Events & Celebrations

The Wellie Fest (30th Jun - 02nd Jul)

The Wellie Fest 

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017

Tickets can now only be purchased on the door

Festival fever has hit North Devon as excitement mounts in the build up to the inaugural Wellie Festival which is being held at The BIG Sheep, family attraction from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July.

As well as three days of great music, real ale, cider, street food, camping and glamping and a host of quirky craft stalls, there will be lots of events supporting the Festival and visitors are guaranteed a weekend of fantastic Festival fun.

The event kicks off at 6pm on Friday 30th June with Somerset band, The Dirty Blues and popular local band, Big Al & The Wild Strawberries.

Full Line Up Here

Find out the full list of Ales and Street Food on offer during the weekend

Other events will include:

Festival Fun Guy Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July (10am to 6pm)

Our resident Festival Fun Guy, Vaughan, will be entertaining children with magic shows, balloon modelling, fire breathing and circus skills and our resident face painter, Delightful Della will paint your face with Festival art.

RECYCLE YOUR WELLIES - Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July (11am to 4pm)

Instead of chucking away your wellie boots when you grow out of them or when they become well-worn, why not turn them into something creative.  The Wow Scrape Store in Barnstaple will be bringing along a vast array of recycling material to transform your wellies into something you will love and want to treasure.

There will be no charge for the Wellie recycling and craftworkshop workshop but we will be inviting those attending to make a small donation to North Devon Hospice.

Workshops will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July and is open to adults and children.


WELLIE WANGING FOR CHILDREN – Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July (12 to 3pm)

Children will be invited to take part in a fun wellie wanging competition on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July and we will be on the look-out for the child who can chuck their wellie the furthest.


FESTIVAL FASHION – ROCK THE CATWALK (Sunday only) -  2pm Children, 3pm Adults

On Sunday 2nd July at 3pm seasoned Festival goers are being invited to dig out their favourite festival frocks, haul on their hot pants and rock the Catwalk in their wellies.  Judges will be looking for the top Festival outfit so participants need to be creative, funky and quirky if they want to win a fabulous Glamping weekend for two at Coastal Cabins nestled in between the breathtaking North Devon Coast and the pretty village of Hartland. 



WELLIE TUG OF WAR IN YOUR WELLIES (Sunday only) – 3.30pm

Festival organiser Anne Tattersall is looking for teams of 8 to take part in a Tug of War contest with a twist as contestants will be required to tug the rope in wellies.  There will be no hob-nailed boots, high heels or sneaky spikes to keep teams grounded and the soles of the wellies will go through a rigorous checking procedure prior to each tug.



BEDAZZLE YOUR WELLIES FOR THE WELLIE PARADE -  Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July (4.15pm)

Everyone owns a pair of wellies and we are inviting visitors to the Festival to give their wellies a make-over and bedazzle the Wellie Parade judges.  Judging will take place at 4.15pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July and judges will be looking for wellie boots that combine fun, innovation and quirkiness.  Entrants can decorate their wellies with fabric, paint their favourite scenes or do whatever they need to do to turn their wellie boots in something out of this world.  The winning wellies will take home the coveted Golden Wellie Trophy which is being secretly designed in readiness for the Festival.


Book your Festival Tickets


Accommodation can be booked by ringing the Ultimate Adventure Centre on 01237 880028. Prices for accommodation at the Ultimate Adventure Centre which is adjacent to the BIG Sheep are as followed:

Camping - Adults £9.50pppn, Under 5's £5pppn, Under 2's free
Campervan / Motorhome / Caravan Electric Hook-Up - £25pn (based on 2 people sharing), Additional people £12.50pppn
Adventure Barns - £150pn, £180pn including breakfast, these sleep up to 10 people

For more information contact Anne Tattersall at the BIG Sheep on 01237 472366 or mobile 0797 1696192 or email Anne at

Craft Exhibitors

Fair and Funky Skirts - Fair and Funky skirts is all about uniqueness, creativity and fun. For the full range of our skirts check out

Aya Headz of Dreads - specialising in felted dreadlocks and would like to show you a way in which you can add colour and texture to your hair. Felted dreadlocks can be worn as wigs, falls or clips, which can be easily taken on and off or as extensions which are braided into the hair and are semi permanent.

WOW Scrapstore - WOW is Action for Children and North Devon's unique scrapstore - using what others waste and turning it into fun and creative craft materials. Come and join us at the Big Sheep's Wellie Festival where young and old can decorate and WOW their wellies, make musical instruments and create colourful ribbon streamers and get in the summer Festival mood.

AM 2 PM Gifts - Sourcing pecial gifts for your loved ones.

DBSB - Suncatchers

Rosedale Sue Country Crafts - Handmade Felt pictures and childrens teepees.

Kitty Jane Designs - Artwork in ink and pen the designs are very intricate, zentangle and abstract pieces mainly based on nature and Indian ethnic art.

The Green Gypsy - Wall hangings.

Diana Pearce - Bandana's for humans and pets.

Craftjoy - handmade crafts including sewing, knitting.

ArinnaGlass - I am a fused glass artist and designer based in North Devon, inspired by the colours and textures of the natural world around me.

Mags Bags - Upcycling to make bags from every day items.

Sea Dew Designer Jewellery - Handcrafed fine sivler jewellery.

Cathhy Diamond Body Shop Consultant - Party Plan Consultant for The Body Shop at Home. Selling naturally inspired, ethically produced beauty and cosmetic products.

Jenny Stacey -  Handmade funky jewellery and hairbands.

Karen Osbourne - Cards and light up balloons.

Mandeja Heavenly Readings - Psychic Angel Card Readings

Rebecca Eastman - Nature Prints

Buymyparty - Online party shop.





The Wellie Fest


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What they say

We had a fantastic action filled day at The BIG Sheep and saw some very bizarre things, from cool mountain boarding to racing sheep! - BBC Blue Peter

Age 8-57 had a fab time! One of the best theme parks we have ever been to - Loads to do! Lots of fun animals shows - made us laugh!

Something for everyone...even 17 lasses on a hen-do !! Trip Advisor Review

The BIG Sheep is the best all weather family adventure park in the area - Time Out

A lot more fun than Ascot - Michael Burke BBC National News