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SEPTEMBER

  • To Sunday 3 September

    Dartmoor Walking Festival

    www.dartmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk
  • Friday 1 September

    Kids Nature Treasure Hunt & Letterboxing Haytor Rocks 10am–12.30pm. Dartmoor’s Daughter.

    www.eventbrite.com
  • Harvest Workers’ Co-op Launch Party 7–8.30pm Harvest Farm Shop, 5 Red Lion Yard, Okehampton.

    www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk
  • Stepdance workshop 7.30–9pm Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton. Email: dartmoorstepdance@gmail.com, tel: 07971 148531.

    www.dartmoorstepdance.org.uk
  • Friday 1 & Saturday 2 September

    Nourish Festival Bovey Tracey.

    www.nourishfestival.org.
  • Blackberry Jam and Pancakes on a Campfire 2–4pm, Clearbrook, Yelverton. Tel: 07812 116345

    www.clearbrookwildchild.co.uk
  • Beekeeping Taster Day Buckfast Abbey 11am £25.

    www.buckfast.org
  • Spectacular September Supper Produce foraged at Buckfast Abbey, 7pm, £25.

    www.buckfast.org
  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 September

    South West Iberian Show Two-day horse show and evening gala; some of the best Spanish and Portuguese horses in the UK. The Grange, Northlew, Okehampton.

    http://www.southwestiberianshow.co.uk
  • Saturday 2–Sunday 10 September

    Drawn to the Valley Open Studios Various venues; plus DDTV Printmakers’ Exhibition to 16 September (Theatre Royal Gallery, Plymouth).

    www.drawntothevalley.co.uk
  • Sunday 3 September

    27th Dartmoor Pony Moorland Show 10am, Old Playing Fields, Princetown (entries close 25 August). Information email: akelly@duchyofcornwall.org, tel: (01822) 890205.

  • Dowsing Earth – Engergies at Merrivale (walk) 2–5.30pm, Four Winds Car Park, Merrivale. Dartmoor’s Daughter.

    www.eventbrite.com
  • Tuesday 5 September

    Practical Volunteering Day Meet at Burrator Discovery Centre, 10am–3pm. Also 10, 11, 19 & 29 September. Tel: (01822) 855700, email: heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk.

    www.swlakestrust.org.uk
  • Dartmoor’s moss gatherers (talk) Dr Annie Pulsford. 7.30pm, Princetown Community Centre. Princetown History Club. Tel: (01822) 890867.

    www.princetownhistoryclub.weebly.co.uk
  • Wednesday 6 September

    Delamore House (tour) Delamore Estate, Cornwood, Ivybridge. Tel: (01206) 573948.

    www.invitationtoview.co.uk
  • The Royal Clarence Fire and St Martin’s Island (talk) Dr Todd Gray. 7.30pm, Church House. Widcombe History Group.

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

    Tour of Mary Tavy Hydro Electric Power Station Heritage Open Day, 9am–12 noon. Tel: (01392) 443421.

    www.heritageopendays.org.uk
  • Bat Walk & Cream Tea 3pm Barn Owl Trust, Ashburton. Booking essential, tel: (01364) 653026.

    www.barnowltrust.org.uk
  • The Premier Plessey Tour of Devon 2017 Cycle event.

    www.active.com/plymouth-devon/cycling/the-premier-plessey-tour-of-devon-23017
  • Thursday 7–Sunday 10 September

    Heritage Open Days See website for local venues.

    www.heritageopendays.org
  • Friday 8–Sunday 24 September

    The Artists’ Garden Art Exhibition RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

    www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
  • Friday 8–Sunday 10 September

    Craft Fair RHS Rosemoor

    www.rhs.org.uk
  • Something Wild Trail Festival Huccaby Farm, Hexworthy.

    www.something-wild.co.uk
  • Saturday 9 September

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

    www.bornhecticevents.co.uk
  • South Brent Wood Fair Village Hall. 10am–5pm.

    www.sustainablesouthbrent.co.uk
  • Dartmoor’s Upland Heaths & Moors (talk followed by walk) Sue Goodfellow. 10.30am–3pm, £18. Dartmoor Conservation Garden, Princetown. Booking essential, tel: (01364) 631233, email: wylde@gn.apc.org.

  • Ilsington Tower Day 11am–4pm. Spectacular panoramas from the top of the church tower. Family activities in the church and light refreshments. Email: anne@stonebarrow.plus.com.

  • The Funny Farm Festival 10am–5pm Ullacombe Farm, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey. Bands, dog show, bar, BBQ, cream teas, family entertainment, Dartmoor Hill Ponies. Tel: (01364) 661341.

  • Saturday 9 & 10 Sunday September

    Heritage Transport Gala and ‘Behind the Scenes’ South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. Tel: (01364) 644370.

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Saturday 9–Sunday 24 September

    Devon Open Studios See our website for venues.

    www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk
  • Sunday 10 September

    Dartmoor Family Day Two Bridges Hotel 10.30am–4pm artisan and gift stalls, children’s activities, survival activities, workshops, live music, archery £3 (under 12s free).

    www.missivyevents.co.uk
  • Ivybridge Big Event Festival of Sports and cultural activities. Leisure Centre, Youth Centre, Leonards Road car park. 10am–4pm Tel: 07967 399663.

  • Tuesday 12 September

    Widecombe Fair 9am till late.

    www.widecombefair.com
  • Friday 15 September

    Going Batty! 6–8pm Burrator Discovery Centre. Adult £3, child £2. See 5 September.

  • Saturday 16 September, 7 October & 4 November

    Moorforeshore Craft & Gift Fayre Tavistock.

    www.moreforeshore.com
  • Autumn plant sale Ashburton & District Garden Association. Town Hall.

  • Saturday 16 September

    South Zeal Show

    www.southzealcarnival.yolasite.com
  • 11 Tors Challenge & Family Fun Challenge Visitor Centre, Princetown. Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team, Tavistock.

    www.dsrt-tavistock.org.uk
  • Sunday 17 September

    Food Fair RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Free exhibition on ‘PCWW 1917’ Boundary Stones 10am–4pm. Short walk followed by hot chocolate and biscuits, 10.30am–12.30pm, £2 per child, £1 per adult. Burrator Discovery Centre. See 5 September.

  • Rotary International Dartmoor Autumn Challenge Rotary Club of Okehampton. 3 miles, 11–12 miles or 18 miles.

    www.autumnchallengeok.org.uk
  • Family Wildlife Watch Burrator Reservoir. 10.30am–12.30pm. See 5 September.

  • Autumn Fungi Foray 10am Trendlebere Down Lower Car Park (SX 784793). 2.5 hours, adults £5, no dogs. Dartmoor Nature Tours. Bookings/information tel: 0785 8421 148, email: enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk.

    www.dartmoornaturetours.co.uk
  • Monday 18 September

    Water to Wire Guided walk around Old Walls Farm Hydro Plant, Widecombe, 10am–12 midday. Booking essential. Email: linda.corkerton@btinternet.com.

    www.devonwildlifetrust.org.uk
  • Tuesday 19 September

    The Royal Clarence Fire and St Martin’s Island (talk) Dr Todd Gray. 7.30pm, Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District Local History Society.

    www.yelvertonhistory.org.uk
  • Wednesday 20 September

    History and historical fiction – how can we tell the truth about the past Conversation between Dr Ian Mortimer and Michael Jecks. 7.30pm, Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society.

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Conscientious Objectors (talk) Simon Dell, Lustleigh Village Hall. 7.30pm, £3.

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • Friday 22 September

    Stepdance workshop 7.30–9pm Town Hall, Ashburton. See 1 September.

  • Saturday 23 September

    Stories from Dartmoor at the Equinox Stories and myths from Dartmoor told by Spindle Wayfarer (aka Chris Salisbury) whilst sitting round covered firepit. Dartmoor Conservation Garden, Princetown.

    www.dartmoorpreservation.com/events
  • Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September

    Whitehorse Hill (promenade play) Forest MED Theatre.

    www.medtheatre.co.uk
  • Tuesday 26 September

    Dartmoor’s Ancient Tracks and their Stories (talk) Michael Bennie. 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

    www.devonmuseums.net/bovey
  • Friday 29 September

    Two Choir Concert Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir and Plymouth Area Police Choir. 7.30pm, St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. £7.50. Tel: 07966 575340, email: roncdickerson@gmail.com.

    www.roborough-rotary.org.uk
  • ‘The Country Wife’ (play) Restoration comedy by The Brown Paper Bag Theatre Company from Crediton. 7.30pm Moretonhampstead Parish Hall. Tickets from Moretonhampstead Information Centre or online at

    www.greenhillarts.co.uk
  • 29 September – 1 October

    Real Ales, Cider & Wine Weekend RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Saturday 30 September

    Hedge steeping (laying) DRST Course. Druidstone, Ashburton. £35 non-members. Tel: 07962 432317 after 6.30pm.

    www.drst.org.uk
  • O’Hooley & Tidow (folk music) 7.30pm St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets £12, tel: (01364) 653500, email: ianpickvance@msn.com.

    http://ohooleyandtidow.com
  • Taking Steps Finale An afternoon of traditional Dartmoor entertainment 2.30–4.30pm Jubilee Hall, Chagford. See also 1 September.

    www.dartmoorstepdance.org.uk
  • Practical Small Woodland Management Workshop 10am–4pm Leoghbeer Plantation near Clearbrook. £40. Sustainable Coppice Partnership. Tel: (01747) 820718, email: tean@sustainablecoppice.org

OCTOBER

  • Sunday 1 October

    55th anniversary Abbots Way Walk 23 miles from Buckfastleigh to Tavistock. Teams of 3–8. Email: challissps@tiscali.co.uk.

  • River Dart Struggle Raft race.

    www.totnesraftrace.co.uk
  • Apple Day West Hele Barn, Hennock.

  • Secrets of Belstone Cleave (walk) Chris Walpole. Meet 1.30pm Belstone Village Hall (donations invited), 2hr walk, refreshments afterwards. Email: chris.walpole@mypostoffice.co.uk.

  • Tuesday 3 October

    Practical Volunteering Day Meet at Burrator Discovery Centre, 10am–3pm. Also 9, 15, 17, 27 and 31 October. See 5 September.

  • Combestone Farm (talk) Dr Tom Greeves. Princetown History Club. See 5 September.

  • Open Day RHS Rosemoor (free if booked in advance on line). See 8 September.

  • Wednesday 4 October

    Putting the Devon manor house on the map (talk) Abi Gray. Widecombe History Group See 6 September.

  • Saturday 7 October

    Fungus Foray Burrator Reservoir, 10.30am–1pm. Tel: (01822) 810447, email: sjboxall@hotmail.com. DWT Tavistock.

  • The Pink Ladies of Hatherleigh Fundraising Ball In aid of Send a Cow, plus online auction. Made-Well, Hatherleigh.

    www.hatherleighpinkladies.co.uk
  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October

    Apple Festival RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Sunday 8 October

    Chagford Challenge Cornwall & Devon LDWA. 17, 21 or 30 miles.

    www.ldwa.org.uk
  • Marie Curie Wild Moors and Tors 15 miles.

    www.mariecurie.org.uk
  • Wednesday 11 October

    Tavistock Goose Fair

    www.tavistock.gov.uk
  • Thursday 12 October

    Chagford Drift Pony Sale Chagford Market 11am.

    www.rendells.co.uk
  • Fake Thackray The Café on the Green, Widecombe Sailing Club.

    www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk
  • Friday 13 October

    Dartmoor’s Ancient Valley Woodlands Sue Goodfellow. Talk followed by walk in the ancient woodlands of the River Dart valley. 10.30am–3pm, £18. Booking essential. Dartmoor Conservation Garden, Princetown. See 9 September.

  • Friday 13–Sunday 15 October

    Woodfest – A Festival of Trees and Wood RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Friday 13–Saturday 21 October

    Two Moors Festival Classical music in venues across Dartmoor and Exmoor.

    www.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk
  • Saturday 14 October

    Okehampton Carnival

  • ntroduction to Practical Coppicing Sustainable Coppice Partnership (also 4 & 29 November, 16 December). See 30 September.

  • Sunday 15 October

    St Luke’s Hospice Tour de Moor Cycle challenge (52, 23 or 11km). Harrowbeer Airfield, Yelverton.

    www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/tourdemoor
  • Tuesday 17 October

    George Magrath: Nelson’s Forgotten Surgeon (talk) Barbie Thompson. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 19 September.

  • Storytelling evening with Lisa Schneidau Stories and music with a theme of Rev. Keble-Martin's Concise British Flora. 7.30pm Gidleigh Village Hall, tickets £6. Contact dartmoorbill@yahoo.com, tel: (01647) 231297.

  • Tracking Devon’s Birds (talk) Dr Malcolm Burgess. 7.30pm, Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey. Suggested donation £3. Tel: (01626) 834399, email: johnwych@hotmail.com. DWT Bovey Tracey.

  • Wednesday 18 October

    A look at our local weather (talk) Will Hand. Lustleigh Village Hall. See 20 September.

  • Saturday 21 October

    Shaugh Prior Apple Festival Celebrating the historic Shaugh Red Apple and planting of new communal orchard by the school children; cider bar, food, morris dancing. Village Hall 11am–4pm. Barn Dance in the evening. Info email: peterburkill@aol.com.

  • Dartmoor Prison Break Fundraising Ultra Running Event Details of registration tbc.

    www.dartmoorsartplymouth.org.uk
  • Poppy Golf Wrangaton Golf Club. Members and visitors welcome; £5 from each entry fee to Poppy Appeal. Book tel: (01364) 72161, email: golf@wrangatongolfclub.co.uk.

  • Dartmoor Society Debate 2017 ‘Are we using Dartmoor’s stone resources wisely?’ 10am–5pm Meldon Village Hall. Booking

    www.dartmoorsociety.com.
  • Tavistock Vintage Fair Town Hall, Tavistock.

  • Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October

    Autumn Antiques & Collectors Fair RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Saturday 21–Sunday 29 October

    Wild About Gardens Week – Bumblebees RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

    www.chagstock.info
  • Devon Hedge Week

    http://devonhedges.org
  • Sundays 22 & 29 October

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Autumn colour (NGS). Skaigh Lane, Belstone, Tel: (01837) 840332.

    www.belstonevillage.net
  • Monday 23–Friday 27 October

    Kids for a Quid Half-term steam train ride. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. See 9 & 10 September.

  • The Baring-Gould Folk Song School Okehampton.

    www.wrenmusic.co.uk
  • Tuesday 24 October

    Lost Devon (talk) Felicity Goodall. 7.30pm. Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

    www.devonmuseums.net/bovey
  • Wednesday 25 October

    School Holiday Family ‘Drop in’ Activity Day £2 child, £1 adult. Burrator Discovery Centre. See 5 September.

  • Thursday 26–Sunday 29 October

    Walkhampton Art & Craft Exhibition and Sale 10am–6pm (Sunday 4pm) Walkhampton Memorial Hall.

    www.walkhampton-arts.org
  • Friday 27–Sunday 29 October

    Baring Gould Folk Weekend Okehampton.

    www.baring-gould.co.uk
  • Doddiscombsleigh Art Show Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow.

    www.doddiscombsleighartshow.co.uk
  • Dyed, Warped & Twisted Exhibition of work by Peter Tavy Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyer. Daily 10am–4pm. Mary Tavy Coronation Hall PL19 9QA.

  • Saturday 28 October

    Halloween Express 6.30pm. South Devon Railway. Booking essential. See 9 & 10 September.

  • Tavistock Energy Fair Town Hall, Tavistock.

  • Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October

    Half Price Weekend South Devon Railway. See 9 & 10 September.

  • Sunday 29 October

    76th Biannual Letterbox Meet Lee Moor Village Hall 10am–4.30pm.

  • Free exhibition on Letterboxing 10am–4pm. Burrator Discovery Centre. ‘Let’s Go Letterboxing’: part of family wildlife watch session. Short walk followed by hot chocolate. £2 child, £1 adult. See 5 September.

  • Monday 30 October

    Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. 7.30pm Nicholls Hall, Lydford. Tickets £10, raising funds for St Luke's Hospice. Further information 08455 196592.

    www.tavonians.org.uk
  • Tuesday 31 October

    Spooktacular Evening Burrator. See 5 September.

NOVEMBER

  • Wednesday 1 November

    The secret world of the Dartmoor undergrowth (talk) John Walters. Widecombe History Group. See 6 September.

  • Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. Meavy Parish Hall. See 30 October.

    www.tavonians.org.uk
  • Thursday 2 November

    Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. Bere Alston Parish Hall. See 30 October.

    www.tavonians.org.uk
  • Thursday 2 November–Sunday 7 January 2018

    Granite Elements Exhibition National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown, Tues–Sun 10am–3pm (daily in school holidays). Artwork created in response to the history and ecology of the Granite Tramway. Moor than meets the eye.

    www.moorthanmeetstheeye/org
  • Friday 3 November

    Fireworks display Ivybridge Rugby Club, gates open 6.30pm.

  • Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross. See 30 October.

  • Fireworks display Moretonhampstead Sports & Community Centre, gates open 6pm, display 7pm.

  • Friday 3–Sunday 5 November

    Diesel Gala Weekend South Devon Railway. See 9 & 10 September.

  • Saturday 4 November

    Fireworks display Tavistock Meadows. Lions Club of Tavistock.

    www.tavistocklions.org.uk
  • Monday 6 November

    Practical Volunteering Day Burrator Discovery Centre. Also 12, 14, 24, 28 November. See 5 September.

  • Tuesday 7 November

    Life in a Dartmoor valley (talk) Paul Rendell. Princetown Community Club. See 3 October.

  • Thursday 9 November

    Lukesland House (tour) Ivybridge. Booking essential. Tel: (01206) 573948.

    www.invitationtoview.co.uk
  • Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. Tavistock Town Hall. See 30 October.

    www.tavonians.org.uk
  • Friday 10 November

    Dartmoor Society Research Lecture 2017 ‘Sabine Baring-Gould and his research for folk songs on Dartmoor’ Martin Graebe. 7pm Dolpghin Hotel, Bovey Tracey. Booking

    www.dartmoorsociety.com.
  • Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. Charter Hall, Okehampton. See 30 October.

    www.tavonians.org.uk
  • Saturday 11 November

    Cheshire Cats (comedy) Tavonians Theatre Company. The Wharf, Tavistock. See 30 October.

    www.tavonians.org.uk
  • Introduction to sourdough bread-making course Harvest Workers' Coop, Okehampton.

    www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk
  • Sunday 12 November

    The Drogo 10 Fell race, start/finish Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton.

    www.thedrogo.co.uk
  • Wednesday 15 November

    Devon’s Medieval Wood Carvers (talk) Dr Todd Gray. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 20 September.

  • Friday 17 November

    Olde Belstone (talk) Chris Walpole 7.30pm Belstone Village Hall. Donations invited. Email: chris.walpole@mypostoffice.com.

  • Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November

    Launch of the Magical Garden Illuminations (thereafter every Thursday, Friday & Saturday until 6 January) Festive illuminations, colour changing lights set to music, fire jugglers, pre-booked simple suppers and Christmas shopping opportunities. RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Saturday 18 November

    Mount Kelly Choral Society Magnificat (Rutter) and Ode for St Celilia's Day (Handel). 7.30pm St Eustachius' Church, Tavistock. Tickets £10, under 18s free from BookStop, Mount Kelly College or on the door.

    www.kellychoralsociety.com
  • Saturday 18 November–18 February

    Winter Sculpture Exhibition RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Tuesday 21 November

    William Spreat: a leading photographer of Dartmoor, Devon & Cornwall in the 1860s and 1870s (talk) Dr Tom Greeves. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 19 September.

  • Hornets: dispelling the myth (talk) Stephen Powel. DWT Bovey Tracey. See 17 October.

  • Friday 24 November

    Ivybridge Christmas Festival and Late Night Opening Event From 5pm, town centre.

  • Saturday 25 November

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

  • Ivybridge Town Centre Festive Entertainment Morning.

  • Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

    Christmas Craft Fair RHS Rosemoor. See 8 September.

  • Tuesday 28 November

    AGM followed by newsreels of the 70s film presentation 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

    www.devonmuseums.net/bovey