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DECEMBER

  • To Sunday 3 December

    Christmas Tree Festival St Mary’s Church, Mary Tavy 11am–5pm.

  • To Thursday 21 December

    Christmas Art & Craft Fair Hannahs at Seale-Hayne.

    www.discoverhannahs.org
  • To Saturday 23 December

    Christmas Art & Craft Fair Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead.

    www.greenhillarts.co.uk
  • To Saturday 23 December

    Autumn Exhibition With Christmas-themed objects from end November. Chapel Lane, Horrabridge.

    www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk
  • To 6 January 2018

    Magical Winter Garden IlluminationsRHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
  • To Sunday 24 December

    Christmas Nativity Plays Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh. Tel: (01364) 642023.

    www.pennywellfarm.co.uk
  • Train to Christmas Town Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton. Tel: 08000 232383.

    www.dartmoorrly.com
  • Friday 1 December

    Dickensian Evening Tavistock.

  • Open Mind, Loving Heart Tour – Gyuto Monks of Tibet St Michael’s Church, Chagford 8–9.30pm. Tickets £10, children free/donation from Sally’s Newsagents or

    www.illuminastudios.net.
  • Saturday 2 December

    Advent Carol Service – Royal School of Church Music Buckfast Abbey 4.30pm. Free.

    www.buckfast.org
  • Christmas Food & Craft Fair Roadford Lake, Lifton 10.30am–3.30pm.

    www.southwestlakestrust.org.uk
  • Dartmoor National Park Christmas Fair National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown 10am–3pm.

    www.dartmoor.gov.uk
  • Christmas at Ruby Country Market Hatherleigh 9am–2pm

  • Christmas Fair Jubilee Hall, Chagford. 10am–12.30pm

  • Moretonhampstead Christmas Lights With Father Christmas 5pm

  • Christmas Gift Fair The Watermark, Ivybridge 10am–1pm.

  • Christmas Fair Donkey Sanctuary, Filham Park, Ivybridge 11am–3pm. Free entry and parking. Tel: (01752) 690200.

  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December

    Westcountry Equine Fair Westpoint, Exeter.

    www.westcountryequinefair.co.uk
  • Yarner House Festive Fair 10am–4pm. Local arts and crafts, free parking. In aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

    www.yarner.com
  • Christmas Open Studios Kigbeare Studios and Gallery, Southcott, Okehampton EX20 4NL 10am–6pm.

  • Matthew Davison Landscape Painting in Acrylics (course) Dartington. Improvers’ course, fee £74. Also 16 & 17 December. See

    www.matthewdavison.com
  • Pop-up Christmas Sale Affordable paintings and jewellery (local artists Jenni Evans and Rosemary Bonney). 10am–4pm Holne Village Hall, free entry.

  • Weekends 2 & 3, 9 & 10 December

    Christmas Tree Festival St John’s Church, Ivybridge. Information email: fredwin21@talktalk.net.

  • Weekends 2/3, 9/10, 16/17 & 18–22 December

    Santa’s Grotto House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey.

    www.houseofmarbles.com
  • Sunday 3 December

    Christmas Food Fair RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
  • Wreathmaking workshop Hilltown Organics, Northlew Road, Okehampton 11am–3pm.

    www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk
  • Carols for the Community Salvation Army, Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Craft Fair Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall midday–4pm. Free entry.

  • Proper Dartmoor Tales & Trails Tich Scott and Dartmoor’s Daughter. For information visit

    www.dartmoorsdaughter.com
  • Sundays 3 & 10 December

    Christmas Markets Charter Hall, Okehampton.

  • Sunday 3, weekend 9 & 10, 16–24 December

    Santa-by-Steam South Devon Railway

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Monday 4 December

    Wreathmaking workshop Roadford Lake. See 2 December

  • Tuesday 5 December

    AGM and Christmas Meeting 7.30pm Princetown Community Centre. Princetown History Club, tel: (01822) 890867.

    www.princetownhistoryclub.com
  • Wednesday 6 December

    A Christmas-themed Presentation Adrienne Hesketh. 7.30pm Church House. Widecombe History Group, tel: (01364) 621246.

    www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com
  • Buckfastleigh Christmas Fayre 4–8pm in centre of town. Over 40 street stalls, music and entertainment. Information tel: 07740 492842, email: roberts999@hotmail.com

  • Exeter Chamber Choir Buckfast Abbey 7.15pm. See 2 December.

  • Thursday 7 December

    Edwardian Evening Late night shopping, Okehampton.

  • Thursday 7 & Friday 8 December

    Carols down the Line South Devon Railway. Booking essential, tel: (01364) 644370.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Friday 8 December

    A Christmas Concert Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir. Mary Tavy Methodist Church 7.30pm.

    www.plyclassical.co.uk
  • Late Night Shopping RHS Rosemoor.

  • Friday 8–Sunday 10 December

    Christmas Food & Craft Fair RHS Rosemoor.

  • Friday 8–Saturday 16 December

    Christmas Bazaar at Ullacombe Barn Ullacombe Farm, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey 9.30am–4.30pm.

  • Friday 8 December

    Big Noise Noel Chorus 7.30pm St Andrews Church, Ashburton. Tel: 07856 007824.

  • Saturday 9 December

    Exeter Festival Chorus – A Ceremony of Carols Buckfast Abbey. £17. See 2 December.

  • Medieval Christmas Concert Brent Singers. 7.30pm St Petroc’s Church, South Brent.

  • Tavistock Vintage Fair Town Hall.

  • Extra Measures (jazz, blues, swing) Old Inn, Widecombe 9pm. Tel: (01822) 880228 or (01364) 621207.

  • Saturday 9, 17–24 December

    Christmas at Morwelham Quay Near Tavistock, from 11am.

    www.morwelham-quay.co.uk
  • Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December

    Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

    www.wonderworkscraft.com
  • Weekends 9 & 10, 16 & 17 December

    Christmas Craft & Gift Markets Dingles Fairground & Heritage Centre, Lifton, from 10am.

  • The Magic of Christmas – The Twelve Days of Christmas With Entertainingly Different. Interactive, seated performance. RHS Rosemoor. See 3 December.

  • Saturday 9 December

    Christmas in Widecombe 10am–4pm; Father Christmas 12.30–2.30pm. All around the Green and village. Refreshments, Christmas trees, gifts, crafts, working forge demonstrations.

  • Saturday 9–Thursday 21 December

    Widecombe Christmas Tree Festival St Pancras Church, Widecombe. Carol Service 17 December.

  • Sunday 10 December

    Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Open Afternoon 1–3pm Parke, Bovey Tracey. Also 27 December, 14 January and 11 February.

    www.dpht.co.uk
  • A Ghost Walk with Abbot Lyfing Start with a cream tea at the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock at 3pm; ending with mince pies, mulled wine and carols at the Bedford at 6pm. Tavistock Edge.

  • Christmas Tree Festival St Gabriel’s and Village Hall, Postbridge 3–5.30pm (hall and church open from midday). Meat market and other stalls. Carol service 6pm. Information (01822) 880228/880224.

  • Monday 11–Saturday 16 December

    Cinderworthy Farm (panto) Moorland Merrymakers, Leusdon. 7.30pm. Matinee on Saturday 9 December 5pm. Booking tel (01364) 652415, email: moorlandmerrymakers@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday 12 December

    Festive Wreathmaking Workshop 2.30 or 7.30pm, Barn Owl Trust, Ashburton.

    www.barnowltrust.uk
  • Late Night Shopping Chagford.

  • Wednesday 13 December

    Caught in the Revolution (talk) Helen Rappaport. 9.45am, Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton.

    www.Dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • Late Night Shopping 6–8pm Tavistock.

  • Thursday 14–Saturday 16 December

    Jack & the Beanstalk (panto) Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy 7.30pm. Matinee Saturday 16 December 2.30pm. Tickets £5 adults, £3 under 16 and concessions from Mary Tavy PO & Stores.

  • Friday 15 December

    The Ipplepen Archaeological Project (talk) Dr John Davey. Tavistock Parish Centre 7.30pm. Devonshire Association. Tel: (01822) 852636, email: edwardsbobbarbara@btinternet.com.

  • Christmas Carol Evening 6.30pm Coombe Trenchard. Tel: (01566) 783179.

    www.coombetrenchard.co.uk
  • Saturday 16 December

    Buckfast Abbey Choir Christmas Concert 7.30pm, £10. See 2 December.

  • Christmas Wreathmaking Burrator Discovery Centre 10am–4pm. £7 per wreath, tel: (01822) 855700.

    www.swlakestrust.org.uk
  • Isca Voices Christmas Concert St Michael’s Church, Chagford. 7.30–9pm, £8 inc. buffet. Tel: (01647) 432750.

  • Family Workshop Winter Warmer Seasonal cooking, natural crafts, play and storytelling for all Ages. 10–12am & 2–4pm. Eco Hub, Courtenay Road, Okehampton.

    www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk
  • Hedgelaying course Druidstone, Ashburton. Devon Rural Skills Trust £35, tel: 07962 423317.

    www.drst.org.uk
  • Moorforeshore Craft & Gift Fayre Town Hall, Tavistock.

  • Seniors Christmas Lunch Jayne’s Restaurant. Princetown. High Moorland WI, booking by 2 December via a box in the post office or tel: (01822) 890293/890310.

  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ David Mynne. 7.30pm Buckland in the Moor Community Hall. Tickets £10 (£5 children) tel: (01364) 653525, email: davidburke9@icloud.com.

  • The Lost Sound Chorus with Chris Hoban Doors open 7pm. Lustleigh Village Hall. Tickets from the Dairy or online. www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk

    www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lost-sound-in-concert-with-chris-hoban-tickets-38537366300
  • Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December

    Christmas Antiques & Collectibles Fair RHS Rosemoor.

  • Sunday 17 December

    West Town Farm – Fireside Food Seasonal tree Walk, fireside cooking and storytelling 2–5pm. West Town Farm, Ide.

    www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk
  • Christmas Tree Walk Burrator, 11am–3pm. Choose and cut down your own Christmas tree. £15 per tree (incs mulled wine and mince pie). Booking essential tel: (01566) 771930. See 16 December.

  • Lustleigh Cleave and Moor (walk) Paul Rendell. Meet Lustleigh church 10.15am. 10 miles, 5 hours. £10 per walk (or book six walks for £50). Tel: (01837) 54727, email: paul.dartmoor@virgin.net.

  • Carol Service St Mary the Virgin, Holne 6pm.

  • Carol Service St Pancras, Widecombe 4pm.

  • Carol Service Mary Tavy Methodist Chapel 6pm.

  • Monday 18 December

    Community Carol Service St Michael’s Church, Princetown 6pm.

  • Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 December

    Hedge laying course With Jeremy Weiss. For details contact the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project, email: hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk or tel: (01822) 890913.

  • Tuesday 19 December

    Gidsong 10 (Dartmoor songs and stories) Bill Murray. Gidleigh Village Hall 8pm. Tel: (01647) 321297.

  • Biodiversity Soil Safari – a guide to the wildlife under your feet (talk). 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey. Devon Wildlife Trust Bovey Tracey Local Group. Tel: (01626) 834399, email: johnwych@hotmail.com.

  • Carol Service St Andrew’s, Moretonhampstead.

  • Wednesday 20 December

    Family Activity ‘Drop In’ Day Burrator Discovery Centre. 10am–3pm £2 child, £1 adult. See 16 December.

  • Late Night Shopping 6–8pm Tavistock.

  • Friday 22 December

    Carol Service St Raphael’s, Huccaby 6pm.

  • Dartmoor: a wild and wondrous region (exhibition) RAMM, Exeter.

    www.rammuseum.org.uk
  • Tuesday 26 December

    Dartmoor Border Morris Royal Oak Inn, Meavy midday.

    www.dartmoorbordermorris.com
  • Wednesday 27 December–Monday 1 January 2018

    Mince Pie Special South Devon Railway.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Wednesday 27 December

    Postbridge (walk) Paul Rendell. Meet Postbridge car park 10.15am. 9 miles, 5 hours. See 17 December.

  • Carols by Candlelight St John the Baptist, Leusdon, 4pm.

  • Saturday 30 December

    Lydford and Moor (walk) Paul Rendell. Meet Lydford Village car park 10.15am. 10 miles, 5 hours. See 17 December.

JANUARY

  • Monday 1 January

    Dartmoor Border Morris Wassail Cornwood. See 26 December.

  • Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris From midday (plus mummers) Seven Stars (South Tawton), Oxenham Arms and Kings Arms (South Zeal).

    www.cogsandwheels.co.uk
  • Tuesday 2 January

    The Fair Arm of the Law (talk) Simon Dell. Princetown History Club. See 5 December.

  • Saturday 6 January

    The Nutcracker and The Mouse King Quantum Theatre 3pm RHS Rosemoor. £10 adults, £7 children. Booking

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor.org.uk.
  • Saturday 7 January

    Dartmoor Border Morris Mummers and wassail Buckland Abbey. See 26 December.

  • Wednesday 10 January

    New Year’s Party Widecombe History Group. See 6 December.

  • Saturday 13 January

    Proper Dartmoor Tales & Trails Tich Scott and Dartmoor’s Daughter. For information visit

    www.dartmoorsdaughter.com
  • Saturday 13 January–Monday 5 March

    Comedy Wildlife Awards Exhibition Hannahs at Seale-Hayne.

    www.discoverhannahs.org
  • Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 January

    Dry stone walling course Jeremy Weiss. Dartmoor Hill Farm Project; for details email: hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk or tel: (01822) 890913.

  • Tuesday 16 January

    Plankton – the secret world of our oceans (talk) Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey. 7.30pm. DWT Bovey Tracey. See 19 December.

  • The Fair Arm of the Law (talk) Simon Dell. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton Local History Society.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org
  • Wednesday 17 January

    Your Ancestors’ Dirty Laundry (talk) Dr Ian Mortimer. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society. Tel: (01647) 441083

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Friday 19 January

    Social Evening Tavistock & West Devon Branch of Devonshire Association. Tavistock Parish Centre 7pm. See 15 December.

  • Sunday 21 January

    The Ten Commandments Stones (walk) Paul Rendell. Meet Hemsworthy Gate car park SX 741761 10.15am. 10 miles, 5 hours. See 17 December.

  • Thursday 25 January

    Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving Dartmoor Search & Rescue Group Tavistock celebrate 50 years. 7.30pm St Eustachius’ Church, Tavistock.

    www.dsrt-tavistock.org.uk.
  • 25 & 26 January, 1–3 February

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (panto) Phyl’s Follies, Postbridge Village Hall. Matinee Saturday 27 February 2pm. Tickets £7 adults, £3.50 children from email: phylsfollies940@gmail.com (if no email tel: [01822] 880294).

  • Saturday 27 January

    Wild Night Run 2018 10-mile night race, South Brent Village Hall.

    www.wildnightrun.co.uk

FEBRUARY

  • 2, 3, 4 & 8, 9, 10 February

    The Hunchback of Old Meavy Town Meavy Amateur Dramatics Pantomime, Parish Hall.

    www.meavy.org.uk
  • Friday 2 February

    Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta The Old Inn, Widecombe. Three-course meal (£18) and singing! Details dafedwards53@gmail.com.

    www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk
  • Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 February

    Hedge laying course Dartmoor Hill Farm Project. See 18/19 December 2017.

  • Tuesday 6 February

    Dartmoor’s War Prison, Constructing, Supplying, Skulduggery (talk) Elizabeth Stanbrook. 7.30pm Princetown History Club. See 5 December.

  • Wednesday 7 February

    Armageddon and 1918: The Last Hundred Days (talk) Robert Hesketh. Widecombe History Group. See 6 December.

  • Wednesday 14 February

    Visit Buckfastleigh (walk) John Tuffnell. 2–4.30pm, meet South Devon Railway car park.

    www.dartmoorsociety.com
  • Wednesday 14–Saturday 17 February

    Happy Ever After A mix of traditional pantos. Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

    www.visitchagford.com
  • Thursday 15–Saturday 17 February

    Mapp and Lucia (play) 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall. Ticket information tel: (01647) 277498.

  • Friday 16 February

    The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape: a World Heritage Site (talk) Ainsley Cocks. Tavistock Parish Centre, Devonshire Association. See 15 December.

  • Sunday 18 February

    Nun’s Cross and Devonport Leat (walk) Paul Rendell. Meet Norsworthy Bridge car park, Burrator Reservoir. 10.15am 10 miles, 5 hours. See 17 December.

  • Snowdrop Sunday Andrews Corner Garden, Skaigh Lane, Belstone EX20 1RD. 11am–4pm in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Refreshments, plants for sale, open by appointment. Tel: (01837) 840332

    www.andrewscorner.garden
  • Tuesday 20 February

    Devon Flora (talk) Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey. 7.30pm. DWT Bovey Tracey. See 19 December.

  • Morwellham: Tavistock’s Port (talk) Rick Stewart. Yelverton Local History Society. See 16 January.

  • Wednesday 21 February

    Forced Into Exile – Three Devon Estates (talk) Jeremy Pearson. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 17 January.

  • Friday 23 & Saturday 24 February

    Dry stone walling course Dartmoor Hill Farm Project. See 15/16 January.

  • Saturday 24 February

    Tinworking, mining and miners in the Belstone area Walk, talks, exhibitions 10am–5pm.

    www.dtrg.org.uk