The Victorians are back in Ilfracombe

We are (almost) amused... Queen Victoria caught offguard while enjoying a cuppa.

We are (almost) amused... Queen Victoria caught offguard while enjoying a cuppa. - Credit: Archant

Victorian Celebration week starts tomorrow (Saturday) with a grand opening parade at 1.45pm.

Queen Victoria 'herself' will no doubt lead the charge once more to kick off the opening parade of I

Queen Victoria 'herself' will no doubt lead the charge once more to kick off the opening parade of Ilfracombe's Victorian Celebrations tomorrow (Saturday). - Credit: Archant

POMP, circumstance and best petticoats forward will be the order of the day as Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration sets off in style tomorrow (Saturday).

There will be plenty of games and sideshows at the annual Trinity Fair at St Brannocks Vicarage tomo

There will be plenty of games and sideshows at the annual Trinity Fair at St Brannocks Vicarage tomorrow (Saturday). - Credit: Archant

The annual Victorian week of fun begins as ever with a grand opening parade along the High Street, with Queen Victoria and gentle folk taking the air as they make their way to the popular Trinity Fair at St Brannocks Vicarage.

The 'American Victorians' are coming to Ilfracombe on Tuesday.

The 'American Victorians' are coming to Ilfracombe on Tuesday. - Credit: Archant

The parade sets off from Fore Street at 1.45pm and the fair opens at 2.15pm, with cream teas, games, traditional sideshows, swing boats, stalls and more.

In fact, the opening notes of the celebrations begin a little earlier in the day, with live music from Jemma and Oliver Ivan at Wildersmouth Beach form 11.30am. The duo will also be playing at the Runnymede Bandstand at 4pm.

Elizabeth Kemp & Friends will be making music at Emmanuel Church on the seafront at 8pm, with tickets at the door.

A packed week

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There is a very busy programme throughout the week, with Sunday’s highlights including a Children’s Western Fancy Dress Competition and games at Mr Alexander’s Theatre at the Landmark Theatre from 2pm.

The Best Hat and Best Parasol Competition plus the election of ‘Mr and Mrs Ilfracombe’ takes place at the bandstand in Runnymede Gardens at 3.15.

The Gazpacho Restaurant is hosing a Naughty Nightie Night at 7.30pm.

Belle or beau?

Modestly clad in Victorian bathing attire, the Bathing Belles and Beaus will be strutting their stuff in the annual competition at Mr Alexander’s Theatre on Monday from 11am.

A Teddy Bears Picnic and Nursery Rhyme competition with prizes will be held there at 12noon, or in Emmanuel Church if raining.

Desperadoes

The ‘American Victorians’ of the old west will be riding into town on Tuesday, 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 living history group.

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

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.

Garden party and steam

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

Vote for anarchy

On Thursday the Suffragettes will not be denied as they march from the High Street to the seafront in search of ‘the vote’ – and woe betide any hide-bound man who gets in their way! They set off from Church Street at 10.30am.

The annual Mock Court to deal with miscreants (possibly from the morning’s march) will take place at the Carlton Hotel at 3pm, tickets £4.

Stocks

Those punished by the court will end up in the stocks in the High Street on Friday from 11am!

Among a host of events, there is a Circus Workshop for children aged 6-10 from 4-6pm at Pip & Jim’s Church Centre, with an 8pm public performance on the seafront.

A candlelit procession will take place at 9.30pm from the pier to the seafront and Friday will conclude with a grand display of fireworks set to music at 10.15.

Ballroom fun

The traditional Grand Ball takes place on Saturday at the Landmark Pavilion at 7.30pm.

Good-byeee

Victorian week 2013 concludes on Sunday with a Grand Parade of all participants along the seafront at 3pm, plus the Victorian Songs of Praise at Emmanuel Church at 8pm.

* For information on these and many more events throughout the week, pick up a brochure at numerous outlets around the town, or visit www.ilfracombevictoriancelebration.org.uk

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