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MARCH
Lentsherd, Clovelly
Hartland Abbey Spring Flowers
APRIL
Clovelly Wedding Fair
Hartland Abbey Bluebell Days
Easter Clovelly
Hartland Abbey Bluebell Walks photo copyright Hartland Abbey
Hartland Hartbreak Run
MAY
Great Torrington May Fair
Westward Ho! Potwolloping Festival 
JUNE
Seaweed Festival
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Ilfracombe Victorian Celebrations
North Devon Festival
Gold Coast OceanFest, Croyde
South Molton Vintage Rally
South Molton Old English Fayre
Vintage Traction Engine & Vintage Car Rally
JULY
Lundy Island Gig Row
Bideford Water Festival
Bideford Water Festival
All Things Morris
Ilfracombe Tourist Information Woolsery Show
Clovelly Maritime Festival
AUGUST
Appledore Regatta
Bideford Regatta Bideford Water Festival
Bradworthy Carnival
Clovelly Rum Race
Clovelly Lifeboat Day
Clovelly Pilot Gig Regatta
Great Torrington Carnival
Hartland Carnival
Hartland Summer Craft Fayre
Holsworthy St. Peter's Fair
Holsworthy Agricultural Show
Ilfracombe Birdman
Ilfracombe Rescue Day
Ilfracombe Carnival
North Devon Show
West Quay Fun Day, Appledore
West Down Scenic Run
Clovelly Lifeboat Day
Picture by Pat Adams Copyright 2005
Legendary Grand Tour
SEPTEMBER
Apppledore Book Festival
Bideford Carnival
Bideford Carnival
Clovelly Lobster & Crab Feast
OCTOBER
Clovelly Apple Day
NOVEMBER
Clovelly Herring Festival Sunday 21st November 2010
Clovelly Herring Festival
North Devon Remembers - North Devon Festival Remembrance Concert
Clovelly Xmas Lights
Bideford 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…As 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.
Revellers in Fancy Dress - Bideford New Year Celebrations
North Devon Mini Register Legendary Grand Tour

North Devon Focus Coast & Country Chronicle is a local community page for North Devon news orcoast and countryside media releases. We are proud to have been promoting North Devon and the Bideford Bay area since 2002. We also welcome submissions from North Devon Local Event organisers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting the North Devon Focus site and hope you are all looking forward to an "Event Full" 2018. The listing is free for anyone wishing to promote, local village/church events, charity or nonprofitmaking fund raising organisations. It is also free for local country markets, North Devon musicians, North Devon Arts and festival organisers who wish to promote gigs, events or exhibitions. You can follow regular media releases and blogposts on our mobile friendly BLOG, view more photos of the North Devon Coast and Countryside and events throughout the year on our Instagram - FLICKR - FACEBOOK pages and YouTube channel.

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The Bideford Film Society are putting on some great films so why not visit Bideford Cinema, based at Kingsley School or Bideford College theatres. Big screens, reat venues TAP HERE to see what's on this month and where.
NORTH DEVON COAST & COUNTRY EVENTS
(We advise that you check with local Tourist Information Centres to ensure events are taking place, to confirm dates & times or see venue/local press for further details) NB. Clovelly Events 2018 Events (Normal admission charges appl), dates and content may be subject to change, so please consult www.clovelly.co.uk - for Hartland Abbey Events www.hartlandabbey.com for latest details. Scroll down for local event details:
AUGUST
2nd August - 3oth August Burton at Bideford Workshops, Kingsley Road, Bideford, EX39 2QQ. Themed art make and take sessions and an adventurers' trail provides fun for all the family this summer. Contact Naomi Wilson Tel: 01237 471455 Email: info@theburton.org - Website:
Wednesday 15th August 5pm Hartland Abbey Open Air Theatre Season in conjunction with The Plough Arts Centre Heartbreak Productions present 'The Midnight Gang' by David Walliams plus Drama Workshop 6 - 11 years (3-4.30pm) Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, this year's productions promise to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins. We will have a Bar and a delicious barbecue at every performance so there is no need to bring a picnic unless you would like to. Booking contact Box Office 01805 624624 or online www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
18th August Clovelly Gig Regatta. 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
Thursday 23rd August 7.30pm: Hartland Abbey Open Air Theatre Season in conjunction with The Plough Arts Centre Illyria present 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, this year's productions promise to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins. We will have a Bar and a delicious barbecue at every performance so there is no need to bring a picnic unless you would like to. Booking contact Box Office 01805 624624 or online www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Saturday 24th August Soul Intention big sound soul band at Croyde Village Hall, Croyde EX33 1LX.. Doors open 8pm. Tickets £5 on the door.
Monday 27th August 5pm: Hartland Abbey Open Air Theatre Season in conjunction with The Plough Arts Centre The Festival Players present 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare Set against the backdrop of this wonderful historic house, so deeply steeped in the history of North Devon, this year's productions promise to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes well rewarded with some fantastic productions from different travelling theatre companies. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends, bring rugs or picnic chairs and enjoy a night under the stars! Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins. We will have a Bar and a delicious barbecue at every performance so there is no need to bring a picnic unless you would like to. Booking contact Box Office 01805 624624 or online www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
SEPTEMBER
2nd September Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainable 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 to enjoy a delicious lobster dish. There'll be live music all day, cookery demonstrations with tastings, 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 also be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed games and craft activities provided by the AONB. In aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will exhibit baby lobsters before releasing them into the sea at the beginning and end of the day. They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement programme from eggs through the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle before being released back into the sea. 53,000 juveniles are released back into the wild in one year and they plan to increase the numbers over the next few years. Adopting a Lobster for just £3 helps pay for baby lobsters to be raised and released. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/
Standard admission charges apply and include all entertainment.
TAP HERE to view a video clip of a Clovelly Lobster & Crab Feast.
(As seen on BBC2 TV 'Country Show Cook Off').
Visit http://www.boatstories.co.uk/lobster-potting-and-berried-hens.html to watch a lobster film about the Lundy no take zone
OCTOBER
2nd October Clovelly Apple Day 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 12:00-17:00. 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. There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping and making corn dollies. Isabella Necessity on her Story Bicycle will also be visiting Clovelly to tell stories of her orchard escapades and share snippets of apple folklore. Isabella is a bicycling botanist who loves to share stories from her incredible journeys around the world with the people she meets along the way. Isabella has flown with the blue butterflies of Brazil in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, outwitted trolls in the fjords of Norway, learnt Kung-Fu on the Mountain of Kunyu and rested in a robin's nest on Dartmoor. With delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a handsome Story Bicycle called Dilys, Isabella will whisk you away to another world. There will be a small farmers market, including a pick of pumpkins, vegetables, herbs, meat, and cider amongst other stalls. Merry Harriers Garden Centre will also have some of their interesting products on display. The WI will be hosting our second Apple Pie/Crumble competition as well as selling homemade cakes.
At 13:00pm families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly tour guide, Jana Edwards, who will take you down and around the craft yard and Mount Pleasant, telling spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat, finishing back at the visitor centre. Please book your place on arrival as spaces are limited.
Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00, Apple day activities: 12:00 - 16:00; Harvest Hunt 13:00-14:30.
NOVEMBER
Clovelly Herring Festival Sunday 21st November 2010
18th November Clovelly Herring Festival November is the time of year when the historic, fishing village of Clovelly, North Devon, celebrates its annual Herring Festival, which is held to promote these tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and support carefully managed fishing. 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 be there with his "Kipperland" exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. He will also be turning herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse. There'll also be net making, flax processing and a Curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'. Quay kitchens will be serving a variety of delicious herring specialities with chef demonstrations, beer tastings and local food and craft stalls. Throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainment, face-painting & henna Tattoos, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, The Herring Hunt and the AONB event-themed children's craft activities.
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
Please note that you can travel by bus from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly. Tap link here for the Stagecoach South West timetable.
Clovelly Herring Festival featured in:
http://www.boatstories.co.uk/fishing-for-clovelly-herring.html
Countryfile Magazine
Channel 4's River Cottage series
Clovelly Herring Festival Video 2016 https://youtu.be/wYjIxb1kEo8
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article6977974.ece
http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2008/11/04/clovelly_herring_feature.shtml
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/sep/20/fivebest.uk
http://www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/clovelly-herring-festival
DECEMBER
2nd December Christmas Lights in aid of the R.N.L.I. Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. Starting at 3:30 pm, a local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour with festive Christmas carols sung by a local choir. There'll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station and Father Christmas will make 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 Chaplain of the Lifeboat Station, The Rev. Brenda Jacobs, 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
NORTH DEVON COAST AND COUNTRY CHRONICLE 2017.
A colourful reminder of the year around the Bideford Bay area and Exmoor.
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