Local Expert/ Louise, Devon

Name: Louise Stubbings

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Instagram: @lou.weezey 

Hi, I'm Louise, mother to the Gruesome Twosome, lover of French Bulldogs, coffee and all things Devonshire. I started my blog shortly after the birth of my first born. Following the birth of my second, I began to find my balance in motherhood. My blog now contains a little of everything; fitness, beauty, lifestyle and of course; family life.

Favourite places to eat: Wetherspoons - Cheap food, child friendly, good portions and with their snazzy new app, you don't even have to leave the table to order your food!

The Pier House in Westward Ho! Great to drop into for a bite and a nice coffee following a walk along the sea front or a fun clamber up into the cliffs. You can also park for free at Seafield House just up the road.

Bull & Bear (Barnstaple). Really, really great food (I recommend the sweet potato fries).


Favourite places to go: Little Stars at The Milky Way (Clovelly) - This soft play is one of the best in the area. It also has a baby sensory room, a story corner and dressing up room, a kitchen role-play room, ride on cars and a small-world play area with lots of cool little vehicles (which dangerously, you can also purchase). The food is pretty good too; we always like to grab lunch whilst here.

Atlantis at Atlantic Village (Bideford) - a nice soft play area. My son absolutely loves their ride-on train. The outdoor play area is nice in the summer too.

Victoria Park (Bideford). Our favourite. Great parks for all ages, a good size sand-pit and come summer, they have nice little shallow pool for the younger kids complete with an onsite café for drinks and icecreams (although we highly recommend the infamous Hockings Ice Cream van which you'll spot parked at the entrance to the carpark!)

Favourite places to shop for your little ones:

Next (Barnstaple).

Little You (Barnstaple). This is such a lovely shop, full to the brim with beautiful wooden toys and lovely pieces of clothing from the likes of Blade & Rose and Frugi.

Gap (Atlantic Village, Bideford).


Favourite classes or groups: Baby Sensory at Glow (Barnstaple).

Music Makers at St. Mary's Church (Bideford).

Little Tiddlers at Appledore Baptist Church - this is really quite incredible. For just £1 per family, they have free play with a great range of toys, arts and crafts, ride on toys and slides. A snack is provided, usually a selection of fruit and a choice of spreads on toast and then it ends with a good sing-song, complete with guitar and piano playing from the wonderful people that run the groups.

Any other local tips?: The Tarka Trail makes for some beautiful walks and bike rides with lovely cafés and pubs situated along the routes. We love Fremington Quay for it's cake and kids park.

We're lucky that we're surrounded by beautiful Beaches, our favourite being Putsborough (it has a cute little café, is not too clogged with tourists in the summer and is dog friendly all year round).

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