Spend a day in Hartland village

Hartland village, once called Harton Borough, is a timeless, unspoilt rural gem. For over a thousand years the village has been the hub of social and community life for the whole Peninsula, so is packed with history, heritage and the kinds of shops, events and services that have served traditional village communities for centuries.

You can easily spend a day exploring the village. Follow the Harton Borough Heritage Trail to uncover the rich history and learn how to read the buildings, streets and public spaces for the stories they have to tell.

Explore the local shops including the butcher, baker and the Pop In general store.

Spend time in the artisans workshops and galleries including: the world renowned Springfield Pottery run by Philip and Frannie Leach; the White Hare Studio~Gallery home to Clive and Caroline Brocklehurst offering unique gifts, watercolours, prints, jewellery, cards and more; Merlyn Chesterman's gallery at 2 Harton Manor, offering woodcuts and monoprints inspired by the sea and cliffs; The No.39 Pottery where you can buy beautiful domestic stoneware or join in a class or workshop; James Morley designs and creates exceptional furniture and Rob Seymour's Shoreline Photography to buy orignial photographs and prints inspired by the coast and countryside.   Look out also for the annual art trek, when local artists and artisans right across North Devon open up their studios to visitors for two weeks in the summer, the seasonal art & craft fairs in the Parish Hall and also regular open studio events - especially at Christmas.

Take a refreshing break in the Old Bakery Coffee Shop, sited in the old village bakery, serving delicious coffees and drinks, locally sourced breakfasts, lunches and wonderful homemade cakes.  Or, on mornings when the sign is out in the carpark, take morning coffee or tea at the Church Rooms Coffee Shop for delicious home made cakes, cream teas and coffee (most summer mornings and Tues and Fri in the winter).

Alternatively relax in one of the village's four hostelries including the very friendly Kings Arms, with its large, sheltered, sunny garden with childens' play area.  You can enjoy local ales, coffees, great pub food using local produce or sample one of their 35 gins!. 

Of course as the centre of community life there are also countless events ranging from markets and regular festivals, to music and drama evenings, talks and lectures, drives and fundraisers and seasonal May Day, Easter, Christmas, Harvest, Carnival and other celebrations.

Finally, the village is the centre for all the practicalities of life: post office and cash point, sports fields and clubs, the local garage, doctors surgery and dispensary, places of worship, schools and so on.

  Hartland Carnival

St John's, Hartland Square, North Devon housing the 17th C civic clock





Hartland Village Business Listings

  • Sarah Jane Lander has worked as a potter in Hartland for over 20 years.  Recently she has converted the basement of her Hartland family townhouse into a studio and workshop to which...
  • James Morley, bespoke beautiful design, Hartland, North Devon
    Those who wish to adorn their home with beautiful furniture need look no further - commission James for something really special.  James Morley designs and creates contemporary furniture and is...
  • Hartland Peninsula Coastline by Rob Seymour Photography, Hartland, North Devon.
    Stunning shoreline and seascape photography. Over 35 years of living and working in North Devon has inspired Rob Seymour to create some of the most beautiful and striking photography of this diverse...
  • White Hare Gallery, Hartland - original watercolours, prints, gifts, cards
    White Hare Studio Gallery offers truly unique items made by husband and wife team Clive and Caroline Brocklehurst. With prices to suit all pockets these beautiful items are ideal mementoes of...
  • Silver at Sandymouth, Merlyn Chesterman, 2 Harton Manor, Hartland, North Devon
    Woodblock printer, Merlyn Chesterman is based at Harton Manor in the centre of Hartland. Merlyn trained as a painter at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, and about twelve years ago began woodblock...
  • The Pop In, the village store for all your grocery and entertainment needs
    Open seven days a week for lottery, bakery, off licence and all your grocery needs.  Situated in the centre of Hartland, near the free car park.    Hours of Trade:  Mon to Fri: 8:...
  • The Old Bakery Coffee Shop, the Square, Hartland, North Devon
    Appropriately sited in the former village bakery, the Old Bakery Coffee Shop on the Square in Hartland is open daily 9am - 5pm for the finest teas, coffees, soft drinks, cakes, cream teas, soups and...
  • Slipware from Springfield Pottery, Hartland, North Devon
    Philip and Frannie Leach Est 1979 Potters have been making slipware in North Devon for hundreds of years, so when we came to Hartland in 1979 and started up Springfield Pottery we were fortunate to...
  • The children's play area at the family friendly Kings Arms, Hartland, North Devo
    Sam and Kirsty Luxton welcome you to their family friendly traditional village pub right in the centre of Hartland Village. The Kings Arms offers delicious pub food, a sunny garden, log burners,...
  • Church Rooms Coffee Shop, just off the main car park in Hartland Square
    Come and enjoy genuinely home made food, delicious drinks and some extremely warm Hartland hospitality at the Church Rooms Coffee Shop. Open 10am - 1pm on most summer mornings and Tuesdays...
  • Hartland's Tourist Information Hub at The White Hare Gallery, 67 The Square Hart
    Thanks to those passionate people at the White Hare Gallery~Studio in Hartland, the area now has a tourist information 'hub'. Run by Clive Brocklehurst, who is Vice Chair of the Hartland Peninsula...