As England’s adventure coast and the UK’s first surf reserve, North Devon really is the gift that keeps on giving, so this Christmas, why not make memories by booking a North Devon adventure for your loved one? With a host of activities and attractions to choose from, as well as spa breaks and those unique hand made gifts that can only be found in North Devon.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect present this Christmas, here are some suggestions from North Devon.
If you’re buying for someone who loves adventure and being active, then the world is your oyster with North Devon, especially with the host of activity centres you can find around Exmoor and the coast. One place you can book activity sessions suitable for the whole family is Skern Lodge. Located near Appledore, Skern Lodge has been using the North Devon landscape for adventure and activities for years. With everything from surging to rock climbing and more, there is something for everyone here. If you want to treat someone to a water sport adventure, there are lots of places to choose from in North Devon – the whole coast is part of a designated surf reserve because of the perfect watersport conditions there. For something a little more controlled though, book a trip to the North Devon Wake Park.
Image: North Devon Wake Park
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never wakeboarded or done any kind of water activities before, they have people on hand to help you have the best time ever! Or for those who prefer being on dry land, there is always Keypitts Offroad Adventures. Based in Ilfracombe, there are a host of activities available here including quad biking, archery and land rover experiences – so you can easily pick something fun that everyone will enjoy and will help make memories that will last for ever.
Perhaps you are trying to find the perfect present for someone who needs a rest and some pampering. If so, why not book them a spa break in North Devon? They can relax while being surrounded by gorgeous scenery – Saunton Sands Hotel has the Source Spa which is right on the coast – literally, it is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with sand dunes and Saunton Sands beach all within sight. With a variety of packages featuring a range of treatments and everything from full days to shorter sessions, you can pick what best suits you. You don’t need to be a hotel guest either, but their 2 or more night spa breaks are a great option for the special someone in your life.
Image: Saunton Sands Spa
If you need physical gifts that can be unwrapped on the big day, you’ll find a host of lovely places to find gifts across North Devon. Affinity Devon in Bideford is the place to go for high street brands at a great price. The shopping outlet centre has over 30 stores, many of which offer up to half off the recommended retail price, as well as eateries to suit every palate and additional festive activities taking place during the winter months – you can really enjoy a day out here. Of course, if you’re planning to do some shopping in North Devon, you have to visit the historical pannier markets. Barnstaple Pannier Market is one of the biggest indoor markets in Britain and has remained largely unchanged for over 100 years – every day you’ll find different stalls with just about everything you can think of – ideal for those unique presents you won’t find elsewhere. Bideford also has its own historic Pannier Market with weekly markets full of artisan goods and delicious Devon treats! You can also find some incredible gifts at Dartington Crystal. Not only can you make a real day of it by visiting the factory experience and seeing how the products are made, but you can also pick up some gifts in their onsite shop.
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