What's on at VE Festival...

Saturday 8th May

  • Live music throughout the town centre from the best of North Devon's thriving music scene - 1940s style!

  • 'The Square Dance' - a spectacular evening event in the fabulous Town Square featuring Tamsin Ball and  "Countdown To Victory", a very special visual effects display by the team behind 'Ilfracombe Remembers' which will be shown on a giant screen and aroudn the Town Square! 

  • Vehicles and static displays

  • Cash bar and Food outlets

  • Bespoke window displays to celebrate VE Day 76

  • Various themed events across the town including a special 'Treasure Trail'.

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Tamsin Ball

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Sunday 9th May

Official opening at 11:00

by Cllr Alan Rennles, Mayor of Barnstaple

  • Huge 1940's themed event in the Pannier Market and Butcher's Row

  • Fabulous live music hosted by 'Hopps and Chapple' from The Voice

  • "Countdown To Victory" show by the team behind 'Ilfracombe Remembers', shown on a giant screen in the Pannier Market!

  • WW2 Veterans and The 3945 Portraits Project by world renowned photographer Glyn Dewis

  • Entertainment including some close up magic by Adrian Ward Magician

  • VE Day-style Children's Street Party in Butcher's Row with magic and Punch & Judy by local legend Dave Hendy!

  • Vehicles and living displays including a time-tunnel covering 1939 - 1945, featuring Barnstaple History Group and Saunton D-Day 

  • Fundraising to support The Veterans Charity

  • Period dress very much encouraged!

Vera Carey


Churchill Remembered - Steve McTigue

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Hosted by the legendary

Hopps and Chapple from The Voice FM

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by world-renowned photographer, Glyn Dewis

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Adrian Ward Magician

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Dave Hendy

Punch & Judy


Partner event - 2021 dates to be announced