21st August 2019

Our Top Six September Picks

Looking at a September break at The Imperial Hotel? We have put together our top six picks of what to do this September in North Devon.

Barnstaple Fair & Carnival | 18 - 21st September 2019

What better way to kick start Autumn than our annual Barnstaple fair and carnival, the fair is held for 4 Nights with the carnival taking place on the afternoon of the last day. 

Barnstaple fair has been running since 1931 and is one of the biggest in the South West with the return of all the games, rides and the huge carnival which normally attracts up to 20,000 people. 

The carnival is split into a children's adults procession, with the crowning of a carnival queen plus fireworks! Organised by a small committee of volunteers, the carnival is a registered charity, so if in town on the 21st ensure you have some spare change to donate as the carnival circles through the central streets. 

For more information visit the Barnstaple Fair and Carnival website. 


Art Trek Open Studios | 13th - 29th September

If you love everything art and want a fun way of exploring North Devon then don't miss this years Art Trek. 

Art Trek is a way to take in all the art and craftsmanship skills the people of North Devon process. Artists, painters and sculptures come together to offer a trail of art around the region, opening up their shops, workspaces and their homes to showcase off their work. 

Everyone is then invited to travel around North Devon, finding all the local artists taking part to see their work and find some hidden gems.

The Art Trek series of open studies give an opportunity to many artists found in isolated places, raising their profile and showcasing their work directly to the public.

For the visitor, the event is a window in which to meet these artists and makers in a relaxed atmosphere, chat about their work processes, see demonstrations and join in with special workshops and events. There is also the potential to buy or commission unique, hand-created artworks from artists taking part.  

Vintage Imperial Afternoon Tea

If you fancy a break from exploring then why not take a seat in our cosy lounge and enjoy our delicious selection of Afternoon teas.

Served in our Terrace Lounge it is the perfect atmosphere to relax and watch the leaves turn golden whilst snuggled up in our lounge enjoying our delicious selection of cakes, pastries, freshly made finger sandwiches, fruit scone served with strawberry preserve and West Country clotted cream. 

Marwood Gardens

This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away, only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950's the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs, and trees aloung with a peaceful atmosphere.

The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sale area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too. 

Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal is the UK's only remaining glass factory and is a unique and fascinating experience for all. Discover their history in the exhibition centre, featuring products and images from over 50 years, as well a special exhibition including items presented to members of the royal family and many of their prestigious clients. 

Watch skilled glass makers in action during factory experience, where you can see the molten glass transformed into items of beauty and function. 

Enjoy discounted entry as part of our Guest Exclusive Benefits

Appledoor Book Festival | 20th - 28th September

The lovely village of Appledore hosts this hugely popular literary festival, which was founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, the author of the Horrible Science books.

Since then, Appledore Book Festival has become the biggest cultural festival in Devon, attracting brilliant authors, speakers and artists for everyone to enjoy. 

The charities aim is to increase the enjoyment of reading and encourage creative writing by providing access to inspirational events.