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Clovelly Herring Festival
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"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
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North Devon Focus Coast & Country Chronicle is a local community page for North Devon news or coast 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" 2017. 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 FLICKR - FACEBOOK pages and YouTube channel.

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(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 2017 Events, Normal admission charges apply, dates and content may be subject to change, so please consult for latest details. Scroll down for local event details:
The Bideford Film Society are putting on some great films so why not visit Bideford Cinema Website to see what else is showing this month.
ATTENTION ALL MUSICIANS & PERFORMERS SUMMER WHAAM (Westward Ho! and Appledore Music Showcase) 1st June Bands, singers, groups and musicians wishing to take part on can contact John Barton on or 07725 056 094.
12th 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:
Tickets cost £16 (adult)/£8 (child) and can be purchased directly from our website at
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.

"Can NATO defend Britain: What is the Russian threat " ?
Speaker: General Sir Richard Sherriff
Location: Clovelly Visitor Centre
Times and Prices: visit
Bookings and Enquiries: E-mail: Tel: 01237 431200

21st 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 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. Email:
27th 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:
Saturday, 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
Thursday 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 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 for details.

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!
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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 . 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 charge applies
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. (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 are limited.
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:
Countryfile Magazine
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 3 pm.
A colourful reminder of the year around the Bideford Bay area and Exmoor.
Looking forward to a bright and beautiful 2017 on the North Devon Coast. Thanks for visiting and following.
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