What do you get the person who has everything? If you have someone in your life that doesn’t want or need material things for Christmas this year, why not give them the gift of North Devon? As England’s adventure coast and part of the UK’s surf reserve, there are plenty of experiences you can gift your loved ones across North Devon from luxurious places to stay to adventure activities and more.
For the adventurous:
Of course, you could book a few nights’ stay and spend some time out on the waves indulging in some surfing or getting training from one of the region’s experts. You could book a short break with Saunton Sands Hotel, which is located right on the sea front at Saunton and gives you private access to one of the county’s best loved surfing beaches.
Alternatively, why not book a session at North Devon Wake Park? With a host of activities in beautiful surroundings, you can easily tailor the perfect day out as a gift and create some incredible memories. Not only that but if you have a fan of the Wake Park at home, head to their online shop and grab some merchandise! Skern Lodge is another great option for anyone who loves an adventure. With a host of activities including kayaking, archery, power boating and more! They offer a range of family activities throughout the year which would make a fun gift.
Image: Skern Lodge
The Big Sheep, home to Devon’s biggest rollercoaster and where you can enjoy the world famous sheep racing and a host of family entertainment all year around, offers gift vouchers. These vouchers are perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion, so whether you have a family that deserves a treat or a just someone you think would enjoy a fun day out, keep these on your radar. The nearby Milky Way also offers gift vouchers in values from £5 upwards, so even if you can’t afford to buy someone a day out, you can contribute to creating happy memories.
For the animal lovers:
If you have an animal lover in your life, an experience in North Devon is perfect! Exmoor Zoo has a host of experiences available including the chance to be a junior keeper for the day, experiences with the animals and other meet and greet experiences. Combe Martin Wild Life Park also offer a host of fun experiences, including a sea lion meet and greet voucher, a chance to swim with the sea lions and other experiences.
You can also enjoy days out at Ilfracombe Aquarium, annual memberships are available to gift, as well other fun gifts in their gift shop.
For those that like to explore:
Got an explorer on your gift list? Why not give them the chance to discover Devon with a membership to the National Trust or RHS? In North Devon, we have Arlington Court, a National Trust property which features a beautiful garden, house and carriage museum, where you can find something new with every visit. National Trust members receive free entry and there are properties across Devon and over the border into Cornwall for you to explore at your leisure.
You’ll also find RHS Rosemoor in North Devon. RHS members also receive free entry and discounts but of course, everyone is welcome to come and spend time in this incredible landscaped garden.
Image: RHS Rosemoor
Or you could book a trip to the historic village of Clovelly, with the village itself to explore, the gardens, harbour and donkeys, it’s somewhere you can make amazing memories to cherish forever.
For those that want a holiday:
North Devon is full of beautiful hotels and other places to stay. The Barnstaple Hotel is just 15 minutes from the town centre and not far from the beaches, so it’s a good choice for anyone wanting a luxury stay with easy access to the coastline. The hotel itself has amazing leisure facilities and the eateries are incredibly popular with guests and residents alike. If you know someone who deserves a stay or even just a cheeky treat, check out their range of gift vouchers, which offer everything from gift vouchers that can be used for stays or a traditional cream tea, Sunday Lunch. There are even options to gift membership to their gym and leisure facilities.
Close to the beach at Woolacombe is Watersmeet Hotel, which has stunning views across the bay and has an array of award winning facilities. They two have a selection of vouchers which would make amazing gifts, including dinner, afternoon tea and spa treatments. They also offer a voucher which can be exchanged for stays, so you can either contribute to a short break or pay for the whole thing.
Still need ideas for gifts? You can always pick up a few things from Affinity Devon, the region’s outlet centre full of bargains on high street and brand names. In the lead up to Christmas, they have a host of additional activities and shopping opportunities, including late night openings and even a market with some more unique gifts.