Events, Festivals & Arts

2016 Events for North Devon & Hartland Peninsula

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

July 2016

Every Tuesday & Thursday, Sweet Chilli Beef Company's Popup Kitchen, The Square Bradworthy (Tuesday), Stoke Barton Farm Campsite (Thursdays in the summer holidays). Award winning global foods from this fantastic, Hartland based company. Delicious Mexican chillis, gourmet burgers and Chinese dishes. See the website.

1st to 31st July, Yarn-Bombing, Clovelly. Discover yarn-bombed areas throughout Clovelly. The village will look even more colourful with knitted donkeys, seaside garlands and crocheted ‘cobble-cosies’ plus much more. This unusual project is part of Clovelly's entry to the Britain in Bloom competition and is in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Admission charges. See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events

17th July, Cheristow Lavender National Garden Scheme Open Day, Cheristow Lavender.  11am - 5.30pm, £5 admission for adults with all going to this fantastic charity.  The lovely gardens will of course be open, the tearoom will be serving its award winning food and drink and there will also be pruning and caring for lavender demonstrations at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.  Cheristow Lavender is a traditional low impact beef farm with informal gardens manned entirely by volunteers who come to learn about sustainable living. It's a haven for wildlife and a place to sit and embrace the calmness and birds singing in an otherwise busy world. The gardens are wild and informal with lavender, roses, wildflower plantings, shrubs and trees to encourage wildlife.

17th July, Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly. The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. The 'Clovelly Gun Run' starts the event from the harbour to Victoria Fountain. Two teams will take it in turn to manhandle this weighty gun. Come along and support the cadets as they try to beat their race time last year. It really is an amazing sight of hard work and dedication! Then there'll be lively music, street entertainment, crafty creations, sea story telling, puppet shows and family activities including underwater adventures and a workshop about exploring the great outdoors. On the quay, there'll be seafood kitchens and a range of food and art & craft stalls. Free entry for under 16s if they come dressed as a pirate, mermaid, salty sea dog or fish wife.  Under 7s have free entry anyway, but we would love it if they come dressed up too. So do come along and enjoy this fun-packed day out in support of the North Devon Hospice. Standard admission charges include all entertainment. See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events

25th July, Woolsery Agricultural Show, Woolsery.  Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show. A fun-filled day packed with a programme of activities. Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a Dairy Marquee with displays such as yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to "milk a cow" along with competitions. You'll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children. There'll also be a family dog show, a display of hounds, the Young Farmers' "It's a knockout" and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery. It's a great summer day out for all the family! Admission charges. 

26th July 5pm, Hartland Abbey Outdoor Summer Theatre,  DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLDGrounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue by Mr Crackling, Ice creams. Cream teas at 5pm shows. BOOKING TICKETS FOR ALL PRODUCTIONS Full £13, Concession £11, Supporters/Families with children under 18 years £9 each. Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

28th July 2-4.30pm FAMILY ARTS AFTERNOON with The Plough Artists, Hartland Abbey. ( Drama, kite making, willow weaving, story-telling, character treasure hunt, wacky races and more…) £2.50 per person. 

28th July 5pm, Hartland Abbey Outdoor Summer Theatre, GULLIVERS TRAVELSGrounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue by Mr Crackling, Ice creams. Cream teas at 5pm shows. BOOKING TICKETS FOR ALL PRODUCTIONS Full £13, Concession £11, Supporters/Families with children under 18 years £9 each. Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

30th July, 147th Hartland Summer Garden Show, Hartland Playing Fields, 2 - 5pm. This long running village event is a not-to-be-missed highlight of the summer calendar.  An open show for anyone to enter, there are a wide variety of classes to enter include vegetables, flowers, fruit, cookery, art & photography, needlework & craft, floral art and children’s.  The official opening by Mr. Andrew Macwilliam is at 2.15pm, Hartland Town Band will be playing a varied selection of music on arrival to approx. 3pm when the cups & trophies are awarded.  The sports programme will then commence, open to all visitors with races & fun for children & adults. Also face painter to decorate the children. All the exhibits are on view in the marquee and refreshments are available in the pavilion and an ice cream van is in attendance.  This is a lovely event that truly welcomes all. 

30th July, Clovelly Gig Regatta, Clovelly.  The West Country boasts a long tradition of racing pilot gigs. Gig racing is exciting and strenuous, with crews reaching speeds of 9 knots in North Devon's powerful tidal waters. You're assured an exhilarating day's racing. So come along and cheer on the brave crews! Normal admission charges apply.

August 2016

Every Tuesday & Thursday, Sweet Chilli Beef Company's Popup Kitchen, The Square Bradworthy (Tuesday), Stoke Barton Farm Campsite (Thursdays in the summer holidays). Award winning global foods from this fantastic, Hartland based company. Delicious Mexican chillis, gourmet burgers and Chinese dishes. See the website.

6th - 7th August, Lifeboat Weekend in Aid of the RNLI, Clovelly. Held in aid of the RNLI, this popular event is a celebration of the Clovelly lifeboat and its volunteer crew. The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors and there'll be operational displays by the Clovelly lifeboat. It's a fun-packed weekend with games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other family fun in and around the harbour. Normal admission charges apply.

7th - 13th August, Hartland Carnival Week, Hartland. Hartland Carnival Week is 7 days of celebrations, starting with the crowning of the carnival royalty on the Sunday, through all kinds of sports, games, barbeques and parties and culminating in the huge Grand Carnival Procession on the Saturday night followed by the after-party. Everyone is welcome as Hartland well and truly lets its hair down. See http://www.hartlandcarnival.com/.

9th August 7pm, Hartland Abbey Outdoor Summer Theatre, HAMLET Grounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue by Mr Crackling, Ice creams. Cream teas at 5pm shows. BOOKING TICKETS FOR ALL PRODUCTIONS Full £13, Concession £11, Supporters/Families with children under 18 years £9 each. Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

17th August 5pm, Hartland Abbey Outdoor Summer Theatre, RATBURGERGrounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue by Mr Crackling, Ice creams. Cream teas at 5pm shows. BOOKING TICKETS FOR ALL PRODUCTIONS Full £13, Concession £11, Supporters/Families with children under 18 years £9 each. Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

24th August 7pm, Hartland Abbey Outdoor Summer Theatre, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Grounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue by Mr Crackling, Ice creams. Cream teas at 5pm shows. BOOKING TICKETS FOR ALL PRODUCTIONS Full £13, Concession £11, Supporters/Families with children under 18 years £9 each. Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

29th August 5pm, Hartland Abbey Outdoor Summer Theatre, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde performed by Heartbreak Productions.  Grounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue by Mr Crackling, Ice creams. Cream teas at 5pm shows. BOOKING TICKETS FOR ALL PRODUCTIONS Full £13, Concession £11, Supporters/Families with children under 18 years £9 each. Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

September 2016

Every Tuesday & Thursday, Sweet Chilli Beef Company's Popup Kitchen, The Square Bradworthy (Tuesday), Stoke Barton Farm Campsite (Thursdays in the summer holidays). Award winning global foods from this fantastic, Hartland based company. Delicious Mexican chillis, gourmet burgers and Chinese dishes. See the website.

4th - 30th, September Sailings Aboard the Historic Irene, from Clovelly.  Experience life at sea and the exhilarating pleasure of sailing aboard the historic vessel, Irene, along the stunning coastline of Clovelly or to Lundy Island this September. Enjoy lending the crew a hand by hoisting sails, trimming jibs and steering the ship. No experience necessary - just come along for the fun! 'Irene' was launched in 1907 in Bridgwater, Somerset and is a "West Country trading ketch", designed to be beached along river banks so loads could be easily transferred to horse-drawn carts. By 1960 she was retired and resold several times before being abandoned and forgotten. Today, painstakingly restored, the ship is once again gracing the waters of the West Country. Below decks 'Irene' is fitted with cosy and comfortable en-suite cabins each with double and single bunks for those who wish to visit Lundy Island and stay aboard overnight. Enjoy delicious food with locally sourced ingredients either on deck or in the spacious oak panelled saloon. Bideford Bay Sails: Join the crew and experience sailing a traditional West Country trading ketch or just relax and enjoy the trip along the beautiful coastline with a lovely lunch. Overnight Lundy Island: Sail from Clovelly to Lundy and explore the island, full of wildlife and wonderful scenery. Then dine and stay aboard 'Irene' overnight. On the Sunday you will experience the RNLI performing a mock rescue on board before sailing back to Clovelly where you may decide to join the crew for a drink at the Red Lion before leaving. Bookings: For information and to book your place/s please contact the Skipper, Charles Robertson on 07896 215213 or email charles-robertson@live.co.uk. You can also book by calling Sue Haworth: 01288 331188, Mob: 07796 891063 or email suehaworth@aol.com. http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk

4th September, Lobster & Crab Feast, Clovelly. Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family.  Choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant and dine on delicious lobster and seafood platters.  There'll be live folk music, chef cookery demonstrations, a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, including plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, and beer tasting. Children will be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed craft activities provided by The National Trust. Standard admission charges include all entertainment. See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events

24th September, Hartland Autumn Garden Show, The Playing Fields Pavillion, Hartland, 2.30 - 4.30pm. A smaller version of the hugely popular summer event, there are still a wide variety of classes to enter, open to all. All the exhibits are on view and refreshments are available. Come and celebrate autumn's abundance. Everyone welcome.

October 2016

Every Tuesday & Thursday, Sweet Chilli Beef Company's Popup Kitchen, The Square Bradworthy (Tuesday), Stoke Barton Farm Campsite (Thursdays in the summer holidays). Award winning global foods from this fantastic, Hartland based company. Delicious Mexican chillis, gourmet burgers and Chinese dishes. See the website.

28th October, Apple Day, Clovelly.  Bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed, taste the juice outside the Visitor Centre, or bring more for pasteurisation and bottling. On entry to Clovelly, children can also enjoy apple games, crafts and an apple modelling competition with prizes. See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events

November 2016

20th November, Clovelly Herring Festival 10th Anniversary, Clovelly. Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our 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 Bar, cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, a Herring Hunt, face painting, henna tattoosand National Trust event-themed, free craft activities. See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events

December 2016

4th December, Clovelly Christmas Lights, 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 grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station and Father Christmas will make 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 Chaplain of the Lifeboat Station, The Rev. Shirley Henderson, 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. See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events

26th December, Boxing Day Barbeque, Clovelly. Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly, With FREE entrance into the village, why not have a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt if you are up to it. Free entrance all day.  See: www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events