General

Access to Bideford by road is pretty good, serviced with a number of A Class roads feeding into the location, with extensive parking close to the main event area.

If you intend to drive to the event on New Year’s Eve, please remember that The Quay in Bideford will be closed between the hours of midday on the 31st December through until the early hours of the 1st January 2016. The road affected is the main A386 which runs through Bideford, connecting the A39 at Bideford to Okehampton (West Devon) Local diversions will be in place.

Public Transport will of course be affected by this road closure and the latest details of affected services can be found here.

The nearest train station is located at Barnstaple (BNP) with plenty of connecting bus services coming into Bideford on New Year’s Eve. There are also plenty of private hire firms and operators in the area who will be located at one of the two official Taxi Ranks which will be situated to the North & South of the main entertainment stage, just outside of the road closures.

There is plenty of competition for the local Taxi firms, so pricing for Taxi’s to and from Bideford should be competitive for people wishing to come into the town by train, then Taxi.

By Car

From M5

Exit the motorway at junction 27 and follow the signs marked Barnstaple / Tiverton (A361). Remain on the A361 until the road ends on approach to Barnstaple.

Continue straight on the A39, signposted Bude / Bideford and continue on that road until you come to a roundabout with the A386. Take the first left onto the A386, heading down Kingsley Road toward the Quay.

From that route in you have two car parks to choose from (avoiding the road closure). The Pill Car Park which is located on the right hand side soon after driving past Bideford Town Football Club on the right and Morrisons Supermarket on the left. The Riverbank Car Park, is a left hand turn soon after the Pill Car Park, just as you arrive at the river. Charges apply each day 8 am to 6 pm every day including all bank holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day. - The main event stage is located a couple of minutes walk along The Quay from either of those car parks.

From Bude (A39)

From Bude, driving on the A39, heading towards Bideford / Barnstaple until you get to the Clovelly Road roundabout. Depending upon which car park you choose to park in, you could take this turn off which takes you down past Atlantic Village and Asda Superstore which will be on your right hand side as you descend down toward Bideford, staying on Clovelly Road.

At the Junction of Meddon Street, take a left hand turn into Old Road and follow the signs to The Pannier Market, where there is a long stay car park in Honestone Street, or further down the road toward the Bridge Street car park.

Alternmatively, continue on the A39 to the next roundabout (Heywood Road) and turn right into Bideford. From that route in you have two car parks to choose from (avoiding the road closure). The Pill Car Park which is located on the right hand side soon after driving past Bideford Town Football Club on the right and Morrisons Supermarket on the left. The Riverbank Car Park, is a left hand turn soon after the Pill Car Park, just as you arrive at the river. Charges apply each day 8 am to 6 pm every day including all bank holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day. - The main event stage is located a couple of minutes walk along The Quay from either of those car parks.

From Okehampton (A386)

Follow the A386 towards Torrington / Bideford. On entering Bideford, at the small roundabout located at the Junction of Bridge Street and the Bideford Long Bridge, take a left hand turn onto Bridge Street where you can find the Bridge Street car park. If that car park is full, there is an alternative car park on the East side of the Torridge called Clarence Wharf, accessed by driving over the Bridge, taking the first left and the car park is around 500yards down on the left, just past The Royal Hotel.

Sat Nav

Use this postcode to get to the main event site. EX39 2AG (Please be aware that the main event location is inside the limits of the road closure.)

Car Parks in Bideford

Bideford is the District's principal town and provides a mix of both short and long stay car parking. Charges apply each day 8 am to 6 pm every day including all bank holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Bridge Street

Situated in the heart of the town at the rear of the High Street, offers dedicated short stay parking for cars and motorcycles with a maximum stay of 10 hours.

Pill

Situated at the north end of the town centre this car parks provides short stay parking for cars and motorcycles. There are also limited number of bays for blue badge users

Riverbank

Again this car park can be found to the north of the town centre nestled between Bideford's Victoria Park and the River Torridge. The car park is split into two distinct areas the first being short stay parking, and the latter providing long stay parking. At the north of this car park can be found a public slipway for the launching of boats (tide permitting). Coach and commercial vehicle parking can also be found in this car park.

The Pannier Market (Honestone Street)

Conveniently situated near the town centre and Bideford's Pannier Market, this car parks provides both short and long stay parking for cars and motorcycles.

Clarence Wharf

Situated on the east of the River Torridge provides both short and long stay parking and is ideally placed for access to the popular Tarka Trail.

See more at: Torridge District Council - Where to Park in Bideford

Wheel Chair Users

We are able to offer on a first come, first served basis parking for up to 10 wheel chair users and their vehicles on the day of the event. Passes will need to be applied for in advance of the event by emailing our Spectator Assistance Coordinator, Ms Pauline Davies on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All passes will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Pass holders can only access the disabled parking bays from the Southern Road Closure end, located at The Bideford Longbridge/ Bridge Street Junction. Pass holders will have to show their passes to the marshals in attendance at the road closure and you will be escorted to your parking space by one of our marshals.

Owing to Health & Safety regulations we regret that we cannot allow any vehicle movements on the Quay after 18:00hs on the 31st December, so we respectfully ask that anyone wishing to park their vehicle on the Quay in any of the designated spaces do so before 18:00hrs. Please bear in mind that the road closure comes into force on The Quay at midday, so vehicles wishing to park on The Quay prior to the road closure coming into force may do so but please check in with a marshal to make sure that you are parked in the correct parking bay.

Departure from the wheel chair parking bays can be at any time on the night but prior to your departure, you must alert one of our marshals or security team who will assist you regarding your departure. There will be a one way system in operation, using the emergency vehicle road in behind the main Quay complex. Wheel chair users will be directed to leave via the site via the Northern Gate, the opposite end of The Quay to which you will have entered the site. We respectfully request that you notify a marshal before your departure.

By Rail

The nearest train station to Bideford is located at Barnstaple (BNP), some 10 miles away from the site. There are a number of buses which run from the train station as well as a number of really good private hire Taxis who operate out of Barnstaple’s Train Station with a number of services coming into Bideford.

Public Transport – Stagecoach Services 21 & 21A both operate from Barnstaple Train Station coming into Bideford, with stops on Bideford Quay before the road closure comes into force. Please refer to the following section to see what effect the road closure has on the buses coming into Bideford, the revised locations of the stops and when the last bus is likely to run.

First Group also operate services out of Barnstaple with a number of routes coming into Bideford. Please refer to the following website for more information on the services available to First Group. http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/service/North_Deven_booklet_V6_FINAL.pdf

By Bus

Please be aware that on the 31st December 2015 (New Year’s Eve) as part of the yearly celebrations that happen in Bideford on that day, the Quay will be closed from 12.00hrs, from the mini roundabout near Bideford Long Bridge, north to Bridgeland Street (as shown on the main site map)

Public Transport will be affected, as follows;

The 21 service from Barnstaple to Bideford will turn off at Westleigh going in to Bideford from Haywood’s roundabout and turn at Morrison’s Supermarket where there will be a temporary bus stop (opposite the petrol station). This service will not be able to serve the stops from Westleigh roundabout to the post office. Return trips vice versa.

The 21A from East the Water will serve normal route up to the Royal Hotel and then go back to Westleigh roundabout following the same route as the 21 service. The only stops we will miss are Bideford Quay and the post office. The temporary bus stop will be picking up passengers for Barnstaple direction, Westward Ho! & Appledore.

Services 85, 319, 5B, and 75B will operate via Westleigh over Bideford Long Bridge and pick up all passengers opposite Tanton’s Hotel. There will be a temporary stop put in place. The bus stops we will be missed run from Haywoods roundabout to Bideford Quay.

The 75 service will be picking up from the bottom of Meddon Street for services in both directions. (Old town and Torrington).