Things to Do in Bideford


You might want adventure and activity from a holiday. You might want peace and relaxation. Whatever a fantastic family holiday means for you, our self catering accommodation in North Devon is the perfect place to start!

With beautiful views over the Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve and just a short drive from the beach, you can relax in the knowledge that you are never far from exploration and adventure! There are so many wonderful experiences and things to do in Bideford and the surrounding areas.

We've listed a selection of our favourites below, but there is always more to discover. Wherever your next adventure leads you, Woodside Apartments are the place to begin.






Things to Do




 Westward Ho! beach in North Devon



When you are looking for things to do in Bideford and the surrounding areas, the first thing that springs to mind is, of course, the beach! Westward Ho! and Instow beach are approximately a 10-minute drive from Woodside, with Saunton Sands around 30 minutes away, plus, Croyde and Woolacombe beach only a further 10-15.

These are some of the finest sandy beaches that the UK has to offer, perfect for surfing, long walks and sunbathing – weather permitting! All beaches are completely dog-friendly, year-round, too.



 Golf course in North Devon



There is nothing better than a game of golf on the coast, on a crisp, cool day. Thankfully, Woodside Apartments are within driving distance of a selection of the finest courses that England has to offer. If you are looking to spend a calm day with some good friends, you won't find anywhere better than here.

  • Saunton Golf Club
  • Royal North Devon Golf Club
  • Ilfracombe Golf Club
  • Holsworthy Club
  • Libbaton Golf Club
  • Portmore Golf Park
  • Great Torrington Golf Club
  • Bude Golf Club




 Child at petting farm in North Devon


Family Fun

A trip to the North Devon coast can bring all the family fun you could ever want! If you are looking for things to do in Bideford and the surrounding areas, there are amusement parks, museums, gardens, walking trails and so much more! There is a little something for everyone so, whether you are bringing inquisitive toddlers, moody teenagers or children at heart, you are sure to find smiles on all faces by the time your holiday is done. Here are some places to start:

  • The Big Sheep Amusement Farm Park
  • Lundy Island
  • Cobbaton Combat Collection
  • Heartland Abbey and Gardens
  • South West Coast Park Walk
  • Tarka Trail
  • North Devon Surf School
  • Ultimate Adventure Centre
  • Tim's Boat Trips
  • Livit Adventures and Glamping





Taxi Companies

We are able to offer a service providing transport, if booked in advance, to local destinations, including the beach, Golf courses or an evening out, for a small fee.

Taxi companies in Bideford; All Areas Taxis- 01237 470211 Number 6 Taxis- 01237 666666 Checkered Cabs- 07790 926770

Train Stations

The closest train station is Barnstaple, a Great Western Railway Service. In the car, it is a 15-minute drive away. As well as this, Chapelton Train station and Umberleigh train station are an 18-minute drive away.?


The nearest airport is Exeter. This is 40 miles from Bideford. You can get a train from Exeter to Barnstaple which takes 1 hour 14 minutes.


You can find information on bus timetables near us at the following here:

Travel Devon


Town with water bridge in North Devon



If you are looking for things to do in Bideford, you might fancy a spot of shopping! The closest shopping centre to us is the Affinity Devon Outlet. In the car, it is a 6-minute drive from First Raleigh. Shops include:

  • The Fragrance Shop
  • Sports Direct
  • Crew Clothing
  • Mountain Warehouse
  • Claire's
  • Superdry
  • Cotton Traders

  • EWM
  • Gift Company
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Card Factory
  • Clarkes
  • Beauty Outlet
  • Julian Charles

For a day out, the next closest shopping centre is Greenlanes in Barnstaple. It is an 18-minute drive away from Woodside.