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Visitor’s guide to Bideford

PUBLISHED: 12:24 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 17 July 2017

Bideford © pjhpix,Shutterstock

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Explore the beautiful town of Bideford with help from our guide...

Daytime

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum

An art gallery, museum and tourist information centre, this is Bideford’s central hub. Visitors can expect free admission, diverse exhibitions and local historical artefacts.

The Big Sheep

One of the more unique family attractions in North Devon, The Big Sheep is not one to miss. A day out here includes sheep racing, the biggest rollercoaster in Devon and local beer tasting for the adults.

Pic by Mark Passmore. 28/09/2002. Elizabeth (12), Rosanna (10) & Madeline (8) Jury have a fun day out at the Big Sheep, Nr Barnstaple, Devon. Pic by Mark Passmore. 28/09/2002. Elizabeth (12), Rosanna (10) & Madeline (8) Jury have a fun day out at the Big Sheep, Nr Barnstaple, Devon.

The Ultimate Adventure Centre

Whether you’re looking to surf, climb, zorb or take on the Ultimate Assault, an obstacle course through land and water, the Ultimate Adventure Centre has a challenge for you.

Night time

Palladium Club

The Palladium Club is a must for any live music lovers. The venue hosts concerts every Friday and Saturday night. Upcoming acts include the John Verity Band (left), playing on 2 July.

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Bideford Cinema

Led by a committee of local film lovers, Bideford Cinema is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers to bring a diverse and entertaining range of films to the local community.

Mariners Bar and Restaurant

The Mariners Bar and Restaurant is the perfect venue for a relaxed evening dinner. The menu is varied and delicious and alternatives available for those with dietary restrictions.

Eating

Coffee Cabin

With mouth-watering breakfasts, cakes to die for and service that’ll leave you smiling, The Coffee Cabin in nearby Appledore is a great place for a pit stop.

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Cecile’s Coffee Lounge and Bistro

Perfect for a quick coffee, vintage high tea or romantic evening, Cecile’s has something for everyone.

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Cafe Du Parc

A French-style bistro known for its crepes – they’re to die for! – Café du Parc is a great spot for lunch. Relax like a true Parisian in its light airy atmosphere.

Cafe du Parc Cafe du Parc

Shoptime

The Magpie’s Nest

A cute and eclectic haberdashery, craft and vintage shop, it truly lives up to its name. They also run crafting classes! Past workshops have included lino painting, embroidery and patchwork.

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Jill Rousseau Gallery Jill Rousseau Gallery

Jill Rousseau Gallery

This gallery features work from some of the UK’s foremost artists, ceramists and jewellers in addition to many pieces for the more modest budget.

Josie’s

The place for beautiful homewares and local, handmade products. For anyone looking for unique pieces made ethically, Josie’s is simply ideal.

Reader suggestions:

@chonniebakes: Sitting by the quayside eating a Hockings ice cream. Best ice cream ever!

@Reddogbakery: Nature’s Nutrition, a co-operative with great produce and the best bread in Bideford.

Sarah Watkins: Phansits van on the Quay Fridays is our fave, followed by a Hockings ice cream!

In our august issue we’ll be looking at Teignmouth.

Send your suggestions of places we should mention to Owen Jones owen.jones@archant.co.uk

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