BY Sunday, revellers at Sea Ilfracombe may have had their fair share of aquatic japes, jollity and (hopefully) sun, but the merry ship is far from reaching the end of its voyage.
For those who fancy riding the waves and taking in the sea air and scenery, Lifeboat Trips gives the chance to sail on 37-foot lifeboat The Hampshire Rose, running from the harbour between 10am and 4.30pm. However, land-lubbers who would rather just watch can enjoy a race demonstration of model boats by Ilfracombe and District Model Boat Club at 10am.
The Visual Arts Extravaganza, between 10am and 5pm at the Landmark, gives a selection of arresting artworks that will both inspire and entertain. Consider ceramic fish, pictorial quilts and stained glass-making workshops the order of the day, along with watercolours, hand-dyed wool and a fish-based treasure hunt.
For the more active – but not too strenuously active – a guided ramble will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Led by North Devon Ramblers, the route will take in Hele hamlet, Hillsborough and Rapparee beach.
On return, walkers will be able to take in songs on the old quay (10.30am to 2.15pm), which will feature shanties by seasoned maritime musicians, or the music of "salty sea ladies" at the Ship and Pilot pub at 11.30am.
For food lovers, the Fore Street Food Festival provides the best in local produce, beer and music. It runs from 1pm to 8pm, so there's plenty of time to sample its delights. There will also be a duck race, Punch 'n' Judy show, skittles competition and Pirate Fun Day for the youngsters.
Evening sees the Sea Ilfracombe weekend closing in style, with the farewell concert at 4.30pm – proceeds to the RNLI – held in the RNLI boatshed.
Following this, a church service at Preacher's Rock (6pm), and Gourmet Restaurant Trail (a three-course meal in three different venues at 7pm) will provide a soothing finale to an action-packed festival.
Guest musicians will lead one final singalong at the Ship and Pilot from 7.30pm – and this, like many of the events at Sea Ilfracombe, is completely free to join in. Why not unwind, dust the sand from the sandals and partake in the ambience of the waterside at dusk, me hearties?