Guidebook for Bideford

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Guidebook for Bideford

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We love this pottery, the mermaid in the upstairs window and the musical potter (you have to be an early riser to hear him play)! We have mugs and jugs which were made and bought at Bideford Pottery
Bideford Pottery
We love this pottery, the mermaid in the upstairs window and the musical potter (you have to be an early riser to hear him play)! We have mugs and jugs which were made and bought at Bideford Pottery
More gorgeous mugs
Clovelly Pottery Co
More gorgeous mugs
Hand crafted leather belts made right in Bideford
Golden Bear Belts
21 Market Pl
Hand crafted leather belts made right in Bideford
Our local Crystal and new-age shop is a treasure trove of high quality crystals, aromatherapy sprays and alternative gifts. Very reasonable prices and run by the lovely Molly.
Earth & Heaven
4 Grenville St
Our local Crystal and new-age shop is a treasure trove of high quality crystals, aromatherapy sprays and alternative gifts. Very reasonable prices and run by the lovely Molly.
Our co-operatively run Health Food Shop is on Mill Street. Great for all whole food ingredients or special diets. Best to check out there website for times as usually close at 4.30pm.
Nature's Nutrition
45 Mill St
Our co-operatively run Health Food Shop is on Mill Street. Great for all whole food ingredients or special diets. Best to check out there website for times as usually close at 4.30pm.
A very cute pedestrianised shopping street in the heart of Bideford and only about 7 mins walk from the house. You can find the Co-Op supermarket here for essentials, all sorts of independent shops...
Mill Street
A very cute pedestrianised shopping street in the heart of Bideford and only about 7 mins walk from the house. You can find the Co-Op supermarket here for essentials, all sorts of independent shops...

Entertainment & Activities

Devon's attraction of the year! For all the family.
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The BIG Sheep
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Devon's attraction of the year! For all the family.
Our local mainstream cinema... A lovely old fashioned style cinema - very reasonable prices and great popcorn.
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Scott Cinemas
77 Boutport St
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Our local mainstream cinema... A lovely old fashioned style cinema - very reasonable prices and great popcorn.
We love this surf school. Really friendly stall, great teachers and beautiful beach to surf on. All equipment and tuition is included in the class price. We recommend booking a batch of classes to really deepen your learning for a cheaper price overall. Alternatively you can just hire wetsuits, surf boards, body boards etc and go and have fun by yourself. Even if its cold on land it will often be warmer in the sea - especially with your snug wetsuit. Warmest times in the sea are September through to November. Coldest times in the sea are March /April.
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The North Devon Surf School
5 Pebbleridge Rd
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We love this surf school. Really friendly stall, great teachers and beautiful beach to surf on. All equipment and tuition is included in the class price. We recommend booking a batch of classes to really deepen your learning for a cheaper price overall. Alternatively you can just hire wetsuits, surf boards, body boards etc and go and have fun by yourself. Even if its cold on land it will often be warmer in the sea - especially with your snug wetsuit. Warmest times in the sea are September through to November. Coldest times in the sea are March /April.

Everything Else

Sheepswool duvets - they're lush!
Devon Duvets
Sheepswool duvets - they're lush!

Arts & Culture

Lovely arts and craft gallery with visiting art exhibition, a long term museum of Bidefords history upstairs, and a fantastic crafts gift shop. At the back is a fabulous french cafe run by 2 french guys who love their food. Occasionally they host music and food nights too.
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The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum
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Lovely arts and craft gallery with visiting art exhibition, a long term museum of Bidefords history upstairs, and a fantastic crafts gift shop. At the back is a fabulous french cafe run by 2 french guys who love their food. Occasionally they host music and food nights too.
A beautiful land based sculpture park about 30 min drive east from our house. We love it! A wide variety of artists are shown and the site is beautifully natural set in a wild wooded valley. The main house also houses an indoor art gallery, great food and teas - yummy!
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Broomhill Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden
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A beautiful land based sculpture park about 30 min drive east from our house. We love it! A wide variety of artists are shown and the site is beautifully natural set in a wild wooded valley. The main house also houses an indoor art gallery, great food and teas - yummy!
Our local Arts Centre is in Torrington - the next town going south. You can drive in 15 mins along the beautiful wooded valley road or cycle there along the Tarka Trail in 1 hour... again a very beautiful wooded path. This place has a cinema and theatre, hosting plays and music acts. Best to check out there website for latest listings.
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The Plough Arts Centre
9-11 Fore St
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Our local Arts Centre is in Torrington - the next town going south. You can drive in 15 mins along the beautiful wooded valley road or cycle there along the Tarka Trail in 1 hour... again a very beautiful wooded path. This place has a cinema and theatre, hosting plays and music acts. Best to check out there website for latest listings.
Our traditional and ancient market housed in a beautiful traditional building. It now hosts a friday and saturday market from 9am - 1pm. Also you will find a wide variety of fabulous local craftspeople in residence from Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 - 4pm. Many host private craft workshops or 1 to 1 classes... well worth popping up the hill to check out whats on offer.
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Bideford Pannier Market
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Our traditional and ancient market housed in a beautiful traditional building. It now hosts a friday and saturday market from 9am - 1pm. Also you will find a wide variety of fabulous local craftspeople in residence from Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 - 4pm. Many host private craft workshops or 1 to 1 classes... well worth popping up the hill to check out whats on offer.

Food Scene

Based at Westward Ho! this restaurant/ cafe/ bar has absolutely stunning views across the bay and the north devon coastline. Even if you just go for a drink at sunset or a cuppa tea get a window seat. Great for larger groups but may need to book ahead in good weather!
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Pier House Wedding Venue North Devon
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Based at Westward Ho! this restaurant/ cafe/ bar has absolutely stunning views across the bay and the north devon coastline. Even if you just go for a drink at sunset or a cuppa tea get a window seat. Great for larger groups but may need to book ahead in good weather!
Our favourite 'Indian' restaurant in Bideford. Easy to pop over the bridge in 5 mins for a delicious takeaway. The food is actually mostly Bangladeshi and not high in salt and oil like most similar restaurants.
Taj Mahal
4 Allhalland St
Our favourite 'Indian' restaurant in Bideford. Easy to pop over the bridge in 5 mins for a delicious takeaway. The food is actually mostly Bangladeshi and not high in salt and oil like most similar restaurants.
A wonderful relaxed cafe with full cooked breakfasts, light lunches and great drinks and cakes. The staff are lovely and creative folks who cater for Vegetarians and Vegans really well - I recommend the Vegan full house breakfast [only before 11.30am!]. They close most days at 4pm...
Cafe Collective
9 Grenville St
A wonderful relaxed cafe with full cooked breakfasts, light lunches and great drinks and cakes. The staff are lovely and creative folks who cater for Vegetarians and Vegans really well - I recommend the Vegan full house breakfast [only before 11.30am!]. They close most days at 4pm...
Great reasonably priced pizzeria with fabulous wood fired oven & lovely side salads. They have the option of Vegan cheese if you call ahead - a rare treat for vegans!
The Italian Kitchen
21 Bridgeland St
Great reasonably priced pizzeria with fabulous wood fired oven & lovely side salads. They have the option of Vegan cheese if you call ahead - a rare treat for vegans!

Parks & Nature

You'll need a car but its worth the 30 min drive there to see the fabulous geological rock formations and walk the stunning coastal path heading towards cornwall. This area is wild and rugged so plan for all weathers! There is also a beach here and a pub to eat at.
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Hartland Quay
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You'll need a car but its worth the 30 min drive there to see the fabulous geological rock formations and walk the stunning coastal path heading towards cornwall. This area is wild and rugged so plan for all weathers! There is also a beach here and a pub to eat at.
Ignore the map...its outside our front door!. This is a 50 mile car-free route popular with hikers, bicyclers and runners. If you turn left its 25 miles into mid-Devon. Just a 10 min walk this way you will find a beautiful marshland nature reservation alongside the river and further up a wonderful view from the old iron bridge. If you turn right its 25 miles towards Barnstaple and beyond. Win - Win! You will find a railway cafe every 4/ 5 miles along this route the whole way. [Most close about 4pm]. If you fancy renting a bike head left and walk 5 mins - you will see the bike hire place to your right - reasonable and easy to do.
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Tarka Trail Guide
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Ignore the map...its outside our front door!. This is a 50 mile car-free route popular with hikers, bicyclers and runners. If you turn left its 25 miles into mid-Devon. Just a 10 min walk this way you will find a beautiful marshland nature reservation alongside the river and further up a wonderful view from the old iron bridge. If you turn right its 25 miles towards Barnstaple and beyond. Win - Win! You will find a railway cafe every 4/ 5 miles along this route the whole way. [Most close about 4pm]. If you fancy renting a bike head left and walk 5 mins - you will see the bike hire place to your right - reasonable and easy to do.
A beautiful little sandy beach overlooking the traditional port of Appledore opposite and boat moorings, with cafes and restaurants to stop for snacks and tea etc. You can easily bicycle or walk from our house to Instow without crossing road the whole way! Just turn right outside the house and head along the Tarka Trail for 20-30 mins travelling alongside the river nearly all the way. A lovely and easy half day trip.
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Instow Beach
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A beautiful little sandy beach overlooking the traditional port of Appledore opposite and boat moorings, with cafes and restaurants to stop for snacks and tea etc. You can easily bicycle or walk from our house to Instow without crossing road the whole way! Just turn right outside the house and head along the Tarka Trail for 20-30 mins travelling alongside the river nearly all the way. A lovely and easy half day trip.
Absolutely stunning beach when the tide is out... At the far end is a beautiful nature reserve - well worth the walk along the beach.
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Westward Ho!
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Absolutely stunning beach when the tide is out... At the far end is a beautiful nature reserve - well worth the walk along the beach.

Essentials

Our nearest small supermarket can be walked to.
Co-op Food - Bideford
62-63 Mill St
Our nearest small supermarket can be walked to.
All organic food, some grown on-site.
Marshford Organic Foods
All organic food, some grown on-site.