Clovelly

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Clovelly – Welcome to a Different World

Imagine life without cars. In Clovelly you can. Come along to this picturesque, historic, fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere, once owned by the Queen of England.

As one of Devon’s major tourist attractions you’ll enjoy a unique experience of a bygone age, when people lived a more tranquil way of life. 

The breathtaking views, traffic-free street unique with it its donkeys and sledges and the working harbour are scenes to be captured as a treasured memory.

The award-winning Visitor Centre, modelled on a traditional Devon long barn, is where you'll find the historic film show, shops and a popular café restaurant. You can sit out on the terrace to savour the fresh sea air and views of Bideford Bay.

Your modest entrance fee to the village, one of the lowest in the West Country, covers the following:

  • a film show introducing you to Clovelly’s fascinating history

  • two museums – the Kingsley Museum and the Fisherman’s Cottage

  • Clovelly Court Gardens

  • Parking

  • Visit during one of our annual festivals (such as Seaweed in June, Maritime in July, Lobster & Crab in September and Herrring in November) and there's no extra charge.  Please visit www.clovelly.co.uk for all events and dates.

A substantial part of your fee contributes to Clovelly’s ongoing building maintenance programme. All restoration work is carried out to rigorous standards, with slate being replaced with slate, and oak with oak. It is an expensive process, but it ensures that the village retains the unique charm and character that captivates so many of our visitors.

Facilities

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe / Restaurant
  • Disabled WC
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Gift Shop
  • WC

Opening Times

Open all year round, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day is free. 
Summer opening times:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
For other opening times, please contact Visitor Centre Reception:  01237 431781

Contact Details

Clovelly Visitor Centre
Clovelly
Bideford
EX39 5TA

Telephone: 01237 431781
Email: visitorcentre@clovelly.co.uk
Web: http://www.clovelly.co.uk/

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Upcoming Events

Find the Easter Chicks - Monday 30 March 2020 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!

Seaweed Festival - in aid of North Devon Hospice - Sunday 24 May 2020

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.

Charity Dinner - in aid of North Devon Hospice - Saturday 06 June 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 MT@clovelly.co.uk

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 - in aid of Bideford and District Seas Cadets - Saturday 25 July 2020

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

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 - Saturday 01 August 2020 to Sunday 02 August 2020

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 - Saturday 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 and Crab Feast - in aid of The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow - Sunday 06 September 2020

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.