Guidebook for Braunton

Sarah
Guidebook for Braunton

Food Scene

Braunton’s most popular & newest addition to the village! Stoned is a fantastic pizza parlour making the freshest pizzas, pastries, brioche and flatbreads around! It even serves great coffee too. So just pop on down and grab a pizza of your choice – there’s a whole range of flavours to choose from. Fancy the slightly finer things in life? Then fear not – Stoned also has a delicious Gourmet menu for you to choose from, and a restaurant to enjoy it all in too. No reservations required, so just turn up and enjoy!
Stoned
Braunton’s most popular & newest addition to the village! Stoned is a fantastic pizza parlour making the freshest pizzas, pastries, brioche and flatbreads around! It even serves great coffee too. So just pop on down and grab a pizza of your choice – there’s a whole range of flavours to choose from. Fancy the slightly finer things in life? Then fear not – Stoned also has a delicious Gourmet menu for you to choose from, and a restaurant to enjoy it all in too. No reservations required, so just turn up and enjoy!
Another personal favourite of ours, serving a range of fresh local food and a superb selection of Tapas dishes. There’s even a sweet little outside terrace where you can enjoy your lunch on those warmer Devon days! Well worth a booking (this place is small and popular so gets full quickly).
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At One
3 Caen St
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Another personal favourite of ours, serving a range of fresh local food and a superb selection of Tapas dishes. There’s even a sweet little outside terrace where you can enjoy your lunch on those warmer Devon days! Well worth a booking (this place is small and popular so gets full quickly).
A quaint little restaurant in the centre of Braunton selling some of France’s finest cuisine. A little pricey but well worth it! Again, another small yet popular place so make sure you make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
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The Corner Bistro
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A quaint little restaurant in the centre of Braunton selling some of France’s finest cuisine. A little pricey but well worth it! Again, another small yet popular place so make sure you make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
Probably my favourite in Braunton, The Riverside is a great bustling little café in the day, and a contemporary restaurant during the evening. With a great selection of superb fresh, homemade food, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Tuck in to a yummy open sandwich, chunky homemade burger or freshly caught fish and enjoy dining at The Riverside as much as we do (probably worth a reservation this one!)
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Hang Loose Bar & Kitchen
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Probably my favourite in Braunton, The Riverside is a great bustling little café in the day, and a contemporary restaurant during the evening. With a great selection of superb fresh, homemade food, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Tuck in to a yummy open sandwich, chunky homemade burger or freshly caught fish and enjoy dining at The Riverside as much as we do (probably worth a reservation this one!)
A great place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner – with delicious food, lively atmosphere and great cocktails! It also offers weekly live music (every Tuesday and Thursday) and even a rooftop terrace to soak up the sunshine. Worth booking for this one too – it’s a busy little place.
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SQ Bar and Restaurant
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A great place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner – with delicious food, lively atmosphere and great cocktails! It also offers weekly live music (every Tuesday and Thursday) and even a rooftop terrace to soak up the sunshine. Worth booking for this one too – it’s a busy little place.
Just on the outskirts of Braunton, Beachside Grill is an exciting new dining experience overlooking North Devon’s famous Saunton beach. It offers a unique blend of quality sourced ingredients, smoked and grilled to perfection in a chilled indoor/outdoor space. This one becomes very popular so it’s best to make lunch and dinner reservations. If you’re after a warm/cold drink, then just pop on in.
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Beachside Grill
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Just on the outskirts of Braunton, Beachside Grill is an exciting new dining experience overlooking North Devon’s famous Saunton beach. It offers a unique blend of quality sourced ingredients, smoked and grilled to perfection in a chilled indoor/outdoor space. This one becomes very popular so it’s best to make lunch and dinner reservations. If you’re after a warm/cold drink, then just pop on in.
Wild Thyme is a beautifully designed little café, with a laid back, friendly and cosy atmosphere. Serving breakfast all day, delicious lunches in the afternoons and barista style coffee, it’s a great little hang out for lunch. The juices and smoothies are fresh and yummy and all ingredients are locally sourced meaning the food is some of the finest in Braunton!
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Wild Thyme Cafe - Event & Hog Roast Catering
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Wild Thyme is a beautifully designed little café, with a laid back, friendly and cosy atmosphere. Serving breakfast all day, delicious lunches in the afternoons and barista style coffee, it’s a great little hang out for lunch. The juices and smoothies are fresh and yummy and all ingredients are locally sourced meaning the food is some of the finest in Braunton!
Not only is Squires one of our personal recommendations, but also one of Rick Stein’s too! Serving great quality fresh fish and chunky chips at their finest, Squires is a great place to head for a lovely sit down meal or an evening in at Mallards with a fishy feast. This place gets super busy in the summer, and reservations cannot be taken, so make sure you join the queue at a good time!
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Squires
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Not only is Squires one of our personal recommendations, but also one of Rick Stein’s too! Serving great quality fresh fish and chunky chips at their finest, Squires is a great place to head for a lovely sit down meal or an evening in at Mallards with a fishy feast. This place gets super busy in the summer, and reservations cannot be taken, so make sure you join the queue at a good time!
With both a fantastic Thai and English menu on offer, the newly opened Siam Bistro is a great choice for either a night in around the TV with a takeaway, or an evening out in a restaurant. It serves the whole lot, from breakfast, lunch to dinner and even offers a special Thai Lunch deal during the day and full Thai menu every evening.
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The Siam Bistro
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With both a fantastic Thai and English menu on offer, the newly opened Siam Bistro is a great choice for either a night in around the TV with a takeaway, or an evening out in a restaurant. It serves the whole lot, from breakfast, lunch to dinner and even offers a special Thai Lunch deal during the day and full Thai menu every evening.

Parks & Nature

Saunton Sands is just a short 3 mile drive away from Mallards Cottage and is a beautiful white sandy beach stretching 3 miles south. This beach is widely popular with surfers for its good swells and families for its miles of sands and large dunes to play on. With parking, café and restaurant facilities all within close proximity, Saunton Sands makes a great day out for all.
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Saunton Beach
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Saunton Sands is just a short 3 mile drive away from Mallards Cottage and is a beautiful white sandy beach stretching 3 miles south. This beach is widely popular with surfers for its good swells and families for its miles of sands and large dunes to play on. With parking, café and restaurant facilities all within close proximity, Saunton Sands makes a great day out for all.
Croyde Bay is another beach which is very popular amongst both surfers and families – with its great sets, large sand dunes and plenty of rock pools to play in. There is parking and other facilities all within close proximity to the beach, and the village of Croyde itself is well worth a walk in to. With its array of restaurants, cafes and surf shops – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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Croyde Beach
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Croyde Bay is another beach which is very popular amongst both surfers and families – with its great sets, large sand dunes and plenty of rock pools to play in. There is parking and other facilities all within close proximity to the beach, and the village of Croyde itself is well worth a walk in to. With its array of restaurants, cafes and surf shops – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Putsborough is another beautiful sandy beach, just a mere 6 mile drive away from Mallards Cottage, forming the southern part of Woolacombe Sands. Both parking and café facilities are within close proximity to the beach, and it’s another great spot for surfers.
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Putsborough Beach
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Putsborough is another beautiful sandy beach, just a mere 6 mile drive away from Mallards Cottage, forming the southern part of Woolacombe Sands. Both parking and café facilities are within close proximity to the beach, and it’s another great spot for surfers.
Woolacombe Beach, just a short 10 mile drive away from Mallards Cottage, is not only voted as the 4th best beach in Europe, but also the UK’s No.1 beach. Every reason to visit! Woolacombe itself is a beautiful seaside town, with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Its highlight however is its large white sandy beach, stretching south for a good 2 miles. This beach is very popular amongst both surfers and families, and has plenty of nearby facilities and parking.
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Woolacombe Beach
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Woolacombe Beach, just a short 10 mile drive away from Mallards Cottage, is not only voted as the 4th best beach in Europe, but also the UK’s No.1 beach. Every reason to visit! Woolacombe itself is a beautiful seaside town, with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Its highlight however is its large white sandy beach, stretching south for a good 2 miles. This beach is very popular amongst both surfers and families, and has plenty of nearby facilities and parking.
A garden lover’s great day out! Rosemoor Gardens is an enchanting garden nestled in the beautiful Torridge Valley. Surrounded by Woodland, this garden is rich in variety throughout every season and features inspiring planting displays enhanced by the natural beauty of North Devon. With a wide range of events for all ages and interests on offer, from gardening weekends to Craft Fairs and family activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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RHS Garden Rosemoor
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A garden lover’s great day out! Rosemoor Gardens is an enchanting garden nestled in the beautiful Torridge Valley. Surrounded by Woodland, this garden is rich in variety throughout every season and features inspiring planting displays enhanced by the natural beauty of North Devon. With a wide range of events for all ages and interests on offer, from gardening weekends to Craft Fairs and family activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Marwood Hill Gardens is a beautiful private garden tucked secretly away in a Devon valley – covering some 20 acres, with 3 stunning lakes. Here you can have a peaceful day out wandering around the tranquil gardens and even pop in to the award-winning tea room for some homemade and locally sourced food. In the summer period, outdoor theatre performances and children’s craft workshops also take place here so is a great day out for all the family.
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Marwood Hill Gardens
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Marwood Hill Gardens is a beautiful private garden tucked secretly away in a Devon valley – covering some 20 acres, with 3 stunning lakes. Here you can have a peaceful day out wandering around the tranquil gardens and even pop in to the award-winning tea room for some homemade and locally sourced food. In the summer period, outdoor theatre performances and children’s craft workshops also take place here so is a great day out for all the family.
Hartland Abbey is a beautiful historic house and parkland which has been in the same family for generations. Here you can experience the heritage, history, fascinating architecture and interiors, gardens, family memorabilia and stunning walks around the family home. There is also lots for children to take part in too – from the Abbey Quiz to exploring the Nature Trail where you will find winding paths and open spaces where peacocks, black sheep and donkey’s roam. You can even grab a spot of lunch at the Old Kitchen Tea Room which serves delicious homemade light lunches and cream teas.
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Hartland Abbey
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Hartland Abbey is a beautiful historic house and parkland which has been in the same family for generations. Here you can experience the heritage, history, fascinating architecture and interiors, gardens, family memorabilia and stunning walks around the family home. There is also lots for children to take part in too – from the Abbey Quiz to exploring the Nature Trail where you will find winding paths and open spaces where peacocks, black sheep and donkey’s roam. You can even grab a spot of lunch at the Old Kitchen Tea Room which serves delicious homemade light lunches and cream teas.
Watersmeet is one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands in the South-West. The East Lyn River flows through the woodland, meeting Farley Water and giving the site its name.
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Watersmeet
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Watersmeet is one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands in the South-West. The East Lyn River flows through the woodland, meeting Farley Water and giving the site its name.
Hand carved in the 1820s, these 4 tunnels provide a truly unique experience that's almost guaranteed to excite the kids' imaginations! The local community developed the tunnels by hand and transformed their sleepy spot into a top tourist destination. The tunnels lead down to sandy beaches and a Victorian Tidal Bathing Pool. Here you can soak in the stunning views of rugged scenery or play in and explore the shallow pools and rock pools (which have been voted the 3rd best for rock-pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine). There is also a great indoor and outdoor play facility ‘The Play Hut’, which caters for most age groups and abilities.
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Tunnels Beaches
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Hand carved in the 1820s, these 4 tunnels provide a truly unique experience that's almost guaranteed to excite the kids' imaginations! The local community developed the tunnels by hand and transformed their sleepy spot into a top tourist destination. The tunnels lead down to sandy beaches and a Victorian Tidal Bathing Pool. Here you can soak in the stunning views of rugged scenery or play in and explore the shallow pools and rock pools (which have been voted the 3rd best for rock-pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine). There is also a great indoor and outdoor play facility ‘The Play Hut’, which caters for most age groups and abilities.

Entertainment & Activities

Saunton Golf Club features two 18-hole championship courses (East and West) which have both been listed in Golf World and Golf Monthly magazine’s 100 best courses in the UK. The East Course ranking No.32, whilst the West Course No.67. Both courses also have stunning views of Saunton Beach just to add to the experience. Visitors are accepted weekdays and weekends from 9.30am by prior arrangement.
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Saunton Golf Club
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Saunton Golf Club features two 18-hole championship courses (East and West) which have both been listed in Golf World and Golf Monthly magazine’s 100 best courses in the UK. The East Course ranking No.32, whilst the West Course No.67. Both courses also have stunning views of Saunton Beach just to add to the experience. Visitors are accepted weekdays and weekends from 9.30am by prior arrangement.
Public swimming is available at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple with its 25m swimming pool and 1m & 3m springboards. It’s a great place to take the children on one of those rainy days. You can also make use of their spa facilities which include a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
North Devon Leisure Centre
Public swimming is available at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple with its 25m swimming pool and 1m & 3m springboards. It’s a great place to take the children on one of those rainy days. You can also make use of their spa facilities which include a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Cascades is a great place to take the kids, and fun for all the family. Located in the next village along, Cascades is North Devon’s only topical adventure pool, with waterfalls, water slides, flumes, rapids, water jets, Jacuzzi and much more.
Cascades Family Adventure Pool
Cascades is a great place to take the kids, and fun for all the family. Located in the next village along, Cascades is North Devon’s only topical adventure pool, with waterfalls, water slides, flumes, rapids, water jets, Jacuzzi and much more.
Shelley’s Riding School is a small and friendly yard situated on the edge of Braunton. Here there are a variety of rides available from the beach, Braunton Burrows or woodland treks. Any standard and ages are welcome and a variety of different activities are available during school holidays – from pony days, to fun rides, jumping activities and mini competitions.
Shelley's Riding School
Shelley’s Riding School is a small and friendly yard situated on the edge of Braunton. Here there are a variety of rides available from the beach, Braunton Burrows or woodland treks. Any standard and ages are welcome and a variety of different activities are available during school holidays – from pony days, to fun rides, jumping activities and mini competitions.
Head down to Saunton Beach (just a short 3 mile drive away from Mallards) if you’re up for giving surfing a go. Surf South West is one of the UK’s leading surf schools, and right on our doorstep! With courses for everyone, from half day to 5 day sessions, Surf South West will get you riding those waves in no time.
Surf South West Ltd
Head down to Saunton Beach (just a short 3 mile drive away from Mallards) if you’re up for giving surfing a go. Surf South West is one of the UK’s leading surf schools, and right on our doorstep! With courses for everyone, from half day to 5 day sessions, Surf South West will get you riding those waves in no time.
If you want to learn to surf then Surfing Croyde Bay surf school is a great place to head, and just around the corner! All levels and experiences are welcome, with the school offering anything from beginner’s surf sessions to advanced 1-to-1’s. All equipment (wetsuits, boards, boots, gloves & hoods) are included in the lesson and sessions can be anything from a 1 day surf to a 5 day surf. Coasteering lessons are also available at this school.
Surfing Croyde Bay
8 Hobb's Hill
If you want to learn to surf then Surfing Croyde Bay surf school is a great place to head, and just around the corner! All levels and experiences are welcome, with the school offering anything from beginner’s surf sessions to advanced 1-to-1’s. All equipment (wetsuits, boards, boots, gloves & hoods) are included in the lesson and sessions can be anything from a 1 day surf to a 5 day surf. Coasteering lessons are also available at this school.
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Scott Cinemas
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This adventure centre in Bideford offers the most comprehensive range of outdoor activities in North Devon. Here you can experience coasteering, mountain boarding, mountain biking, high ropes, climbing walls, kayaking, water zorbing, surfing, laser tag and assault courses.
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The Ultimate Adventure Centre
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This adventure centre in Bideford offers the most comprehensive range of outdoor activities in North Devon. Here you can experience coasteering, mountain boarding, mountain biking, high ropes, climbing walls, kayaking, water zorbing, surfing, laser tag and assault courses.
A great day out for all the family. Here you can go wakeboarding (which is a mix between water-skiing and snowboarding), use the aqua park (where you can go on tube rides, paddleboards and slack lines) and even play volleyball.
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North Devon Wake Park
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A great day out for all the family. Here you can go wakeboarding (which is a mix between water-skiing and snowboarding), use the aqua park (where you can go on tube rides, paddleboards and slack lines) and even play volleyball.
A great place to experience some quad biking fun, with a range of quads to cater for everyone (from 6 years and upwards). Suzuki 50cc for the little ones, Yamaha 50cc and 80cc for the younger riders, moving up to the 90cc Hondas for the teenagers and of course the 125cc Yamaha Breeze for the adults! You will receive a full safety brief from one of their instructors before being assessed on the practice track, where you will be asked to carry out some emergency stops and show that you are in full control. All younger children and anyone who feels a little nervous will start on the inflatable track to help boost your confidence before moving onto the bigger, tyred practice track. They thoughtfully also provide a ball pit to keep tiny siblings happy for the duration.
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Keypitts Off Road Adventures
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A great place to experience some quad biking fun, with a range of quads to cater for everyone (from 6 years and upwards). Suzuki 50cc for the little ones, Yamaha 50cc and 80cc for the younger riders, moving up to the 90cc Hondas for the teenagers and of course the 125cc Yamaha Breeze for the adults! You will receive a full safety brief from one of their instructors before being assessed on the practice track, where you will be asked to carry out some emergency stops and show that you are in full control. All younger children and anyone who feels a little nervous will start on the inflatable track to help boost your confidence before moving onto the bigger, tyred practice track. They thoughtfully also provide a ball pit to keep tiny siblings happy for the duration.
A perfect activity for one of those Devon rainy days and great fun for all the family. Paint your own pottery is suitable for all ages and a great way to take a piece of your holiday home with you.
Paint a Pot
5 Exeter Rd
A perfect activity for one of those Devon rainy days and great fun for all the family. Paint your own pottery is suitable for all ages and a great way to take a piece of your holiday home with you.
This is a brilliant place to visit on one of those rainier Devon days. Housing over 75 species of fish, there’s lots to both do and see at Ilfracombe Aquarium. Take part in a fun and educational quiz as you view the many different types of fish, get involved in the interactive experiences with one of the fish keepers and discover the unique journey of an Exmoor stream from source to sea at North Devon’s only aquarium.
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The Ilfracombe Aquarium
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This is a brilliant place to visit on one of those rainier Devon days. Housing over 75 species of fish, there’s lots to both do and see at Ilfracombe Aquarium. Take part in a fun and educational quiz as you view the many different types of fish, get involved in the interactive experiences with one of the fish keepers and discover the unique journey of an Exmoor stream from source to sea at North Devon’s only aquarium.
This Park not only makes a great day out for all the family to enjoy, but is also set in a truly fantastic location, overlooking the coastal town of Combe Martin. There are a variety of animals on display at the Park, with regular animal shows and daily talks throughout the day. There are many other attractions at the Park too, including a life-size T-Rex, Tombs of the Pharaohs and a brilliant dinosaur museum where you can see rare exhibits of real-life dinosaur discoveries. There is also a large indoor play zone to entertain the kids, as well as beautiful botanical gardens to wander around.
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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
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This Park not only makes a great day out for all the family to enjoy, but is also set in a truly fantastic location, overlooking the coastal town of Combe Martin. There are a variety of animals on display at the Park, with regular animal shows and daily talks throughout the day. There are many other attractions at the Park too, including a life-size T-Rex, Tombs of the Pharaohs and a brilliant dinosaur museum where you can see rare exhibits of real-life dinosaur discoveries. There is also a large indoor play zone to entertain the kids, as well as beautiful botanical gardens to wander around.
Voted both Devon’s Attraction of the Year 2014 by Visit Devon and North Devon’s most popular family attraction so go and see what all the fuss is about! The Big Sheep is a top all-weather attraction, with lots of animal shows to see, equipment and toys to play on, boats to ride and indoor play areas to go to so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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The BIG Sheep
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Voted both Devon’s Attraction of the Year 2014 by Visit Devon and North Devon’s most popular family attraction so go and see what all the fuss is about! The Big Sheep is a top all-weather attraction, with lots of animal shows to see, equipment and toys to play on, boats to ride and indoor play areas to go to so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Voted as North Devon’s Top Day Out, this is perfect for all the family. Recent exhibits such as cheetah, puma, maned wolves, and the famous ‘Exmoor Beast’ can be seen here, amongst the unique and rare smaller animals for which the zoo provides ‘natural’ enclosures. With many shrubs and trees along the zoo paths, it provides a very relaxing atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
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Exmoor Zoo
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Voted as North Devon’s Top Day Out, this is perfect for all the family. Recent exhibits such as cheetah, puma, maned wolves, and the famous ‘Exmoor Beast’ can be seen here, amongst the unique and rare smaller animals for which the zoo provides ‘natural’ enclosures. With many shrubs and trees along the zoo paths, it provides a very relaxing atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
Another one of North Devon’s top attractions, The Milky Way Adventure Park is perfect for all-weather family entertainment. With five major rides, vast indoor play areas plus lots more to enjoy inside and out, there really is something for everyone. You can get up close and personal with birds of prey, lose yourself in a maze or watch Merlin’s death defying escapology shows! Challenge the family to archery, laser target shooting or putting and then burn off steam on the UK’s largest bouncing pillow.
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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Another one of North Devon’s top attractions, The Milky Way Adventure Park is perfect for all-weather family entertainment. With five major rides, vast indoor play areas plus lots more to enjoy inside and out, there really is something for everyone. You can get up close and personal with birds of prey, lose yourself in a maze or watch Merlin’s death defying escapology shows! Challenge the family to archery, laser target shooting or putting and then burn off steam on the UK’s largest bouncing pillow.
Dartington Crystal Glass is a great place to take the kids to experience something a little different, with the chance to see award-winning craftsmen at work, and even have a go yourself! When you enter the Factory Experience, you can watch from an elevated platform as hot molten crystal is transformed in to elegant shapes, using an art that’s 3,000 years old! Discover the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio-visual Theatre and see how the first pieces of glass were made in the museum section. If you fancy having a go yourself, there are a number of hands on activities available, from the chance to try glass blowing, to having your hand or foot cast forever in glass. You can also paint your own glass, design jewellery and even take your creations home with you as a souvenir.
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Dartington Crystal Ltd
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Dartington Crystal Glass is a great place to take the kids to experience something a little different, with the chance to see award-winning craftsmen at work, and even have a go yourself! When you enter the Factory Experience, you can watch from an elevated platform as hot molten crystal is transformed in to elegant shapes, using an art that’s 3,000 years old! Discover the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio-visual Theatre and see how the first pieces of glass were made in the museum section. If you fancy having a go yourself, there are a number of hands on activities available, from the chance to try glass blowing, to having your hand or foot cast forever in glass. You can also paint your own glass, design jewellery and even take your creations home with you as a souvenir.
Watermouth Castle takes you back in time to the simple pleasures of Victorian life. With plenty to do and see here, from animated scenes, to model railways, labyrinth dungeons to theme park rides, gnome world to water shows and gold panning to crazy golf – it’s well worth the visit. It’s also set in a natural valley so you get truly fantastic views of the North Devon coastline from here.
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Watermouth Castle
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Watermouth Castle takes you back in time to the simple pleasures of Victorian life. With plenty to do and see here, from animated scenes, to model railways, labyrinth dungeons to theme park rides, gnome world to water shows and gold panning to crazy golf – it’s well worth the visit. It’s also set in a natural valley so you get truly fantastic views of the North Devon coastline from here.

Sightseeing

The Tarka Trail follows the line of a disused railway, which has been converted into a 30 mile leisure trail tracking the scenic coastline of North Devon for both cyclists and walkers to enjoy. The track runs between Meeth and Barnstaple, with routes following both the Taw and Torridge estuaries. The trail is a haven for wildlife and offers outstanding views of the North Devon countryside. Be sure to take a stroll down to the Velator Wetlands too. It’s just off the Tarka Trail and is possibly the best place you’ll find to take the toddlers to feed the ducks. The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian only path and is surfaced throughout so suitable for all users. Parking is available at many points along the way and bikes can be hired from Otter Cycle Hire based here in Braunton. This offers bicycle hire for all the family, including tag-alongs, buggies, tandems etc.
Tarka Way
The Tarka Trail follows the line of a disused railway, which has been converted into a 30 mile leisure trail tracking the scenic coastline of North Devon for both cyclists and walkers to enjoy. The track runs between Meeth and Barnstaple, with routes following both the Taw and Torridge estuaries. The trail is a haven for wildlife and offers outstanding views of the North Devon countryside. Be sure to take a stroll down to the Velator Wetlands too. It’s just off the Tarka Trail and is possibly the best place you’ll find to take the toddlers to feed the ducks. The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian only path and is surfaced throughout so suitable for all users. Parking is available at many points along the way and bikes can be hired from Otter Cycle Hire based here in Braunton. This offers bicycle hire for all the family, including tag-alongs, buggies, tandems etc.
Lundy is an island in the Bristol Channel, lying only 18km from mainland Devon. It is just 5.5km long and less than 1km wide. A visit to the island is a unique and worthwhile experience, and although small, offers a diverse range of things to do for day-trippers. The seas around Lundy have been designated England’s first Marine Nature Reserve, creating opportunities for diving. Because of its isolation, the habitat for wildlife is often compared to that of Galapagos. And its backdrop of natural rugged beauty makes it a walker’s paradise. To get to Lundy you can jump on board Lundy’s very own ferry and supply ship, ‘MS Oldenburg’ – which is a great experience itself! The ferry operates from late March to late October and can be boarded from either Bideford or Ilfracombe and takes about 2 hours each way. On the Island itself you will find both a shop and a pub to sit and relax in.
Ilfracombe - Lundy Island
Lundy is an island in the Bristol Channel, lying only 18km from mainland Devon. It is just 5.5km long and less than 1km wide. A visit to the island is a unique and worthwhile experience, and although small, offers a diverse range of things to do for day-trippers. The seas around Lundy have been designated England’s first Marine Nature Reserve, creating opportunities for diving. Because of its isolation, the habitat for wildlife is often compared to that of Galapagos. And its backdrop of natural rugged beauty makes it a walker’s paradise. To get to Lundy you can jump on board Lundy’s very own ferry and supply ship, ‘MS Oldenburg’ – which is a great experience itself! The ferry operates from late March to late October and can be boarded from either Bideford or Ilfracombe and takes about 2 hours each way. On the Island itself you will find both a shop and a pub to sit and relax in.
South and West of Braunton lies the Braunton Marshes, leading out to Braunton Burrows (one of the most important sand-dune systems in Britain). It forms the core of the UNESCO Biosphere reserve, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Britain. A great day out for walkers and wildlife lovers (the Burrows supports over 400 flowering plants and over 30 species of butterflies). It is also a great place for bird-watching.
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Braunton Burrows
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South and West of Braunton lies the Braunton Marshes, leading out to Braunton Burrows (one of the most important sand-dune systems in Britain). It forms the core of the UNESCO Biosphere reserve, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Britain. A great day out for walkers and wildlife lovers (the Burrows supports over 400 flowering plants and over 30 species of butterflies). It is also a great place for bird-watching.
Clovelly is a beautiful and tranquil little village, with its whitewashed cottages, quaint quay, small fishing industry and peaceful traffic-free environment. It is owned by one family (one of only 3 since the Norman Conquest) and has plenty for visitors to do and see. Here you can soak up the atmosphere by wandering around the cobbled streets, grab a donkey ride down in to the village centre, ponder at the stunning views of the North Devon coastline and have a fresh seafood lunch at the Red Lion Hotel on the quayside. A great time to visit is in July for the Maritime festival or in September for the Herring Festival.
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Clovelly
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Clovelly is a beautiful and tranquil little village, with its whitewashed cottages, quaint quay, small fishing industry and peaceful traffic-free environment. It is owned by one family (one of only 3 since the Norman Conquest) and has plenty for visitors to do and see. Here you can soak up the atmosphere by wandering around the cobbled streets, grab a donkey ride down in to the village centre, ponder at the stunning views of the North Devon coastline and have a fresh seafood lunch at the Red Lion Hotel on the quayside. A great time to visit is in July for the Maritime festival or in September for the Herring Festival.
Ilfracombe’s coastal town is a lovely day out for all the family. Here you can see North Devon’s largest harbour, Damien Hirst’s Verity statue, the famous Tunnels Beach, varied attractions around the town and stunning coastal walks.
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Ilfracombe Harbour
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Ilfracombe’s coastal town is a lovely day out for all the family. Here you can see North Devon’s largest harbour, Damien Hirst’s Verity statue, the famous Tunnels Beach, varied attractions around the town and stunning coastal walks.
Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is probably the best and most exciting way to travel between the historic and picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. The whole family will love this thrilling vertical journey from Lynmouth, nestled at the foot of the cliffs, to Lynmouth, which is perched 500 feet above! Enjoy stunning views of the North Devon coastline as you glide along the track of this extremely environmentally friendly tourist attraction, which requires absolutely no power to operate. Whilst you’re at the top, why not stop for a refreshment at The Cliff Top Café where you will get possibly the best cream tea in the whole of the West Country (as well as a great range of homemade cakes, tray-bakes and freshly ground coffee too!)
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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
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Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is probably the best and most exciting way to travel between the historic and picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. The whole family will love this thrilling vertical journey from Lynmouth, nestled at the foot of the cliffs, to Lynmouth, which is perched 500 feet above! Enjoy stunning views of the North Devon coastline as you glide along the track of this extremely environmentally friendly tourist attraction, which requires absolutely no power to operate. Whilst you’re at the top, why not stop for a refreshment at The Cliff Top Café where you will get possibly the best cream tea in the whole of the West Country (as well as a great range of homemade cakes, tray-bakes and freshly ground coffee too!)

Essentials

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Cawthornes Foodmarket
22 Caen St
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Co-op Food - Braunton
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Tesco Superstore
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Getting Around

Barnstaple Bus Station

Arts & Culture

This is a new addition to the village of Braunton and is a fantastic museum capturing the history of British Surfing, with a wonderful collection of boards on display. It is the national registered charity established to preserve our surfing heritage, celebrate current achievements and help to shape the future of surfing in Great Britain. There are exciting new exhibitions every year exploring different themes in surfing culture, both past & present.
Museum of British Surfing
This is a new addition to the village of Braunton and is a fantastic museum capturing the history of British Surfing, with a wonderful collection of boards on display. It is the national registered charity established to preserve our surfing heritage, celebrate current achievements and help to shape the future of surfing in Great Britain. There are exciting new exhibitions every year exploring different themes in surfing culture, both past & present.
Broomhill Art Hotel is a place where art and culture meet in magical surroundings. Here you can view both the contemporary art gallery and sculpture exhibitions – where Broomhill is home to the largest private collection of sculptures in the South West.
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Broomhill Estate
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Broomhill Art Hotel is a place where art and culture meet in magical surroundings. Here you can view both the contemporary art gallery and sculpture exhibitions – where Broomhill is home to the largest private collection of sculptures in the South West.
Take a trip to Chambercombe Manor and you won’t be disappointed. It is a stunning 11th Century historic manor house with 3 acres of beautiful gardens to walk around – and Ilfracombe’s most haunted location! Guided tours are available here, as well as different visitor events and activities. Get involved if you fancy a spooking!
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Chambercombe Manor
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Take a trip to Chambercombe Manor and you won’t be disappointed. It is a stunning 11th Century historic manor house with 3 acres of beautiful gardens to walk around – and Ilfracombe’s most haunted location! Guided tours are available here, as well as different visitor events and activities. Get involved if you fancy a spooking!
Set in the thickly wooded Yeo Valley, Arlington Court is a family owned estate with over 2,700 acres of land to explore. Here there’s a grand Victorian mansion full of eclectic memorabilia and antique furniture to discover, a working stable yard and Carriage Museum full of horse drawn vehicles and impressive carriages, and beautiful deer-inhabited woodland pathways to explore. During the school holidays there is also a number of great family-friendly activities to enjoy, including den building workshops, art and craft sessions, and outdoor challenges. Most of the activities are free and run whatever the weather, so check online before you visit to see what’s on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum
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Arlington Court
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Set in the thickly wooded Yeo Valley, Arlington Court is a family owned estate with over 2,700 acres of land to explore. Here there’s a grand Victorian mansion full of eclectic memorabilia and antique furniture to discover, a working stable yard and Carriage Museum full of horse drawn vehicles and impressive carriages, and beautiful deer-inhabited woodland pathways to explore. During the school holidays there is also a number of great family-friendly activities to enjoy, including den building workshops, art and craft sessions, and outdoor challenges. Most of the activities are free and run whatever the weather, so check online before you visit to see what’s on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum
This offers great entertainment for the whole family, with a fantastic hands on interactive exhibition, games and quizzes, brass rubbings, and children’s costumes to dress up in! It is open all year, and reasonably priced, making it a great location for a fun family day out that won’t break the bank. Experience Saxon life as you travel back in time and see what’s for sale at the Medieval Market, hear merchants trading at the Tome Stone, and escape from the enemy as the Civil War reaches the town! You can also explore the more genteel 18th century, and tread the boards with John Gray’s Beggar’s Opera.
Barnstaple Heritage Centre
This offers great entertainment for the whole family, with a fantastic hands on interactive exhibition, games and quizzes, brass rubbings, and children’s costumes to dress up in! It is open all year, and reasonably priced, making it a great location for a fun family day out that won’t break the bank. Experience Saxon life as you travel back in time and see what’s for sale at the Medieval Market, hear merchants trading at the Tome Stone, and escape from the enemy as the Civil War reaches the town! You can also explore the more genteel 18th century, and tread the boards with John Gray’s Beggar’s Opera.