When: 20th November 2016, 10am – 4pm
Where: Clovelly harbour, North Devon
£: Admission to the village costs £7 for adults, £4.40 for children, and £18.40 for a family. Children under 7 years go free.
What is it?
November is the time of year when the historic, fishing village of Clovelly in North Devon, celebrates its annual Herring Festival. The festival is held to promote these nutritious ‘Silver Darlings’ and support carefully managed fishing.
The village once depended on the harvest of herring. 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 just two herring fishermen remain. The fishermen employ sustainable fishing methods, using drift nets and long lines.
This year’s Herring Festival will have live music, street entertainment, face painting, henna tattoos, and an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing. There will also be a Herring Hunt and the National Trust will be running event-themed children’s craft activities.
Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will be at the festival with his Kipperland exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. Smylie will also be turning herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse. There will also be net making, flax processing and a Curragh on show, provided by Flaxland.
Dan Britton, Chris Conway, and Neil Rabjohn, joined by Martin Cole on the fiddle, will be playing The Storm from their new album, Safe Harbour. The song is based on the 1838 Clovelly storm. Copperfield Ensemble will be returning to play, with new songs and old favourites. Also playing live will be local band Fifers Ruse, with traditional sea shanties and jigs to get everyone singing and dancing.
Quay kitchens will be serving a variety of herring specialities, along with chef demonstrations, beer tastings, and local food and craft stalls. In addition, there will be a pop up Fishy Kitchen Demonstration at 1.15pm, and a raffle with the chance to win a Stargazey Pie.
More info: www.clovelly.co.uk