Events, Festivals & Arts

 

2014

 

March

 
3rd Lentsherd, Clovelly. Lentsherd (pronounced "Lanshard") is held on Shrove Tuesday and is an old Clovelly custom.

When dusk starts to fall, the participating children meet at the top of the cobbles with each one carrying a tin can attached to a long string.
They then set off down-a-long the street, whooping and dragging their clattering cans behind them to the harbour where the cans are tied together and thrown into the sea (to be later retrieved).

The aim is to rid Clovelly of all the bad things from the previous year by chasing bad spirits away and driving the devil into the sea before Lent begins when everyone settles down to be good for forty days! Admission prices apply.

16th Daffodil Sunday, Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Along with the Blubell Sundays this is an unmissable event. To see the grounds clothed in many varieties of daffodils, a sea of yellow and white, is a spectacle not to be missed and a heart lifting presage of spring. A wonderful family (and dog!) event and a very special way to spend a Sunday.

April

 
12th - 21st Fantastic Fudge Hunt, Clovelly.  20 fudge stones, like this one, will be hidden in the village each day. Find one and take it to the Fudge Shop at the Visitor Centre and discover how much fudge you have won.
If you find Number 20, you will get a whole kilo of fudge, made up of 8 different flavours - what a treat! And you can come back and try again. One stone redeemable per visiting family per day. Admission charges apply.
18th - 21st Easter EggTrail & Family Fun Quiz, The Point@Hartland Point.  Over Easter weekend come along and take part in the free family fun quiz and Easter egg trail at this incredible cafe above the spectacular cliffs at Hartland Point. Free Easter biscuit with every hot drink sold. This is right on the SW Coastpath so come along, take a walk, enjoy the scenery, eat some fabulous food and join in the Easter fun. See the full entry here.
20th, 21st & 27th Bluebell Days & Easter Fun at Hartland Abbey, Hartland. Do not miss the absolutely beautiful spectacle of the Abbey and grounds awash in the glorious colour and scent of Blubells. This is an absolute favourite event for locals and visitors alike and this year is combined with Easter fun over the Easter weekend. All welcome and dogs very welcome too.   Admission charges apply.

May

 
 4th
11am (race starts)
Hartland Hartbreak Run, starting from Hartland Abbey. An absolutely gruelling 17 mile cross country run that only the toughest can survive. Take part only if you are very, very fit but by all means come and spectate at this awe inspiring test of endurance, courage and ultimate fitness. The Hartland Hartbreaker is now in it's second year and aims to be one of the most difficult runs in the country. In aid of the Children's Hospice. See www.hartlandhartbreaker.com
 24th Celebration of Local Ales and Cider, Clovelly.  Enjoy a range of tasty local brews created with passion by small North Devon brewers at the Red Lion or New Inn. You're bound to find a tipple to suit your palate and there'll also be some live musical entertainment too, so come along and raise a glass. There will also be a selection of Devon wines, by the glass, at very special prices. Normal admission charges apply.

June

 
7th - 8th Lundy Gig Row, starting from 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.
15th National Garden Scheme Open Garden Day, Docton Mill Gardens, Hartland.  The wonderful Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Room have their annual NGS day with the vast majority of proceeds going to Macmillan Nurses.  Admission: Adults £4.50, Seniors £4.25, under-18s free.
19th
7pm
Summer Outdoor Theatre: The Tempest, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.

29th
7pm

Summer Outdoor Theatre: Candleford, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.

July

 
20th Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly. Starting at 10 a.m., 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, cookery demonstrations, crafty creations and family activities throughout the day.
The quay will be full of seafood kitchens, arts and crafts and facepainting too. The New Inn, in the heart of the village, will be offering two lunch specials and fresh strawberrry and cream teas with home made scones.
So do come along and enjoy this fun-packed day out, held in aid of the North Devon Hospice.
Young people (7-16 years) will have free entry if they come dressed as a pirate or a mermaid.
Under 7s have free entry anyway, but we would love it if they come dressed up too.
Standard admission charges to Clovelly include all entertainment.
28th 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!

30th
5pm

Summer Outdoor Theatre: George's Marvellous Medicine, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.

August

 
2nd - 3rd Clovelly Lifeboad Weekend, Clovelly. Held in aid of the RNLI, it is a popular celebration of the Clovelly Lifeboat, Spirit of Clovelly. The Lifeboat House will be open both days to the public.
On Saturday afternoon there will be a sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly, followed by a barbecue. Sunday will be a fun-packed family day with games, competitions, entertainment, food & drink and music. There will be a coconut shy, a tug of war, local stalls and children's activities. To finish the day, "Spirit of Clovelly" will be launched for a demonstration by our volunteer crew. In the evening, there will be a curry and quiz, and live music.
10th
7pm
Summer Outdoor Theatre: Pirates of Penzance, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.
12th
5pm
Summer Outdoor Theatre: Alice in Wonderland, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.

20th
5pm

Summer Outdoor Theatre: Robin Hood, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.
25th
7pm
Summer Outdoor Theatre: Pride and Prejudice, Hartland Abbey. Last year these wonderful performances, staged in conjunction with the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington were a huge success with audiences of all ages enjoy picnics and summer drinks on balmy summer evenings. This year the programme includes: The Tempest, Candleford, George's Marvellous Medicine, Pirates of Penzance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Pride and Prejudice.  The grounds and gardens will be open free to those attending the theatre performances two hours before the show commences. Please bring rugs or low back seating. There will  be a delicious barbecue and a bar or bring your own picnic.  See the Abbey website for more details.

September

 
7th Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast, Clovelly.  We pay tribute to Clovelly's famous lobsters and crabs with a day of live folk music, quay kitchens, beer tasting, prize draw, arts and crafts stalls and cookery demonstrations. For the children there's street theatre, N. Devon Biosphere/IFCA marine 'show and tell' activities, walkabout magic, balloon modelling, and N. Devon A.O.N.B.'s event-themed craft activities
The Red Lion Harbour restaurant will be offering delicious lobster and crab platters, each with a complimentary glass of bubbly.
In aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will bring along a tank of baby lobsters, to be later released into the sea. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/

Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

November

 
16th Clovelly Herring Festival, Clovelly. There'll be a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations, live shanty singers, street entertainment, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing and A.O.N.B. event-themed, free craft activities.
To see the 'Silver Darling' menu at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant, please click here http://www.clovelly.co.uk/red-lion-hotel-harbour-restaurant
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.