The hunt is on for the elusive earl in Combe Martin

Joseph Bulmer

Hunting the Earl: Combe Martin embarks on a weekend of colourful parades and pageantry from Friday to Monday (May 27-30) as the Hunting of the Earl of Rone returns.

The annual festivities will see processions on each day as characters including “grenadiers,” a hobby horse and fool set off to search for the elusive earl, before he is “captured” and paraded through the streets on Monday.

On Friday the hunting party leaves the seaside at 7.15pm, then on Saturday it is the youngsters’ turn with a junior procession from, the primary school at 11am and a Social Evening is held at the Castle Inn from 8pm.

On Sunday the hunters take to the back roads from 12.30pm and on Monday the full parade will set off from the top of the village at 6pm.

Anyone living in the village or surrounding parishes can take part in the parades. Call Barbara Brown on (01271) 882366 or visit

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