Events, Festivals & Arts

2015 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 2015


Throughout September

  Sail in a traditional ketch.  Throughout the month take advantage of a very rare and unusual opportunity to sail in a traditional wooden ketch - the beautiful Irene - from Clovelly harbour out along the North Devon coast. No experience is necessary, there's a professional crew on board so you can either laze away on deck watching the scenery go by, or, if you prefer, join in and be shown how to hoist sails, trim jibs and even steer the ship.  This large vessel can cater for small groups or book as an individual. Prices start from £50. See here for full details.

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 for an entry form. All entries must be in no later than 1st September 2015.



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 2015




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 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 2015




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