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Hope Cove Weekend
August Bank Holiday 2023

Just in case you were wondering, HCW 2023 begins in …..


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HCW Fireworks
HCW continues to look for donations on their Go Fund Me page to help offset the cost of the Fireworks.
Please give generously to support this integral part of the weekend.

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HCW Committee
We are always looking for committee members to bring their expertise to the event. If you are interested in joining this great team please contact us via email:

As everyone will be aware, Hope Cove Weekend took place again in 2022 and was a thoroughly enjoyable return of this much loved institution of a community based family fun weekend.  Whilst there had been some initial concern regarding finances and our ability to run all the “favourites” over the weekend the eventual outcome was very much in line with expectations and was helped immeasurably by the wonderful weather and the obvious enthusiasm of those attending.  Things got off to a great start on Friday evening when The Filthy Gorgeous rocked the stage, and continued on Saturday morning with the very well attended daily yoga sessions on the beach and the successful innovation of combining the Joggers Race with the Parkrun at Bolberry.  A wide variety of stalls around the square were very well received throughout the event,  and of course the very popular beach fun and games run by Hazel Hassall was a constant draw across the 3 days.  Saturday evening saw the return of the legendary Phil Worth’s Country dancing as the lead up to the Firework display from Merlin fireworks and then the debut of the charismatic band The Diamond Geezers to rock us once again.  On Sunday morning there was a well-received multi-denominational Church Service on the stage led by Reverend Christian and other local churches, followed in the afternoon by a great blues session from Benny “Guitar” Carr and the evening was closed by DJ Pragmatik, who proved that Hope Cove Weekend really does provide “something for everyone!”
On a windy Monday there were some quite challenging conditions for the sailing and thanks go to the Hope Cove Lifeboat for being a source of comfort and safety to all involved, although thankfully there were no reported problems!  The lottery draw and formal close took place at 2pm on Monday afternoon although Benny Carr returned to play with friends as the event wound down, and with the organisers reflecting on what had been a highly successful return.

There are far too many people to thank by name and apologies for anyone missed but much credit goes to the Organising committee and the volunteers for helping before, during and after the event, to the Harbour Masters Sean and Alastair for their wholehearted support to Beach and Harbour activities, to our individual donors, Jason and Lyndsey Dalby and Brian Pauley for their incredible generosity.  To the “Go Fund Me” donors of the Firework display, our other sponsors, advertisers and stall holders for their continuing support.  To Tamsin Rossiter for allowing the use of the Shippen for the firework display and David Rossiter and his Young Farmers for manning their car park and donating to charity.  To the various businesses in and around Hope Cove for donations, support and helping to create such a great atmosphere both in the square and on the beach.  We should also thank WM Construction for the use of their Cherrypicker before and after the event to safely assist in hanging the bunting and lights.  The exceptional litter clearing efforts of FCC and SHDC should also not go unnoticed, they kept Hope Cove looking amazingly clean throughout a very busy weekend!
Whilst the committee had agreed there would be no formal programme this year, the informal programme produced by Sean and Hazel Hassall raised over £500 for charity which was a great result.  The HCW 2022 website set up by Dave Harvey also proved extremely popular throughout the weekend, with over 3000 individual visits and 19,594 individual pages viewed during the 4 days of the weekend.  We will continue to refine this website, which will remain live throughout the year as we start to plan for HCW23.  We also sold around 2600 branded plastic mugs this year as part of an effort to reduce the use of single use plastic cups which just become more landfill litter once used.  We think we can do even better in 2023 but thanks to everyone that supported this initiative, which also raised money.  Above all thanks to every single person who attended HCW22 and we hope to see you all again in 2023.
The Committee will be holding a meeting in October to review this year’s event, followed by our AGM in November, when we will be looking for new committee members to be nominated.
Richard Lungmuss
Chair, Hope Cove Weekend Organising Committee

Please note this website currently refers to the 2022 event.

Latest news

Hope Cove Weekend AGM
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to be held on Wednesday 23rd November 2022 at 6.30 in The Cove Room at The Cottage Hotel.
HCW Committee
We are always looking for committee members to bring their expertise to the event. If you are interested in joining this great team please contact us via email:

Thank you from the Chair
The Chair of the Hope Cove Weekend Organising Committee has issued a statement - please see above.

Updated: 24.10.22

Updated: 03.09.22

Updated: 30.09.22


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Schedule for the weekend's activities

Saturday 26th August

Sunday 27th August

Monday 28th August

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Please note, all events timings are subject to change.
Check at information points and listen
to tannoy announcements for events timings, registration etc.
Judges decisions are final!

Raffle Draw

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Our ever popular Raffle Draw tickets will be on sale over the weekend.

Priced at £1 per ticket - £5 per book.

Raffle prizes

Salcombe Harbour hotel
Lunch for 4

Huish meats

Cottage Hotel
Sunday lunch for 4

Hope Cove Kayaks
A day's hire of a double kayak

Salcombe Gin
Cocktail session for 2

Raffle prizes

Free session

South Devon Chilli Farm

Pennywell Farm
4 tickets for a day in the farm

Thurlestone Golf Club
A round of golf for 4

Donna yoga
4 week yoga course for 1

Photo competition

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With so much going on over the Hope Cove Weekend it is a great opportunity to capture the many magical moments with photographs.
Send in your best photos of HCW 22 - the best of which will be awarded with HCW medals at the Closing Ceremony.

The deadline for entries: Midnight on Sunday 28th August

Send photographs to:

Photograph disclaimer

Photographs submitted to the "Photograph Competition' and any other photographs/film/comments taken over the weekend as a record of the day may appear on this website, social media platforms and other official HCW media outlets - online or in print.


The Cove stage

Outer Hope Square





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