What's On

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

MARCH

  • To Saturday 23 March

    The Murderer’s Gift – a history of Doccombe Manor Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead.

    www.greenhillarts.co.uk
  • Friday 1 March

    ‘Humble Boy’ Tavonians Theatre performance. Also 8 March Tavistock; 9 March Upton Cross; 14 March Callington; 15 March Meavy; 16 March Okehampton. All performances 7.30pm.

    www.tavionians.org.uk
  • Saturday 2 March

    Dartington Community Choir Workshop 7.30pm £10. Buckfast Abbey.

    www.buckfast.org.uk
  • Make Your Own Bird Box, Bird Feeder or Bat Box 1pm & 3pm Clearbrook Village Hall. Booking essential, tel: 07812 116345 www.clearbrookwildchild.co.uk
    Parkrun (every Saturday) Parke, Bovey Tracey and Plymbridge Woods, Plym Valley 9–10am. Tel: (01626) 834748 (weekdays) or (01752) 333500.

    www.dartmoor.gov. uk/enjoy-dartmoor/events
  • Tuesday 5 March

    Building the Kariba Dam (talk) David Lemon. 7.30pm Princetown Community Centre. Princetown History Club.

    www.princetownhistoryclub. weebly.co.uk
  • Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe 7pm Mount Kelly College, Tavistock. Tickets from Bookstop, Tavistock or website. Concert in aid of Tavistock Triangle Outreach Centre.

    www.ticketsource.co.uk/mountkelly
  • Tuesday 5 March–Friday 31 May

    Spring Exhibition Wildwood Arts, Chapel Lane, Horrabridge.

    www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk
  • Wednesday 6 March

    ‘My Friend Fred’ (talk) John Lowe. 7.30pm. Church House. Widecombe History Group

    www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com
  • Thursday 7 March

    Fingle Lecture Nick Dixon: the secret life of the world’s fastest raptor, the peregrine falcon. 7pm Fingle Bridge Inn. Information email: FingleWoods@ woodlandtrust.org.uk

  • Friday 8 & Saturday 9 March

    ‘Rocks’ MED Theatre performance. Also 12 March Cornwood; 24 March Meldon; 15 & 16 March Moretonhampstead. All performances 7.30pm.

    www.medtheatre.co.uk
  • Saturday 9 March

    Meet the Makers new@devonguild exhibition. Riverside, Bovey Tracey.

    www.crafts.org.uk
  • Chagword Children’s Bookfest Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

  • Sunday 10 March

    Willsworthy & Wheal Jewell Reservoir (DPA walk) 5 miles, 4 hours. Meet Willsworthy car park A386 SX51808350. Tel: (01837) 840123.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Tuesday 12 March

    GidSong – Music, Songs & Stories 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall. Bill Murray, tel: (01647) 231297.

  • Wednesday 13 March

    Monet at Giverny (talk) Caroline Holmes. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

    www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • Botanical Names Demystified (talk) 2.30pm. £11. Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department.

    www.buckfast.org.uk
  • Canonteign Falls Opens for the season.

    www.canonteignfalls.co.uk
  • Friday 15 March

    Mad, Bad & Fascinating to Know – Ancestors of Duke of Bedford (talk) Dr Geri Parlby. 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association.

    www.devonassoc.org.uk
  • Saturday 16 March

    Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir 7.30pm. St Lukes Church, Buckfastleigh.
    How to be a Better Beekeeper 2pm. £15, Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. See 13 March.
    Voces: Have Mercy Acapella Choral Music of the 16th century. 7.30pm, £10, Buckfast Abbey.
    Dartmoor Tinmining Research Group AGM Scoriton Village Hall 10am followed by walk Ringleshutes Mine, Holne Moor SX700697 2pm (Phil Newman).

    www.dtrg.org.uk
  • Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 March

    Buy One Get One Free Weekend South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh.

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

    www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
  • Tuesday 19 March

    Life on Dartmoor in WW1 (talk) Peter Mason. 7.30pm. Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District Local History Society.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org.uk
  • Guided walk: mining heritage Nick Butland 10am meet Coronation Hall car park, Mary Tavy.

  • Wednesday 20 March

    Some Rude Monuments of a Curious Kind (talk) Jane Marchand. Lustleigh Village Hall 7.30pm. Lustleigh Society.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • A Dartmoor Farmer, his Daughters and his Diary (talk) Jacqueline Sarsby. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society. Tel: (01647) 441083.

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Behind the Scenes: Buckfast Abbey Gardens 11am, £3. See 13 March.

    Widecombe/Drywell and Dunstone (DPA walk) 4–5 miles. Meet Widecombe car park 10.30am. Tel: (01822) 614855. See 10 March.

  • Thursday 21 March

    Burrator Wildlife (talk) Paul Rendell. Brentor Garden Club, 7.30pm Brentor Village Hall. Non-members welcome. Tel: (01822) 810004.

    Introduction to Dams and Reservoirs (talk) 7.30pm Burrator Discovery Centre. £4 inc. refreshments. Booking tel: (01822) 855700.

  • Friday 22 March

    Bill Murray and Jim Causley Widecombe Sailing Club. Email: dafedwards53@gmail.com

  • Friday 22–Sunday 24 March

    Chagword Literary Festival Chagford.

    www.chagword.co.uk
  • Saturday 23 March

    Lambing Live Greenwell Farm, nr Meavy (PL20 6PY). 10–11.30am & 11.30–1pm. Clearbrook Wild Child. See 2 March.

    Timber Day at Pullabrook nr Bovey Tracey. Explore the woods, watch tree felling, make charcoal.

    www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org
  • Saturday 23 March–6 May

    Certaine Wytches Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey.

    www.crafts.org
  • Sunday 24 March

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

    www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/templerway
  • Monday 25 March

    Guided Short Walk (DPA) Jay’s Grave, Bowerman’s Nose 10am. 3 miles, 2 hours. Après walk Rugglestone Inn. Tel: (01752) 405245. See 10 March.

    Museum of Dartmoor Life Opens.

    www.dartmoorlife.org.uk
  • Tuesday 26 March

    Totnes – Ancient Royal Borough and Market Town (talk) John Risdon 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. £3 members, £4 non. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

    www.devonmuseums.net/bovey
  • Thursday 28–Saturday 30 March

    ‘Jungle Book’ Teign Valley Players performance. Community Hall, Christow. Tickets can be reserved on (01647) 252767.

  • Saturday 30 March

    Two Moors Way Work Party Bennetts Cross/Birch Tor area SX681817. 10am–4pm.

    www.dartmoor.gov.uk/enjoy-dartmoor/events
  • Sunday 31 March

    Postbridge & Laughter Tor (DPA walk) 10am. 7 miles, 5 hours. Meet car park B3212 SX64597871. Tel: 01752) 788464. See 10 March.

    Family Wildlife Watch 10.30am Burrator Discovery Centre. £3 adult, £2 child. Tel: (01822) 855700.

  • Lukesland Gardens Harford, Ivybridge. Open Sundays, Wednesdays & Bank Holidays to 16 June, 11am–5pm.

    www.lukesland.co.uk
  • Spring Letterbox Meet Lee Moor Village Hall. To hire a stall tel: (01364) 73414, email: 100club@letterboxingondartmoor.co.uk

  • Spring Birdwatching Walk A chance to see and hear migrant birds (pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler etc). Start Trendlebere Down lower car park SX 784793 9.30am. 3hrs, no dogs, £5. Tel: 07858 421148, email: enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk.

    www.dartmoornaturetours.co.uk

APRIL

  • Tuesday 2 April

    Butterflies of Dartmoor (talk) Megan Lowe. Princetown History Club. See 5 March.

  • Wednesday 3 April

    Mrs Bridie Oakes-Richards, Governor HM Prison Dartmoor (talk) Widecombe History Group. See 6 March.

  • Thursday 4 April

    Wildlife CCTV (talk) 7pm, Fingle Bridge Inn. A team of volunteers and ecologists have combined their expertise to create mobile CCTV kits for surveying wildlife such as bats and fish. We’ve been using them to study dormice at Fingle, which has provided amazing insight into behaviours not seen before.

    finglewoods.org.uk/2019/03/27/fingle-lectures-april-and-may/
  • Thursday 4 April–Saturday 18 May

    Discover Dartmoor (photographic exhibition) Anna Curnow. Ashburton Information Centre; free entry.

    www.asc-photography.com
  • Ryan Cook Modern country singer-songwriter. 7.30pm Buckland in the Moor Community Hall. Villages in Action event.

    villagesinaction.co.uk/
  • Saturday 6 April

    A Night at the Opera Chagford Singers. 7.30pm Jubilee Hall. Tickets Sally’s Newsagent, on door,

    www.thechagfordsingers.co.uk
  • Two Moors Way Big Walk 3 Newbridge to Chagford, with shorter option. Two Moors Way Association. Details visit

    www.twomoorsway.org
  • Quince Honey Farm Opens, South Molton.

    www.quincehoneyfarm.co.uk
  • Compania D'Click – Isla Spanish theatrical circus company. 7.30pm Scoriton Village Hall. Villages in Action event. See 5 April.

  • Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April

    Wool and Yarn Fest RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk
  • Saturday 6–Sunday 14 April

    50th Anniversary Gala South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. See 16 March.

  • Saturday 6–Sunday 21 April

    National Parks Fortnight

    www.dartmoor.gov.uk/enjoy-dartmoor/events
  • Tuesday 9 April

    Family Workshop: Make a Witch’s Broomstick Devon Guild, Riverside, Bovey Tracey. See 9 March.

  • Spring Flowers Walk Sue Goodfellow, 2pm Steps Bridge. Booking tel: (01647) 252743, email: sue@goodfellowenvironmental.co.uk

  • Wednesday 10 April

    Bulbs & Spring Growth (walk & talk) Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. 11am £3. See 13 March.

  • Everything is Art. Everything is Politics (talk) Frank Woodgate. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 13 March.

  • Thursday 11 & 18 April

    Family Friendly Crafts Spring Woodland Festival. Woodland Centre, East Dartmoor NNR, Yarner Wood, Bovey Tracey.

    www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org
  • Friday 12 & Saturday 13 April

    Foraging Walk Including wild food lunch. The Cleave, Lustleigh. 12pm–3.30pm, £50.

    www.wildfood.uk.com
  • Saturday 13 April

    Brent Singers: Faure Requiem & Other Works 7.30pm. £10. Buckfast Abbey. See 13 March.

    Family Event: Exploring the Vertues (& Vices) of Herbes Devon Guild, Riverside, Bovey Tracey. See 9 March.

  • Dartmoor Society AGM Scoriton Village Hall.

    www.dartmoorsociety.com
  • Gin & Rum Festival 1–6pm Town Hall, Tavistock.

    www.missivyevents.co.uk
  • Moretonhampstead Craft Collective 10am–5pm. Visit makers’ studios and join workshops (booking). Tel: (01647) 440708, email: info@greenshoes.co.uk.

  • The Drystones Folk duo nominated for 2018 BBC Radio Two Young Folk Award. 7.30pm St Leonard's Church, Sheepstor. Villages in Action event. See 5 April.

  • Tuesday 16 April

    The History of the Plymouth Naval Dockyard (talk) Commander Crichton. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 19 March.

  • Wednesday 17 April

    Civil War in Plymouth (talk) Phillip Photiou. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 20 March.

  • Thursday 18 April

    North Hall Manor Excavations (talk) Andy Crabb. 2.15pm, Town Hall, Devon Square, Newton Abbot. Devonshire Association. See 15 March.

  • Thursday 18–Monday 22 April

    Walkhampton Inn Real Ale and Cider Festival Walkhampton, nr Yelverton.

    www.walkhamptoninn.co.uk
  • Friday 19 April

    Chocolate and Coffee Festival 10.30am–4pm Butchers Hall, Tavistock. Workshops. Book online at

    www.missivyevents.co.uk
  • Easter Fun Day Donkey Sanctuary, Filham Park, Ivybridge. Free entry, family activities, Easter trails. Also open Saturday 20 & Monday 22 April. Tel: (01752) 690200.

  • Sunday 21 April

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS 2–5pm Skaigh Lane, Belstone EX20 1RD. Tel: (01837) 840332.

    www.andrewscorner.garden
  • Spring Birdwatching Walk Trendlebere Down. See 31 March.

    www.dartmoornaturetours.co.uk
  • Tuesday 23 April

    The Dartmoor Conchies (talk) Simon Dell 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. See 26 March.

  • Wednesday 24 April

    Eastern Dartmoor at the Time of the Black Death (talk) Dr David Stone. The Lustleigh Society. See 20 March.

    Container Planting Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department £11. See 13 March.

  • Friday 26 April

    James Hickman & Dan Cassidy Folk and roots duo. 7.30pm Scoriton Village Hall. Villages in Action event. See 5 April.

  • Saturday 27 April

    Tinworking Community Day 10am–5pm Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy. Mary Tavy Jubilee Group and Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group. Details email: secretary@dtrg.org.uk.

    Green Man Festival From 10am, hosted by Bovey Town Council and Grimspound Border Morris. Bovey Tracey.

  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April

    RHS National Rhododendron Show RHS Rosemoor. See 16 & 17 March.

  • Sunday 28 April

    Discover Blackadon (walk) Sue Goodfellow. 10.30am–1pm. Meet Newbridge car park SX712708. Donation £3, no dogs. DWT Bovey Tracey Local Group. Tel: (01626) 834399.

    Family Wildlife Watch Burrator. See 31 March.

  • Sunday 28 April & Tuesday 21 May

    Photo Workshops John Howells. Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford.

    www.stonelanegardens.com
  • Tuesday 30 April

    Dartmoor's Lichens (talk) Alison Smith, Lead Community Scientist, Plantlife. 7.30–8.3-pm Burrator Heritage Centre. £4, booking (01822) 855700.

MAY

  • Throughout May

    Delamore Arts 15th annual exhibition House and gardens, Cornwood.

    www.delamore-art.co.uk
  • Wednesday 1 May

    Dartmoor Border Morris 5.30am car park below Leeden Tor, to dance in the sunrise. Also 8pm at Royal Oak Inn, Meavy with Lodestone Border Morris.

    www.dartmoorbordermorris.com
  • Saturday 4 May

    Mount Kelly Choral Society May Concert ‘The Creation’, St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. Tickets £12 Bookstop, Mount Kelly College reception, or

    www.Ticketsource.co.uk/mountkelly
  • Dawn Chorus Walk Chris Walpole, Belstone. Meet 5.30am village hall, followed by breakfast. Donations; no dogs.

    www.belstonevillage.net
  • Lustleigh May Day Procession, mummers, Morris dancers, stalls, refreshments.

  • Cleft gate hurdle making Parke, Bovey Tracey 9.30am–4.30pm. Devon Rural Skills Trust course. For more information visit the website.

    www.drst.org.uk
  • Sunday 5 & Monday 6, Sunday 26 & Monday 27 May

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS, Belstone. See 21 April

  • Monday 6 May

    Bank Holiday Organ Recital Timothy Parsons, Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, 2.30pm. Free, Buckfast Abbey. See 13 March.

    Spring Garden Fete 10.30am–4pm Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton. Entry £2.50, under 5s free.

  • Tuesday 7 May

    Exploration (talk) Jim McNeill. Princetown History Club. See 5 March.

  • Wednesday 8 May

    Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves: The working classes in Art (talk) Linda Smith. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 13 March.

    Trees & Shrubs Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. 11am, £3. See 13 March.

    Dartmoor Border Morris8pm Burrator Inn, with Plymouth Morris. See 1 May.

  • Thursday 9 May

    The Lost Words (talk) 7pm, Fingle Bridge Inn, 7pm. Volunteer organiser for ‘The Lost Words in Devon’, Hayden Gabriel will shine a light on the Crowdfunder campaign that sought to place a copy of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ nature-focused ‘spell-book’ in every primary school in Devon – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/-the-lost-words-in-devon.

    finglewoods.org.uk/2019/03/27/fingle-lectures-april-and-may/
  • Friday 10–Sunday 12 May

    Ten Tors Challenge Okehampton Camp.

    www.tentors.org.uk
  • Saturday 11 May

    Ivybridge 10K Fun Run Details

    www.ermevalleyharriers.co.uk
  • Wednesday 15 May

    Norman Castles in Devon (talk) Professor Robert Higham. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 20 March.

    Dartmoor Border Morris8pm East Dart Hotel, Postbridge, with Glory of the West. See 1 May.

  • Thursday 16–Saturday 18 May

    Devon County Show Westpoint, Exeter.

    www.devoncountyshow.co.uk
  • Saturday 18 May

    Dartmoor Local History Day Parke, Bovey Tracey.

    www.dartmoor.gov.uk
  • Saturday 18 May–October

    Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford.

    www.stonelanegardens.com
  • Saturday 18–Sunday 19 May

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

    www.ngs.org.uk
  • Sunday 19 May

    Spring Woodland Festival Parking nr Yarner House. £2 per person, 11am parade, 11.30am ‘wild and wonderful day’ at East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.

    www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org
  • Spring Birdwatching Walk Trendlebere Down. See 31 March.

    www.dartmoornaturetours.co.uk
  • Tuesday 21 May

    The history of Plymouth’s airports and air services (talk) Clive Charlton. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 19 March.

  • Wednesday 22 May

    Wild Days and Medieval Knights (talk) Andrew Cooper. The Lustleigh Society. See 20 March.
    Sensory, Physic and Millennium Gardens (tour) Buckfast Abbey. 11am, £3. See 13 March.

    Dartmoor Border Morris8pm Cornwood Inn, with Harberton Navy Morris. See 1 May.

  • Why ponds are wonderful havens for wildlife (talk) Paul Martin, Devon Wildlife Trust. Burrator Heritage Centre. See 30 April.

  • Thursday 23 May

    Walk & Talk – Woodland and Shaded Areas The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton. £17, booking essential.

    www.thegardenhouse.org.uk
  • Friday 24–Monday 27 May

    Spring Beer Festival South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. See 16 March

  • Saturday 25 May

    Early Music Collective: Back Motets 7.30pm £10 Buckfast Abbey. See 13 March.

    Bridford Trust Woodland Walkabout (walk)David Price. 10am–midday. Meet Woodland Park SX814865. DWT Bovey Tracey Local Group. No dogs. Booking essential: email: Linda.corkerton@btinternet.com

  • Herb & Edible Flower Container Workshop 10am–1pm Proper Job Resource Centre, Chagford. Put together a successful container full of herbs and edible flowers; repurpose a container from the yard or bring along your own! £10 + booking fee; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear old clothes and sensible shoes with thick soles.

    www.proper-job.org
  • Saturday 25–Monday 27 May

    Ragged Victorian Weekend Morwellham Working Village, Mine & Craft Centre, Tavistock.

    www.morwellham-quay.co.uk
  • Monday 27 May

    Bank Holiday Organ Recital Ben Horden 2.30pm, free, Buckfast Abbey. See 13 March.

  • Tuesday 28 May

    Family Activity ‘Drop-in’ Day 10am–3pm Burrator. See 31 March.

  • Wednesday 29 May

    An Afternoon with Chris Beardshaw (talk) 3pm RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington

    www.rhs.org.uk
  • Thursday 30 May

    Newton Bushel Morris 8pm Rugglestone Inn, with Dartmoor Border Morris. See 1 May.

  • Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June

    Coombe Trenchard English Country Garden Festival Lewtrenchard EX20 4PW.

    www.coombetrenchard.co.uk
  • Dartmoor Preservation Association Diary Dates

    Sunday 3 March High House Waste Workday
    Friday 8 March Leat Workday
    Sunday 10 March Willsworthy area and Wheal Jewell Reservoir
    Saturday 16 March Tree work
    Wednesday 20 March Widecombe/Drywell and Dunstone Down
    Monday 25 March Guided short walk – Jay’s Grave and Bowerman’s Nose
    Saturday 30 March Tree work
    Sunday 31 March Postbridge and Laughter Tor
    Saturday 6 April Guided walk to Bere Ferrers church
    Saturday 13 April Tree work
    Saturday 20 April Princetown Circular Walk
    Thursday 25 April Guided short walk – Hurston Stone Row
    Sunday 28 April Soil Study Day at Pudsham Meadows
    The events are open to all, members and non-members.
    Visit www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk for further information and dates.