Celebrate the sea this September at SeaIlfracombe in North Devon

Ilfracombe in North Devon will be awash with maritime activities for all the family from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 September 2010 when the second SeaIlfracombe festival celebrates the town’s sea heritage from Iron Age origins to the present.

Offering an eclectic programme of some 40 events over three days, festival goers can sample gig rowing and kayaking in the sea, try out diving in the swimming pool, explore rockpools on secluded beaches, eat their way round the town on guided food trails and enjoy music, entertainment, films, exhibitions and more.

Packed into this small town are a working harbour with trawlers and its own wet fish shop, intimate beaches and coves, a varied selection of vibrant restaurants, bars and pubs, a museum, aquarium, theatre, lifeboat station and a high street filled with interesting, independent shops.

From morning to night during SeaIlfracombe, Ilfracombe’s Gig Club, Compass Club, Dive Club, H20 and Canoe Club, Sea Cadets, RNLI, churches, associations and residents will together host activities aimed at every age and interest. Whether you want to get physical rowing on the sea or prefer a more relaxed culinary tour, the thrill of spotting hidden wildlife or the chance to dance the night away, there is something for everyone.

Watch for Orcas from the height of Capstone Hill, carouse at the Pirate Ball, enjoy pirate fun at the Kiddies’ Disco or listen to performances by the town’s own LaLa Choir and Male Voice Choir as well as by international folk artist Heidi Talbot, backed by John McCasker and Boo Hewerdine, at the Landmark Theatre.

There will be floral exhibitions of the sea, art displays from the town’s college, the chance to explore the classic passenger ship MV Balmoral plus plenty of individual musical performances, street entertainers and opportunities to enjoy the best of North Devon food. From seafood landed in the harbour to a range of the finest local produce – not forgetting Devonshire cream teas and fish and chips – there is something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Information and booking

For details of the SeaIlfracombe programme, download the attached PDF brochure or see the events calendar below. Book many events from the North Devon Theatres box office on 01271 324242.

Visit www.seailfracombe.co.uk. Follow @VISITilfracombe on twitter and VISITilfracombe on facebook for details of events in Ilfracombe.

Visitors to Ilfracombe are offered a wide choice of accommodation, from luxury hotels to quality guest houses and bed and breakfasts to self catering cottages, holiday parks and caravan and camping sites. For a choice of accommodation in Ilfracombe, see visitilfracombe.co.uk or call Ilfracombe Tourist Information on 01271 863001.

Sea Ilfracombe 2010 events calendar
Date/Time Event Where Cost £
Friday 10 September
10.00 -16.00 Living Water Flower Festival St Philip & St James Church Donations
18.30 – 19.30 Gig Racing The Harbour Free
19.30 – 23.00 Pirate Ball Landmark Theatre £15.00
Saturday 11 September
10.00 -16.00 Living Water Flower Festival St Philip & St James Church Donations
including @ 3 pm LaLa Choir & Cream Tea St Philip & St James Church Donations
10.00 – 17.00 Wandering Musicians/Entertainers Harbour, Seafront &Town Free
10.00 – 11.30 Gig Rowing Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
11.30 – 17.00 Exhibitions Landmark Theatre Free
11.30 – 17.00 Ilfracombe Art College Display Landmark Theatre Free
10.00 – 16.00 Floral Exhibition of the Sea Emmanuel Church Donations
10.00 – 17.00 Moviebus Seafront Donations
10.30 – 15.00 Hostage Event Council Chambers N/A
10.30 – 12.30 Guided Coast Walk Torrs Meet @ Landmark £2.50
11.00 – 12.00 RNLI Display The Harbour Free
11.45 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
12.00 – 15.00 Orca Watching Top of Capstone Hill Free
12.00 – 14.00 Dan the Fisherman Openair Tapas Seafront £5.00
12.15 – 14.00 Performance Platform – various Emmanuel Church Donations
12.15 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
12.00 – 14.00 Music & BBQ Ilfracombe Yacht Club Free
12.00 – 14.00 Music Prince of Wales Free
12.00 – 14.000 Music Wellington Arms Free
12.30 – 14.30 Try a Dive Ilfracombe Swimming Pool Free
12.45 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
13.15 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
13.30 – 16.00 Rockpool Rambles Ilfracombe Aquarium £2.00
13.45 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
14.00 – 16.00 Costumed Kiddies Pirate Fun Landmark Theatre Free
14.00 – 16.00 Face Painting Landmark Theatre £1.00
14.00 – 17.00 H2Outdoor Kayaking Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
16.15 – 17.15 MV Balmoral – Lookaboard The Harbour Free
18.00 – 20.00 S & P Tapas + Music & Wine Slipway £4.95
18.00 – 20.00 Kiddies Pirate Disco Age 5 – 12 Infants School £2.00
19.00 – Late Music + BBQ Ilfracombe Yacht Club Free
19.00 – Late Music Prince of Wales Free
19.00 – Late Music Wellington Arms Free
20.15 – late Heidi Talbot with John McCusker Landmark Theatre £14.50
& Boo Hewerdine
20.15 – late Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir Emmanuel Church £5.00
Sunday 12 September
10.00 – 17.00 Moviebus Seafront Donations
10.00 – 17.00 Exhibitions Landmark Theatre Free
10.00 – 12.30 Gig Rowing Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
10.00 – 16.00 Floral Exhibition of the Sea Emmanuel Church Donations
10.30 – 12.00 Coastal Photography Masterclass Meet @ Landmark £15.00
10.30 – 12.30 Guided Coast Walk Hele Landmark Theatre £2.50
12.00 – 16.00 Living Water Flower Festival St Philip & St James Church Donations
12.00 – 15.00 Orca Watching Top of Capstone Hill Free
14.00 – 17.00 Kayaking Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
14.45 – 17.15 MV Balmoral Atlantic Cruise The Harbour Tkts on Board
18.30 & 19.00 Restaurant Trails Meet At Tapas Bar Fore St £15.00
20.00 – 21.00 Songs of Praise of the Sea Emmanuel Church Free

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