Clovelly Herring Festival

Clovelly Herring Festival aways falls in November. It’s the time of year when our historic village celebrates the coming of the great “Silver Darlings” better known as Herring. We celebrate and promote this tasty, nutritious fish whilst supporting sustainable fishing. 

The village always depended on the harvest of herring.  Caught in superb condition for a short season off this coast. Hence records go back over 400 years and in 1749. Then there were about 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. These days we have just two herring fishermen, both employing sustainable fishing methods using only drift nets and long lines.

Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, is attending with his “Kipperland” exhibition. Consequently, it is devoted to the history of all things herring.  He, as usual, turns the herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.

Flaxland is demonstrating flax processing. On the Quay there are kitchens serving a variety of delicious herring specialities along with chef demonstrations, beer tastings and local food and craft stalls.

Throughout the day there is live music, street entertainers, face-painting & henna tattoos, along with an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing. There is also a Herring Hunt and the Area of outstanding natural beauty are hosting event-themed children’s craft activities. 


Clovelly Harbour
EX39 5TF

Clovelly Herring Festival

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