What's On in Ilfracombe

Home to a number of attractions including the famous Tunnel Beaches, Ilfracombe is a wonderful town in the north of Devon with a stunning coastline and a whole host of festivals and events which take place through the year such as The Art Trail, All Things Morris and Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival, which celebrates Ilfracombe’s maritime heritage with a whole a weekend of music, food and family fun.

Cultural hub

In recent years Ilfracombe has been gaining a reputation as the culinary and cultural hub of this area of Devon so naturally, there are a range of food festivals for you to enjoy as well as Ilfracombe Fish Trail which allows visitors to take a tour around the bustling harbour, often with a theme to the walk to highlight certain seasons or additions to the town’s bustling calendar of events.   With its art culture it is fast becoming the new St Ives and is an art lovers dream, with so many galleries to explore throughout the town.  Plus the fascinating museum and iconic Landmark Theatre, which has vintage festivals, live music performances, theatre shows, dramas and children’s events.  Visit St Nicholas Chapel, perched on Lantern Hill overlooking the harbour, built in the 14th Century it is the oldest working lighthouse in the country.


Centre for arts and crafts 

In addition to being a hub for those that like their food, Ilfracombe is a great place to visit for art fans. It is home to Verity, a sculpture created by Damien Hirst as well as boasting several galleries featuring exhibitions from a mix of local and international artists. Because of this local appreciation for the arts, there are regular art trails, festivals and other creative events that are hosted in the town.

Ilfracombe is a busy town all year around. Whenever you visit, you’ll find something for everyone, no matter what your tastes or interests. It is a wonderful place to base yourself if you’re looking for a family holiday destination, as many of the town’s events and attractions have a family friendly focus that makes them suitable for all ages and abilities

With its long tradition of being a premier seaside resort, you’ll find that Ilfracombe is a hive of beach related events, including the annual gig regatta and round Lundy yacht race.    Plus you can take to the water yourself on one of the many boat trips from the harbour to explore the dramatic coastline from the sea, or take a day trip to Lundy Island.   For the more adventurous, water sports are a big thing in Ilfracombe and  you can go kayaking, paddle boarding or coasteering.