Colourful bunting strung between rooftops of Appledore

village life

Image Credit: Appledore Bunting Festival Si B - Flickr Link

Appledore's ever-changing tidal estuary means no two days are the same. Coupled with the slower pace of life, this induces a truly relaxing ambience in which to immerse yourself. 

Narrow street in Appledore, North Devon with tree growing round the door

So much more than just a traditional bucket and spade destination. 

The local area is renowned as a haven for creativity. 

Numerous independent galleries and artisan workshops offer a wonderfully eclectic mix of arts and crafts. 

Some artists exhibit in shops and markets, others have open studios in their own front room. 

There's also a choice of antique shops where you can browse furniture and ornaments from a bygone era.

Appledore Quay with blue bicycle and flowers in panier

Reflecting its artistic qualities, Appledore hosts the annual Appledore Book Festival in September. 


Another lively event is the Appledore-Instow Regatta, when gig boat crews race along The Quay to cheering spectators. 


Those wishing to experience the water first hand have a choice of fishing and sightseeing boat trips, including the seasonal ferry over to Instow at high tide.

Appledore Quay in Appledore with bicycle with flowers in panier.
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Appledore beach, North Devon with estuary and boats

Younger visitors, or those simply young at heart, will enjoy crabbing from The Quay, investigating the rock pools by the lifeboat station or beachcombing along the estuary shore. 


They say the best things come in small packages and Appledore is a perfect example. Whatever your passions, there’s always something to appeal in this delightful coastal village.