Calendar

May
5
Sun
May Day Parade & Jack in the Green Celebration
May 5 @ 10:45 am

The annual Jack-in-the-Green event is all about releasing the ‘spirit of summer, a green clad procession complete with giants and drummers makes its way through the town to the seafront led by the Town Crier.

Mustering from 10.45am in Wilder Road Car Park they parade through the High Street, Fore Street & St James Place ending at the Clapping Circle above Wildersmouth Beach.

At the Clapping Circle where they dance the May Pole children from the audience are invited to join in the dancing, then ‘Jack’ will be stripped of his leafy coverings to welcome the Spirit of Summer.

Everyone is welcome to join or watch the May Day parade – just turn up and if possible wear something green. For more details contact Events 4 Ilfracombe or the May Day team at maydayilfracombe@gmail.com

May
11
Sat
Ilfracombe Art Trail
May 11 @ 11:30 am – May 12 @ 6:00 pm

Ilfracombe Art Trail now in its 5th year is run entirely by volunteers to promote the Arts in Ilfracombe. Artists and crafts people open their homes, studios and galleries to provide visitors the opportunity to see, purchase and/or commission artwork created by artists and makers from all the disciplines, take part in free workshops, visit open gardens and listen to live music from 10.30 to 6pm each day.

There are paintings, sculpture, photography, jewellery, printing, textiles, leather, ceramics and much more. With our easy to follow map and guide you can discover art in some quirky places, all within walking distance of the High Street.

Come and enjoy the work of local artists as well as some from further afield. All this while also enjoying Ilfracombe’s breath-taking views, delightful parks, cafe’s, galleries, restaurants and pubs.

May
12
Sun
The Scrumpy Run @ Cook Island
May 12 @ 11:00 am

The Scrumpy Run is organised by the Vintage Motor Cycle Club – Devon Section when some 40 or so riders set off at 11am following a suggested route over Exmoor to a lunch time stop before returning to Ilfracombe for the presentation of prizes.

Jun
2
Sun
The Big Lunch @ The Big Lunch
Jun 2 all-day

The Big Lunch is a one day get-together for neighbours – an idea from the Eden Project, made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, encouraging people across the UK to come together for a few hours of food, friendship and fun. In Ilfracombe the event will take the form of a street party with entertainment in Fore Street which will be closed to traffic for the day.

The event is organised by The Friends of Fore Street, a community organisation based in and around Fore Street with the aim to raise the profile of Ilfracombe’s oldest street. Starting at one o’clock and continuing throughout the afternoon and into the evening, outside the Prince of Wales and the George and Dragon. There will be food, fun, and music from our talented local performers. Everyone is welcome; just bring along some food to share.

There will also be a collection for the local Food Bank. Bring yourself, a few quid, a bit of food and come and meet your neighbours.

Jun
8
Sat
Ilfracombe Golf Club Open Week @ Ilfracombe Golf Club
Jun 8 – Jun 14 all-day

Ilfracombe Golf Club boasts one of the most spectacular locations in the UK for an exhilarating round of golf. Situated on top of the rugged cliffs of the North Devon coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, every tee has an awe-inspiring view of the sea.

Every tee sets a new challenge for golfers of all abilities. With wonderfully lush fairways and enticing greens, this course can surprise and challenge you with a mischievous wind sometimes blowing in off the sea to add that little twist to your round of golf.

With Ilfracombe enjoying its own micro-climate and with the impeccable maintenance of this undulating course, the Ilfracombe Golf Club welcomes guests all year round who wish to test themselves on a truly unique course.

With a large stock of equipment to hire, you can choose from a buggie, a set of clubs for the course, individual clubs for the driving range or putting green ….. and even golf shoes, simply come along and join in.

The clubhouse faces the sea and has wonderful views from the large windows in the restaurant and there is outside seating for those warmer days, before or after your round of golf or just pop in for some refreshments or a fabulous Sunday lunch.

Jun
15
Sat
Grand Victorian & Steampunk Festival @ Grand Victorian & Steampunk Festival
Jun 15 – Jun 23 all-day

Renamed the Ilfracombe Victorian and Steampunk Celebration, the event boasted a number of new features in 2018. These included the Time Travellers Ball, which visitors are already requesting return this year, as well as a Bake Off and Victorian Paranormal Evenings, among the regular events such as the Suffragettes March and Garden Parties.

The Art Competition, sponsored by the Tubby Foundation and entitled Sherlock in Fairycombeland, attracted 148 entries with winners art being displayed in art galleries around the town.

Steampunk is attracting new interest and breathing new life and fun into the Celebrations – Ilfracombe Victorian and Steampunk Celebration was lots of fun for all this year resulting in positive feedback.

Jun
29
Sat
Ilfracombe Gig Regatta @ Ilfracombe Gig Regatta
Jun 29 all-day

See one of the highlights of Ilfracombe’s summer events calendar – the Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club Regatta. Wander down to the harbour where you can watch the racing in action and cheer on all the rowers.

There will be a BBQ throughout the day as well as a raffle and Ilfracombe Yacht Club will be providing entertainment

Once the racing is over and all boats are in the trophy will be presented to the winning team in Ilfracombe Yacht Club.

In 2018 clubs took part from all parts of the South West including Dorset and Cornwall. The categories were: Ladies B – Mens B – Ladies A – Mens A – Ladies Veterans – Mens Veterans – Ladies Superveterans – Mens Supervets – Mixed & Junior.

Ilfracombe Gig Regatta @ The Harbour
Jun 29 all-day

See one of the highlights of Ilfracombe’s summer events calendar – the Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club Regatta. Wander down to the harbour where you can watch the racing in action and cheer on all the rowers.

There will be a BBQ throughout the day as well as a raffle and Ilfracombe Yacht Club will be providing entertainment

Once the racing is over and all boats are in the trophy will be presented to the winning team in Ilfracombe Yacht Club.

In 2018 clubs took part from all parts of the South West including Dorset and Cornwall. The categories were: Ladies B – Mens B – Ladies A – Mens A – Ladies Veterans – Mens Veterans – Ladies Superveterans – Mens Supervets – Mixed & Junior.

Jul
7
Sun
Music on the Bandstand @ Runnymede Gardens, Wilder Road
Jul 7 all-day

Every summer Ilfracombe presents a series of Sunday afternoon performances on The Bandstand in Runnymede Gardens on The Seafront in July and August, performances are from 2pm to 4pm. There is some seating although some prefer to sit on the grass. These performances are sponsored by local businesses and organisations and are therefore totally free – although you may find someone rattling a tin!.

Bands range from Jazz to brass and youth bands including Ilfracombe’s own District Youth Band – Blazing Sounds. Blazing Sounds also plays on the bandstand on Thursday evenings, alternate weeks from the beginning of June and then every week during the school summer holidays.

July 7th Two Rivers Wind Ensemble 2pm to 4pm

July 14th All Things Morris Weekend 11am to 3pm

July 21st Blazing Sounds Youth Band 2pm to 4pm

July 28th Bideford Town Band 2pm to 4pm

August 4th South Molton Town Band 2pm to 4pm

August 11th Town Rivers Wind Ensemble 2pm to 4pm

August 18th Bideford Town Band 2pm to 4pm

August 25th Blazing Sounds Youth Band 2pm to 4pm

Always weather permitting

Jul
13
Sat
All Things Morris @ Seafront
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day

This is the eighth annual Ilfracombe All Things Morris event and there will be plenty of Morris activity to see and do over the weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be Morris dancing around the seafront and other areas of the town from Morris sides who are visiting not just from around the area but from across the UK.

The activity starts at 11am and there will be dancing all afternoon and Sunday also sees our classic & vintage vehicle show ‘Morris & Friends’ all along the seafront from 11am with presentation of prizes at 3pm.

This event is free and is brought to you by Events 4 Ilfracombe. The full daily schedule will be published nearer to the event.

Any group or individual wishing to participate should contact Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre.