What's On in Bideford

Found on the banks of the River Torridge where the river begins to widen up into the estuary is the historic market town of Bideford. While it is a great base for exploring the surrounding towns and villages in this area of North Devon, it has plenty going on to keep you entertained without having to venture too far.

Britain's third largest port town

Bideford was once Britain’s third largest port and the town’s market heritage is widely celebrated with regular markets taking place twice a week at the historic Pannier Market, making it a haven for those who love crafts, artisan products and of course, Devon’s local produce.

Choosing a stay in Bideford means that you have access to some of the best pubs, restaurants, shopping opportunities and live music right on your doorstep. The lanes around the Pannier Market are full of quirky shops full of interesting items guaranteeing you the perfect gifts for friends and family back home. These small businesses often club together to provide a unique shopping experience with sales and other events to showcase the independent nature of the town. These events are an absolute must for those of you that love a bit of retail therapy, so make sure to keep an eye out for them.

Plenty for the active traveller

The more active among you will like the chance to stroll along the waterfront or among the regular farmers’ market that takes place in the town. Alternatively, there is the Tarka Trail where you can take part in cycling and walking events. Bideford is also home to Victoria Park which hosts various events through the year for families as well as being a great place for children to play, especially in the summer when families descend on the park to make use of the free splash pool.

Families will love spending time in Bideford due to the wide array of popular attractions that are found in the area – all of which are suitable for all ages. In addition to regular seasonal events being held at these attractions, you’ll also find food events and live music taking place at the town’s pubs and other public spaces.

Being based in Bideford means that you are well placed for exploring some of the best beaches in North Devon. Including Croyde, Instow, Westward Ho!, Woolacombe and Putsborough Sands which offer amazing opportunities for water sports and some incredible views. The town also has a regular ferry take you out to nearby Lundy Island and boats that take passenger cruises along the River Torridge giving you plenty of options for things to do.