“The village once owned by England’s first queen” – BBC Travel

We are extremely grateful with the BBC’s Travel section for writing their article, “The village once owned by England’s first queen”, where they describe the beauty of living in Clovelly. “One of the UK’s only privately owned villages, picturesque, pedestrian-only Clovelly has inspired numerous artists and writers, from JMW Turner to Charles Dickens.” The article explains the history of our village and the reason behind the entrance fee, as well as some other curiosities that make Clovelly such a special place! Read the full article here.

“The most beautiful seaside villages in the UK” – The Telegraph

We want to thank The Telegraph for including us in their article, “The most beautiful seaside villages in the UK”.

“Scattered up a hillside and clinging to a 400-foot cliff overlooking Bideford Bay, Clovelly has to be one of Devon’s most famous villages.

While donkeys used to be the main mode of transport, now they’re just used for children’s rides, so be prepared for a hike if you want to walk down to the seafront and back. If you fancy trying some of the freshly caught fish, head to the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant.”

Read the full article here.

The Clovelly Seaweed Festival

Check out our incredible programme for the Seaweed Festival

Sunday 29th of May


  • Family foraging LIMITED SPACES!

JOIN Vix from the Family Foraging Kitchen for a 2hr seaweed walk, talk, and cookery demonstration along the beautiful Clovelly Coastline on Sunday 29th May Starting at 1pm.

Pre Booking Required through our booking office £10 per Person (Plus Standard Admission prices apply) or this link.

Vix Hill-Ryder is an expert wild food educator with years of experience celebrating and teaching the wonders of coastal foraging across Cornwall. With a particular passion for seaweed, Vix is dedicated to promoting their place in the kitchen, as well as helping others to understand their ecological importance and the essential methodology of sustainable harvesting.

Take a 2-hour guided walk with expert forager, Vix Hill-Ryder, across the stunning shoreline of Clovelly Beach. Learn the all about the Cornish coast’s edible seaweeds, including their flavours, nutritional information, and how to begin identifying and harvesting your own. Once you’ve finished examining and foraging the shore, you’ll get to join a cookery demonstration and tasting session, showcasing how to cook the wild ingredients you’ve picked!

We recommend bringing a notepad and/or camera along with you to help record and, later, recall the wild foods your encounter.

  • Adam Reeve – Hair and Gel Seaweed Talk


  • The O’ Marleys – Irish Band
  • Fifers Ruse – 5 Man Band
  • Roseanna Ball – Folk Musician
  • Shiver Me Timbers – Shanty Crew

Food Stalls

  • North Devon Hog Roast
  • Plantneesh
  • Pizza @ Red Lion Clovelly

Artisan Craft & Makers

  • Shore And Silver – Eco Silver Jewellery
  • Latitude 50 Landscapes – Planet Friendly Cards & Gifts
  • Clovelly Soaps – Natural Soap and Skincare
  • Atlantic Spirit – Local Handcrafted Gin
  • Crackington Cider – Local Crafted Cider

Children’s Activities

  • Claires Face Painting
  • Arts and Crafts – Arty Crafts 4 Wellbeing – They provide craft activities for children which we fit to the theme of the event and are usually paper or recycled materials based.
  • FlotSam The fools – Stilt Walkers

Charity for the event in Aid of: North Devon Hospice

More information on our Facebook Page and Instagram Profile.

Introducing… The Red Lion Hotel

The Red Lion, located in Clovelly, is one of the go-to places to stay when visiting the small picturesque village. The hotel is an 18th Century 4-star Inn that stands on the quay alongside Clovelly’s ancient harbour in North Devon. Each of its 17 beautifully decorated rooms boast a sea view.

Over the past 6 months, the Red Lion has been undergoing a renovation that has given the rooms a complete transformation, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the harbour, whilst maintaining a classic style.

The new look includes features such as…

A new Outdoor Terrace Bar for guests to soak up the ambience of the quay

Fully renovated rooms and bathrooms, painted using high quality materials from Farrow & Ball

Smart TVs in every room

Beautiful ocean-inspired ceramics from Tom Rooth

Sustainable design features throughout 

The Red Lion will be up and running from Friday, the 1st of April, ready to welcome guests that wish to experience luxury while enjoying beautiful views of the harbour.

Follow this link to learn more about the hotel and book a room.

Clovelly residents have managed to raise a massive £2,054 in support of Ukraine.

The Clovelly Community Kitchen organised an amazing fundraising last Thursday, 17th of March, where the residents of the village managed to raise a massive £2,054 in support of Ukraine.

Clovelly will be organising more events to raise money for Ukraine, so do follow Clovelly Village and the Clovelly Community Kitchen on Instagram for updates.

Thank you Bysha King, an old-time Clovellian, for capturing the event so beautifully- it is lovely to see our community come together in support of such a worthy cause.

Click here if you would like to donate and support the cause!

“Quirky North Devon village named Britain’s most energy efficient” – DevonLive

We want to thank DevonLive for this article about the energy efficiency of our village: “Clovelly proves that even the most hard-to-treat properties can be insulated”.

Last month, Clovelly won the National Landlord of the Year award for Energy Efficiency run by the Energy Efficiency Association.

“The work to make Clovelly’s 120 listed cottages energy efficient included fitting loft insulation, sloping ceiling insulation, concealed draught-proofing and award-winning secondary glazing. Together these measures are estimated to save around 40 per cent of heat loss.”

Read the full article here.

“8 of the best Devon family attractions Easter 2022”, Clovelly featured by Great British Life

Clovelly features as one of “8 of the best Devon family attractions Easter 2022”. We’re extremely grateful to Great British Life for featuring Clovelly.

“In Clovelly, North Devon, young visitors will be given a village map and asked to look out for the Easter chicks, perched up and down the famous cobbled high street (April 4 to 18)”

You can find more information about “Find the Easter Chicks” on this page.

Read the full article here.

Clovelly named one of the “14 of the best car-free destinations for your next holiday” – The Points Guy

Clovelly named one of the “14 of the best car-free destinations for your next holiday”, alongside many in Europe. 

“While you’ll be exploring without the help of a vehicle, there are plenty of places to sit down, rest your legs and – most importantly – have a bite to eat. The village is well known for its Clovelly lobsters, sold at the Red Lion Harbour restaurant. And you can overlook the sea at the Bay Tree Café, or enjoy a glass of cider at The Snug and Harbour Bar.”

You can read the full article here.

One of “Devon and Cornwall’s best coastal villages”, Clovelly featured by ABC Money

Clovelly has been featured as one of Devon and Cornwall’s best coastal villages and fish towns, being described by the article author, Claire James, as:

“Once a bustling fishing port, Clovelly is a quaint village in North Devon which is characterized by whitewashed cottages and a steep pedestrianized cobbled main street. Named the most Instagrammable British village in 2020, it is also privately owned, and has therefore maintained its old worldy atmosphere“.

You can read the full article here.

Clovelly wins “National Landlord of the Year award” for Energy Efficiency

This year, Clovelly won the National Landlord of the Year award for Energy Efficiency, run by the Energy Efficiency Association.  Clovelly won the award after completing a five-year programme of energy saving measures installed by period property insulation company, Mitchell & Dickinson, of Bideford, Devon.

Mrs Zeenat Rous said, “We are thrilled that Clovelly has won this prestigious national award.  Clovelly Estate thanks staff, residents and the team at Mitchell & Dickinson, who worked steadily for five years to overcome the challenges of quirky historic cottages and achieve what may be Britain’s most energy efficient heritage village.”

You can read the full article here.

Live music at the harbour

Enjoy the sounds of live local bands this weekend. Grab a freshly poured Clovelly Cobbler and head out to the harbour.

Friday 26th July | Joy Machine – 6pm onwards

Saturday 27th July | Three Pint Rule – 7pm onwards