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Tucked away in the North West
corner of Devon, on the border
with North Cornwall, yet only
just over an hour from the M5.

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Nov 16, Clovelly Herring Festival

 Clovelly Herring FestivalThere'll be a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations, live shanty singers, street entertainment, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing and A.O.N.B. event-themed, free craft activities.

Nov 22 - 23, Christmas Craft & Design Fair, RHS Rosemoor

 Start your Christmas shopping at our fantastic two-day Christmas Craft and Design Fair, where you will find exciting gifts on display on every stall. The fair focuses on the beautiful and the unusual, so you're guaranteed to find something for everyone. Normal admission charges.
For further details see www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Nov 22 - Feb 22, Winter Sculpture Exhibition, Rosemoor.

 Rosemoor's winter sculpture exhibition is now an established part of our Events Programme and continues through into 2015 with an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, spread throughout the Garden. Pick up a trail and see how many sculptures you can discover. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Plus free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings. Please see the Courtyard information board for details. Normal admission charges.

Dec 6 - 24, Wooly's Wonderland, Big Sheep.

 Children across the South West are invited to experience the Christmas magic at The BIG Sheep’s Woolly’s Wonderland during the month of December, on weekends and daily from 20th – 24th December. Santa will be ensconced in his very own Christmas grotto, and Santa knows whose being naughty and nice and will be giving away some lovely gifts to all the boys and girls who visit his cosy little grotto.

Dec 7, Clovelly Christmas Lights

 Clovelly Christmas Lights. Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. A local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour and accompanies Christmas carols sung with a local choir. A hog roast, punch and mince pies follow and Father Christmas makes 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 and there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off. Admission charge by donation to the R.N.L.
For further details see www.clovelly.co.uk

Dec 6, 13, 20, Farmer's Christmas Markets

Christmas Farmers' Market at The Big Sheep, Abbotsham. Free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s BIGGEST indoor Farmers’ Markets. The markets will be held at the BIG Sheep in Bideford on Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th December.

Dec 26, Clovelly Boxing Day Barbeque

 Clovelly Boxing Day Barbeque. Bring your family and friends for a relaxing Boxing Day and enjoy a lunch time barbecue of meat, fish and vegetables at the harbour with a background of live jazz music. A varied menu with a New Orleans twist, all individually priced. FREE entry to the village on the day. For further details see www.clovelly.co.uk

Have you seen a Great spotted woodpecker around the Hartland Peninsula?

Great spotted woodpecker courtesy of Devon Wildlife (Neil Bygrave)

Most of us have heard woodpeckers... but how many of us have seen one? The Great spotted woodpecker can be seen all year round in our woodlands and hedgerows, although they are quite shy and will often play 'hide and seek' with watchers! Up to 23cm they are black and white with a distinctive crimson area under the tail. They live on insects and grubs living in dead trees - pecking and boring for them produces that distinctive drumming sound.

They are not particulary endangered but you can still report sightings to the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

For more information, photographs and a video of this lovely bird, see this page of the Devon Wildlife Trust website.

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