There will be free parking days across Torridge next month in the run up to Christmas.

Bideford, Torrington and Holsworthy Town Council have provided free parking days for shoppers, while Torridge District Council is providing free parking for Small Business Saturday.

On December 1, the district council is making parking free in all its public car parks for the whole day from 8am to 6pm (from 10am in Bideford).

The small business day campaign is now in its sixth year and the council hopes that the focus will encourage people to shop locally and support the many small businesses that help keep our high streets thriving as a place to visit, shop and eat.

Councillor Bob Hicks, TDC lead member for the eonomy said: “I hope the free parking days announced for this year will once again encourage people to get out and about and support our small businesses across the district.

“Collectively they are a vital part of our economy and employ many people and support many families.

“As well as this many offer something a little bit different for shoppers and it’s a great opportunity to find a gift for Christmas or other special occasion.

“There’s also an abundance of small cafes and restaurants to keep food lovers happy as well.”

Free parking dates in Bideford

Sunday, December 2: Christmas Lights Switch on, The Quay and The Manor car parks will be closed from 6pm the previous evening in order to allow set up on the Sunday for the evening light switch on.

There will be free parking in Bridge street and The Pannier Market, from 10am.

Saturday December 8; Saturday, December 15 and Saturday, December 22: Free parking from 10am in Bridge Street, The Pannier Market, The Pill, The Quay and The Manor.

Courtesy of Bideford Town Council.

Free parking dates in Great Torrington

Saturday December 8; Saturday, December 15 and Saturday, December 22: Free parking Sydney House car park 8am - 12 noon (this car park is free from noon on a Saturday)

Christmas Eve: Free parking all day in Sydney House and Barley Grove car parks.

Courtesy of Torrington Town Council.

Free parking dates in Holsworthy:

Saturday, December 15 and Saturday, December 22: Free parking in Holsworthy Manor Car Park 8am – 12 noon (this car park is free from 12 noon on a Saturday).

Christmas Eve: Free parking all day in Holsworthy Manor car park.

Courtesy of Holsworthy Town Council.