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Clovelly Events

  • Date(s): Various, see below
  • Address: Clovelly Village, Clovelly
  • Postcode: EX39 5TA
  • Telephone: 01237 431781
  • About:

    Lentsherd  February 13th, 2018  Free entry after 4.30 p.m.
    Lentsherd (pronounced 'Lanshard') is an old Clovelly Shrove Tuesday custom, and the aim is to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. At dusk children set off Down-a-long, dragging clattering tin cans, which are then tied together and thrown into the sea (later retrieved). Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings.

    Find the Easter Chicks. 30th March to 13th April 2018

    Children receive a village map on entry on which to mark the location and number of Easter chicks perched up and down the tumbling cottages along the High Street to the Quay. If they spot at least 10 chicks, they can return the map to the Visitor Centre reception to win an Easter egg and a bigger prize if you spot all 15.

    Seaweed Festival in aid of the N. Devon Hospice  May 27th, 2018

    Clovelly Seaweed Festivalwas launced in 2015 and has been a great success.  It  promotes seaweed for its immense health & nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products and seaweed arts and crafts.

    There will also be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children to enjoy, such as "Know your Seaweed" talks, craft activities and workshops, Seaweed foot spa, street entertainment and live music throughout the day. The Seaweed Health Foundation will provide information on the benefits of seaweed for food and health.

    You will be amazed at the world of seaweed. Bring your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular selection.

    Admission charges include all entertainment.

    Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the Bideford & District Sea Cadets 14th July 2018

    The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages.

    This year there will be another Clovelly Cup Race with the North Devon Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay  It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding the harbour and setting off around the race course. Bideford Sea Cadets will also be joining us in the harbour with information on their club and how to become a sea cadet.

    Throughout the day there will be music, street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family, including building your own miniature boats with The Plough, Arts & Crafts Throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family, including building your own miniature boats with The Plough, Arts & Crafts, making a mermaid crown or pirate hat with Mary & Jayne, Mermaid storytelling 'Tales from the sea', Captain Coconut, Punch & Judy, plus face painting & henna tattoos, "Have a go on a gig" with the Clovelly Gig team and a variety of stalls selling food and event-themed arts & crafts.

    It is definitely a day to remember!

    Free entry for under 16's who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes! Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

    Woolsery Agricultural Show July 30th, 2018

    Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show.

    A fun-filled day packed with a programme of activities. Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a Dairy Marquee with displays such as yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to "milk a cow" along with competitions. You'll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children. There'll also be a family dog show, a display of hounds, the Young Farmers' "It's a knockout" and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery.

    It's a great summer day out for all the family!

    A separate admission charge applies

    Lifeboat Weekend in aid of the R.N.L.I.  August 04, 2018 to August 05, 2018

    Held in aid of the RNLI, this popular event is a celebration of the Clovelly lifeboat and its volunteer crew.
    On Saturday, there will be a 2 mile sponsored sea swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly.

    Sunday will be a fun-packed day with games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other family fun in and around the harbour.

    The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors and there'll be operational displays by the Clovelly lifeboat.

    Normal admission charges apply.

    Clovelly Gig Regatta,  Sat. 8th August 2018
    Gig racing is exciting and strenuous, with crews reaching speeds of nine knots in North Devon's powerful tidal waters. You're assured and exhilarating day's racing. So come along and cheer on the brave crews! Normal admission charges apply, please consult www.clovelly.co.uk for details.

    Lobster and Crab Feast 10th Anniversary!  September 02, 2018

    Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family.

    Choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant to enjoy a delicious lobster dish.

    There'll be live music all day, cookery demonstrations with tastings, a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, including plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, and beer tasting.
    Children will also be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed games and craft activities provided by the AONB.

    In aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will exhibit baby lobsters before releasing them into the sea at the beginning and end of the day. They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement programme from eggs through the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle before being released back into the sea. 53,000 juveniles are released back into the wild in one year and they plan to increase the numbers over the next few years. Adopting a Lobster for just £3 helps pay for baby lobsters to be raised and released. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/

    Standard admission charges apply and include all entertainment.

    Click HERE to view a video clip of a Clovelly Lobster & Crab Feast.

    (As seen on BBC2 TV 'Country Show Cook Off').
    Visit http://www.boatstories.co.uk/lobster-potting-and-berried-hens.html to watch a lobster film about the Lundy no take zone

    Apple Day – Harvest Fayre  Saturday 24th October

    On arrival at Clovelly you will see apple pressing by Gatcombe valley Juices outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation and bottling for which there will be a charge (£1.90 per 75 cl bottle).

    On entry to Clovelly (free for children under 7 years old), you will find the Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 12:00-17:00. The round shape of the apple with the great reds and greens makes the apple a perfect base for creating art. So enjoy some Apple Art with The Plough and either carve, sculpt, decorate or do all of them with your apple.

    There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping and making corn dollies.

    Isabella Necessity on her Story Bicycle will also be visiting Clovelly to tell stories of her orchard escapades and share snippets of apple folklore. Isabella is a bicycling botanist who loves to share stories from her incredible journeys around the world with the people she meets along the way. Isabella has flown with the blue butterflies of Brazil in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, outwitted trolls in the fjords of Norway, learnt Kung-Fu on the Mountain of Kunyu and rested in a robin's nest on Dartmoor. With delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a handsome Story Bicycle called Dilys, Isabella will whisk you away to another world.

    There will be a small farmers market, including a pick of pumpkins, vegetables, herbs, meat, and cider amongst other stalls. Merry Harriers Garden Centre will also have some of their interesting products on display. The WI will be hosting our second Apple Pie/Crumble competition as well as selling homemade cakes.

    At 13:00pm families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly tour guide, Jana Edwards, who will take you down and around the craft yard and Mount Pleasant, telling spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat, finishing back at the visitor centre. Please book your place on arrival as spaces are limited.

    Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00, Apple day activities: 12:00 - 16:00; Harvest Hunt 13:00-14:30.

    Clovelly Herring Festival.  November 18th, 2018

    November is the time of year when the historic, fishing village of Clovelly, North Devon, celebrates its annual Herring Festival, which is held to promote these tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and support carefully managed fishing.

    The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast. Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port. When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.

    Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will be there with his "Kipperland" exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. He will also be turning herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.

    There'll also be net making, flax processing and a Curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.

    Quay kitchens will be serving a variety of delicious herring specialities with chef demonstrations, beer tastings and local food and craft stalls.

    Throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainment, face-painting & henna Tattoos, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, The Herring Hunt and the AONB event-themed children's craft activities.

    Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

    Please note that you can travel by bus from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly. Click on https://tisconmaps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/South%20Wes... for the Stagecoach South West timetable.

    Clovelly Herring Festival featured in:

    http://www.boatstories.co.uk/fishing-for-clovelly-herring.html

    Countryfile Magazine
    Channel 4's River Cottage series
    http://www.visuallink.co.uk/client_media/media/184/Clovelly_Herring_Festival_2009_Video/
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article6977974.ece
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2008/11/04/clovelly_herring_feature.shtml
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/sep/20/fivebest.uk

    Christmas Lights in aid of the R.N.L.I. December 2nd 2018

    Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. Starting at 3:30 pm, a local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour with festive Christmas carols sung by a local choir.

    There'll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station and Father Christmas will make a surprise visit.

    At about 5 p.m. the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour are lit up. It's a fantastic sight!

    A Carol Service is then lead by the Chaplain of the Lifeboat Station, The Rev. Brenda Jacobs, and there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off.

    Entrance fee: £5 per car at the Visitor Centre after 3 pm. All proceeds to RNLI

  • Directions:

    By Car:
    Clovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford. Exit the M5 at Junction 27.

    Public Transport:
    Nearest train station is Barnstaple. Buses run from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly.