2018 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 2018.
February 13, 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. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/lentsherd
March 18, 11 - 4pm, Daffodils and Spring Flowers Sunday, Hartland Abbey.
Daffodil Day is a lovely chance to come with the family or friends to see the wonderful collection of historic daffodils, many planted 150 years ago. Our spring flower days are really good fun days out for everyone including the children and dogs. Visitors will be able to see not only the daffodils, but also lots of camellias, hellebores, early spring bulbs, mimosas and our lovely wild primroses and violets. There is plenty of opportunity for some really good walks including to the beach and to Blackpool Mill. Enjoy walking along stunning woodland paths through wild flowers to the Gazebo and the restored Woodland Summer House, with its welcoming log fire. A new circular walk has proved very popular since it opened in 2012. The Abbey itself will be open between 1 –4 pm at a small extra charge. Dogs are really welcome on leads but there will be plenty of space to let them run free as well. The Orchard, normally closed, will be open with its beautiful wild daffodils. The Old Kitchen Tea room will have a selection of delicious traditional and modern cakes and biscuits and some gluten free too! There will be homemade soup, cheesy scones, pies, pasties, hand made sausage rolls, Pulled Pork and Coleslaw baguettes, Veggie Homity pie plus a selection of sandwiches, baguettes and other tasty snacks.
Visitors are advised to bring wellies! Daffodil Day entry prices: Adults £6, Children (age 5-15) £1, Under 5 free. Entry to the house £4 open 1-4 pm. For further information please ring 01237 441496 /441234 or see www.hartlandabbey.co.uk
March 25 - September 30, Sun-Thu inclusive, 11.30-5pm, Exhibitions at Hartland Abbey. Hartland Abbey have three exhibitions, available through either their Grounds or House & Grounds Admission tickets:
The History of the Hartland Abbey Estate
A small display on the history behind this fascinating estate from the 12thC when Hartland Abbey was an Augustinian monastery up until the present day when it is a much loved family home regularly open to visitors.
Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934
This is a fascinating display into the many productions filmed on the estate over the past 82 years including many stars and household names. For 2018, new images from the filming of ‘Guernsey’ (the film of the book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society’) will be on show. Along with the locations, there are images of ‘behind the scenes’ and the stories of the filming at Hartland Abbey over the many years.
‘William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge’
A fascinating insight into an eccentric 18th century ancestor best known for saving Stonehenge and Avebury from the ‘Stonekillers’. On show are many aspects of his life including a facsimile of his memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton, his works and pictures of Stonehenge and Avebury and many of his drawings from his Itinerarium Curiosum of the 1720s, an extraordinary record of 18thC Britain.
March 30, 2018 to April 13, Find the Easter Chicks, Clovelly.
Children receive a village map on entry on which to mark the location of a number of Easter chicks perched up and down the cottages along the High Street to the quay. If they spot at least 10 chicks, they can return the map to the Visitor Centre reception to win an Easter egg and a bigger prize if they spot all 15. Come along and join the fun. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/find-easter-chicks
April - May, Tulip Time at Hartland Abbey. During April and early May the stunning tulip plantings should be at their best. There have been some spectacular new ideas in the past which were very popular and for 2018 Hartland Abbey are planning even more eyecatching displays in the pots and borders, particularly in the Walled Gardens. Entrance feel to Hartland Abbey applies, for further information please ring 01237 441496/441234 or see www.hartlandabbey.co.uk .
April 01 & April 02 11-5pm, Easter Fun 2018 at Hartland Abbey. (Easter egg hunts will continue to Thursday 5th if we have enough Easter eggs!) Come and join the fun in the beautiful grounds and gardens of Hartland Abbey over Easter. Children will have a wonderful time searching all the woodland paths and walks for clues that will lead them to a hidden treasure trove of Easter Eggs. There will be traditional activities and games like Pin the Tail on the Bunny and easter egg decorating as well (only Easter weekend). The daffodils and spring flowers should be looking wonderful, making this a special day out for adults and children alike. The house will be open from 2-5pm at an extra charge. Dogs are very welcome provided they don’t eat the Easter eggs first! Grounds open 11am-5pm. Adults £8.50, All children over 2 £4.50 (including Easter Egg Hunt), Admission to house extra: Adults £4 Children free. For further information please ring 01237 441496/441234 or see www.hartlandabbey.co.uk
April 15 and 22, 11-5pm Bluebell Sundays, Hartland Abbey. Bluebell Days at Hartland Abbey are legendary and a wonderful opportunity to visit at a reduced entry price when the valley is looking at its most beautiful. The bluebells at Hartland Abbey carpet the walks from the Walled Gardens to the sea. The restored Summerhouse was always a favourite spot for the family to picnic and for the children to play. If it is cold there will be a lovely log fire burning! See ‘Barton Cottage’ by the sea, the home of the Dashwood family in the BBC production of ‘Sense and Sensibility’and the location for BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre. Along the way enjoy bluebells, primroses, violets, wild anemones, wild orchids, foxgloves and much more. We love children and dogs and hope that you will bring as many as possible! There should be lots of lovely plants out in the gardens too; the early rhododendrons, camellias, tulips and later bulbs and early perennials amongst others. For the energetic, children and dogs, there will be plenty of opportunity for walking and exploring the 3½ miles of paths within the Abbey grounds. Bluebell Day entry prices: Adults £6, Children (age 5-15) £1, Under 5 free. Your entry ticket to the gardens and grounds includes the Museum, Exhibition and Gift Shop. Parking free. Entry to the house £4 extra. The house will be open from 2 -5pm (last admission 4.15pm). The Old Kitchen Tea Rooms will be serving their delicious light lunches and home made cream teas. For further information please ring 01237 441496/441234 or see www.hartlandabbey.co.uk
Sun May 6, Hartland Hartbreak Run, Hartland Abbey. Are you up for the challenge? And raising money for charity? The Hartland Hartbreak Run is 13 (ish) miles of uphill, downhill, through rivers, bogs and hedges and some really stunning scenery. Starting and finishing from the fabulous Hartland Abbey, through the beautiful gardens of the Abbey – with bluebells in full flight – and then the rugged and unrelenting South West Coast Path, the run prides itself on creating the most gruelling and challenging course it can! Enter yourself or come along and watch as a spectator. See more at www.hartlandabbey.co.uk or http://www.northdevonroadrunners.com or email email@example.com
May 12, Clovelly Lecture: Royal Air Force Centenary Lecture, 100 Years of the Air Force 1918 - 2018, Clovelly. Reception, Lecture, Debate and Dinner. Speaker: Air Chief Marshal, Sir Peter Squire GCB DFC AFC DL FRAeS. Sir Peter Squire joined the Royal Air Force in 1963. His operational flying included tours on the Hunter, Harrier and Tornado. He commanded No 1 (Fighter) Squadron, the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment at RAF Cottesmore, Nos 38 and 1 Groups, and Strike Command and was a Squadron Commander in the Falklands war. For tickets and further information, please contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01237 431200.
May 27, Seaweed Festival in aid of the N.D. Hospice, Clovelly.
This year we are also celebrating the Visitor Centre's 30th Anniversary. Clovelly Seaweed Festival was launced in 2015 and has been a great success. It 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. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/seaweed-festival-aid-nd-hospice
Sun June 24, 7pm, 'Wuthering Heights' Outdoor Summer Theatre at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Tickets £13/£10. In conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre. Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows. See www.hartlandabbey.co.uk for more details. For booking please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
July 14, Clovelly Maritime Festival, in aid of Bideford & District Sea Cadets
The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. There will be another Clovelly Cup Rally with the North Devon Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay. It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding the harbour and setting off around the race course. Bideford Sea Cadets 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 live music, street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family, including building your own miniature boats with The Plough, Arts & Crafts, making a mermaid crown or pirate hat with Mary & Jayne, Mermaid storytelling ‘Tales from the sea’, Captain Coconut, Punch & Judy, plus face painting & henna tattoos, "Have a go on a gig" with the Clovelly Gig team 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. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/clovelly-maritime-festival-aid-bideford-district-sea-cadets
July 30, Woolsery Agricultural Show, Woolsery. 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 charge applies. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/woolsery-agricultural-show
August 04 to August 05, 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. On Saturday, there will be a 2 mile sponsored sea swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly. Sunday will be a fun-packed day with games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other family fun in and around the harbour. The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors and there'll be operational displays by the Clovelly lifeboat. Normal admission charges apply http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/lifeboat-weekend-aid-rnli
Wed August 8th, 7pm, 'The Pirates of Penzance’ Outdoor Summer Theatre at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Tickets £15/£11. In conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre. Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows. See www.hartlandabbey.co.uk for more details. For booking please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Fri August 10, 5pm 'Doctor Dolittle’ Outdoor Summer Theatre at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Tickets £13/£10. Plus 3.00-4.30pm drama workshop 6-11 yrs, £5. In conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre. Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows. See www.hartlandabbey.co.uk for more details. For booking please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Wed August 15, 5pm, 'The Midnight Gang’ by David Walliams Outdoor Summer Theatre at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Tickets £13/£10. Plus 3.00-4.30pm drama workshop 6 – 11 yrs, £5. In conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre. Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows. See www.hartlandabbey.co.uk for more details. For booking please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
August 18, Clovelly Gig Regatta
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. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/clovelly-gig-regatta
Thu August 23, 7.30pm, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Outdoor Summer Theatre at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Tickets £13/£10. In conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre. Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows. See www.hartlandabbey.co.uk for more details. For booking please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Mon August 27, 5pm, 'The Winter’s Tale’ by William Shakespeare, Outdoor Summer Theatre at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Tickets £13/£10. In conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre. Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances. Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows. See www.hartlandabbey.co.uk for more details. For booking please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
September 02, Lobster and Crab Feast, Clovelly.
Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainable 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 to enjoy a delicious lobster dish. There'll be live music all day, cookery demonstrations with tastings, 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 also be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed games and craft activities provided by the AONB. In aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will exhibit baby lobsters before releasing them into the sea at the beginning and end of the day. They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement programme from eggs through the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle before being released back into the sea. 53,000 juveniles are released back into the wild in one year and they plan to increase the numbers over the next few years. Adopting a Lobster for just £3 helps pay for baby lobsters to be raised and released. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/. Standard admission charges apply and include all entertainment. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/lobster-and-crab-feast
October 24, Harvest Fayre, Clovelly. 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 12:00-17:00. 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. There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping and making corn dollies. Isabella Necessity on her Story Bicycle will also be visiting Clovelly to tell stories of her orchard escapades and share snippets of apple folklore. Isabella is a bicycling botanist who loves to share stories from her incredible journeys around the world with the people she meets along the way. Isabella has flown with the blue butterflies of Brazil in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, outwitted trolls in the fjords of Norway, learnt Kung-Fu on the Mountain of Kunyu and rested in a robin’s nest on Dartmoor. With delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a handsome Story Bicycle called Dilys, Isabella will whisk you away to another world. There will be a small farmers market, including a pick of pumpkins, vegetables, herbs, meat, and cider amongst other stalls. Merry Harriers Garden Centre will also have some of their interesting products on display. The WI will be hosting our second Apple Pie/Crumble competition as well as selling homemade cakes. At 13:00pm families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly tour guide, Jana Edwards, who will take you down and around the craft yard and Mount Pleasant, telling spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat, finishing back at the visitor centre. 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 13:00-14:30. Admission charge applies. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/woolsery-agricultural-show
November 18, Clovelly Herring Festival
November is the time of year when the historic, fishing village of Clovelly, North Devon, celebrates its annual Herring Festival, which is held to promote these tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and support carefully managed fishing. 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 be there with his “Kipperland” exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. He will also be turning herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse. There'll also be net making, flax processing and a Curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'. Quay kitchens will be serving a variety of delicious herring specialities with chef demonstrations, beer tastings and local food and craft stalls. Throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainment, face-painting & henna Tattoos, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, The Herring Hunt and the AONB event-themed children’s craft activities. Standard admission charges include all entertainment. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/clovelly-herring-festival
December 02, Christmas Lights in aid of the R.N.L.I.
Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. Starting at 3:30 pm, a local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour with festive 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. Brenda Jacobs, 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. http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/christmas-lights-aid-rnli
December 31, New Year's Eve Fancy Dress Party, Clovelly. Party away until the New Year bells chime. There will be fires and gunpowder to illuminate the quay and celebrate another
year's passing, plus a disco. You'll find it a thrilling way to welcome in the new year in an atmospheric village setting. See www.clovelly.co.uk for more details.