What's On

Find out about events in and around Dartmoor in the coming weeks:
BE AWARE THAT MANY EVENTS WILL BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE THREAT OF CORONOVIRUS 16 March 2020

MARCH

  • Sunday 1 March

    Snowdrop Planting Day 10am–4pm Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford TQ13 8JU. Garden owners are invited to donate wild snowdrops from their own gardens.

    www.stonelanegardens.com
  • Goldsmith’s Cross (talk)
    Sue Andrew. 7.30pm Princetown Community Centre, Princetown History Club.

    www.princetownhistoryclub.weebly.co.uk
  • Wednesday 4 March

    Introduction to Dartmoor’s Geology (talk) Josephine Collingwood. 7.30pm Church House Widecombe History Club.

    www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com
  • Thursday 5 March

    Can I have my cake and eat it? (talk) 7pm Fingle Bridge Inn. Area Ranger Tom Wood talks about trees. Fingle lecture series. Email: FingleWoods@woodlandtrust.org.uk

  • Saturday 7 March

    Canonteign Falls and Swanaford Vineyard Kitchen Pop Ups. Email: ben@swanaford vineyard or jon@canonteignfalls.co.uk.

    Parkrun (every Saturday) 9am. Parke, Bovey Tracey and Plymbridge Woods, Plym Valley.

    Bronze Age Villages (walk) Phil Watson 5.5 miles. Start Bennett’s Cross (SX 690805). Email: philynnwatson@gmail.com.

    Tavistock Arts Market 9am–4pm Butchers Hall. Also 4 April, 2 May.

  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March

    Mountain Training Hill Skills Course Princetown.

    www.crag2mountain.co.uk
  • Sunday 8 March

    Help the Rangers at Haytor Regular programme of conservation work days. Booking essential.

    www.dartmoor.gov.uk/enjoy-dartmoor
  • Wednesday 11 March

    Canonteign Falls Opens for the season.

    www.canonteignfalls.co.uk
  • Succulent Plants and How to be Creative with Them 2.30pm Buckfast Abbey Garden Department. Booking

    www.buckfast.org.uk
  • The History of the Harp Sarah Deere-Jones. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor. For full programme visit

    www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • Thursday 12–Saturday 14 March

    The Importance of being Earnest (play) Ivybridge Theatre Company. The Watermark.

    www.theivybridgewatermark.co.uk
  • Friday 13 & Saturday 14 March

    The Murder of Nicholas Radford (play) Manaton Parish Hall. MED Theatre.

    www.medtheatre.co.uk
  • Saturday 14 March

    Ashburton Garden Association Flower Show 12–4pm Town Hall.

  • Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March

    Locals Weekend at Canonteign Falls Half price entry for postcodes EX, TQ and PL; 10 percent off annual season ticket; launch of new Breakfast Club.

    www.canonteignfalls.co.uk
  • Spring Flower Festival RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk
  • Spring Steam Gala South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Tuesday 17 March

    The Black Death on Dartmoor (talk) Dr David Stone. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District Local History Group.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org.uk
  • Chudleigh Knighton Heath and the Narrow Headed Ant (talk) Andy Bakere and Stephen Carroll. 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall. Bovey Tracey Local Group DWT.

    www.devonwildlifetrust.org
  • Gidsong Music, songs and stories. 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall. Tel: (01647) 321297.

  • Wednesday 18 March

    Dartmoor Songs with Jig Dolls, Spoons etc (performance) Bill Murray. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society.

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • The Restoration of Castle Drogo (talk) Paula Clarke. Lustleigh Village Hall 7.30pm. Lustleigh Society.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • Presentation and visit to North Hall, Widecombe With Andy Crabb, Church House 2–4pm. Dartmoor Society, open to public. Pre-booking essential by 16 March.

    www.dartmoorsociety.com
  • Climate and Ecologial Crisis? What's all the fuss about? (talk) David Ramsden. 7.30pm Ockment Centre, Okehampton. Free talk. Refreshments.

  • Wednesday 18–Saturday 21 March

    Belstone Players Supper Theatre Two one-=act plays and two-course meal.

    www.belstonevillage.net
  • Thursday 19 March

    Behind the Scenes Buckfast Abbey Gardens 11am. See 11 March.

  • Thursday 19–Saturday 21 March

    Bye George (play) Teign Valley Players, Teign Valley Community Hall.

    www.teignvalleyplayers.uk
  • Friday 20 March

    Ben Mee from Dartmoor Zoo (talk) 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association.

    www.devonassoc.org.uk
  • Origin myths and archaeology: Tavistock and West Devon from prehistory to the Saxons (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Library. Booking essential: tel: (01822) 612218, email: tavistocklibrary@ librariesunlimited.org.uk.

  • Friday 20 & Saturday 21 March

    The Murder of Nicholas Radford (play) Moretonhampstead Parish Hall. MED Theatre.

    www.medtheatre.co.uk
  • Saturday 21 March

    Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group AGM 10am–12.30pm Jubilee Hall, Chagford. Afternoon walk 1.30–5pm.

    www.dtrg.org.uk
  • Sunday 22 March

    Lukesland Gardens Ivybridge. Open 11am–5pm Sundays, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays to 10 June.

    www.lukesland.co.uk
  • Mother’s Day at Canonteign Falls Free entry/free glass of fizz for Mums with main meal order. No booking required. See 14/15 March.

  • Monday 23 March

    Museum of Dartmoor Life Reopens for the season. Monday–Friday 10am–4.15pm; Saturday 10am–1pm.

    www.dartmoorlife.org.uk
  • Tuesday 24 March

    Tales of winter on Dartmoor (talk) Paul Rendell. 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

    www.devonmuseums.net/bovey
  • Oaks and Acorns Children’s Activities Buckfast Abbey. See 11 March.

    Spring Community Free Day RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 14 March.

  • Wednesday 25 March

    Guided Short Walk (DPA) Golden Dagger Mine.

    www.dartmoorpreservationassociation.co.uk
  • Friday 27 March

    Saints and sinners: Tavistock Abbey and religious practice in the Middle Ages (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Library. See 20 March.

  • Friday 27–Sunday 29 March

    Devon Song Festival St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton and St Margaret’s Church, Topsham.

    www.devonsongfestival.com
  • Saturday 28 March

    Upcycled Market 10am–4pm Butchers Hall, Tavistock. Also 9 May.

    Wray Valley Trail (walk) Paul Rendell 8 miles. Start Court Street car park, Moretonhampstead. Booking email: paul.dartmoor@virgin.net.

  • Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March

    Wool and Yarn Festival RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 14 March.

APRIL

  • Wednesday 1 April

    Dartmoor Preservation Association 7.30pm Church House. Widecombe History Club. See 4 March.

  • Thursday 2 April

    Dormouse Habitat Links (talk) Matt Parkins 7pm Fingle Bridge Inn. Fingle lecture series. See 5 March.

  • Friday 3 April

    Tin, trade and transhumance: the medieval town and countryside (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Library. See 20 March.

  • Saturday 4 April

    WellFest 2020 10am–3pm Moretonhampstead Sports and Community Centre. Free shuttlebuses from Moreton and Chagford; free parking on site. Outdoor sports taster sessions, free therapy treatments, delicious food and drink, live music and singing, storytelling, arts and crafts workshops, circus skills.

  • 'La Grande Messe' (concert) Brent Singers. 19th-century Parisian high mass. 7.30pm Buckfast Abbey. Tickets www.buckfast.org.uk/onlineshop/tickets

    www.brentsingers.org.uk
  • Saturday 4 April & Tuesday 12 May

    Beekeeping Taster Days Buckfast Abbey. See 11 March.

  • Tuesday 7 April

    Holy Wells of Cornwall and Devon (talk) Terry Faull. Princetown History Club. See 3 March.

  • Wednesday 8 April

    Golden Gods, Wild Men and Axe-Fights. The Art of Renaissance Courtly Spectacle (talk) Toby Capwell. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 11 March.

  • Friday 10 & Saturday 11 April

    Easter Food & Craft Fair Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Sunday 12 & Monday 13 April

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS. Skaigh Lane, Belstone EX20 1RD. Refreshments, plants for sale. Tel: (01837) 840332.

    www.andrewscorner.garden
  • Behind the Scenes & Recruitment Days South Devon Railway. See 14/15 March.

  • Wednesday 15 April

    North East Dartmoor & the Black Death (talk) Dr David Stone. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 18 March.

  • Friday 17 April

    Copper, canal and the Cornish: Tavistock in the Industrial Revolution (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Library. See 20 March.

  • Saturday 18 April

    Dartmoor Society AGM 2.30pm Jubilee Hall, Chagford. Members only. Presentation of Dartmoor Society Award to Dr Tom Greeves.

    www.dartmoorsociety.com
  • Berry Head Spring Walk Mike Langman, 9.30am–midday. Bovey Tracey DWT Group. See 17 March.

  • Sunday 19 April

    Walkhampton Craft Fair 10.30am–16.30pm Walkhampton Memorial Hall. Email: parris67@btinternet.com, tel: (01822) 855041.

  • Divertimento String Quartet (concert) 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall.

    www.plyclassical.co.uk
  • Tuesday 21 April

    Haytor Granite (talk) Stuart Drabble. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 17 March.

  • Wednesday 22 April

    The History of a Devon Town House (talk) Dr Ian Mortimer. Lustleigh Village Hall. See 18 March.

  • Thursday 23 April–Monday 11 May

    Tavistock Festival of Music and the Arts Venues around town.

    www.tavistockmusic.co.uk
  • Friday 24 April

    ‘The age of improvement’: The Duke of Bedford's Estate in the 19th Century (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Library. See 20 March.

  • Saturday 25 April

    Guided Short Walk (DPA) Powdermills.

    www.dartmoorpreservationassociation.co.uk
  • Two Moors Way Big Walk 5 Clannaborough to Witheridge.

    www.twomoorsway.org
  • Tinworking, Mining & Miners in Ashburton – a Community Day. Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group.

  • Exploring Meldon Reservoir (walk) Phil Watson, 6 miles. Email: philynnwatson@gmail.com.

    Dawn Chorus walk around Belstone parish with Chris Walpole, followed by breakfast. 5.30am, Belstone Village Hall. Donations invited for hall funds. Tel: (01837) 840498.

    Green Man Festival Grimspound Border Morris, Bovey Tracey.

  • Sunday 26 April

    Templer Way Challenge (walk) 18 miles Haytor to Shaldon. Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton.

    www.dsrtashburton.org.uk
  • Beetling about the Dart Valley (walk) John Walters, 10am–midday. Meet New Bridge car park SX 712708. Bovey Tracey DWT Group. See 17 March.

  • Tuesday 28 April

    Torquay Museum: Treasures from the Past (talk) Carl Smith. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust. See 24 March.

MAY

  • Friday 1 May

    Romancing the stones? Conservation from the Picturesque to World Heritage (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Library. See 20 March.

  • Dartmoor Border Morris 5.30am Leedon Tor car park.

    www.dartmoorbordermorris.com
  • Friday 1 & Saturday 2 May

    Toby’s Garden Festival Powderham Castle.

    www.tobygardenfest.co.uk
  • Friday 1– Sunday 3 May

    Spring Craft Fair RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 14 March.

  • Saturday 2 May

    Dry Stone Walling (course) Orly Common, Ipplepen, TQ12 5SA. Devon Rural Skills Trust.

    www.drst.org.uk
  • Lustleigh May Day Procession and crowning of the May Queen.

  • Requiem in Blue Mount Kelly Choral Society, 7.30pm St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. Tickets from BookStop, on the door or online.

    www.ticketcource.co.uk/mount-kelly-choral-society
  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May

    60th Ten Tors Challenge See pages 13–17 and 24–6.

  • Tuesday 5 May

    The Dave Brewer Archive (talk) Tim Jenkinson. Princetown History Club. See 3 March.

  • Wednesday 6 May

    AGM & Shallowford (talk) Julia McDade. Widecombe History Club. See 4 March.

  • Thursday 7–Sunday 10 May

    Spring Rails & Ales South Devon Railway. See 14/15 March.

    20th Century Sculpture in Britain (talk) Justine Hopkins. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 11 March.

  • Saturday 9 & Sunday 10, Sunday 24 & Monday 25 May

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS. See 12 April.

  • Friday 15 & Saturday 16 May

    Foodies Delight Festival Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Friday 15–Sunday 17 May

    Moretonhampstead NGS Open Gardens Sutton Mead and Mardon 2–5pm.

    www.ngs.org.uk
  • Saturday 16 May

    Dartmoor Farm Walk Langaford Farm, 2–4pm.

    www.langafordtrust.org
  • Saturday 16 May–31 October

    The Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford TQ13 8JU.

    www.stonelanegardens.com
  • Sunday 17 May

    Blowing Houses at Yealm Steps (walk) Cornwood Inn carpark. Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group. See 25 April.

  • Monday 18 May

    Copper Mine and Hunting Lodge (guided tour and talk) Natural England Woodland Centre, Bovey Tracey. Devonshire Association. See 20 March.

  • Wednesday 20 May

    Aethelred the Unread & the South West (talk) Dr Levi Roach. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 18 March.

    The River Bovey from source to the Teign (talk) John Risdon. Lustleigh Society. See 18 March.

  • Saturday 23–Monday 25 May

    Day out with Thomas South Devon Railway. See 11 March.

  • Sunday 24 & Monday 25 May

    Tavistock Garden Festival 2020 Grow – eat – enjoy! Pannier Market and Bedford Square.

    www.facebook.com/TavistockGardenFestival
  • Monday 25 May

    Guided Short Walk (DPA) Haytor. See 25 April.

  • Saturday 30 May

    Street Food Festival 5.30–8.30pm, Tavistock.

  • Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 May

    The English Country Garden Festival Coombe Trenchard, Lewtrenchard, Okehampton. See

    www.coombetrenchard.co.uk
  • Saturday 30–Thursday 4 June

    Devon Created – An Exhibition of Crafts and Flowers Sat/Sun 11.30am–5pm Crediton Parish Church. Mon–Wed 10am–5pm, Thurs 10am–3pm. Admission and parking free; refreshments.