Apple Day 

It is Apple Season – so we are holding our annual Apple Day with lots of lovely apple crafts and activities.  On arrival at Clovelly you will see apple pressing by Gatcombe valley outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples.  Watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice.  Or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation and bottling for which there will be a small charge per 75 cl bottle.

And if you should walk down the village afterwards, the Red Lion at the harbour is stocking a selection of 10 different ciders – Thatcher’s/Lilley’s and Sandford Orchards.  On sale for £2.50 half a pint or a flight of five for £10.00.

Crafts and and activities

On entry to Clovelly (free for children under 7 years old), you will find the Apple Day crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 11:00-16:00. The round shape of the apple with the great reds and greens makes the apple a perfect base for creating art. So children can enjoy crafts with Artycrafts who will also do a spinning wheel yarn demonstration as well as showing the fleece before it is carded and spun with some finished products for sale.  Also visit Sciencedipity to make your own apple scented bath bombs to take home.

There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping and making corn dollies.

Close encounters with South West Animal Services.  Chris Johnson

Animal encounters give people the opportunity to get up close and put their hands on many wonderful animals alongside Chris, who has worked with animals most of his life and is passionate about them.

Farmers market

There will be a small farmers market, including a pick of pumpkins, vegetables, herbs, cider and apple brandy among other stalls. Merry Harriers Garden Centre will also have some of their interesting products on display.  Clovelly Cafeteria will be serving apple dishes and Clovelly Fudge kiosk selling cider fudge on the day too.

Harvest Hunt, Garden Tour and Cookery demonstrations

At 13:00 pm, families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly Tour Guide, who will take you down around the craftyard and Mount Pleasant.  Listen to the spooky stories and look for clues to win a harvest treat back at the Visitor Centre.  Please book your place on arrival as spaces are limited.
Again this year, our Head Gardener, will offer a Clovelly Court Garden tour at 11:30.
Then don’t miss our cooking demonstrations with Felicity Sylvester for Apple Cake, Apple Dumplings and Mackerel with Apple Paté at 11:00 and at 14:00.


Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00; Apple day activities: 11:00 – 16:00; Harvest Hunt 13:00-14:00;
Clovelly Court Garden Tour: 11:30-12:30; Cookery Demonstrations: 11:00 and 14:00
Animal Encounters: 11:00-14:00

“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.

Seaweed Festival – 26th May 2024

You will be amazed at the world of seaweed!

Along the Quay we’ll be hosting a variety of stalls selling a range of seaweed products and dishes. Expect live street entertainment and music.

10am – 5pm

Learn more