Ilfracombe is perfectly located for a sea-themed celebration, so in 2009 a group of local volunteers and businesses got together to create The Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival!

The event has gone from strength to strength over the years; attracting local, national and even international visitors to enjoy a vast array of attractions, local food, live music and family entertainment all for free over a full weekend.

The festival is organised by volunteers, charity and council funding and with the generosity of local businesses. Most of the events are free although donations are invited – so do drop some coins into our ‘foot-soldiers’ tins when you see them!

2017 promises to be the biggest festival ever! There’s a record number of local businesses and organisations involved so that the weekend promises non-stop entertainment for food and music lovers, families, friends and intrepid seafarers alike!

Visit the programme page to mark out the timetable of activities and do ‘like’ and share our Facebook and Twitter pages too!

If you have any questions, suggestions or are interested in sponsoring or just getting involved in next year’s festival, do contact us direct:






We’d also welcome your feedback on the festival!