Our Bideford centre supports courses in Bideford, Ilfracombe, Torrington and surrounding areas. In our centres you can find information about us and our courses, enrol and get support for your learning.

Bideford Arts Centre
The Quay
EX39 2EY

01237 472462



opening times

Monday to Thursday 9-5pm, Fridays 9am-4.30pm

On Fridays, the Arts Centre will close at 4pm.


Disabled toilets are available on lower floor, ramp access for wheelchair users and automatic doors to all lower floor classrooms.


There is a public pay and display car park opposite the centre at the “River Bank Long Stay Car Park” which is well signposted and is currently charged at 60p an hour – £1.20 for up to 2hrs or £2 for 4hrs. If you wish to stay all day it’s £3 for 24hrs. It is possible to pay using park mobile on your phone if you don’t have change. There is also the Pill cark park next to the centre at a cost of 90p an hour.

directions and transport

North Devon Link Road A39 follow signs to Bideford. Take first exit at roundabout after crossing Torridge Bridge into Kingsley Road. Follow road onto The Quay and the centre is located on right hand side next to main Post Office which is situated on the corner opposite.


There are no catering facilities on site, but the quay and high street are a minute’s walk away, with plenty of bakeries, cafes and takeaways available. There is a kitchen upstairs with a water drinks machine and the use of the kettle if you bring in your own tea and coffee.

room hire

We have the following rooms available for hire:

Ground floor:

  • Classroom seating 15-20, with whiteboard
  • Classroom seating 12-15, with whiteboard. Sink also available
  • ICT suite seating up to 12 plus tutor, with projector
  • Pottery/craft room seating 8-10

First floor:

  • ICT suite seating up to 12 plus tutor, with projector
  • Training room seating up to 12, with kitchen

Top floor:

  • Classroom/craft room seating 15-20, with Mimeo printer and projector. Sink also available
  • Classroom seating up to 12, with projector
  • Craft room seating 12-15, with sink available

All rooms have wifi access. The costs per hour are £7.50 for non-profit-making groups or £13.50 for commercial groups. Rooms are available outside office hours but not bank holidays. Hiring rooms on Saturdays and Sundays will incur caretaking charges of £15 per visit for Saturdays and £19 per visit for Sundays. Please phone the centre for more information on room hire and availability.

Please note: while we try to keep this information up to date, it is provided for information only and local details may be subject to changes beyond the control of Learn Devon.