Things to Do

Golf Courses

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.

Visit Royal North Devon Golf Club

Visit Saunton Golf Club

Visit Portmore Golf Club

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.

Visit Westward Ho! Surf School

Visit Instow Sailing Club

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!

Visit Tarka Trail website

Coastal Path

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!

Big Sheep

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!

Visit the website for The Big Sheep

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.

Visit the website for The Milky Way

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.

Visit the website for RHS Gardens Rosemoor

Dartington Crystal

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 the website for Dartington Crystal

Atlantic Village

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.

Visit the website for Atlantic Village

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.

Visit the website for The Beaver Inn

The Royal George Appledore

Relax and enjoy great food and wine and the wonderful welcoming hospitality.