Exmoor Tourism

Exmoor Coast Festival

The Exmoor Coast Festival

The following is the PR for the 2015 festival which was in all the local papers. We also had 2 local radio interviews. The participation in all the events was reported back as good to very good.

Coast Fest front coverThe Coast Festival celebrates all the wonderful things one can do along our stunning coastline. There is something you can join in, mostly free, from Ilfracombe in the west to Watchet in the east.

For those who have lots of energy to use up, there are some challenging activities to try your hand at with qualified trainers. Probably the most daring is coasteering at Hele Bay near Ilfracombe on Tuesday 26th May. This is rock climbing, but sideways with the sea always close by. If you want to try out vertical rock climbing then go to the Valley of Rocks on Thursday 28th May. There are two opportunities to try out kayaking, at Lee Bay near Lynton on Wednesday 27th May and Combe Martin on Thursday 28th May. Or why not enjoy a guided mountain bike ride around Horner near Porlock on Monday 25th May. You can also have a go at coarse fishing at Slade Reservoir on Wednesday 27th May with a South West Lakes ranger.

There are several chances to go for walks, one around Lee Abbey near Lynton. This walk, on Saturday 23rd May, takes in the grounds of the abbey, which are not normally open to the public. On Thursday 28th May there is a coastal walk around Porlock and at Combe Martin a walk find out about the trades and settlements heritage walk. Then there is a challenging walk along the rugged coast path on Selworthy Beacon with the Exmoor Society on Saturday 30th May.

For those with smaller children there are several events taking place which will be perfect. On Saturday 23rd May Combe Martin celebrates Hunting the Earl of Rone where children can join in the Junior Party Day and on Monday see the main parade through the length of the village. On Sunday 24th May there is a charity duck race at Porlock. On Monday 25th May there is a beach safari at Lynmouth with a National Park Ranger and a sandcastle competition at Combe Martin beach. On Thursday 28th May join in a free day with the National Park on their Big Adventure Day at Lynmouth. On Friday 29th May you can join the Devon Wildlife Trust in a Shoresearch looking for pond-life at Lynmouth. On Saturday 30th May why not join in the Exmoor World Championship Crabbing Competition at Porlock Weir. At Combe Martin Museum you can join in a fun afternoon at the Children’s Activity Workshop.

Running throughout the Coast Festival is an art exhibition at Contains Art at Watchet. This displays artists impressions of the geology of the impressive rock formations in that area, our own Jurassic coast. They are also putting on a BBQ with music and activities on Saturday 30th May at Watchet. Somerset Wildlife Trust are putting on an exhibition of coast art and marine wildlife at Porlock on Wednesday 27th May.

Lynmouth Pavilion is putting on various events throughout the Coast Festival. On Saturday 23rd you can enjoy songs, stories and pictures celebrating the history of Exmoor. On Monday 25th May come and see the film about the amazing feat of endurance when the Louisa Lifeboat was hauled from Lynmouth to Porlock Weir to save a stricken ship. On Wednesday 27th May meet the Coastguards and discover the challenges they face on our dangerous coast. On Thursday 28th May in the evening come and enjoy some stunning photography taken around the National Park by the National Park Officer.

There are some more relaxing events taking place. On Monday 25th May in the afternoon enjoy the open gardens at Woolhanger near Parracombe with craft stalls and cream teas. Yes we all love our cream teas and there are more at the Sail Loft at Combe Martin Museum on Tuesday 26th May in the morning. On Thursday 28th May at The Ship in Porlock Weir come and join in some sea shanties in the evening. On Friday 29th May go along to the Regal Theatre in Minehead for an enchanting puppet show about the Musicians of Bremen. On Saturday 30th May visit the Knitting Workshop in Combe Martin to brush up on your skills. Closing the festival on Sunday 31st May is an afternoon of music, readings and more cream teas at St Mary’s Church at Lynton.

More information

The Coast Festival is supported by Exmoor Tourism, Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund and South West Water.

A5 double-sided leaflets will be distributed throughout the area promoting the event.

The festival is co-ordinated by Bryan Cath for Exmoor Tourism. Contact Bryan at bryan@westcountrywalks.co.uk or 01271 883131.

Coast Festival Brochure 2016

For 2016 there will be the opportunity to advertise your business in the festival brochure. It is planned to be A5, 4 page full colour. The print run will be 7000. This will include details of all the events that take place with space for 1/8 page adverts. Each advert will cost £30. Deadline for inclusion is 25th March 2016.