What's On

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

JUNE

  • To 30 September

    The Three Hares Gallery Exhibition Chagford.

    www.threeharesgalleryshop.co.uk
  • To 31 October

    Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford.

    www.stonelanegardens.com
  • Saturday 1 June

    Garden Fayre Buckfast Abbey.

    www.buckfast.org.uk
  • Donkey Sanctuary Open Day Filham Park, Godwell Lane, Ivybridge.

    www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
  • Arts Market Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Saturday 1 June–Saturday 31 August

    Summer in the Southwest (exhibition) Wildwood Arts, Horrabridge.

    www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk
  • Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June

    English Country Garden FestivalCoombe Trenchard, Lewdown, nr Okehampton.

    www.coombetrenchard.co.uk
  • Saturday 1 June–Sunday 1 September

    Celebrate Summer Garden Trail RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
  • Sunday 2 June

    Tavistock Steam Fair Bedford car park.

    www.steamheritage.co.uk
  • Discover the Dartmoor Way Guided bike ride with Sustrans/PL21. 50 miles. Start Ivybridge or South Brent.

  • Phil Beer (concert) St John’s Church, North Bovey. Tel: 07887 932212

  • 2/5/9/12/16 Jun

    Lukesland Gardens Open days. Ivybridge PL21 0JF.

    www.lukesland.org.uk
  • Tuesday 4 June

    Lesser Known Tors (walk) Ken Ringwood. Meet at Norsworthy Bridge 7pm. Princetown History Club.

    www.princetownhistoryclub.weebly.com
  • Tuesday 4 & Sunday 16 June

    Practical Volunteering Day Burrator Reservoir.

    www.swlakestrust.org.uk
  • Wednesday 5 June

    Devon Air Ambulance (talk) Louise Newbury. 7.30pm Church House, Widecombe. Widecombe History Group.

    www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com/history
  • Thursday 6 June

    Wildflower and Insect Identification Workshop Hannah Gibbons. 10am–12.30pm Holy Trinity Churchyard, Buckfastleigh; 1.30–4pm St Petroc’s, South Brent. Booking essential.

    www.moormeadows.org.uk
  • Friday 7 June

    Ninebarrow (concert) St Michael’s church, Chagford. Tickets tel: (01363) 85370, on the door, or visit

    www.twomoorsway.org
  • Friday 7–Saturday 9 June

    The Craft Festival Bovey Tracey.

    www.craftsboveytracey.co.uk
  • Saturday 8 June

    Could your bees be better? £5. Buckfast Abbey Bee Department. See 1 June.

    The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir. In aid of DSRT Ashburton. 7.30pm, Widecombe church.

    www.thelostsound.co.uk
  • Sunday 9 June

    Open Farm Sunday Pizwell Farm, Postbridge PL20 6TN. 12.30pm, £1 adults. BBQ, farm walk, duck race, sheep shearing, children’s treasure trail and more. No dogs. Tel: (01822) 880223, email: pizwellfarm@hotmail.co.uk.

    Ruggle Regatta The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe.

    www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk
  • Wednesday 12 June

    Dartmoor Border Morris 8pm, The Church House Inn, Rattery.

    www.dartmoorbordermorris.com
  • The History of a Devon Town House: Mearsdon, Moretonhampstead (talk) Ian Mortimer. Mint Methodist Centre, Fore Street, Exeter.

    www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk
  • Being Creative with Lavender Buckfast Abbey Garden Department. See 1 June.

    Dissolution of the Monasteries (talk) Prof. James Clark. 7.30pm Ockment Centre. Okehampton & District Local History Society.

    Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames (talk) Nicholas Reed. The Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

    www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • Friday 14 June

    Themed Talk on Pinwell Sisters Helen Wilson. 2pm, St Leonards Church, Sheepstor and St Paul’s Church Yelverton.

    www.dartmoorsociety.co.uk
  • FreePlay – A Capella, Around the World 7.30pm Peter Tavy Village Hall. Villages in Action.

    www.villagesinaction.co.uk
  • Friday 14 –Sunday 16 June

    Ticket to Ride – 1960s Event South Devon Railway.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Celebrations Flower Festival 10am–6pm Fairplace Church, Okehampton.

  • Friday 14 June–Tuesday 2 July

    Moretonhampstead Flag Festival Flags on display around the town.

  • Saturday 15 June

    Plymouth Phoenix Chorale (concert) 7.30pm St Eustachius Parish Church, Tavistock.

    Meavy Oak Fair Including Burrator Horseshoe Run.

    New Century Singers Summer Concert St Peters Church, Buckland in the Moor.

    www.newcenturysingers.org.uk
  • Dusk to Dawn Dartmoor Night Walk and Bird Song Chorus Experience 9.30pm–7.30am. Dartmoor’s Daughter.

    www.dartmoorsdaughter.com
  • Historic Dartmoor Farm Walk Langaford Farm TQ13 8RH 2–4pm. DWT Bovey Tracey Local Group £3. No dogs. Email: aasmerd@icloud.com.

    www.langafordtrust.org
  • Saturdays 15 June, 29 June & 13 July

    Beating the Bounds Ilsington.

    www.Ilsingtonhistory.co.uk
  • Saturdays 15 June & 13 July

    Artisan Food & Gift Market Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Sunday 16 June

    MusicFest RHS Partner Garden Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford. 12 noon–6pm. Refreshments, bring a chair.

    www.stonelanegardens.com
  • South Zeal Open Gardens

    www.opengardens.co.uk
  • Dartmoor Open Water Swim Roadford Lake

    https://dartmoorswim.co.uk
  • Tuesday 18 June

    GidSong Music, Songs & Stories. 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall.

  • A Guided Tour of Okehampton Camp
    6.45pm, Yelverton Local History Society.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org.uk
  • Wildflower and Insect Identification Workshop
    John Walters. Same venues/times as 6 June. Booking essential.

    www.moormeadows.org.uk
  • Tuesday 18 June, Wednesday 17 July, Wednesday 7 August

    House & Garden Tour Coombe Trenchard. See 1 June.

  • Wednesday 19 June

    Dartmoor Pixies (talk) Phil Badcott. Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton. 2pm, £4pp inc. refreshments

    www.dartmoorlife.org.uk
  • Devon and Exeter Institution (visit) 2.15pm door 7 Cathedral Close, Exeter.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • Friday 21 June

    Internationally celebrated cellist Raphael Wallfisch (concert) J.S. Bach's Six Suites. 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead. Doors open/bar 6.45pm. Tickets £14 in advance, £16 on door, from Moretonhampstead Info Centre or Eventbrite.

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raphael-wallfisch-plays-bachs-cello-suites-tickets-61932565972
  • Friday 21–Sunday 23 June

    Rose Weekend and Craft Market RHS Rosemoor. See 1 June.

  • Saturday 22 June

    Holne Revel

    www.holnevillage.co.uk
  • Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June

    Corscombe Gardens Nr Belstone open 1–5pm.

    www.ngs.org.uk
  • Saturday 22–Sunday 30 June

    South Brent Carnival Week Carnival Procession Saturday 29 June. Tel: (01364) 73292.

  • Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June

    Bovey Tracey Open Gardens 1.30–5.30pm.

    www.ngs.org.uk
  • Saturday 22 & Friday 28 June

    Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir (concert) 7.30pm St Eustachius Parish Church, Tavistock.

  • Sunday 23 June

    Moretonhampstead Music Day Venues around town all day.

  • Dartmoor Classic Sportive Cycle event.

    www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk
  • Buckfastleigh Fun Day Millennium Green.

  • Dartmoor Nature Tours Summer Moorland Walk 9.30am Haytor Visitor Centre. 3hr, £5, no dogs. Tel: 07858 421148, email: enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk.

    www.dartmoornaturetours.co.uk
  • Wednesday 26–Saturday 29 June

    Art Exhibition Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Thursday 27 June and 1 August

    Walk & Talk Nick Haworth, Head Gardener. The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum.

    www.thegardenhouse.org.uk
  • Friday 28 June–Saturday 31 August

    Open Exhibition Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead.

    www.greenhillarts.co.uk
  • Friday 28–Sunday 30 June

    St Andrew’s Flower Festival Moretonhampstead.

  • Saturday 29 June

    Brent’s Own Last Night of the Proms (concert) Brent Singers. 7.30pm, St Petroc’s Church, South Brent.

  • Okehampton Festival of Food and Music

    www.everythingOkehampton.co.uk
  • Saturday 29 June, 27 July & 25 August

    Murder on the Dartmoor Express

    www.dartmoorrailway.com
  • Saturdays 29 June & 27 July

    Tavistock Street Food Festival

  • Sunday 30 June

    Open Garden for Send a Cow Park House, Coryton EX20 4AB 11am–5pm. Homemade teas, plant sales. Tel: (01822) 860275.

    Open Gardens Sampford Courtenay 11am–5pm.

  • Sundays 30 June & 28 July

    Monthly Family Wildlife Watch Programme Burrator.

    www.swlakestrust.org.uk

JULY

  • Tuesday 2 July

    The Donaghy memorial stone (walk) Meet 7pm DNPA car park, Postbridge. Princetown History Club. See 4 June.

    Butterfly Walk Barn Owl Trust, Ashburton. See 20 June.

  • Friday 5 July

    MTMTE Scheme Celebration Event 1–7pm Manaton Church Field.

    www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org
  • 5, 11,18 & 26 July

    Summer Evenings in the Garden With live music. RHS Rosemoor. See 1 June.

  • Saturday 6 July

    Dunsford Show

    www.dunsfordshow.co.uk
  • Stover’s Sustainable Drainage 12.30pm, Stover Country Park. DWT Bovey Tracey Local Group. Email: linda.corkerton@btinternet.com.

    Barnstaple Male Voice Choir (concert) RHS Rosemoor. See 1 June.

    Dry Stone Walling (course) Nutwells, Buckland-in-the-Moor. 9.30am–4.30pm

    www.drst.org.uk
  • Discovery Trail Challenge: Cornwall Taster 11.5 miles or 2.5 mile, ending at Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls. Tel: (01822) 835030, email: enquiries@tamarvalley.org.uk

    MTMTE Discover the Dartmoor Story Public Event 10.30am–4pm Manaton Church Field.

    www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org
  • Summer Food and Craft Fair 10am–4pm Buckfast Abbey, including the Fun Kitchen (award-winning cookery school for children aged 5–18: free workshops all day). Approx 100 stalls, cookery demos, music. Free entry and parking.

    www.buckfast.org.uk/what's-on
  • Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July

    South Devon Railway 1940s Festival South Devon Railway. See 14 June.

  • Saturdays 6 & 27 July

    Beekeeping Taster Days Buckfast Abbey. See 1 June.

  • Sunday 7 July

    Belstone Fair

    www.belstonevillage.net
  • Wednesday 10 July

    Lavender Garden Tour Buckfast Abbey. See 1 June.

    Dartmoor Border Morris 8pm, Peter Tavy Inn. See 12 June.

    Military on the Moor (talk) Paul Rendell. Museum of Dartmoor Life. See 19 June.

    The Tempest Outdoor Theatre RHS Rosemoor in conjunction with Plough Arts Centre. See 1 June.

  • Thursday 11–Sunday 14 July

    Children’s Book Festival Buckfast Abbey. See 1 June.

  • Friday 12 July

    Great Sheep Gather 4.30–9pm Greenwell Farm, Meavy. Tickets £5, book on (01822) 855535. An insight to common land and managing livestock on the open hill. Food from Dartmoor Farmers.

    www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk
  • Friday 12–Sunday 14 July

    Summer Cider FestSummer featuring The Wurzels. Morwelham Quay, nr Tavistock.

    www.morwelham-quay.co.uk
  • Friday 12 July

    Outdoor Concert – Joey the Lips Ivybridge Rugby Football Club. Filham.

    www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
  • Saturday 13 July

    Summer Feast & Fire Coombe Trenchard. See 1 June.

    Lions Club Fun Day & Beer Festival Ivybridge Rugby Football Club, Filham. Tel: (01752) 694392.

    Lydford Summer Fair & Dartmoor Safety Day 11am–4pm Sports Field. Plus Lydford Dash.

  • Afternoon Tea Train Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton 1pm. Booking

    www.dartmoorrailway.com
  • Steve Knightley (concert) St Pancras Church, Widecombe.

    www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk
  • Bridford Village Fete

    www.bridfordvillage.co.uk
  • Sunday 14 July

    Tavistock Carnival Fun Day

    www.tavistocklions.org.uk
  • Monday 15 July

    Medieval Culture in the Age of the Black Death (talk) Dr David Stone. 7.30pm, St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton.

    www.stlawrencechapel.org.uk
  • Wednesday 17 July

    Dartmoor Border Morris 8pm. The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior. See 12 June.

    Old Forde House, Newton Abbot (visit) 2.30pm.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • Thursday 18 July

    Industrial Archaeology of the Lower Plym Valley (walk) Ernie Hoblyn. 11am. NT car park Plym Bridge. Devonshire Association.

    www.devonassoc.org.uk
  • Exploring the history of Widecombe Visit North Hall Manor and St Pancras Church; optional cream tea at Higher Venton Farm. 2pm Widecombe car park. Devonshire Association.

  • Friday 19 July

    Dartmoor Society Summer Barbeque Langaford Farm Charitable Trust nr Lettaford, TQ13 8RH. Talk and walk 5pm, BBQ 6.30pm.

    www.dartmoorsociety.com
  • Friday 19–Sunday 21 July

    Summer Fair 9.30am–4pm Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

    www.tavistock.gov.uk
  • Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July

    Chagstock Music Festival Whiddon Down.

    www.chagstock.info
  • Friday 19 –Sunday 21 July

    Summer Diesel Gala South Devon Railway. See 14 June.

  • Saturday 20 July

    Challacombe Farm walk Meadows and marshes 11am. DWT Bovey Tracey. See 6 July.

    Medieval Fair Day Ashburton.

  • Butterfly Safari 10.30am–12.30pm Clifford Bridge Meadow, Drewsteignton EX6 6QE. Help Butterfly Conservation and the Fingle Rangers search for butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count.

    www.finglewoods.org.uk
  • Saturday 20 July–Sunday 1 September

    Family Fun Garden Adventures With the Very Hungry Caterpillar RHS Rosemoor. See 1 June.

  • Sunday 21 July

    Dartmoor Nature Tours Summer Moorland Walk See 23 June.

    www.dartmoornaturetours.co.uk
  • Friday 26 July

    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Outdoor Theatre. RHS Rosemoor in conjunction with Plough Arts Centre. See 1 June.

  • Saturday 27 July

    Cornwood 10k and 4k Fun Run 6.30pm; registration 4.30–6.15pm.

  • Dartmoor Prison Break Dartmoor Search & Rescue Group Plymouth.

    www.dartmoorprisonbreak.com
  • Princetown Summer Fair

  • Summer Celebration Day 10am–4pm The Husbandry School, Liddy Ball, Bickington TQ12 6NZ. Free entry. Land and garden tours, plant and seed sale, music, goat cuddling, craft activities, yoga, woodfired pizza and more.

    www.husbandry.co.uk
  • Saturday 27 July–Saturday 3 August

    Dartmoor Artists Exhibition Ashburton Town Hall.

AUGUST

  • Thursday 1 August

    The Legend of King Arthur Outdoor Theatre. RHS Rosemoor in conjunction with Plough Art Centre. See 1 June.

  • Saturday 3 August

    Event at the Husbandry School 10am–4pm. Ground preparation, planting, picking and preparing produce, hedging and terracing, building with straw and cob, weaving willow, building irrigation systems, seed saving, harvesting flowers. Refreshments/lunch provided. See 27 July.

    www.husbandry.co.uk
  • Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August

    Vintage Classic & Re-enactment Weekend RHS Rosemoor. See 1 June.

    Something Wild Trail Running Festival Huccaby Farm, Hexworthy.

    www.something-wild.co.uk
  • Tuesday 6 August

    The COs’ Road (walk) Simon Dell. 7pm, meet DNPA carpark, Princetown. Princetown History Club. See 4 June.

  • Thursday 8 August

    Okehampton Show Stoney Park Showground.

    www.okehamptonshow.co.uk
  • Friday 9 August

    Bat Walk Barn Owl Trust, Ashburton. See 20 June.

  • Friday 9–11 August

    Dartmoor Folk Festival South Zeal.

    www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
  • Saturday 10 August

    Cornwood Agricultural & Horticultural Show Cadleigh Farm, Lee Mill, Ivybridge.

    Manaton Show and Fair

    http://manatonvillage.blogspot.co.uk
  • Sunday 11 August

    Hennock Fayre

    www.hennock.org.uk
  • Monday 12 August

    Stargazing with Meteors and Shooting Stars 8.30pm, Clearbrook.

    www.clearbrookwildchild.co.uk
  • Thursday 15 August

    Chagford Show

    www.chagfordshow.org
  • Friday 16–Sunday 18 August

    Flower Show RHS Garden Rosemoor. See 1 June.

  • Saturday 17 August

    Moretonhampstead Carnival Food Festival

    Bovey Tracey Garden Club Summer Show 1.30–5pm Parke View Meadow. Tel: (01626) 832811.

    Sourton Show 2–4.30pm Sourton Village Hall. Email: sourtonshow@gmail.com.

    Leawoodstock Music Festival Leawood House, Bridestowe.

    Christow Show

    www.christowshow.org
  • Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August

    Moretonhampstead NGS Open Gardens Sutton Mead and Mardon 2–6pm.

    RAF Harrowbeer 1940s Weekend Yelverton.

    www.rafharrowbeer.co.uk
  • Tuesday 20 August

    A 2 Hour Dartmoor Stroll Liz Miall. Meet 6.45pm Sharpitor car park SX 561709. Yelverton Local History Society. See 18 June.

  • Wednesday 21 August

    Dartmoor Border Morris 8pm, The Leaping Salmon, Horrabridge. See 12 June.

  • Thursday 22 August

    Moretonhampstead Carnival Procession 6pm.

  • Friday 23–Sunday 26 August

    Rails & Ales South Devon Railway. See 14 June.

  • Saturday 24 August–Sunday 1 September

    Dartmoor Walking Festival

    www.dartmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk
  • Sunday 25 August

    Cornwood Horse Show See 10 August.

  • Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August

    Foodies Delight Summer Festival 9.30am–4pm Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

    www.tavistock.gov.uk
  • Monday 26 August

    Lustleigh Village Show

    www.thelustleighshow.com
  • Peter Tavy Village Fayre 2–5pm village centre. Footrace and fun run 1pm; Dartmoor Teddy Bears’ Dangerous Sports Association meeting.

    Scoriton Flower Show

  • Wednesday 28 August

    Dartmoor Border Morris 8pm. The Horse & Groom, Bittaford. See 12 June.

  • Saturday 31 August

    Nourish Craft, Food & Music Festival Bovey Tracey. Music events start Friday 30 August.

    www.nourishfestival.org
  • Saturday 31 August & 1 September

    TaviFest Music festival in aid of pancreatic cancer research. Tavistock College. Facebook @ TaviFest.