Community and heritage featured in festival

THE North Devon Gazette is supporting the festival by sponsoring the popular Community and Heritage strand, which includes some of the region s best loved long-standing events. Highlights include Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration, South Molton Olde English

THE North Devon Gazette is supporting the festival by sponsoring the popular Community and Heritage strand, which includes some of the region's best loved long-standing events.

Highlights include Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration, South Molton Olde English Fayre, Barnstaple Elephant Day and Witheridge St John's Fair, plus a number of new events for 2010.

Opening this Saturday is the Barumites exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple, portraying the people of the town and their unique "Barumite" dialect in words. Pictures and audio by Peter Passmore. The exhibition runs until July 10.

Making an appearance at a number of festival events will be The Movie Bus, a recently restored vintage 1967 mobile cinema, thought to be the only one left of its kind and screening a series of fascinating archive films.


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On Tuesday (June 1) Arlington Court hosts its popular Country Skills Day from 11am-3pm, with demonstrations by celebrity local shepherd David Kennard, a blacksmith, the North Devon Spinners, bush craft survival and much more.

On June 5 have fun and enjoy something a little different with Experience Bollywood, a chance to watch a free Bollywood movie at the Petroc Sticklepath campus.

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Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration kicks off on June 12 for nine glorious days as the town returns to the costumed elegance of "the Golden Age," with processions, fairs, a suffragette rally, mock court plus music, theatre, costumed ball and fireworks.

There is living history at Arlington Court on June 12 too, as characters from the Arlington of 1883 appear talk about their lives.

A Diversity Fair, celebrating all of North Devon's cultures, will be held on the Square in Barnstaple on June 12.

A weekend of traditional fun is on offer at the South Molton Olde English Fayre from June 17-21, including a Victorian fairground, famers market, arts and crafts, vintage vehicles, concerts and the ancient Beating the Bounds.

On June 19 there will be free family entertainment with Barnstaple Elephant Day, celebrating the discovery of the remains of an extinct elephant in the town in 1847.

The famous English Civil War re-enactment society The Sealed Knot will recreate The Battle of Arlington: 1642 on June 19 and 230 with skirmishes, military drills and living history.

Witheridge St John's Fair has been running annually since 1248 and there is plenty to see and do, including theatre performances and a Grand Carnival Parade over the weekend of June 25 and 26.

On the same weekend in Braunton, celebrate the patron saint of the village - St Bannock - with the Brannockstown Festival, featuring specials exhibitions, concerts and fetes.

Pick up a festival programme to find out more about the busy Community and heritage strand. Call (01271) 324242.

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