WoW, such a beautiful place, very steep hill, lovely views can’t recommend this place enough. Glad of the lift back up.
Clovelly Village Devon is a picturesque, historic, fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere and history, and was once owned by the Queen of England.
This atmosphere is embodied in a traffic-free, cobbled street with flower-strewn cottages, tumbling down a cleft in the 400-foot cliff to the ancient fishing harbour and 14th-century quay bringing glorious views along the way. Just donkeys and sledges move needed supplies to the village.
Once a bustling fishing port, Clovelly was renowned for its herring and mackerel and today for lobster and crab. Although fishing has declined, it is still very much a part of village life. Sustainability is the key watchword.
There are many literary connections; Charles Kingsley lived here, Charles Dickens wrote about it and Rex Whistler featured it in much of his work.
It promises visitors a wonderful half day out, full of memories and staying a night or two is a very good thing to do.
The modest admission charges include parking, a must-see film show of the history of the village, access to craft workshops for silk and pottery, Charles Kingsley and Fisherman’s Cottage museums, seeing the famous donkeys, two welcoming inns, Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village and a contribution to the preservation of this very special private estate.
Visit any of the annual festivals such as “Seaweed” June, “Maritime” July, “Lobster and Crab” September and “Herring” November and there is no extra charge.
Watch Clovelly’s main video:
- Illyria Gilbert & Sullivan “The Pirates of Penzance” 2nd Jul
- Maritime Festival, in aid of the Mission to Seafarers 3rd Jul
- The Pantaloons present: “Much Ado about Nothing” by William Shakespeare 10th Jul
- Woolsery Agricultural Show, in aid of local charities 25th Jul
- Lifeboat Weekend, in aid of the R.N.LI. 6th - 7th Aug
- The Duke’s Theatre Company presents: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare 16th Aug
- The Pantaloons present: ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H. G. Wells 20th Aug
- Gig Regatta 27th Aug
- Lobster and Crab Feast, in aid of The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow 4th Sep
- Apple Day 25th Sep
- Herring Festival 20th Nov
- Christmas Lights, in aid of the R.N.L.I 4th Dec
- Boxing Day Barbecue 26th Dec
- New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Party 31st Dec