What's On

Find out about events in and around Dartmoor in the coming weeks:

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DECEMBER

  • To March 2019

    ‘Moor than tors’ exhibition Richard Fox at National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

    www.richardfoxphotography.com
  • To 5 January 2019

    Rosemoor ‘Glow’ Garden Illuminations Thurs, Fri & Sat 3–8pm.

    www.rhs.org.uk/gardens
  • To 24 February

    RHS Rosemoor Winter Sculpture Exhibition 10am–5pm. See above.

  • To 24 December

    Christmas Nativity Experience Pennywell Farm.

    www.pennywellfarm.co.uk
  • Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December

    Westcountry Equine FairWestpoint, Exeter.

    www.westcountryequinefair.co.uk
  • Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December

    Lydford Gorge NT Winter Fair 11am–3pm Pick up a Christmas tree and supporting local craft and food producers. Free entry.

  • Saturday & Sunday 1–23 December

    Christmas shopping at Finch Foundry 11am–3pm Talks and demonstrations from our blacksmith. Soup and hot drinks, cakes and mince pies. Normal admission.

  • 1/2, 6/7, 8/9, 12/13, 15/16 December

    Train to Christmas Town Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton.

    www.dartmoorrailway.com
  • 1/2, 8/9 December

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

  • 1/2, 8/9, 15–24 December

    Christmas at Morwellham Quay Near Tavistock.

    www.morwellham-quay.co.uk
  • 1/2, 8/9, 15/16, 20–23 December

    Santa’s Grotto House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey.

    www.houseofmarbles.com
  • 1/2, 8/9, 15/16, 18–24 December

    Santa by Steam South Devon Railway.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Saturday 1 December

    Christmas Street Fayre Bovey Tracey. 3–6pm, lights switch on 4pm.

  • Bere Alston Christmas Fair With Dartmoor Border Morris 6–8pm.

    www.dartmoorbordermorris.com
  • Saturday 1 & 2 Sunday December

    Millennium Christmas Food and Craft Weekend Buckfast Abbey

    www.buckfast.org
  • Christmas Fair Meavy Parish Hall.

  • Western Beacon and the Erme Valley (walk) 10am–3pm. Meet Harford Moor Gate. Tel: (01752) 788464.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir Carol Concert Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy.

  • Sunday 2 December

    Christmas Market Ullacombe Farm, Bovey Tracey.

    www.ullacombefarm.co.uk
  • Monday 3 December

    A history of the Liverton Foundry and Devonmoor Pottery (talk & walk) Peter Carrett. 2pm Liverton Village Hall.

    www.Ilsingtonhistory.co.uk
  • Devon’s Spies of WW2 (talk) Laura Quigley. Friends of the Wharf lunchtime lecture, 2pm. The Wharf, Tavistock.

    www.tavistockwharf.com
  • Tuesday 4 December

    AGM & Christmas Social 7.30pm Princetown Community Centre.

    www.princetownhistoryclub.weebly.co.uk
  • Wednesday 5 December

    Recreating the Domesday Parishes of Eastern Dartmoor (talk) Richard Sandover. 7.30pm Church House. Widecombe History Group. Tel: (01364) 621246.

    www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com
  • Thursday 6 December

    Ashburton Christmas Fayre 4pm–7pm. Late night shopping. To include drop-in event showing Dartmoor National Park local plan.

  • P is for projects all over moor… (talk) Emma Stockley on Moor than meets the eye (with Widecombe History Group). 7pm Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone. Modbury. Booking tel: (01548) 830832, email: abi@dra.uk.net.

  • Edwardian Evening From 6pm Okehampton.

  • Friday 7 December

    Late Night Shopping Chagford. Carol Singers, Morris dancing, buskers, Father Christmas Grotto.

  • Saturday 8 December

    Christmas Wreaths Workshop RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
  • Big Noise Christmas Concert St Andrews Church, Ashburton.

  • Christmas Fair Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

  • Pop up Christmas Fair Various Craft studios around Moretonhampstead. Christmas Lights switch on 6pm.

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

    www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
  • Christmas Fair 11am–3pm Donkey Sanctuary, Filham Park, Ivybridge. Tel: (01752) 690200.

  • Drek – A Dartmoor Shrek Parody Moorland Merrymakers Pantomime. Matinée 8 December, performances 10–15 December 7.30pm.

  • Dartmoor Rivers MED Theatre: short plays and songs by Wild Nights (MED’s young company). 2.30 & 7.30pm Moretonhampstead parish hall.

    www.medtheatre.co.uk
  • Open Day Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. 11am–2pm Parke, Bovey Tracey.

    www.dpht.co.uk
  • Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December

    Drogo Christmas Market 10am–4pm Castle Drogo Visitor Centre. Normal admission.

  • Sunday 9 December

    Santas on the Run Family Fun Run. RHS Rosemoor. See 8 December.

  • Devon Bellringers Carol Service 3pm Buckfast Abbey. See 1 December.

  • The Mines of Kelly Bray (walk) Brett Gist and Dr James Blight. 10.30am–4pm SX 360712. Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group.

    www.dtrg.org.uk
  • Nazareth to Bethlehem 4pm East Shallowford Farm, Nr Widecombe. Dress warmly, hot food and drinks, free entry, donations.

    https://shallowfordfarm.co.uk
  • Natural Wreath Making Workshop 11am–3pm Hilltown Organics, Northlew Road, Okehampton. Booking essential: email events@harvestworkerscoop.org.uk.

  • Carol Service St Gabriels, Postbridge 6pm.

  • Saturday 8–Saturday 15 December

    Christmas Tree Festival St Bridget’s Church, Bridestowe. 10am–7pm. Collecting teddies and soft toys in good condition to be sent to traumatised and displaced children overseas.

  • Monday 10 December

    The Splendour of Antarctica (talk) Pam Kemp. The Wharf, Tavistock. See 3 December.

  • Tuesday 11 December

    Dartmoor Search & Rescue 50th Anniversary (talk) Neil Richards. 7.30pm Burrator Discovery Centre. Tel: (01822) 855700.

    www.swlakestrust.org.uk
  • Dartmoor National Park local plan Public drop-in event. 3–6pm Meeting Room, Yelverton War Memorial Hall.

  • Wednesday 12 December

    Lancelot Brown and the Shaping of the English Landscape (talk) Christopher Rogers. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

    www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • Exceta at Xmas – seasonally goodwilled practical habitat for wildlife 10.30am–4pm Bovey Heathfield. Devon Wildlife Trust. Email: jgage@devonwildlifetrust.org.

  • Jim Causley (concert) All Saints Church, Okehampton.

    www.jimcausley.co.uk
  • Thursday 13 December

    Dartmoor National Park local plan Public drop-in event. 3–6pm Whiddon Down Village Hall.

  • Leathertor Farm, Norsworthy Bridge (walk) 10am–12pm. Tel: (01752) 405245. Email: keithryan@btinternet.com.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Thursday 13–Saturday 22 December

    Widecombe Christmas Tree Festival Theme ‘A Christmas Song’. Details: 07980 312307 or (01364) 621520.

  • Friday 14 December

    The Medieval Longbow, Truths and Legends Chris Thomas. 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association Tel: (01822) 852636. email: edwardsbobbarbara@btinternet.com.

    www.devonassoc.org.uk
  • Riding across Israel (illustrated talk) Tracey Elliot-Reep. 7pm Dunstone Methodist Chapel, Widecombe. Email: serenawalcot@gmail.com or tel: (01364) 621475. Donations, light refreshments.

  • Charity Quiz & Christmas Raffle Warren House Inn, Postbridge 7.30pm. Tel: (01822) 880208.

  • Friday 14–Friday 21 December

    Christmas Tree Festival St Pancras, Widecombe daily 9.30am–4.30pm.

  • Saturday 15 December

    Christmas Wreath Making Burrator Discovery Centre. See 11 December.

  • Santa’s Grotto Old School Community Centre, South Brent.

    www.sbadc.org.uk
  • Christmas Coffee Morning Moretonhampstead Information Centre. 10am Community Club.

  • Arts & Crafts Market 10am–4pm Ashburton Arts, West Street.

  • Chagford Contemporary Makers Christmas Showcase 11am–6pm Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

  • Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 December

    Magic of Christmas Food & Craft Fair RHS Rosemoor. See 8 December.

  • Yarner House Festive Fair Bovey Tracey 10am–4pm. Local arts and crafts.

    www.yarner.com
  • Widecombe Village Market 10am–4pm Church House, Widecombe.

  • Saturday & Sunday 15, 16, 22 & 23 December

    Father Christmas comes to Drogo 11am–4pm Follow the trail through the garden. £3.50 to see Father Christmas.

  • Sunday 16 December

    Festive Food, Drink & Gift Market Tavistock Pannier Market

  • Devonport Leat and Raddick Hill (walk) 10am–3pm. Meet Sharpitor car park. Tel: (01647) 253192. Email: hfluce@btinternet.com.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Carol Service St Pancras, Widecombe 6pm.

  • Carol Service St Peters, Buckland-in-the-Moor 3pm.

  • Monday 17 December

    Carol Service Church of St Michael & All Angels, Princetown 6pm.

  • Carol Service St Andrews, Ashburton 6.30pm.

  • Tuesday 18 December

    Soils within the Dartmoor Landscape (talk) Rob Parkinson. 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey. Devon Wildlife Trust. Tel: (01626) 834399, email: johnwych@hotmail.

  • Dartmoor National Park local plan Public drop-in event. 3–6pm Moretonhampstead Community Club.

  • Wednesday 19 December

    Carol Service Dunstone Chapel, Widecombe 6.30pm.

  • Friday 21 December

    Carol Service St Raphael’s Chapel, Huccaby 6pm.

  • Jim Causley (concert) Lustleigh village hall.

    www.jimcausley.co.uk
  • Saturday 22–Monday 24 December

    Father Christmas and his Elves Family Christmas Workshop. RHS Rosemoor. See 8 December.

  • Sunday 23 December

    Festival Carol Service 3pm Buckfast Abbey. See 1 December.

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

  • Wednesday 26 December

    Dartmoor Border Morris Midday, Royal Oak Inn, Meavy. See 1 December.

  • Tinners Morris Midday, The Duke of York, Iddesleigh, with Winkleigh Morris.

JANUARY

  • Tuesday 1 January

    Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris Kings Arms, South Zeal.

  • Dartmoor Border Morris Wassail, Cornwood Inn 3.30pm. See 1 December.

  • Saturday 5 January

    Hedge-laying (course) Woodland Road Cemetery, Ivybridge. Devon Rural Skills Trust.

    www.drst.org.uk
  • An Introduction to Ferns, Mosses and Lichens (walk) Sue Goodfellow. 2pm Newbridge (SX 712708). £7, up to 16 free. To book email: sue@goodfellowenvironmental.co.uk or tel: (01647) 252743.

  • Sunday 6 January

    Wassail with Dartmoor Border Morris Buckland Abbey. See 1 December.

  • Wednesday 9 January

    Garden Quiz The Grange Restaurant, Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department.

    www.buckfast.org.uk
  • Exeter Cathedral (talk) Mark Cottle. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

    www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • New Year’s Party 7.30pm Church House, Widecombe History Group. See 5 December.

  • Saturday 12–Saturday 19 January

    The Snow Queen Dunsford Amateur Dramatics Pantomime. Matinee 2pm Sun 13 January. Tickets (01647) 252924.

  • Sunday 13 January

    Beardown Mine and Streamworks (walk) David Eeles. 11am–4pm SX 592765. Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group.

    www.dtrg.org.uk
  • Tuesday 15 January

    Tavistock Canal and its history (talk) Simon Dell. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District Local History Society.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org.uk
  • Wednesday 16 January

    Pruning Workshop 10am–4pm £18 Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. See 9 January.

  • History of the Ball Clay Industry at Heathfield and Kingsteignton (talk) Darrin Hewings. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society. Tel: (01647) 441083.

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Friday 18 January

    Social Evening (pre-booking essential). To include talk on geological trip through Nepal by John Mather and Jenny Bennett. 7pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association. See 14 December.

  • Wednesday 23 January

    Organic Pest Control (talk) £11. Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. See 9 January.

  • The Wellied Sleuth Digs the Dirt on Dartmoor (talk) Tim Harrod. Lustleigh Village Hall 7.30pm. The Lustleigh Society.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • Friday 25 January

    Shaugh Bridge (walk) 10–12pm. See 13 December.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Winter Regatta Widecombe Sailing Club at the Old Inn.

    www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk
  • Thursday 24, Friday 25, Thursday 31 January

    Mother Goose Phyl’s Follies Pantomime. 7.30pm (matinee 2pm 26 January) Postbridge Village Hall. Tickets £7 adults, £3.50 children email: postbridgepanto@gmail.com or tel: (01822) 661255.

  • Saturday 26 January

    Charcoal making (course) Parke, Bovey Tracey. Devon Rural Skills Trust. See 5 January.

  • Marine Plastics Talk and Plastic-free Workshop 2–4.30pm Proper Job, Chagford. Free coffee morning 10am–midday.

    www.proper-job.org/workshops

FEBRUARY

  • Friday 1 & Saturday 2 February

    Mother Goose Phyl’s Follies Pantomime. 7.30pm Postbridge Village Hall. Tickets £7 adults, £3.50 children email: postbridgepanto@gmail.com or tel: (01822) 661255.

  • Saturday 2 February

    The Great Seed Giveaway Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. See 9 January.

  • Saturday 2 February–23 March

    The Murderers Gift: A Visual History of Doccombe Manor (exhibition) Greenhill, Moretonhampstead.

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Tuesday 5 February

    Building the Kariba Dam (talk) David Lemon. 7.3pm Princetown Community Centre.

    www.princetownhistoryclub.weebly.co.uk
  • Wednesday 6 February

    The Medieval Era – Samurai Culture (talk) Suzanne Perrin. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 12 December.

  • The History of the Duchy and its Dartmoor Estate (talk) Tom Stratton. Widecombe History Group. See 5 December.

  • Wednesday 13 February

    Succulent Plants and How to Be Creative with them Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. See 9 January.

  • Friday 15 February

    Rebuilding Castle Drogo (talk) Paula Clarke. Devonshire Association, Tavistock. See 14 December.

  • Sunday 17 February

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

    www.andrewscorner.garden
  • Tuesday 15 February

    Morwellham: Tavistock’s port (talk) Rick Stewart. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 15 January.

  • Wednesday 20 February

    Doccombe Manor: The Murderer’s Gift (talk) Bill Hardiman. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 23 January.

  • Thursday 21 February

    Making the Invisible Visible (VR event) Professor Bob Stone on discoveries at Burrator Reservoir. 2–5pm Meavy Parish Hall. Booking by 15 February. Dartmoor Society in association with Yelverton and District Local History Society.

    www.dartmoorsociety.com/events