What’s On in Ilfracombe

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What’s on in Ilfracombe, Places to Stay and Eat, Attractions

~Things To See and Do, Activities, Where to Eat, Where to Stay in Ilfracombe~

Whether you’re looking for things to do in Ilfracombe such as events and attractions or are planning where to stay in Ilfracombe, you’ll find everything you need for your Ilfracombe holiday on What's On In Ilfracombe.com.

Attractions and Places to Visit in Ilfracombe

Attractions and Places to Visit in Ilfracombe

The lively harbour town of Ilfracombe, packed with things to see and do and areas of natural and manmade beauty to marvel at. Ilfracombe's charming natural harbour and elegant Victorian architecture make the town as popular today as it has been since the 1830's.

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Places to stay in Ilfracombe

Places to Stay in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is a beautiful town, a traditional seaside destination and was a popular holiday haunt, throughout the Victorian era largely due to its infamous Tunnel Beaches. and can offer you so much.

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Sports and Activities

Sports and Activities

A wide range of activities can be enjoyed in Ilfracombe, including kayaking, coasteering and for kids, rock-pooling. The tidal pool is also popular with families and is visible for three hours before and after low tide.

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~Food and Drinks in Ilfracombe~

Ilfracombe have a huge range of options for food and drink. Historic classic pubs, beautiful stylish restaurants, family friendly pubs, Chinese restaurants and takeaways, Indian & Italian restaurants, Cafes, Delis. The list goes on!

Food and Drinks in Ilfracombe

Food and Drinks

From fine dining and afternoon tea to pop-up markets and humble street food, Ilfracombe is packed with options to suit any mood offering any and every cuisine you can think of.

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Hele Billy's Bar & Restaurant
Hele Billy's Bar & Restaurant in Ilfracombe

Situated only one mile from Ilfracombe Harbour, fresh fish features heavily on our menu. Our main menu offers a very wide and varied choice of meal.
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Symphony Ocean View Hotel
Symphony Ocean View Hotel Ilfracombe

The restaurant is run by the chef and director Andre De Sousa: An international award winning Mediterranean chef.

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The Dolphin
The Dolphin Restaurant

The Dolphin Restaurant on the Quay in Ilfracombe offers amazing views of the harbour, with a wide ranging menu including our very popular fish and chips.
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Seventy One
Seventy One Ilfracombe

Modern furnishings with a continental feel, original artwork and decor combined with an attention to detail, Seventy One has built a reputation for consistently good food.
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~Shopping, Health & Wellbeing in Ilfracombe~

Make sure to discover Ilfracombe diverse neighbourhoods, from tranquil suburbs to central areas full of shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Shopping & Fashion in Ilfracombe

Shopping & Fashion in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe has independent shops dotted throughout the city, though there are some streets with more shops than others. There are also a number of specialist shops, including jewellers, art galleries, toy stores, antiques dealers and seaside gift shops, as well as countless boutiques.

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Health and Wellbeing in Ilfracombe

Health & Wellbeing in Ilfracombe

Unwind in luxurious treatment rooms in a choice of beautiful and professional salons around Ilfracombe. Manicures, Pedicures, Facials, Waxing, Consultations, Massages and more are offered in Ilfracombe best beauty salons.

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We have people visiting our website from all over the country and helping them have a good time in Ilfracombe. Using our What's On In Ilfracombe website you can explore the best places to visitthings to do, hotelsrestaurants and much more! We even have an online business directory where you can search for the services of various trades people and many other sectors. 

Local services in Ilfracombe

Local Services

Visitors, students and residents of Ilfracombe can find information about local services and amenities or visit Events to find out more about local events or Local Traders about local tradespeople.

Properties for Sale & Rent in Ilfracombe

Properties for Sale & Rent

Estate agencies in Ilfracombe are offering a great variety of properties on the area's favourite locations. In Ilfracombe you can find an excellent selection of properties for sale and rent.

Things to do in Ilfracombe

Things to do

Enjoy a family day out in Ilfracombe, with different things to do whatever the weather. Explore green spaces, laser tag and play centres.

~Things To See and Do, Places to Visit in Ilfracombe~

~Latest Ilfracombe Lifestyle & Culture News~


Top author visits Ilfracombe for RNLI celebration

Number one bestselling author, Ann Cleeves, will return to Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre next month for a special 200-year RNLI anniversary event, and to mark the paperback publication of The Raging Storm, the latest book in her Devon series.Ann last visited the theatre in February 2022 for an event on stage with Angie Daniels, producer for The Long Call ITV series filmed in North Devon. For this year’s event; The Raging Storm, Stories From the Sea, Ann will be joined on stage by Ilfracombe RNLI crew members to share their rescue stories from the sea.Ann will also talk about the RNLI rescue of her late husband Tim, which inspired the new book. Ann said: “I’m delighted to be returning to Ilfracombe’s beautiful Landmark Theatre to celebrate the wonderful work done by the RNLI.The new Matthew Venn book, The Raging Storm, features a lifeboat rescue and I have a very personal reason for being grateful to the Institute. When we were first married, my husband was rescued after an accident at sea, and the lifeboat volunteers and crew gave us another 40 years together.”Joining Ann on stage will be Stuart Carpenter and Gillian Cole, two very experienced members of lfracombe’s lifeboat crew. Stuart joined RNLI Ilfracombe as a volunteer when he was just 16 years old. He started as a member of the shore crew, helping the boats to launch and recovery as efficiently and safely as possible.Over the past three decades, he has progressed to being a mechanic, Systems Technician and then coxswain on the all-weather lifeboat, The Barry and Peggy High Foundation. Last year he was appointed as a full-time Coxswain Mechanic at the station and featured on Saving Lives at Sea.Gillian Cole, a community physiotherapist, has been a volunteer with RNLI Ilfracombe for around 12 years. She has trained up to the level of helm of the inshore boat, navigator on the all-weather lifeboat and also is now the volunteer training co-ordinator. Gillian also provides care for rescued casualties who may be injured.The event takes place at the Landmark Theatre on Sunday March 17th at 2pm. Tickets cost £15 to include a signed copy of the Raging Storm and a £2 donation to the RNLI. For details visit www.queenstheatre-barnstaple.com/event/ann-cleeves-the-raging-storm-Local News – The Ilfracombe Magazine…


Ilfracombe volunteer receives BEM honour

A local volunteer in Ilfracombe has received a BEM for her work in the community. Ann Doody works tirelessly for the community and has been and is involved with so many aspects of the town.She will probably be best known for being seen on her hands and knees around the town weeding pavements and planting up flower tubs on the streets of Ilfracombe.She helped with the Ilfracombe In Bloom volunteers for years doing this work alongside other projects and good works. Ann was involved with the Hotelier Association many years ago when she ran a hotel in the town.She is always willing to help when something needs doing and this is evident in her work for Ilfracombe Rotary Club which she has been a member of since 2005. In 2011 she became the first female President of that club and is the current President having been recycled to do it all again. She continues to organise the running of St Nicholas Chapel for Ilfracombe Rotary as well as being involved with all other aspects of the club and its own community work.Other involvement has included Chair of the Tourism Association, organising the annual Ilfracombe catering exhibition, helping individuals when needed and getting involved in countless other volunteering activities around the town.Ann never asks for praise and is always keeping herself out of the limelight but has now been recognised in a well deserved Honour Award.Local News – The Ilfracombe Magazine…


Ilfracombe hotel acquired by international group

An Ilfracombe hotel has been purchased by a Southeast Asian hotel chain. The 99-bedroom Dilkhusa Hotel, which was also briefly used as a centre to house refugees, is now part of the Compass Hospitality group, making it the 21st hotel that the business operates in the United Kingdom.The company says the acquisition reflects their commitment to growth and investment in the UK’s hospitality sector. According to a press release issued by the company, The Dilkhusa was originally a private house and takes its name from Hindi meaning “House of the Happy Heart”.The hotel’s location on the Victorian seafront, close to the harbour, adds to its charm and historical significance. Compass Hospitality say they are looking to diversify the hotel business by catering to a more varied mix of guests, including corporate visitors and hosting meetings and events.A spokesman said: “This shift in strategy reflects the positive performance trends in the UK market and the hotel’s commitment to adapting to changing demands.”Compass Hospitality operates under several brands including Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and the Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts.Their range of properties includes hotels, resorts, executive apartments and spas in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia & Sri Lanka.Local News – The Ilfracombe Magazine…


New twist on comedy classic comes to North Devon

After phenomenally critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe runs, the hugely popular ‘The Importance of Being… Earnest?’ is coming to the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple from Friday, 2 February to Sunday, 4 February 2024.The play’s debut UK tour has a cast that includes the cream of the crop of UK improv including Lucy Trodd (a founding member of Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical), Amy Cooke-Hodgeson, (a founding member of award-winning comedy hit Austentatious, who has starred in multiple UK tours, Edinburgh Fringe runs and on BBC Radio 4’s recording of the show) and Tom Bulpett (who starred in The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre in the West End).In this riotous twist on a much-loved classic the show opens to looming disaster; the actor playing Ernest in Oscar Wilde’s famed farce fails to arrive on cue. In a monumental effort to ‘save the show’, a real audience member is quickly cast in the lead role.But this impetuous recasting sets off a hilarious chain of events that, one-by-one, renders the rest of the cast unable to continue their performances.As more audience members are encouraged to step into the spotlight, led backstage for costume and make-up, impromptu auditions, the painting of portraits, the chanting of mantras; doing whatever’s needed to help the show go on, an absurd controlled madness ensues – until it feels as if there are almost as many audience members in the cast as there are in the … audience.This is a comedic masterpiece of meticulous logistics, meritoriously involved audiences and masterful stage management. The Importance of Being… Earnest? Is an exciting and hilarious experience both to watch and be part of. For more information visit queenstheatre-barnstaple.com.Local News – The Ilfracombe Magazine…


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What’s On In

The lively harbour town of Ilfracombe is packed with things to see and do and areas of natural and manmade beauty to marvel at. With its bustling shops, regular farmers markets and independent high street retailers, the main shopping streets and promenade come to life in summer with magnificent colourful, floral displays, winning Ilfracombe the honour of a 'Gold' award in Britain in Bloom for 3 years running. The heritage harbour and quay are not to be missed and the many pubs, restaurants and shops create a friendly continental atmosphere.

Ilfracombe has an extensive range of things to do with a selection of places to eat and drinkadventures and activitiesplan your stay and visit to Ilfracombe. Our What’s On Ilfracombe guide has the latest events not to miss while you visit Ilfracombe. Check the latest events, news, exhibitions, shows and more on your trip to Ilfracombe by checking out our News and Events page. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks in Ilfracombe or planning a longer holiday in Ilfracombe, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need.