While there may not be a plethora of entertainment options for you to choose from in this North Devon town, Barnstaple is all about quality, not quantity. Queen’s Theatre offers an excellent programme of productions, Barnstaple Town F.C. is a fun-loving local football club, and that’s just the start.
Entertainment in Barnstaple
The jewel in the crown of Barnstaple’s bustling Boutport Street, the Queen’s Theatre is the town’s top entertainment venue. While it’s current iteration is relatively modern, there has been a lively theatre scene in Barnstaple ever since the 15th century, and – if you’ll allow yourself to believe the rumours – William Shakespeare performed here in 1605.
Queen’s Theatre curates a wonderful programme of performances which cater for all ages, with everything from children’s shows and pantomimes to classical theatre and opera. It also books celebrated celebrities and popular music artists from around the world.
Boutport Street is brimming with some of the best nightlife in Barnstaple, so if you want to grab a drink before a show, or afterwards, then you certainly aren’t shy of options. When you’ve had your fill, our Barnstaple hotel is only a five-minute taxi drive away.
Barnstaple Town F.C.
Barnstaple Town FC
Sports fans can pay a visit to Mill Road to see a home match of the local football club, Barnstaple Town. Pub quiz experts will know that it was originally founded in 1904 under the massively different moniker of Pilton Yeo Vale.
While the club has never played in the Football League, it’s a fun way to kill a couple of hours. Plus, tickets are reasonably priced. They’re a friendly bunch and will appreciate your support of grassroots football. So, check to see if any fixtures are taking place during your stay, and make your way to Mill Road.
If you want to see some live music while you’re here in Barnstaple, the first place you should check out is the Queen’s Theatre. After that, try The Factory, which is part of Petroc college.
The 800-capacity events space is primarily the home of the college’s music department, but it also books a far-reaching programme of music, including famous DJs, cover acts and live bands from around the world. It’s a bit of a newcomer to North Devon, but it’s fast making a name for itself as one of the best places to see a gig in the county.