Ilfracombe Tennis Tournament @ Bicclescombe Park Rd
Jul 27 – Aug 4 all-day

Grade 4 – County Tour. Singles & doubles events for all ages with categories of entry from 8 & under to 60 & over & everything in between!

Set in the beautiful green flag awarded Bicclescombe Park. The tournament attracts around 250 players for the week long event & has plenty of other activities for spectators & park visitors. The community run Bicclescombe Mill cafe operates throughout the week.

South West Birdman @ The Pier Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am

The South West Birdman competition sees crazy aviators and would be pilots hurl themselves off Ilfracombe Pier into the icy waters below – all hoping to “fly” the furthest and be crowned champion of the event.

Organised by Ilfracombe Round Table the day-long event attracts thousands of people to the town and raises money for local worthy causes.

As well as the main flying event, the South West Birdman Competition, the event also includes a live music stage with great music throughout the day, a mixture of food, craft & charity stalls, children’s entertainment and much more besides.

11.00 am – Open to the public – FREE ENTRY

Ilfracombe Carnival
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm

The Carnival Procession – An eclectic mix of floats will keep you entertained for an evening. This spectacular event raises monies for local charities and is a fun night for all the family.

Road closure is at 18:00 prompt.

The Route: Parade leaves Hillsborough (Swimming Pool) car park at 6pm, travels along Hillsborough Road, Portland Street, High Street, Church Street, turns right at Wilder Road along the Seafront, down St James Place arriving on Broad Street at approximately 8pm.

Application forms for parade entries can be obtained from and returned to Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre (Landmark), St James Dairy (St James Place), Manor House Cafe (High Street) Ashton Accountants (Northfield Road) or by emailing Late entries accepted at start point up to 5pm on the day.

All proceeds from street collection go to Ilfracombe District Lions Club Local Charities. Please give generously.

Mini Madness @ The Seafront
Aug 26 all-day

Mini cars, all different, create an amazing spectacle at the end of their Annual Grand Tour.

The Grand Tour brings the locals out in their thousands into the streets to watch the Minis go by. It takes about 15/20 minutes for all the Minis to clear an area, one after the other. The event takes in some fantastic countryside and has some breathtaking stopping points.

The final resting place is Ilfracombe and what a sight to behold, not to be missed.

Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival @ Sea Ilfracombe
Aug 31 – Sep 1 all-day

Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival is an annual celebration of Ilfracombe’s unique character and coastal life!

The main festival hub is based in the Ropery Road car park, spreading down to the harbour and beyond to many of the pubs, eateries, galleries and venues all around the seafront.
Centre stage is the music – a packed programme of local and national bands from traditional Shanty songs to SKA and rock ‘n roll surrounded by a sizzling seaside kitchen with stalls offering seafood and local produce; sweet & savoury and a seafood preparation and cooking master class.

There’s plenty of family fun with street entertainers and a hive of harbour activities including sailing lessons with Y-Sail (Yacht Club), historic lifeboat trips on Hampshire Rose, fishing from the pier with Combe Martin Sea Angling Club and a crabbing competition – with prizes!

Entry is free and this year’s festival kicks off on Saturday 31st August through to the Sunday evening. Any group or individual wishing to participate should email to the link above.

Ilfracombe Bike Show @ The Seafront
Sep 17 all-day

The North Devon Motorcycle Action group hold this popular event staged along the Seafront. Motorcyclists travel from near and far, some local, some from as far as Coventry. This event is open to all riders and also open to the general public, who are invited to judge for a Public Choice trophy winner.

In 2018 Over 250 motorcycles, inspite of the bad weather, lined the promenade and competed for nine hand crafted glass trophies made by Dartington Crystal. There were bikes and trikes of all shapes and sizes as well as stalls promoting various aspects of road use and of the chosen charities that the Motorcycle Action Group were supporting.

The members of the Motorcycle Action Group are already looking forward to next years event.

Combe Christmas
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

Lighting of the lights switch on will start when the lantern parade arrives at the war memorial. This year’s parade will start from The Candar and along the High St and thanks to Carol Turner and her team of elves, the lantern parade will be bigger and better than ever! Once again there will be lots of chances to sing some festive tunes, you can meet Santa and the tree which will look extra twinkly this year will be blessed by Father John Roles. Following the light switch on, you are encouraged to meander through the High Street, popping in to the many fantastic shops many of whom will be open for late night shopping and mince pies!

Following on from last year there will be a two day event on Ropery Road Car Park Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November where there will be lots to do for all ages! This year, due to last year’s success, the Ilfracombe Christmas Market will be held on both the Saturday and Sunday and there will be a whole host of artisan stalls, gift ideas and yummy food. Santa will also be making an appearance both days. Saturday will see some of Ilfracombe’s finest acoustic musicians take the stage as they entertain you whilst you wander around the market. There will also be the (now infamous) Combe Christmas Bar! Pop along for a festive drink – good and naughty options available! Sunday will see lots of kids entertainment throughout the afternoon until 3.30pm followed by the Combe Christmas Raffle draw. Tickets are available all weekend so make sure to pick yours up!

Last year, one of the highlights was the carol concert led by Canon Michael Rodgers of Pip & Jims supported by the Appledore Town Brass Band! It was a truly special moment last year and this year there will be a few of our local choirs popping by too so it should be something fantastic! Afterwards there will be an informal parade (feel free to dress up!) down to the pier followed by a fireworks display! Something for everyone…