Woolacombe, in North Devon, is a fantastic place to visit during the festive holidays, or for a low season winter getaway. It’s quiet, you can find some great deals on holiday cottages, the scenery is no less stunning, what with the emotive winter light, the ocean is dramatic and the surfing can be amazing, and all beaches have no restrictions on dogs.
It’s likely you won’t be basking in the sun on the beach on most days, unless you have a very, very good windbreak! But the beaches will be nearly empty at certain times of the day and year, but for a handful of people also taking advantage of the solitude.
Although quieter during the winter months, the Christmas holidays in Woolacombe can be a buzz of activity, with festive revellers enjoying everything a winter holiday in North Devon can offer, particularly the New Year celebrations. There are many establishments in Woolacombe to eat, drink, be merry and party the night away, here are our top 5 places to partake in festive celebrations in Woolacombe:
- Red Barn
- The Tides Inn
- Bar Electric
- The Jube
- Captain Jacks
Relax in an old pub in the country or on the coast, after an invigorating winter walk, run, surf, or horse-ride and warm up with some quality pub grub and a roaring fireplace. Below are 5 of the coziest pubs in and around Woolacombe:
- The Ship Aground, in Mortehoe, has a gorgeous large, open fireplace, that you can sit very close to!
- The Old Mill Pub, in Ossaborough, also has a toasty fireplace.
- Another charming pub in Mortehoe, Woolacombe is the Chichester Arms.
- The Grampus, in Lee Bay, in between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, is about as cozy as it gets, with a large fireplace, low ceilings and sometimes local folk musicians entertain the visitors.
- Further afield again, but no less worthy of a visit, and deep in North Devon countryside, is The Crown Inn, West Down, which also has a lovely log fire.
Walk or surf one of the fabulous beaches in and around Woolacombe and reward yourself with a hot, relaxing bath in your cozy holiday cottage, or, enjoy a hot chocolate at one of the nearby cafes. Below are 5 of the best beaches close to Woolacombe, for winter walks and ocean entertainment:
- Woolacombe Beach – Woolacombe has its own magnificent, long beach, ideal for a plethora of activities, where you can enjoy winter ocean views with a hot chocolate from the Red Barn Inn
- Putsborough Beach is at the southern end of Woolacombe Beach, with the Baggy cliffs towering overhead, offering protection from winter storms. It has a snug cafe with which to admire the beautiful waves, beach and cliffs
- Combesgate Beach is usually quieter than the main beach, around the corner towards Mortehoe, but has fantastic surfing and quiet, sheltered rocky nooks with protection from cold winter northerlies
- Rockham Beach is a brisk 1 mile walk from Mortehoe, along a coastal path with views out over the powerful winter seas
- Saunton Beach – although a bit further afield, Saunton is one of the best beaches in North Devon with Braunton Burrows, a North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, having the largest sand dune system in England
If you are looking to spend the festive season in Woolacombe, to enjoy Xmas in North Devon, and see in the New Year, below is a handpicked collection of self-catering accommodation to suit your holiday requirements:
Heatherdale, Mortehoe, Woolacombe
This stunning property includes a hot tub with sea views out over the Bristol Channel, ideal to thaw off in after a winter walk to Rockham, or a surf at Combesgate.
It sleeps 10 so is ideal for a family Xmas holiday in Woolacombe, and accepts pets too, so bring the dog and have a proper family holiday in North Devon!
Mortehoe village has 2 charming pubs that serve food and are only a 10 minute walk. The Ship Aground also has a large, open fireplace, perfect if no one wants to cook, or the adults would like a celebratory pint, or two!
This cottage also has its own logfire, so another tick on the Xmas accommodation requirement list!
Rosemary Cottage, Mortehoe, Woolacombe
Staying in Mortehoe, and why not, what a perfect location to spend the Christmas holidays, we have this charming, renovated Victorian cottage. With a log burner and hypnotic views out over the wild winter sea and along Morte Point, it’s a great place to spend time with friends to enjoy Xmas and celebrate the New Year in Woolacombe.
Gemini Cottage, Woolacombe
This large property is ideal for family holidays in Woolacombe, so is perfect for a festive break in North Devon. There is ample space and the cottage has been furnished and designed to accommodate large groups and children playing inside and outside. It is close to all amenities being only a short walk from the village, but is set back in a quiet location, ideal to dip into festive goings on in and around Woolacombe but easy to pop back for some peace and quiet, and to enjoy the dramatic views of the beach, waves and Baggy headland off in the distance. A good place to watch New Years eve fireworks pop in the winter sky.
Sandy Lane Apartment 3, Woolacombe
As you can see from the photo above, Sandy Lane Apartment 3 is located right next to the beach and The Red Barn! Great for a party and surfing holiday in Woolacombe for Xmas and New Year! You only have to look out of the window to check the surf and then plan the day from there.
If you have any questions about Woolacombe holidays, what to see and do, where to stay, or where to eat and drink, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will be more than happy to help you create an unforgettable holiday in Woolacombe to celebrate Christmas and New Year.