Events, Festivals & Arts

2015 Events for North Devon & Hartland Peninsula

Find all the best things to see and do in North Devon and the Hartland Peninsula during 2015.


November 2015




Clovelly Herring Festival, Clovelly.  Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and the annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen.  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 return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring.  He will also be turning herring into delicious and delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.   There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.  Enjoy a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens or at the Harbour Restaurant, (visit to view the menu before the date), cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing and National Trust event-themed, free craft activities.  Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

December 2015

Throughout December   Winter Events, RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington. From 21st November to 21 February the Winter Sculpture Exhibition. See how many sculptures you can discover, many of which are for sale. Holly Trail Launch, from 1st December, take a self-guided walk and find all 160 varieties of holly. 6 Dec, Christmas Food Fair, Rosemoor will be laden with the best festive treats, including local cheese, meats, fish, puddings and more. Plus, you can watch seasonal cookery demonstrations at 11.30am and 2.30pm. 12th Dec - 4th Jan, Decorate Christmas Trees - show off your creative flair, with natural materials in the RHS tree decorating competition. For all details and admission charges see:
Throughout December   Bude Christmas Events, Bude. From live Christmas jazz to great foodie Christmas fairs, from pantomimes to carols around the Christmas tree, from the Castle Christmas Fair to the Bude Choral Society Christmas Oratorio there is something for everyone this Christmas in Bude. For details of all events see here:  
1st - 24th    Merry Harriers Christmas, Merry Harriers Country Store, Home & Gardens. From the 1st December, Merry Harriers are offering their Christmas menu in their restaurant. Also on the 1st Dec they have their "Taste of Christmas Coffee Morning", with cake & coffee for £3 and all proceeds to the South West Children's Hospice. Friday 14th Dec they have a Holly Wreath making session and on the 18th Dec they have Christmas Flower arranging, each £20 pp to include tea, coffee, cake and all materials, booking essential. See
5th, 12th, 19th and 23rd   Christmas Food, Craft & Gift Fair. 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 5th, 12th, 19th and 23rd December. This year there is a second undercover area for crafts and gifts.  See 
5th - 24th   Wooly's Wonderland, Big Sheep, Abbotsham. A magical winter wonderland that children will never forget. Every weekend from 5th December plus daily from 19th - 24th December experience all the fun and fantasy of this magical Christmas experience. Meet Santa for an early Christmas gift, enjoy Ice Skating, Tobogganing & Snowboard Simulator, Magical Light Show, Breakfast with Santa - 20th & 21st December, Ewetopia Indoor Playground, Eweston Station Train Ride, & Twister Ride. See ´╗┐´╗┐



Christmas Lights in aid of the RNLI, Clovelly.  Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly.  The promenade starts down the cobbles with a local brass band leading the procession down to the harbour and accompanies Christmas carols sung by a local choir.  There'll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas punch and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station and Father Christmas will 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!  A Carol Service is then lead by the vicar of All Saints Church, Clovelly, 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


Christmas Late Night Opening and Santa Visit, Hartland. Get into the festive mood and get all your Christmas shopping done as well, Hartland shops, studios, pubs and coffee shop will be open late on 8th December from 6-7.30pm. Plus, there's a rumour that Santa is coming to town...

12th Dec - 4th Jan


Cinderella, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple.  North Devon Theatres and Imagine Theatre present the magical fairytale of Cinderella. This pantomime is packed full of slapstick comedy and catchy songs, stunning costumes and sets and plenty of giggles and fun for all the family. 

12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd


Christmas at the Milky Way, Higher Clovelly. Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, make some Christmas decorations and decorate a Christmas card at the fabulous Milky Way Attraction. See:

10am - 1pm


Hartland Farmers Christmas Market, Parish Hall, Hartland. Not to be missed, this is THE place to get your freshest food and last minute gifts for Christmas. A fantastic range of local suppliers and artists, plus festive music and cafe to ensure you are full of Christmas cheer.



Carol Around the Tree, with Hartland Town Band, The Square, Hartland.   This is another, not-to-be-missed favourite Christmas event. Gather round the beautiful tree in the Square and sing carols along with the Hartland Town Band. Visitors and locals alike truly welcome. 

10am - 1pm


Bude Christmas Day Swim, Crooklets Beach, Bude.   Now running for over 25 years, over 500 participants and 2000 spectators take part in this no-wetsuit dip in the sea to raise money for Bude Surf Life Saving Club. Sea safety, mulled wine, hot chocolate and hot showers are provided. Download a registration form:

10am - 1pm


Clovelly, Boxing Day Barbeque, Clovelly.   Free entry to this timeless village. Why not take a walk on the estate before coming along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt. It should make the perfect follow-up to your own family day. See: