14th December 2020
Reasons to visit in 2021
In our eyes, Devon is one of the most beautiful places to visit, so if you are thinking of booking a break for next year, here are some reasons we think you should consider visiting North Devon. Although Devon is known for its natural scenery and authentic feel, there’s much more to be discovered during a trip to the South West.
1. Staycations is the new vacation
Everyone loves to holiday abroad but have you noticed that vacations aren’t always the most rejuvenating experiences? If your main purpose for going abroad on holiday is to get some well-deserved rest, then you may be disappointed. Just think of all the preparation and planning that goes into every trip. The combination of months of planning, air-travel, jet lag, packing and unpacking can sometimes mean you don’t get much time to really relax and enjoy yourself.
Vacations abroad are nice, but if they can also be an energy-killer, is there an alternative way to spend our spare time? Yes, there is. It’s called a staycation.
2. Perfect for your shorter breaks
Nothing is better than realising you have an unusually free Friday or, even better, a meeting-free Monday. Depending on how flexible your workplace is, you can have an impromptu three-day-long staycation a lot easier than you could a spontaneous trip to the Maldives.
3. Enjoy a famous Hockings ice cream
A visit to North Devon is not complete unless you visit one of Hocking’s distinctive yellow and red vans and enjoy an ice cream.
If you ask any North Devon holidaymaker, they will certainly tell you that Hocking’s is the best ice cream they have ever tasted. No one can quite put their finger on why Hocking’s is above the rest. Maybe it’s the classic cone done extremely well (don’t forget to add the Flake), perhaps it brings back childhood memories of chasing vans down the street, or it could be the West Country ingredients used in a family recipe that’s been developed since 1936?
Hocking’s vans can be found in beautiful locations around North Devon: Appledore, Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe, Torrington and Westward Ho! - and other spontaneous places throughout the summer.
There’s no better feeling than sitting on a bench or on the beach to watch the waves whilst enjoying a classic ice cream cone.
3. Explore Exmoor National Park
Visit Exmoor and discover one of Britain’s hidden treasures. Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, the views at Exmoor are simply breathtaking. Fast-flowing rivers provide excellent spots for fishing, while after dark, the national park is a dark sky reserve making it an idyllic location for stargazing.
Soak up the fresh air, admire the scenery, and recharge with a relaxing North Devon break. The variety of Exmoor’s landscape makes it a wonderful place to visit during your countryside break. Take a read of our 5 places to visit in Exmoor.
4. Bask in the glorious weather
Devon gets up to 1,700 hours of sunshine every year so if you want to increase the chances of sunshine during your stay then Devon is the place for you. You’ll also find the mildest UK weather here and so the winters are less severe than they are in many other places.
The summer is a good time to explore a number of Devon’s towns and villages and take in the scenic countryside along the way.
While there is never a guarantee when it comes to the weather, we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time in Devon whatever the weather!
5. Admire the picturesque villages
The fascinating history, natural beauty and varied landscape have helped create a plethora of palaces in Devon which are striking in their character and appearance.
Ranging from rocky and windy walkways to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, North Devon is one of the prettiest areas you can visit. Our top picks include the historic town of Clovelly, the beautiful towns of Lynton & Lynmouth and spectacular Morthoe.
6. Foodie hotspot
There are plenty of unmissable places to eat and drink in North Devon, making it the perfect place for a foodie escape. With popular food festivals hosted throughout the year, as well as many incredible restaurants and pubs available all year round, Devon has earned the respected reputation of a foodie hotspot. Ranging from beachside cafes, country pubs, seafood eateries, cream teas and delicious restaurants - if you visit Devon next year we can guarantee you won’t leave hungry...
North Devon’s temperate climate and diverse landscape have long inspired gardeners and we have a wide variety of beautiful gardens to explore. They come in all shapes and styles, all offering something different but each with a familiar feeling that you are visiting a garden that is loved and cared for.
Whether you are looking to spend a couple of hours strolling around a flower garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor or a whole day walking through woodland. Many gardens also have play areas for children and cafes or shops/garden centres making them a great place for fun and relaxation for the whole family.
See the full list of our must-visit North Devon gardens here.
8. Last but not least - excellent accommodation
Discover exceptional accommodation in our North Devon Hotel - The Barnstaple. We invite you to escape with us and join our welcoming staff who will provide a first-class service, excellent fine dining, rooms you’ll want to return to time after time, and the best leisure facilities in North Devon including a heated indoor and outdoor pool. Add this to the many other reasons North Devon is a great place for a 2021 break, and you won’t be disappointed.
We recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment!