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Storm Eleanor, by Stephen Perham

The spirited New Year had hardly got its hat on before beginning its merry mischief of mayhem, slamming the door on the quiet embers of the worn out old reign, intent on fun, starting out as it means to carry on. At first it was the wind, teasing, rushing, gushing, hushing, breathing out loud, whispering in and out of doorways, rattling the draughty window panes, “wake up, wake up,” playing

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‘A Song for a Herring’ by Stephen Perham

I lifted the marline end of the board net revealing the fish, steadily hauling back, finding hundreds of startling silver herring enmeshed and gilled throughout its length. We only had four nets out, half of what we carry, yet still the fish were filling the boat, hanging from the meshes in heavy bunches. Once we had them all on board, I sculled back to the harbour and lay the boat

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An amusing poem in ancient Greek in the Red Lion Visitor book

  A former Sherborne School pupil, James Kierstead, winner of the Marson Greek Prize, and now a Lecturer in Classics at the Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z., has written an article in The Shirburnian about this poem in ancient Greek, remarkably composed and written by a Sherborne pupil in the Visitor’s Book at the Red Lion during his overnight stay in 1889!

Clovelly wins South West in Bloom gold award!

  Clovelly is delighted to have received two prestigious awards in the 2017 South West in Bloom competition.  The Clovelly Gardening Group has won a third Gold Award and a ‘Best in Group’ Mary Mortimer trophy.   Photo taken at the award presentation.  L-R: The Hon. John Rous, Peter Townsend, Ellie Jarvis, Su Maddocks, Lady and Lord Fellowes and Cllr. Anne Brooks, Chair of Torbay Council.

Find the Easter Chicks

30th March to the 13th April 2018 Children receive a village map on entry on which to mark the location of a number of Easter chicks perched up and down the cottages along the 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 and a bigger prize if they spot all 15.

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The Seaweed festival

27th May 2018 our Seaweed festival this year will also be celebrating the Visitor Centre’s 30th Anniversary. The only one of its kind in the UK it promotes seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will be serving a 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

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Clovelly Maritime Festival

On the 14th July 2018, the day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. There will be another Clovelly Cup Rally with the North Devon Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay. It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding the harbour and setting off around the race

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Woolsery Agricultural show

On July 30, 2018 it is held on the field below the Estate house. Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show. 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 displays such as yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to

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Lifeboat Weekend in aid of the R.N.L.I.

4th & 5th August 2018 is when this popular event takes place and is a celebration of the Clovelly lifeboat and its volunteer crew. On Saturday, there will be a 2 mile sponsored sea swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly. Sunday will be a fun-packed day with games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other family fun in and around the harbour. The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors

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Clovelly Gig Regatta

August 18, 2018 is when the West Country boasts a long tradition of racing pilot gigs. Gig racing is exciting and strenuous, with crews reaching speeds of 9 knots in North Devon’s powerful tidal waters. You’re assured an exhilarating day’s racing. So come along and cheer on the brave crews! Normal admission charges apply