If you’re planning a UK staycation this year you’d be hard pressed to beat North Devon for a family holiday. I should know, I’ve had four Devon holidays over the years with various combinations of family and they’ve all been wonderful.
Our last one was just as good and ticked all boxes as there’s a whole heap of things to do in Ilfracombe. Its status as the culinary and cultural core of North Devon is growing and the town is sometimes called the ‘new St Ives’. I could see the similarities.
There’s loads to keep you busy in Ilfracombe and even more to see and do slightly further afield. In fact, it’s the perfect base for visiting a variety of north Devon attractions. From boat trips and harbours to contemporary art, curious coastal charm and stunning coastal walks read on for my top things to do in Ilfracombe and the surrounding area.
My first family holiday in North Devon was when I was three years old. It was 1967 and my Dad drove my Mum, me, my baby brother and my grandparents from Hove all the way down to Devon in a blue VW Dormobile. Apparently we did cool things before we even knew they were cool!
We stayed in a caravan at Woolacombe Sands and spent our days on the wide sandy beach. I remember my Grandad bringing me a crab he’d caught in a bucket and being absolutely terrified of it. We had donkey rides and ice creams, played in the sea and built sandcastles. Happy days.
In April I went back to North Devon for another family holiday. Mr Jones, my son, his girlfriend and their four-month baby Jack came too. This time I was the grandparent! What goes around eh… Our base for the week was Horizons in Ilfracombe, North Devon, a modern, seaside themed apartment overlooking the town’s pretty harbour.
Heading for a weekend break in Rye, East Sussex? This quintessential English town, and one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, is a packed with prettiness, quirk and general gorgeousness. I might also add that it’s an Instagram A-lister too. Read on for my tips on the best things to do in Rye plus a few hidden gems from a local who’s besotted with this delightful East Sussex Cinque Ports town.