News

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

OUR RENOVATIONS ARE COMPLETE!

When it comes to finding budget accommodation in Ilfracombe (or a place to rest your head after an exciting day of surfing in Woolacombe), the Ocean Backpackers Independent Youth Hostel is the place to be.

FOLK AND CIDER FESTIVAL

Today sees the start of the Ilfracombe Folk and Cider Festival.

VERITY LOOKS AMAZING!!!!

Although she is still undergoing the finishing touches, Damien Hirst's 'Verity' is now in place at the gateway into Ilfracombe Harbour. She looks magnificent against the spectacular rugged cliffs of Hillsborough. Here at Ocean Backpackers we absolutely love her and consider her a very welcomed addition to the town!!!

NEW LOOK FOR OUR FAMILY ROOM!

We have now refurbished our family room! It has a new comfy bed, new curtains and new bedding and has had a fresh lick of paint too.

SCHOOL CYCLE CHALLENGE!!

Thank you to Beechen Cliff school in Bath who hired the whole backpackers and stayed with us last night for the second year running. Hope you enjoyed all the facilities that our fab North Devon Independent youth Hostel has to offer.

HIRST'S STATUE TO GO AHEAD!

We say congratulations to Ilfracombe and thank you Damien Hirst!!! His bronze 67 foot statue known as Verity will be installed at Ilfracombe pier on the 17th and 18th October 2012. The statue depicts a pregnant women with sword aloft standing on a set of law books. In true Damien Hirst style one side of the figure depicts skin peeled away to reveal the anatomy underneath, including her unborn child. Love it or hate it....

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.)