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Guide to Woolacombe local amenities

Woolacombe in North Devon certainly has a lot to offer. Nestled in between the two points of Baggy and Morte, this charming seaside village is known for its long and sandy beach, popular for family and surfing holidays. But outside of its famous coastline, Woolacombe is also a perfect destination thanks to all of the local amenities, making it an incredibly convenient holiday spot. From independent shops showcasing local art to riding lessons on the beach, Woolacombe has plenty to offer.

Shops and supermarkets in Woolacombe

When it comes to Woolacombe supermarkets and shops, there is a selection to choose from. If you’re looking to stock up on food and drink while staying with us here at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks, we have Nisa convenience stores with off-licences in all three of our Woolacombe parks that are open from 8am to 8pm daily during the holiday season.

15 minutes down the road in Ilfracombe, you can take your pick between Lidl and Tesco superstores to find everything you need. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, a mere 12 miles away in Barnstaple you’ll find every other supermarket from Sainsbury's to Asda. Most major supermarkets also deliver to Woolacombe, so you can order a food shop to be delivered if you prefer.

Beyond supermarkets and food shopping, there are a number of smaller shops in Woolacombe moments away from the beach. Spend a few hours browsing the number of locally-owned shops Woolacombe has available; grab all of your surfing equipment with plenty of surf shops like Shore 2 Surf to pick from or peruse local art in gallery shops like Jo Allum and find one-of-a-kind pieces to commemorate your trip.

Man holding a basket of groceries in a Nisa convenience store in Woolacombe as female companion intimates to buy a bottle of white wine
Nisa convenience store and off-licence on each of our holiday parks

Swimming pools in Woolacombe

If you’re looking for a day off from the open sea, choose to stay in one of our Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park locations and you’ll be able to swim with your pick of 5 pools across the 3 holiday parks. Woolacombe Bay’s heated sea view outdoor pool is open from mid-May to mid-September every year and has a multi-lane water slide, water flumes and play area as well as a big lounging sun terrace to soak up the summer rays!

Our indoor heated swimming pools are open for our guests all season from 8am to 6pm every day, and right up to 8pm on school holidays and term time weekends. From the Castaways Fun Pool at Woolacombe Bay to Twitchen House’s Jungle Falls Fun Pool with indoor waterslides, there’s lots to entertain every family member.

(These pools are solely for our guests and are not open to the public)

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park outdoor swimmimng pool with green water flume, orange multi-land water slide, splash pad water play area and swimming pool with Woolacombe Sands Beach in the background
Heated outdoor swimming pool at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park

Pubs, restaurants and cafés in Woolacombe

Let’s face it, one of the most important amenities to consider when booking a summer holiday is what food and drink options are available and Woolacombe is not short of great pubs, restaurants and cafes. Plus, with a variety of surrounding towns and villages at your disposal too, the options don’t stop there.

Woolacombe pubs

Woolacombe and the small village of Mortehoe nearby have several cosy pubs to choose from. The Red Barn Pub & Restaurant is a Woolacombe staple found in the centre of town and offers local ales and a beer garden to enjoy the stunning surrounding vistas. Enjoy live music on Friday too!

Mortehoe has some classic pubs to choose from including the Ship Aground and Chichester Arms. Mortehoe’s history as a base for smugglers and wreckers means you can expect cosy pubs to shelter from the breezy and jagged coastline.

Woolacombe restaurants

Anyone for some fish and chips? This British seaside holiday classic is everywhere in Woolacombe. From classic chip shops like the Woolacombe Fryer to gourmet restaurants like the Captain’s Table, you’ll be sure to find this staple on every menu. If you’ve got the kids with you, take a look at our recommendations for the best family-friendly places to eat in Woolacombe.

Fancy something fancy? Noel Corston’s rustic restaurant with just eight seats set around an open kitchen counter offers a multi-course tasting menu full of local produce. Or maybe pub grub is what you’re after? Pick from a load of different gastro pubs like The Jube or The Tide’s Inn where you can expect fresh seafood and menus fit for everyone.

Woolacombe cafés

Whether it’s a Devonshire cream tea (cream then jam, always!) or a good cup of coffee you’re after, there’s no shortage of cafés to choose from in Woolacombe. For great coffee and brunch options, Meraki Coffee Co. is a relaxed option set a little further from the front. Cream tea options are plentiful in Woolacombe but the afternoon cream tea at Watersmeet Hotel is a must - enjoy your tasty treats with a sea view.

View of Beachcomber Café in Woolacombe overlooking the sandy beach on a cloudy evening with the sun peeking through the clouds
Beachcomber Café directly overlooks Woolacombe's 3-mile sandy beach

Riding stables in Woolacombe

Along with all of the beach activities you can enjoy in Woolacombe, there are also one-of-a-kind horseriding opportunities at Woolacombe Riding Stables. There’s something available for everyone, from beach rides for more experienced riders to beginner lessons for those looking to experience horseriding for the first time.

Woolacombe Riding Stables also offer a day at the stables for children 7 and above, which includes a morning and afternoon ride, meeting all of the ponies and horses as well as taking part in grooming them.

Two people riding horses by the ocean edge on the golden sandy beach at Woolacombe Bay
Explore the huge Woolacombe Beach on horseback

Tourist Information Centre in Woolacombe

Looking to chat with a local about all of the other amenities in Woolacombe? The Woolacombe & Mortehoe Tourist Information Centre located on The Esplanade at Woolacombe is a great place to stop by if you need some quick information or a Woolacombe-related question answered. The helpful team here will be able to answer your questions about the amenities and activities available in Woolacombe and the surrounding North Devon coastal area. What’s more, you can pick up a free information pack which includes details about the local area and a village map of Woolacombe and Mortehoe!

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