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Have a whale of a time at the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast!

Clovelly is great to visit during the famous Clovelly Lobster & Crab Feast. Pop-up kitchens, tanks of crustaceans &live music make this a fun family day out
The first Sunday in September is the date when Devon’s fabulous seafood is celebrated at the annual Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast. Nothing beats the taste of freshly caught seafood, carefully dressed and cooked to perfection. Not only is this event a feast for the stomach, it’s a wonderful feast for the eyes too!

The event is hosted on the quay in the pretty North Devon village of Clovelly which is known for its fishing fleet as well as for its picturesque cobbled street leading steeply down to the beach and harbour.

Lively activities at the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast

As well as sampling the tasty local catch, the day includes plenty of games, side shows, stalls and events focusing on local crustaceans. One example is the tank of baby lobsters which are reared at the at . After being featured as an interesting exhibit at the Lobster and Crab Feast, they are then released into the sea.

Like many other events hosted at Clovelly, this is a very family friendly event and there are amusements and entertainment everywhere for youngsters. Street theatre, face painting, balloon modelling, walkabout magicians and creative storytelling will give them plenty to talk about. The “Show and Tell” activities by the North Devon Biosphere staff are popular with all ages.

Live folk music and sea shanties are performed by various musicians to keep the party atmosphere and there’s usually a few young pirates hanging around the town as youngsters under the age of 16 get in free if they are dressed as a pirate or mermaid.

Enjoy the best seafood platters at the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast

Other ways the festival celebrates this local day are with a prize draw for a tasty prize or two, arts and crafts stalls and plenty of great things to eat and drink. As well as the beer tasting booths there is an array of pop-up kitchens along the quayside and local chefs create some delicious seafood snacks and dishes. The sizzling sound and aroma of seafood are enough to make your tummy rumble and your mouth water with anticipation, so definitely come hungry!

If you fancy a proper sit-down meal during your visit, the old Red Lion Pub on the harbourside prepares hundreds of exquisite seafood and lobster platters as well as the usual crab baguettes, crab salads and Devon cream teas. The seafood platters are the specialty of the day and are served with a glass of complimentary champagne – the perfect accompaniment for these subtle seafood delicacies.

Unique Clovelly attractions

As Clovelly is a private village the usual admission charges apply, payable at the Visitor Centre near the car park. Once inside the village you can wander down the famously steep High Street with its cobbled steps. The cottages are still serviced by donkey-pulled sleds which carry deliveries and provisions up and down.

The village dates back to late 11th century when it was owned by the king and listed in the Domesday Book. The charming fishermen’s cottages are beautifully maintained, thanks to the ongoing maintenance program funded from the admission fees. Restoration work continues to make sure the charm and authenticity of this Devon community are retained for future generations.

The usual activities and attractions are open and I would definitely recommend visiting the during your day at Clovelly. It shows how local fishermen and their families would have lived here in the 1930s. The neighbouring recaptures the life of author Charles Kingsley who once lived in Clovelly and there are various recordings of poems and local tales to listen to.

Clovelly attracts thousands of visitors every year and you may well be one of them. Do you think the authentic village is worth paying admission to visit, or should it be free like other Devon villages? We’d love you to share your views in our comments box below.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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  1. Charlie says:

    I like the idea of what the National Lobster Hatchery do with the baby lobsters. On their website they said the Scandinavian and Mediterranean lobsters have not recovered yet so I’m proud of this charity’s conservation work and the village taking action on something so important yet so disregarded.

    I’m assuming nobody lives in the fisherman’s cottages but can you still go in and have a look? Also are there any 11th century fisherman cottages along the coastline to rent or stay in for the weekend?

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