Events, Festivals & Arts

2016 Events for North Devon & Hartland Peninsula

Find all the best events, festivals & things to see and do in North Devon and the Hartland Peninsula during 2016. 

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.

23rd October, Refugee Rescue 'Blue Light Car Wash' Day, Clovelly, 11am - 3pm. Come and have your car washed by two crew members of the Clovelly Lifeboat and a Bude Lifeguard in order to raise funds for Refugee Rescue. All three are volunteer crew on 'Mo Chara', which already this year has rescued 2,500 people in the narrow strip of sea between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesvos. Donate £5 or £10 for your car wash and help raise funds for this very worthy cause - it costs about £50 per hour to keep the boat running and save lives.  The Clovelly Estate has kindly provided the venue, so why not combine it with a trip to beautiful Clovelly and even have your car washed during your visit.  See here for more details.

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:

November 2016

1st November, Special Sale, Hartland Quay Hotel, 12 midday -3pm. With 50% off remaining stock in the shop this is time to come and find Christmas presents, stocking fillers...or just treat yourself!  Items on sale include bags, scarves, gardening gifts, dog items, kitchen gifts and much more. Please note this sale exludes local artists items, although selected Clive Brocklehurst items will also be reduced by 10-15%. See 

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:

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:

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: