My oh my Bideford…haven’t you grown! Having been to school in Bideford I always had an element of nostalgia for the town. But my memories tended to focus on sticky bars that (thankfully) no longer exist.
I thought it was about time I went back during daylight hours, and had a really good adventure in my old ‘home’ town – and i’m seriously glad I did!
Bideford is most definitely worth a visit. Pick a lovely sunny day, park up next to the stunning Victoria Park and wander into the town along the riverside.
Walk up Bridgeland Street and hang a left down Mill Street and this is where the real adventure starts. Almost immediately you’ll stumble upon my new favourite shop Sunshine & Snow. An eclectic collection of homewares and gifts in a beautiful setting that feels straight out of London or Brighton.
If you can prise yourself away then continue your stroll and pop into Hip & Waisted for a bespoke handmade belt. Browse Shore Drift for coastal nicknacks, then take a left and explore the nooks and crannies of Josie’s Interiors Ltd.
Don’t forget a quick trip to Hiron & Son’s Artisan Butchers. Pick up some seriously good steak to cook in the BBQ cabin later that evening when you get back to Coastal Cabins base camp.
Saunter back to where you started via The Italian Kitchen for the best pizza lunch. Before you go, let the kids run off some steam in Victoria Park whilst you grab a coffee and patisserie at the french restaurant Café du Parc overlooking the park. If it’s a sunny day make sure you bring swimwear, the splash pool is one not to miss!
For those travelling without kids also check out Number Eight Restaurant for some seriously fine fine-dining.
Stay at Coastal Cabins Glamping and check out everything Bideford has to offer. It’s just 15 miles from us.