What's On

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


  • To Tuesday 2 October

    Exhibition of Dartmoor 365 10am–5pm National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

  • To Wednesday 31 October

    The Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition See Arts and Music.

  • Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September

    Nourish Festival – Craft, Food and Music (food festival Sat) Bovey Tracey.

  • Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 September

    Lustleigh Heritage Weekend Explore the history of Lustleigh.

  • South West Iberian ShowSpanish and Portuguese horses. The Grange, Northlew, Okehampton.

  • Sunday 2 September

    A Young Person’s Walk – The Giant’s Frying Pan 10.30am. Four Winds car park nr Princetown. Tel: (01822) 890225.

  • Kelly Mine Open Day 10.30am– 4.30pm, Lustleigh. Free admission, refreshments. Further information tel: (01626) 853127.

  • 28th Dartmoor Pony Moorland Show Old Playing Fields, Station Road, Princetown 10am. Schedule and application form tel: (01822) 890205, email: akelly@duchyofcornwall.org (entry on the day possible).

  • Monday 3 September

    Everyday life in medieval Ashburton (talk) St Lawrence Chapel. Ashburton History Society. Tel: (01364) 652768.

  • Prehistoric shamanism and ritual on Dartmoor (talk) Peter Knight. 2pm, Friends of the Wharf. Email: a.pulsford@axiom.eclipse.co.uk

  • Tuesday 4 September

    Early Photography and Plymouth (talk) Nigel Overton. 7.30pm Princetown Community Centre.

  • Practical Volunteering Day Burrator Discovery Centre 10am–3pm. Also 10, 18, 23 & 28 September. Tel: (01822) 855700, email: heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk.

  • Wednesday 5 September

    Coombe Trenchard (house tour) Lewdown.

  • Dartmoor Prison’s Conchies (talk) Simon Dell. 7.30pm Church House. Widecombe History Group.

  • Head Gardener Masterclass: Designing a garden for late summer 11am–3pm The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum. Members £30, non £35, book in advance.

  • Wednesday 5–Saturday 8 September

    The Millennium Mysteries: Creation, Fall, Restoration (play) Buckfast Abbey.

  • Friday 7 September

    Bronze Age Astronomy on Dartmoor (talk) John Morgan. 7.30pm St John The Baptist Church, Horrabridge.

  • Simon Weston OBE (in conversation with David Fitzgerald) The Watermark, Ivybridge.

  • Friday 7–Sunday 9 September

    Autumn Design for Living Fair 10am–4pm RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

  • Friday 7–Sunday 23 September

    The Rosemoor Open Art Exhibition 11am–5pm. See above.

  • Saturday 8 September

    Ashburton Food Festival 10am–5pm. St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton.

  • Archaeology in the Meavy valley (free walk) Andy Crabb. 10am–2pm, meet Burrator Discovery Centre. Book in advance. Tel: (01822) 855700, email: heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk.

  • Dartmoor in a Day

  • Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 September

    Heritage Open Day South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. Tel: (01364) 644370

  • Conservation work Two Moors Way 10am–4pm. Bennetts Cross SX 681817. Email: rsteemson@dartmoor.gov.uk.

  • Saturday 8–Sunday 23 September

    Devon Open Studios Venues across Dartmoor, including the Barn Gallery, Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford; Manaton Makers at the Gallery Barn, Ullacombe Farm, Bovey Tracey; and RedPod Arts, The Clay Factory, Ivybridge.

  • Saturday 8 September–Sunday 11 October

    Dartmoor Visions (exhibition) Wayward Art Group at the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

  • Sunday 9–Sunday 30 September

    Art Exhibition & Book Launch Tor Royal, Princetown. 2–6pm daily except Tuesdays; 1–26 October open Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. See pp23–4.

  • Monday 10 September

    The Tavistock Canal (talk) Simon Dell. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Monday 10 & Thursday 20 September

    Phyl’s Follies Panto Interest Evening 7.30pm. Details tel: (01822) 880024 or 880224.

  • Tuesday 11 September

    Widecombe Fair 9am till late.

  • Wednesday 12 September

    120 years of Burrator Reservoir (talk) Brian Poole. £4 inc. refreshments. Burrator Discovery Centre. See 8 September.

  • The Aztec Legacy: Continuity and Change (talk) Chloe Sayer. 9.45am for 10.30am Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

  • Thursday 13 September

    Antiques Roadshow at Buckfast Abbey 9.30am–4.30pm. No ticket required.

  • Open Day Mary Tavy HEP Station Free: book at www.eventbrite.co.uk or tel: (01392) 443020.

  • Thursday 13–Saturday 15 September

    Goosey Quilters Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Friday 14 September

    Hemerdon Mine (talk) 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association. Tel: (01822) 852636, email: edwardsbobbarbara@btinternet.com.

  • Friday 14–Sunday 16 September

    Devon Chilli & Chocolate Fair RHS Rosemoor. See 7 September.

  • Friday 14 September–Friday 5 October

    Daphne’s Daughters (exhibition) Jellyfish Community Arts Hub, Buckfastleigh.

  • Saturday 15 September

    11 Tors Challenge Walk Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. Princetown. Tel: 07752 146224.

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton.

  • Cream Tea Event & Open Day 2–5pm Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton). Rescue Centre, Ashburton. Full details on the website.

  • Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September

    Taste of Autumn Artisan Food Fair RHS Rosemoor 10am–4pm. See 7 September

  • Burrator Reservoir Anniversary Exhibition Burrator Discovery Centre. Guided walks and exhibition.

  • Pop-up Art and Jewellery Sale 10am–4.30pm Holne Village Hall. Local artists Rosemary Bonney, Jenni Evans, Mike Bonney, Kate Cowling. Free entry. Light lunches & cream teas at Holne Community Cafe; Church House Inn also open.

  • Saturday 15 & 22 September

    Devon Open Gardens (NGS) Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford.

  • Saturday 15 September–Saturday 27 October

    Dartmoor 365 Square Miles (exhibition) Anita Reynolds. Greenhill Arts, Moretonhampstead.

  • Sunday 16 September

    Lamerton Tractor Day and Country Fair

  • John Galsworthy Lunch Wingstone. Manaton. Royal British Legion £20. Tel: (01647) 221251/221660.

  • Walk for Widecombe Raising funds for a new village hall. Information and registration tel: (01392) 248919, email: clare.t@devoncommunities.org.uk. Closing date 7 September.

  • Bovey Tracey Evening Bat Walk 7–8.30pmMill Marsh Park (meet Station Road car park). Bring torch, and wear suitable clothing and footwear. To book email bats@devonwildlifetrust.org or tel: (01392) 260849.

  • Tuesday 18 September

    A Great & Desperate Venture: Belgian Refugees in Devon during WWI (talk) Ciaran Stoker. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton Local History Society.

  • Wednesday 19 September

    Behind the Scenes at the Museum: the other side of RAMM (talk) Camilla Hampshire, curator. Plus 40th Anniversary Meeting. 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall. The Lustleigh Society.

  • Ancient Houses of Exeter (talk) John Allan. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society.

  • ‘Walk & Talk’ with the Head Gardener: dahlias and long borders 1.30–2.30pm The Garden House. £12/£15, book in advance. See 5 September.

  • Friday 21 September

    Dartmoor Autumn Foraging Course Midday to approx. 3.30pm at The Cleave, Lustleigh. Also 22 Sept, 26 Oct, 27 Oct. Booking essential. Details tel: (01981) 590604, email: admin@wildfooduk.com

  • Friday 21 September & Friday 16 November

    Devon Voices 1914–1918 Home Front Stories. 12.30pm RAMM Exeter.

  • Saturday 22 September

    Vintage Fair Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Cream Tea Train Ride Dartmoor Railway.

  • Saturday 22–Sunday 30 September

    Drawn to the Valley Open Studios Tamar Valley.

  • Sunday 23 September

    St Raphaels Chapel, Huccaby Service of Celebration; 150th anniversary.

  • Monday 24 September

    The role of the pony on Dartmoor, including the Haytor Granite Tramway (talk) Paul Rendell. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Monday 24–Saturday 29 September

    Chagford Film Festival

  • Tuesday 25 September

    Restoration and Conservation of Exeter Cathedral (talk) Peter Dare. 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

  • DPA Guided Short Walk 3 miles; 10am from Pork Hill, après walk The Whitchurch Inn. Tel: (01752) 405245 or 07957 976758. email: keithryan@btinternet.co.uk.

  • Wednesday 26 September

    'Meet Tommy Atkins’ A soldier’s life. The Watermark, Ivybridge. See 7 September.

  • Bat Talk @ Buckfastleigh Town Hall 7–8.30pm Buckfastleigh Town Hall. Find out more about the work being done by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project in and around Buckfastleigh. Free (but please let us know if you’d like to attend emailing bats@devonwildlifetrust.org). Park in the main Victoria Road car park.

  • Thursday 27–Saturday 29 September

    Medieval Play – Bishop Stapledon St Andrews Church, Ashburton. Ashburton History Society. Tel: (01364) 652768.

  • Friday 28–Sunday 30 September

    Real Ale, Gin & Music Festival RHS Rosemoor. See 7 September.

  • Saturday 29 September

    Hedge Steeping (laying) Avonwick; 3 November, Ashburton; 10 November, Dartington; 24 November, Morwellham. Devon Rural Skills Trust. Tel: 07962 432317.

  • Steve Knightley Songs and Stories St John’s Church, North Bovey. Tel: 07887 932212.

  • Saturday 29 September–Sunday 28 October

    The Ponies of Dartmoor (exhibition) Fi Takacs. The Barn Gallery, Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford.

  • Sunday 30 September

    Okey Folky Folk Sessions 8pm Plume of Feathers, Okehampton. Tel: 07773 479375

  • Castle to Coast Ultra 50 miles following the Two Moors Way from Castle Drogo to Wembury.

  • Family Wildlife Watch Programme – Fruits & Seeds 10.30am–12.30pm. Burrator Discovery Centre. No booking needed. See 8 September.


  • Monday 1 October

    ‘National Character Areas’ of the Devon Landscape (talk) Malcolm Hart. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Tuesday 2 October

    Parishscapes Project for Moor Than Meets the Eye (talk) Emma Stockley. Princetown Community Centre. See 4 October.

  • Autumn Abundance Preserve Workshop Wash Barn, Buckfastleigh. Tel: (01803) 762074.

  • Practical Volunteering Day Burrator Discovery Centre 10am–3pm. Also 8, 14, 16, 26 & 30 October. Tel: (01822) 855700, email: heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk.

  • Free Day RHS Rosemoor. See 7 September.

  • Wednesday 3 October

    Wild Wolf to Pet Dog (talk) Kirsty Peake. Widecombe History Group. See 5 September.

  • Thursday 4 October

    John Kirkpatrick Café on the Green. Widecombe Sailing Club.

  • Thursday 4 October–Sunday 25 November

    Dartmoor Life at the end of WW1 (exhibition) Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

  • Friday 5 October

    National Park Societies Conference ‘What value our National Parks?’ Two Bridges Hotel. Dartmoor Preservation Association.

  • Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October

    Apple Festival RHS Rosemoor 10am–4pm. See 7 September.

  • Sunday 7 October

    Hennock Apple Day West Hele Barton, Hennock.

  • Abbots Way Walk – 23 miles Tavistock to Buckfast Abbey Tel: (01822) 852157, email: challisps@tiscali.co.uk.

  • Dartmoor hill ponies exhibition 10am–4pm The Barn Gallery, Ullacombe Farm. Photos and history.

  • Wednesday 10 October

    Tavistock Goose Fair

  • Cornish Art 1880–1940 (talk) Catherine Wallace. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 12 September.

  • Thursday 11 October

    Chagford Drift Pony Sale Chagford Market. 11am.

  • Friday 12–Sunday 21 October

    Two Moors Festival Classical music venues across Dartmoor and Exmoor.

  • Saturday 13 October

    Moorforeshore Craft & Gift Fayre Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Atrium Studio 'Oktoberfest' Family Fun Event 10am–1pm Balland Lane, Ashburton. Atrium Studio is a new, small secondary school specialising in the Built Environment and Creative Arts industries – offering our students unique opportunities to engage with our local community via work experience, apprenticeships and volunteering. Face painting; fancy dress; careers/apprenticeship information and advice; a tombola; calligraphy workshop; pumpkin carving and more.

  • Sunday 14 October

    Great South West Sportive Cycle event.

  • Golden Dagger Galoppen

  • Monday 15 October

    From Druids to Drones – a history of Dartmoor archaeology (talk) Andrew Thompson. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Tuesday 16 October

    The building of Plymouth Breakwater (talk) Ron Smith. Yelverton Local History Society. See 18 September.

  • Wildlife in your garden (talk) John Walters. 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AD. DWT Bovey Tracey Local Group. Suggested donation £3. Tel: (01626) 834399, email: johnwych@hotmail.com.

  • Wednesday 17 October

    Cess pits, sewers and Cemeteries (talk) Dr Peter Marsden. Lustleigh Society. See 19 September.

  • The Benedictine Monks of Doccombe Manor (talk) Professor James Clark. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 19 September.

  • Thursday 18 October

    Life on the Ledge (talk) Roger Finnamore – South West Peregrines Group. 7.30pm Burrator Discovery Centre. See 12 September.

  • Friday 19 October

    Life Between the Tides (talk) Dave Hersdon. 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association. See 14 September.

  • Saturday 20 October

    Okehampton Carnival

  • Shaugh Prior Apple Festival

  • Vintage Fair Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Grand Autumn Concert Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir supporting Children’s Hospice SW. 7.30pm St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. £10. Tel: 07817 521185.

  • Dartmoor Society Debate ‘Are we using Dartmoor’s stone resources wisely?’ Meldon village hall 10am–5pm. Advance booking by 15 Oct.

  • Saturday 20–Friday 26 October

    Kids for a Quid South Devon Railway. See 8 September.

  • Sunday 21 October

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open for autumn colour in aid of NGS 2–5pm Belstone. Tel: (01837) 840332.

  • Tuesday 23 October–Saturday 27 October

    The King and I Tavistock Musical Theatre Company. Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Tuesday 23 October

    Old Dartmoor (talk) Paul Rendell. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust. See 25 September.

  • ‘Walk & Talk’ with the Head Gardener: autumn colour 1.30–2.30pm The Garden House. See 19 September.

  • Thursday 25–Sunday 28 October

    Walkhampton Art and Craft Exhibition Memorial Hall.

  • Friday 26–Sunday 28 October

    Baring Gould Folk Festival Weekend Plus Folk School 22–26 October, Okehampton.

  • Thursday 25 October

    DPA Guided Short Walk 3 miles; Black Tor Falls. See 25 September.

  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October

    Half Price Weekend South Devon Railway. See 8 September.

  • Sunday 28 October

    Autumn Letterbox Meet Lee Moor Village Hall. Tel: (01364) 73414, email: 100club@letterboxingondartmoor.co.uk.

  • Andrew’s Corner Garden Open for autumn colour in aid of Children’s Hospice SW. Belstone. See 21 October.

  • Family Wildlife Watch Programme – Fungi 10.30am–12.30pm. Burrator Discovery Centre. No booking needed. See 8 September.

  • Monday 29 October

    Scourge and pestilence in Tavistock and the South West in recent times (talk) Kevin Dickens. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.


  • Friday 2 November

    Fireworks Display Ivybridge Rugby Club. Gates open 6.30pm, display c.8pm.

  • Saturday 3 November

    Fireworks Display Tavistock Meadows. Tavistock Lions

  • Friday 2–Sunday 4 November

    Diesel Gala South Devon Railway. See 8 September.

  • Monday 5 November

    Future energy from the Walkham Valley (talk) Joseph Toland. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Tuesday 6 November

    Three Lies and a Regicide (talk) Richard Sandover. Princetown History Club. See 4 September.

  • Wednesday 7 November

    Haytor Meteorological Station (talk) William Hand. Widecombe History Group. See 5 September.

  • Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey (tour) 11am, £3.

  • Friday 9 November

    Dartmoor Society Lecture Adrian Colston. 7pm Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey. Booking by 5 November. See 20 October.

  • Friday 9–Sunday 11 November

    Christmas Craft and Food Fair 10am–4pm Buckland Abbey.

  • Saturday 10 November

    Moorforeshore Craft & Gift Fayre Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Monday 12 November

    Goldsmith’s Cross (talk) Sue Andrew. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Wednesday 14 November

    Life and Times of the Sundial (talk) Kevin Kearney. Charter Hall, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 12 September.

  • Thursday 15 November–5 January 2019

    Rosemoor Glow Magical garden illuminations. RHS Rosemoor 4–8pm. See 7 September.

  • Thursday 15 November–24 February 2019

    Winter Sculpture Exhibition RHS Rosemoor 10am–5pm. See 7 September.

  • Friday 16 November

    An Overview of Dartmoor’s Archaeology (talk) Dr Lee Bray DNPA. Tavistock Parish Centre. Devonshire Association. See 14 September.

  • Talking Heads Tavonians Theatre Company (Alan Bennett's monologues). 8pm Meavy Parish Hall. Tickets £10. Theatre supper available at the Royal Oak Inn.

  • Saturday 17 November

    5th Pudsey Day of Morris Tavistock.

  • Sunday 18 November

    Drogo 10

  • Tuesday 20 November

    Back Tracking around the Princetown & Tavistock Branches (talk) Bernard Miles. Yelverton Local History Society. See 18 September.

  • The Secret World of Butterflies (talk) Richard Fox. 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AD. DWT Bovey Tracey Local Group. See 16 October.

  • Friday 23 November

    Ivybridge Christmas Festival and Late Night Opening Event Town centre from 5pm. Tel: (01752) 893815.

  • Talking Heads Tavonians Theatre Company (Alan Bennett's monologues). 7.30pm Toast Coffee House, Tavistock. Tickets £20 incs interval supper.

  • Friday 23–Sunday 25 November

    Christmas Craft Fair RHS Rosemoor 10am–6pm (4pm Sunday). See 7 Sept.

  • Saturday 24 November

    Ivybridge Town Centre Festive Entertainment Morning, town centre and The Watermark. Tel: (01752) 893815.

  • Christmas Concert Mount Kelly Choral Society. 7.30pm St Eustachius church, Tavistock.

  • South Brent Winter Carnival 6.15pm. Tel: (01364) 73292.

  • St Clement’s Day NT Finch Foundry, Sticklepath. From 11am.

  • Talking Heads Tavonians Theatre Company (Alan Bennett's monologues). 7.30pm Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy. Bring your own interval supper.

  • Sunday 25 November

    Festive Fair Two Bridges Hotel, 10.30am.

  • DPA Guided Short Walk 3 miles; Lydford High Down. See 25 September.

  • Monday 26 November

    Snakes, Saints & Pawnbrokers (talk) Geri Parlby. Tavistock Wharf. See 3 September.

  • Friday 30 November

    'BAG IT' Film & Food Night Guest speaker Nicky Scott of Proper Job. 6.30pm for food 7.30pm Okement Centre, Okehampton. Cost £12 film & food, £5 film only. Book at Harvest Farm Shop or email: events@harvestworkerscoop.org.uk.