Don’t go ape; Find out what’s on in North Devon this weekend

PUBLISHED: 18:24 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:24 15 December 2017

Keep up to date with what's on in North Devon this weekend. Picture: Getty/Stuart Berman

Keep up to date with what's on in North Devon this weekend. Picture: Getty/Stuart Berman

Stuart Berman

North Devon events from 14/12/17 to 20/12/17


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.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Squire Court, South Street, South Molton, 11am-3pm, plus quiz and seasonal buffet, all very welcome.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, photo comp results, prizes for the best, Christmas draw, ladies welcome, info 01237 453299.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Barnstaple Rugby Club, doors 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30, for Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club.

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


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.

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.

BUSH PIG: Live music at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

APPLEDORE CAROLS: St Mary’s Church, 7pm, get in the festive mood, come and join in, with the choir plus The Torridge Shanty Group, adm free, raffle and collection.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Torrington Silver Band, at Howe Concert Hall, 7.30pm, £5 at door, U16s free.

FREE CHAIR YOGA/YOGA CLASSES: Taster sessions, Kingsley Hall Schoolroom, Westward Ho! 3.30pm chair yoga for the less mobile, 4.30pm flow yoga, info by email

CHRISTMAS GIFT & PAMPER EVENING: Isaac Hall, Braunton Academy, 7-10pm, enjoy a glass of wine and mince pie while experiencing one of the many pamper sessions, plus wide range of gift stalls, proceeds for supporting academy students, tables £10 from 01271 812221 or email

ADOPTION MORNING: Information for anyone wanting to adopt a child, Families for Children, The Garden Flat, Castle Hill estate, Filleigh, 10am-noon, info 01364 645480.

CHOIRS & CAROLS: Christ Church, Bear Street, Barnstaple, with Barnstaple Jubilee Singers and Pathfield School Choir, 6.30pm, £5 at door for North Devon people living with cancer, u14s free, plus festive fare.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Carols ancient, modern and original, Fremington Methodist Church, retiring collection, for Children’s Hospice South West, 7pm, info 01237 477729.


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.

CHRIS STUCKEY: Live music at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Carols ancient, modern and original, St Michael’s Church, East Buckland, 6pm, retiring collection.

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

RAMBLERS WALK: Hillsford Bridge NT CP, 11am, Summerhouse Hill-Watersmeet, 6.5 miles, info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

DEVON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: North Devon Branch meeting, Pollyfield, Bideford, 2-4pm, info on 01237 451305. BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Hall (former scout hall), for North Devon Hospice, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: With Torrington Silver Band, Howe Concert Hall, doors 7pm, eyes down 7.30.

CHRISTMAS ORATORIO: North Devon Choral Society Concert, St Michael & All Angels Church, Torrington, the entire Christmas Oratorio by Bach, 7pm, all welcome, tickets from 01805 628262 or

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Bideford Strand Bowling Club, 9.30-11.30am, mince pies, bring-and-buy stall, tombola, raffle, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS & CRAFT MARKET: Braunton Parish Hall, farm produce, bake stall, knitwear, crafts and Xmas gifts, 9am-1pm.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Combe Martin Village Hall, 9.30am-noon.


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 Parish Communion, 7pm Nine Lessons & Carols; St Nectan’s, Welcome, 9.30am Christingle service; St Andrew’s, Alwington, 11am Morning worship; St James’, Parkham, 11am Holy Communion; All Saint’s, Clovelly, 11am Holy Communion; St Nectan’s, Hartland, 11am Morning worship; St Swithun’s, Littleham, 11.10am Morning praise; Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 4pm Carol Service; St Mary’s, Buckland Brewer, 6.30pm Carol Service; All Hallows, Woolsery, 7pm, Carol Service.

BRAUNTON SERVICES: 8.30am Said Eucharist, 9.45am Parish Eucharist, St Brannock’s Church; 11am Eucharist, St Anne’s, Saunton.

CHUNKY’S BINGO: Sticklepath School, all cash prizes, doors 5.45pm, eyes down 7.15pm, for the refugee clothing appeal, every third Sunday.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Golden Coast Big Band, Portmore Golf Park, Landkey, 8pm, all welcome plus special raffle.

TABLE TOP & EQUINE SALE: Coxleigh Barton, Shirwell (EX31 4JL), includes furniture, household goods, toys and all things equine, 10am-noon, all welcome.

FAMILY CAROL SERVICE: St Thomas’ Church, Kentisbury, 6pm, all welcome.

CANDLELIGHT CAROL CONCERT: With Appledore Band, Holy Trinity, Westward Ho! 3pm.

CAROL SERVICE: Combe Martin Parish Church, 6pm, plus Christingle Service 3pm.

MIDWINTER CAROLS: The Castle Inn, Combe Martin, musicians and everyone welcome to join in, 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With The Winkleigh Singers, Winkleigh Village Hall, 7.30pm, tickets at door or from, accompanied U16s free, plus carols, bar and mince pies.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With the Appledore Singers, 2.30pm, Northam Hall (top of Fore Street), traditional and modern festive music, for Devon Air Ambulance, plus grand raffle, accompanied by Chris Beechey and conducted by Pam Beechey, all welcome. £6 at the door (under 16s free), to include light refreshments, info 01237 420652.


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.


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 welcome.

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

OCEANVIEW: Country Music Club, live music with Capricorn, 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.

MUSICAL MEMORIES: The Vision Centre, Slade, Ilfracombe, for people with Alzheimer’s/memory problems & their carers, first & third Tues of the month, 2-4pm, free parking, all welcome, more info 01271 863944 or 882927.

REFLECTIONS: St Mary’s Church, Bideford, bring-and-share lunch 12.30pm.

TORRINGTON WALK: With Torridge Walk & talk, meet Sydney House car park 10.30am, all welcome, info 01271 860780.

CHRISTMAS POULTRY WHIST DRIVE: Chittlehampton Village Hall, 7.45pm, all welcome.

TRADITIONAL JAZZ: The Old Barn Inn, Bickington, 7pm.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, Torrington Bickford Centre, South Street, 2-4pm.

CAROL SINGING: Adams Hay, Combe Martin, 7pm, come along and bring a lantern.


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

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

RAMBLERS WALK: Nice and easy, Red Barn, Woolacombe, 10.30am, Local walk. Opt. lunch, 3.5 miles, info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

INSTOW WALK: With Torridge Walk & Talk, meet 11am Sandhills entrance, all welcome, info 01271 860780.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help & advice from mobile service, Norah Bellot Court, Barnstaple 10.30am-noon; Pilton House 2-4pm.

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