The Burton at Bideford

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The Burton at Bideford aims to be recognised as one of the leading cultural venues within the South West. Synonymous with the most exemplary forms of its practice and attracting a wide range of audiences of all ages from the local and international communities alike it provides the opportunity to access and engage with artists, collections and exhibitions on all levels.

It does this by;

Bringing into the region and initiating exhibitions of significance that enable visitors to see aspects of British and foreign material not represented within its permanent collections.

Collecting, safeguarding and making accessible artefacts and artworks, with specific relation to local artists, local landscape or heritage and local interests.

Putting education at the core of the organisation enabling all our visitors and users to engage with our collections and exhibitions for inspiration, learning, research and enjoyment.

The Burton at Bideford consists of Bideford Museum display area, temporary exhibition spaces, craft gallery, gallery and local gift shop, education space, tourist information and Cafe du Parc.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 4pm

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
David Leach platter from the RJ Lloyd collection

Burton's 65th Anniversary Exhibition

  • 17 September — 28 October 2016 *on now

This vibrant exhibition will celebrate 65 years of The Burton at Bideford and tell its story through a fascinating collection of artefacts. The Burton at Bideford was established in October 1951 by Thomas Burton, a local business man and his friend Hubert Coop, a successful artist. From humble beginnings it’s grown to be a celebrated art gallery and museum, hosting exhibitions of national and international standing.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



One day this glass will break

Cornelia Parker: One day this glass will break

  • 24 September — 7 November 2016 *on now

Don’t miss the work currently on tour from the Alan Cristea Gallery, London of this Renowned British artist who was short-listed for the Turner Prize. Best known for her large scale installations, Cornelia Parker’s new body of work is inspired by Fox Talbot’s first photographic images. Fascinated by found objects, Parker transforms our understanding of them through the photogravure process. A light bulb, a tower of glasses or a jug spilling ice cubes are transformed into ghost like still lives captured on paper.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Textile art - Fish in shallow waters - Janet Bolton

Textile techniques with Janet Bolton

  • 21 — 22 October 2016 10am-4pm *on now

Discover Janet Bolton's unique textile technique while discovering your own voice, during this one day workshop. The emphasis will be on creating an individual piece of work. The day ends with a group discussion and ideas for presenting and framing your work.


£60 per day

The Burton at Bideford
Kingsley Road
EX39 2QQ




01237 471455


01237 471455

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