April 2 Ilfracombe Lions Club Swimarathon – Teams of 4 to 6 people – adults or children & non swimming team captain have to swim 55 minutes in relays to raise sponsorship money.
May 1 Jack in the Green Celebration – A procession around the town with Jack in the Green ending on the Seafront.
May 7 Traditional Community Photo – 12 noon on Capstone Hill to celebrate the coronation of King Charles 111 followed by a Street Party in Fore Street – Everyone welcome.
May 13 & 14 Ilfracombe Art Trail – Open house event of artists, of all disciplines, displaying their work in their own homes, art galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants etc around the town.
May 20 Lundy Yacht Race – The race is held over one-day with the successful competitors covering approximately 45 miles. Traditionally, the event attracts a great number of entries with the Trafalgar trophy being awarded to the overall winner
May 26-29 Ilfracombe Beer Fest – A fantastic weekend of free festival fun in the heart of Ilfracombe all under huge twin tipi tents on Landmark Green. Featuring 50+ local beers and ciders – live music all weekend – local street food, a cocktail bar and an undercover fire pit!
May 29 North Shore Aircooled – An amazing display of the finest Aircooled Volkswagens on Ilfracombe Seafront.
June 11 to 17 Ilfracombe Golf Club Open Week – An annual open competitive event designed to suit all ages, genders and abilities.
June 18 North Devon Sports & Classic Car Club – Come & see the variety of different cars lined up on the Seafront
June 24 England Coast Path Launch Festival at the Landmark
July & August Music on the Bandstand – A variety of free live music – brass and jazz bands, acoustic singers etc. Lunchtimes and afternoons at Runnymede Gardens. Bring a picnic!
July 1 Ilfracombe Gig Regatta – 12 noon to 6pm Watch Pilot Gigs compete off Ilfracombe Harbour.
July 1 & 2 All Things Morris – Morris dancing in a number of locations around the town and anything else Morris related that we can think of!
July 2 Morris & Friends Vehicle Show – Our classic & vintage vehicle show ‘Morris & Friends’ all along the seafront from 11am with presentation of prizes at 3pm.
July 16 The Big Lunch – Street party in Fore Street with food, music and dance.
August 27 Ilfracombe Carnival In Risk of not happening
In the evening floats, walkers, bands and groups wind through the town down to the seafront.
Sept 2 & 3 Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival – Many events are being planned with a much enhanced music and food programme.
St Philip and St James Church Annual Flower Festival – Held in the church – Entrance free – Refreshments available
September 9 Ilfracombe Bike Show – Hundreds of roaring motorcycles on the Seafront.
October 27 Spooks & Sparks at Ilfracombe Rugby Club – Halloween Celebrations, Bonfire & Fireworks with music and BBQ until late.
November 12 Remembrance Day Parade
November 18 Combe Crawler – An 8.5mile Cross Country & Road race around Ilfracombe & Watermouth
November 24 Lighting of the Lights In Risk of not happening
with a parade, music, stalls and late-night shopping??
November 26 & 25 Combe Christmas at the Landmark
An Artisan Arts and Crafts Market on Saturday & Family and Community Day on Sunday.
NORTH DEVON EVENTS 2023
May 18 – 20 Devon County Show – Is an agricultural show held annually at the Westpoint Arena and Showground in Clyst St Mary near Exeter. The show celebrates rural life and features country and livestock competitions, a grand parade, equine events, local food and drink, traditional entertainment and rural crafts.
June 1-4 Wavelength Spring Classic – A celebration of live music, ride culture and van life at Woolacombe Bay. A classic festival by the sea, with music, surfing, skating and ride culture at the heart of it. www.springclassic.co.uk
June 16-18 Gold Coast Oceanfest – A three day surf and music festival at Croyde
June 25 North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon (Woolacombe) – The coastal route is tough, which is part of the appeal, and the scenery is incomparable.
July 2 Croyde Ocean Triathlon – Not for the faint hearted. Olympic distance course – 1.5km Open water swim, 40km Bike ride & 12km Trail run
August 2 North Devon Show at Umberleigh – One day agricultural show. Advance tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre.
August 28 Mini Madness – Hundreds of mini cars, some decorated, take to local roads for charity, hooting horns and waving flags as they go. Rally finishes on Ilfracombe seafront.