Things to Do
The local area is flooded with challenging golf courses, from the famous twin championship links courses of the Royal North Devon Golf Club and Saunton Sands Golf Club, to a variety of other local country courses, supported by an extensive professional driving range at the Portmoor Golf Club near Barnstaple.
Surf and Sea Sports
The nearby Westward Ho!, Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe beaches with their extensive sand areas have earned their world class reputation for surfing and other sea sports. Wind and kite surfing as well as kite buggying are now popular pastimes which are also taught locally alongside traditional surfing
The Royal North Devon Yacht Club provides exciting facilities for those who wish to sail.
There is a modern public slipway at Appledore to provide sea access for those who wish to bring their own boat or jet-ski.
Tarka trail cycling
The old railway line from Barnstaple to Mere has been converted into an excellent hard surface for cycling trips (or walking). There is a plethora of local cycle hire shops, with tandems and trailers. There are many pubs along the route to quench your thirst!
There is a well defined and sign posted public footpath along the whole of the North Devon Coast. This is a wonderful way to take in the rugged cliffs, headlands and beaches of this fabulous coast line - a coast walk from Westward Ho! to Clovelly will do wonders for your waistline and the appetite!
Only a 5 minute drive away in those inclement days, or to keep the kids occupied for a whole day, this local attraction with loads of outdoor and indoor activities, with food and animal demonstrations will ensure your little ones (and their guardians) will get a good following night’s sleep.
• ‘Ewetopia’ A giant indoor play area Contacts
• Sheep racing
• Duck herding by sheep dogs has to be seen to be believed!
The Milky Way
At The Milky Way there are attractions to suit all ages, whatever the weather. With over 85,000 sq ft of indoor activities & acres of outdoor play area, The Milky Way theme park is an excellent all weather, family day out in North Devon.
RHS Gardens Rosemoor
Come to RHS Garden Rosemoor and stroll around its enchanting 65-acre garden. Rosemoor is a garden of intoxicating beauty, beautifully crafted and designed, capturing the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides. Whatever the season, the exciting colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated. As well as woodland walks, water features and open spaces there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy time and again.
To experience some time honoured craftsmanship why not visit Dartington Crystal in Great Torrington. There you can learn the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio Visual Theatre and then follow the Dartington Timeline from 1967 to the present day. And see how the first pieces of glass were made in our museum section.
Watch the talented expert Master Engraving demonstration create award winning works of Art; choose a special piece for yourself or loved ones and have it personalised with a personal message or motif.
Visit Atlantic Village off the A39 between Bideford and Bude. Check out the amazing range of branded men’s, ladies’ and children’s fashion wear, homewares, shoes, cookware, surf and snow gear, camping equipment and outdoor clothing, accessories, gifts, books, jewellery, chocolate and confectionery, luggage and bags, in fact you’ll find something for all the family at amazingly low prices, making its attractive covered mall a haven for bargain hunters.
The Beaver Inn – Appledore
Enjoy some of the best sea food meals whilst overlooking panoramic estuary views and watch the sun go down over Instow and the Saunton Burrows.
The Royal George Appledore
Relax and enjoy great food and wine and the wonderful welcoming hospitality.