Picture special: Ilfracombe’s Victorians are on the march

The Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration opening parade makes its way along the High Street.

The Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration opening parade makes its way along the High Street. - Credit: Archant

The annual Victorian Celebrations are officially under way as the town enjoys its opening parade and Trinity Fair, plus much more to come...

Mike Williams with his miniature horses, which proved a big hit at the fair.

Mike Williams with his miniature horses, which proved a big hit at the fair. - Credit: Archant

THE golden age of Empire is back in Ilfracombe this week as the annual Victorian Celebration brings costumes, events and plenty of colourful spectacle back to the town.

Kacie Cunningham from Ilfracombe, aged seven, at the Trinity Fair.

Kacie Cunningham from Ilfracombe, aged seven, at the Trinity Fair. - Credit: Archant

On Saturday the traditional opening parade saw numerous crinoline-clad and top-hatted Victorians made their way along the High Street to St Brannocks Vicarage for the popular Trinity Fair.

Richard Lancaster from Watermouth Castle with a display of juggling at the Trinity Fair.

Richard Lancaster from Watermouth Castle with a display of juggling at the Trinity Fair. - Credit: Archant

With the celebration now in full flow, events tomorrow (Tuesday) will see the ‘American Victorians’ of the old west riding into town, as outlaws raid premises in the High Street from 10am and the seafront area from 2pm, hotly pursued by the law – both are members of the Boots and Saddles Club group.

Tuesday also sees an afternoon tea Soiree at the Carlton Hotel in Runnacleave Road from 2.30pm. Tickets £6 includes tea. Booking essential.


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There is a Buffalo Bill Evening at 7.30pm in Ilfracombe Bowling Club, Highfield Road, or there is a night of old time fun at the Landmark Theatre, celebrating the Golden Age of music Hall from 8.15, which is also taking place on Wednesday evening.

Wednesday includes the Mayor’s Garden Party at Runnymede Gardens on the seafront from 2.30pm, plus at 10am there is a trip to the Woody Bay Steam Railway, with transport provided.

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Tomorrow (Thursday) the Suffragettes will not be denied as they march to the seafront, setting off from Church Street at 10.30am. A Mock Court will take place at the Carlton Hotel at 3pm.

A busy Friday will conclude with a candle-lit procession at 9.30pm from the pier, followed by a grand display of fireworks set to music at 10.15.

Saturday sees a crazy golf competition at 10.30am, a trip to Hillsborough plus Larkstone Pleasure Ground, both with transport, and a traditional Grand Ball at the Landmark Pavilion from 7.30pm.

It all wraps up on Sunday with a Grand Parade along the seafront at 3pm.

There is so much more to see and do, from community events and coffee mornings to old time music hall shows – pick up a programme from outlets around the town, or go to www.ilfracombevictoriancelebration.org.uk

* Click on the gallery links to the top right of this page to see more pictures from the opening parade and Trinity Fair on Saturday.

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