Visit Freedom Church and Apostolic Resource Centre, Barnstaple.
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Our address is:
The Freedom Centre
1 Howard Avenue
Tel: 01271 321171 [From outside UK: +44 1271 321171]
Our normal office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm UK time.
We are closed on UK public holidays.
Our main church meeting is on Sundays at 10.30am (serving tea and coffee from 10.00 – 10.25). We usually begin with testimony and teaching, so it’s best not to come late. The teaching is shared between a number of different people, but is usually not by Mike Parsons.
On Pentecost Sunday each year we normally join in a united service with other churches in the town centre. On that day there is no meeting at the Freedom Centre.
Please call ahead a few days in advance before making a special journey.
If you are planning a visit from a long distance, especially overseas, please contact us before booking your travel tickets so that we can advise you of the best times to come.
North Devon is a popular holiday destination, so accommodation may be harder to find (and more expensive) during school holidays.
SatNav: enter our postcode: EX32 8QA
The Freedom Centre is situated on the eastern outskirts of Barnstaple.
Download or view directions here.
There is a railway station in Barnstaple, about 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre (about 25 minutes’ walk from the Freedom Centre).
If coming from London, the fastest trains depart from Paddington station. There are also trains to Exeter from London Waterloo, but these are MUCH slower. In either case you will need to change trains at Exeter St. Davids for the trip along the picturesque Tarka Line branch to Barnstaple.
Unfortunately, the first train from Exeter to Barnstaple on a Sunday does not arrive in time for our meeting.
On arrival at Barnstaple you will probably wish to take a bus or taxi to your accommodation or to the Freedom Centre.
Note: You may wish to take the train to Tiverton Parkway and travel the 37 miles from there to Barnstaple by taxi. It is advisable to book the taxi in advance. This will normally be faster than changing trains at Exeter St. David’s but may be more expensive.
— Devon Days (@GreatDevonDays) March 27, 2017
Taxis and car hire:
In Barnstaple, there is a taxi rank at the railway station, and another in the main shopping area just off the Square, outside Lilico’s Tapas Lounge and Bar.
If you wish to book a taxi in advance, you will find details of Barnstaple Taxis and phone numbers here.
There are a number of local and national car hire companies in the town.
By bus or coach:
Where to stay:
Please be aware that public transport from outlying villages may not be very frequent, if it exists at all.
The closest hotels to the Freedom Centre are:
Barnstaple Premier Inn (3-star): budget hotel chain, Barum Gate pub-style restaurant attached, edge of town, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ walk
The Park Hotel (Brend Hotels – 4 star)): local family hotel chain with restaurant, closer to the town centre, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ walk
The Imperial Hotel (Brend Hotels – 4 star): local family hotel chain with restaurant, near the town centre, 0.7 miles, 15 minutes’ walk (near bus station and taxi rank)
The Royal & Fortescue Hotel (Brend Hotels – 3 star): local family hotel chain with restaurant, town centre, 0.9 miles, 17 minutes’ walk (near bus station and taxi rank)
The hotels above all have their own restaurants, and there is a good selection of other places to eat in the town, including many of the usual chains, local pubs, ethnic and other specialist restaurants and takeaways.
Things to do:
The historic market town of Barnstaple is a central location for exploring the coast and countryside of North Devon.
Popular swimming and surfing beaches can be found at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!
— Kimberley Stone (@kijolo) December 21, 2016
Explore the natural beauty of Exmoor National Park by car or bus.
The North Devon area is home to a variety of attractions for all the family.
— Visit North Devon (@lovenorthdevon) September 3, 2016
What we can offer:
We will offer you a warm welcome to our 10.30am Sunday morning meeting (join us for tea and coffee from 10 am), and any other events which coincide with your visit.
If you let us know you are coming, we may be able to offer the opportunity to meet and ask questions of members of our leadership team. If you have any particular requests, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate them.
On weekdays, please make an appointment for us to show you around the Freedom Centre and explain the work we do here in the community through Freedom Community Alliance.
We look forward to seeing you!
— Saunton Sands Hotel (@SauntonSandsHot) May 12, 2017
— Devon Days (@GreatDevonDays) December 18, 2016