Things to do on your holiday
We are an ideal base to explore the beautiful countryside, situated midway between the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor as well as being a 10 minute drive away from the start of the famous 180 mile Tarka Trail, in nearby Eggesford Forest, on the banks of the River Taw. There is plenty for the keen walker and/or cyclists.
30 minute drive. Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH
From their website – ‘Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect.’ Rosemoor is worth a trip any time of year and suits all ages. There are always activities, events, fairs and tours planned throughout the year and there is plenty to see and enjoy in the 65 acre garden. There is a good restaurant, a lovely plant shop and gift store too’.
Castle Hill Estate Office, Filleigh, Barnstaple EX32 0RQ
From their website ‘Truly a ‘garden for all seasons’ there is such a variety of things to see and after your walk you can enjoy a cream tea or local ice-cream at the garden kiosk.’
Eggesford Forest – 10 minute drive
Eggesford Forest is a great place to visit and a place we often go to as a family. It has lots of different trails and paths that link different woodlands to the Tarka rail line at Eggesford Station, All Saints Church and Eggesford Garden Centre.
North Devon is famous for its spectacular beaches. And there are plenty to choose from -Westward Ho!, Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Croyde to name a few. Saunton is about a 50 minute. There is parking directly at the beach and good shops and restaurant facilities are available. Surf hire and lessons are available but worth booking in advance during peak seasons. Croyde is a further 10 minutes round the corner and is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the country. Westward Ho! And Instow are both a little closer and still highly recommended. What can possibly beat going to the beach on a hot summers day?
Chulmleigh – 5 minute drive
Chulmleigh is a lovely old town full of history and character and is only 2 miles from here. It has a traditional butchers and bakery along with the usual amenities – corner shop, paper shop and post office. It has an Indian restaurant/take away and the Red Lion pub offers pizza take away every night as well as a restaurant that serves a variety of food. There is a lovely restaurant called Benhams which has a varied menu, booking is advisable. The Old Diary sells coffee and cake along with local produce.
South Molton – 15 minute drive
South Molton has gained a great reputation for its lovely boutique shops that are individual and ‘not on the high street’ so if you fancy a bit of different shopping then we highly recommended it. There are lots to do and see in South Molton and so rather list all of these here we recommend you go on their website www.visitsouthmolton.co.uk to find out where to go and what to do, it also has a regularly updated events page. Here’s a few highlights –
The Honey Farm – South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AZ – 01769 572401
This is definitely worth a visit especially if you have kids, there is a great soft play area for those rainy days and a super Bee World exhibiting honey bees, hives and interactive information.
The pannier market in the town centre is also definitely worth a visit. It is open Thursdays and Saturdays 8am -1pm. Its free to get in and is full of stalls offering lots of lovely local produce and crafts.
Barnstaple – 30 minute drive
If you are looking for more high street shops and chains then Barnstaple has more to offer along with a pannier market that is open every day too. It also has bowling, swimming, trampolining, cinema, museums and a wide range of restaurants and bars.
We would recommend 62 The Bank (great food) & Bar 62 (fab cocktails) as well as Lillicos. Both can be found online.
Exeter – 40 minute drive.
Whilst Exeter is a bit further to travel it is well worth it for a greater variety of shopping and culture it offers.
Activities & Attractions
Exmoor Zoo – Twitchen Lane, South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple
T: 01598 763352 www.exmoorzoo.co.uk
From Lemurs, lynx and leopards to spiders, otters and snakes follow the zoo trails around the different species and see them in their habitats. There are lots of hands on activities and well worth a visit.
Air Extreme, 1 Lauder Lane, Barnstaple, North Devon EX313TA
T: 01271 349806 www.air-extreme.co.uk
From their website – Book a jump session and experience 8 adrenaline filled activities, freestyle across a sea of wall to wall interconnected trampolines and bounce high to the latest tunes, Practice your tricks all with a super soft landing in our airbag. Perfect your flips on our dual tumble tracks. Gymnasts will enjoy the thrill of our full size olympic style performance trampolines. Why not check out our birthday party packages as we love to throw a party at Air Extreme.
So if your looking for things to do in North Devon then head on over for a fun filled jump session.
The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP
Tel: 01237 472366 www.thebigsheep.co.uk
This award winning attraction is great for the family in any weather. It has an indoor animal barn which has various animals throughout the year from baby piglets, pygmy goats, kittens, puppies, lambs, rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks. Outside there are rides and shows on every day. Its worth looking on their website and seeing what events they have on too.
North Devon Walks, 21 Broad Close, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3JD
Tel- 01598 740114
Visitors of all ages are welcome and offered the opportunity to experience at first hand the thrill of falconry in North Devon.
The Milky Way, Higher Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5RY
T:01237 431255 www.themilkyway.co.uk
Has attractions to suit all ages, whatever the weather. With over 110,000 sq ft of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, There’s a roller coaster, destroyer dodgems and a big indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children.
The Bear Trail Westcott, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1SA
T:01392 881780 www.thebeartrail.co.uk
This is a fabulous, fun and challenging muddy obstacle trail where kids and grown ups alike get to leap over and under all the outdoor assault course. It’s the perfect day out for the whole family and gives everyone a chance to challenge themselves and have fun. Be ready to get filthy and make sure you take a change of clothes.
We’ve tried to list a variety of things to see and do whilst you stay here but it really is only a snippet of what North Devon can offer so we recommend going on the following website to get some other ideas –
www.northdevon.com – A really comprehensive guide that covers all areas and interests
www.devon.muddystilettos.co.uk – A great blog that gives good insights and reviews of what’s on offer in the area. Also covers South Devon.