South West Birdman

August 2020

The South West Birdman competition sees crazy aviators and would be pilots hurl themselves off Ilfracombe Pier into the icy waters below – all hoping to “fly” the furthest and be crowned champion of the event. The Dairy Boys from St James Dairy were crowned grand champions in 2019 after their soaring effort with an eight-metre wingspan glider, the biggest ever..

There was also a display by the RNLI demonstrating rescues at sea with the Coasrtguard Rescue helicopter.

Organised by Ilfracombe Round Table this day-long event attracted more than fifteen thousands visitors in last year and raised several thousand pounds for local worthy causes

As well as the main flying event, the South West Birdman Competition, the event also includes a live music stage with great music throughout the day, a mixture of food, craft & charity stalls, children’s entertainment and much more besides.

11.00 am – Open to the public – FREE ENTRY

Pictures by Simon Ellery