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Plan a Memorable North Devon Break

Plan an even more memorable stay with the help of our diary of local events in the area, from Bonfire nights at The Big Sheep to beach side festivals North Devon has it all. 

Here are some of the highlights of events happening in Barnstaple and North Devon to help you plan your trip. 

Group of people doing yoga in Rock Park
Park Yoga
Elevate your Sundays with a FREE yoga session. Located across 4 parks in North Devon, this fun, free yoga is perfect for all abilities.
Solider Saluting
80th Anniversary of D-Day
In 1944, the stunning coastal landscapes between the Northam Burrows and Woolacombe in North Devon played a vital role in preparing troops for the Allied invasion of Normandy since the terrain closely resembled the French coastline they were destined for.
theatre show
Madagascar The Musical
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
crowd at a music festival
GoldCoast Oceanfest
If you could bottle a beachside festival and pour it out each year against the backdrop of a sun-drenched Atlantic, then the multi-award-winning GoldCoast Oceanfest might be just the brew to choose.
Sheep at The Big Sheep
Kids Fest
Kids Fest at The Big Sheep promises an exciting extravaganza of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Man running on the beach
North Devon AONB Marathon
Back for its 14th year, the North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place for North Devon Hospice so they can continue to provide free care and support to families who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
People drinking at a Festival
Cider & Real Ale Music Festival
Experience the perfect summer's day out this July at The Big Sheep's Cider & Real Ale Festival. Set in the heart of North Devon, this event offers an impressive selection of local ciders and real ales, showcasing the region's finest brews.
Bideford Soapbox Derby
This year's Soapbox Derby promises to be an exhilarating showcase of creativity and adrenaline-fueled excitement. As teams gear up to compete, the day is packed with anticipation.
Lifeboat being launched into sea
Lifeboat Weekend in aid for the R.N.L.I
This August, Clovelly is hosting its annual Lifeboat Weekend in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This cherished event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the heroic efforts of the R.N.L.I and show support for their lifesaving work.
3 Sheep at Devon County Show
The North Devon Show
The North Devon Show returns for 2023 with the usual Devon blend of attractions, exhibitions, trade stands, crafts and food - celebrating all things rural. It's the premier agricultural event in the region and has something for everyone.
People at a concert
Gone Wild Festival
Prepare for the ultimate fusion of music, art and culture at The Gone Wild Festival amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Powderham Castle.
Lobster & Crab Fest
Lobster and Crab Fest
This summer, Clovelly invites you to its delightful Crab and Lobster Festival, a vibrant celebration in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery. This unique event brings together seafood lovers and conservation enthusiasts in the picturesque setting of this historic fishing village.
Royal and Fortescue Hotel 62 the Bank Restaurant Dining Area with Christmas Decorations
Festive Lunches & Dinners
Get in the festive spirit early by gathering friends, family, and work colleagues and treating yourself to a festive lunch or dinner in the warmth and comfort of 62 The Bank.
Royal and Fortescue Hotel Restaurant Dining Festive Afternoon Tea with Prosecco
Festive Afternoon Tea
Enjoy an extra special Christmas treat as you indulge in our festive afternoon tea. Sink into our cosy lounge enjoying a traditional afternoon tea with a festive twist, gather your closest friends, family or work colleagues and celebrate the festive season.
table laid up for festive party
Christmas Party Nights
The Royal & Fortescue Hotel knows how to throw a Christmas party; charming surroundings, attentive staff and delicious food will make your party one to remember.
table laid up for festive party
Christmas Party Nights
The Royal & Fortescue Hotel knows how to throw a Christmas party; charming surroundings, attentive staff and delicious food will make your party one to remember.

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