Observe the fine craftsmanship of the staff at work.

Great Torrington Golf ClubThe Great Torrington Golf Club is an excellent place to both practice your golf skills and enjoy a lovely summer day out. The club has a bar and restaurant offering lovely views of the green.

The Plough Arts CentreWith an exciting programme of arts events and activities including film, live events, exhibitions and workshops, the Plough Arts Centre is a dynamic venue with plenty to offer. The venue also has a fantastic restaurant.

RHS Garden RosemoorEnjoy one of North Devon’s most spectacular gardens at RHS Rosemoor. Vibrant and blooming in the summer months, Rosemoor offers a special history and a fantastic day out for families. The original garden was created by Lady Anne Berry, and the whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by stunning woodland.

Vintage weekend Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27RHS Rosemoor’s Vintage Weekend will feature an antiques and collectors fair with stalls and sellers from across the South West and beyond. Browse a display of vintage vehicles and a fairground organ, plus horticultural and farm machinery.

Great Garden Quest at Rosemoor Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, August 31Create your own family adventure this summer with RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Great Garden Quest. The family arts and crafts-based events include magical map making, wizard’s hats and potions and perfumes. Daily activities include the Dragon Quest Trail, shadow puppet workshop, Middle-Earth dressing up day and creepy crawlies day.

Tapas Night at The Plough Café with live musicSaturday, July 19At The Plough Arts Centre, 6pm-9pm.

Monty Python LiveSunday, July 20 For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will perform some of their greatest hits. 7pm at The Plough Arts Centre.


PLACESto visit

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PLACESto visit

Okehampton Food & Folk FestivalSaturday, July 5After much success in 2013, the Okehampton Food and Folk Festival is back for another fun-filled event. With food and craft stalls, live cookery demonstrations, folk music, a scone competition, dancing, farming exhibitions and plenty more.For details:

Okehampton & District Agricultural Show Thursday, August 14With a host of entertainment, vintage vehicles and the Haldon YFC Rally, the Okehampton & District Agricultural Show promises a day out with something for the whole family. Visit the show for the chance to see Devon’s traditional farm animals including cattle, sheep, pigs, rabbits, poultry, dairy goats, pygmy goats and even bees. For details:

Okehampton CastleWhy not take a trip to the remains of the largest castle in Devon? This is a unique opportunity to explore a piece of local history. A beautiful riverside picnic area and woodland offers walks nearby and provides a great place for bird watching. An audio tour is also available.

Okehampton is a town near West Devon, situated on the edge of picturesque Dartmoor. The surrounding landscape offers striking hilltops, weathered granite tors and a beautiful rural area.

Visit Okehampton Castle for a journey back to Norman times or browse through shops in the charming town centre. A range of independent and individual shops create a welcoming atmosphere within this pleasant community

The small market town of Hatherleigh offers a bustling community with a renowned market. Known as the ‘jewel of rural Devon’, Hatherleigh is a quaint area with the local town trails over Hatherleigh Moor, connected by the Tarka Trail.

Holsworthy is another traditional market town with an abundance of independent shops and a fantastic local market every Wednesday. See P.12+13 for details.

The Ruby Country area is a special place in North Devon, with a rustic and rural appeal that is a must-see for any North Devon visitor.

Set within the heart of North Devon’s rural community, Ruby Country includes the towns of Hatherleigh, Holsworthy and Okehampton.

IN THE HEARTof rural Devon

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With views of Dartmoor to the South, Iddesleigh is home to Parsonage Farm, otherwise known as War Horse Valley.

The land has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years and is renowned for its connections to War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

The farm includes a chance to browse a First World War and War Horse exhibition, including historical artefacts and information about the role of horses in the war.

Parsonage Farm is also home to some furry residents in the form of Devon Longwool sheep and the tiny Soay breed. A farm trail offers another opportunity to take advantage of the stunning valley and the chance to spot some local wildlife.

After browsing the fascinating village of Iddesleigh, why not visit a 15th century inn overlooking Dartmoor?

The Duke of York is said to be where Michael Morpurgo found inspiration for War Horse and offerd generous portions of delicious home-cooked food, all sourced locally. Set in the heart of Devon, the Duke of York is a charming and quaint country pub.

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For a summer stroll through a quintessential Devonshire town, Chulmleigh is the ideal place to browse leisurely, enjoy some good local food and enjoy the peaceful countryside location.

Just a short distance from Chulmleigh is Eggesford, home to Eggesford Forest with a spectacular landscape.

Within the area is Eggesford Garden and Country Centre, a peaceful hub for gardening, a spot of lunch and a relaxing day out.

The centre includes an outstanding stock of plants, garden tools and sundries, alongside gifts and country clothing.

Enjoy a calm afternoon in The Gardens Restaurant, with a vast range of delicious hot and cold meals, snacks and beverages. Or try one of the mouth-watering home-made cakes.

Winkleigh, a small rural retreat in Devon is known for its vibrant community. With two public houses, a butcher’s shop, a fish shop and general stores, Winkleigh has a close community in a beautiful location.

The remote hilltop town of Chulmleigh is a quaint area of North Devon, with many local shops and a charming town centre.

PEACEFUL RURAL VILLAGESfor a relaxing day out

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FESTIVAL SEASONSOMERSAULT FESTIVALJULY 17-20Somersault is a new festival to the area showcasing two award-winning headliners, Jack Johnson and Ben Howard. The festival promises an extraordinary location and whole host of wondrous events. Where: Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh.Main acts: Jack Johnson, Ben Howard, Spiritualized, The Computers, Amadou & Mariam, Nick Mulvey, Fink, Bombino, Neil Halstead, Crowns, Half Moon Run, Hiss Golden Messenger, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.Facilities/extras: Excursions (including, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, surf school, surfing, paddleboarding, coasteering, coastal rafting, falconry, power kiting, seaside trips), kids area, camping and boutique camping, long table feasts, theatre, circus, massages and facials, trapeze, yoga classes and workshops, things to make and do and more.For details:

APPLEDORE SUMMER FESTIVAL25-27 JULYWhere: AppledoreEvents: Music, arts, crafts, dance sessions, cupcake decorating, Appledore pasty making and plenty of delicious food and drink. Door knocker competition, shop window displays and a photographic competition. Extras: Meet the Appledore Alpacas- for the children and adults there will be an Alpaca Workshop where you can meet and greet the alpacas. For details:

THE KAST OFF KINKS “ROCK THE GHOSTIES”, AUGUST 9The Poltimore Arms is putting on a day event with a vast range of music, set in their picturesque Exmoor garden. Where: The Poltimore Arms, Brayford.Main acts: The Kast Off Kinks (comprised of 3 past members of The Kinks – Mick Avory, Jim Rodford, Ian Gibbons – and Dave Clarke), Scott Xander Linn & The Broken Bottles, Sam Dowden, Sam Mayo & Ed Humphreys, Lee Martin, Far From The Delta, Moor Reason.Facilities/extras: Acoustic music from 3, barbecue, food, free camping on site.For details:

DARTMOOR FOLK FESTIVALAUGUST 8-10Founded by the late Bob Cann 37 years ago, this event follows his dream of a local folk event that encompasses the essence of Dartmoor with traditional music, dance song and crafts for all the family. Where: South Zeal, Okehampton.Main acts: New Rope String Band, Lady Maisery, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar (winners of the BBC Young Folk Awards 2013), Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, The Old Fashioned, Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Chalktown and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus, The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Tony Beard, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills.Facilities/extras: Morris dancing, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a Children’s Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops, the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.For details:

SUNWEST BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVALAUGUST 22-25Promoting local and live music and a vast range of real ales and ciders, the Sunwest Beer and Music Festival promises a festive summer event. Where: The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.Main acts: Yet to be announced.Facilities/extras: Huge selection of real ales and ciders, children’s entertainment, rides and attractions, food, various stalls and the culmination of the North Devon Mini-Rally.For details:

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Daisy ParkAward -winning Daisy Park is a boutique gift retailer selling a wide range of shabby chic inspired gifts and designer brands for you and your home. A major stockist of Cath Kidston bags and accessories, Emma Bridgewater china and bedding and the gorgeous Pip Studio range, to name but a few.

Daisy Park 28 Broad Street, South Molton, Devon. EX36 3AQ


Ryans Made IcesHand crafted ice cream and sorbet made at our premises. Ice creams are made using fresh milk, double cream and the finest local and Italian ingredients. Sorbets are completely dairy free. All our ices are made in small batches to give maximum freshness, quality and taste.

Opening hours: 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat

Ryans Made Ices 8A Butchers Row, Barnstaple

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FotoworldHave your photo put onto canvas from £15 all printed & stretched in store. 100 years light proof – none fade on solid wooden frames. We will work with you on your image & do any adjustments required. Next day service.

Photo prints from 10p. Top quality Kodak prints from your i-phone or Android phone, download the Kodak Moments app and send them to fotoworld from the comfort of your home.

Large range of gifts and frames in stock.

Fotoworld Cross Street, Barnstaple (opposite Subway)

01271 373 [email protected]

Echo Beach GalleryThe creative hub for showcasing the works of North Devon’s emerging and established artists.

We have inspiring collections of ceramics and sculpture, original contemporary paintings, from seascapes and marine paintings to beautiful modern abstract styles. We stock gorgeous and unique glassware, from teardrop vases to colourful fused glass designs.

Echo Beach Summer Exhibition will be featuring artists Mark Woollacott and Robert Hill in conjunction with ART TREK 2014 and North Devon Arts. So come and visit us this summer, our friendly staff will help you find that special gift.

Echo Beach Gallery 4 Broad Street, Ilfracombe, Devon. EX34 9EE


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“We live in a society where everything is fast and convenient and we expect things to be done right away – therefore the innovation and development of inflatable tents and awnings has come at the right time.

The appeal of a tent that can be pitched in less than half the time of a poled tent is a must for some people. These tents are saving relationships! (At least there are a lot less arguments). In fact, these tents can be pitched easily by one person. And because there are no poles, you can’t accidentally leave them at home!

This inflatable technology is also present in the awning market making it a must for all those people with caravans and motorhomes. Besides the obvious advantages of saving time and effort there are also some practical benefits when it comes to bad weather conditions.

When it’s windy, there are no poles or frames to get damaged - just beams of air that can flex, without compromising the strength of the structure. What about punctures? If you are unlucky enough to have something pierce the tough covering around the beam, then the inner can be stripped out and repaired with a kit or the beam can be replaced – simple.

With most of the major outdoor brands offering a range of inflatable tents and awnings there is certainly a great offering to choose from.”

Devon Outdoor advises on caravan awnings for the perfect summer holiday.

CARAVAN AWNINGS for your visit to North Devon

Places to stay

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Onwards and upwards - But now we’ve taken it up a notch. Never a company to rest on our laurels, we’ve spent the past year ramping up our offering.

More cottages - We’ve increased the number of properties by 250%, so now we can offer holidaymakers a greater choice of property in terms of style, location and price – and all are still top quality.

Hot tubs - Holidaymakers told us they love properties with hot tubs - and now we can offer a choice of 16% of properties offering this ultimate relaxation.

Social media - We’re regularly posting last minute offers, local guides, property details and images, videos and competitions on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, to great success.

Competitions - We’ve just announced the winner of a North Devon holiday in our second competition this year – and these competitions are bringing even more holiday makers to us.

TV - Our director Jane Taylor was recently interviewed on the local news about North Devon’s booming luxury tourism trade – a subject we’re passionate about!

At Ocean Cottages we’ve always been used to getting the essentials right:providing top-quality luxury holiday cottages in stunning locations – all with a friendly smile and expert local knowledge. We specialise in prestige coastal holiday properties in Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Braunton and Georgeham – an area that offers everything from glorious sandy beaches and big wave surfing to superb pubs and stylish dining.

LEADINGholiday cottages

Do you own a holiday cottage?At Ocean Cottages we offer top-quality at all times: from the service we provide as letting agents, to the properties in our portfolio, to our innovative approach, to the holiday makers who book through us – and that’s one reason why our booking rates are so high. Our visitors come back again and again. They love our holiday homes and our homeowners love our high booking rates.

And we know that not all holiday homeowners are the same. Some want to be involved and look after the cleaning and grass cutting and act as keyholder – and some don’t. Some want us to handle everything – maintenance, bookings, keys – and that’s great too. Whatever you want is fine with us. Call us and find out how we can boost your bookings, and make your property work better for you.

[email protected]

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The Pack O’ CardsOur beautiful restaurants and gardens are the perfect place to dine and relax.

Read for independent reviews.

Open: 11am-11pm, 7 Days a week.

Address: High Street , Combe Martin, Devon, EX34 0ET


Tel: 01271 882300

George and Dragon/Quackers RestaurantWell worth that little walk from beach to find lovely Restaurant in refurbished pub offering great atmosphere and delicious homemade food.

Open: Pub Mon-Fri 4pm onwards (food from 6pm) Sat – Sun open from 12pm (Bar & food)

Address: Castle Street, Combe Martin, EX34 0HX


Tel: 01271 882282

Pyne ArmsFamily run pub situated in the beautiful village of east down offering classic British cuisine, family and dog friendly.

Open: Monday - Saturday 12-2:30, 5-11 and Sunday 12-10:30

Address: East Down, Barnstaple, EX31 4LX


Tel: 01271 850055

Hele Cornmill and TearoomsTruly Traditional Devon Cream Teas; mill-made scones, Devonshire splits and ‘Thunder and Lightning’. Gluten free options. Teagarden.

Open 11am-5pm:June, September and early October: Friday, Saturday, SundayJuly and August: Sunday- Friday (closed Saturday)

Address: Watermouth Road, Hele, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9QY

Tel: 01271 863185/ 07554 310176

E-mail: [email protected]


Hele Billy’s Bar& RestaurantLocated 200 yards from Hele Bay beach, we specialise in homemade dishes, West Country steaks and fresh fish.

Open: 12.00 - midnight. Food last orders 9pm

Address: 26 Watermouth Road, Hele, Ilfracombe, EX34 9QY


Tel: 01271 866488

LarkstoneExtensive menus offer great choice with light lunches, cream teas and superb Sunday Lunches.

Fully licensed with a selection of good wines and beers and the best seat in town for simply stunning sunset dining!

Open: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm, Open late at weekends

Address: Larkstone Gardens, Ilfracombe, EX34 9QG

Email: [email protected]


Tel: 01271 269240

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The BoardwalkServing hearty breakfasts, special lunchtime deals, full evening menu – or maybe just drinks on the terrace all with views of Woolacombe Beach.

Open: 9.00am - 11.00am Breakfast, 12.00 - 3.00pm Lunch, 5.30 - 9.00pm Dinner

Also open in between food service times for coffees and drinks.

Address: The Esplanade, Woolacombe, EX34 7EE


Tel: 01271 871115

Cork & BottleDamian, Michelle and staff welcome all to the Cork & Bottle.

Real ales, fine wines, local cider, premium lagers.

Traditional home cooked food.Large suntrap rear garden.

Open: From 11am daily

Address: High Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1JB

Tel: 01271 326703

Email: [email protected]

The Rolle Quay InnA family friendly pub 100yds from Barnstaple’s High St or 500yards from the Tarka Trail. Enjoy a good selection of pub grub in our restaurant area or on our south facing decking.

Open: 10.30 am to 11pm Monday to Saturday 12.00 noon to 11pm Sundays

Tel: 01271 345182


Ebrington ArmsTraditional village inn serving home-made food using locally sourced meats and locally landed fish. Children’s menu and Bar Meals.

Open: Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm. Evening 5.30pm – 9pm

Address: Winsham Road, Knowle, EX33 2LW

Tel: 01271 812166


The Old Mill17th Century Inn serving home cooked traditional dishes & local real ales.

• Al Fresco dining • Homemade Fish n’ Chips (Friday night)• Curry Dishes (Saturday night)• Live Music and Carvery(Sundays & Wednesdays)• Adventure Playground for the kids• Daily Specials and Kids’ Menu

Open: Food served from 12 noon – 9pm daily

Address: Woolacombe, EX34 7HJ

Tel: 01271 870237

Tyme Restaurant at Trimstone ManorFreshly prepared meals using quality local produce, with good service and a relaxed atmosphere. Set in attractive gardens with views over the surrounding countryside.

Open: Evening Meals, Functions and Weddings. Morning Coffee and Cream Teas – in the gardens if nice.

Trimstone, near Woolacombe and just off the A361 after Foxhunters, Ilfracombe, EX34 8NR


Tel: 01271 862841

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Fatbelly FredsFatbelly Freds is a locally run Seafood restaurant in the centre of Barnstaple offering a wide variety of fish and seafood alongside gluten free, vegetarian and meat choices.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10.00am - 3.00pm & 6.00pm - 10.00pm Available for pre theatre by request.Closed Sun & Mon

Address: 16,Maiden Street, Barnstaple, North Devon.EX31 1HA

Email: [email protected]


Tel: 01271 345700

Browns DeliWe pride ourselves on selling good quality ‘proper’ food and friendly customer service, visit our licensed deli - café for fresh home made and local produce, to eat in or take away.

Find us on: Facebook and Tripadvisor.

Open: Mon–Sat 9.30 am – 5.30 pm.Closed on Sunday and Monday

Address: 37 South Street, Torrington, EX38 8AB


Tel: 01805 622900

The Green Dragon InnA traditional Devon country pub where you will receive a warm welcome. Child and dog friendly,

Enjoy our large Beer garden, restaurant and bar offering a menu of delicious home cooked style dishes, desserts and acclaimed Sunday Roast Carvery.

Situated close to Tarka Trail, RHS Rosemoor and Dartington Glass

Open: Everyday from noon.

Address: Fore Street, Langtree, Devon. EX38 8NG

Tel: 01805 601342

The Bradworthy InnEnjoy a hearty meal or refreshing drink at this family friendly 16th century coaching inn. Their large beer garden and paved courtyard area are perfect for summer days.

Open: Everyday from 12pm.

Address: The Square, Bradworthy, Devon. EX22 7TD


Tel: 01409 241222

BramsIndependent cafe/coffee shop serving a great cooked breakfast til late and a huge menu of quality and local products. Clean, stylish and different with a touch of humour and fantastic, welcoming service. Some outside seating and free WIFI.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 09:30-4:30pm. Sat-09:30-4:00. Sun-Closed

Address: 1, Maiden Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1HA

Tel: 01271 343281

Email: [email protected]

The Black Horse Inn16th century coaching inn serving traditional bar snacks, a la carte menu, fish and daily special boards, 5 real ales, 70 seater restaurant and snug lounge bar.

Open: 12-2pm lunchtimes, 6:30pm-9pm evenings for food, closed Sunday evening (food) Pub opening 11am-11pm every day, 12-11pm Sundays

Address: High Street, Great Torrington, EX38 8HN


Tel: 01805 622121

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The Rydon InnServing Local Ales & Fresh Home cooked locally sourced food, seven days a week. Dog Friendly and a landscaped garden perfect for enjoying food & drinks in the sun.

Open: Mon–Sat 11am – 11.30pmSun 11am–10.30pmFood served daily. Lunch 12noon – 2pm. Evening 6pm-9pm

Address: Rydon Inn, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7HU

Email: [email protected]


Tel: 01409 259444

The Half Moon Inn Sheepwash Unspoilt traditional village inn, with accommodation and 4 miles of trout/salmon fishing on the river Torridge. Large and varied menu served every day in the bar or restaurant.

Open: Food served 12 noon to 2pm& 6.30pm to 9pm


Tel: 01409 231376

The Tally Ho!Country InnSituated in the heart of Hatherleigh we offer a selection of local real ales, enjoy pub lunches or dinners in the bar, restaurant or peaceful beer garden.

Open: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sunday: 12 noon–11pm. Tues: 11am–11pm. Fri & Sat: 12 noon–1am

Address: 14 Market Street, Hatherleigh, EX20 3JN


Tel: 01837 810306

The Red Lion In the heart of Devon’s countryside lies the charming, 17th century Red Lion pub and Restaurant. Real ales, fresh local food, friendly service, beer garden, stoned baked pizzas, dog friendly, stylish accommodation & large function room for hire.

Open: Mon: 5pm–11pm. Tues – Thurs: 12pm–3pm, 5pm-11pm. Fri-Sat: 12pm–Late. Sun: 12pm–11pm

Address: East Street, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7DD

Tel: 01769 580384


The White Hart HotelFamily run free house with a welcoming bar and restaurant offering locally sourced food from bar snacks to a full a la carte menu.

Open: Mon–Wed 11am–11pm Thurs–Sat 11am–1amSun 10am–11pm

Address: Fore St. Holsworthy, Devon. EX22 6EB


Tel: 01409 253475

The LaurelsTraditional friendly 17th century inn, home cooked food, selection of real ales, dog friendly and Tarka Trail close by.

Open: Mon 6pm–Midnight, Tues, Wed, Thurs 12–3pm & 6pm – Midnight, Fri, Sat 12noon – 1am,Sun 12 noon–Midnight

Address: Petrockstow, Okehampton, EX20 3HJ

Tel: 01837 810578

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1. Ride the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff RailwayThe cliff railway holds a special place in the heart of Devon, taking passengers

from Lynton to Lynmouth Bay on the historic railway.

2. Indulge in a cream teaNorth Devon is home to a number of quaint tearooms and a scrumptious Devon cream tea is never far away.

Make sure you put the cream on first!

3. SurfWhether you’re an expert and the renowned Devon coastline has taken your fancy,

or if you’re just keen to learn, hop in the sea and try surfing the gorgeous waves here.

4. Walk the streets of ClovellyPicturesque cobbled streets wind through the coastal village of Clovelly,

a truly marvellous part of North Devon’s heritage.

5. Take a lifeboat tourThe Hampshire Rose lifeboat in Ilfracombe Harbour was restored over a year ago and now carries passengers around

the North Devon coastline for 30 minute trips. A rare opportunity to tour on an historic lifeboat.

6. Barbecue on the beachNorth Devon is renowned for its glorious coastline. Why not get together and watch

the sunset with a tasty barbecue on the beach?

7. Walk the coastNorth Devon is home to a spectacular section of the South West Coast Path.

Explore the landscape and see if you can spot some of Devon’s seals along the way.

8. Visit VerityRenowned artist Damien Hirst has created a statue which takes pride of place on Ilfracombe Quay.

A unique chance to visit a special piece of art on North Devon’s coast presents itself with Verity.

9. Get a bee beardBrave visitors at Quince Honey Farm in South Molton are now able to get a bee beard.

This unique experience is available throughout the summer.

10. Visit Arlington CourtThe historic grounds and estate at Arlington Court will take you back in time, with a chance to visit the carriage

museum and enjoy a delicious cake after walking through the beautiful gardens.

in North Devon


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The approach to Combe Martin offers outstanding views and the village is an ideal family holiday location. Awarded for its excellence in clean water testing in 2013, the area is renowned for its fun activities including kayaking, rock pooling and dolphin watching.

Further activities include cycling, surfing, rock climbing, quad biking, horse riding, golf, theme parks and more. The area is truly safe for children and families and an excellent range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants are just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Combe Martin is a picturesque seaside resort with a sheltered cove on the edge of Exmoor National Park, showcasing some of North Devon’s most beautiful scenery.

Photographs by Mike Southon

AN IDEALfamily location

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Craft FayreSunday, July 13With craft stalls, local produce,a bouncy castle, face painting,barbecue and plenty of food andbeverages, get involved in CombeMartin’s annual Craft Fayre.11am-2pm. For details: 01271 889368.

Combe Martin CarnivalSaturday, August 9 to Saturday, August 16Over the past 30 years, Combe Martin Carnival Week has earned nationwide recognition for its wide range of family activities and the Carnival Parade. Visit the carnival for events including a raft race, parade night, wheelbarrow race, car show, fireworks display and live music.For details:

With craft stalls, local produce,a bouncy castle, face painting,barbecue and plenty of food andbeverages, get involved in Combe

11am-2pm. For details: 01271 889368. Photograph by Mike SouthonPhotograph by Rob Tibbles


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