Ilfracombe 5 Day Festive - Imperial Hotel
Ilfracombe enjoys a setting of rare beauty set as it is amongst the breathtaking scenery of North Devon and nestling around a harbour as old and beautiful as any in Britain. For the energetic there are splendid walks along the Coastal Path, the famous Torrs walks, or swimming from the Tunnel beaches and coves. For those who like to take things a bit easier, one can simply stroll through the delightful gardens or while away an hour or two watching the ever-changing harbour scene. A boat trip is a "must" during your stay to see the spectacular cliffs of North Devon or visit the legendary Isle of Lundy. There is also plenty to do in the evening with theatre, concerts, and cinema, as well as the entertainment provided at our hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Christmas Special ProgrammeMonday
Sherry reception on arrival followed by dinner and dancing.
Tuesday (Alias Christmas Eve) Full Day Excursion to Barnstaple
Today our full day shopping excursion takes us to the capital of North Devon, Barnstaple. This lively, bustling place has several narrow interesting streets with a profusion of shops. The quay, once a busy port, is well worth a look, as is the 14th century parish church. Barnstaple is the oldest borough in England, with its status conferred in 1148. Barnstaple's Pannier Market dates back to Saxon times when the town was considered important enough to be one of the four "Burhs" (Borough) in Devon. An unusual feature of the market building is that it was built over the top of Market Street (previously known as Anchor Lane) and this street still runs through the centre of the market. We return to our hotel in time for dinner after which the evening is filled with dancing and entertainment.
Wednesday (Alias Christmas Day)
Morning competition to guess the weight of the Christmas Cake. Traditional Christmas lunch with 'Santa' and presents. Afternoon tea and games. Dinner followed by dancing and entertainment.
Thursday (Alias Boxing Day) Half Day Excursion to Lynton & Lynmouth
After breakfast our morning excursion takes us over a small part of Exmoor to the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth. Although it is at least 1,000 years old, Lynmouth did not become well known until it was 'discovered' by the poet Shelley and his 16-year old bride Mary (who later wrote the famous Frankenstein story). Much of the village was destroyed in a spectacular flood in 1952 which claimed over 30 lives. However, the new village retains much of the charm of the original. Not to be missed is the spectacular funicular between Lynmouth and its larger twin, Lynton. Back at the hotel enjoy a pre-lunch glass of punch followed by Grand Boxing Day Lunch. Free afternoon followed by dinner and fancy dress farewell dance (please bring a costume).
Depart hotel after breakfast.
Individual hotel programmes may differ slightly from this programme.
Situated in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, overlooking the gardens and splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre, close to the shops and only a short almost level walk from the harbour. 104 rooms with central heating and bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, intercom, hair dryer and TV with radio channels.
There is a TV lounge, attractive cosy bar and sun lounge. Dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. Lift to all floors although the majority of rooms are three stairs above the lift floor levels. Tel:01271 862536
AA Three Star Rated
Note for clients with mobility impairments: this hotel does not have any ground floor rooms and a short steep slope and five steps at the entrance are unavoidable. Please ensure you submit a Special Needs form if you are mobility impaired.