Summer Guided Walks & Events 2019

Information on Northam Burrows events this summer.

What's On

This year as part of the Devon D-Day project we will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day at a series of special events, and with a micro exhibition in our visitor centre. Northam Burrows is steeped in War World Two history with the remains of coastal defences and RAF Northam radar base still located within the park boundary. These features and the fascinating trials of the Combined Operations Experimental Establishment (C.O.X.E.) are remembered in our Wartime Westward Ho! exhibition at the visitor centre, which is open daily from the 25th of May until the 1st of September (11am-5pm). For our special Devon D-Day events please see the information below:



World War Two Discovery Trail

Tuesday 28th of May, 2pm-4pm, The Skern

Take part in a family friendly orienteering trail. Find hidden World War Two remains and learn about D-Day training operations with the Northam Burrows Rangers and North Devon Coast AONB. Part of the Devon D-Day project.

Kites in Flight

Thursday 30th of May, 2pm-4pm

Come and join us to make your own kite and fly it over the dunes.

D-Day History Walk

Thursday 6th of June, 2pm - 4pm

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day discover the World War Two significance of Northam Burrows in this history walk with Dave Edgcombe from the North Devon Coast AONB. Part of the Devon D-Day project.

Stepping Out Performance walk (Booking essential)

Saturday 8th of June, 2pm-4pm, The Skern

Sunday 9th of June, 2pm-4pm, The Skern

Join us for a guided performance walk led by Red Herring Productions as part of their Stepping Out project. This walk will involve theatrical elements and is a chance to look at Northam Burrows from a completely unique perspective. For full details or to book a place please visit http://www.redherringproductions.co.uk/

Ship to Shore

Tuesday 23rd of July, 2pm - 4pm

Make your own mini boat and learn about ship wrecks and shipbuilding around North Devon.

A Pirate's Life for Me

Thursday 25th of July, 2pm - 4pm

Come and create a pirate outfit and search for buried treasure!

Big Butterfly Count

Tuesday 30th of July, 2pm - 4pm

Take part in the world's largest butterfly survey and join the rangers for an afternoon of butterfly counting and crafts.

Flying High

Tuesday 6th of August, 2pm - 4pm

Come and create a paper glider, parachute or kite and learn about the WWII anti-glider defences on the Burrows. Part of North Devon Coast AONB's Coastal Heritage Project

Late Summer Plant Walk

Thursday 8th of August, 2pm - 4pm

Late summer is the best time of year to find the sweet smelling plants on the Burrows.

Tideline Treasure Hunt

Tuesday 13th of August, 2pm - 4pm, Sandymere bridge

Search the beach with the rangers for natural treasure and make a shell necklace or wind catcher. Will you be the champion and build the tallest 'leaning tower of limpets'?!

Rockpool Ramble

Thursday 15th of August, 2pm - 4pm, Westward Ho! slipway

Discover the weird and wonderful plants and animals that call the rockpools home.

Seashore Safari

Tuesday 20th of August, 2pm - 4pm, Wesward Ho! slipway

Join our rangers to explore the diverse habitats of the rocky shore on a walk from the beach to Mermaid's pool.

Bumblebees in the Burrows

Thursday 22nd of August, 2pm - 4pm

Search the dunes for mini-beasts and build your own bee house.

Every Dog has its Day

Tuesday 27th of August, 2pm - 4pm

Join the rangers for a fun family dog show with silly competitions. Will your dog be the fastest? The prettiest? The best dressed?

Fleecy Fun

Thursday 29th of August, 2pm - 4pm

Use natural sheep's wool (from the Burrows' living lawnmowers) to make a work of art. Try your hand at preparing and spinning fleece.

Aftermath of War

Tuesday 9th July - Saturday 10th August, everyday 11am - 5pm

Braunton artist Brian Chugg painted the decaying beach defences of North Devon after WWII. His work is on display in the visitor centre as part of a touring exhibition for the Devon D Day project.   


All guided walks and events will meet at the Burrows Centre unless stated otherwise. Please wear sensible footwear and suitable clothing. For further information contact the Burrows Centre on 01237 479708 or email northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk