Last weekend we took part in the Devon Santa Search. The first place we visited was Dartington Crystal Visitors Centre and the second place was Clovelly Village.
I have never been to Clovelly before but it has been on my ‘to visit list’ for a while now so I was really excited to finally be going there.
Clovelly is a village set on the side of a hill on the North Devon coast, sounds like a lot of other villages in Devon however Clovelly is a little different. What is really unique about the village is that the whole place is a tourist attraction and you have to pay to enter.
You start at the top of the hill by the visitor centre and have to walk down to the actual village. It was a shame that it was such a grey day but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. The walk down hill on the cobbles was an experience, especially as I was wearing my wellies and being pulled down by an over enthusiastic puppy.
As you walk down the hill the village starts to emerge through the trees and the smell of burning coal fires is in the air.
The village itself is very compact but stunning. There are no roads so anyone that lives there has to be prepared to walk up and down everyday. The village cottages are all owned and let by the Clovelly Estate.
We were actually there for the Christmas lights switch on in aid of the RNLI and of course to find Santa. The ceremony starts with carol singing at the top of the hill and then a procession down to the harbour at the bottom. Here we were given some grog and a hog roast and waited for the lights to be switched on whilst listening to more carol singers.
We did see Santa but it was so busy I wasn’t able to get a decent shot of him, plus he was really busy giving out small gifts to all the children.
Unfortunately my pictures don’t do the lights justice. It really was a lovely event and I was glad we got invited along to experience it.