THREE days worth of fishy fun comes to a close this evening, marking the end of the most successful Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival yet.
Sea Ilfracombe has been an annual event in the towns calendar for the past five years, celebrating its history and the fishing industry.
The festivities kicked off on Friday morning, with pirate themed activities, visual art extravaganzas and theatre workshops.
Friday evening saw the third annual maritime party on board the MS Oldenburg. While the vessel was moored up alongside the pier, party goers were treated to canapes and sea shanties.
Despite a few showers on Saturday, things got into full swing, with quay-side songs, processions through the town and performances from theatre group Stiltskin, guided rambles and a round the island race.
Saturday was finished off with Ship Shape Sessions, which were hosted by Pam 'n' Al, and Tom & Barbara Brown, who got members of the crowd involved in signing old songs and sea shanties.
Sunday saw restaurant and cafe owners around the town set up stalls in the street to show off their finest fishy cuisine as part of the Fore Street Fish Festival.
Other ongoing events included model boat demonstrations, fishing competitions and sea watching, where participants were eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the infamous Dave, Ifracombe’s resident dolphin.
The whole festival wraps up this evening with a Gourmet Restaurant Trail, allowing participants to sample the best food the town has to offer.
One of the event’s organisers, Peter Cooper, said this year’s festival has been better than expected.
He said: “It’s gone very well, we have been particularly lucky with the weather this year.
“There have been lots of people about, more than we were expecting now that the holiday season is over and schools have gone back, it’s been a great success.
“The performances down at the landmark have gone down particularly well this year, they have been very visually interesting and the crowds have been really appreciative.
“It’s great to see lots of children around the town dressed in their pirate costumes.”
Peter said that each year the festival had been running it had managed to grow and stay fresh with new ideas - and this year was no exception.
He said: “We will soon have to start planning next year’s festival to make sure it is even bigger and better.”