Events, Festivals & Arts

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2015

 

 

June

   

6th – 7th

 

Lundy Gig Row, Clovelly.  The row from Clovelly to Lundy and back across 32 miles of open seas is a huge test of endurance. Depending upon the weather and tides, it can take up to four hours. Do come along and support the brave crews!  They leave Clovelly at 8am and arrive at Lundy at about 11am. The following day they leave Lundy at about 1pm and arrive back at Clovelly at about 4pm. Normal admission charges apply.

6th

 

Clovelly Lectures: Can the Royal Navy Still Defend British Shores?, The Right Honourable Baron West of Spithead, Clovelly.   Born in 1948, West joined the Royal Navy in 1965, serving in fourteen different ships and commanding three. In 1982 he commanded HMS Ardent which was sunk during the Falklands War.  West was the last to leave the sinking ship and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.  Head of naval intelligence and Chief of Defence Intelligence during the Kosovo war he then became Admiral in November 2000 and Commander-in-Chief Fleet, NATO Commander-in-Chief Atlantic and NATO Commander Allied Naval Forces North. He led the UK maritime response to 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan.  In 2002 West was appointed First Sea Lord and also the First and Principal Naval aide-de-camp to H.M. The Queen. He also led the Navy in the initial invasion of Iraq and the demand by the Royal Navy for a major ceremony of the Trafalguar Bicential Year.  Formerly responsible for national security, counter-terrorism, Cyber and Olympics security, after having produced the UK’s first ever National Security and Cyber Security strategies including groundbreaking strategies for countering international terrorism, West is now Chairman of QinetiQ Defence Advisory Board, Chairman of National Security Forum, and Chairman and strategic advisor for a number of companies.

14th

 

Seaweed Festival, Clovelly. The first annual event held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will have a wide variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a wide range of seaweed products along with seaweed arts and crafts. There’ll also be live music, demonstrations, talks and activities, including foraging, throughout the day. Children will enjoy story telling, street entertainment and The National Trust event-themed craft activities. Admission charges include all entertainment.

16th June - 31st August

  Outdoor Summer Theater at Hartland Abbey-  Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, is a summer programme that promises to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to something delicious from Mr Crackling's Barbeque and a glass of Pimms, wine or maybe a local cider or ale from the theatre bar, and settle down to watch one of the many stunning performances on offer.  Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins.

Box Office 01805 624624 Tickets: £7 – £20. See the Plough Arts Centre website for full details: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Tues 16th June 7pm – Miracle Theatre ‘THE MAGNIFICENT THREE’”Gather up your posse it’s time to head out to the Wild Frontier with award-winning Miracle for a rootin’-tooting, side splittin’, finger-clickin, toe-tappin’, saloon-door-swingin’, double-cross-dressin’, Hoe-down-dancin’, quick-draw-slinging. Spaghetti Western adventure..YEEHAW!

Sun 28th June 7pm – The Plough Community Theatre ‘CIDER WITH ROSIE’ Beginning at the end of the First World War, ‘Cider with Rosie’ recounts Laurie Lee’s powerful childhood memories of life in a rural village which had seen few changes in a thousand years. This action-packed drama, full of music, movement and original songs, is ideal for all the family.

Fri 10th July 7pm – Rude Mechanical Theatre ‘THE COMEDY OF BABI BABBETT’ Set in Islington in 1793 it is an out and out farce in the classic commedia dell’arte style and probably the funniest of all their plays.“Rich men are very attractive. There’s nothing so romantic as the creak in the moonlight of a chequebook opening.”

Sun 19th July 7pm – Illyria ‘IOLANTHE’ by Gilbert and Sullivan Gilbert and Sullivan’s most magical comic opera is set half in Fairyland, half in Westminster. Its surprisingly topical satire pokes fun at Love, Class and Politics – and on how people from different backgrounds form uneasy coalitions….  

Wed 29th July 1pm – FAMILY ARTS AFTERNOOMost activities free – small additional charge for some. All the family can try a wacky range of arts-related activities in the beautiful abbey grounds including a character treasure hunt, ‘through the portal’ story-making, willow sculpting, fancy dress races, kite making, nature frames, pottery, storytelling, drama, and many more. Stay on to see Mr Stink at 5pm!

Wed 29th July 5pm – Heartbreak ‘MR STINK’ by David Walliams  12 year old Chloe and the incredibly smelly homeless Mr Stink forge an extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed. An outdoor show packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, suitable for the whole family to enjoy together.

Thurs 30th July 8pm – JAZZ AT THE ABBEY -DIGBY FAIRWEATHER & TINA MAY Swing’s the Thing’ direct from Ronnie Scott’s to Hartland Abbey! Ten-time winners of ‘Top Small Group’ in the prestigious British Jazz Awards this all star group promises you an unforgettable evening of swinging sounds, latin jazz, and, for one night only they are joined by special guest, Tina May, one of the most expressive and inventive jazz singers of the last 20 years.

Tues 11th August 5pm – Illyria ‘THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE’ This version of Disney's famous classic features the original music by Paul Dukas (as used in Fantasia); more water then you have EVER seen in a play before; and eye-popping magical illusions designed by the world famous illusionist Paul Daniels. Exciting, magical family fun for all ages 5+!

Tues 18th August 5 pm – Cambridge Theatre ‘ROBIN HOOD, THE MUSICAL’ An extremely funny and lively family show. Come and have a joyful, fun-filled time with your family as you watch this hilarious musical show full our usual zest and vim! Boys and girls are invited to come along dressed in their best Sherwood fashion. There is also a 45 minute drama workshop where your child can play theatre games with the actors. Age 5-10. Please check with the ticket office.

Tues 25th August 7pm – Illyria ‘THE THREE MUSKETEERS’ All for One, and One for All! Young D’Artagnan is desperate to join Athos, Porthos and Aramis as an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard. To prove himself he plunges headlong into a thrilling adventure to restore the Queen’s honour, survive the machinations of scheming Cardinal Richelieu, race the clock to save the hapless Mme Bonancieux and cross swords with the deadly Milady de Winter. Set against a sweeping panorama of 17th century France at war, this production is a whirlwind of excitement, broad comedy and ingenious story-telling. Suitable 8+

Mon 31st August 7pm – Heartbreak ‘EMMA’ by Jane Austen In true Heartbreak style, the adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ is introduced and performed by a group of artists who tell the story in the hope that the Romantic nature of Austen’s writing inspires their portraiture and landscape skills.

19th,20th, 21st

  'Artland' - Hartland Summer Open Arts Event, locations across the Hartland Peninsula. Showcasing an amazing range of artisitic talent in an equally amazing location.  Over 24 artists, potters, ceramicists, glassworkers, printmakers, poets and musicians will be opening studios between 12 noon and 5.00pm to show their creations and skills. Many will be demonstrating their talents over the weekend. There will also be art installations in the grounds of Cheristow Farm and Art Barn and other artists will be creating structures especially for and during the event at their own venues. Come and see what a wealth of creativity there is in this stunningly beautiful part of the world. For further information see: www.artlandnorthdevon.co.uk or contact Clive Brocklehurst at The White Hare Studio Hartland 01237 441539 or email: brendajet@googlemail.com

20th - 24th
10am - 4pm

 

Flower Festival,  The Methodist Chapel, Hartland. "Hartland through 100 years" plus a photographic 'display of memories', The Methodist Chapel, Hartland. Part of the centenary celebrations, a beautiful flower festival in the chapel. Daily 10am - 4pm.

20th 
3-5pm

  Afternoon Summer Fete, the Manse Garden, behind the Methodist Chapel. All very welcome. 3-5pm.

21st 
7.30pm

  Centenary Concert, The Parish Hall, Hartland. 7.30pm. With the Hartland Town Band and Gregory Hookaway (on organ). Tickets (£5.00) from Ralph James 01237 441587. All very welcome.

24th
7.30pm

  Celebration Service, The Methodist Chapel, Hartland 7.30pm. To mark the centenary of the Methodist Chapel in Hartland. All very welcome.

26th
7pm - 1am

  Hartland Abbey Midsummer Charity Weekend: The Midsummer Charity Ball,Hartland Abbey.  Just over ten years ago, a group of local people started talking about putting on a great event, something really fun, different and amazing. They hatched a plan to organize a Ball and thought it would be extra special, if alongside having fun, they raised some money for some important charities. From that nugget of an idea the group has now raised in excess of £195,000 for the North Devon Hospice and Cancer Research.  Get dressed up and join them for a wonderful night out, in the beautiful marquee, enjoy the welcome reception, 4 course dinner, live music, grand auction, champagne bar and many surprises throughout the evening.  For full details seewww.abbeymidsummer.co.uk 

27th 
7pm - 1am

 

Hartland Abbey Midsummer Charity Weekend: 'Live at the Abbey', Hartland Abbey.  Be entertained in style with a musical tribute extravaganza: Robbie Williams, Fat Boy Slim, Abba and Yazza.  There will be a welcome drink, fabulous 3 course dinner, Champagne Bar, casino, Promise and Silent Auction and lots of fun surprises.  Click here for the poster. Tickets £75 each (and can be purchased as a table of 10).  or full details see www.abbeymidsummer.co.uk 

28th 
11am-5pm

 

Hartland Abbey Midsummer Charity Weekend: Devon's BIG Barbeque, Hartland Abbey grounds. On Sunday 28th the whole family can come along for Devon's Big BBQ! The grounds of Hartland Abbey will be teeming with entertainment, delicious food and everything you need to make this a great day out for all your family and friends. A highlight of the day will be the opportunity to take part in a Guiness World Record attempt, by joining in with the cream tea challenge.

Devon’s BIG Barbecue will be a chance to enjoy the splendid British summer in the most glorious surroundings. An outdoor party with wonderful food, live entertainment and much, much more.

All are very welcome at these extra special events, see website www.abbeymidsummer.co.uk for full details and prices or for tickets and more information contact: Kelly Olde on 01237 441713 or email: contact@abbeymidsummer.co.uk .

July

   

Throughout July

  Outdoor Summer Theater at Hartland Abbey-  Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, is a summer programme that promises to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to something delicious from Mr Crackling's Barbeque and a glass of Pimms, wine or maybe a local cider or ale from the theatre bar, and settle down to watch one of the many stunning performances on offer.  Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins.

Box Office 01805 624624 Tickets: £7 – £20. See the Plough Arts Centre website for full details: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Fri 10th July 7pm – Rude Mechanical Theatre ‘THE COMEDY OF BABI BABBETT’ Set in Islington in 1793 it is an out and out farce in the classic commedia dell’arte style and probably the funniest of all their plays.“Rich men are very attractive. There’s nothing so romantic as the creak in the moonlight of a chequebook opening.”

Sun 19th July 7pm – Illyria ‘IOLANTHE’ by Gilbert and Sullivan Gilbert and Sullivan’s most magical comic opera is set half in Fairyland, half in Westminster. Its surprisingly topical satire pokes fun at Love, Class and Politics – and on how people from different backgrounds form uneasy coalitions….  

Wed 29th July 1pm – FAMILY ARTS AFTERNOOMost activities free – small additional charge for some. All the family can try a wacky range of arts-related activities in the beautiful abbey grounds including a character treasure hunt, ‘through the portal’ story-making, willow sculpting, fancy dress races, kite making, nature frames, pottery, storytelling, drama, and many more. Stay on to see Mr Stink at 5pm!

Wed 29th July 5pm – Heartbreak ‘MR STINK’ by David Walliams  12 year old Chloe and the incredibly smelly homeless Mr Stink forge an extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed. An outdoor show packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, suitable for the whole family to enjoy together.

Thurs 30th July 8pm – JAZZ AT THE ABBEY -DIGBY FAIRWEATHER & TINA MAY Swing’s the Thing’ direct from Ronnie Scott’s to Hartland Abbey! Ten-time winners of ‘Top Small Group’ in the prestigious British Jazz Awards this all star group promises you an unforgettable evening of swinging sounds, latin jazz, and, for one night only they are joined by special guest, Tina May, one of the most expressive and inventive jazz singers of the last 20 years.

7th - 19th

 

Festival Fortnight - Hartland's Arts & Music Festival, various locations. This year's festival includes a wealth of artistic talent for all tastes.  Come and join us as Hartland comes alive with music, theatre and more:

Tuesday 7th July 6pm - Hartland Primary School
Wednesday 8th 7.30pm - The Organ Builders Entertain (Michael Farley and friends)
Saturday 11th 7.30pm - Okehampton Choral Society- Music for Summer's Evening
Tuesday 14th 7.30pm - Shoestring Theatre
Thursday 16th 7.30pm - Hartland Town Band and Torridge Male Voice Choir
Friday 17th 7.30pm - Barnstaple Concert band
Saturday 18th 2pm - St Nectan's Church Fete, Playing Fields. Grand opening by Nigel Symons. Stalls, sideshows, games, children's activities and more.
Sunday 19th 7.30pm - Hartland Chamber Orchestra

13th

  Hartland House Spa VIP Charity Spa Party - Hartland House Spa, Long Furlong, Hartland, North Devon. Your chance to really enjoy some pampering whilst supporting Macmillan Cancer Support and the North Devon Hospice.  Booking essential. For £25 per person you'll enjoy: A 25min NEW 'Pick me up' Retreat Facial (worth £35); welcome drink on arrival; selection of Spa nibbles to taste; free skin care advice; 20% Off Retreat and Korres products; 20% off all new spa bookings; 20% off gift vouchers.  There will also be a Charity Raffle.  All the profits will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and the North Devon Hospice.  For full details and booking see here.

19th

 

Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly.  The day will be full of fun and cram-packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. There’ll be lively music, crafty creations and  family activities throughout the day, including maritime storytelling, Punch and Judy, underwater adventures and street theatre. On the quay there will be seafood kitchens and arts and crafts.  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, held in aid of the North Devon Hospice. Standard admission charges to Clovelly include all entertainment. 

27th

 

Woolsery Agricultural Show, Woolsery (Woolfardisworthy).  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 display of vintage farm machinery, a display of hounds and the Young Farmers’ “It’s a knockout”. You’ll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children.   It’s a great summer day out for all the family! Admission charge.

August

   

Throughout August

  Outdoor Summer Theater at Hartland Abbey-  Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, is a summer programme that promises to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to something delicious from Mr Crackling's Barbeque and a glass of Pimms, wine or maybe a local cider or ale from the theatre bar, and settle down to watch one of the many stunning performances on offer.  Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins.

Box Office 01805 624624 Tickets: £7 – £20. See the Plough Arts Centre website for full details: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Tues 11th August 5pm – Illyria ‘THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE’ This version of Disney's famous classic features the original music by Paul Dukas (as used in Fantasia); more water then you have EVER seen in a play before; and eye-popping magical illusions designed by the world famous illusionist Paul Daniels. Exciting, magical family fun for all ages 5+!

Tues 18th August 5 pm – Cambridge Theatre ‘ROBIN HOOD, THE MUSICAL’ An extremely funny and lively family show. Come and have a joyful, fun-filled time with your family as you watch this hilarious musical show full our usual zest and vim! Boys and girls are invited to come along dressed in their best Sherwood fashion. There is also a 45 minute drama workshop where your child can play theatre games with the actors. Age 5-10. Please check with the ticket office.

Tues 25th August 7pm – Illyria ‘THE THREE MUSKETEERS’ All for One, and One for All! Young D’Artagnan is desperate to join Athos, Porthos and Aramis as an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard. To prove himself he plunges headlong into a thrilling adventure to restore the Queen’s honour, survive the machinations of scheming Cardinal Richelieu, race the clock to save the hapless Mme Bonancieux and cross swords with the deadly Milady de Winter. Set against a sweeping panorama of 17th century France at war, this production is a whirlwind of excitement, broad comedy and ingenious story-telling. Suitable 8+

Mon 31st August 7pm – Heartbreak ‘EMMA’ by Jane Austen In true Heartbreak style, the adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ is introduced and performed by a group of artists who tell the story in the hope that the Romantic nature of Austen’s writing inspires their portraiture and landscape skills.

8th-9th

 

RNLI Lifeboat Weekend, Clovelly.  Held in aid of the RNLI, it is a popular celebration of the Clovelly Lifeboat, ‘Toby Rundle’.  The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors. On Saturday afternoon there will be a sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly, followed by a barbecue.  
On Sunday it will be a fun-packed family day with games, competitions, entertainment, food,  drink and music. During the day the Clovelly lifeboat will be launched and in the evening there will be a curry, quiz and live music. Normal admission charges apply but on Sunday young people (7-12 years) will have free entry if they come dressed in orange (to match the boat). Under 7s have free entry anyway, but it would be much appreciated if they come dressed in orange too.

22nd

 

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.

September

   

5th  & 6th

 

Giant Veggie Competition, Big Sheep, Abbotsham. Try your hand at gardening and enter the GIANT Veggie Competition – The Big Sheep is on the look out for vegetables of all shapes and sizes for the competition. If you would like to enter please email nicola@thebigsheep.co.uk for an entry form. All entries must be in no later than 1st September 2015.

6th

 

Lobster and 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, crab and seafood platters, each with a complimentary glass of bubbly.   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.

November

   

15th

 

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 http://www.clovelly.co.uk/red-lion-hotel-harbour-restaurant 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

   

6th

 

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