Enjoy A "Hockings" Ice-cream
Hocking's is a small family business, dating back to 1936, with a little factory in nearby Appledore. They sell their products from March until October through their own little fleet of modern ice-cream vans at various locations around North Devon. Here in Bideford the van is parked up at the far end of The Quay, in front of the main gate to Victoria Park.
This is a sort of "Must Do" for locals and visitors alike and part of the enjoyment is to take your ice-cream down to the waterfront and sit and watch the boats.
Be prepared to queue on a sunny summer day as this is a seriously good ice-cream and deservedly popular.
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For an Afternoon/Evening Beer - The White Hart
Bideford has a pleasant mix of pubs, something for everyone. My favourite is The White Hart. This, slightly off the main drag, little boozer is everything a proper pub should be. Good beer, friendly staff and always convivial company. If you want to hang at the bar you'll always be invited into conversation.
However, since the smoking ban I no longer hang at the bar. Instead, now that it's summer(ish), I drop in from time and enjoy the tranquil enclosed beer garden at the rear - a pretty mellow space. Beers are all local(ish) and very reasonably-priced (2.50 a pint) but they do offer the fizzy national stuff as well.
Yep, if you're looking for a praapper taste of Bideford, search it out!
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The Burton Art Gallery and Museum
Arriving Bideford around noon on a stunningly beautiful November Thursday, having cycled down The Tarka Trail the 9 miles from Barnstaple, I decided to postpone that first beer of the day and just have a wander around the town itself and look at it thro' my "VT Eyes" (and my camera lens too).
I know Bideford reasonably well but in the past my visits had always been purely utilitarian - take my laundry to the bagwash, go for a beer. Back to swap the washer for the dryer, go for a beer. A final return to the laundrette to pick up the now clean and dried washing and then go for a beer! In between times perhaps a bit of shopping, or once to have a pair of shoes mended, a watch battery replaced, a haircut and of course an odd beer!!
This last visit however I was visiting purely for pleasure which is how I came across the Burton Art Gallery tucked away in the corner of Victoria Park.
This is an interesting little gallery with a small permanent collection of works by local artists and ever changing exhibitions of newer works, also by locals, and made for a pleasant way to spend a non-alcoholic hour. As well as the art gallery the building also houses an exhibition of local craft works and a local history museum.
Well worth a wander AND it's free!! (tho a small donation is always appreciated).
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Visit The Big Sheep - All weather attraction
There is so much to do and see at The Big Sheep. All ages can enjoy.
There are many events during the day, look for the timings and try to see them all. The ones we saw was a fantastic display of sheep shearing by an Aussie,: introduction of different species of sheep,: the children bottlefed the lambs,: they also fed the sheep under cover of a marquee, watched the Duck trials, whereby a sheepdog herded 4 ducks through obstacles, : also watched sheepdog trials and training, and a Horse whispering demonstration.
There is an indoor play area for all ages of children, a restaurant and cafe, two trampolines, train ride etc. A good day out in fact.
For the grownups, there is free beer tasting in the brewery shop.
You are allowed to take a picnic into the attraction, but obviously abide by the rules and do not eat your own food in the restaurant/cafe area.
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