Free things for kids to do this summer in North Devon

Family Building Sandcastles On Beach Together

We understand the struggle – you’re on a family holiday and the kids are “bored” or what they really want to do will somehow involve things like a helicopter, pirates, a pony, electronic games, a TV, mobile phones, unrealistic dreams, and more money than they can comprehend.

But don’t be disheartened! One of the main reasons North Devon is a fantastic place to visit as a family with children of all ages is the fact there’s so many ways to spend the day for free, or using minimal pennies at least – to avoid those “I’m bored” moments whilst saving money but still having lots of fun!

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11 facts you probably don’t know about North Devon

North Devon Countryside

(Main image: Richard Kift)

When you think about, North Devon is actually a HUGE place – from the hills of Exmoor, out to Torrington and Holsworthy inland, and then back to the coast at Hartland towards the Cornish border. That’s a lot of places, locations, countryside and history to cover under the name “North Devon”! Whether you live here, have only seen a small part of the area, or visit different places regularly, you’re bound to know that around every corner is a new thing to see and new knowledge to gather.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things you probably didn’t know about North Devon…

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North Devon’s Best Surf Spots

Surfer on Croyde

We know that this will divide people…but where is North Devon’s best surfing spot?

The area has many quality spots all year round, which makes North Devon a must surf. The consistent west facing beachbreaks mean there’s always a place to surf waves and the beaches are reliable year round, with the sheltered spots drawing in crowds.

So, for those who have never visited the area before, here’s our breakdown of the best places to surf in North Devon

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A Local’s Guide To… Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Quay

Ilfracombe, North Devon’s third largest town with a population of more than 10,000, is loved by both holidaymakers and locals alike.

Home to Henry Williamson, author of popular novel Tarka the Otter, Damien Hirst artwork, and the UK’s oldest working lighthouse, the town is full of history – but also has plenty of present-day energy!

From the mouths of the locals themselves, here we detail the highlights of Ilfracombe and what to expect when visiting the area…

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The A-Z of North Devon

North Devon alphabet

A is for AWESOME! Well no, actually, in our A-Z of North Devon it’s not – but maybe it should be?! After all, North Devon is the place to be in all seasons.

We’re so lucky in our beautiful area to be blessed with exemplary eateries, views to-die-for and much, much more… that’s why we’ve decided to try and spell it all out in our very own alphabet!

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17 of the best North Devon pubs and restaurants with a sea view

North Devon sea view restaurants

Summer has slowly, but surely, crept up on us.

And what better way to make the most of a glorious afternoon, or wile away a sun-kissed evening, than by indulging in some wonderful pub grub or drinky poos at a local establishment – complete with a stunning coastal view.

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The best places to get a cream tea in North Devon

cream teas

Believe it or not, National Cream Tea Day falls every year on June 30th!

But, rather than picking fights with Cornwall and Somerset about how WRONG they are when it comes to cream/jam hierarchy, we thought we’d promote some of our area’s fantastic cream teas.

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Fringe TheatreFest returns to Barnstaple later this month

Seska performs at Barnstaple's Fringe TheatreFest this year

The countdown has begun, and in just a few short weeks this year’s Fringe TheatreFest will be back in Barnstaple, animating venues across the town in a riot of theatre, dance and live performance.

Featuring over 60 shows from across the UK from Thursday, June 29th until Sunday, July 2nd, TheatreFest is building on 10 years’ experience and has added a whole raft of outdoor shows and shows in informal spaces to the long established venue programme: Shakespeare on the grass, hi-jinx in the high street, magic in cafes, dancing on benches and much, much more.

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