News

News, views and events from in and around Ilfracombe, North Devon and surrounding areas.

TEN YEARS TODAY!!!

Chris and Abby are very happy to announce that they have been the proud owners of Ocean Backpackers for ten years today!

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Damien Hirst, the world famous artist who lives locally has recently applied for planning permission to display his new creation in Ilfracombe Harbour.

LANDMARK BEER AND MUSIC FEST.

Chill away the weekend at the Landmark Beer and Music Festival in Ilfracombe from Friday 4th-Monday 7th May 2012.With a selection of real ales to quaff on, a feast of food to fill your belly and a superb line-up of free live music, a weekend at the Landmark’s annual festival is pure, effortless enjoyment.

WALKERS ARE WELCOME STATUS.

Congratulations to Ilfracombe for recently achieving "walkers are welcome" status. It's a new community led scheme to demonstrate the commitment to making your visit to Ilfracombe a very enjoyable one.(www.walkersarewelcome.ork.uk.)

NORTH DEVON WALKING FESTIVAL.

For all those keen walkers amongst you, do not forget the forthcoming North Devon and Exmoor walking festival, now in it's twelth year. It runs from the 27th April-6th May 2012 and the first two days are based on walks that start from sunny Ilfracombe with all it's curious coastal charm!

FANCY A BUDGET EASTER BREAK?

Fancy walking some of the breathtaking South West Coast Path? Cycling along the tranquil Tarka Trail? Surfing the waves at the spectacular Woolacombe Beach? Or just spending some realaxing quality time away in one of North Devon's holiday hot spots.

REVIEWS

Here at Ilfracombes biggest (and some would say best) backpackers we pride ourselves on offering top quality youth hostel accommodation to people from all walks of life. At the moment we are very busy keeping University surf clubs happy and judging by the review we recently received on the independent hostel guide website we must be doing something right.

OLYMPIC TORCH.

We are very pleased to announce that the London Organising Comitee of the Olympic Games announced last week that the official Olympic Torch will pass through Ilfracombe on May 21st 2012. On it's third leg of a 70 day, 800 mile Olympic Torch Relay, the flame will travel from Exeter to Taunton via North Devon.

TRAVEL SECTION GUARDIAN

Ocean Backpackers got a mention in the travel section of the todays Guardian newspaper (Sunday 7th August). As quoted.. "For somewhere surfer-friendly to stay, try Ocean Backpackers Hostel, Ilfracombe" Well you heard it folks come and stay with us if you want quality budget accommodation near North Devon's top surf beaches woolacombe, croyde and saunton.

CRUISE SHIP

Ilfracombe recently welcomed the cruise ship MS Prinsendam. The town was well prepared for the 800 passengers and 470 crew members. Although we only offer top quality budget accommodation here at ocean backpackers and therefore did not directly benifit from this visit we made sure our frontage was looking it's best incase any of the visitors fancied a return trip and might want to stay in 1 of North Devon's top youth hostels.