Events, Festivals & Arts








Hartland Hartbreaker, starting and finishing Hartland Abbey.  13(ish) miles of extreme cross-country running, this is a not-to-be-missed event for the endurance runner through spectacular woodland, coastal and parkland scenery, and for spectators who just want to stand and admire the sheer pluck, stamina and tenacity of the participants. 



The Cream Tea Challenge in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care Big Sheep, Abbotsham.  The Cream Tea Challenge is open to professional, amateur and junior bakers and entrants will have an opportunity to enter either the ‘Fruit Scone’ or ‘Plain Scone’ category or both categories.  Entrants will have to bake four scones for each category.  In order to avoid the age old debate as to whether the cream or jam should come first, Cream Tea Challenge sponsors, Asda of Bideford will be supplying the cream and jam and entrants can stipulate how they would prefer to have their scone dressed.  Peter Wilcox, from Asda Bideford said “We are very excited to be sponsoring this fun event and will be offering some great prizes to the winner of each category.  It’s also a great way to raise vital funds for our ASDA’s Tickled Pink Campaign, which has already raised more than £38 million for two of the UK’s leading breast cancer charities, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care since it began in 1996. Entry to the competition is £5 per entry to each category and 4 scones must be submitted per category.  For more information you should ring Nic at the BIG Sheep on 01237 472366 for or download an entry pack here - See more at:



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.



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.



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.

19th,20th, 21st

  Hartland Arts Festival, locations across the Hartland Peninsula, especially Clovelly, Hartland and Welcombe. Join artists and craftspeople for an Open Arts event across the Peninsula. Meet and talk to potters, sculptors, photographers and painters in their workspaces and studios and enjoy a guided walk around the area. Sunday evening barbeque and open mike. To book for the barbeque or walk please phone Sara or Gus on 01237 441522. For further info email:

20th - 24th


Flower Festival,  The Methodist Chapel, Hartland. Part of the centenary celebrations, a beautiful flower festival in the chapel. Daily.


  Afternoon Summer Fete, the Manse Garden, behind the Methodist Chapel. All very welcome.


  Centenary Concert, The Parish Hall, Hartland. With the Hartland Town Band and Gregory Hookaway (organist). Tickets from Ralph James 01237 441587. All very welcome.


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

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 

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 



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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. 



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.





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.



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.



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.





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.





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