1st March 2018

What’s on in North Devon, and other reasons to visit in April

April is one of our favourite months here at Saunton - and not just because of the glorious beach right on our doorstep, but because of what’s on in North Devon. The scenery comes alive with nature as the sun begins to shine brighter, whilst Easter events bring joy to the region. Then after the school holidays North Devon is a quiet playground that needs to be explored to be believed.

Whether with the whole family over the Easter holidays or for a quiet couples break, discover what’s on in North Devon this April with Saunton Sands Hotel.

Wonderful events at local attractions

The Easter holidays are a fun time here in North Devon. There are a range of wonderful attractions that offer days out for all the family, and there are places that provide a place for an idyllic escape. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s quite the selection to put on your to-do list...

Dartington Crystal, Torrington

The Dartington Crystal factory is the only working handmade crystal factory remaining in the UK. The Visitor Centre and Factory Tour is open to guests wishing to see the glass being created whilst learning all about the process. Meet the makers, explore the factory, buy the handmade products in their shop.

Saunton Sands Hotel guests receive free entry to Dartington Crystal, please ask at reception for details on this and any discounts to other attractions.    


Clovelly is a cobbled gem, a village stuck in time that has no cars down it’s streets. Take a step back through history and see what life used to be like in this fishing village that offers a surprise around every corner.  

Head around the coastline to Clovelly during the school break where children are challenged to find all 15 of their hidden Easter chicks! Upon entry, children will receive a village map to mark the locations of the Easter chicks perched around the cottages - prizes await for those who find them.

When the children go back to school, holiday makers can take the opportunity to stroll the street down to the quay, enjoy food and drink in the pubs, and learn about the past of the working and privately owned village - entry to the local gardens is also included with your tickets.

RHS Rosemoor

Take your pick from a range of events at this beautiful garden that has a range of seasonal walks and stunning flower beds. Check out What’s On at RHS Rosemoor for the complete list of all their events in April but highlights include Easter holiday fun with Lindt Gold Bunny Hunts, a special drive in movie night, art workshops, a Rhododendron competition and a two day course in photography.

The gardens are beautiful and relaxing whatever the weather, and Saunton Sands Hotel guests receive a reduced entry price.

The Milky Way Adventure Park and The Big Sheep

At both of these family attractions, Easter activities and all weather fun fill the days. The Milky Way Adventure Park has a whole holidays worth of Easter fun until the 12th April. The Easter Bunny will be there in his special Easter Grotto, and egg hunts will keep everyone busy between other fun and games. There’s 10% off your entry fee for our guests.   

Likewise at The Big Sheep they’re putting on an Eggstravaganza Festival and egg hunt. Plus, their animal barn is full of lovely baby chicks, roosters, pygmy goats, pups, piglets and fluffy bunnies. They offer one free child entry per two paying adults for Saunton guests.

Exmoor Zoo

The always popular Exmoor Zoo is a quaint and well filled zoo that homes a wide range of species, including cheetahs, wolves, a variety of other cats, alpacas, monkeys, wallabies, and the famous “Exmoor Beast” - the leopard!

This April, go wild with Easter at the zoo until the 15th. They’ll be doing their Easter trail hunt, an added dynamic when exploring the zoo. Then from the 16th onwards they’ll be looking at native species with nature trails, nest boxes, butterfly conservation and bees!

Of course, Saunton guests receive 15% off the entry price.

Hartland Abbey

Last but not least is Hartland Abbey and Gardens - a cherished home with treasures and memorabilia from many generations. The 18th century walled and woodland gardens, along with the walks and parkland, provide grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove and cottage at Blackpool Mill - where many TV shows and films are recorded.  

As a Saunton guest receive 10% off the entry price and visit during April to see nature bloom! On the 1st and 2nd of April they will be doing traditional Easter egg hunts and there will be other games like Pin the Tail on the Bunny plus egg decorating as well over the Easter weekend.

For the rest of April guests can enjoy Bluebell Days as the Bluebells carpet the walks from the gardens to the sea, and also the seasonal Tulip Time displays - because the tulip plantings should be at their best.  

The natural beauty of North Devon

What else can be said about the beaches in North Devon that hasn’t already been said elsewhere? They are simply stunning, especially Saunton Sands itself which stretches for three miles. In April the warmer weather is perfect for learning to surf, sunbathing on the sand, or taking long walks through the dunes.  

Elsewhere, Exmoor calls to be explored. A stunning backdrop for hikes, picnics, remote pubs, relaxing drives and many photo opportunities, no visit to North Devon would be complete without a visit to the moors. Explore the area in April as Spring brings new born lambs, ponies and - if you’re lucky to see them - deer!

There are many walks to take that showcase the very best of North Devon. Let us inspire and guide you with our walking break offers, starting on the 3rd April, visit: Walking Breaks at Saunton Sands.

Ideally located accommodation

Saunton Sands Hotel is based in the heart of the region, so you’ve easy access to many of what’s on in North Devon this April. Book a stay with us to enjoy all the events and attractions the area has to offer.

Our rooms and apartments are ready to go, our outdoor pool will be open for use, and we’re providing a special Spring Three Night Break offer from the 15th April. Come and find out for yourself why April is the month to visit North Devon