From the happy muddle of a family Easter egg hunt, to fantastic food and days out in the fresh air, spring is a great time to escape to North Devon. So what’s on in the coming weeks? Here are just a few of the things we’re most looking forward to, including some superb events and spring break offers.
Family Activities and 2018 Easter Events in North Devon
With the return of spring and (hopefully) sunnier days, most of North Devon’s best family attractions reopen with a bang, along with Easter treats galore. Not that you need to venture far on the big weekend itself, because there’s a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt in the Dunes (March 30-April 2nd), right here in Woolacombe.
As for the bigger family theme parks, The Big Sheep is among the best of them over the spring holidays. Little ones and not so little ones alike will love seeing the lambs, piglets and other arrivals, while there is also an Easter Egg Hunt and Toddler Take over Days with lots of activities for younger kids. If you arrive later in Spring though, there are also great live entertainers from April onwwards. See http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk
Contemporary Art & Jazz Nights at Broomhill Sculpture Gardens (Various Dates)
Sound and sculpture in fine surroundings (Image: Broomhill Facebook page)
For those with more grownup tastes, North Devon has an unsung cultured side also well worth investigating. The fantastic larger than life artworks at Broomhill Sculpture Gardens are worth a visit in their own right at any time of year; but for a complete day of culture you could also stick around later for some live music.
There are jazz gigs every month throughout 2018, in fact, with forthcoming artists including Elliot Galvin Trio (15 March) and acclaimed saxophonist Ed Jones (above, 04 April). Booking is a must. Full listings here: https://www.facebook.com/events/878871928987996/
South West Coast Path and Guided Exmoor Walks
Of course, the other real magic of a spring trip to North Devon is the glorious reawakening of our wild countryside. You could happily take off for a walk along the South West Coast Path, or journey east to Exmoor, to enjoy blooming wildflowers and all sorts of creatures waking up after winter.
Talking of our nearest national park, there are some excellent guided walks on Exmoor in 2018, too. These let you join rangers and passionate locals, often for free, to discover wildlife and history in a wonderfully intimate way. Forthcoming events include a look at Porlock Marsh, Spring Nature Trail and more, with dates from March and April right through the summer. See: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/events
Outdoor Activities from Stream to Sea
With longer, brighter days in prospect, another advantage of visiting Devon in the spring is that you can plan extended days out. There are a heck of a lot of activities to try too. The sea is still quite cool, but pick sunny conditions and March and April are beautiful for a spot of surfing or sea kayaking. For the less experienced, you could always hire the gear or book a lesson with experts such as Hunter Surf School.
If country sports are more your thing, spring is also the start of the fly fishing season in North Devon (March 15 to Sept 30). There are some lovely trout streams available from just £6 a day on the Westcountry Angling Passport (www.westcountryangling.com), including beautiful tributaries of rivers including the Exe, Taw and Torridge. Or you could head to Whistlandpound, which offers some cracking sport for £10 a day. Last but not least, if you like carp and coarse fishing, Lower Slade Reservoir is also a lovely place to spend a day.
North Devon Mindfulness and Spa Sessions
Besides action and adventure, our stirring outdoor spaces also offer the chance to completely unwind in fine surroundings. Retreats and meditation sessions are becoming increasingly popular as more discover the beauty and seclusion of the moors and coast. True Nature are just one provider, with experienced practitioner Glen Miller offering one day mindfulness sessions that utilise the timeless calm of local beauty spots.
Also popular with guests is to combine a short break with some spa time and one or two carefully chosen treatments. Whether you're here in Woolacombe for a whole week or just an afternoon, The Haven Spa offers expert massages, facials and many other soothing treatments, alongside sauna, gym and pool facilities. Take a look at our spa section for available options and how to book: https://www.woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk/devon-spa-hotels/haven-spa
Spring Breaks in North Devon: Latest deals and Offers for 2018
Could you use a well-earned escape this spring? There's so much to discover here in North Devon, from wild days out to pure relaxation. With excellent hotel rooms just yards from the sea, Woolacombe Bay makes a fabulous base for your next luxury break. It's always worth keeping an eye on our special offers page for our best value current deals too, from last minute escapes to spa promotions.
Until March 29th, for instance, our Cosy Dine and Stay Offer provides luxury accommodation and superb evening dining at just £75 per person! More details here: https://www.woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk/offers/cosy-dine-and-stay/124