Devon Town Guide: Barnstaple

As the social hub of North Devon, Barnstaple always offers lots to do; whether it’s meeting friends for dinner and a night out, taking in a show at the Queen’s Theatre, or browsing the appealing mix of big brand shops and traditional family businesses along the High Street.

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Barnstaple North Devon

Queen's Theatre Barnstaple

Queen’s Theatre

This 680 seat venue is recognised as a major touring venue and offers a varied programme which includes large-scale drama, ballet, contemporary dance, major opera companies, jazz, folk, blues, classical music and children’s shows to name a few.

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Tarka Trail North DevonTarka Trail

A fantastic and sustainable way to explore our Biosphere Reserve from the coast through deep river valleys with ancient tangled woodland over historic stone railway bridges into the Devon countryside. The Trail passes through towns such as Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington and Ilfracombe and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.

31 miles of the trail from Braunton to Meeth are traffic free and bike hire is available at various locations along the trail. Tarka Trail guides are available from various shops and Tourist Information Centres throughout North Devon.

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Barnstaple Pannier Market North DevonBarnstaple Pannier Market

Barnstaple’s historic Pannier Market plays host to a range of events – from regular markets to showcases of delicious local produce and incredible street food.

The market offers a huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, a fantastic range of antiques and collectables for bargain hunters and much, much more.

With a proud history and tradition, the market has been voted amongst the top ten food markets in the country and any visit will bring the chance to enjoy this famous old building and to sample the friendly atmosphere created by the traders and shoppers alike.

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Shopping Barnstaple Town guideShopping

For big name brands, Green Lanes shopping centre has 35 stores offering a great selection of fashion, food and fun. But it’s not all about the big name brands. Barnstaple is full of fantastic local independent businesses with unique, quirky products left, right and centre and great for bargain hunting!

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Eating Out Barnstaple Town GuideEating Out

Relax in one of Barnstaple’s great restaurants and cafés that cater to every ones needs, from a romantic night out to a special family meal. There are lots of options to choose from, including fresh local seafood, Italian, fish and chips, Indian, traditional sunday roasts and much more to get your taste buds tingling!

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tarka-tennis

Get Active

Pick up your racquet at the Tarka Tennis Centre where there is an extensive tennis programme for all ages & standards. Players from the ages of 3-90 years young can enjoy the game. Booking is required.

If sport is your thing, visit the North Devon Leisure Centre. Offering a whole host of facilities including a 25m swimming pool, 79 station gym, sports hall and 3 squash courts, you’ll be working up a sweat in no time. A friendly onsite café is a great way to put the calories back on!

Or join in one of these great events

Soul Legends – 18th June

Joe Mcelderry – 19th June

Vintage Rally – 27th – 28th June

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