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Plan your stay in Bideford 

For many, a holiday to Bideford is their chance to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Stepping out of their routine, they'll love the relaxed, slower pace of life that North Devon offers and return from their break feeling rejuvenated. However, for some of our guests, North Devon's jam-packed calendar of events means that they can have a full itinerary of fun things to see and do.

Take a look at what's happening over the next couple of months and see what you could get up to on your next Bideford break.

Park Yoga
Park Yoga
Elevate your Sundays with a FREE yoga session. Located across 4 parks in North Devon, this fun, free yoga is perfect for all abilities.
Sheep at Devon County Show
The Devon County Show
The Devon County Show showcases a wonderful Devon blend of attractions, exhibitions, trade stands, crafts and food - celebrating all things rural. It's the premier agricultural event that has something for everyone.
Solider and Uk Flag
80th Anniversary of D-Day
In 1944, the stunning coastal landscapes between the Northam Burrows and Woolacombe in North Devon played a vital role in preparing troops for the Allied invasion of Normandy since the terrain closely resembled the French coastline they were destined for.
GoldCoast Oceanfest
If you could bottle a beachside festival and pour it out each year against the backdrop of a sun-drenched Atlantic, then the multi-award-winning GoldCoast Oceanfest might be just the brew to choose.
People dancing at a disco
Dinner Disco Party Nights
Join us for an unforgettable evening of dining and dancing at our dinner disco party nights in the beautiful surroundings of our unique events venue, Palm Court!
Sheep at The Big Sheep
Kids Fest
Kids Fest at The Big Sheep promises an exciting extravaganza of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Man running on the beach
North Devon AONB Marathon
Back for its 14th year, the North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place for North Devon Hospice so they can continue to provide free care and support to families who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
group of people with drinks
Cider & Real Ale Music Festival
Experience the perfect summer's day out this July at The Big Sheep's Cider & Real Ale Festival. Set in the heart of North Devon, this event offers an impressive selection of local ciders and real ales, showcasing the region's finest brews.
Carrot shaped Go kart racing down hill at Bideford Soapbox event
Bideford Soapbox Derby
This year's Soapbox Derby promises to be an exhilarating showcase of creativity and adrenaline-fueled excitement. As teams gear up to compete, the day is packed with anticipation.
Clovelly Harbour
Lifeboat Weekend in aid for the R.N.L.I
This August, Clovelly is hosting its annual Lifeboat Weekend in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This cherished event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the heroic efforts of the R.N.L.I and show support for their lifesaving work.
Sheep at Devon County Show
The North Devon Show
The North Devon Show is a traditional one-day show and is a celebration of all things Rural and has something for everyone. The main aim of the show is to support agriculture and to provide a shop window for anyone involved in the economy of North Devon.
group of people with drinks
Gone Wild Festival
Prepare for the ultimate fusion of music, art and culture at The Gone Wild Festival amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Powderham Castle.
Crab Festival
Lobster and Crab Fest
This summer, Clovelly invites you to its delightful Crab and Lobster Festival, a vibrant celebration in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery. This unique event brings together seafood lovers and conservation enthusiasts in the picturesque setting of this historic fishing village.
Festive Afternoon Tea with prosecco
Festive High Tea
We can't think of any better way to celebrate the Festive season than to catch up with loved ones in our cosy Regency surroundings over a delicious Festive High Tea. Enjoy a selection of festive-inspired finger sandwiches, freshly baked homemade scones, pastries, and cakes.
Crackers on table at Merchants Bistro
Festive Lunches
Festive lunches at The Royal Hotel can be as flexible as you wish, running 6 days a week throughout December and offering an array of delicious dishes, you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience.
Festive Plated Roast at Merchants Bistro
Festive Dinners
Relax and make memories this festive season wrapped up at Merchants Bistro at The Royal Hotel. Whether it’s an impromptu get-together with friends, or a work party looking to end on a high, whatever the occasion our festive dinner menu offers an array of Christmas cuisine.

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