What's On

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


  • To Wednesday 2 October

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams Exhibition Daily 10am–5pm National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

  • Sunday 1 September

    Dartmoor Walking Festival Teign Gorge River Ramble (accessible walk for mobility scooters). 11am–3pm. Booking required, tel: 07557 330577.

  • Monday 2 September

    Uncle Tom Cobley & All Dr Todd Gray: book launch. 7.30pm St Pancras Church, Widecombe, with the Widecombe Singers. Email: david.ashman87@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday 3 September

    Eastern Dartmoor in the Age of the Black Death (talk) David Stone. 6.30pm Princetown Community Centre.

  • Wednesday 4 September

    Ancient Tracks (talk) Michael Bennie. 7.30pm. Church House. Widecombe History Group.

  • Designing a garden for late summer 10.30am–3pm The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum. £40pp (£35 for Friends) book in advance.

  • Thursday 5 September

    Bovey Bat Group Walk 7.30pm. National Trust Parke, Bovey Tracey. Booking essential. Email: bats@devonwildlifetrust.org.

  • Perfecting pasture – conserving carbon (course) 11am–3pm Youlden Farm, North Bovey. Dartmoor Hill Farm Project.

  • Friday 6–Sunday 8 September

    Autumn Artisan Craft & Design Fair RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.

  • Saturday 7 September

    Ashburton Food & Drink Festival 10am–5pm. St Lawrence Lane and North Street.
    Rotary Choir: Come & Sing Charity Concert 7.30pm. £10. Buckfast Abbey.

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

  • Volunteer Day 10am–4pm The Husbandry School, Ashburton. Learn about small-scale farming. Also 2 November.

  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September

    Wildlife Weekend Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls.

  • Tuesday 10 September

    Widecombe Fair From 9am.

  • Gidsong 8pm Gidleigh Village Hall. Contact Bill Murray. Tel: (01647) 321297.

  • Wednesday 11 September

    Three Murders & A Suicide (talk) Simon Dell. 2pm Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton. £4pp inc. refreshments.

  • Medieval Illuminated Book of Hours (talk) Christopher de Hamel. 9.45am Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton. The Arts Society Dartmoor.

  • Thursday 12 & Friday 13 September

    The Complete Hedgerow Management Course (plus 26/27 Sept and 10/11 Oct). Scoriton Farm, Buckfastleigh.

  • Friday 13 September

    Uncle Tom Cobley & All Dr Todd Gray (see 2 September). 7pm Tavistock Parish Centre, Plymouth Road. Tavistock & West Devon Branch of the Devonshire Association.

  • Saturday 14 September

    Two Moors Way Big Walk 4 Chagford to Clannaborough. Details visit

  • Sunday 15 September

    South Brent Annual Family Fun Dog Show 10am–12pm Palstone Park Recreation Ground.

  • Tavistock Pannier Market Autumn Plant Fair 10am–3pm. Up to 20 specialist nurseries offering many rare and unusual plants. Raising funds for ‘Plant Heritage’ (formerly The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens). £1 entry, refreshments. Information: Mark Wash, Trecanna Nursery (01822) 834680 or Tim Ellis, Ellis Nursery 07973 771338.

  • Tuesday 17 September

    Cotehele: An antiquarian home of the Edgcumbe family (talk) Nick Mason. 7.30pm Meavy Parish Hall. Yelverton & District Local History Society.

  • Wednesday 18 September

    The Cathedral Yard Fire & Researching Exeter’s Ancient Buildings (talk) Dr Todd Gray. 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall.

  • Seaton Hoard – recently discovered Roman coins (talk) Tom Cadbury, curator at RAMM.
    7.30pm Union Inn. Moretonhampstead History Society.

  • Delving deeper into dung (workshop) Prison Farm, Princetown.

  • Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 September

    Mary Tavy HEP Station (tour) Heritage Open Days, 10am and 1.30pm. Pre-booking required (closes 16 September)

  • Thursday 19 September

    Dartmoor Local Plan Drop-in Event 4–7pm Buckfastleigh Town Hall.

  • Saturday 21 September

    Murder on the Dartmoor Express Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton.

  • Night Walk 6.30–8.30pm Fingle Meadow, Drewsteignton EX6 6PW. Guided walk with rangers. Free, booking essential.

  • Wellie Stomp Club 10am–4pm The Husbandry School, Ashburton. The perfect event to get local families outdoors. Also 16 November. See 7 September.

  • Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

    Whitehorse Hill (play) MED Theatre, Bellever Forest. Pre-booking essential.

  • Sunday 22 September

    Dartmoor Border Morris 11am Tavistock, followed by Royal Oak, Meavy; Burrator Inn; Leaping Salmon Inn, Horrabridge; Princetown Visitor Centre and Two Bridges Hotel.

  • Monday 23–Saturday 28 September

    Chagford Film Festival

  • Tuesday 24 September

    Exeter to Jawbones Hill, Kingswear (talk) Bernard Mills. 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey. Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust. Dartmoor Local Plan Drop-in Event 4–7pm Horrabridge Village Hall. See 19 September.

  • Wednesday 25 September

    Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey Garden 11am. See 7 September.

  • Thursday 26 September

    Dartmoor Local Plan Drop-in Event 4–7pm Endecott House, Chagford. See 19 September.

  • Thursday 26–Saturday 28 September

    Autumn Fair 9.30am–4pm Butchers Hall, Tavistock.

  • Friday 27 September

    Gala evening
    Canonteign Falls. Featuring the work of artist-in-residence Mark Davey. For invitation email: lianne@canonteign.com.

  • Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September

    Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin & Music Festival
    RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 6 September.

  • Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September

    Stone Walling (course) 10am–4pm The Husbandry School. See 7 September.

  • Sundays 29 September, 27 October & 24 November

    Monthly Family Wildlife Watch Programme 10.30am–2.30pm Burrator Discovery Centre.



  • Tuesday 1 October

    Devon Wildlife Trust’s 50 Nature Reserves (talk) Princetown History Club. See 3 September.

  • Dartmoor Local Plan Drop-in Event 4–7pm Old School Community Centre, South Brent. See 19 September.

  • Tuesdays 1, 15 & 29 October

    Oaks & Acorns Children’s activities at Buckfast Abbey Garden Department. 11am. See 7 September.

  • Friday 4 & Saturday 5 October

    Stone faced earth bank repair (course) East Okement Farm, Okehampton.

  • Friday 4–Wednesday 20 November

    Taste of Dartmoor – Eat Moor, Drink Moor! A new exhibition explores Dartmoor producers' own stories, showcases their gastronomic delights and celebrates what’s delicious about local food and drink. Learn how farming for food shapes the Dartmoor landscape, meet the people behind the produce and understand how they take Dartmoor from field to fork. Princetown Visitor Centre daily to 27 Oct, then 10am–3pm Tues–Sun.

  • Saturday 5 October

    Bere Ferrers Apple Day Dartmoor Border Morris in attendance.

  • Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October

    Apple Festival RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 6 September.

  • Saturdays 5 & 29 October

    John Howells Photography Workshop Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford.

  • Sunday 6 October

    South Brent Craft Fair Village Hall.

  • Abbots Way Walk 23 miles Tavistock to Buckfast Abbey. Email: challisps@ tiscali.co.uk

  • Sunday 6 October–Sunday 17 November

    Lukesland Gardens Open Wednesdays and Sundays.

  • Monday 7–Sunday 13 October

    Exhibition of paintings by Julia Sterland 8.30am–5pm daily, Ullacombe Farm, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey. Live music 1–3pm. Free admission.

  • Wednesday 9 October

    Lavender Garden Tour Buckfast Abbey. See 1 June.

    Dartmoor Border Morris 8pm, Peter Tavy Inn. See 12 June.

    Tavistock Goose Fair From 10am Artisan Market at Butchers’ Hall 9am–8pm.

    Winter Bedding Plants and Techniques 2.30pm. Buckfast Abbey Garden Department. See 7 September.

  • Thursday 10 October

    Chagford Drift Pony Sale Chagford Market.

  • Friday 11 October

    The Ballad of Mary Whyddon (film) St Michael’s Church, Chagford (premiere).

  • Friday 11–Sunday 13 October

    Autumn WoodfestRHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 6 September.

  • Friday 11–Sunday 20 October

    Two Moors Festival Classical concerts across Dartmoor and Exmoor.

  • Saturday 12 October

    Loving Folk Programme (concert) The Lost Sound, Dartmoor Folk Choir. 7.30pm Tavistock United Reform Church.

  • The Secret Life of Dartmoor Birds Dartmoor Society Debate, 9.30am–5pm Ashburton Arts Centre.

  • Secrets of Belstone Tor (2hr walk) With Chris Walpole. Meet 1.30pm outside Belstone Village Hall. Refreshments afterwards. Donations Tel: (01837) 840498.

  • Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October

    Hedge Laying (course) 10am–4pm The Husbandry School. See 7 September.

  • Saturday 12–Saturday 19 October

    Gothic and Neo-Gothic Celebration Tavistock. Literature, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film and Creative Fun. Organised by Tavistock Library (call in for more information).

  • Monday 14 October–Sunday 17 November

    Garden Display: Dig for Victory RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 6 September.

  • Tuesday 15 October

    Otters Coming to a River Near You (talk) Stephen Powles. 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey.

  • Not One of Us: the infamous and the illustrious in Exeter 1450–1950 (talk) Dr Todd Gray. Yelverton & District Local History Society. See 17 September.

  • Wednesday 16 October

    South West Police Heritage Trust (talk) Hilary Bracegirdle. Museum of Dartmoor Life. See 11 September.

    Wild & Wondrous – Changing perceptions and interpretations of Dartmoor’s prehistory (talk) Lee Bray. Lustleigh Society. See 18 September.

  • Thursday 17 October

    Edgelarks (concert) The Café on the Green, Widecombe.

  • Friday 18 October

    Dartmoor Boundaries – their history and construction (talk) Richard Horsham. 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Centre. See 13 September.

  • Zulu Tradition A company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. 7.30pm Buckland in the Moor Community Hall.

  • Saturday 19 October

    Shaugh Prior Apple Day Dartmoor Border Morris in attendance.

    Okehampton Carnival

    Go Gothic Market Butcher’s Hall, Tavistock.

  • Saturday 19 October

    Lily Neill – The Story of the Harp Concert. 7.30pm Peter Tavy Village Hall.

  • Sundays 20 & 27 October

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Autumn colour. Open in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, Belstone.

  • Monday 21–Friday 25 October

    Half Term children’s activities Canonteign Falls. Spooky Night Walk on Friday 25 Oct 4–6.30pm. See 27 September.

  • Tuesday 22 October

    500 Years of Change, Loss and Destruction in Devon (talk) Todd Gray. 7.30pm Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust. See 24 September.

    Family Activity Drop In Day 10am–3pm Burrator Discovery Centre. See 29 September.

  • Wednesday 23 October

    Gardening Philosophy & Organics 2.30pm Buckfast Abbey Garden. See 7 September.

  • Thursday 24–Sunday 27 October

    Walkhampton Art & Craft Exhibition Memorial Hall.

  • Friday 25–Sunday 27 October

    Baring-Gould Folk Weekend Okehampton.

  • Doddiscombsleigh Art Show Teign Valley Community Hall.

  • Peter Tavy Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Exhibition 10am–4pm Peter Tavy Village Hall and Chapel.

  • Saturday 26 October

    Hedge Steeping (laying) Course Beenleigh Manor, Diptford, TQ9 7NT. Devon Rural Skills Trust.

  • Thursday 31 October

    Halloween Spooky Garden 4–8pm. The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum. See 3 September.

  • Sticklepath Grey Mare Festival

  • Spooktacular Evening 6–8.30pm Burrator Heritage Centre. Booking essential tel: (01822) 855700, email: heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk

  • Thursday 31 October & Saturday 2 November

    The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde Tic Tac Toe Theatre, Bedford Hotel, Tavistock.



  • Saturday 2 November

    Tavistock Lions Fireworks 2019 The Meadows, 7pm.

  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November

    Christmas Shopping Event 10am–5pm Canonteign Falls. See 27 September.

  • Sunday 3 November

    Mary Tavy Bonfire Night From 5pm, Recreation Ground.

  • Tuesday 5 November

    Exploration (talk) Jim McNeill. Princetown History Club. See 3 September.

  • Wednesday 6 November

    Secret Wildlife on Dartmoor (talk) Paul Rendell. Widecombe History Group. See 4 September.

  • Saturday 9 November

    Hedge Steeping (laying) Course 9.30am–4.30pm Holne Playpark TQ13 7SQ. Devon Rural Skills Trust.

  • Diverse Events Christmas Market 10am–4pm Tavistock Town Hall.

  • Saturday 9–Saturday 23 November

    Brontë Tavonians Theatre Company. Dartmoor performances in Mary Tavy, Meavy, Tavistock and Okehampton.

  • Friday 15 November

    Conservation Grazing with Dartmoor Ponies (talk) Dartmoor Society Research Lecture. Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey.

  • Saturday 16 November

    Pudsey Day of Morris Tavistock. Hosted by Dartmoor Border Morris in aid of BBC Children in Need.

  • Tavistock Christmas Lights Switch-On Bedford Square 4–7pm. The first Tavistock Christmas Lights Switch-On with music, comedy, children's characters, food and drink. Join Learn Devon to make your lantern for the Dickensian Lantern Parade.

  • Tuesday 19 November

    Stags, Sextons & Staphs – Britain’s Amazing Beetles (talk) Roger Avery. Bovey Tracey, DWT. See 15 October.

  • Friday 22–Sunday 24 November

    Christmas Craft & Design Fair RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington. See 6 September.

  • Friday 22–Tuesday 26 November

    Katherine Lightfoot – New Paintings Exhibition daily 10am–5.30pm The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Exeter EX6 7QP.

    www.thegreatbarndevon.co.uk www.katlightfoot.com
  • Saturday 23 November

    Hedge Steeping (laying) Course Little Sigford Farm, Sigford TQ12 6LD. Devon Rural Skills Trust.

  • Sunday 24 November

    Dartmoor Hillies Race 12.20pm Exeter Racecourse. Raising money for Devon Air Ambulance.

  • Wednesday 27 November

    Short AGM – followed by Festive Entertainment Lustleigh Society.
    See 18 September.

  • Wednesday 27 & Friday 29 November

    Christmas Wreath Making 2.30pm Buckfast Abbey. See 7 September.

  • Saturday 30 November

    Christmas Food and Crafts Fair Buckfast Abbey. See 7 September.

    South Brent Winter Carnival

    Ivybridge Christmas Festival

    Pre-Christmas One Day Art Sale Chagford Art Group. Lots of lovely gifts – original art, crafts and greetings cards. Free admission, 10am–3.30pm Jubilee Hall.

    Ashburton Singers Concert 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Buckfastleigh. Seasonal music for choir and orchestra by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Howells, Lauridsen and Gjeilo.