Are you looking for things to do in Devon?

In this article we look at some of the events and activities organised by The Braunton Countryside Centre along with some of the other organisations in the area.

Nature Connections

Nature Connections is a programme of events with the aim of reconnecting people with nature. Nature films, talks, walks and craft workshops that celebrate the North Devon Bisophere and it’s environment, history, culture and people.

Nature Connections events in Devon

Events will include:

  • Wildlife encounters with local experts
  • Local food and drink making and eating
  • Natural crafts and arts
  • Family nature activities
  • Historical and cultural events
  • Traditional and conservation skills
  • Guided walks and tours

There are a mixture of events planned that will appeal to people of all ages including family friendly events as well as the more experienced nature enthusiasts.

New activities are being added all the time, so please keep checking our ‘what’s on’ calendar, sign up to our newsletter or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

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Braunton Countryside Centre

The aim of the Braunton Countryside Centre is to increase the understanding, awareness and enjoyment of the coastal and farmed landscapes surrounding Braunton among people of all ages, for both locals and visitors alike.

The centre is conveniently situated in the heart of Braunton village in the Caen street car park and is open between April and October and free to visitors.

It offers a wealth of information about the local environment, wildlife and skills with displays, videos and interactive activities appealing to all ages.

Braunton Countryside Centre

Throughout the year, the Branton Countryside Centre host and organise walks and talks and other activities held by local environmental groups, experts and enthusiasts.

To find out what events are taking place, please take a look at the What’s on calendar.

The Tarka Trail

Running through the heart of the North Devon Biosphere is the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile, figure eight, walking and cycling route that follows the journey of Tarka the otter from the famous novel. The Tarka Trail traverses unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and beautiful beaches.

The southern loop incorporates the longest, continuous off-road cycle path in the UK. Walking or cycling, you can experience the best this beautiful area has to offer.

traka trail instow devon

If you and your family are looking for things to do in Devon and enjoy cycling, then the Tarka Trail offers 30 miles of flat, tarmaced track between Braunton and Meeth (The longest in the UK) following the route of an old railway line.

The Tarka Trail shares some sections with The National Cycle Network. Routes 27 and Route 3 criss-cross The Tarka Trail with sections where off-raod cycling is available.

For those just looking for short walks, then the Tarka Trail website features short, circular walks that visit the rivers, valleys and villages along the way. Circular walks in Devon.

Tarka Trail website


The North Devon Biosphere offers some of the most beautiful and diverse beaches and coastlines in the country.
Coastwise are a voluntary group of experts and enthusiasts that champion the North Devon marine and coastal environment in a number of ways.

Coastwise - Bucks Mills

They run a programme of talks to help members learn about and enjoy the natural history in and near the sea. Other activities include systematic surveys of beaches and their natural history, rock-pool rambles, and practical improvements such as beach cleanups.

For more information and more ideas for things to do in Devon, visit the Coastwise website or look for Coastwise events on our What’s on page.

North Devon AONB Beach cleans

The North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 171 square kilometres (66 square miles) of mainly coastal landscape including special places such as Combe Martin, Lee Bay, Woolacombe, Croyde, Saunton, Northam Burrows Country Park, Westward Ho!’s Pebble Ridge, the Hartland Peninsula and Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Beach clean - Saunton - North Devon AONB

A programme of beach cleans are organised throughout the year to help keep these fantastic natural places free from litter and in particular damaging plastics.

If you would like to get involved, then take a look at the AONB Beach clean diary.

As well as beach cleans, the AONB also have their own AONB events.

Vist The North Devon AONB website

Visit Devon

For those looking for things to do in Devon then the Visit Devon website has a list of events to appeal to all ages and tastes.

Events include charity events, live music, food festivals and seasonal events as well as many of the outdoor, environmental activities included by the groups listed above.

Visit Devon