Appledore Summer Festival Friday to Sunday, August 11-13, with live music, performers, stalls and much more

Appledore Summer Festival. Picture: TIDYEYEPRAppledore Summer Festival. Picture: TIDYEYEPR

Appledore Summer Festival opens today (Friday) with a packed weekend programme for all ages to enjoy.

It opens at 7pm with a ceilidh dance hosted by popular band M'Larkey at St Mary's Church Hall - tickets at the door, with bring-and-share supper nibbles and raffle.

The main festival days of Saturday and Sunday will once again see Appledore Quay as a hive of activity and entertainment.

There will be street performers including dancers, buskers, street artists, musicians - and some super costumes.

Appledore Summer Festival. Picture: TIDYEYEPRAppledore Summer Festival. Picture: TIDYEYEPR

This year's theme is 'Appledore Treasures' and everyone is invited to arrive dressed as pirates and sea folk, with prizes on offer.

Front doors throughout the village will also be decorating their knockers for the famous Doorknocker for decorated knockers and doorways - take a stroll and see what you can find.

The winner will receive the Bob Stokoe Award, donated by the family of the late Bob Stokoe, who worked at Appledore Shipyard for many years and so much enjoyed coming to the festival.

A Food & Craft Market will be in St Mary's Hall on Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm with some wonderful locally made crafts from talented crafters, plus cakes and preserves. In the Blue Lights Hall there will be Holistic Therapies for you to try out.

Stalls will be along the Quay, including the popular Hubba Pottery Painting on Saturday.

There will be dancing by North Devon Dance & Movement, the Habiba Belly Dancers and Linedanz line dancers, and performances from AngleTwitch, who dance border style Morris with energy wearing rag jackets and floral hats, hitting each other with big sticks.

On Sunday there is a free children's workshop drama/dance and singing with the local Total Theatre School in Appledore Community Hall.

On the Saturday evening there is more music at the Appledore Social Club, this time from Iguana Sunset, a four-piece rock and blues covers band with a hard edge. This local band play a range of songs from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Cream, Free, Bad Company, and the Stones to Primal Scream, the Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon and many more. Free entry and pay bar.

Appledore Carnival, organised by the Appledore Pirates, follows the Appledore Summer Festival at 4pm on Sunday.

To find out more, visit the Appledore Summer Festival Facebook page.