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Clovelly Herring Festival

Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing. This popular festival is held in support of sustainable fishing and to celebrate the herring, the 'Silver Darlings' of the sea.

Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen.  

The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast.  Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port.  When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.

Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring.  He will also be turning herring into delicious and delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.  

There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.  

Enjoy a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens or at the Harbour Bar, cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, a Herring Hunt, face painting, henna tattoosand National Trust event-themed, free craft activities. 

Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

Clovelly Herring Festival featured in:

http://www.boatstories.co.uk/fishing-for-clovelly-herring.html Countryfile Magazine Channel 4's River Cottage series  http://www.visuallink.co.uk/client_media/media/184/Clovelly_Herring_Festival_2009_Video/ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article6977974.ece http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2008/11/04/clovelly_herring_feature.shtml http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/sep/20/fivebest.uk

Clovelly Village
Clovelly
Devon
EX39 5TA
01237 431644

Additional facilities

  • Evening meals
  • Open all year
  • Reduced rates for children
  • WiFi

Photo:

URL: www.clovelly.co.uk

18/11/2017 to 18/11/2017

Road Directions

Postcode: EX39 5TAClovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford.  Exit the M5 at Junction 27.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station is Barnstaple.  Buses run from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly.

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Clovelly Herring Festival

Clovelly Village
Clovelly
Devon
EX39 5TA
01237 431644

Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen.  

The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast.  Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port.  When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.

Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring.  He will also be turning herring into delicious and delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.  

There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.  

Enjoy a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens or at the Harbour Bar, cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, a Herring Hunt, face painting, henna tattoosand National Trust event-themed, free craft activities. 

Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

Clovelly Herring Festival featured in:

http://www.boatstories.co.uk/fishing-for-clovelly-herring.html Countryfile Magazine Channel 4's River Cottage series  http://www.visuallink.co.uk/client_media/media/184/Clovelly_Herring_Festival_2009_Video/ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article6977974.ece http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2008/11/04/clovelly_herring_feature.shtml http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/sep/20/fivebest.uk

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Additional facilities

  • Evening meals
  • Open all year
  • Reduced rates for children
  • WiFi

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