What's On

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


  • To 1 April

    Dartmoor: A Wild & Wondrous Region Exhibition at RAMM, Exeter.

  • Friday 2 March

    Plymouth Police Choir (concert) 7.30pm Gulworthy Parish Church, nr Tavistock.

  • Saturday 3 March

    The Garden House Buckland Monachorum opens for the season.

  • Saturday 3–Saturday 10 March

    The Thrill of Love (play) Tavonians Theatre Company. Various venues.

  • Tuesday 6 March

    Belgian Refugees in Devon during WW1 (talk)Ciaran Stoker. 7pm Princetown Community Centre.

  • Wednesday 7 March

    The making of the film ‘War Horse’ (talk) Paul Rendell. 7.30pm Church House, Widecombe History Group.

  • Discovering Nature: Dart Valley (walk) John Walters. 10am Newbridge car park. RAMM.

  • Friday 9 March

    Inspirational Landscapes: Fingle Bridge and the Teign Valley (walk) Peter Mason. 10.30am National Trust car park Fingle Bridge. RAMM. See 7 March.

  • Friday 9–Saturday 17 March

    The Coast (play) MED Theatre. Various venues.

  • Saturday 10 March

    Charity Clay Shoot In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 10am–last card 2pm. The Miniature Pony Centre, North Bovey TQ13 8RG. Enquiries tel: 07971 963421.

  • Parishscapes Event 10am–4.30pm Parke.

  • Saturday 10–Sunday 18 March

    Spring Exhibition Drawn to the Valley. Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, Gunnislake, Cornwall.

  • Wednesday 14 March

    Mirrors and Torrents: Water in Historic Gardens (talk) Steven Desmond. 10.30am Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

  • GidSong 13 – Music, Songs & Stories 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall. Bill Murray tel: (01647) 321297.

  • A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929 film) 2pm Exeter Phoenix. RAMM. See 7 March.

  • Thursday 15 March

    Mad March Moths & Magpies (talk) Tony John. 8pm. Parish Church Centre, Plymouth Road. Tavistock DWT.

  • Friday 16 March

    Tulips, Topiary, Tradescanth and Thyme – 17th-century gardens (talk) Dr Janet Few. 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. Tavistock & West Devon Branch of Devonshire Association. Tel: (01822) 852636, email: edwardsbobbarbara@btinternet.com.

  • Saturday 17 March

    Inspirational Landscapes: Lustleigh Cleave (walk) Peter Mason. 10.30am Manaton car park. RAMM. See 7 March.

  • Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir 7.30pm. St Petroc’s Church, South Brent.

  • Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group AGM 11am-6pm. Princetown Community Centre

  • Harvest Workers Cooperative Seed Day 2–5pm. ‘The Untold Story’ (food and film) 6.30–10pm. Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton.

  • Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March

    South Devon Railway Half Price Weekend

  • Sunday 18 March

    Highest Point and Black Tor (walk) Paul Rendell. Meet Meldon Old Quarry car park 10.15am. 9 miles 5 hours. £10 per walk (or book six walks for £50). Tel: (01837) 54727, email: paul.dartmoor@virgin.net.

  • Daffs at Hembury Woods (walk) Buckfastleigh 10am. South Brent & Ivybridge DWT.

  • Annual Spring Plant Fair Bedford Square, Tavistock 10am–3pm. Up to 20 specialist nurseries offering rare and unusual plants and bulbs plus everything from perennials to shrubs, climbers, rock garden plants to bulbs and seeds. In aid of ‘Plant Heritage’ (formerly The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens). For information call Tim Ellis, Ellis Nursery on 07973 771338 or Tavistock Pannier Market (01822) 611003.

  • Tuesday 20 March

    The reintroduction of manx shearwaters to Lundy (talk) David Price. 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall. DWT Bovey Tracey. Tel: (01626) 834399, email: johnwych@hotmail.com.

  • Fieldwork and Roman Excavations at Ipplepen (talk) Derek Gore. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District History Society.

  • RHS Garden, Rosemoor Free Day. Great Torrington.

  • Wednesday 21 March

    Story of the Dartmoor Hill Pony (talk) Charlotte Faulkner. 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall, £3.

  • Prehistoric Dartmoor: Merrivale (walk) Dr Lee Bray. 1.30pm Four Winds car park. RAMM. See 7 March.

  • Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey With the Garden Department. 11am, £3.

  • Alehouses & Good Fellowship in Early Modern England (talk) Mark Hailwood. 7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society.

  • Canonteign Falls, Teign Valley Opens for the season. Tel: (01647) 252434.

  • Thursday 22–Saturday 24 March

    Colonel Heath’s Hut (play) Throwleigh. Tickets tel: (01647) 231051, email: dawn@dhatton.plus.com.

  • The Hollow (play) Teign Valley Players. Community Hall, Christow 7.30pm. Tickets from Artichoke Inn, tel: (01647) 252387, email: info@theartichokeinn.co.uk

  • Friday 23 March

    Auction Evening Widecombe Pre-school and Toddlers. Church House, Widecombe. Email: chairwidecombepreschool@hotmail.co.uk

  • Syria – how Moreton is helping 7.30pm, Moretonhampstead Parish Hall. Help a Syrian family rebuild their lives in the safety of Moretonhampstead. Free talk, refreshments, bar.

  • Burrator Reservoir Volunteer Day 10am–3pm. Also Tuesday 27 March. Burrator Discovery Centre.

  • Friday 23–Sunday 25 March

    Spring Watercolours Exhibition John Christian. Church House, South Tawton.

  • Saturday 24 March–Sunday 15 April

    Easter Holiday Fun & Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt RHS Rosemoor. See 20 March.

  • Saturday 24 March

    Fur Tor (walk) Simon Dell 10am Baggator Gate (SX546 805) £5.

  • South West Chamber Choir 7.30pm Buckfast Abbey.

  • Wembley Walk: A New Use for an Old Road Talk and guided tour at Burrator. 2.30pm, £4.

  • Ashburton Singers Spring Concert St Luke's Church, Buckfastleigh, 7.30pm. Music by Haydn, Reinberger, Victoria, Beethoven, Byrd and others.

  • Storytelling 10.30–11.30am Okehampton Farmers Market, Red Lion Yard. A lively collection of tales inspired by wild garlic from Kevin the Storyteller.

  • Family Workshop: Spring Shoots 2–4pm Eco Hub, 1 Courtenay Road, Okehampton College Grounds EX20 1PZ. £5 per child (£3 reduced) Make wild garlic bread, natural crafts, seed bed preparation, seed sowing, storytelling. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Simple seasonal refreshments.

  • Sunday 25 March

    Family Wildlife Watch Programme 10.30am Burrator Discovery Centre. See 24 March.

  • Lukesland Garden spring opening Sundays, Wednesday and Bank Holidays 11am–5pm.

  • 77th Spring Letterbox Meet Lee Moor Village Hall 10am–4.30pm. For details tel: (01364) 73414, email: 100club@letterboxingondartmoor.co.uk.

  • DPA Guided Short Walk Great Mis Tor, starting Four Winds car park 10am. 3 miles, 2 hours. To book tel: (01752) 405245, email: keithryan@btinternet.com.

  • Spring Birdwatching Walk 9.30am Trendlebere Down Lower Car Park (SX 784793). Leisurely 3 hours, £5, no dogs. Tel: 07858 421148, email: enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk.

  • Monday 26 March

    Museum of Dartmoor Life Opens for the season. Okehampton.

  • Tuesday 27 March

    The Cathedral Yard Fire and Exeter’s Ancient Buildings (talk) Dr Todd Gray. 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane. £3 members, £4 non. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.

  • Thursday 29 March–Friday 19 April

    Nine Months on Dartmoor (exhibition) Kenson Low and Hugo Lines. Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

  • Friday 30 March–Monday 2 April

    South Devon Railway Easter Fair

  • Saturday 31 March

    Introduction to Coppicing 10am–4pm West Dartmoor, £40pp. Sustainable Coppice Partnership. Email: tean@sustainablecoppice.org.

  • Creating Compost Workshop With Nicky Scott. 9.30am–4pm Eco Hub, 1 Courtenay Road, Okehampton College Grounds, Okehampton EX20 1PZ. £5 (£3 reduced). Supported by Recycle Devon. Refreshments provided but please bring own lunch.



  • Sunday 1 April

    Easter Day 'Cracking Adventure' Collect a map from the Lakeside Café, Roadford Lake; burn off your chocolatey breakfast/lunch with a brisk walk with challenges and information to collect. Prizes. £2.00 per child.

  • Tuesday 3 April

    Sittaford Stone Circle (talk) Alan Endacott. 7pm Princetown Community Centre. See 6 March.

  • DPHT Charity Letterbox Walk Bellever, nr Postbridge 10am–approx. 1pm from Bellever car park. Booking vital, tel: (01837) 54727, email: paul. dartmoor@virgin.net. Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

  • Wednesday 4 April

    Children’s Easter Pompom Making Workshop 10am–12pm, 1–3pm. Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey.

  • Watermills in the Devon Landscape (talk) Martin Watts. Widecombe History Group. See 7 March.

  • Changing Rooms: The Development of the English Manor from Medieval to Jacobean Times (talk) David Bostwick. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 14 March.

  • Show of Hands and Geoff Lakeman (concert) 7.30pm Jubilee Hall, Chagford. Roger Stokes, tel: (01647) 433397.

  • Saturday 7 April

    Moor Flowers walk Suzanne Goodfellow, Hembury Woods NT car park, 2pm. Adults £7, under 16s free. Dogs on leads. Details tel: (01647) 252743

  • Sunday 8 April

    Around and about Cornwood (walk) Paul Rendell. 10.15am Cornwood square. 10 miles, 6 hours. See 18 March.

  • Easter Mummers Play Dartmoor Border Morris at the Great Barn, Buckland Abbey 2pm.

  • Monday 9 April

    Burrator Reservoir Volunteer Day 10am–3pm. Also Tuesday 17, Sunday 22 (10.30am–3.30pm) and Friday 27 April. Burrator Discovery Centre.

  • Sunday 15 April

    Templer Way Challenge DSRT (Ashburton). Event registration in March.

  • Sunday 15, 22, 29 April, Sunday 6, Monday 7, Sunday 13 May & Sunday 13 June

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS. 2–5pm Skaigh Lane, Belstone EX20 1RD. Tel: (01837) 840332.

  • Tuesday 17 April

    The Royal Clarence Fire and St Martin’s Island (talk) Dr Todd Gray. Yelverton & District History Society. See 20 March.

  • Wednesday 18 April

    Devon’s Lost Heritage (talk) Felicity Goodall. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 21 March.

  • Wednesday 18 April–Friday 4 May

    Art on the Edge – Dartmoor contrasted with Exmoor Ariel Centre, Totnes. Maite Jenner and Keri Manning-Dedman.

  • Friday 20 April

    Bronze Age Astronomy on Dartmoor (talk) John Morgan. Devonshire Association. See 16 March.

  • Friday 20–Saturday 28 April

    Seale-Hayne Centenary Celebrations Exhibition and History in Action weekend (20–22 April) of WWI activities.

  • Saturday 21 April

    Spring Awakening on Bovey Heath (walk) 10am. Meet Dragoon Close entrance SX824765 DWT Bovey Tracey local group. Email: Linda.corkerton@btinternet.com.

  • Saving a Devon Village 10.30am–4pm Ilsington Village Hall. Email: rob@stonebarrow.plus.com.

  • The Two Moors Way Big Walk Wembury (or Yealmpton) to Ivybridge. For details email: ColinJPiper@aol.com.

  • Saturday 21 April–Monday 7 May

    Tavistock Music and Arts Festival www.tavistockmusic.co.uk

  • Sunday 22 April

    Brent Singers & Orchestra 7.30pm, £10. Buckfast Abbey. See 21 March.

  • Sunday 22 April

    Spring Birdwatching Walk See 25 March.

  • Tuesday 24 April

    A Quest for the Medieval Manor of Bovey Tracey (talk) David Stone. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust. See 27 March.

  • Wednesday 25 April

    Time Travellers Guide to Restoration England (talk) Dr Ian Mortimer. Lustleigh Society, £3. See 21 March.

  • DPA Guided Short Walk Hound Tor, starting Swallerton Gate 10am. See 25 March.

  • Thursday 26 April–Wednesday 2 May

    Dartmoor Colourists Exhibition Wildwood Arts, Horrabridge.

  • Friday 27 April

    Dawn Chorus Walk 5am Barn Owl Trust, Waterleat, Ashburton. Booking essential; places limited. For details visit the website.

  • Friday 27 & Saturday 28 April

    Spring Foraging Course 12–3.30pm. The Cleave, Lustleigh. Tel: (01981) 590604.

  • Saturday 28 April

    Dawn Chorus Walk Around Belstone parish with Chris Walpole, followed by breakfast. 5.30am, Belstone Village Hall. Donations invited for hall funds. Tel: (01837) 840498.

  • The Green Man Spring Festival 9am–7pm Bovey Tracey. A full day of entertainment with Morris dancing and Maypole dancing, live music, face painting, craft and gift stands, food and drink. Mummers plays and Green Man procession. Green Man competition: details email: chris.merry@talktalk.net.

  • Refugee support in Chagford Tea and cakes fundraiser at Endecott House, 3pm, in aid of Bristol Hospitality Network and their Refugee Summer Holiday in Chagford. If you would like to be a host home for a couple of refugees during the their holiday please contact Claire Ash Wheeler (01647) 432273 for more information.

  • Sunday 29 April

    Langaford Farm Bird Walk Donations welcome, booking essential via Phil Page. No dogs. Tel: 07858 421148, email: enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk.


  • Tuesday 1 May

    Archaeology of the Upper Tamar Valley (talk)Peter Houghton. Princetown History Club. See 6 March.

  • May Day Celebrations 5.15am car park below Leadon Tor. (Celebrations also at Haytor top car park.)

  • Wednesday 2 May

    Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge (talk) Brian Portch Widecombe History Group. See 7 March.

  • Morris Dancing Royal Oak Inn, Meavy 8pm. Dartmoor Border Morris and Lodestone Border Morris.

  • Thursday 3 May

    Arundell Art Week Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton.

  • Friday 4 May

    In This Heart Fundraising concert by the Lost Sound, Dartmoor Folk Choir in aid of the New Ashburton Arts Centre. 7.30pm Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton. Tickets £9.50 from: TIX ONLINE: EVENTBRITE Box Office:(01364) 652781, email: boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk.

  • Saturday 5 May

    Lustleigh May Day Celebrations from 2pm.

  • Make your own rustic bench (workshop) Sustainable Coppice Partnership. See 31 March.

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train £60 per person; luxury three-course dinner. Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton. Also 26 May, 30 June, 25 August.

  • Saturday 5–Monday 7 May

    Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

  • Day out with Thomas™ South Devon Railway. Pre-booking strongly recommended.

  • Sunday 6 May

    Dawn Chorus (walk) Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh 4.30am. £5 including breakfast. Booking essential. Tel: (01392) 833183, email: ian.merrett@btinternet.com. DWT Bovey Tracey local group.

  • Sunday 6 & Monday 7 May

    Open Garden Manaton Gate, Manaton TQ13 9UJ in aid of Childrens Hospice South West. 1.30–5pm admission £5, children free. Teas, plant stalls, parking. Charming moorland garden, close to Haytor. Undulating lawns leading through informal planting, ponds, rhododendrons to a walled garden, rocky tor and bluebell wood.

  • Monday 7 May

    Spring Garden Fete 10.30am–4pm. Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton. Entry £2.

  • Wednesday 9 May

    Morris Dancing Walkhampton Inn 8pm. Dartmoor Border Morris.

  • Thursday 10 May

    Two Moors are better than one! (talk) Sue Viccars. 7.30pm Crediton Community Bookshop. £3 from shop, tel: (01363) 774740, email: shop@creditoncommunitybookshop.co.uk.

  • Wild Flower Walk 2.30pm Barn Owl Trust, Ashburton. See 27 April.

  • Friday 11 May

    Three Churches Music Festival 7.30pm St Peter's Church, Buckland-in-the-Moor. Music and Ecclesiastical Art of the 16th century (keyboard recital, talk and poetry). Tickets Pat Watson email: patamica@aol.com.

  • Friday 11–Sunday 13 May

    Ten Tors Challenge Okehampton Camp.

  • Saturday 12 May

    Three Churches Music Festival 7.30pm The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bickington. 4tissimo String Quartet. Tickets tel: (01626) 821213.

  • Saturday 12–Sunday 13 May

    Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair and Bonsai Weekend RHS Rosemoor. See 20 March.

  • Sunday 13 May

    Ruggle Regatta Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe.

  • Tuesday 15 May

    Ivybridge and the 4 Parishes (talk) Sheila Hancox. Yelverton & District History Society. See 20 March.

  • Wednesday 16 May

    The Imperial Eggs of Carl Faberge (talk) Tony Faber. The Arts Society Dartmoor. See 14 March.

  • Water from the Moor: Plymouth’s Water Supply (talk) Paul Rendell. 7pm Plymouth University.

  • The excavations and discoveries from the recent archaeological digs at Ipplepen (talk) Derek Gore. Moretonhampstead History Society. See 21 March.

  • Crossing the Centuries – Dartmoor’s Medieval Crosses (talk) Jane Marchand. Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

  • Thursday 17–Saturday 19 May

    Devon County Show Westpoint, Exeter.

  • Friday 18 May

    Three Churches Music Festival 7.30pm St Andrew's Church, Asburton. Orchard String Quartet. Tickets tel: (01364) 652768 email: brian@lewisdesigns.co.uk.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream 6–8pm, Museums at Night Festival. Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

  • Friday 18–Sunday 20 May

    Moretonhampstead NGS Open Gardens Sutton Mead and Mardon 2–6pm.

  • Saturday 19 May

    Burrator & Drake’s Leat (walk) Paul Rendell. Email: a.cousins345@btinternet.com.

  • Local History Day Parke, Bovey Tracey.

  • Bluebell Open Day Sustainable Coppice Partnership. See 31 March.

  • Three Churches Music Festival 5.30pm St Andrew's Church, Asburton. Exeter Children's and Youth Ortchestra – 'A Royal Wedding Celebration Concert'. Tickets: see 18 May.

  • Sunday 20 May

    Ivybridge Spring Fete Glanville Mills. Fun day for all the family: live music, stalls, workshops. Free entry.

  • Spring Birdwatching Walk See 25 March.

  • Three Churches Music Festival 6pm St Andrew's Church, Ashburton. Organ Recital. Tickets: see 18 May.

  • Wednesday 23 May

    In the footsteps of the Victorians – change in the Wrey Valley (1837–1901) Lustleigh Society. See 21 March.

  • Morris Dancing Cornwood Inn 8pm. Dartmoor Border Morris.

  • Thursday 24 May

    Coach visit to Lewtrenchard Manor Widecombe History Group. See 7 March.

  • Coffee and Cake 2.30pm Barn Owl Trust, Ashburton. See 27 April.

  • Friday 25 May

    DPA Guided Short Walk Windy Post, starting Plaistow Down 10am. See 25 March.

  • Friday 25–Monday 28 May

    Spring Beer Festival South Devon Railway.

  • Saturday 26 May

    Meet the narrow-headed ant (walk) 10.30am Chudleigh Knighton Heath SX8397 7687. Email: Linda. corkerton@btinternet.com DWT Bovey Tracey local group.

  • Sunday 27 May

    Roadford Lake Open Day 10am–4pm. Have a go at a kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, water zorbing, high ropes, archery, bushcraft and more. Screech Owl Sanctuary, Collytown Therapy Ponies and some of Hendra Farm’s resident critters! Tours of the dam.

  • Monday 28 May

    Chagford ‘Two Hills’ Race 11.30am. War Memorial Playing Fields, Chagford.

  • Wednesday 30 May

    Morris Dancing Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Monachorum, 8pm. Dartmoor Border Morris.