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Dartmoor Diary

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Dartmoor Directory

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  • To Sunday 17 December

    Plymouth Christmas Market Plymouth Gin Distillery, Southside Street

  • Friday 1 December

    Dickensian Evening Lantern parade, late night shopping and Christmas light switch-on 5–8pm Tavistock Town Council

  • Friday 1–Saturday 2 December

    Christmas Market 10am–5pm Buckfast Abbey

  • Friday 1–Sunday 10 December

    Christmas Tree Festival St Eustachius Church Tavistock

  • Friday 1–Saturday 23 December

    The Polar Express (train ride) Buckfastleigh Station South Devon Railway

  • Friday 1–Saturday 30 December

    Glow at Rosemoor Festive lights and sound plus different entertainers on various dates 4.408.30pm RHS Garden Rosemoor

  • Saturday 2 December

    Mistletoe Fair 10.15am–3pm Brentor Village Hall

  • Saturday 2 December

    Church Christmas Fair 10am–midday St Michael’s Church Chagford

  • Saturday 2 December

    RSCM Advent Carol Service 4.30pm Buckfast Abbey

  • Saturday 2 December

    Santas on a Bike Charity bike ride 12.15pm Ivybridge

  • Saturday 2 December

    The Chairman’s Christmas Walk John Howell 10am–1pm 4 miles (6.5km) Postbridge main car park (SX 647 788) Dartmoor Preservation Association

  • Saturday 2 December

    The Concert Band of Britannia Royal Naval College: Christmas ‘Radio Hits’ Concert 7.30pm The Watermark, Ivybridge

  • Saturday 2 December

    The Great Western Christmas Teddy Bear Fair 10.30am4pm Tavistock Town Hall Tavistock Town Council. See 1 December.

  • Saturday 2 December

    Follow that Star (Christmas concert) 7.30pm St Petroc’s Church, South Brent Brent Singers

  • Saturday 2–Sunday 3 December

    Wonderworks (contemporary craft fair) 10am–5pm Jubilee Hall Chagford



  • Saturday 2–Sunday 3 December

    Magic of Christmas (craft and food fair) 11am–4pm RHS Garden Rosemoor. See 1 December.

  • Wednesday 6 December

    Christmas Street Fair 4.30–8pm Fore Street, Buckfastleigh

  • Wednesday 6 December

    The Hole Family of Parke, Bovey Tracey Dr Frances Billings 7.30pm Church House Widecombe History Group

  • Thursday 7 December

    A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine and her Peasant (talk) Rosemary and David Griggs 7pm Shilstone House, Modbury Devon Rural Archive

  • Thursday 7 December

    Late Night Christmas Market Ashburton

  • Saturday 9 December

    Cantique De Noel 7.30pm Buckfast Abbey. See 2 December.

  • Saturday 9 December

    Hedge Steeping Course Alan Cooper 9.15am–4.30pm Whiddon Farm, Chagford SX 721889 Devon Rural Skills Trust (07488) 396964

  • Saturday 9 December

    Christmas Concert 7.30pm St Michael’s Church, Chagford

  • Saturday 9–Sunday 10 December

    Christmas Shopping Fair 10.30am–4.30pm The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum

  • Saturday 9 & 11–16 December

    Camelot (Moorland Merrymakers Christmas pantomime) 9 December 5pm, 11–16 December 7.30pm Leusdon Memorial Hall mmerrymakers@gmail.com

  • Saturday 9–Sunday 17 December

    Widecombe Christmas Tree Festival St Pancras Church

  • Sunday 10 December

    Jack and the Beanstalk (Christmas pantomime) 2–4pm RHS Garden Rosemoor. See 1 December.

  • Tuesday 12 December

    Gidsong Music, songs and stories 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall

  • Tuesday 12 December

    Winter Bird Walk 10am Waterleat, Ashburton Barn Owl Trust

  • Tuesday 12 December

    Mutiny on the Moor (talk) Simon Dell 7.30pm Parish Centre Tavistock Local History Society

  • Wednesday 13 December

    The 2nd Legion Augusta in the West – Roman Conquest and Occupation (talk) Steve Stocker 7.30pm Ockment Centre, Okehampton

  • Thursday 14–Saturday 16 December

    Christmas Markets 9am–4pm Butchers Hall, Tavistock Town Council. See 1 December.

  • Friday 15 December

    A 17th Century Atlas of the British Isles (talk) Tony Gale 2.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre Devonshire Association Tavistock and West Devon branch tavistock@devonassoc.org.uk

  • Saturday 16 December

    Festival Carol Service 3pm Buckfast Abbey. See 2 December.

  • Saturday 16 December

    Victorian Christmas Carol Concert 7–9pm RHS Garden Rosemoor. See 1 December.

  • Saturday 16 December

    The Shallowford Nativity 4pm Outdoor event with hot food on sale East Shallowford Farm

  • Saturday 16 December

    Christmas Concert Mount Kelly Choral Society 7.30pm Tavistock Methodist Church Tickets BookStop or ticketsource. co.uk/mount-kelly-choral-society

  • Sunday 17 December

    Bowerman’s Nose (walk) Hilary Luce 10.30am–1.30pm 4 miles (6.5km) Hound Tor car park (SX 739792) Dartmoor Preservation Association

  • Monday 18 December

    Christmas Social Morning 11am–12.30pm Postbridge Village Hall

  • Thursday 21–Friday 22 December

    Children’s Christmas party 3–5pm RHS Garden Rosemoor. See 1 December.

  • Tuesday 26 December–Monday 1 January

    Festive Steam Services South Devon Railway. See 1 December.

  • Tuesday 2 January

    The Wildlife of Dartmoor (talk) John Walters 7.30pm Princetown Community Centre Princetown History Club

  • Saturday 13 January

    Hedge Steeping Course Chris Stanton 9.15am–4.30pm Mothecombe, Holberton SX 613478 Devon Rural Skills Trust. See 9 December.

  • Tuesday 16 January

    Reverend Bray’s Inscribed Boulders (talk) Simon Dell 7.30pm Meavy Village Hall Yelverton and District Local History Society

  • Friday 19 January

    Social Evening 7.30pm Booking required Devonshire Association Tavistock and West Devon branch. See 15 December.

  • Friday 19 January

    Winter Regatta Dinner accompanied by musical and comedic entertainment from the diners themselves The Old Inn Widecombe Sailing Club

  • Saturday 20 January–Saturday 13 April

    PULP (exhibition) The use of paper and card in design and art Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey MAKE Southwest

  • Thursday 25–Saturday 27 January

    Red (Phyl’s Follies pantomime) Modern take on Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs 27 January 2pm, 25 & 26 January 7.30pm Postbridge Village Hall postbridgepanto@gmail.com (01822) 880223

  • Saturday 27 January

    Hedge Steeping Course Bruce Baker 9.15am–4.30pm Pamflete Farm, Holberton SX 615 454 Devon Rural Skills Trust. See 9 December.

  • Thursday 1–Saturday 3 February

    Red (Phyl’s Follies pantomime) 7.30pm Postbridge Village Hall. See 25 January.

  • Tuesday 6 February

    RAF Harrowbeer (talk) Stephen Fryer Princetown History Club. See 2 January.

  • Sunday 11 February

    Snowdrop Sunday Snowdrops on display and for sale 11am–4pm Skaigh Lane, Belstone Andrews Corner Garden

  • Wednesday 7 February

    Wildlife on Dartmoor John Walters 7.30pm Widecombe History Group. See 6 December.

  • Friday 16 February

    Wildlife talk John Walters 7.30pm Devonshire Association Tavistock and West Devon branch. See 15 December.

  • Tuesday 20 February

    Winter bird walk 10am Barn Owl Trust. See 12 December.

  • Tuesday 20 February

    Excursions in the Tamar Valley via Historical Postcards (talk) Helen Wilson 7.30pm Meavy Village Hall Yelverton and District Local History Society. See 16 January.

  • Tuesday 27 February

    Devon’s Railway Heritage (talk) Robert Hesketh 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust