Burrows Visitor Centre back up and running in record time!

Visitors Centre Repaired Jul 17

Following the significant fire that damaged Northam Burrows Visitor Centre over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Torridge's property and construction teams have been working closely with contractors to return the facility to full use in time for the main summer holiday season.

As a result of all the hard work the central section of the building has been completely re-roofed and refurbished to enable the centre to reopen to the public again during the first week of the school holidays. The centre reopening also coincides with the launch of the Burrows summer programme of events, talks and walks which will have something for all ages. These family friendly events are a great way to get outside and explore the local environment, whilst also having lots of fun.

Councillor Philip Pennington - Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said:

"We are very grateful to the insurance loss adjuster, all of the local contractors and TDC officers who have really pulled the stops out to achieve the full reinstatement of the facilities to a very tight timescale. Our rangers led by Michael Day have also done a magnificent job of working around the problems the fire caused while still maintaining a "business as usual" approach to keeping the park open and running."

Lead Ranger - Michael Day said:

"We are delighted to announce the reopening of the visitor centre in time for the school summer holidays. The quick turn around has been a great achievement and I am proud of the way we have bounced back from the fire at the end of May. This has been thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the rebuild, to whom I am extremely grateful. The Rangers have been busy designing new displays and preparing an exciting programme of events.  We look forward to seeing everyone next week enjoying this fantastic facility once again"

The remaining summer events include:


Under the Sea

Tuesday 1st of August 2pm-4pm

Craft event with an underwater theme.

Circus School

Thursday 3rd of August 2pm-4pm

Learn circus skills with the Rangers.

Late Summer Plant Walk

Sunday 6th of August 10am-12pm

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

Coastal Creatures Sandcastle Competition-part of the North Devon Coast AONB's Coastal Creatures Project

Tuesday 8th of August 2pm-4pm

A fun sandcastle competition.

Meet at Sandymere bridge.

X Marks the Spot

Thursday 10th of August 2pm-4pm

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

Coastal Creatures Love your Beach-part of the North Devon Coast AONB's Coastal Creatures Project

Tuesday 15th of August 2pm-4pm

Learn about marine litter and help us find a crafty solution to the problem.

Burrows Bug Hunt

Thursday 17th of August 2pm-4pm

Search the dunes for mini-beasts and build your own bug from recycled materials.

Every Dog has its Day

Tuesday 22nd of August 2pm-4pm

A fun family dog show with silly competitions.

Coastal Creatures Seaside Surveys-part of the North Devon Coast AONB's Coastal Creatures Project

Thursday 24th of August 10.30am-4pm

Come and help us record the creatures on our coastline at this drop in event.

Meet at Westward Ho! slipway.

Wild in the Garden

Tuesday 29th of August 2pm-4pm

Learn how to make a home for wildlife in your garden.

Birds of the Burrows

Thursday 31st of August 2pm-4pm

Join us for a guided walk to see some of our feathered friends.


Autumn Plant Walk

Sunday 3rd of September 10am-12pm

The rarest Burrows plants come out in the early Autumn.

28 July 2017