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Tucked away in the North West
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3rd December, Welcombe Pottery Christmas Sale

Welcombe Pottery, Welcombe 10am - 5pm. Mulled wine and mince pies and beautiful handmade gifts. Come along to get your festive shopping off to an inspirational start.

3rd December, Hartland Christmas Fayre,

Parish Hall, Hartland.  Come and get into the spirit of Christmas at with the annual Hartland Christmas Fayre.

8th December, Methodist Carol Service, Methodist Church, Hartland, 6pm.

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the spirit of Christmas with the annual Methodist Carol Service.

24th December, Carols Around the Tree, 7.30pm,

Hartland Square. If you are lucky enough to be in Hartland on Christmas eve this is an absolute must-do event. Carols Around the Tree is one of Hartland's deepest Christmas traditions.

20th November, Clovelly Herring Festival 10th Anniversary, Clovelly.

The Clovelly Herring Festival is one of the largest and best loved events in Clovelly's calendar. Featured extensively on TV and in the press (see below) the Herring Festival celebrates the past and present traditions of this once most important of local commodities.

4th December, Clovelly Christmas Lights, Clovelly.

Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. The promenade starts down the cobbles with a local brass band leading the procession down to the harbour and accompanies Christmas carols sung by a local choir. There'll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station and Father Christmas will make a surprise visit. At about 5 p.m.

26th December, Boxing Day Barbeque, Clovelly

Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly, With FREE entrance into the village, why not have a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt if you are up to it. Free entrance all day.

Have you seen a Great spotted woodpecker around the Hartland Peninsula?

Great spotted woodpecker courtesy of Devon Wildlife (Neil Bygrave)

Most of us have heard woodpeckers... but how many of us have seen one? The Great spotted woodpecker can be seen all year round in our woodlands and hedgerows, although they are quite shy and will often play 'hide and seek' with watchers! Up to 23cm they are black and white with a distinctive crimson area under the tail. They live on insects and grubs living in dead trees - pecking and boring for them produces that distinctive drumming sound.

They are not particulary endangered but you can still report sightings to the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

For more information, photographs and a video of this lovely bird, see this page of the Devon Wildlife Trust website.

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