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
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.
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.
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
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 .
(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.
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.
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.
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.orgTel: 01237 431200.
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.