Clovelly Herring Festival. 10th Anniversary

November 20, 2016

This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clovelly Herring Festival, which 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.

There'll be delicious herring specialities, cookery demonstrations, beer tastings, local food and craft stalls, live shanty singers, stiltwalker entertainment, face painting, henna tattoos, a herring fishing photo exhibition, a Herring Hunt and the National Trust event-themed children's craft activities.

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' and a Herring Art Competition involving local schools.  All of the art will be on display on the day.

Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

Please note that you can travel by bus from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly. Click on for the Stagecoach South West timetable.