Round Table Birdman

August 2023


The South West’s wackiest event will return to Ilfracombe pier on Saturday 30th July, as brave aviators in the Round Table Birdman competition hurl themselves into the sea in the name of charity, with a £500 prize up for grabs.

Ilfracombe Round Table’s Birdman event is hugely popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. The all-day festival is completely free to enter and offers live music, street food, family entertainment and more. Gates open and the music starts at 12.00pm carrying on until 10.00pm. The actual Birdman contest takes place late-afternoon (as soon as the tide has reached the correct height).

The call is now going out for brave aviators to enter the Birdman competition itself, constructing some sort of craft which will help them defy (or at least delay!) gravity. They want to make this the best Birdman competition yet, so are offering a £500 top prize for the winning entrant. It’s not just about how far you fly, it’s about putting on a spectacle for the crowds.

Birdman is a fundraising event with all funds going to Ilfracombe Round Table, a registered charity, to support local worthy causes. Every pound raised at Birdman will make a difference to someone in need. Birdman is only possible, as a free event for the whole community, thanks to sponsorship from local companies. They are very grateful to Fullabrook CIC which has provided a grant towards some of the costs, but they’re still on the lookout for any generous businesses who would like to be involved. Please visit their website to get in touch.

For more information and to enter the Birdman contest visit