Bored with Christmas? What else is on in North Devon this week?

PUBLISHED: 10:01 06 December 2017

Don't despair, there is more to do in North Devon than Christmas events. Picture: Getty/Dorottya_Mathe

Don't despair, there is more to do in North Devon than Christmas events. Picture: Getty/Dorottya_Mathe


North Devon events from 07/12/17 to 13/12/17


BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7.30pm, all welcome.

LUNCH CLUB: The Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 12.30-2.30pm, every week, info 01237 478734.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Every Thursday, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Westward Ho!, friendly club, 6.45pm start, more info 01237 470990.

FEEL BETTER WITH A BOOK: Reading group with a difference, Ilfracombe Library 10-11.30am, listen to stories & poems read aloud, share your thoughts with others, no reading required

BIDEFORD WALK: Along Tarka Trail, meet every Thursday at Clarence Wharf car park, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.

HEALING: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7-8pm.

FREMINGTON SINGERS: Fremington Methodist Church, Old School Lane, doors 7.30pm, £5, info 01271 268094.

TARKA VALLEY RAILWAY: Volunteers meet every Thursday at Torrington Station, aka The Puffing Billy, for restoration & track laying, new members welcome, info 07881 905260.

BEFRIENDERS: Weekly activity afternoon for the over 65s, Tyrrell Hospital, Ilfracombe, 2.30-4pm, enjoy a craft or learn something new, plus hot drinks & tea cakes.

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Winter programme, weekly 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Sticklepath, see for details.

BINGO: Bideford Liberal Club, nr top of High Street, cash bingo £1,000 pay out, eyes down 7.15pm.


ART GROUP: Art for Leisure & Pleasure, weekly drop-in, 1.30-4pm, St John’s Community Centre (next to Whiddon Valley Tesco) Barnstaple, info 07964 250436.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from High Bickington, Beaford, Dolton, Dowland, Petrockstowe, Peters Marland & Merton, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

VOLUNTEER GARDENERS: Needed to help at Westward Ho! promenade, alternate Thursday and Friday mornings, no specialist knowledge needed, call Pat on 01237 459081 for info.

RAMBLERS WALK: Cook Island Mullacott Cross, 10.30am, Slade Reservoir-Higher Campscott. Opt., 4.5 miles, info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Barnstaple Shopmobility Centre, 10am-noon, come and join us for a coffee and mince pie, support the Secret Santa at £3 a go – everyone gets a present, all proceeds to Ring & Ride and Shopmobility services.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, 10am-7pm, runs until Sunday.

ALADDIN: Combe Martin Village Hall Players, popular panto, runs until Saturday, 7pm, tickets from 01271 883495.

GHOST WALK: New route, discover the social underbelly of old Barnstaple, 7.30pm, tickets from Tea by the Taw (£12), hot drink and cake on return.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Vocal Accord, Anchors Aweigh and Lynton Primary School, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe, for Children’s Hospice South West, 7.15pm, call 01271 325270 fro tickets.

TODDLERS CLUB: Westward Ho! Baptist Church, 9.30am-noon; Kidz Club 4-5.30pm, info

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help & advice from mobile service, Hartland Pavilion 10am-noon; Bideford Pill 2-4pm.


QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community and Sports Assn, teams up to six, £1 per person, cash prizes and snowball draw, 8pm.

BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, weekly at Appledore Community Hall, 2pm.

CHUNKY’S BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, doors 5.15pm, eyes down 7.15.

LIVE MUSIC: Weekly, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

TABLE TENNIS: With Torridge Table Tennis Club, Bideford Youth Centre, 2.30-4.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 477932 or just drop in.

SERVICE: Holy Trinity, Landcross, 9.30am Four Parish Said Communion.

REMINISCENCE CAFÉ: Northam Hall, 10am-12pm, info 01237 459337.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Bideford, Abbotsham and Alverdiscott, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

BARUM SHANTY FOLK WAILERS: Fremington Methodist Church, weekly, 10am-1pm, all welcome, hosted by Barnstaple & District

ENGLISH FOLK DANCING: with Bideford Ceilidh Club. Northam Hall, 8pm, all welcome. 01237 476632.

HIGH TIMES: Live music at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Barnstaple Shopmobility Centre, 10am-noon, come and join us for a coffee and mince pie, support the Secret Santa at £3 a go – everyone gets a present, all proceeds to Ring & Ride and Shopmobility services.

ARTAVIAN SINGERS: Christmas Words & Music, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe, 7pm, info 01271 323202.

HMS SURPRISE: Appledore author Alan Lawrence is continuing the work of the great Patrick O’Brian with a new series of books, he is talking about this at The White Moose gallery, Trinity Street, Barnstaple, 8pm, please book on 01271 379872 or go to

TALK: ‘Give a man a scanner – Hartland Digital Archive’, with Stephen Hobbs, Devonshire Association talk, The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 2pm, all welcome.


BINGO: Barton Road Community Centre, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, for local charities.

CLAIRVOYANCE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7.30pm.

WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Northam Square Hall, 7pm, new players welcome, £1.50 to include tea and a happy evening.

CLAIRVOYANCE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets Barnstaple every Saturday, call 07968 511312 for info.

NINE YARDS: Live music at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Carols ancient, modern and original, St James Church, Ashreigney, 7.30pm, tickets £6 (children £3, U11s free), call 01769 520591/520219.

TAW & TORRIDGE EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP: Sticklepath Methodist Hall, second Saturday each month, 10am-3pm, friendly and supportive, join us for a free taster, info 01237 421341. BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Leisure Centre, for ND Intensive Care, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

BINGO: Combe Martin Bowling Club, 7.30pm, all welcome.#

WHIST DRIVE: Kentisbury Village Hall, 7.45pm poultry and Christmas fare prizes, info 01271 882474 or 01598 763207.

MISTLETOE & HOLLY BEARS: Shammick Acoustic concert with Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Pack O’ Cards, Combe Martin, 8pm.

CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, dancing to Bett & Audrey, 7.30-10pm, adm £3.50, bring-and-share, all welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: Northam Hall (Scout hall), 1-4pm, if you can donate jumble, please call Anne on 07791 568340.

SOUL INTENTION: Big sound soul band at Langtree Parish Hall, doors 7.30pm, £5 entry, info/booking call 01271 860370.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Margaret’s Church, Northam, runs until Tuesday and then open every Thursday and Friday from 10am.

TWO RIVERS WIND ENSEMBLE: Christmas Concert, Instow Village Hall, 7.30pm, info 01271 860061.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Lantern, Ilfracombe High Street, hosted by Holy Cross Catholic Parish, lots of stalls, Santa, refreshments, games, 10am-2pm.

QUIZ & CHIPS: Quiz night at St Brannock’s Rooms, Braunton, with fish supper from Squires, 7.30pm, entry £7.50.


BIDEFORD SALVATION ARMY: Bideford Baptist Church, every Sunday 3-4pm, all welcome.

DIVINE SERVICE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 6.30pm.

BINGO & QUIZ NIGHT: First In, Last Out, Clovelly Road, Bideford. Eyes down 4pm, quiz night with jackpot 8pm, all welcome.

DIVINE SERVICE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, 1-4pm, info 07802 176993.

BARNSTAPLE QUAKER MEETING: Pilton Bluecoats Academy, Abbey Road, weekly, 10.30am.

CHARITY CAR BOOT SALE: Every Sunday (weather permitting) at Tesco, Rose Lane, Barnstaple. 10am - 2pm, cars £5 vans £7, sellers 9am. All fees to British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Info Maureen 07999 445489.

OPEN MIC/QUIZ NIGHT: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 3-6pm, quiz 9pm.

BIDEFORD AREA SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, 8am Holy Communion, 10am All Age Service, 11.30am Holy Communion, 4.30pm carols around the Christmas tree.

St Georges, Monkleigh, 9.30am Parish Communion; Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Morning Praise; St Andrew’s Alwington, 9.30am Holy Communion; All hallows, Woolsery, 9.30am Holy Communion; St Nectan’s, Hartland, 11am Holy Communion; St Nectan’s, Welcombe 9.30am Holy Communion; St Mary’s & St Benedict’s, Buckland Brewer, 10am Morning Worship; St Anne’s, Bucks Mills, 11am Morning Worship; Holy Trinity, Landcross, 11.15am Parish Communion; St Swithun’s, Littleham, 6pm Evensong.

BIG BREAKFAST: St James Church, Parkham, 10am.

BRAUNTON SERVICES: 8.30am Said Eucharist, St Anne’s, Saunton; 9.45am Parish Eucharist, St Brannock’s Church.

RAMBLERS WALK: The Square Chittlehampton, 10am, Eastacott-Pitt Wood-River Taw-Hawkridge Brook, 8.5 miles, info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY BINGO: Tesco Rose Lane coffee shop, Barnstaple, doors 6pm, 7.30pm start, raffle & door prizes, tickets available at Tesco checkouts.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE: Combe Martin Parish Church, 3pm.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY BINGO: St John’s Hall, Tesco, Rose Lane, Barnstaple, doors 3pm, eyes down 3.30, for Eastside Football Club, entry 50p, entry raffle, six books for £5, refreshments, Christmas hamper prizes.

CAROL CONCERT: With Kingsley School Choir, St Peter’s Church, Westleigh, tea, coffee & cake, all donations to The Children’s Society.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Carols ancient, modern and original, St Peter’s Church, Berrynarbor, 4pm, tickets £7.50 from Berrynarbor Shop and the church, mulled wine & mince pies.

BIRDWATCHING TRIP: With Taw & Exmoor branch of British Naturalists, Stert Point near Bridgwater, then to the RSPB Reserve at Greylake, meet Barnstaple Leisure Centre car park 8am, all welcome, info Brian on 01271 343607.


APPLEDORE SINGERS: Appledore Baptist Church, all ladies welcome, 7.15-9pm, more info 01237 420652.

WAR GAMING CLUB: Weekly at St Johns Hall, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), from 7pm, and multiple systems supported inc War Hammer, X-Wing & Infinity.

WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Griggs Close, Northam, new players very welcome, £1 to include tea, raffle and laughter, 7pm.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band; 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

APPLEDORE ART GROUP: Friendly group meets 10am weekly, Appledore Community Hall, attendance £2 inc refreshment, all very welcome, more info 01237 425541.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Weekly, The Fortescue House Club, Wrafton Road, Braunton, 7.30-10pm, call 01271 379940 or visit

APPLEDORE TAI CHI: Weekly, Blue Lights Hall, 7.30-9pm, info Alex 07747 833490.

LET’S DANCE JIVE: Ex-Services Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, beginners 8pm, improvers 9.30pm, until 11. Info Sue 07817 144292.

ROLL UPS: Indoor bowls, North Devon Leisure Centre, Barnstaple, 9.30am-12noon, also Friday, all welcome.

TORRINGTON CRAFT GROUP: Meets weekly 1-4pm Methodist Church Hall, info Jeanne 01805 622650.

OPEN MIC: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 8-11pm.

BINGO: The Robins Nest, Bideford FC, eyes down 7.15pm, all welcome.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Westward Ho! Appledore and Northam, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

500: Enjoy Euchre? This is a bigger version, every Monday 2-4.30pm, £1.50 inc tea/coffee, Griggs Close, Northam, info 01271 329656.

MUSIC JAM NIGHT: Weekly at Appledore Social Club, 8.30-10.30pm, fun friendly evening to play or listen.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Barnstaple Shopmobility Centre, 10am-noon, come and join us for a coffee and mince pie, support the Secret Santa at £3 a go – everyone gets a present, all proceeds to Ring & Ride and Shopmobility services.

CHRISTMAS POULTRY BINGO: Chittlehampton Village Hall, 7.30pm, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Bideford Town Band, The Royal Hotel, East-the-Water, a brilliant night of festive music from local musicians, 7.45pm, tickets £6, call 01237 475653.

BIDEFORD STAMP CLUB: Christmas special, all welcome, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 7.30pm, info 01237 472101.


FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church Upper Hall, 2-3.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING & LUNCHES: Lavington Church, Bideford, 10am-1.15pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, meet new friends and chat, activities and facilities to suit all abilities, 10am-12.30pm.

KNIT & NATTER: Costa Coffee, Barnstaple High Street, informal and friendly group with knitters and crocheters of all ages and abilities, every Tuesday from 5.15-7.30pm.

BRIDGE GROUP: Fremington Parish Hall, 2-4.30pm, every Tuesday, all welcome, call 01271 345520 for more info.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band. More info 01237 475653.

HEALING: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, by SNU trained healers, 10-11.45am, all welcome.

FOLK OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 7.30pm.

BOWLING: Free indoor coaching, Kingsley Bowling Club, Westward Ho!, weekly, info 01237 472507.

BINGO: Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, 8pm, members & signed in guests.

SILVER SPURS: Square Dance Club, student night, St John’s Community Centre, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), 7-9pm.

CHUNKY’S BINGO: Marlborough Court, Bideford, 7.15pm, all cash prizes, for refugee clothing charity.

MEMORY GROUP: Weekly, Barnstaple Library, for those with memory loss and their carers, listen to stories and poems and relax, 10.30am-12noon.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Chubb Churchill Hall 7.30pm, info

ROCK POP CHOIR: Weekly, Bishops Tawton Village Hall, 7.30pm, first session free, info Jax 07891 813474.

BINGO: The Vision Centre, Slade, Ilfracombe, doors 6.30pm, start 7.45, cash prizes, parking, for local charities and groups, all


LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS: Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, 7-9pm, info 07929 531124.

OCEANVIEW: Country Music Club, live music with Nicky Page, Alverdiscott Village Hall, 8.15-11pm, all welcome, info 01271 378273.

NORTHAM CHORAL SOCIETY: Every Tuesday, Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 7.30pm, new voices always welcome, info 01237 478406.

HANDBALL: Weekly, Bideford Blacks Handball Club, Kingsley Sports Hall, 5.30-7pm (U12 & U14), 7-9pm (U16 and over), info

HAPPY DANCE FOR OVER 50S: St Peter’s Church Hall, Fremington from 11.30am - 12.30pm followed by a friendly cuppa.

SINGALONG-A-LIBRARY: Barnstaple Library, a group for anyone who wants to sing for fun, every second Tuesday, 2-3.30pm, more info 01271 388593.

TORRIDGE TUESDAYS: A group which meets in central Bideford, to socialise, host speakers, craft & fundraise, second Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm, all welcome, call Ruth on 07977 184897 for info.

BARNSTAPLE UKULELE GROUP: The Corner House, Joy Street, 7.30-9.30pm, any standard welcome, very friendly, informal club, more info on 07876 028331.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Vocal Accord, St Matthew’s Church, Lee, 8pm, tickets via email

NORTHAM WALK: Torridge Walk & Talk, meet the square 10.30am, all welcome, info 012741 860780.


CASH BINGO: Appledore Hall. All cash prizes, running jackpot game, 7.15pm.

BIDEFORD HEALING GROUP: Every Wednesday, at the Sea Cadets Hall, Victoria Park, 10am-12noon, all very welcome.

THE VOICE: Community Choir, rehearsal, now at Barnstaple Rugby Club, 7.15-9pm, new singers welcome, info

BARNSTAPLE JUBILEE SINGERS: Now recruiting, join us 7.30-9pm, call Marilyn on 01271 830869 or Monte 325780.

BLUES OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

BIDEFORD PHOENIX MORRIS: Weekly practice, Baptist Church, Bideford, 7.30pm, all welcome, info 01237 473798/420820.

TALKS & TALES: Combe Martin Community Centre, come along and share your memories of life in the village, 2-4pm, tea & coffee, info 01271 883784.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, 1 or 5.30pm (depending on leader availability), info 01271 321972.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Hartland, Clovelly, Woolsery and Welcombe, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, all cash prizes, flyer of £100, for Over & Above,

BIDEFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB: Northam Hall, 7.30pm, partners or experience not necessary, info 01237 423554.

BIDEFORD PROBUS CLUB: The Royal Hotel, East-the-Water, 10am, second & fourth Wednesday each month, more info 01237 473337.

RAMBLERS WALK: Molland Woods CP Brayford, 10.30am, Tarka Trail- High Bray-Brayford-Tarka Trail, 4 miles, info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

TEA WITH FRIENDS: St Mary’s Church, Bideford, 2pm.

BIDEFORD SEW SOCIABLE: Lavington Church Rooms (entrance Willet Street), come to sew, craft & natter, 7-9pm, details on Facebook.

FREMINGTON WALK: Torridge Walk & Talk, meet New Inn car Park 11am, all welcome, info 01271 860780.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help & advice from mobile service, Shebbear Square 10am-noon; Bideford Tesco 2-4pm.

BARNSTAPLE BLOOMERS: Institute meeting, Barnstaple Library Henry Williamson Room, 6-8pm, info Cherry Vincent 01271 372542.

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