EVENTS IN CLOVELLY
February: Shrove Tuesday - Lentsherd - Pronounced 'Lansherd', an old Clovelly custom. At dusk children set off Down-a-long, dragging clattering tin cans to chase the devil into the sea.
March - Clovelly Village 'Find the Easter Chicks' perched up and down the tumbling cottages along the cobbled street to the Quay.
March/April - Palm Sunday - Experience this Special Service in All Saints Church with the Blessing of the Clovelly Donkeys and procession through the Court Garden down to the village.
March/April - Easter Sunday - Holy Communion service at 11am at All Saints Church, Clovelly.
Lundy Gig Row - 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!
May - Seaweed Festival, promoting seaweed for its immense health nutritional benefits.
Quay kitchens with a surprising variety of dishes and stalls selling a range of seaweed products and arts and crafts.
July - The Annual Sea Sunday Service on the Quay - This national event remembers the work of the Mission for Seafarers [founded in Clovelly] and the RNLI.
July - Maritime Festival - a day of traditional seaside entertainment. Shanty singers, Punch and Judy and lots more. Delicious seafood and the 'Clovelly Gun Run' down the cobbles.
July - Annual Parish Hall Garden Show & Fete.
July - Woolsery Agricultural Show - Clovelly Court grounds. A real old style show with all the farm animals and horse judging classes in the show ring. Bustling trade, local crafts and food stands.
August - Lifeboat weekend. Held in aid of the RNLI - a popular celebration for our lifeboat and crew. A sponsored swim to/from Bucks Mills, races, tug-of-war and food stalls galore.
August - Gig Regatta. With crews reaching speeds of nine knots in North Devon's powerful tidal waters. You are assured of an exhilarating day's racing.
September - Lobster & Crab Festival. Join the fun party atmosphere with Live folk music and theatre. Craft and food stall etc.
October - Apple Day
November - Parish Hall Fireworks and BBQ
November - Remembrance Sunday 10-45am in All Saints Church.
November - Herring Festival. A celebration of the 'Silver Darlings'. Herring dishes, Kipperland exhibition, local cider and wine/beer with shanty singers and lots more.
December - RNLI. Christmas Lights, Carols and fireworks in Clovelly Village. Come and follow the brass band down the street from about 3-00pm.
December 2020 - Christmas Eve Carol Service in All Saints Church. 6.30pm
A modern service with readings, poems and the traditional carols.
EVENTS IN NORTH DEVON
November - January - RHS Rosemoor Glow Garden Illuminations
March/April - Easter Sunday Magical Son Rise service - 6.30am - high on the cliffs at Hartland Quay.
May - Devon County Show, Exeter - Animals, Food, Flowers and Fun!
July - North Devon Firefly Fayre & Ball in the Parish Hall.
Stalls, workshops, bands and entertainers. www.spanglefish.com/firefly/index.asp
August - Hartland Town Brass Band Carnival Concert - 7.30pm Hartland Village Hall followed by a week of events, culminating with the Carnival on Saturday August 10th.
August - North Devon Show Umberleigh - Traditional Agricultural Show - Animals, Crafts etc. 8am to 6pm.
August - Hartland Carnival Parade - 5 30pm floats assemble 7-00 to 7-30pm parade around the town.
September - Appledore Book Festival - Workshops and talks by various authors. All profits to charity.
Places Of Interest
The Island of Lundy lies 10 miles off the coast of North Devon where the Atlantic meets the Bristol Channel. A place of outstanding natural beauty. Skies full of birds, pirate haunts, seals, Lundy ponies and the lovable puffin.
The South-West Coast Path - 630 miles (1,014 Kms) passes through Clovelly and is ideal for a short stroll or a good day’s hiking. There are some circluar walks of varing difficulty.
This is truly a great walking area, the path runs from the top of the cliffs to right down onto the beach as it meanders along the coast, sometimes in the open and other times on the deeply wooded slopes. For more information see www.swcp.org.uk
From Westward Ho! it will take you between 5 and 6 hours of, in places, strenuous walking - passing by Abbotsham and Green Cliffs, Portledge and Bucks Mills to get to the easier Hobby Drive - a few miles from Clovelly.
The path continues from Clovelly to Hartland Quay and will take from 4 to 5 hours. Firstly along the cliff edge up Gallantry Bower to Mouthmill, up Brownsham cliff and Windbury Head. Then rather easier passing Exmansworthy, Fatacott, the Titchberries to Hartland Point. Here there is an excellent refreshment kiosk which is open from Easter to October. The path then turns south, up and down, to Blackpool Mill and finally past the old rocket house to Hartland Quay.
Hartland Quay here you can look back at the stunning coastal scenery and amazing cliffs, layers of slate- stone folded every whichway many millions of years ago. The sea can be spectacular here as it thunders against the rocks and cliffs as this is the first landfall from Canada across the Atlantic Ocean.
Houses & Gardens
There are many gardens in the area that are all worth a visit including:
Marwood Hill Gardens, nr Barnstaple
Castle Hill Gardens, nr Barnstaple
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington
Arlington Court, nr Barnstaple - This is also the nearest National Trust property