Appledore from the River Torridge                         Sunset view from Pebble Ridge,                 The Torridge towards Bideford                           Tarka Morrismen       

                                                                                                          Westward Ho!                                                                                                      on Appledore Quay     

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Of course, favourite pastimes for all the family is crabbing from the Quay at Appledore and eating
Hocking's Bronze Medal Winning Dairy Cream Ices
Scrumptious ice-cream from a small long-established Appledore family business.
Buy it from the van which is usually parked near to the Churchfields Car Park in Appledore
and various other locations for miles around! Once tried you'll be back for more!

... and you may also enjoy the options listed below ...

** For information on the Appledore Summer Festival, Appledore Book Festival and other events - please go to Events **

In Appledore

Appledore has a lively music scene throughout the year - to find out what's on click this logo:

Hubba! Café & Craft
5 Hubbastone Road,Appledore, EX39 1LZ
Tel: +44 (0)1237 473840

Choose an ornament, plate or whatever takes your fancy and paint it!
You can have a drink and home-cooked food in our Hubba! café.
A warm welcome awaits you!

North Devon Maritime Museum
Odun Road, Appledore, Bideford,
Tel: +44 (0)1237 422064  
Open Easter Saturday - end October
Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1.30pm - 5pm
Adults - £2.00 Senior citizens - £1.50 Children - 50p

Appledore / Instow Ferry
Of course you won't want to leave Appledore once you're here ... but you might fancy a little trip on the Ferry across to Instow!
Sailing times are roughly 2 hours either side of high tide but view the
Timetable link for more details. 

Appledore Lifeboat Station
Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Station, Jubilee Road, Appledore
Tel: +44 (0)1237 473969
Appledore Lifeboat station is home two two lifeboats. These are an ILB (Inshore LifeBoat) of the Atlantic 75 class and an ALB (All weather LifeBoat) of the Tyne class.
Appledore Sails
Rock House,1 the Quay, Appledore, Devon, EX39 1QS
Tel: +44 (0)1237 423163 or 0780 271 3435
Come sailing with Appledore Sails. You can charter a 31 foot skippered yacht, with a skipper, just for yourselves for a short trip over Bideford Bar, for a day, weekend or longer. Or take a two to three hour pleasure boat or sailing trip – or even a pleasurable sailing trip - around the picturesque Torridge Taw Estuary, on an Appledore made traditional lug sail boat.

Appledore Leisure Cruise or Fishing Trips
Tel: +44 (0)7866 314260
Come aboard "Fender" my 18ft open boat. A family boat for many years, which now caters for small groups for either a few hours out cruising the river Torridge on a leisure trip or a fishing trip with everything supplied right down to the hook!

As an active crew member of the RNLI for over 20 years you're in safe hands with all life jackets provided. I can organise trips to suit just you or you, your family and friends. I look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.

  Appledore Pleasure/Fishing Cruises
Tel: +44 (0)1237 476191
The Cheeky Monkey - A 20ft locally built traditional wooden boat – licensed and insured for ten passengers. She is safe and stable operating in the normally calm Torridge Estuary, therefore, no need to have concerns if you are not a good sailor.

The pleasure cruise commences at Appledore and proceeds up the River Torridge for 7-8 miles. The Estuary is steeped in history with many points of interest.

Appledore Sub Aqua Club
Established in 1971 by a small group of workers from the Appledore Shipbuilding yard in North Devon, ASAC has grown steadily over the years to now include a membership total of 55. Age ranges between 16 and 65 ensure a variety of experience and knowledge.

Appledore Pilot Gig Club
The Appledore Pilot Gig Club provides a racing Pilot Gig for the people of Appledore encouraging young local people to get involved in the internationally fast growing sport of Pilot Gig racing.

Skern Lodge
Outdoor Activity Centre in Appledore
Tel: +44 (0)1237 475992
Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it!
Skern Lodge will give you a day or stay to remember, where adults and children alike will find fun, challenge, inspiration and laughter. Enjoy an outdoor activity programme to meet all of your needs, suitable for groups, individuals, families, friends and hen and stag parties.

Appledore Guided Walks
Tel: +44 (0)1237 424949
by local historian David Carter. The Apple-Tours have provded popular with visitors and locals alike for a number of years. These 90-minute guided walks delve deeply into the history of this historic maritime and shipbuilding village. Find out about the life of people here, what they did, why the women ran the village, and what conditions were like in times past. Walks generally run from mid-June to mid-September, every Monday and Wednesday starting 4.30pm from Docton Court Gallery in Myrtle Street, Appledore. £4.00 adults - Free for children - no need to book, just turn up.

Instow walks also available (ferry fare not included). Both walks can take place at other times for groups of 6 or more, by private arrangement.

Appledore Football Club
Churchill Way, Marshford, Northam, Bideford EX39 1PA
Tel: +44 (0)1237 477099
Appledore Football Club runs three football teams and meet once a week on Wednesdays for training from 7.30-10.00pm approximately, either at Appledore AFC or Sandymere Training Ground, Northam. Membership open to 18 years and above but youths of over 16 are welcome to join the team. Meetings held on 1st Tuesday each month.
Further Afield  

Torrington Museum
High Street, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HN
Tel: +44 (0)1805 624324
A fascinating Free Museum giving an insight into a small country town in Devon over the centuries. Law & Order. Agriculture. Transport. Old Postcards. Domestic Life. Local Industries.

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Square, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8LN
Tel: +44 (0)1271 346747
A visit to this museum is the perfect way to get to know the area's landscape, wildlife, history and culture. In The Story of North Devon, special effects and hands-on activity help you find out about life from prehistoric to Victorian times. You can explore Tarka the Otter's riverbanks and go under the sea to meet a giant Leatherback Turtle. Barnstaple's finest products are displayed here, from 17th Century pewter to Art Pottery by Brannam, Baron and Lauder and furniture by Shapland and Petter. Or military displays tell the stories of the Royal Devon Yeomanry and Devonshire Regiment. You can walk through our model Wellington bomber to view Chivenor airfield and find out how the Second World War affected peoples lives.

Ilfracombe Museum
Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AF
Tel: +44 (0)1271 863541
Ilfracombe Museum boasts a fascinating collection of over 20,000 items of natural history, Victoriana, maritime, minerals, archaeology, maps, paintings, photos, militaria and costume related to local history, all lovingly gathered by curators and trustees for over 65 years. Ilfracombe Museum also offers a brass rubbing centre.

South Molton & District Museum
Town Hall, 5 Broad Street, South Molton, Devon EX36 3AB
Tel: +44 (0)1769 572951
In 1987 this museum won an illustrated London News award for the best small museum of the year. It displays offer a most coherent story line of the life and times of the town and the surrounding district, with items and photographs depicting domestic activities, trades, industry and farming. Discover a massive cider press with contemporary implements, two fire engines, one Newshams model bought in 1736 for £46 and the second which is horse drawn bearing the date 1886. South Molton Museum also has a unique pewter collection and various displays of minerals, most of which are from local mining works.

Combe Martin Museum
Tel: +44 (0)1271 882636
A fabulous small museum which illustrates Combe Martin's history with artefacts, photographs, maps and pictures of the old village industries in silver mining, lime quarrying and burning, agriculture and horticulture together with details of its maritime history.

Braunton Museum
The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, Devon EX33 1AA
Tel: +44 (0)1271 816688
The Bakehouse Centre was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages to house today's Museum which is reputed to have its own ghost! It reflects the early beginnings of the town from the arrival of St Brannock from South Wales in the 6th Century, through to its agricultural and later maritime heritage. Nearby you will find the Great Field, this is a living example of one of only two early Saxon strip-farming systems remaining in England and it is still operational today. 

While you are here why not visit the vantage point on Beacon Hill, where you can see wonderful views of the whole area including Braunton Burrows, Appledore and the estuaries of the Taw and the Torridge.


The Puffing Billy & Torrington Station
Station Hill, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8JD
Tel: +44 (0)1805 623050
More than a relaxed and friendly pub, restaurant and gardens
- perfectly situated, right on the Tarka Trail! Although the last train ran from Torrington in 1982, lots of memorabilia of the local line are on view including a goods brake van, coal truck and buffet carriage on a restored stretch of track, adding to the feel of yesteryear. 

Bideford Railway Museum
Sited at the east end of Bideford's historic longbridge next to the Royal Hotel.
28 Stanbridge Park, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3RS
Tel: 01271 388879 
Opening Times: Easter - End of October
Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holidays 2-5pm.
Nov-Easter: Sundays 2-5pm(weather permitting).

All Weather Fun for All Ages

The Big Sheep
Visitors to the all weather Big Sheep can learn breeds of sheep, shearing processes, watch sheep dog trials and laugh at our exciting sheep races. Children and adults can cuddle baby animals including puppies and rabbits and treasure magic moments bottle feeding the lambs.

The Milky Way Adventure Theme Park
The Milky Way, North Devon's Great Adventure with lots of things to do, In Devon yet close to Cornwall, it's a great day out for all the family. Its all weather attraction mix of sheer fun, rides, education and live shows make it a must for your family holiday with lots of things to do. 

Walking & Cycling

North Devon has a wealth of routes which pass through some of the most wonderful countryside in England, including England's only International Biosphere Reserve and the Marine Nature Reserve coastline and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Exmoor National Park is also on the doorstep.

Tarka Trail

180 miles in a figure-of-eight in the northern part of Devon based on Barnstaple; a stretch of the route makes use of the Tarka Line railway; the Trail follows the route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book of that name; generally comprehensively waymarked.

A great variety of landscapes, including wooded river valleys, rugged moorland, coastal cliffs and sandy bays. Walking varies between easy and strenuous depending on the location.

North Devon's Biosphere Reserve

North Devon has always been one of the finest unspoilt locations in the UK and is now home to Britain's first new style world class UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where conservation and sustainable development go hand in hand. The UNESCO, accolade has been awarded on the basis that this place can demonstrate a high quality environment where there is a community that is willing to develop in harmony with that environment. 

Lundy Island
The unique island experience: people return time and again to the simple pleasures offered by peaceful, unspoilt Lundy: a clear sea, spectacular landscape and timelessness.

Lundy Charters
operating an Aquastar 33 from Appledore and Clovelly in North Devon, Lundy Charters offers diving, fishing and charter trips around Lundy and the North Devon Coast

  The Climbers' Club
The Climbers' Club was founded in 1898 and is a national club whose objects are to encourage mountaineering and rock-climbing, and to promote the general interests of mountaineers and the mountain environment. Lundy and Baggy Point are popular North Devon climbing challenges!

  North Devon Surf School
Pebbleridge Road, Westward Ho! EX39 1HN
Tel: +44 (0)1237 474663

Learn to surf with the North Devon Surf School, one of the top surfing schools in the UK. We are based at Westward Ho! beach, North Devon. We offer surfing lessons, surfing courses and equipment hire. We have been running surfing lessons in North Devon for over 20 years. In that time we have taught people to surf from every walk of life, ability and all fitness levels, not to mention age variations.

Theatres & Cinemas


Queens Theatre
Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SY
The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple continues a long tradition of festival and theatre
in the 'capital' of North Devon

Enquiries:     Tel: +44 (0)1271 324242 
Box Office:  Tel: +44 (0)1271 324242 


Landmark Theatre
The Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe is both a community theatre attracting major artistes
and an ideal entertainment centre for visitors
Enquiries:     Tel: +44 (0)1271 324242 

Box Office:  Tel: +44 (0)1271 324242 

Other Outdoor Pursuits

Appledore Football Club
Churchill Way, Marshford, Northam, Bideford EX39 1PA
Tel: +44 (0)1237 477099
Appledore Football Club runs three football teams and meet once a week on Wednesdays for training from 7.30-10.00pm approximately, either at Appledore AFC or Sandymere Training Ground, Northam. Membership open to 18 years and above but youths of over 16 are welcome to join the team. Meetings held on 1st Tuesday each month.

Royal North Devon Golf Club
Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! EX39 1HD
Tel: +44 (0)1237 473817

"Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! can rightly claim to be the cradle of English Golf.
Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country and is regarded as the St Andrews of England. The golf course is as tough as any of the UK’s better-known links and is ranked at number 69 in Golf Monthly’s Top 120 Course Rankings and it also features in Golf World’s Top 100 courses in the world that every golfer 'must play' ”

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Last Updated Feb 2017