It’s been another smashing year at our site and we’ve certainly been kept busy. There has been so many brilliant goings on in North Devon this year. All of the events have been so much fun (we can’t quite decide on a favourite, so don’t ask us to pick). So, before we pack up our pegs for the winter, we wanted to share a few throwbacks from the year.
Lobb Shack’s opening
We were really excited to unveil our brand new on-site takeaway in March this year. Ever since the spring, Selena and Tim have been serving up delicious coffee, luscious ice creams and a scrumptious range of grub, including specials like chilli nachos with homemade tortilla chips, slow roasted pulled pork shoulder and Jerk chicken with rice and peas. We’ve loved having so much fresh and healthy food available just a stone’s throw away.
We had a fantastic weekend at Saunton Sands beach on 15-16 June commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. On the beach, we watched the sands fill with military vehicles, planes and WWII living history groups and stalls. It was an unforgettable weekend, and a spectacular commemoration.
Croyde Ocean Triathlon
Croyde Ocean Triathlon was held down at Putsborough Beach on 14 July. This beautiful (but gruelling) course was listed as one of the top 10 “toughest triathlons on the planet” by 220 Triathlon Magazine. Well done to all of the athletes who took part, we wouldn’t have been able to manage it!
Lundy Yacht Race
On Saturday 20 July, Ilfracombe Yacht Club put on another fantastic race. The 45 mile race around Lundy island had loads of entries, and it was great fun to watch! Lunasea, skippered by Nick Niklasson, was the winner of the coveted Trafalgar trophy, after completing the race in a smashing time of 9:11:23.
Appledore Book Festival
September saw the return of Appledore Book Festival for its 14th year. From Friday 20 – Saturday 28, the village welcomed in a huge number of fantastic writers, including Michael Rosen, Simon Dawson, The Unmumsy mum and patron Jeremy Vine. This is the biggest cultural festival in Devon, and it is run almost entirely by a brilliant team of dedicated volunteers.
We had a lovely time at Clovelly Apple Day on October 23rd taking part in all sorts of apple-based crafts and activities. There was so much to do, with live music, apple bobbing and apple stamping all happening throughout the day, but our personal favourite was, of course, the apple pressing. The fresh apple juice was delicious!