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North Devon Congress 2024

The Devon Bridge Association and Brend Hotels invite you to the 29th annual North Devon Congress to be held at the Barnstaple Hotel, North Devon, EX31 1LE on the weekend of Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th February 2024.

The three-day programme includes a ten-match Swiss Pairs competition on the Friday and Saturday followed by a seven-match blue-pointed Swiss Teams competition on the Sunday. Download the brochure with full details or see below for the weekend programme.

Hotel almost fully booked - only a few rooms remaining!

The Hotel and Surroundings

The Barnstaple Hotel has been the home of the popular North Devon Congress since 2003. It is just a short stroll from the centre of Barnstaple and only a ten-minute drive from the beautiful North Devon coast.

The hotel offers all the facilities needed for a short break including a heated indoor pool and sauna, fitness room and solarium. There is ample free parking for residents and non-residents.

Why not take advantage of our great rates and stay for an extra night either before or after the congress.

Prices for Residents

A full weekend of Bridge including two nights dinner, bed & breakfast, Friday evening reception, and a sandwich lunch with tea/coffee on Saturday and Sunday

  • £220 per person sharing a room
  • £260 per person single occupancy
  • £170 non-Bridge playing partner sharing a room - lunches not included

Why not stay an extra night and explore North Devon - dinner, bed & breakfast on Thursday and/or Sunday - £55pppn sharing a room and £80pppn single occupancy.

Prices for Non-Residents

No price increase from 2023!

  • Full Congress Bridge - Swiss Pairs (Friday & Saturday) and Blue-pointed Swiss Teams (Sunday) for £52 per person to include sandwich lunch with tea/coffee on Saturday & Sunday.
  • Swiss Pairs only (Friday & Saturday) for £31 per person to include sandwich lunch with tea/coffee on Saturday.
  • Blue-pointed Swiss Teams only (Sunday) for £27 per person to include sandwich lunch with tea/coffee.

Non-residents are also welcome to join us for a three-course dinner on Friday and/or Saturday subject to availability at £32 per person.


There will be cash prizes for the top three pairs and teams and also for those highest placed in the following categories - 'non-expert', resident, and local. There will also be wine prizes for the pairs and teams with the highest scores in each round.

The committee reserve the right to change the format and/or value of prizes as necessary.

Tournament Director

We are delighted to welcome back Jeremy Child as our TD for the weekend.

The 2024 Programme

Day Times Description
Friday 23 February 6pm Residents’ Reception - Join the hosts for a glass of wine
  6.30pm Dinner
  8pm Swiss Pairs (Three 7-board matches)
Saturday 24 February 11.00am Swiss Pairs (Three 7-board matches)
  1.45pm Break for complimentary sandwiches & coffee
  2.15pm Swiss Pairs (Four 7-board matches)
  7.30pm Dinner followed by a Quiz in the bar
Sunday 25 February 11am Swiss Teams (Three 8-board matches)
  2.15pm Break for complimentary sandwiches & coffee
followed by presentation of Pairs prizes
  3pm Swiss Teams (Three 8-board matches)
  6pm Presentation of Teams prizes

The Holders 2024

2024 Swiss Pairs winners: Graham Horscroft, Mike Bull.
2024 Swiss Teams winners: Dave Smith, Chris Wormleighton, Sue Ingham, Gwynn Davis.

How to Enter

This event is licensed by the EBU for EBU members and Level 4 systems may be used.

Fill out the form below and then click on the Residents or non-Residents link as appropriate.