Events, Festivals & Arts

2017 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 2017.

 January 2017

Throughout January, Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. Pick up a trail and see how many sculptures you can discover; most are available for sale. Free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings. See

Until 2nd January, Aladdin, Queen Theatre, Barnstaple.  North Devon Theatres and Imagine Theatre present an Aladdin’s cave of entertainment for the festive season, with fabulous sets and costumes, superb song and dance routines and lots of laughter for the whole family. In Old Peking, poor young boy Aladdin struggles to make a living with his mum Widow Twankey and silly brother Wishee Washee in their Chinese Laundry…if only he could make his fortune and then all their dreams would come true!  See:

Until 7th Jan on Thurs, Fris and Sats, Magical Winter Garden Illuminations, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. See the Winter Garden as you’ve never seen it before, as high-tech colour changing lights illuminate the trees and shrubs to create an enthralling show. See

February 2017

28th Feb, Lentsherd, Clovelly. Free entry after 4.30 p.m. Lentsherd (pronounced 'Lanshard') is an old Clovelly Shrove Tuesday custom, and the aim is to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. At dusk children set off Down-a-long, dragging clattering tin cans, which are then tied together and thrown into the sea (later retrieved). Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings. See

April 2017

2nd Apr, Clovelly Wedding Fair, Clovelly. Wedding Fair at Clovelly Court Great Terrace, whatever the weather. 1pm till dusk with FREE entry. No matter what the weather, Clovelly is the perfect place to create your own unique wedding. With its festival vibe, Clovelly Wedding Fair will have a band for all tastes, a bar, a children's area, outside caterers and local suppliers from all over Devon and Cornwall. Come along and be inspired to create your perfect day.From 1pm to 5pm
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8th Apr to 17th Apr, Find the Easter Chicks, Clovelly. Children receive a village map on entry on which to mark the location and number of Easter chicks perched up and down the tumbling cottages along the High Street to the Quay. Return the map to the Visitor Centre reception if you spot at least 10 chicks to win an Easter egg and a bigger prize if you spot all 15.   See

May 2017

20th May, Clovelly Lectures: "Can NATO defend Britain: What is the Russian threat " ?, Clovelly. Clovelly Lectures - now in its 6th year, holds interesting and informative annual talks and debates on world politics. Our first one this year will be: CHAIRMAN : SIR MICHAEL BURTON . KCVO CMG, DIRECTOR : THE HONOURABLE MRS ROUS. RECEPTION-LECTURE-DEBATE-DINNER. Speaker General Sir Richard Sherriff DEP: SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER NATO 2011 to 2014 For tickets and further information contact       See

June 2017

4th Jun, Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of North Devon Hospice, Clovelly. The Seaweed Festival was launched in 2015 and has been a great success. It is being held on Devon Day in 2017. Clovelly Seaweed Festival promotes seaweed for its immense health & nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products and seaweed arts and crafts. There will also be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children to enjoy, such as "Know your Seaweed" talks, craft activities and workshops, Seaweed foot spa, street entertainment and live music throughout the day. The Seaweed Health Foundation will provide information on the benefits of seaweed for food and health. You will be amazed at the world of seaweed. Bring your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular selection. Admission charges include all entertainment.      See

July 2017

8th Jul, Clovelly Gig Regatta, Clovelly. Gig racing is exciting and strenuous, with crews reaching speeds of nine knots in North Devon's powerful tidal waters. You're assured and exhilarating day's racing. So come along and cheer on the brave crews! Normal admission charges apply, please consult for details.     See

16th Jul, Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the Bideford Sea Cadets, Clovelly. The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. This year there will be a second Clovelly Cup Race with the North Devon Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay (if any yachtsmen and women are interested in taking part or being involved, please contact It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding the harbour and setting off around the race course. They will also be joining us in the harbour with information on their club and how to become a sea cadet. Throughout the day there will be music, street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family, including building your own miniature boats with The Plough, Arts & Crafts and The National Trust, Mermaid storytelling 'Tales from the sea', Shipwreck Survival, Punch & Judy, Beach Spa, plus face painting & henna tattoos and a variety of stalls selling food and event-themed arts & crafts. It is definitely a day to remember! Free entry for under 16's who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes! Standard admission charges include all entertainment.    See

31st Jul, Woolsery Agricultural Show, Woolsery. Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show. 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! A separate admission charge applies.   See

August 2017

5th Aug to 6th Aug, Lifeboat Weekend in aid of the R.N.L.I, 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.  See

September 2017

3rd Sep, Lobster and Crab Feast 10th Anniversary!, 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. It's in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will be exhibiting some of their baby lobsters prior to their release into Clovelly Bay at the end of the day. At the heart of the NLH's work is their lobster restocking project whereby local fishermen bring 'pregnant' female lobsters to the hatchery so that their delicate offspring are given a better chance in life by being raised in captivity without predators. These young lobsters are raised to a size where they can be released back into the sea and look after themselves. (As seen on BBC2 TV 'Country Show Cook Off'). Standard admission charges include all entertainment. See

October 2017

28th Oct, Apple Day – Harvest Fayre Clovelly. It is Apple Season – so we are holding our second Apple Day with lots of lovely apple crafts and activities. On arrival at Clovelly you will see apple pressing by Gatcombe valley Juices outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation and bottling for which there will be a charge (£1.90 per 75 cl bottle). On entry to Clovelly (free for children under 7 years old), you will find the Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 12:00-16:00. The round shape of the apple with the great reds and greens makes the apple a perfect base for creating art. So enjoy some Apple Art with The Plough and either carve, sculpt, decorate or do all of them with your apple to enter the Apple Art Competition! There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping, and especially for adults, apple cup making, which you can then use to enjoy a refreshing cider drink (available at the café bar) or perhaps some fresh apple juice! Clovelly Court Gardens produce, including a pick of pumpkins, will be on sale and Merry Harriers Garden Centre will also have some of their interesting products on display. At 12 noon families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly tour guide, Jana Edwards, who will take you down the village street telling spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat, finishing at the New Inn. Please book your place on arrival as spaces are limited. Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00, Apple day activities: 12:00 - 16:00; Harvest Hunt 12:00-1:30. Please note that you can travel by bus from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly. Click on HERE for the Stagecoach South West timetable.  See

November 2017

18th Nov, Clovelly Herring Festival, 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. Standard admission charges include all entertainment. See

Clovelly Herring Festival featured in:
Countryfile Magazine
Channel 4's River Cottage series

December 2017

26th Dec, Boxing Day Barbecue, Clovelly. Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly. With FREE entrance into the village all day, 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. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day. The barbecue runs from 12:00 to 3 pm.  See