Our favourite excursions

Lundy island excursion, take the ferry from Bideford Quay and spot puffins in this old pirate kingdom

Clovelly, heritage fishing village where time stands still, nestling at the bottom of a steep cobbled path

Hartland Abbey, fabulous stately home and gardens, film location and home to the Stucley family, who built the Moreton estate

Tintagel, even more spectacular with the new bridge and sculpture, one hour drive, come home via picturesque Boscastle

Appledore, charming fishing village with lovely quayside cafes and its own book festival

Our favourite beaches

Westward Ho!, a bit of everything

Instow on the estuary, dog walks, dunes and delis

Croyde, surf's up!

Woolacomb, pick your bay

Saunton, sand and beach huts

Our favourite eating places

The Pig on the Beach, pies, pizzas, pub and pick up a coffee on the green in Westward Ho!

The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham pub exactly one mile away

Cafe Du Parc, lovely French Bistro in Bideford's Victoria Park, by the Burton gallery also well worth a visit

John's, deli and grocer in Appledore and Instow

The Royal George in Appledore

Our favourite walks

Tarka trail, bikes and hikes on the old railway line

Abbotsham Cliffs, right on the doorstep

Southwest coast path, epic scenery, more than 600 miles around the coast from Minehead to Poole

Hartland peninsula, seals, puffins, shipwrecks and Lundy Island views

Northam Burrows, dunes and views across the estuary

Our favourite family days out

Ultimate Adventure Centre, just along the road, outdoor adventure and high wires

Big Sheep theme park, right next door

Tarka trail, hire a bike and head north to Instow or South to Torrington and treat yourself to lunch at The Puffing Billy

RHS Rosemoor, gardens and fun for all ages, great cafe

Arlington Court, National Trust stately home, gardens and carriage museum

Westward Ho!, beach, fish and chips, ice-cream

Our favourite rainy day plans

Atlantic Village, Outlet shopping and giant children's adventure park

The Big Sheep, still fun in the rain, especially for little ones

Barnstaple, Funderzone soft play, Air Extreme trampoline park, cinema and much more

Rock and Rapid Adventures, award winning climbing centre, South Molton

Bideford's pannier market and Burton Gallery two spots in the local town offering art, craft, retail therapy and good things to eat

Our favourite courses

Stained glass workshops, fantastic award-winning workshops for groups or individuals, run by amazing artist and teacher Gigha in her Bideford studio.

Pottery classes and workshops for adults and children at the Tarka Pottery and ceramics studio, painting, clay modelling or have a go at throwing a pot. Based near Great Torrington.

Rowan tree studio runs regular workshops in soap, candle and beauty product making at their Clovelly studio, and sewing courses at several local venues.

Printing workshops in Appledore, fabric or paper printing courses available in this beautiful fishing village

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