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Out & About 2017-05-11T13:30:00+00:00

There’s so much to enjoy at any time of the year in North Devon…

There is so much to do in the local area, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From walking along North Devon’s dramatic coastline to  feasting on fresh, local produce or wondering at the rugged beauty of Exmoor to name but a few.  There is an abundance of picturesque seaside villages to explore and miles of golden beaches to build sandcastles on. Not only that, there are intriguing art galleries, craft centres and museums to visit and fabulous local restaurants to dine in.
You’ll struggle to fit it all in!

Attractions & Adventure

A visit to the ‘Torrington 1646’ tourist attraction is truly an “experience” which will be enjoyed by all the family whatever their ages. This is history as never before, as we travel back to 1646 and meet the characters who populated Torrington, North Devon’s forgotten site of the last major battle of the English Civil War. See how they lived, loved, laughed and lied their way through the English Civil War.

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No trip to Devon is complete without a visit to Dartington Crystal Factory Experience. See first hand how our crystal is hand crafted with skill and care from the blowing of the molten glass through to the final finishing. There’s lots more to see and do that will make your visit truly memorable.

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Book your seats today for one of the many spectacular live events taking place at the Plough Theatre this year. Located in the centre of Torrington, a visit to the Plough is a must for any visitor to North Devon – give it a go! Give them a ring.

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One of North Devon’s leading attractions – watch sheepdog trials and sheep races, learn about breeds of sheep and shearing processes, and bottle feed the lambs!

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Paintball can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, especially at Survival Paintball, Barnstaple. They have been running games on their 20 acre woodland site since 1988. They have state of the art equipment and a strong safety focus meaning players of all ages and abilities can get on with the serious business of having fun.

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Outdoor Education Training provides activities putting you in the heart of the North Devon countryside. Affordable full and half-day experiences for all ages and abilities; family groups are a speciality.

A great day out for all the family whatever the weather, with four major rides and six live shows every day, huge indoor play areas and loads and loads of fun. Come and try the new roller coaster, the biggest and fastest in Devon, if you dare!

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For a completely unique 100% fun experience, simultaneously 100% ecologically interesting, with an extra 100% wonder and magic mixed in, visit The Gnome Reserve.

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Explore the stunning Devon countryside by bike and discover all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful region, renowned not only for its peace and unspoilt beauty, but also for its wide ranging network of cycle routes.

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“A hobby which got out of hand.” This military museum is a great tourist attraction, with its collections covering mostly World War Two, but with exhibits from the Boer War up to the First Gulf War.

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West Country Walks has provided self-guided walks in North Devon and Exmoor as part of its holidays since 1987. The self-guided route directions are easy to follow and show you the beautiful countryside and coast of North Devon and Exmoor.

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A great day out for all the family. As well as finding out about the resident monkeys, there are wildlife gardens to explore, workshops to participate in and a children’s activity room. Closed during the winter months.

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The Eden Project is a bit further afield near St Austell, Cornwall, but is well worth a visit. It is a world-class attraction with is’s unique biomes and plenty of activities for all ages, it really is a day trip of a lifetime.
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Cafes & Tea Rooms

A cool little deli in Torrington serving tea, coffee, lunches, and delicious homemade cakes. Visit website
Within the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington, this cafe serves morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Visit website

These stunning Royal Horticultural Society gardens near Torrington are open from 10am to 5:30pm (4:30pm in winter) and serve hot food between 12pm and 2:30 daily. The Sunday roast is something very special! Entry to the restaurant is free. Visit website

this great little sandwich bar is located in Torrington’s Main Square at 10 High Street. Specialising in fresh local produce where you can create your own mouth watering choices of sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and salad bowls to either eat in or take away. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm.
This is perfect spot to pause for refreshment if you are walking or cycling from Barnstaple to Bideford on the Tarka Trail, you can also park there is you wish to drive. It offers delicious wholesome food, much of which is made on the premises or supplied by local bakers, butchers and growers and has a fabulous view across the Taw estuary. Summer Opening Times 9:30 – 5:30 every day. There is also a small heritage museum which tells you all about the history of the railway line. Visit website
This award-winning vinatge tea shop in the centre of South Molton serves a range of teas and coffees and fabulous cakes. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5pm and Sundays 11.am to 5pm.Visit website
After exploring the narrow streets and brightly painted cottages of the beautiful fishing village of Appledore, Susie’s Tea Rooms offer a wide range of daytime refreshments in comfortable surroundings, tucked away behind the quay in historic Market Street. Open daily from 10am – 5pm. Visit website

Pubs & Restaurants

Less than

10

minutes drive

The Green Dragon in Langtee is the nearest pub to Birchill Farm & Cottages. It’s a traditional village pub with an open fireplace serving a typical range of pub food in the bar and restaurant. There is a car park and beer garden, children are welcome. Bookings for food preferred. Call 01805 601342

Reputedly one of the oldest inns in North Devon. Offering real ales, bar food and an ‘a la carte’ restaurant. Evening meals are served from 6.30pm. Children welcome. Visit website

A cost pub at Stibb Cross, serving food from 12-2pm and from 6-9pm. Bookings required for Sunday roast. Children welcome. Visit website

This traditional 17th century Devon village pub in Frithelstock serves food at lunchtimes and from 6.30pm-8.30pm. Children are welcome. Visit website

The Bell Inn is situated in the small village of Monkleigh, only three miles from Bideford and Torrington. The pub is about four hundred years old and is of a stone, flint and cob construction under a thatched roof. They cater for families and children’s sized portions for all dishes on the menu are available.Please note chidren are welcome until 9pm.Visit website

More than

10

minutes drive

Local real ales and a good selction of food served in traditional, characterful surroundings. Bar and restaurant. Children welcome are before 9pm. Visit website

Take a short drive to Newton Tracey where you will find this pub which dates to 15th century. Serving real ales and good quality pub food. Open all day, children are welcome. Visit website

This 13th century inn with a reputation for high quality food is a real treat. Children welcome. Visit website

This is a favourite with beach walkers and dog lovers. It boasts outstanding views across the estuary with local ales and fresh cooked food. There are tables at front and an enclosed garden at rear. Bar snacks availabe all day and there is an evening menu from 6.30pm. Children are welcome. Visit website

Instow EX39 4JJ (01271) 861292

Relaxed dining with stunning views of the estuary, specialising in seafood, with daily specials and locally caught fish.

Holsworthy EX22 7HU (01409 259444)

A cut above ‘pub grub’ – yet affordable. Happy to cater for special dietary requirements and set in lovely surroundings overlooking a lake. Children’s portions.

This award-winning pub at King’s Nympton is a lovely thatched building serving high quality food. Special dietary requirements catered for. Food served lunchtimes and from 6.45pm most evenings – Tuesday fish and chip night from 6.30pm and Sundays food from 7pm. Bookings essential. Visit website