Clovelly events listing for 2020.

Lentsherd, Shrove Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Lentsherd (pronounced ‘Lanshard’) is an old Clovelly Shrove Tuesday custom. Historically the aim is to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. This has been going on for centuries.   At dusk children set off Down-a-Long, dragging their clattering tin cans. When they reach the harbour, the children’s cans are tied together thrown into the Harbour (later retrieved). Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings.  Free entry after 4:30 pm.

Find the Easter Chicks, Monday 30 March to Monday 13 April 2020.

Children receive a village map on entry to Clovelly.  This is to mark the location of a number of Easter chicks perched up and down the cobbled 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. If they spot all 15 chicks, they will win a bigger prize!

Charity Dinner, 04 April 2020.

The Red Lion Hotel, Clovelly, is hosting a charity night dinner for the North Devon Hospice. Tickets will be just £60.00 each and will include a five course tasting menu, with wines matched to accompany the course. For guests attending the function we are also offering a very special rate of just £40p/p sharing a twin and double room.   Book dinner tickets: e-mail

Seaweed Festival, Sunday 24 May 2020 in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

Seaweed Festival is held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits.  In a multitude of colours, textures, shapes and sizes, it is tasty, full of minerals, fibre without calories and is the best salt substitute.   Quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products and arts and crafts.  Plus live music, craft activities and workshops, talks and demonstrations, street entertainment and storytelling.  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.

150th Anniversary of the Lifeboat Station, Saturday 20 June 2020. Clovelly Lifeboat Station is holding a celebration of its 150th year in service in 2020.  There will be live music, crew members past and present and a display of model lifeboats as well as local Coastguard and helicopter displays (pending no call outs for them on the same day). A selection of old lifeboats that served at the Clovelly Station will also be in the harbour. There will also be entertainment, 150th celebration mementos to buy, and an extravaganza of things to see and do.

Maritime Festival, Saturday 25 July 2020 in aid of Bideford & District Sea Cadets.

It is full of fun for all ages, packed with all sorts of activities and entertainment. Come and enjoy the live music, street entertainment, event-themed arts & crafts, children’s activities, Punch & Judy, face glitter and lots of games. There are also a variety of stalls selling food. Watch the exciting Clovelly Cup yacht rally, starting at 2pm. It is an amazing sight to see the yachts setting off to race across the bay. Visit Bideford Sea Cadets on the quay to learn how to become a sea cadet.  It is definitely a day to remember! (Free entry for under 16’s who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes!).

Woolsery Agricultural Show, Monday 27 July 2020, in aid of local charities.

A fun-filled day packed with a programme of activities. Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a dairy marquee with 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 fast and furious inter hunt relay and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery.   It’s a great summer day out for all the family!

Lifeboat Weekend, Sat. 1 to Sun. 2 August 2020 in aid of the RNLI?.

This is a great weekend for all the family, packed full of fun and action. On Saturday there’s a very popular 2 mile sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly, starting at 9:00 a.m. Adults battle their way through the currents all the way.

Sunday is an entertainment-packed day. ATC Gun run up the cobbles in the morning and there will be lifeboat operational displays during the day. There are food, info stalls and a BBQ with entertainment for all, including tug of war, games and competitions. The Lifeboat House will be open and there’ll be an exciting rescue display in the afternoon by Clovelly’s volunteer lifeboat crew. So come along! You’ll love it.

Gig Regatta, Sat. 29 August 2020.

Gig racing is exciting and strenuous. You’re assured an exhilarating day watching the racing. So come along and cheer on the crews as they brave North Devon’s waters!

Lobster & Crab Feast, Sunday 6 September 2020, in aid of the The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow.

Clovelly celebrates its famous, sustainably caught, lobsters and crabs. Live folk music, quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations, a magnum of champagne prize draw, delicious lobster and crab dishes, craft stalls and beer tasting. Plus street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and craft activities. The National Lobster Hatchery will be exhibiting 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. They rear baby lobsters from eggs, the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle, before releasing them into the sea.

Apple Day, Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Bring a bag of apples, have them pressed at the Visitor Centre, taste the juice; bring more for pasteurisation and bottling. On entry to Clovelly, children can enjoy apple games and crafts, apple bobbing and stamping. There’ll be a farmers’ market plus a fun harvest hunt with spooky stories (pre-book your place), and Animal encounters with South West Animal services.

Herring Festival, Sunday 15 November.

Clovelly Herring Festival always falls in November. It’s the time of year when our historic village celebrates the coming of the great “Silver Darlings”, better known as herring. We celebrate and promote this tasty, nutritious fish whilst supporting sustainable fishing.  The Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, attends with his “Kipperland” exhibition, which is devoted to the history of all things herring. Mike also turns the herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse for sale.   Flaxland will provide their exhibitions and demonstrations – an opportunity to discover how the flax plant is used to make a vast range of goods.  On the quay, kitchens serve a variety of delicious herring specialities along with beer, gin and cider tastings, local food and craft stalls. And throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainers, face-painting, art workshop, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, tasters & recipes, and children’s activities.

Christmas Lights, Sunday 6 December, in aid of the RNLI?.

Christmas lights in the village makes this such a magical time at Clovelly. It starts at 3:30 pm in the afternoon. A local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour with festive Christmas carols sung along the way.  There’ll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station.  Then Father Christmas will make a surprise visit.  After the Carol Service, led by a local vicar and sung by a local choir, the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour light up.  It’s a fantastic sight!  Then there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off the festivities.

Boxing Day Barbecue, Saturday 26 December.

Enjoy a lunch barbecue and hog roast on the quay with FREE entrance into the village all day and live music. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day!

New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Party, Thursday 31 December.

Party away until the New Year bells chime. There will be fires and gunpowder to illuminate the quay and celebrate another year’s passing, plus a disco. You’ll find it a thrilling way to welcome in the New Year in an atmospheric village setting.


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