The Hunting Of the Earl of Rone – 26th May 29th May 2017
An undeniably unique event in the Combe Martin Calendar. Banned in 1837 for licentiousness and drunken dehaviour, the Hunting of the Earl of Rone was revived in 1974. Nobody knows how old custom is, but the exploits of the central character, from which the custom takes its name, can be traced back to 1607. The custom may be considerably older, even predating Celtic and Christian influences.
Over the four days, the Grenadiers, Hobby Horse, Fool and villagers hunt through the village for the ‘Earl of Rone’, finally finding him on the Monday night. The hunt starts on Friday evening around the village, Saturday is the juniors day, led by children from Combe Martin School. the hunting continues on Sunday afternoon with the addition of a band. Monday evening sees the last hunting when the Earl of Rone is finally captured. He is mounted back to front on a donkey and paraded through the village accompanied by hundreds of villagers, reaching the beach at sunset. He is frequently shot by the grenadiers and falls from the donkey, only to be revived by the hobby horse and Fool, re-mounted on the donkey and carried onwards to his fate. At the final shooting on the beach, he is not revived but thrown into the sea.
This event is run by a council of local villagers and is unique to Combe Martin. For detailed information and a phtographic gallery, please click here to visit their website
Icon Classic Ski Race – 20th May 2017
Britains Classic Ocean Surf Ski Race from Woolacombe to Combe Martin
One event you really will not want to miss out on. This event has been growing each year and now in its 8th year. Paddlers travel from around the world to race in this event and is Britain’s biggest downwind surf ski race.
The race starts at Woolacombe at 2.50pm
First Padder arrives in Combe Martin roughly 4.15pm.
The evnet consists of mens race, women race, doubles, over 40s of the worlds top paddlers.
Great day out at Combe Martin Beach. Don’t Miss It.
For more details and a chance to compete click here.
Strawberry Fayre – First Sunday in June 2017
The traditional start to the strawberry season is early June. Combe Martin was, at one time, a large producer of strawberries. Grown and packed for resale, the strawberries were sold all over Devon and further afield.
The traditional of holding a Strawberry Fayre on the first Sunday in June remains and will be taking place on Bowling Green where dozens of colourful stalls are erected to display and sell all types of homemade food and local crafts and of course, large helpings of Combe Martin Strawberries and cream with many a punnet taken home for Sunday tea.Sunday tea.
Celebrating a long history of market gardening in the sheltered village and a reputation for world famous strawberries, the fayre is as ever expected to be bursting with strawberry treats.
The popular fruit will be available fresh by the punnet with cream, jam and all manner of tasty delicacies.
Adams Hay/Bowling Green…..Lots of exciting stalls including Charities, Gifts, Food and Crafts…..Children’s Entertainment, BBQ, Raffle and of course the famous Combe Martin Strawberries!… …Carnival week 2014 programs will be on sale… .Tours of the St.Peter Ad Vincula Church tower….a few stalls still available – please contact Dave Coomber 01271 883429 for more information.
Combe Martin Shammick Farmers’ Market is a real treat! Our village market offers allsorts, from local crafts, homemade preserves, pies, fresh vegtables and fruit, freash meats, eggs, preserves, cakes, flans, pies, plants and so much more.
It is held in the Village Hall every third Saturday of the month, from 9.30-12.00 midday.
Entrance is free.
Date: 31st August 2017
The Grand Tour will be out on the open roads with the people of North Devon and Exmoor. The rally is great fun to watch with over 300 cars and raises money for the Children’s Hospice South West.
Monday 26th August Starts at Victoria Park Bideford
7-30am Victoria Park opens
10-00am or there abouts DRIVERS BRIEFING
10-30am The Bideford Youth Pipe Band starts
11-00am Rock & Roll We’re off. Along the Quay and over the old bridge.
11-15am Turn off road by Fremington shops and through Housing Estate.
11-25am Cedars roundabout.
Watch out for the Marshals.
11-35am Arrive Bishops Tawton roundabout. Use unclassified roads to Landkey.
11-45am Arrive Landkey Regroup Use bridge to cross over 361.
12-25pm Arrive Snapper
12-35pm Bratton Fleming
12-40pm Crossroads with the A399
12-50pm Blackmore Gate. There are toilets here but you will have to leave the convoy.
1-30pm Lee Abbey car park.
2-15pm Depart Car Park SHARP.
2-45pm Arrive Combe Martin
3-00pm Arrive IIfracombe
3-30pm Prize giving & raffle etc.