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

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Events in Ilfracombe for 2016

List of events happening in Ilfracombe in 2016

Happy New Year!

Look what's in store at Ocean Backpackers for 2016!

Devon/Exmoor Walking Festival

The North Devon and Exmoor Festival 2014 is taking place from the 26th April - 4th May 2014. The first two days are focused around the Ilfracombe area and the scenic boat trip to Lundy Island with a guided walk once there has been re-introduced.


Woolacombe Beach has just been voted second Best Beach in the UK according to the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice awards 2013!!! We at Ocean Backpackers Independent Youth Hostel would definitely not argue with that!! It is truly spectacular!!


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.(


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.


Lundy Island was featured on BBC 2's Britains Secret Seas programme on Sunday the 8th May. It was highlighting the fact that Lundy recently became the UK's 1st marine conservation zone. Take a day trip from Ilfracombe harbour which is just a 2 minute walk from Ocean Backpackers and don't forget to keep a look out for dolphins, porpoises, rare birds and seals on the way!