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Great Torrington May Fair
Westward Ho! Potwolloping Festival
Gold Coast OceanFest, Croyde
South Molton Vintage Rally
South Molton Old English Fayre
Vintage Traction Engine & Vintage Car Rally
Lundy Island Gig Row
All Things Morris
Bideford Regatta Bideford Water Festival
Clovelly Rum Race
Clovelly Lifeboat Day
Clovelly Pilot Gig Regatta
Hartland Summer Craft Fayre
Holsworthy St. Peter's Fair
Holsworthy Agricultural Show
Ilfracombe Rescue Day
North Devon Show
West Quay Fun Day, Appledore
West Down Scenic Run
Lobster & Crab Feast
Devon Remembers - North Devon Festival Remembrance Concert
New Year Celebrations
A TOP 10 NEW YEAR CRACKER
"More than 10,000 revellers gather
in fancy dress to join in one of the West Country's largest parties
midnight approaches everyone gathers on Bideford's Long Bridge to
wait for the parish bells to ring in the New Year" - As featured
in the Daily Mail, Saturday December 17 2005 - TOP 10 NEW YEAR CRACKERS.
Devon Mini Register Legendary
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NB. Clovelly Events 2017 Events, Normal admission charges apply,
dates and content may be subject to change, so please consult www.clovelly.co.uk
for latest details.
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Bideford Film Society are putting on some great films so
why not visit Bideford
Cinema Website to see what else is showing this month.
ALL MUSICIANS & PERFORMERS SUMMER WHAAM (Westward Ho! and
Appledore Music Showcase) 1st June www.whaam-events.org
Bands, singers, groups and musicians wishing to take part on can
contact John Barton on email@example.com or 07725 056 094.
May Jazz Cruise on the MS Oldenburg from Bideford Quay. Early
Summer Jazz Cruise on the MS Oldenburg In support of Northam Lodge.
Climb aboard our charity jazz cruise on the MS Oldenburg and welcome
in the Summer on Friday 12th May. We will depart from Bideford Quay
at 6.30pm for a two hour sailing around the Taw Torridge estuary,
taking in the beautiful scenery North Devon has to offer. We are
lucky once again to welcome The Alan Lewis All Stars Jazz Band,
and we would encourage you to bring along a picnic to enjoy and
there is a fully licensed bar on board. Contact Fiona or Mark, Northam
Lodge, Rose Hill, Heywood Road, Bideford EX39 3PG. Tel No: 01237
477238. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets cost £16 (adult)/£8 (child) and can be purchased
directly from our website at www.northamlodge.co.uk.
IN AID OF Northam Lodge
Saturday 20th May Clovelly Lectures - Clovelly welcomes
General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB, CBE, to Clovelly's Forum on
World Affairs, International Relations, Security & Defence
and Science & Technology. A platform for providing information
for informed choices. Now in its 7th year, Clovelly Lectures has
found a reflective and responsive audience. A curiosity and interest
in listening and discussing matters that directly impact our lives
in a fast changing and confusing economic and political world.
CHAIRMAN : SIR MICHAEL BURTON . KCVO CMG
DIRECTOR : THE HONOURABLE MRS ROUS
"Can NATO defend Britain: What is the Russian threat "
Speaker: General Sir Richard Sherriff
DEP: SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER NATO 2011 to 2014
Location: Clovelly Visitor Centre
Times and Prices: visit www.clovellylectures.com
Bookings and Enquiries: E-mail: email@example.com Tel:
May Charity RIB Powerboat Rides in aid of Northham Lodge with Skern
Lodge. Hold on tight as Northam Lodge, in conjunction with Skern
Lodge, bring you RIB Powerboat Rides from Appledore Quay on Sunday
21st May 2017. These half hour rides leave from 12.00pm - 5.30pm
are fast and fun (you may get wet!). The cost is £15 for adults
and £12 for children (aged 7-16). Full boats warrant a discount.
Reserve your tickets now at www.northamlodge.co.uk
or find us on the day at Appledore Quay opposite the Seagate Hotel.
IN AID OF: Northam Lodge. Contact Fiona or Mark, Northam Lodge,
Rose Hill, Heywood Road, Bideford EX39 3PG. Tel No: 01237 477238.
to 29th May BTAG Annual Art Exhibition at Instow Village Hall,
Quay Lane, Instow, Devon EX39 4JR. This is the 15th annual exhibition
of the Bishops Tawton Art Group. This talented small club presents
between 150 and 200 works in a variety of subjects and media, most
of which are for sale, why not drop in and pick up a bargain? For
details contact Ken Funnell 01271 325033 -Email:
May 27 May Barbecue Café Evening hosted by the Bulworthy
Project at Hensons Wood, EX16 8DL Rackenford 6pm-11pm. Our Barbecue
Café Evenings are a great social event for all the family
set in a beautiful Devon woodland. The menu will include slow roast
mutton and barbecued free range chicken both of which are from small
family farms within a few miles of us. There will be falafel as
a vegan option. We can cater for gluten free and other dietary requirements,
please ask when ordering. We will be serving local cider, ale and
wine as well as a selection of soft drinks and hot beverages. For
desert we will have a selection of homemade sweet treats. There
will be an interactive blacksmithing demonstration from our friends
at Longdog Smithy. You are welcome to explore the woods whilst you
are here where you can see our sheep and piglets as well as enjoying
the woodland environment. Overnight camping is available if you
would like to stay in the woods and the café will be open
for breakfast. Please car share where possible. Sorry no dogs allowed
due to ground nesting birds and other environmental considerations.
Kid Friendly. Free Admission (You just pay for food and drinks as
you order) For details see www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/cafe
1st June Summer WHAAM Musical talents of both youth and established
entertainers are being approached for a new musical event to be
held as part of the Westward Ho! Seaside Festival on Thursday
1st June. This event will take place at Kingsley Hall, Westward
Ho! from 6.15pm to 10.00pm in aid of the RNLI, Lifeboat Station,
Appledore. This is part of a trilogy of events organised every year
under the banner of WHAAM - Westward Ho! and Appledore Music Showcase:
Bands, singers, groups and musicians wishing to take part can contact
John Barton on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07725 056 094. Tickets are
on sale from
the booking office at Happy Cafe (07773
679559)......Doors open at 6.15pm and show runs from 7.00 to 10.00pm......"
4th June Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of the N. Devon
Hospice It was launched in 2015 and has been a great success. It
is being held on Devon Day in 2017. Clovelly Seaweed Festival 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. There will also be plenty of entertainment
for both adults and children to enjoy, such as "Know your Seaweed"
talks, craft activities and workshops, Seaweed foot spa, street
entertainment and live music throughout the day. The Seaweed Health
Foundation will provide information on the benefits of seaweed for
food and health. You will be amazed at the world of seaweed. Bring
your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular
selection. Admission charges include all entertainment.
Saturday 8th July Clovelly Gig Regatta, Gig racing is exciting
and strenuous, with crews reaching speeds of nine knots in North
Devon's powerful tidal waters. You're assured and exhilarating day's
racing. So come along and cheer on the brave crews! Normal admission
charges apply, please consult www.clovelly.co.uk
Saturday 8th July North Devon Diversity Festival 11.00
- 17.00 on Castle Green, Barnstaple
Headline Act: Nii Okai Tagoe - joyful, uplifting African beats
with dancing and drumming to get you on your feet!
Ekapada - Indonesian Dance
Rosa Rebecka - Acoustic Swedish Folk
The Plough - Youth Drama Performance
Kalash Tribal - American Tribal Dance Group
SAMSWARA - sitar and tabla
Lionstar - Folk Rock
+ Fashion Show, Parade, Arts and Crafts, Storytelling, henna tattooing,
face painting and more!
link for North Devon Diversity 2017 Website
16th July Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the Bideford Sea
Cadets The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme
of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. This
year there will be a second Clovelly Cup Race with the North Devon
Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay
(if any yachtsmen and women are interested in taking part or being
involved, please contact rachel@Clovelly.co.uk
. It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding
the harbour and setting off around the race course. They will also
be joining us in the harbour with information on their club and
how to become a sea cadet. Throughout the day there will be music,
street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family,
including building your own miniature boats with The Plough, Arts
& Crafts and The National Trust, Mermaid storytelling 'Tales
from the sea', Shipwreck Survival, Punch & Judy, Beach Spa,
plus face painting & henna tattoos and a variety of stalls selling
food and event-themed arts & crafts. It is definitely a day
to remember! Free entry for under 16's who come in maritime-themed
fancy dress costumes! Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
July 31st, Woolsery Agricultural Show. 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 Dairy Marquee with displays such
as yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to "milk
a cow" along with competitions. You'll find bustling trade
stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides
and a bouncy castle for the children. There'll also be a family
dog show, a display of hounds, the Young Farmers' "It's a knockout"
and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery. It's
a great summer day out for all the family! A separate admission
5th August to 6th August Clovelly Lifeboat Weekend in aid
of the R.N.L.I. Held in aid of the RNLI, this popular event is a
celebration of the Clovelly lifeboat and its volunteer crew. The
Lifeboat House will be open to visitors and there'll be operational
displays by the Clovelly lifeboat. It's a fun-packed weekend with
games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other
family fun in and around the harbour. Normal admission charges apply
3rd September Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast 10th Anniversary!
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. It's in aid of
the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will be exhibiting some
of their baby lobsters prior to their release into Clovelly Bay
at the end of the day. At the heart of the NLH's work is their lobster
restocking project whereby local fishermen bring 'pregnant' female
lobsters to the hatchery so that their delicate offspring are given
a better chance in life by being raised in captivity without predators.
These young lobsters are raised to a size where they can be released
back into the sea and look after themselves. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/
(As seen on BBC2 TV 'Country Show Cook Off').
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
Saturday 28 October Apple Day - Harvest Fayre It is Apple
Season - so we are holding our second Apple Day with lots of lovely
apple crafts and activities. On arrival at Clovelly you will see
apple pressing by Gatcombe valley Juices outside the Visitor Centre,
so please do bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and
taste the fresh juice or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation
and bottling for which there will be a charge (£1.90 per 75
cl bottle). On entry to Clovelly (free for children under 7 years
old), you will find the Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor
Centre from 12:00-16:00.
The round shape of the apple with the great reds and greens makes
the apple a perfect base for creating art. So enjoy some Apple Art
with The Plough and either carve, sculpt, decorate or do all of
them with your apple to enter the Apple Art Competition! There will
also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping, and especially
for adults, apple cup making, which you can then use to enjoy a
refreshing cider drink (available at the café bar) or perhaps
some fresh apple juice! Clovelly Court Gardens produce, including
a pick of pumpkins, will be on sale and Merry Harriers Garden Centre
will also have some of their interesting products on display. At
12 noon families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly
tour guide, Jana Edwards, who will take you down the village street
telling spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat,
finishing at the New Inn. Please book your place on arrival as spaces
Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00, Apple day activities: 12:00 - 16:00;
Harvest Hunt 12:00-1:30.
Please note that you can travel by bus from Barnstaple and Bideford
to Clovelly. CLICK
HERE for the Stagecoach South West timetable.
18th November 18 Clovelly Herring Festival. 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.
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
Clovelly Herring Festival featured in:
Channel 4's River Cottage series
26th December Boxing Day Barbecue. Join us for our Boxing
Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly. With FREE entrance into the
village all day, 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. It should make the perfect
follow-up to your Christmas Day. The barbecue runs from 12:00 to
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A colourful reminder of the year around the Bideford Bay area
Looking forward to a bright and beautiful 2017 on the North Devon
Coast. Thanks for visiting and following.
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Most are open to the public.
*DWT currently has over 31,000 members.
*DWT has been protecting Devon's wildlife for over 40 years.
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