Member focus: Ilfracombe Minibuses

In this blog we focus on COMBEbusiness member Ilfracombe Minibuses. See their listing in the COMBEbusiness directory or visit

Ilfracombe MinibusesWe are a long-established organisation in Ilfracombe, but many people do not realise the wide range of services we are able to provide to the community as a whole with our four minibuses and team of qualified drivers.

Social outings

One of our increasingly popular services is to provide social outings out and about in our lovely North Devon countryside with time for coffee and/or luncheon. These may be day trips from about 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, morning trips coming back to Ilfracombe around 2.30pm or our new service on Monday afternoons starting out at 2 pm, stopping for afternoon tea and returning around 5 pm, and prices are reasonable. These are friendly and sociable occasions for meeting new people and making new friends as well as enjoying the drive. Individuals can find out more and then book their place on the minibus by phoning Shirley Jones on 01271 863630.

Community groups

Many local community groups, scouts, sports clubs, clubs with all kinds of memberships are taken by our minibuses to their activities on a regular basis or just occasionally.

Theatre transport

Another very popular service is our Theatre Transport group for people who love the theatre but have problems getting there and back especially in the dark winter evenings. We collect people from their homes and returned them there after the performance. Janice Banks at the Landmark Theatre on 01271 865655 will send you a list of dates and shows at the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe and will book you a theatre and a minibus seat.

Ring and ride

We still operate our Ring and Ride services getting people with reduced mobility to the shops.

Barnstaple trips

On Friday our minibus goes to Barnstaple Tescos and/or Barnstaple town centre and on alternate Thursdays to Barnstaple Sainsburys. The cost is £4 return collecting you from your front door (if necessary) and taking you back to your front door with your shopping. Janice Quinn will take bookings on 01271 866762.


When not being used for our general services, our minibuses can be hired on a self-drive basis with your own driver provided he/she has D1 and no more than 3 penalty points on his/her licence. Half-day, full day and even longer rates are available by contacting Shirley Jones on 01271 863630.

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