What's On

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

DECEMBER

  • Saturday 30 November

    Christmas Food & Crafts Fair Buckfast Abbey.

    www.buckfast.org.uk
  • South Brent Winter Carnival

    Ivybridge Christmas Festival

  • Meavy Christmas Fair 12–5pm Meavy Parish Hall. Christmas Lights Turn On 5pm on the village green.

  • Saturday 30 November,1 & 7/8 December

    Christmas Tree Festival St John’s Church, Ivybridge

  • Saturday 30 November, 1, 7/8 & 15–24 December

    Christmas at Morwelham Quay Near Tavistock.

    www.morwelham-quay.co.uk
  • Date TBC

    Christmas Street Fayre Bovey Tracey. 3–6pm.

  • To 21 December

    Christmas Art and Craft Fair Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead.

    www.greenhillarts.co.uk
  • Weekends until 23 December

    Santa’s Grotto House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey.

    www.houseofmarbles.com
  • To 24 December

    Christmas Nativity Experience Pennywell Farm.

    www.pennywellfarm.co.uk
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays to 24 December

    Train to Christmas Town Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton. Tel: 08000 232383

    www.dartmoorrailway.com
  • To end December

    Wildwood Arts Winter Exhibition Horrabridge.

    www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk
  • To 4 January

    Rosemoor Glow Garden Illuminations RHS Garden Rosemoor every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except Boxing Day).

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
  • To 5 January

    Dartmoor at Christmas Princetown Visitor Centre plays host to the ‘Dartmoor Range’ of products inspired by Dartmoor.

    www.dartmoor.gov.uk
  • Sunday 1 December

    Christmas Market Ullacombe Farm, Bovey Tracey.

    www.ullacombefarm.co.uk
  • Antiques and Collectables Fair Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

    Christmas Tree Festival Midday, St John’s Church Hall, Ivybridge. Craft stalls.

  • Tuesday 3 December

    Christmas Market & Social Evening 6–8pm Postbridge Village Hall. Raffle, free admission. Hosted by Frank and Sue Martin of Pizwell Farm.

  • AGN & Christmas Social Princetown History Club. 7pm for 7.30pm start Princetown Community Centre.

    https://princetownhistoryclub.weebly.com
  • Thursday 5 December

    Ashburton Christmas Market 4pm–7pm late night shopping.

  • Edwardian Evening From 6pm. Okehampton. Museum of Dartmoor Life 5.30–8pm with Father Christmas.

    www.dartmoorlife.org.uk
  • Dartmoor Zoo Christmas Craft Fair Sparkwell.

    www.dartmoorzoo.co.uk
  • Friday 6 December

    Christmas Market & Dickensian Evening Tavistock.

    Late Night Shopping Evening Chagford 5–8pm.

    Histories of the Unexpected (show) Sam Willis and James Daybell. 7.30pm All Saints Church, Okehampton. Tickets from Donald’s Menswear; more information 07551 655424.

  • Saturday 7 December

    Christmas Celebration Day Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. Events including makers’ pop- up studios, foods tastings etc.

    Exeter Chamber Choir: Celebration of Christmas 7.30pm £10 Buckfast Abbey. See 30 November.

    Stille Nacht, A German Christmas Brent Singers. 7.30pm St Petroc’s Church, South Brent. Tel: (01752) 892703.

    Winter Feast & Fire Coombe Trenchard. www.coombetrenchard.co.uk

    Christmas Lights Switch On Event 5.30pm Moretonhampstead

    Holne Christmas Fair 2–4pm Village Hall.

    Arts Market Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Mistletoe Fair 10am–3pm Brentor Village Hall.

    www.brentorvillage.org
  • The Watermark Christmas Gift Fair 10am Ivybridge. Free entry.

  • Weekends 7/8, 14/15 & 18–24 December

    Santa by Steam South Devon Railway.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December

    Westcountry Equine Fair Westpoint, Exeter.

    www.westcountryequinefair.co.uk
  • Sunday 8 December

    Christmas Fair 10am–3pm Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

  • Santa Run RHS Rosemoor. Children’s Hospice South West.

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
  • Monday 9–Saturday 14 December

    Adrian – The Alternative Pantomime Moorland Merrymakers, 7.30pm Leusdon Memorial Hall. Matinee 7 December. Tickets tel: (01364) 652415, email: booking4merrymakers@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday 10 & 17 December

    Oaks & Acorns Christmas Special Children’s Activities. Buckfast Abbey. See 30 November.

  • Wednesday 11 December

    A Blast from the Past – Medieval Instruments (talk) Jonathan Weeks. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

    www.dartmoor-dfas.org.uk
  • Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 December

    Christmas Table Decorations Buckfast Abbey Gardening Department. See 30 November.

  • Thursday 12 & Friday 13 December

    Christmas Dining Trains South Devon Railway. See 7 December.

  • Thursday 12–Friday 20 December

    Widecombe Christmas Tree Festival St Pancras Church.

  • Saturday 14 December

    Abbey Choir – Handel’s Messiah 7.30pm £10 Buckfast Abbey. See 30 November.

    Ivybridge Donkey Sanctuary Christmas Market11am–3pm. Donkey Sanctuary, Filham Park, Ivybridge.

    Christmas Concert Okehampton Choral Society. 7.30pm Fairplace Church.

    Arts Market Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December

    Dartington Christmas Fair 9.30am–5.30pm Sat, 10am–5pm Sun.

    Magic of Christmas and Craft Fair RHS Garden Rosemoor.

  • Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair Jubilee Hall, Chagford.

    www.wonderworkscontemporarycraft.com
  • Sunday 15 December

    Rowcroft Carol Service Dartington Community Choir. 3pm. Buckfast Abbey. See 30 November.

    Christmas Festival Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Granite Song – A Sculpture Trail (walk)
    10am–3pm Meet Drewsteignton car park.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Christmas Concert
    Okehampton Choral Society at Crediton Congregational Church. 7.30pm. Tickets on the door.

  • Tuesday 17 December

    Birdsong (talk) Tony Whitehead 7.30–9.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey. Devon Wildlife Trust. Information email: annesatow@gmail.com.

    www.devonwildlifetrust.org
  • Gidsong 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall. Contact Bill Murray tel: (01647) 321297.

  • Swan Lake (ballet) Theatre Orchard and Living Spit. 7.30pm Scoriton Village Hall. Tickets tel: (01364) 631288.

    www.villagesinaction.co.uk
  • Wednesday 18–Monday 23 December

    Christmas Markets Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Thursday 19 December

    Swan Lake (ballet) 7.30pm Sticklepath Village Hall. Tickets tel: 07854 062407. See 17 December.

  • Friday 20–Monday 23 December

    Magic of Christmas Santa ExperienceRHS Garden Rosemoor. See 8 December.

  • Saturday 21 December

    Organ Music for Christmas 3pm Buckfast Abbey. See 30 November.

  • Mount Kelly Choral Society Christmas Oratorio 7.30pm. St Eustachius Church, Plymouth Road, Tavistock. Tickets £10 (under 18s free) from Bookstop, Tavistock,

    www.ticketsource.co.uk/mountkelly or on the door.
  • Christmas Garland MakingBurrator Discovery Centre. £7. Book on Tel: (01822) 855700, email: heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk.

    Winter Warmer Family Workshop Free event 2–4pm Eco-Hub, Okehampton. Harvest Workers Co-op. Book via events@harvestworkerscoop.org.uk.

  • Sunday 22 December

    Festival Advent Carol Service 3pm Buckfast Abbey. See 30 November.

    Winter Birdwatching Walk
    Start Trendlebere Down Lower Car Park SX 784793) 9.30am. £5 for 3hr walk. No dogs. Dartmoor Nature Tours. Email: enquiries@ dartmoornaturetours.co.uk.

  • Thursday 26 December

    Dartmoor Border Morris Royal Oak, Meavy.

    www.dartmoormorris.com

JANUARY

  • Wednesday 1 January

    Cornwood Wassail Dartmoor Border Morris. See 26 December.

  • Sunday 5 January

    Mummers Play & Wassail Dartmoor Border Morris. 1pm Buckland Abbey. See 26 December.

  • The Duchesses of Bedford (talk) Geri Parlby. Princetown History Club. See 3 December.

  • Wednesday 8 January

    Christmas Party & Photo Quiz Robert Hesketh. 7.30pm Church House. Widecombe History Group.

    www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com
  • Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend (talk) Neil Faulkner Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 11 December.

  • Saturday 11–Saturday 18 January

    Robin Hood (pantomime) Dunsford Amateur Dramatics Society, 7.45pm Village Hall. Evenings 14–18 January; matinees 11, 12 & 18 January. Tickets tel: (01647) 252795, or

    www.dadsbookings.com.
  • Wednesday 15 January

    Who were the rightful heirs to the throne in the 15th century – York or Lancaster? (talk) Dr Ian Mortimer. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society Tel: (01647) 441083.

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Friday 17 January

    Social Evening 2020 Including talk by Dr Helen Wilson on Postcards of the Tamar Valley. 7pm Tavistock Parish Centre, Plymouth Road. Devonshire Association.

    www.devonassoc.org.uk
  • Saturday 18 January

    Woodland Management and Charcoal Making (course) Parke, Bovey Tracey. Devon Rural Skills Trust.

    www.drst.org.uk
  • Whose History is it Anyway? Seminar. 10am–3pm Dartmoor National Park HQ, Parke, Bovey Tracey.

    www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk
  • Tuesday 21 January

    The Real Poldark Inheritance (talk) Terry Faull. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District Local History Society.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org.uk
  • Meadow Making (talk) Audrey Compton. Devon Wildlife Trust, Bovey Tracey. See 17 December.

  • Wednesday 22 January

    The Railways Around Devon (talk) ) Bernard Mills. 7pm Lustleigh Village Hall £3 Lustleigh Society.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • Thursday 30 & Friday 31 January, 1 & 6–8 February

    Aladdin (pantomime) CPhyl’s Follies, 7.30pm Postbridge Village Hall. Matinee 1 February. Tickets tel: (01822) 880223, email: postbridge.panto@gmail.com.

FEBRUARY

  • Tuesday 4 February

    A 50-year landmark (talk) Simon Dell. Princetown History Club. See 3 December.

  • Wednesday 5 February

    Dartmoor’s Factory Floor (talk) Rob Steemson. Widecombe History Group. See 8 January.

  • Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 February

    See It, Buy It, Make It Craft Exhibition. RHS Garden Rosemoor. See 8 December.

  • Sunday 9 February

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

    www.andrewscorner.garden
  • Wednesday 12 February

    What did the Greeks & Romans ever do for Art (talk) Gilllian Hovell. Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 11 December.

  • Tuesday 18 February

    A Rural Legacy Lost: the Decline of Salmon Fishing on the River Dart (talk) Nick Baker. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 21 January.

  • Saving our Swifts (talk) Alastair Whybrow and Jan Gannaway. Devon Wildlife Trust, Bovey Tracey. See 17 December.

  • Wednesday 19 February

    Haytor Granite – a Celebration (talk) Stuart Drabble. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 15 January.

  • Friday 21 February

    Re-wilding Dartmoor (talk) Adam Owen. 7.30pm Tavistock. Devonshire Association. See 17 January.

  • Wednesday 26 February

    Nature Diary (talk) Lionel Bennett. Lustleigh Society. See 22 January.