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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.