Beer – Devon’s Best Kept Secret

Beer Village Devon

If Devon had a Bermuda Triangle, hidden away inside it would be the seaside village of Beer. It’s off the beaten track but easily accessible. Eighteenth-century smugglers knew how well it was hidden away, with its beach only visible from far out at sea. Beer fishermen knew how the surrounding cliffs protected it from stormy winds, so that they could launch their boats when other fleets were kept onshore. And visitors today who’ve found Beer have recognised it as the “best village in Britain” – a quintessentially English place for spending holidays, weekends or just a day away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, as well as being a place to love and live in.

Beer’s Vision and Feasibility Study

In May 2021, Hemingway Design were appointed by Beer Parish Council (using the Coastal Community grant) to develop a Vision and feasibility study for three key seafront opportunity sites – Jubilee gardens, the play area and Charlie’s Yard. HemingwayDesign has now produced an online survey based on proposals in the Vision Document.  The survey will be disseminated as widely as possible amongst the business and local community and visitors. Please use the link below to take part in the survey (which also includes a link to the draft Vision Document).  The survey is also available on the Parish Council website.

HemingwayDesign will collect and analyse the survey data and reassess the original Vision Document accordingly.  Further to this, HemingwayDesign will visit Beer during the Easter holidays to provide an on-site consultation day and the results of this will feed into the final Vision Document which will ultimately be presented to the village for approval.

The proposals in the Vision Document are not specifically tied to the asset transfer proposals for Beer but are general aspirations for the development of village assets.

Beer Village Community

Beer is a living, breathing community of people who work in the surrounding area and who bring up their families here, and of people who have come to Beer to spend the rest of their lives here. They understand that their active participation in this community helps to keep Beer what it is and always has been – a beautiful place for people to be in. It continually wins awards for its beauty, including a Gold in the “South West in Bloom” awards in 2018.

Beer Village Amenities

Local people run the shops and pubs and businesses that are all individual with their own character. There’s food available of all kinds, from fish shops and beach cafés selling sandwiches of locally caught fresh crab that are unforgettable, to restaurants offering world cuisine. Fishing boats, deck chairs, beach huts, pots of tea and Devon cream teas – there’s everything here that you remember about great holidays. With access to the water for dinghies and paddleboards and access to mile upon mile of countryside for walking, Beer is an ideal base for people who want to be active in their day-to-day life and on holiday.

Beer Location: East Devon

And you’re right in the middle of some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. The South West Coast Path runs through Beer and along its cliff tops. It’s a corner of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In Beer you get a sense of living history, because it’s where the Jurassic Coast starts, where the Romans came to quarry stone, where fisherman have earned their living for centuries – and still do.

Come and visit Beer and find out for yourself why it’s Devon’s Best Kept Secret.

Other useful websites

Jurassic Coast Trust
Visit Devon
East Devon AONB

What's on in Beer

There’s always something happening in Beer. There are lots of activities taking place on the beach, in Mariners’ Hall, in the village hotel, inn, pub, wine bar and churches.

Walking and Coast Paths

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time! Beer is a wonderful hub for many coastal and countryside walks. 

Beach Web Cam

The Beer beach web cam has been running since the beginning of the year. See if the weather is fine before you venture out.

The News in Beer

There’s so much taking place in Beer all year round. Find out what’s been happening lately.