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Here is our second post on things to do in Devon to make your family holiday an amazing experience.

7. Visit Barnstaple’s Pannier Market

If you would like to purchase some local produce or local arts and crafts then why not pay the pannier market in Barnstaple a visit. The Market is open six days a week and throughout most of the year. It has even been voted one of the top ten food markets in the UK. So if you are looking for an extra special gift to take home from your holiday in Devon, why not take a look at the market.

pannier market


8. Go surfing in Croyde

Another of Devon’s great beaches is situated in Croyde and it is especially good for budding surfers. Pay a visit to the local surf school and you can take part in one of there many individual lessons they hold in the summer. The centre is always trying to expand and offer more and more to its customers. So all the budding Kelly Slaters out there will be able to boast that they learnt how to surf on their Devonshire holiday and the great Croyde Bay surfing school.

surfing in croyde


9. Fish and Chips in Squires

Everyone has had fish and chips when staying in a seaside resort, but you will be hard pushed to find a better one than from Squires Fish Restaurant in Braunton. Just outside of Barnstaple, the restaurant was opened in 1969 and offers both eating in and take away facilities. It’s not just my opinion of their quality, Squires have been awarded the South West Fish and Chip shop of the year in both 1989 and 1992, and also have been included in Stein’s Seafood lovers guide.

squires fish and chips

Insider Tip: As good as the fish and chips are, I highly recommend the whole chicken breast burgers topped with cheese and mushrooms. They are out of this world.

10. Stay in a John Fowlers Holiday Park

Like most areas in the UK, there is plenty of accommodation options for visitors to the area. But if you are staying with your family then I can think of no better places to stay than one of John Fowler’s Holiday Parks. The company has parks throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and provide great entertainment and value for staying in the area. The parks are usually placed in great locations that will allow you to visit all the local attractions. For example the Holiday Park in Ilfracombe, is within a short travelling distance from Woolacombe, Barnstaple, Braunton and Combe Martin.

john fowler holiday park


11. Lynton and Lynmouth

These two villages are extremely picturesque and need to be seen to be believed. Lynton sits on stop of a cliff that over looks Lynmouth and you can travel between the two by an amazing cliff railway, which for a small fee not only is a great transport option but also gives you great views as you are taken up.

Both villages are home to accommodation, shops restaurants and there are even tennis courts and bowling greens if you fancy a go.

lyton and lynmouth

12. Clovelly

Continuing the theme of beautiful villages is Clovelly. Set into a steep hill, this famous village is privately owned and has been kept in the same family since 1978. Great care is taken in preserving the look and feel off the village so a small entry fee is required and this helps the up keep.

Traffic is banned from the small cobbled high street and you will be transported back into time while taking a casual stroll.



13. Have a Chinese meal in Fullams Restaurant

This recently refurbished restaurant is one of the best culinary establishments in the area. Everyone I know loves the amazing food they serve and the place even boasts some celebrity fans including the Jackons who visited during their brief stay in the area.

fullams chinese


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