The perfect base for exploring the North Devon coast


Why visit Woolacombe?

Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park is the perfect base for exploring the North Devon coast and countryside; the beaches here are amongst the best in England, with Woolacombe Beach ranking in the top 4! Saunton Sands and Croyde are well within easy motoring distance and Woolacombe Beach is only a 15-20 minute walk from the campsite through our dedicated footpath.

There are breaks for everyone including families, couples and best friends. Whether you are looking for a chance to reconnect as a family, explore and share experiences, recharge your batteries or looking for a packed fun filled holiday, Woolacombe is the ideal place for you. 

Click here for a list of the Wonderful Walks in and around Woolacombe!

World Surfing Reserve

Woolacombe has been voted by TripAdvisor the fourth best Beach in the England, as well as part of the world's 12th Surfing Reserve (North Devon) - and it's no surprise why!  Woolacombe Beach is one of the finest beaches in the West Country and has won numerous awards. This golden sandy beach spans three miles long and is very popular with surfers, locals and holiday makers. Woolacombe Beach is family owned & run by Parkin Estates and offers an impressive level of services and facilities for everything you could need for your perfect beach holiday.

Woolacombe Beach Services: 

  • Car Parks
  • Entertainment
  • Lifeguards
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Food 
  • Beach Goods
  • Beach Huts

Woolacombe Beach Huts are in a prime location. Why not rent one out and watch the children make sandcastles, have a BBQ and sip your favourite drink in their complementary chairs. These beach huts also come with two patio chairs, a table and a windbreak.

North Devon has recently been named as the worlds 12th World Surfing Reserve meaning our waves are now protected! Click here to read more!

Woolacombe Beach

Other areas to explore in Woolacombe

Woolacombe is the perfect central location to explore. Beaches such as Croyde, Saunton, and Woolacombe have great local food on offer, and we think we hear you say Sri Lankan Curry! We are fortunate to have many more beaches in walking distance from Woolacombe:

Barricane Beach - If you are visiting Woolacombe, Barricane Beach is a must. It is a picturesque cove tucked between the rocks and is famous for Barricane’s Café Sri Lankan curries while watching the sunset! Also a great place for little ones to explore the rock-pools.

Combesgate Beach - Further along we have Combesgate Beach, which is made of fine golden sand like Woolacombe and is popular for swimmers and surfers. Combesgate is a lovely secluded beach, located approximately 600 metres north of Woolacombe Beach.

Grunta Beach Grunta Beach is a hidden treasure off Woolacombe Beach. You can get there via a steep cliff pathway, which is difficult to reach, but it is more than worth it once you get there. Its secludedness makes it a perfect tranquil spot. Dogs are welcome throughout the year. 

Putsborough - Putsborough Beach is at the far end of Woolacombe beach, by Baggy Point, and is also ideal for surfing, rock-pooling and sandcastles!

Other beaches we recommend are : Baggy Point, Lynmouth, Watermouth & Combe Martin

Barricane Beach

Woolacombe Village

Woolacombe is not just about the beach, it also has a thriving village which has a huge amount to offer, along with locals who are welcoming and friendly.

Being the closest holiday park to the beach has its perks. Saving you a fortune on car parking, our dedicated footpath to Woolacombe village begins in the middle of Avenue 6. The footpath will take you about 15 minutes to walk through, offering beautiful scenery of the countryside as you walk to the village.

Woolacombe village has everything you could need from cafes, pubs, takeaways, restaurants, ice cream stands, Funder Island with its own 18 hole pirate themed adventure golf course,  a range of shops selling gifts and clothing. Woolacombe village also has a post office, newsagent, chemist, surf hire and cash machines. The village also offers dog friendly places to dine with some beautiful views of the ocean. We recommend visiting Bar Electric, Tides Inn and Brundells.

Woolacombe is undoubtedly busiest in the summer, creating a vibrant atmosphere but there is something quite wonderful about also visiting in low season. Grabbing an ice cream or a hot chocolate and finding a quiet spot on the beach to watch the sunset, taking in the tranquillity.  Our small and quaint village has something to offer for each and every one of you.

If you fancy getting out and about... check out our information on where to go in North Devon!

Family fun on the beach in Woolacombe, North Devon

What can you do when staying in Woolacombe?

There is PLENTY to do in Woolacombe to keep you entertained! It is the perfect location to do what you love – whether it is spending time with your friends and family, exploring and finding new places to walk your dog or maybe a romantic walk along the coast.  Woolacombe is perfect for rock pooling and exploring, swimming, paddle boarding and for the more adventurous there is canoeing, kayaking, body boarding and surfing!  Sea and river fishing, golf, clay shooting, tennis and horse riding are all available in Woolacombe or surrounding areas.

If you are looking for activities outside of the Woolacombe area, you can explore the beauty of Exmoor. Ilfracombe is only round the corner from Woolacombe, and boasts a pretty harbour which offers steamer trips to Lundy Island and daily fresh fish catches available at the harbourside café in the Summer months. Discover Clovelly's famous cobbled main street that descends to its sheltered harbour. Enjoy Combe Martin's coastal scenery, the magnificent countryside around Lynton and the picturesque harbour at Lynmouth. A visit to the historic market town of Barnstaple is a must, especially on market days.

Click here for Woolacombe & North Devon's Bucketlist.

Surfing in Woolacombe, North Devon

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre

If you are coming to Woolacombe and want to ensure you get the best out of your holiday, make sure you pay a visit to the Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre. They will provide you with their knowledge and all the information you could possibly need! You name it, they know it!

The TIC can assist with tickets for; Lundy Island, Ilfracombe Princess Cruises, Ilfracombe Sea Safari, Fishing Trips, North Devon Show, Rosemoor Gardens, Mortehoe Tractor & Trailer Rides, Local Events and Car Park Permits.

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre can provide you with a wide range of leaflets for attractions, events, village maps and general information along with maps and books for walking, cycling, history and local information.

While you are there, why don't you have a look at their gifts and souvenirs and grab yourself a drink and snack and sit outside whilst soaking up the view of the beach!

The Esplanade
EX34 7DL

Tel: 01271 870553
e-mail: [email protected]

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Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre

Plastic Free North Devon 

Plastic Free North Devon is a local environmental charity started by volunteers who want to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment in North Devon and beyond.

"Our mission is to protect and improve our environment through community-led action to combat plastic pollution.

We aim to achieve this by helping people to recognise the relevance and value of the environment to their lives; to see and experience first-hand the impact of plastic pollution on nature; and to support good choices in purchasing, use and disposal of plastics, as we move to a more sustainable community.

By working with local communities, businesses, organisations and government we aim to:
• Raise awareness of our environment and how it is affected by plastic.
• Reduce the consumption of single-use plastics in North Devon.
• Clear waste plastic from our coasts, waterways, countryside and urban areas.
• Recycle and dispose of used plastics in an appropriate way."

All information taken from

What is Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park doing to help?

We are supporting PFND & helping to make our environment greener by stopping the sale of cheap body boards! We have also implemented a host of changes over the past few years to support the cause & be as green as we can:

  • No single use plastic where possible 
  • VegWare alternatives used where needed
  • No plastic straws
  • Fruit & veg sold without plastic (loose)
  • Better quality buckets & spades
  • Cans, not plastic bottles of drink sold where possible
  • Friendly Soap Ltd products stocked
  • More recycling bays
  • And much more! Simply ask on arrival or one of our friendly team whilst staying with us. 

What can you do to help when visiting North Devon?

The team at Plastic Free North Devon have created a video for you to watch, packed full of information on how you can help when you visit North Devon and it's many Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty! Click here to watch! 


Plastic Free North Devon