5th July 2018

Make the most of the summer holidays at The Barnstaple Hotel

In this news piece, we’re going to sum up some wonderful reasons why summer holidays at The Barnstaple Hotel are a must!

We're a family-friendly home away from home, perfect for enjoying a wonderful break during the summer holidays.

Aside from our luxury leisure facilities (including the indoor and outdoor eated pools), luxury dining and first-rate rooms for all to enjoy, we’ll be adding some extra special elements to keep children of all ages amused during the school break.

Plus we’re located in the heart of North Devon - one of Britain’s most beautiful and exciting places. And there are lots of things to be doing...

Fun Entertainment

After a great day, who says evening entertainment should be confined to your room?

We will be holding movie nights during the school holidays, ideal for all our guests to come together to enjoy a film in the evenings before going to bed.

There will also be a weekly table magician to wow you, and we'll be having a games night too! 

Elsewhere, there’s much more to enjoy in Barnstaple…

Rock Park

A walk or drive across town takes you to Rock Park, a large space of green grass, picnic spots and scenic walks. Follow the river along the road and the war memorial shows where Rock Park starts. Stick to the main path with the river to your right to enjoy a stroll through the trees.

In the middle of the park is a large children's play area, with facilities and ice cream too. Further along is a big sports area.

From picnics to kicking a ball around, our guests can easily unwind at Rock Park.

Keep following the main paths to the back of the park. Once you reach the end pop up the steps to reach an old railway line which crosses over the River Taw for photo-worthy views.

Opposite the green scenery, you'll find The Park Hotel - a sister company of ours. If you decide to have a relaxed lunch at their Seasons Bar you will receive 10% offer - this is a part of the Barnstaple Collection, more details below.  

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a famous series of foot and cycle paths inspired by the much-loved Tarka the Otter stories. The trail as a whole travels from Braunton in North Devon, through the centre of Barnstaple and onward to other key destinations in the area before reaching Mid-Devon.

It follows the River Taw on both banks, and taking both routes is a must. To cover more ground to see more sights, why not hire a bike and spend a day cycling the trail?

Speak to our reception team who will be able to discuss how best to do this, along with providing guidance on how to make the most of the trail depending on your personal preferences.

Shopping in Barnstaple

If something more relaxing is needed, how about a casual shop around Barnstaple for presents, gifts for others and holiday memorabilia?

Barnstaple is a wonderful mixture of modern and historical, with national brands sitting beside local businesses. Go from trying on clothes in the newly updated Green Lanes Shopping Centre to pulling out odd bits and bobs from the Pannier Market - which is largely unchanged in over 150 years.

Alternatively, if you don’t mind a short drive, Affinity Outlets shopping centre is just outside Bideford, a 20-30 minute drive away. The outlet has a wide range of brands and popular names, each with outlet discounts.

There’s plenty more to be doing in North Devon too...

Discover a wide world of Gardens

Those who enjoy spending time outside will love North Devon. For many, this love of nature includes walking through gardens, taking in plants and seeing grand buildings with stunning grounds. Luckily there are a wide range of gardens and private grounds in the area to explore.

Highlights include; Marwood Hill Garden, Tapeley Park, Castle Hill Gardens, Arlington Court, Broomhill Sculpture Gardens and Hartland Abbey to name a few.

But our pick has to be RHS Gardens Rosemoor!

At Rosemoor, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. Around every corner, there's a lovely surprise as the gardens are home to plants from around the world. Events take place through the year, there's lots of shopping to be done and children's activities keep little green-fingers amused.

As an added bonus, because you’re a guest at The Barnstaple Hotel, you’ll receive £8 entry fee instead of £12.65.

We look more at what Rosemoor offers in this news piece.

North Devon Attractions

Yet no summer holiday in Barnstaple would be complete without also spending time at a range of other exciting attractions in and around the town:

Air Extreme

Air Extreme

Air Extreme, in Barnstaple, is a trampoline filled centre of fun, where guests can bounce, bounce and bounce some more. 

Extreme Jump Sessions include the use of all 8 adrenaline activities, such as the Battle Beam, Performance Trampolines, FreeStyle, Dodgeball and Airball - so there's something for all the family. By booking a set session in advance, you get your own time on the trampoline, for as much space and fun as possible. 

Click here to find out more.


Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

See the world famous range of Dartington Crystal and try your hand at glass blowing. From the Visitor Centre, you'll learn all about the glassmaker's history, see their famous creations and shop to you drop for homeware and gift items. Then it's time for a tour of the factory to see the glassmakers at work, blowing and shaping glass to create pieces you may have at home. We take a look at this via our Dartington Crystal News piece.

Click here to find out more.

Guest Discounts

It’s not just RHS Gardens Rosemoor that we have arranged reduced entry prices for our guests. Enjoy a wonderful summer holiday at The Barnstaple Hotel and you’ll receive discounts at a wide range of attractions.

From exciting family days out to zoos and relaxing times away from life, which of these guest discounts will you be making the most of during a summer holiday in Barnstaple?

Make the most of dining in Barnstaple

With The Barnstaple Collection, you’ll get to enjoy discounted food and drink across all the Brend Hotels in Barnstaple. Alongside us, there’s The Park Hotel, The Imperial Hotel and The Royal & Fortescue which boosts the luxurious 62 The Bank and Bar 62.

As a guest at our hotel, you can dine at these hotels with some great money offers.

The Wonderful Beaches

These pictures do all the talking for us when it comes to beaches in North Devon, all of which are a short drive or bus journey from the hotel.

Not much more to add really when they look like this...

Finally, if you plan to as little as possible during your stay in North Devon, feel free to lounge around the hotel and make use of our relaxed and inviting spaces.

Enjoy the finest of dining in our Brasserie Restaurant, put your feet up with a drink in the Heanton Bar and read a book or newspaper in the sun by the pool.

However you plan to spend your summer holidays at The Barnstaple Hotel, we know you'll have a wonderful time!