Charles Kingsley’s Bicentenary in Clovelly

Date: 
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 - 09:00 to Sunday, 16 June, 2019 - 17:00
Address: 

The Quay, Clovelly Village, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5TF

Tel: 
01237 431237

Charles Kingsley, the great Victorian writer (b. 12th June 1819), who loved Clovelly.
He lived here as a child, returned many times during his later life and was said to be inspired to write ‘The Water Babies’.

Come and enjoy the celebration with a host of activities, talks, workshops, exhibitions plus live themed music and themed street entertainment for adults and children.

12 – 16 June:

The Clovelly Gardening Group, 2018 Gold award winners of National and SW in Bloom, will celebrate Charles Kingsley with plants and colour schemes for ‘The Water Babies’. Plus his other inspirations, especially as regards Clovelly.
There will also be colourful displays of ‘yarn bombing’ with decorative knitted or crocheted material as a form of street art. Made and sent by people from all over the world.

When visiting Kingsley Museum you can see our new mural dedicated to ‘The Water Babies’ and enjoy more lovely images from the story in the gallery.  

12 – 14 June:
“Charles Kingsley” will be available at the Kingsley Museum from 12-3 pm to answer questions, tell stories of his life in Clovelly and disclose what inspired him to write his famous ‘The Water Babies’.
There will also be a table in place in the gallery with paper and crayons so that children can draw their own water baby too!

In addition on the following dates:

12 June: 
Janet Few: book reading and signing her novel ‘Barefoot on the Cobbles’ at the Visitor Centre.

13 June:
Bookbinding Workshop with professional bookbinder, Mandy Flockton, in the Hamlyn Room, New Inn.  
10:30 am to 5:00 pm, £55  including all tools/materials required and free entry to the village.  
To book, please visit   https://www.learnbookbinding.co.uk/workshop/clovelly/

14 June: 
Charles Kingsley Art Design Workshop
Full tuition will be given, including materials, for £39 and free entry to the village. Taking inspiration from ‘The Water Babies’ illustrations, make some quaint cards and prints with a lot of different printmaking techniques.  From 10 am to 1 pm on the Visitor Centre balcony.  
To book, please visit http://www.appledoreprintstudio.co.uk/ Email: annabelhilldesign.co.uk or call Clovelly Visitor Centre T: 01237 431781.

15 June:  Liz Shakespeare: book reading and signing her novel ‘The Postman Poet’.  Charles Kingsley Exhibition by Felicity Sylvester.  Both at the Visitor Centre.
‘Become a Water Baby’ – an Art Trail.  Collect the quiz at the Visitor Centre, to find painted pebbles by Stephen and Rachel Perham around the village.  
Watch a Victorian Parade down the village. 
Charles Kingsley themed Arts & Crafts.  Live music by Dan Britton.  Janet Few book reading and signing her novel, ‘Barefoot on the Cobbles’.  All at the harbour.

16 June: ‘The Water Babies – Play in a Day’ with The Plough. Children’s workshop (8-12 years), £4.50, includes free entry.  Hamlyn Room, New Inn.  11:00 am-5:00 pm (sharing performance at 4:30 pm).  Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10:45 am to be taken to the Hamlyn Room.  Numbers limited and advanced booking essential so please call the Visitor Centre to book Tel:  01237431781.
Charles Kingsley themed Arts & Crafts.  Sciencedipity (making chimney soot). Charles Kingsley Exhibition.  All at the Visitor Centre.
‘Become a Water Baby’ – an Art Trail.  Collect the quiz at the Visitor Centre, to find painted pebbles by Stephen and Rachel Perham around the village. 
Victorian musician busking outside the New Inn.