What’s on in and around Ilfracombe in May


Carmen – Royal Opera House Screening      Landmark Theatre – 1-5 May – 7.45pm

Aigul Akmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya sharethe title role in Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production of Bizet’sever-popular opera.

Ilfracombe Farmers’ Market      The Lantern Centre – 4 May – 10am to 12.30pm   

Held on the first Saturday of each month, the market sells fresh local & organic produce, craft, refreshments & more. New traders welcome. 01271 864621 for information.

Jack in the Green Celebration      Wilder Road Carpark EX34 8AD – 5 May 11am – 1pm

Starting from Wilder Road carpark a procession through the town centre down to the Clapping Circle with Jack in the Green and his followers.

Alfie Moore                                      Landmark Theatre – 11 May – 8PM

In his 40s a surprising career shift turned middle-aged Alfie from street cop to BBC radio star. But when TV fame beckoned could he grasp it or was he past it?

The Ilfracombe Art Trail 2024                                   11 – 12 May

The Ilfracombe Art Trail is a vibrant celebration of creativity. Over 70 local artists will be exhibiting their work across 44 venues throughout Ilfracombe these include open houses, studios, and galleries where artists and craftspeople welcome visitors to view and purchase their creations.

Step into a world where dreams come true and magic is real!  Join Performing Arts at Petroc as they bring this fantastic show to life and discover that not everything is as impossible as it seems!

The Motive and the Cue National Theatre Live Screening        Landmark Theatre – 16 May 7.15 – 9.45pm

A new play by Jack Thorne. Sam Mendes directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny play.

Rachel Parris: Poise                 Landmark Theatre – 17 May – 7.30pm

Rachel Pariss is back with her biggest tour yet, presenting a dazzling new hour of her signature blend of stand-up and songs.

Ilfracombe Beer Fest                             Landmark Green – 24 – 27 May

 A fantastic weekend of free festival fun in the heart of Ilfracombe all under huge twin tipi tents on Landmark Green. Featuring 50+ local beers and ciders – live music all weekend- local street food, a cocktail bar and an undercover fire pit!

Wonderland                                Landmark Theatre – 28-29 May – 10.30am

Wonderland beautifully brings to life a young person’s joy in discovering the magic of a garden through the changing seasons, alongside their new friend Robin. Featuring an actor/singer, musicians from City of London Sinfonia and a South Indian percussionist.

Message in a Bottle Sadlers Wells Screening    Landmark Theatre – 30 May – 7.15pm

The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. The siblings, Leo, Mati and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys to survive.


Wildflower Trail at Arlington Court         Arlington EX31 4LP – 1 May to 1 July                10am – 4.30pm

Journey arounds the pleasure grounds to find the 8 giant wildflowers, learn about the work of the grasslands project, the importance of pollinators and how you can make a difference. No booking required

RNLI 200 – Evening Cruise MS Oldenburg         Bideford Quay – 10 May – 6.45pm

An evening estuary cruise with live music. Bring your own picnic, drinks from the bar. To book phone Caroline on 07988 113470 of book on Eventbrite

The Incredible Hike                                       Starts from Minehead – 17 – 19 May

The Incredible Hike is a guided 3-day walk totalling 60 miles from Minehead to Croyde You will trek the rugged coastline of Exmoor, down to the scenic harbour of Lynmouth winding along to Croyde.

Tina Orr Munro Author Event                     Mortehoe Village Hall – 22 May – 3pm  

Welcome to Tina Orr Munro to talk about her career as a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) in the Met, and her books that are based in the same field. Her novels are based in North Devon. North Devon is area that is very close to my Tina’s heart. She grew up there in the 70s and now lives in Barnstaple. Tickets are £5 with a book fee. Tickets are limited, you can either buy online or from Mortehoe Post Office – Buy Tickets

Hunting the Earl of Rone                               Combe Martin – 24-28 May 

Over four days, the Grenadiers, Hobby Horse, Fool and villagers hunt for the Earl of Rone, finally finding him on the Monday night. It starts on Friday evening; Saturday is the junior’s day, continuing Sunday. Monday evening sees him finally captured. At the final shooting on the beach, he is thrown into the sea.

Seaweed Festival                                              Clovelly – 26 May -10 am to 5 pm. 

The Seaweed Festival is held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits.  Along the Quay, there is a surprising amount of dishes and the stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products. It is a very informative event, with suitable activities for all to enjoy, including live music and street entertainments throughout the day. In aid of the North Devon Hospice.