Get ready for Morris in Ilfracombe

PUBLISHED: 18:08 09 July 2014 | UPDATED: 18:27 09 July 2014

Morris groups from across the country will descend on Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13, with Borderline Morris pictured here.

Morris groups from across the country will descend on Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13, with Borderline Morris pictured here.

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All Things Morris plus the North Devon Street Food Awards will be taking over Ilfracombe this Saturday and Sunday (July 12-13).

Join the Big Pot Kitchen at the North Devon Street Food Awards on Saturday, July 12 in Ilfracombe. Join the Big Pot Kitchen at the North Devon Street Food Awards on Saturday, July 12 in Ilfracombe.

MORRIS mania will descend on Ilfracombe this weekend with crowds expected to turn out to enjoy the return of All Things Morris.

The quirky and free festival is joined in its second year by the first ever North Devon Street Food Awards, as vendors battle it out to see who is crowned champion.

This year 13 Morris dance groups from North Devon and beyond are visiting Ilfracombe to fill the streets with their colourful capering and lively music. Don’t miss Dennis the Morris Horse.

The fun all begins at midday on Saturday with dancing along the seafront and the pier, with a mass dance at 4.30pm led by Town Crier Roy Goodwin.

Dennis and Maurice will be trotting along to All Things Morris in Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13. Dennis and Maurice will be trotting along to All Things Morris in Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13.

Grub’s up

The Street Food Awards also begin at midday, with all manner of mouthwatering cuisines on offer, from hot dogs and barbecue to Thai, Mexican and Caribbean.

Morris groups from across the country will descend on Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13, with Ilfracombe dancers the Red Petticoats pictured here. Morris groups from across the country will descend on Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13, with Ilfracombe dancers the Red Petticoats pictured here.

They hope to catch the judges’ eyes, or stomachs, as they compete for cash prizes and special individually hand crafted trophies called ‘Maurices’ from Ilfracombe’s Shoreline Glass.

Judging the food will be Dez Turland of Brend Hotels, Nick Cooper from Salt Media, Gloria O’Connell and Arlene Collins from Marsden’s Cottage Holidays, plus Rich Evans from Blue Frog Media and Graham Harris of the North Devon Gazette.

Sensational Sunday...

Morris groups from across the country will descend on Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13, with Harburton Navy pictured here. Morris groups from across the country will descend on Ilfracombe on the weekend of July 12-13, with Harburton Navy pictured here.

Sunday will see more Morris dancing around the seafront, plus have a go yourself with workshops from 9am run by The Great Caper at Ilfracombe Table Tennis Club in Fore Street.

The street will be closed to traffic from 10am, with a Craft and Arts Fayre, mass Morris dance at 3.30pm and music and entertainment into the evening.

The classic side of Morris will be revealed on Sunday with the arrival of Morris on Tour as a collection of the iconic vehicles forms up on the seafront, with judging and presentation of prizes at 3pm.

Events 4 Ilfracombe would like to thank partners, sponsors and supporters including Marsdens Cottage Holidays, Blue Frog Media, The North Devon Gazette, Hidden Valley Park, Hele Valley Park, Shoreline Glass, Ilfracombe Lions, Ilfracombe Rotary and Compass Rotary, the IDTA, the Ilfracombe Marketing Group and all those that have made the event possible.

Morris workshops run by The Great Caper are free but must be booked by emailing events@visitilfracombe.co.uk or call the Tourist Information Centre at the Landmark on 01271 863001.

Find out more about All Things Morris and the North Devon Street Awards by going to the Visit Ilfracombe website.

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