The nights may be drawing in, but there is still plenty to look forward to here in North Devon. For braver fans of the outdoors, it can be a great time to hit the surf or explore the coast. Or for families and those who enjoy more sheltered pursuits, autumn is prime time to catch a wonderful selection of events and entertainment. Here is a quick guide to what’s on in Woolacombe and North Devon in October and November 2016. Don’t forget to check our superb current offers section for some brilliant deals on short breaks in Devon this autumn and winter too!
Live Drama, Music & More at Barnstaple & Ilfracombe Theatres
(Various dates Oct-Dec)
For those with a love of drama, music and the arts, a lively calendar of events at North Devon theatres in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple take us right through autumn and up to Christmas. You could catch anything from comedy with Rich Hall (22 Oct) to an eclectic lunchtime piano concert with Award-winning classical pianist Dona Sevene (2nd November), not to mention various top touring acts from rock to ballet. Keep an eye on the North Devon Theatres website for full listings and shows galore.
Haunting Events & Art at Arlington Court
The National Trust site still has plenty to see and enjoy as we approach the end of 2016. Woollen Woods (until 30th Oct) is a curious collection of handmade creations from across the UK, with crafty surprises galore. Meanwhile, Halloween week should also bring ghoulish fun with hands-on craft sessions for families and a special Spooky Night Walk (28th Oct). For full listings and further events in this unique setting, click here.
Barn-Storming Live Music (Various dates)
Fancy something a little loud and live to warm things up this autumn? Woolacombe’s Red Barn has a wealth of local and touring acts lined up to get toes tapping and Woolacombe rocking, with fresh gigs throughout October and November. The Flamin’ Hotrods (Fri 28th Oct) get Halloween off to a scream with raucous rockabilly sounds, while Kindred (Fri 4th Nov) and FireKind (Fri 18th Nov) get things rocking the following month.See www.redbarnwoolacombe.co.uk for further gigs and event details.
Spooks and Sparks at Ilfracombe (29th October)
For those who can’t quite wait for Bonfire Night in North Devon, this special event combines the fun of Halloween with a terrific fireworks display. Taking place at Ilfracombe Rugby Club (EX34 9QN), you’ll find all the ingredients for an enjoyable, old school family night out, complete with real bonfire, barbeque and entertainment. Or just get a good vantage point early for the ooohs and ahhhhs!
Landmark Beer and Music Festival (28th, 29th & 30th October)
Bringing top local brews and bands galore to the North Devon Coast, this lively Autumn festival is not only great fun but completely free to attend. It all kicks off at The Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe (EX34 9BZ) from 7pm on Friday October 28th and continues across the whole weekend. There will also be plenty of stalls, activities for kids and local food to soak up all that delicious craft ale and cider.
Fireworks on the Field (5th Nov)
Bonfire Night in Woolacombe just wouldn’t be complete without our local finale, held at Woolacombe Meadow. Delivering plenty of big bangs, along with a barbeque, bar and live music, this is a great evening of traditional fun and fireworks. It’s also a great all ages event, with a special £12 family ticket
available for those with little ones. Better still, profits go towards local good causes such as Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club and The National Trust. The event starts from 17:30- do get there in good time to bag a good spot. Click HERE for further details.
Special Offers on Autumn Breaks in North Devon at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Why not escape for a well-earned breather this autumn with one of our special low season deals? The coast is as breathtaking as ever at this time of year, while we have some brilliant discounts for late 2016. Our special three night self-catering breaks in Woolacombe, for example, starts from just £165! Residents and non-residents alike will love our seasonally fresh restaurant menus, while both hotel and self-catering guests alike can enjoy facilities such as our warming sauna, steam room and indoor pool. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away for two, or a perfect family holiday we have just the accommodation for you! Click here for further details on our latest hotel deals.