Things for Millennials to do in North Devon – Festivals, Events and Nightlife

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Simon Willis

Looking for things to do for millennials in and around Croyde? We’ll take you through the best things to do in the area; whether its festivals, pop up nightclubs or live music, there’s a lot going on. This is part one- Festivals, Events and Nightlife. Part Two features Eating, Drinking and Activities.

Festivals and Events

Sky Bar – May 26th, 27th, 28th

The unique pop up nightclub returns to Croyde again this year for 3 nights with their ‘Pop Up Bar, Eats and Beats.’ Watch the sun go down and then party the rest of the night with top shelf drinks from their Tanqueray Gin Bar or Ciroc Cocktail Bar.

Top quality street food is available to go along with their sundown acoustic sessions to start off the evening, followed by DJ’s later on. They tend to have a different music theme each night so be sure to pick your favourite, whether it is Beach House or Soul Sessions.

Goldcoast Oceanfest- June 9th, 10th, 11th

The annual festival, now in its 10th year, has a big line up for 2017 including Kaiser Chiefs, Sigma and The Cuban Brothers. There is a host of beach sport activities to compliment the music line up, including surf comps and an iron man race.

It’s a fairly small site with one main stage, but with tickets fairly cheap you can enjoy Croyde and the area in the morning, go surfing then try out a few of the local pubs for lunch and a beer then head back to the festival in the afternoon, where there is a few stalls and demonstrations to keep you entertained in between acts.

Croyde Beer Festival – TBC

The beer festival at down end is just a stone’s throw from the holiday resort on the same site as Sky Bar, so also has ridiculously good views of Croyde Bay and the sunset.

At the moment it hasn’t confirmed to be happening yet in 2017 but if it does go ahead it usually takes place the second weekend in August, has a great local music line up and some of the best ales and cider from North Devon and the rest of the county.

Barefoot Ball – Saturday June 3rd

This bohemian summer ball is a one night party where you’ll get a feast of local goodness from caterers Seadog to eat at big banquet feasting tables and to enjoy with cocktails from one of the various bars.

A chilled out local favourite situated above the village, where everyone dresses in their best modern hippy chic!

Live Music and Nightlife

Live Bands

Lots of local pubs have live music throughout the year, The Thatch and The Kings Arms tend to have the most music on, both usually having a decent band play on Friday night.

We have The Jump Jets playing rock/ indie blues and acoustic singer, songwriter Sam Dowden playing throughout the summer.The Manor also has music every now and then. It’s worth having a look on social for updated schedules closer to the time but there’s always live music on at some point during the week.

Open Mic Nights

The two regular open mics in the area are at The Kings Arms Georgeham every Sunday from 9pm and Bar Electric in Woolacombe every Wednesday.


Marisco’s in Woolacombe boasts being the country’s oldest nightclub and the music tends to be really good with Slamboree and Kissy Sell Out both playing recently. The ‘Dirty Disco’ can be a pretty messy night and is certainly not a dresses and heels type venue; worth it if you need somewhere to go late night as all the bars will have kicked you out by 1 o’clock and it’s good fun if it’s a busy night and there’s a group of you going.

Barnstaple is the next nearest spot for late night spots but it’s a fairly small town and only worth the journey is there’s a big act on or you’re in need of a big night out. There’s a couple of nice bars; Claytons does really good cocktails and Lilico’s has a huge beer and cider selection. There’s two nightclubs in Barnstaple for you to chose from; Fever (which is not great) and Club Tropicana.

Blog written by our travel writer Si Willis. You can subscribe here.

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