Visitor’s guide to Ivybridge

PUBLISHED: 10:47 30 May 2017

Ivybridge © Pierre Muller (CC BY 2.0) Flickr

Ivybridge © Pierre Muller (CC BY 2.0) Flickr


We have found some great places for you to try while visiting Ivybridge


New Woodland

New England Wood covers 50-acres at Lee Mill, with the River Yealm passing beneath its trees. The wildlife haven is the Devon Wildlife Trust’s 50th nature reserve and is described as ‘charming’ and ‘broadleaved’.

New England Wood New England Wood

Murder Mystery trail

Explore Ivybridge the fun way with this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. Follow the scenic trail route, solve the clues and discover ‘whodunit’.

Zoo Wedding Fair

Pop up to the zoo on 11 June and browse a variety of exhibitors, including cupcakes, photography, cars, bridal wear and catering, in a truly unique wedding venue. Free entry to the zoo from 4pm, plus a free drink and goody bag.

Night time


With plenty of rustic charm and a perfect beer garden, The Inn’s A la Carte Restaurant is open Wed to Sun evenings, or enjoy Curry & Cobra Night (Tuesdays) and Posh Fish & Chip Night (Wednesdays).


While there can only be one Kate Bush, Cloudbusting – the UK’s longest-running tribute – is up there when it comes to performing Kate’s mesmerising songs. 20 May at 8pm at The Watermark. Tickets: £13.50.

Cloudbusting at The WatermarkCloudbusting at The Watermark

Stitch and chat

Join The Anchor Inn’s knitting, crochet and sewing group at 6pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month – all abilities welcome. Plus, Monday nights mean happy hour at this pub and B&B.



Looking for a rich, aromatic cup of coffee and a piece of deliciously moist cake? Take a seat in Hettie’s Coffee Shop and you’ll find everything you’re looking for, and more!

Rochelle’s River

Rochelle’s River Café & Bistro invites you to simply sit back and enjoy. And you can do so on the amazing, scenic outdoor patio overlooking the river Erme. Relax in beautiful surroundings as you tuck into delicious food.

Cornwood Inn

A proper village pub serving hearty breakfasts, pub classics, chef specials, sweet desserts, traditional Sunday lunches and real ale - food for anytime of the day! There’s plenty of parking and a large beer garden.


Glanvilles Mill

At the gateway to Dartmoor National Park, the shopping centre sits beside the River Erme and brings a collection of independent shops and cafes, making for a refreshingly unhurried experience.

Endsleigh Garden

Shop a colourful and inspirational array of plants, seeds and bulbs, gardening tools and furniture, plus a variety of brands including Hotter, Cotton Traders, Mountain Warehouse, PetZone and Maidenhead Aquatics.

Countryman’s Choice

A family-run farm shop and restaurant offering locally-sourced produce. Stock up on foodie favourites from the shop to reduce your food miles and invest in quality products.

Reader suggestions

Sally Brown: Ivybridge Walk and Talk offers plenty of walks led by walk leaders. Great way to get out in the fresh air and explore the stunning area!

Chirs Hurley: Great sitting out in the summer by the river at Rochelle’s River Cafe. A tranquil setting and delicious food on top. Looking forward to going back when the sun is shining.

Fran Strange: Visited Ivybridge while on holiday in Devon and spent an afternoon in Lukesland Gardens. Loved the tea room!

Next month we’ll be looking at Crediton.

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