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What's on North Devon 2013 for Landmark Theatre (Ilfracombe) and Queen's Theatre (Barnstaple).


Central Cinema, Barnstaple.
The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington.
Lynton Cinema, Lynton.
Bideford Cinema, Bideford.
Embassy Cinema, Ilfracombe.
Croyde Deckchair Cinema, Croyde (surf films throughout the summer).

Posted on 12 Feb 2011 by Phil/Anne
Preview What's On September/October/November 2013


Ilfracombe Fireworks
Nov 1 (Fri),
Ilfracombe Rugby Club

Ilfracombe Rugby Club (on north side of A399, on eastern side of town). 6.30pm.

Bampton 'After the Fair' Folk Festival
Nov 1, 2, 3 (Fri, Sat, Sun),

‘After the Fair’ is a free festival for fun loving people who like to get amongst it. If you want to sing, play music, tell tales or dance, you will have a good time at Bampton where you can do any or all of these things in the numerous sessions from Friday evening to Sunday night. Listeners are also very welcome.

Barnstaple (Round Table) Fireworks
probably Nov 3 (Sun),
Barnstaple Rugby Ground

at the Rugby Ground, Mill Road, Barnstaple.

Hatherleigh Carnival
Nov 9 (Sat),


Holsworthy Winter Carnival
Nov 16 (Sat),


Clovelly Herring Festival 2011

Clovelly Herring Festival 2013
Nov 17 (Sun: 10am 4pm),

"The herring is the king of the sea, the herring is the fish for me, sing follderiddle-aye ...."
Smokehouse and demonstrations of fishing skills and crafts. Mike Smylie's Kipperland Exhibition. Quay kitchen with tastings, shanty singers, special promotion of Devon cider and wine ".... an' all sorts of things". Normal admission charges to village.

photo of newton faulkner with guitar

Barnstaple Christmas Lights Switch-On
probably Nov 24 (Sun),

Various bands and artistes perform on the outdoor music stage, The Square, Barnstaple, throughout the afternoon.


Barnstaple Pannier Market

Barnstaple Pannier Market
Dec 1 24,

Every day including Sundays and on Late Night Shopping nights (until 9.00pm).

Clovelly Christmas Lights (in aid of the RNLI)
Dec 1 (Sun),

Procession starts at about 3.30pm from the Visitor Centre, Clovelly.
Don’t miss the annual tradition of switching on Clovelly’s fairy lights. Follow the procession down the cobbled street, accompanied by a brass band, then look out for Santa’s arrival! Harbourside carols, mulled wine, barbecue and more to spread some seasonal good cheer. The lights are switched on at 5pm, followed by a fireworks grande finale.
Admission charges from 3.00pm by donation to the RNLI.

Late Night Shoppers in Barnstaple high street

Late Night Shopping in Barnstaple
probably Dec 5 (Thurs), 12 (Thurs), 17 (Tues), 19 (Thurs),

Come and see Barnstaple's new Christmas Lights. The town centre will be pedestrianised for late shopping until 9.00pm. There'll be bands a'playing, singers singing and shoppers shopping....

Dunster by Candlelight
Dec 6 + 7 (Fri + Sat),
Dunster, Somerset

takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday in December when this remarkably preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights its streets with candles.

Dulverton by Starlight
probably Dec 8 (Sun),
Dulverton, Exmoor

12 noon until 7.00pm

Fireworks at the Bideford New Year's Eve Riverside Party

Bideford New Year's Eve Riverside Party
Dec 31,
The Quay, Bideford

There's always lots goin' on at Bideford for New Year's Eve - this is the place to be for the serious reveller....
- for further information contact Bideford TIC at or 'phone 01237 477676.

The clock tower in The Square

Barnstaple New Year's Eve
Dec 31,
The Square, Barnstaple

In The Square you'll see a large music stage with fun and games for the children and adults - and a range of children's entertainment, including bouncy castles, etc...
....and finally, fireworks at midnight o'er the river Taw.

Posted on 11 Jan 2010 by Phil/Anne
What's On RHS Rosemoor February/March 2014


Rare Local Plants of the Avon Gorge - Art Exhibition
1 March - 23 April

This new collection of detailed botanical art depicts rare local plants from the southwest of England. It is the work of six artists who were commissioned by the Curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. The pictures portray specimens from the Avon Gorge near Bristol, including some of the Sorbus (whitebeams) that have evolved in that unique habitat. Free of charge with normal garden admission. See event details

Early plant propagation - 25 March

Sowing seedFind out how we grow a range of plants from seed and cuttings on our nursery, and learn the basic nursery skills needed to produce healthy plants for the garden. View event details

Time with mum - 29 - 30 March

Mother and daughterBring your Mum to Rosemoor this weekend to enjoy a special lunchtime meal in our award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant. Plus, visit our professional pop-up studio to have portraits taken of yourself and your loved ones, at special prices. View event details


Easter at Rosemoor - 5 - 21 April

Colourful Easter eggsCelebrate Easter with us, whatever the weather. Get crafty with our Bloom & Zoom workshops, join our new Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, and discover Rosemoor's beautiful wildflowers on a family adventure walk. View more about Easter at Rosemoor

The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt - 5 - 21 April

Lindt Bunny artwork

For some magical family moments this Easter, hop through the gardens at Rosemoor on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny, following clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppy-est Easter ever!

View event details

Eco Fair - 5 April

Watering canRosemoor's Eco Fair is designed to help anyone wanting to adopt a greener lifestyle, no matter how much you think you know on the subject. View event details

Family adventure walks - 7 April

Children in welliesJoin a tramp around the garden and woods exploring the stunning drifts of spring bulbs carpeting the ground. Please wear old clothes. View event details

Bloom & Zoom workshop with Mrs Recycle - 8 April

Making flowersUse found materials to make funky flowers and flying machines that can reach high into the sky!  Pick up your free, timed ticket from the front entrance on the day. View event details

Choosing trees for small gardens - 9 April

Planting a treeSmall garden? Wondering what you can grow? This garden walk will provide plenty of inspiring planting ideas to take home. View event details

Bloom & Zoom workshop with Mrs Recycle - 10 April

Making flowersUse found materials to make funky flowers and flying machines that can reach high into the sky!  Pick up your free, timed ticket from the front entrance on the day. View event details

Bloom & Zoom workshop with Mrs Recycle - 11 April

Making flowersUse found materials to make funky flowers and flying machines that can reach high into the sky!  Pick up your free, timed ticket from the front entrance on the day. View event details

Spring Gardening Weekend - 12 - 13 April

Pansies ready to plantCome and share in the RHS’s wealth of gardening knowledge at our inspiring Spring Gardening Weekend, which heralds the start of National Gardening Week (14 21 April). View event details

National Gardening Week - 14 - 20 April

Member with RHS advisorJoin us as we celebrate National Gardening Week - the country's biggest celebration of gardening - with inspiring events for everyone. More about National Gardening Week


Devon Chilli Fiesta - 10 - 11 May

Come to the county’s first-ever chilli festival, with a whole weekend dedicated to the world of chillies. The Devon Chilli Fiesta has a theme of ‘Growing Chillies’ and offers a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, gardeners, food lovers and families alike.  Commercial chilli growers and experts from across the UK will be on hand to meet visitors and answer their questions. View event details for Saturday and Sunday

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 by Phil/Anne
The North Devon Country Show 2013

North Devon Show 2013
Aug 7 (Wed),

Our principal agriculture and countryside event held at Umberleigh Barton Farm, Umberleigh EX37 9DX.

Welcome to the North Devon Show Official Website

Wednesday 7th August
Umberleigh Barton Farm on the A377
Umberleigh EX37 9DX
Hurry! Only a few days left to submit your horticulture and baking entries.



This is North Devon's premier Agricultural spectacle. The annual event is a celebration of North Devon's agricultural roots.
A host of livestock classes occupy the arenas throughout the day with Alpacas, Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Show Jumping and Open Dog Show.
Attractions, displays, demonstrations and trade stands for all.
The show site is a completely level area of approximately 50 acres with an adjacent car parking area of 42 acres with good access on to the A377.

Grand parade of livestock

Hunt and hounds

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 by Phil/Anne
What's On in Appledore 2013

             Appledore from the River Torridge                         Sunset view from Pebble Ridge,                 The Torridge towards Bideford                            Tarka Morrismen       

                                                                                                          Westward Ho!                                                                                                      on Appledore Quay     


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Things to do - Places to Visit - Local Attractions

Of course, favourite pastimes for all the family is crabbing from the Quay at Appledore and eating
Hocking's Bronze Medal Winning Dairy Cream Ices
Scrumptious ice-cream from a small long-established Appledore family business. Buy it from the van which is usually parked near to the Churchfields Car Park in Appledore - and various other locations for miles around! Once tried you'll be back for more! 

... but you may also enjoy the options listed below ...
** For information on the Appledore Visual Arts Festival, Appledore Book Festival and the Flower Festival - please go to Events **

In Appledore

Appledore / Instow Ferry
Of course you won't want to leave Appledore once you're here ... but you might fancy a little trip on the Ferry across to Instow!
Sailing times are roughly 2 hours either side of high tide but view the
Timetable link for more details. 

Appledore Lifeboat Station
Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Station, Jubilee Road, Appledore
Tel: +44 (0)1237 473969
Appledore Lifeboat station is home two two lifeboats. These are an ILB (Inshore LifeBoat) of the Atlantic 75 class and an ALB (All weather LifeBoat) of the Tyne class.
North Devon Maritime Museum
Odun Road, Appledore, Bideford,
Tel: +44 (0)1237 422064  
Open Easter Saturday - end October
Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1.30pm - 5pm
Adults - £2.00 Senior citizens - £1.50 Children - 50p

Appledore is home to the North Devon Maritime Museum, where each room depicts a different aspect of life at sea. 
Appledore Sails
Rock House,1 the Quay, Appledore, Devon, EX39 1QS
Tel: +44 (0)1237 423163 or 0780 271 3435
Come sailing with Appledore Sails. You can charter a 31 foot skippered yacht, with a skipper, just for yourselves for a short trip over Bideford Bar, for a day, weekend or longer. Or take a two to three hour pleasure boat or sailing trip or even a pleasurable sailing trip - around the picturesque Torridge Taw Estuary, on an Appledore made traditional lug sail boat.

Appledore Leisure Cruise or Fishing Trips
Tel: +44 (0)7866 314260
Come aboard "Fender" my 18ft open boat. A family boat for many years, which now caters for small groups for either a few hours out cruising the river Torridge on a leisure trip or a fishing trip with everything supplied right down to the hook!

As an active crew member of the RNLI for over 20 years you're in safe hands with all life jackets provided. I can organise trips to suit just you or you, your family and friends. I look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.

  Appledore Pleasure/Fishing Cruises
Tel: +44 (0)1237 476191
The Cheeky Monkey - A 20ft locally built traditional wooden boat licensed and insured for ten passengers. She is safe and stable operating in the normally calm Torridge Estuary, therefore, no need to have concerns if you are not a good sailor.

The pleasure cruise commences at Appledore and proceeds up the River Torridge for 7-8 miles. The Estuary is steeped in history with many points of interest.

Appledore Pilot Gig Club
Provides a racing Pilot Gig for the people of Appledore encouraging young local people to get involved in the internationally fast growing sport of Pilot Gig racing.

Appledore Sub Aqua Club
Established in 1971 by a small group of workers from the Appledore Shipbuilding yard in North Devon, ASAC has grown steadily over the years to now include a membership total of 55. Age ranges between 16 and 65 ensure a variety of experience and knowledge.

Skern Lodge
Outdoor Activity Centre in Appledore
Tel: +44 (0)1237 475992
Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it!
Skern Lodge will give you a day or stay to remember, where adults and children alike will find fun, challenge, inspiration and laughter. Enjoy an outdoor activity programme to meet all of your needs, suitable for groups, individuals, families, friends and hen and stag parties.

Appledore Guided Walks
Tel: +44 (0)1237 424949
by local historian David Carter. The Apple-Tours have provded popular with visitors and locals alike for a number of years. These 90-minute guided walks delve deeply into the history of this historic maritime and shipbuilding village. Find out about the life of people here, what they did, why the women ran the village, and what conditions were like in times past. Walks generally run from mid-June to mid-September, every Monday and Wednesday starting 4.30pm from Docton Court Gallery in Myrtle Street, Appledore. £4.00 adults - Free for children - no need to book, just turn up.

Instow walks also available (ferry fare not included). Both walks can take place at other times for groups of 6 or more, by private arrangement.

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 by Phil/Anne

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