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Events at Clovelly

November 18, 2017

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...

December 03, 2017

Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly.  The promenade starts down the cobbles with a local brass band leading the procession down to the harbour and accompanies 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...

December 26, 2017

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.

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Recently I was given as a gift a book, a photograph and a postcard. The book was an award to an old resident of Clovelly for school attendance dated 1914-15 and will rightly find a home in the Clovelly archives. The photograph was also about an award, but this time of a life saved and was of the presentation to four Clovelly fishermen, one of whom was my father. The postcard was from Canada, picturing buffaloes grazing and it was dated August 15th 1906. It was addressed to Master B Pengilly,... more

Living in Clovelly Every day the tide washes up across the stones in the harbour and touches ‘Crazy Kate’s’ cottage,where I live.I often overhear visitors discussing the property and thinking out loud about life in Clovelly. It wasn’t so long ago that I too looked on from the harbour, daydreaming about what it would be like to live in a house like this… The description of this cottage on the Clovelly website is as follows:“Kate Lyall, known as Crazy Kate, died in 1736. Her pretty cottage with... more

In a village like Clovelly stories abound of fortune and misfortune, the tragedy and the comedy, the romance and the forsaken, the legend often embellished, the ghost story often told. Growing up in the village there was nothing more enthralling than the tales of ghosts that wandered the streets, haunting dark corners or appearing, albeit fleetingly, sitting beside long cold fire places. Nothing was more exciting to us than the ghostly pool of blood that appeared within the Rectory, usually to... more

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