Family Holidays in Westward Ho family holiday guide


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Family holidays in Westward Ho! offer a great escape – sun, sea, entertainment and miles and miles of sandy beaches, what more could you wish for?

Situated near Bideford in North Devon, Westwood Ho! is renowned for its unusual name. The village name derives from the title of Charles Kingsley’s novel Westwood Ho! (1855) set in Bideford. As a bestseller, entrepreneurs invested in the village as an opportunity for the development of tourism and soon Westward Ho! became a popular seaside destination for families.

Undoubtedly, the beach is the main attraction in this wonderfully picturesque area, offering a two-mile stretch of golden sand. There is always plenty of free entertainment on the beach for children, whether it is simply investigating the rock pools with mum and dad or building sandcastles or making a splash in the tidal swimming pool. The beach provides a great vantage point too for parents who want to watch the numerous thrill-seeking kite surfers in action.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in Westward Ho!:

  1. Sandy beaches where you can relax and have fun with the family.
  2. The parks and striking architecture.
  3. Restaurants and cafes offering delicious meals for all tastes – check out the Pier House and their delicious mussels.
  4. Nearby, there is The Big Sheep where the kids can be entertained while the parents relax.
  5. Beautiful scenic views over the sea as the sun goes down.
  6. Souvenir shops for novelty gifts.
  7. Golfing opportunities for sporting mums and dads.
  8. A taste of maritime history.
  9. Cream teas with a well-earned coffee.
  10. The surf where families can ride the waves together.


Westward Ho! is renowned for its surf scene and long clean sandy beaches. For holidaymakers, there is a wide range of accommodation that suits all needs and budgets. What the area promises is an excellent value holiday for families with young children. With plenty of events and entertainment planned at venues and an abundance of cafes and restaurants, holidaymakers won’t have to leave the area in search of fun.


    • The Big Sheep is a great family attraction no matter what the weather. There is a Rampage Rollercoaster which is ideal for thrill seekers. The animal barn and pets’ corner will delight younger visitors, while adults can enjoy the on-site brewery and gin distillery. And if it’s wet, the Ewetopia Indoor Playground will keep little ones busy.
    • There are plenty of souvenir shops, including The Beach Shop which is a family run business selling a wide range of novelty gifts and clotted cream fudge. The shop is near the beach, adding to the temptation.
    • Holidaymakers in search of evening relaxation can enjoy the range of restaurants serving world fayre in addition to British favourites. From seafood to pizza, to grill favourites, all tastes are catered for. For a lighter bite at lunch, the cafes in Westward Ho serve sandwiches as well as delicious cream teas.
    • Westward Ho holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The North Devon Surf School which guarantees excitement for people of all ages. The school is long established and has been offering lessons since 1988. There is a surf shop and café as well as parking for customers. Both group and private lessons are available and equipment can be hired. The North Devon Surf School holds the ‘Centre Of Excellence’ award from the International Surfing Association and Surfing England.
    • Royal North Devon Golf Club is worth a visit if you like to unwind with around. The club was founded in 1864, and it’s the oldest golf course in England. It’s affectionately known as ‘the St Andrew’s of the South.’ Visitors to the clubhouse can browse the museum and the competition trophies.
    • Lundy Island is just off the coast of Westward Ho and you can visit via a boat trip to see the stunning wildlife. Lundy lies just off the coast and is only three miles long and half a mile wide. Lundy itself is tranquil, even during the busy summer months when visitor numbers are up. There is plenty to do for budding historians with the numerous buildings and monuments while those who enjoy the peace of nature can witness at first hand the wild Soay Sheep and the Sika Deer.
    • North Down Maritime Museum is nearby. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy and the interactive exhibits will keep children entertained. There is also a large range of books on the maritime history of the area which gives an insight into the area’s past.
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