Join the party...
Who doesn’t enjoy a knees-up from time to time? Luckily, Barnstaple knows how to throw a good party. Live events on The Square in the town centre regularly draw crowds of thousands. And when it comes to Christmas celebrations, well, let’s just say they’ve become a big deal. What better excuse for a party than switching on the Christmas lights?
Christmas in Barnstaple
Joss Stone, The Saturdays, The Noisettes and Newton Faulkner have all come to perform at the Christmas lights switch on in recent years. Then there’s the countdown on New Year’s Eve, where merry locals flood the town centre to enjoy live music and an explosive fireworks display. People come from miles around to be part of it. Who can blame them?
But it’s not all about the festive season...
Barnstaple Grand Prix
Thousands line the streets for the Barnstaple Grand Prix, which races through the town centre each year. Well, races might be a strong word. Barnstaple Grand Prix is competed on lawn mowers and pedal powered cars. Don’t miss your place on the starting grid.
Real Ale Fest
Fancy a pint? Barnstaple’s Real Ale Fest is your chance to sample a huge selection of ales made by local breweries, including Barnstaple’s very own Barum Brewery. It’s soundtracked by live local music and there are plenty of food stalls too. After all, who wants to drink on an empty stomach? Cheers!
North Devon FoodFest
North Devon FoodFest draws thousands of foodies into Barnstaple’s Pannier Market where they can treat the taste buds to all manner of delicious local produce. There’s also live music, appearances from high-profile chefs and a selection of local ales and ciders to wash it all down with.
Barnstaple Fair & Carnival
Barnstaple Fair is one of the oldest and longest-running fairs in the country. It takes place at Seven Brethren every September. Expect four days of rides, games and amusements, rounded off by a wonderful carnival procession through the town centre.