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Things to do in North Devon this May and may half term

Are you looking forward to May-king memories this May 2023? With two bank holidays, the King’s Jubilee and May Half Term coming up here’s our guide to things to do in Devon throughout May and over the half-term holiday.

Half term in Devon takes place from 26th May until 5th June 2023, so book your North Devon stay here!

Kings Charles III’s Coronation

The beginning of May marks a very royal occasion as the country come’s together to watch King Charles III’s coronation.

The coronation will take place on Saturday 6th May, we anticipate street parties within local villages and towns but there will also be public events to celebrate this historic event throughout the Bank holiday.

May-King memories!

If you are staying in North Devon – here’s a list of some of the royal events that will be taking place.

Coronation treats – Ilfracombe Musical Productions – May 3rd and 4th

As part of the celebrations leading up to the Coronation of King Charles III on May 6th, Ilfracombe Musical Productions presents Coronation Treats.

This variety celebration chronicles some of the most iconic and influential memories following the birth of Prince Charles to the present day as we crown our new Monarch.

Prepare to wave your flags as we celebrate with a packed show full of Coronation Treats.

The Kings Coronation on The Field Woolacombe – Monday 8th May

If you are staying in Woolacombe, join in with the village celebrations. With a full line-up of events yet to be confirmed, Woolacombe is renowned for putting on some fantastic events.

Activities, conform so far, Bar, Food Stalls, Arts and crafts, Mini Sport events, Teas and Coffees, music and more!

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway anniversary celebrations – 13th – 14th May 2023

This year Lynton & Barnstaple Railway celebrates its 125th anniversary and will be holding a special weekend of family activities to celebrate.

Entrance to Woody Bay Station at Parracombe will be free. Normal trail ticket prices apply.

Find out more about what’s planning on the Railway’s website

North Devon Show

This is Devon’s largest agricultural show with a full programme of activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. Marvel at monster trucks, sample local ales and cheer on sheep-dog displays.

Younger children will enjoy the petting farm, fairground and countryside activities, like making beeswax candles.

Pigstock, Bideford – 20 May 2023

Kickstart your summer at North Devon’s friendliest family festival. This one-day festival is bigger than ever before with plenty to entertain the children. With great food, drinks, and the biggest main-stage line-up yet!

  • Headline acts throughout the day – Midday to 10.30 pm
  • Free children’s entertainment throughout the day
  • Food village bursting with delicious food from around the world
  • Free entry to the BIG sheep family attraction from 11am – 4pm
  • Main bar with local ciders, ales, lagers, and spirits.
  • Free parking
  • Optional camping on site

The Best North Devon Cream Teas – I say!

North Devon is renewed for being home to some of the best beaches in the UK but one of our proudest traditions lies in the art of making a ‘proper’ cream tea.

Enjoy freshly baked scones topped with Devon clotted cream (cream first of course) then lavishly layered with Devon Jam – most favourable!

Seeing as May is all about royalty there is no better way to spend your holiday then watching the world go by with a cup of tea in hand.

You won’t struggle to find a cream tea in North Devon but here are a few of our favourites.

The cream tea Cafe

Just a few moments from Barnstaple’s bustling pannier market which is also well worth a peruse,

the Cream Tea Cafe . Aiming to cook the freshest possible treats, ingredients are sourced from small local businesses, and their scones are freshly baked in-house.

Johns of Instow & Appledore

Johns café’s are renowned for sourcing the best local ingredients to use within their cafés and shops.

With two idyllic waterfront village locations both cafes offer the perfect setting to enjoy a freshly baked cream tea created with fresh Devon ingredients, accompanied by a pot of Devon tea!

Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room

Hele Cornmill is a unique 16th century water mill in North Devon. Located just 300m from stunning Hele Bay Beach, a visit to the mill makes a perfect family day out.

The mill offers interactive and educational tours on the history of the flour mill.

If you’re looking for a taste of traditional Devonshire cream tea, there are few better places, that’s why they have won Best Tea Shop in Devon multiple times!

The Watersmeet Hotel

Sat quietly above Woolacombe bay and Mortehoe if you are looking for a cream tea within a costal setting this option will tick all the boxes. 

Teas can be enjoyed in the hotel lounge, the terrace or the lawn with spectacular views. With all homemade locally sourced ingredients, this is a truly decadent offering!

Book your Coronation weekend break with Byron here and receive a complimentary cream tea gift on arrival!

Royally good days out

Looking for a royally good day out in North Devon then look no further read our suggestions below for the

20 best family days out in North Devon

Plan your trip to North Devon

Byron offers somewhere close to all these wonderful locations and with a range of pet-friendly properties, no one walks alone!

Check out some of our guest’s wonderful photographs from in and around Woolacombe! Woolacombe Memories

Byron’s luxury self-catering apartments!

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