Join Us for the Birdman, Ilfracombe!

Fatyak will be attending “The Birdman” event in Ilfracombe on the 5th August 2017. The team will be there with our Fatyak stand showcasing our Somerset made Fatyaks. We will also be putting on taster sessions in partnership with The Outdoor Shop Combe Martin.

What is the Birdman?

Are you brave enough to leap from our jumping platform and defy gravity?
Sign up now to take part in the South West Birdman competition, where would-be aviators in their home-made flying machines soar from Ilfracombe Pier. Have you got what it takes to jump the furthest and take home the coveted Birdman trophy? Join us on Saturday 5th August for what will be a whole day of fun and frolics, culminating in the Birdman competition taking place in front of thousands of cheering spectators. There is no feeling in the world like it!
Because of tide limitations, we can only accept 20 entries to this year’s South West Birdman competition, so please complete your entry soon before places sell out.

What makes a good Birdman entrant?

Make your entry as visual, funny and inventive as possible. Flying machines are definitely the order of the day, but other props and fancy dress can also make for a fantastic Birdman entry. Prizes are available in different categories (see below) so decide what sort of theme you will choose to stand a chance in at least one of the categories.
What can you win?
The Icarus Award – £100
Given to the team whose craft flies the longest distance on the day
The Round Table Award – £100
This is given to the team who raises the most sponsorship for their efforts (all money raised goes to local good causes – see below for more info).
This title, along with the coveted trophy, will be awarded to the team who impresses our judges the most. They will have a combination of a great flying machine, an impressive display on the jumping platform, inspired outfits and an impressive (or hilarious) descent into the water. Judges will be scoring each team on these criteria, and the one with the highest overall score will be declared Birdman Grand Champion 2015.

How do the funds raised make a difference?

The entire South West Birdman event is for charity, raising money for local worthy causes. The £15 entry fee per team just helps to cover some of the admin involved in such a large scale event. Each team will be expected to raise sponsorship for their efforts. Funds raised will go to Ilfracombe Round Table, who make grants to various charities and good causes throughout the local area. Every pound raised will go back into the local community, helping to make it a better place for everyone. If there is another particular cause you would like to support, please let us know and we can talk to you about making this happen. It should be pretty easy to raise some sponsorship if you are taking part in Birdman. It is such a madcap thing to do, all your friends and family will think it is worth a few quid in donations! We will also help by setting you up with an online fundraising page, where people can sponsor you safely and securely online. You can then share this page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and via email. We’ll also send you a paper sponsor form so you can ask people face-to-face, or put it up at work. Your efforts will help Ilfracombe Round Table make a real difference to needy groups and individuals within the local community.


To purchase tickets, and for all information and terms and conditions – head to their website.