There are plenty of things to do on a North Devon break

If you're looking for a South West escape, Bideford is brilliantly located. Situated in the heart of North Devon, you're just a stone's throw away from some of the areas spectacular beaches, as well as just a couple of miles away from nearby Barnstaple. However, it's Bideford's proximity to neighbouring county Cornwall that makes it a unique destination, perfect for exploring.

Thanks to its location, there's no shortage of things to see and do. From family-friendly attractions such as The Big Sheep and The Milky Way to fishing lakes and bowling greens, the choice is yours!

* Before travelling please check these attractions are open and that you are comfortable with their COVID-19 procedures before visiting.  

Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Fantastic shopping with over 30 stores from famous national brands, offering a fantastic variety of offers on normal retail prices. Clothes, food and drink, a children's play area and regular events - what more could you want from a shopping trip? Open seven days a week.

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Clovelly

Clovelly

20% off Cream Teas at the New Inn and Red Lion in Clovelly village.

World famous for its cobbled, traffic-free street, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. The stunning views, peaceful tranquillity and cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port.

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Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

Watch the highly skilled craftsmen shape beautiful crystal perfecting an art form 3 000 years in the making. The tour of the glass factory allows visitors to get really close in complete safety on elevated viewing galleries.

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Hartland Abbey & gardens

Hartland Abbey & gardens

10% off entry fee

Hartland Abbey has beautiful gardens and grounds and it welcomes visitors into the stately home from the end of March until October. It's the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. Visit to see the house and gardens, then fall in love with the family attraction and regular events. 

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Lundy Island

Lundy Island

In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain. Book a day trip on the MS Oldenburg to Lundy from Bideford quay.

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North Devon Wake Park

North Devon Wake Park

Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The WakePark has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark. 

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Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

£8 entry instead of £12.65

At Rosemoor gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. The gardens are home to plants from around the world. Events take place through the year, there's lots of shopping to be done and children's activities keep little green-fingers amused. 

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Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Try an amazing range of sports delivered by trained staff. Activities include climbing, zip wire, archery, surfing, bodyboarding, and kayaking.

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Tapeley Park

Tapeley Park

2 for 1 entry price

Tapeley is a historic estate situated between Bideford and Instow in North Devon. It has Italian terrace borders, a traditional walled Kitchen Garden, a lake with massive Thuja Plicata trees and a Granite Labyrinth. As a weekly bonus, there are Falconry Displays each Sunday at 11:30am and 3:30pm, weather permitting. On the grounds, you may spot Highland Cattle, Peacocks and Berkshire Pigs. There's also a children's play area 'hidden' in the Wild Garden. 

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Tarka Pottery

Tarka Pottery

Tarka Pottery is a pottery painting studio offering an exciting range of fun creative activities for kids, teens and adults alike! It's a great chance to get creative and relax in the pottery studio where plenty of help is on hand. You can choose from making a bowl on the potter’s wheel, painting a pot or joining a clay workshop or pottery class.

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The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep

One free child per two paying adults 

Ewe will love this family day out, with live shows, farmyard animals, rides and entertainment. From tractor driving to feeding the baby animals, there's a little bit of everything to keep children and adults amused. Make the most of the sheep racing, duck herding, shearing displays and donkey rides. All between playing in the indoor and outdoor play areas. You'd be BAAArmy to miss it. 

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The Milky Way Adventure Park

The Milky Way Adventure Park

10% off entry fee or £2 off per person

The Milky Way in North Devon is an all-weather theme park full of thrilling rides and other great family attractions. Fill a day here with interactive rides, outdoor play, indoor drop slides and ball pools, a famous bird of prey display and general fun for the whole family. 

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The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

The famous Tarka Trail cycle path runs right by the Royal Hotel. This is a fabulous way to experience the gorgeous North Devon countryside.

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The Ultimate Adventure Centre

The Ultimate Adventure Centre

Based at Abbotsham, near Bideford, this centre offers a host of exciting activities, including coasteering, mountain boarding, high ropes and climbing wall.

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World of Wonder

World of Wonder

A fantastic new indoor soft play centre at Affinity Devon. Boasting slides, ball pits and dizzy discs, little ones will love running wild for a couple of hours here. 

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Bideford boasts a lovely park with a paddling pool, a children's play area and a skatepark. Plus, the ample seating makes it a great location to soak up some sun!

Appledore

Appledore

Take a trip to Appledore,  a small fishing village in North Devon, during your stay at The Park Hotel. The harbour, once filled with traditional fishing vessels, now shares its space with beautiful yachts offering trips to visitors up and down the estuary. A leisurely walk through the village will reveal rows of brightly painted fisherman's cottages stacked together along narrow streets and courtyards.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! is a Victorian coastal town, with over two miles of golden sand that has the prestigious Blue Flag award for facilities and water quality plus places to eat, things to do, great shops, amazing walks and wonderful nature.