What a year 2019 has been! As we draw to a close of another great year in Ilfracombe, North Devon, we’ve got an exciting, jam packed December to look forward to, full of festive fun. From festive entertainment to Christmas markets, art expeditions, live music, craft workshops and more, discover all the best events coming up in our handy guide.
Monday 2nd – 8th 10.30 – 3.30 December Christmas Tree Festival, with Nativity set display and Christmas songs – St Philip & St James Church.
Wednesday 4th 8-9pm & 9th 6-9pm Jack and The Beanstalk Pantomine, The Lantern, Ilfracombe Library.
Friday 6th – 9th Winter Wonders at Quince Honey Farm & free entry to the whole attraction.
Friday 6th Dec 10.30 – 11am Ilfracombe Walking For Health – Landmark Theatre. A gentle 30min walk every Friday.
Saturday 7th 9-11.30 Woolacombe Dunes Park Run. Every Saturday.
Saturday 7th – 8th and 22nd-23rd 10-5pm Santas Grotto & Elf Emporium – The Milky Way.
Saturday 7th 11-8pm North Devon Christmas Market – Museum Of British Surfing.
Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st Dec 9-12pm Christmas Markets – The Big Sheep.
Saturday 7th & 8th, 21st & 24th 10-4pm Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Santa Specials – Woody Bay Station.
Saturday 7th December 10-3.30 Christmas Wreath Workshop – The Lantern, Ilfracombe Library.
Saturday 7th Dec 10 – 12.30 Ilfracombe Farmers Market – The Lantern, High Street, Ilfracombe. First Saturday of every month.
Saturday 7th – 20th Dec 10.30 – 4.30 Printmakers Exhibition – Folio Studio, Ilfracombe.
Saturdays & Sundays 7th – 22nd Dec 10-4pm Wooly’s Winter Wonderland – The Big Sheep.
Sunday 8th December 6-8.30 Christmas Carol Singing – Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station.
Wednesday 11th December 10-3pm Christmas Decoration Workshop, inc Christmas wreath and tree decoration – Museum Of Barnstaple & North Devon.
Friday 13th Dec – 5th Jan Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Panto At Queens Theatre Barnstaple.
Saturday 14th Dec 9.11.30 Woolacombe Dunes Park Run – free.
Sunday 14th at 2pm Christmas Marketing – The Big Sheep, Bideford.
Sunday 14th Dec 9am – 4pm RHS Rosemoor Magic Of Christmas Food & Craft Fair.
Wednesday 18th – 19th Dec 7.30 – 10.30 Wonderful Christmas Time – Seasonal Variety Show.
Saturday 21st Dec 11.30 – 1pm Santa Arriving By Gig Boat – Ilfracombe Harbour.
Saturday 21st Dec – 1st Jan 11-3pm Watersmeet Christmas Trail – Watersmeet, Lynmouth.
Sunday 22nd Dec 12-3pm Father Christmas At Arlington Court.
Saturday 28th 8-10pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club. Presents the best in live stand up. last Saturday of every month.
Saturday 28th 8-10.45 Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club – The Landmark Theatre.
Saturday 28th Dec 10.30am Festival Of Winter Walks – Braunton Countryside Centre.
Sunday 29th Dec – 1st January 10.30 – 2.30 Mince Pie Specials at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Enjoy a steam train ride with fresh mince pies.
Tuesday 31st Dec 8-11pm The big Fat Blues Band, Live At the Pier – the Quay Ilfracombe.
For more information please visit http://bit.ly/WhatsOnNorthDevon
For that special birthday surprise. For that symbolic anniversary. For that reunion, you’ve been waiting years for. For that extra special wedding day. For that first baby shower. For that family gathering & Sunday roast. For that show stopping foodie treat. The Carlton is the perfect place to make your event sparkle and celebrate those special moments with loved ones that last forever for
Now fully refurbished and open all year round, The Carlton remains a great value venue for any occasion. With private dining for that special birthday surprise, or symbolic anniversary, or reunion that you’ve been waiting years for. The hotels fresh and well designed facilities are equally perfect for weddings, formal dinners, as well as smaller gatherings. Event spaces at the hotel have a capacity of up to 90 guests formal sit down, and flexibility to allow for dancing and entertainment.
Call us today on 01271 862446
or email firstname.lastname@example.org book your table or special event.
Business events in conference venues can be such dull affairs, so it’s no wonder that business leaders are looking for new ways to inspire their team and seek an alternative training venue or away day experience. One such innovative experience is pairing Michelin star food with a beautiful seaside venue to stimulate minds and focus.
The Carlton Hotel in North Devon is doing just this with its new Michelin business package offering which includes a fine dining evening with Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, the area’s only Michelin starred restaurant (see his exclusive interview below).
The author Bill Marsano, once wrote that, “The British Empire was created as a by-product of generations of desperate Englishmen roaming the world in search of a decent meal.”This was particularly true of British seaside towns which for many years were typified by menus that were high in sugar and fat and low in flavour and substance.
That was then, but things have changed dramatically in recent years. Now the British coast is speckled with small towns where culinary pearls are waiting to be discovered. This is particularly true for Ilfracombe, one of the most picturesque harbour towns on the West Country’s Atlantic coast and home to one of Devon’s most pleasant conference venues for hosting business events.
Business Events With a Difference
The Carlton is pushing the envelope with three unique two day businesspackages that combine business class luxury accommodation with top of the range training venue facilities (from on site meeting and seminar rooms to gym and treatments). The Carlton is one of the more exclusive Devon conference venues for business events – from team meetings and business workshops to training & development courses.
The Carlton Hotel’sMichelin Package, centred in Ilfracombe, sits neatly into this programme, offering a truly unique shared experience for office teams seeking an alternative training venue in North Devon.
For a restaurant, a Michelin star is the pinnacle of success and one that cannot be bought. The go-to guide for food quality began life in 1900 and was soon blazing a trail for the finest food to be found on its travels. The secretive nature of the world of the Michelin inspector was revealed to the New Yorker Magazine in 2009, which noted that ‘inspectors themselves are advised not to disclose their line of work, even to their parents’.
An interview with Michelin Star Chef, Thomas Carr
This is what Michelin Guide inspectors say about Thomas Carr at The Olive Room; “A simple, homely restaurant beneath a B&B, run by an experienced local chef who trained under Nathan Outlaw. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is skilled.”
So what can Carlton Hotel guests expect from the fine dining aspect of Michelin Package? We caught up with Thomas Carr to get his views on Ilfracombe, what makes the Olive Room so special and where his culinary inspiration comes from.
What is special about Ilfracombe as a place?
Well you only need to have a look around to see. You step out the front of the restaurant and you have a lovely view down Fore Street to the sea. It’s really at its best when the sun’s shining and everyone’s just enjoying a walk along the seafront. We’re also a special place for food! We’re the only place in Devon to have a Michelin Star and a Michelin Bib Gourmand. We’re punching above our weight for such a small town, but it’s brilliant.It’s not just about the Michelin level dining though. We also have the best chippies, fantastic local artisan producers and lots of quality restaurants.It’s a foodie haven.
What is special about the Olive Room fine dining experience?
I think for us, it’s always about making the food the star of the show. Our dining room is cosy and the service is relaxed. Our customers often comment on how they love how unpretentious the experience is. People expect a Michelin Starred restaurant to be a high class affair, but when we have such amazing ingredients to work with, we want to make sure they don’t get lost in an in-your-face Front of House service; we just want our guests to relax and enjoy themselves.
Where does inspiration for the Olive Room menu come from?
I think we are always inspired by the quality of the ingredients we have access too. When a beautiful fish comes into the kitchen we just want to do it justice. We offer chef’s tasting menus (and a la carte midweek), and it’s about keeping the tastes simple, not overloading the dish with unnecessary additional flavours, and showcasing the ingredients. That’s not to say that there aren’t some nice little hidden flavours amongst the dish though. As a chef I’m a bit of a grazer so I tend to pick at different ingredients and every now and then I’ll stumble across a combination of flavours which aren’t typically served together, but I can taste that they could work I’ll start trying to develop a dish from that.
With delegate prices starting at £119* per person per night (for a two night midweek business package stay), the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe offers one of the most unique Devon business venues and without doubt one of the most flavoursome! Please emailor telephone (01271 862446) to find out what the Carlton Hotel can bring to your business this year.
*Price based on 20+ delegates.
Ilfracombe’s business breakfast meetings are held at The Carlton, where you can meet and network. Chat with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs at Love Ilfracombe’s fortnightly open sessions.
This informal group meets every other week on Thursdays from 7:45am onwards. It’s a safe and friendly environment where ideas and tips are shared. Usually a guest speaker presents their business, initiative or advice.
Enjoy a tasty local pork sausage or grilled back bacon sandwich washed down with juice and as much coffee and tea as you need! Meetings close around 9am.
Upcoming dates include
- March 4 & 18
- April 7, 16 & 30
Book your place at www.loveilfracombe.co.uk/ibb
To recover catering costs there is a small charge of £5 per attendee.
Find out more about our meeting, business facilities here.
This event is organised by Love Ilfracombe.
Grow your team, grow your businessis one of those clichés that is periodically rolled out in business event planningsessions or by business magazinesand consultants, but what does that actually mean?
Google the term and you will find pages devoted to the topic, filled with jargonese chatter about onboarding, feedback loops or gardening metaphors that wax lyrical about the team progressing from seed to flower!
The phrase is of course a catch all intended to give the boss team building ideas, along with tips on how to increase productivity and profit…while really aiming to nudge the reader to click the link in the vague hope of finding out something they don’t already know.
Business Event Planning in North Devon
In Ilfracombe, North Devon, the Carlton Hotel brings its own slant to business event planning and the burning question of how to grow your team. It involves dispensing with the jargonese and getting ‘back to basics’. Not in a John Majortype throwback to the past, but by simply stripping away all the white noise that goes with the daily grind of life in the office and seeing things from a different angle.
In this respect, the Carlton provides much more than a conventional venue with meeting room hire – although meeting and seminar rooms (fully equipped and ready to cater for groups of 5 – 150 people) it also happens to have! Thanks to its fantastic location on the North Devon coast it offers far more in terms of team building ideas than most destinations.
The Carlton’sEngage business packageoffers unique opportunities for companies to get away from the office for a 2 day midweek break in Spring or Autumn where the art of business can be combined with pleasure in ways that are intended to grow the team as human beings. As most of the afore mentioned articles agree on one thing; people are the cornerstone of any business.
Bathing With Your Boss?
Growing one’s business is so often a case of working effectively with who you have rather than complaining about what you don’t (just ask Jose Mourinho!). This is something that some bosses fail to grasp when considering team building ideas – hoping that just by putting on an away day the team will magically fall in line and come together regardless of the activity.
There are plenty of bad away days you could drag your team through, such as ‘naked relationships’ otherwise known as bathing with your boss, which is apparently a popular bonding activity in Japan! So here are some far more appealing options from the Carlton’s Engage business package which makes the most of the beautiful North Devon coast.
Let’s start with the sea, which lends itself to kayaking, coasteering and surfing – cue a bracing, bonding and fun filled experience splashing about off Atlantic facing beaches such as nearby Woolacombe (which regularly crops up in the list of the world’s best beaches).
For confirmed landlubbers the action can easily switch inland – on the golfing green, off piste on a quad bike or even in mid air (as the clay pigeon flies!). If this sounds like far too much expended energy then gentler pursuits – from chocolate workshops to barista making by way of beachcombing on secluded beaches – can be arranged.
Bespoke Activities and Business Quality Accommodation
The Carlton has a reputation for working with members of the firm responsible for business event planning to come up with activities that will fit the company and the people that make it. Add to a programme of bespoke activities superb business class quality rooms, excellent in-house diningand meeting room hire thrown in for free (to ensure some business motivated moments in the break) and this is a winning combination for growing your team’s appetite for growing your business.
With Engage business packages starting at £100 per person, per night, get in touch by emailor telephone (01271 862446) to find out what the Carlton Hotel can bring to tour team this year (and, just for the record, a longboardingsession is far more memorable than an onboarding session!…).
Celebrate on 17 March 2019 at The Carlton and help raise funds for local charity, On The Doorstep.
This year we are thrilled to be supporting local charity On The Doorstep by putting on a special one off event to celebrate St Patrick on 17thMarch in our Club bar & brasserie.
Three courses of fine food, featuring our classic Sunday lunch offer, with the addition of some genuine Irish classics, including boxty potato cakes, rarebit, oysters, colcannon, beef & Guinness pie and much more. Check out our menu here, packed with local ingredients to be sure.
Also, as part of the inclusive price, you’ll have a choice in welcome drinks, from a pint of Guinness through to Emerald Cocktail. And local dance champion, Nikki Carter, will be presenting her own stage show with two exhibition dances.
It’s sure to be a busy event so why not help us raise funds for a good cause whilst celebrating St Patrick’s Day. You can book your table today on 01271 862446 or email enquiries@ ilfracombecarlton.co.uk.
Take a look around the office. It’s been a devilishly long winter and everyone’s been cooped up for far too long. Dark mornings, dark evenings, stale air, bright lights, the hum of technology, winter colds and of course Brexit…
As winter rolls into spring, it’s time for business team building. Time to escape the city and blow those cobwebs away beneath North Devon’s big skies, drawing in the fresh air and embracing the elements. It’s time to wake up, rejuvenate and revive those corporate activities for the next campaign.
A change is as good as a rest and at the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe, change combines first class business hotel facilities with some of the most picturesque surroundings to be found in the West Country. Fresh for Spring 2018 in this unique boutique UK conference centre is a new two day business team building package.
Business Team Building the Refresh & Energise Way
The Refresh & Energise Package brings the perfect balance of high spec meeting and conference room facilities with an infusion of health and relaxation guaranteed to soothe stressed bodies and focus minds on upcoming corporate activities.
A midweek Refresh & Energise session allows for business team building with a difference. Meeting room sessions are mixed with wellness activities to stimulate mind and body. Your stay includes alternative team building activities like guided along the spectacular North Devon coastline, beachcombing to the sound of waves lapping on the shore, buddy massage treatments in-house and specially prepared Wellness menus.
Refresh & Energise guests have the run of the hotel, able to choose between two delightful seminar and conference room spaces (each with a capacity of up to 50 people). Meanwhile the Carlton Club Bar and Brasserie accommodates up to 150 people, providing options to drink, dine and reflect on discussions, training session material and upcoming business projects.
Feeding to focus the mind, the Carlton Hotel kitchen has created a specific menu for Refresh & Energise breaks, balanced with locally sourced, raw and healthy ingredients. The chefs prepare dishes that combine ingredients drawn from the land and sea – from local fresh fish to farm reared meat and fruits and vegetables provided by North Devon suppliers.
Once seen as an indulgent luxury, more business leaders are recognising the real benefits of massage in terms of necessity for optimising performance. On a Refresh& Energise business stay, therapies available for the team include Tui Na and Tai Chi, hot stones and head, feet, leg and full body massages.
Business Class and Seaside Charm
As well as organised activities there are ample opportunities to follow the meeting room with a little ‘me’ time, to escape with just one’s thoughts. A few minutes stroll from the Carlton there are secluded coves, or hilly lookouts with the mighty Atlantic Ocean below and an expanse of sky above, and the postcard view harbour filled with small fishing boats.
Ilfracombe is a seaside resort that was made famous by the Victorians, escaping the smoke to take in the ‘old briny’ and the Carlton is a period Victorian building that has been thoroughly updated with Twenty First century chic. Its 39 rooms have been designed with a stylish twist on the original character, oozing comfort and four star business quality, while the hotel’s open layouts make for a delightful UK conference centre with a difference.
A midweek Refresh & Energise Package booking this Spring costs from £102 per person, per night. The price includes room and access to the Carlton Hotel’s facilities (such as the gym), treatments and activities and all day catering, from breakfast, through lunch and onto dinner. Meeting room and seminar room provision comes with top class AV and super-fast WiFi facilities making the Carlton Hotel an inspired choice as an alternative UK conference centre for inspirational business team building and corporate activities
For more information or to discuss how to customise your business package, get in touch with the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe, North Devon by email or telephone (01271 862446).
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Events that sparkle
Now fully refurbished and open all year round, The Carlton remains a great value venue for any occasion.
With private dining for that special birthday surprise,
or symbolic anniversary, or reunion that you’ve been waiting years for. The hotels fresh and well-designed facilities are equally perfect for weddings, formal dinners, as well as smaller gatherings. Event spaces at the hotel have a capacity of up to 90 guests formal sit-down, and flexibility to allow for dancing and entertainment.
Deals for locals
Exclusive for locals only, join the Carlton Club and start saving 20% on your brasserie food and drink spend. Apply online. T&C apply.
Look out for special treats, including weekly traditional Sunday Lunches from just£14.50 for two courses, and monthly Foodie Friday events. You can always indulge in a little luxury, from afternoon tea to pamper packages.
We take pride in supporting local traders, suppliers, and tradesmen, as such 95% of what we spend goes to local businesses. We are so happy to support the launch of the brand new Love Ilfracombe Focus Magazine and believe it will boost the local economy and encourage people to buy locally.
Call the hotel on 01271 862446 for more information or to make that booking.