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. 

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 You can also book by calling Sue Haworth: 01288 331188, Mob: 07796 891063 or email

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:

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:

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:

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: