What's On

Dartmoor Diary

Please tel: (01647) 441174 or email: editor@dartmoormagazine.co.uk about what’s going on in your part of Dartmoor: insertion in the magazine and on the website (constantly updated) is free! You can also tell us about your event via the website ‘What’s On’ tab. Priority will be given to non-commercial organisations; to advertise a commercial event please contact the editor. Copy date for the summer 2024 issue (June, July and August) is Friday 26 April. Many thanks to Steve Mason for compiling this list.

 

 

 

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  • MARCH
  • Friday 1 March

    AGM + Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the Exeter Area (talk) Derek Gore 7.30pm Woodway Room, Town Hall Chudleigh History Group.

    chudleighhistorygroup.uk
  • Saturday 2 March–Saturday 4 May

    Graduate Winners Show (exhibition) Showcasing the work of Heidi May, Hannah Bowden and Lauren Kershaw Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey MAKE Southwest. See 1 March.

  • Saturday 2 March–Saturday 11 May

    Maker Showcase (exhibition) Featuring the work of Philippa de Burlet and Taja Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey MAKE Southwest. See 1 March.

  • Tuesday 5 March

    Building of Burrator (talk) Paul Rendell 7.30pm Community Centre Princetown History Club

  • Saturday 9 March

    Dry Stone Walling (course) Martin Stallard 9.30am–4.30pm Bantham Estate Devon Rural Skills Trust

    www.drst.org.uk
  • Tuesday 12 March

    Lino Printed Bookmarks (course) Buckland Monachorum The Garden House. See 1 March.

    Mad, Bad and Fascinating to Know – The Dukes of Bedford (talk) Dr Geri Parlby 7pm Tavistock Parish Rooms Tavistock Local History Society

    www.tavistockhistory.co.uk
  • Thursday 14 March–Friday 15 March

    Handling the Untouched Equine (course) Learn how to handle feral equines 10am–3pm Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

    www.dpht.co.uk
  • Friday 15 March–Saturday 23 March

    The Experiment! Dartmoor tour of MED Theatre’s Intergenerational Community Play 2024: 15–16 March Manaton Parish Hall, 19 March Winkleigh Village hall, 20 March Buckfast Southpark Hall, 22–23 Moretonhampstead Parish Hall MED Theatre

    www.medtheatre.co.uk
  • Saturday 16–Sunday 17 March

    Wellbeing Weekend (workshops and talks) 10am–4pm Tavistock Town Hall Tavistock Town Council

    www.tavistock.gov.uk
  • Sunday 17 March

    Shilstone House Tour Lucy Fenwick 2.30pm Devon Rural Archive

    www.devonruralarchive.com
  • Tuesday 19 March

    The Civil War in the Tamar Valley (talk) Paul Reid 7.30pm Meavy Village Hall Yelverton and District Local History Society

    www.yelvertonhistory.co.uk
  • Wednesday 20 March

    Cranmere Pool (talk) Talk about the history and conservation of this remote site by South West Peatland Partnership 2.30pm Belstone Village Hall The Dartmoor Society

    www.dartmoorsociety.co./events/
  • Investigating Devon’s Black History for more than 30 Years (talk) Lucy Mackeith 7.30pm Union Inn Moretonhampstead History Society

    www.moretonhampstead.org.uk
  • Saturday 23 March

    Double Waters and the Historic Mines beside the River Walkham (walk) John Howell 10am–1pm 4 miles (6.5km) Grenofen Bridge car park (SX 490 709) Dartmoor Preservation Association 07711 961297

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Dry Stone Walling (course) Martin Stallard Bantham Estate Devon Rural Skills. See 9 March.

     

     

  • AGM + Wheal Friendship (talk and walk) Stephen Holley 10am–4pm 2 miles (3km) Coronation Hall Mary Tavy (SX 742 794) Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group

    www.dtrg.org.uk
  • Sunday 24 March

    The Silver Mines (walk) Julia Quant 10am–3pm 7 miles (11km) Bere Alston Railway Station (SX 440 673) Dartmoor Preservation Association 01822 890225

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Ancient Tree Recording (course) 10am–4pm Brimpts Farm Dartmeet (SX 668 738) Woodland Trust

    www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
  • Tuesday 26 March

    Old Dartmoor (talk) Paul Rendell 7.30pm Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust

    www.devonmuseums.net/bovey
  • Wednesday 27 March

    Ancient Tracks on Dartmoor (talk) Emma Cunis 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall Lustleigh Society

    www.lustleigh-society.org.uk
  • The Veitch Nurseries in Devon (talk) Caradoc Doy 7.30pm Endecott House Chagford Local History Society

    www.chagfordlocalhistorysociety.org.uk
  • Wednesday 27 March–Saturday 22 June

    20 Years in the Making (exhibition) Showing work of 21 prize-winning makers representing 20 years of the Craft Festival Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey MAKE Southwest. See 1 March.

  • Friday 29 March–Sunday 14 April

    Easter Fun Easter egg hunt amidst 90 acres of fairies, ferns and willow dinosaurs Canonteign Falls

    www.canonteignfalls.co.uk
  • Sunday 31 March

    Letterboxing Meet 9.30am–4pm Lee Moor Village Hall Dartmoor Letterboxing Club

    www.letterboxingondartmoor.co.uk

  • APRIL
  • Tuesday 2 April

    Prehistory of Malta (talk) Peter Brinsden 7.30pm Community Centre Princetown History Club

  • Saturday 5–Sunday 6 April

    Mad Hatter’s Travelling Tea Party Buckfastleigh Station South Devon Railway

    www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
  • Saturday 6 April

    Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs Brent Singers afternoon rehearsal and evening performance Buckfast Abbey

    www.brentsingers.org.uk
  • Sunday 7 April

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS 2–5pm Skaigh Lane, Belstone (01837 840332)

    www.andrewscorner.garden
  • Monday 8 April

    The Train Now Arriving (talk) John Davidson Chudleigh History Group. See 1 March

  • Tuesday 9 April

    Sabine Baring-Gould – Remembered after 100 years (talk) Vani Cook Tavistock Local History Society. See 12 March.

    Alpaca Experience One-on-one sessions with alpacas Canonteign Falls. See 29 March.

    Photographs: Memories, faces and places Kevin Dickens Life Stories project event 11am to 12pm at TASS (Tavistock Area Support Services), The Anchorage Centre, Plymouth Road, Tavistock, PL19 8AG.  Help us identify people and places from Tavistock-related photographs, 1950s to 1990s. Free. Contact (01822) 616958 for further information.

  • Wednesday 10 April

    Ancient Tree Recording (course) Meldon Village Hall (SX 560 923) Woodland Trust. See 24 March.

  • Thursday 11 April

    Pony Power (walk) 10am–2pm 4 miles (6.5km) Postbridge forestry car park Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

    www.dpht.co.uk
  • Friday 12 April

    Merrivale (walk) Jane Marchand 2–5pm 2 miles (3km) Four Winds car park (SX 540 749) Dartmoor Preservation Association

    www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk
  • Saturday 13 April

    AGM and the Dartmoor Curlew Project (talk) Jon Avon, 2pm Two Bridges Hotel The Dartmoor Society. See 20 March.

  • Tuesday 16 April

    The Industrial Archaeology of the Upper Plym (talk) Ernie Hoblyn Yelverton and District Local History Society. See 19 March.

  • Wednesday 17 April

    Exercise Tiger at Slapton Sands in April 1944 (talk) Dr Harry Bennett Moretonhampstead History Society. See 20 March.

  • Saturday 20 April

    Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (concert) 7.30pm St Eustachius’ Parish Church Tavistock Mount Kelly Choral Society and Orchestra, conductor Dan Robinson

    www.mountkellychoralsociety.com
  • Sunday 21 April

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS. See 7 April.

    The Great British Dog Walk Hosted this year by Canonteign Falls Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    www.hearingdogs.org.uk
  • Shilstone House Garden Tour Lucy Fenwick 11.30am Devon Rural Archive. See 17 March.

  • Tuesday 23 April

    Churchill’s Secret Army in Devon (talk) Keith Badman Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust. See 26 March.

  • Wednesday 24 April

    Devon and Emancipation in 1834 (talk) Todd Gray Lustleigh Village Hall Lustleigh Society. See 27 March.

    The Exeter Martyrs during the Reformation (talk) Dr Laura Sangha Chagford Local History Society. See 27 March.

  • Thursday 25 April

    Bench Tor and Venford Reservoir (walk) John Howell 10am–1pm 3 miles (5km) Venford Reservoir car park (SX 686 713) Dartmoor Preservation Association. See 23 March.

    The 1940s Diamond Heist Murder mystery experience 6.30–10pm Buckfastleigh Station. South Devon Railway. See 6 April.

  • Friday 26 April

    Behold Ye Ramblers (play) 7pm for 7.30pm Lustleigh Village Hall Lustleigh Entertainment and Arts Project tickets online www.ticketsource.co.uk/leaplustleigh and Lustleigh Dairy

    www.townsendproductions.org.uk
  • Sunday 28 April

    Templer Way Challenge (sponsored walk) 18 miles (29km) Haytor Visitor Centre to Shaldon Dartmoor Search and Rescue Centre Ashburton

    www.dsrtashburton.org.uk
  • Parish Day (talks and walk) 2 lectures + guided tour of mines around Burrator 9.30am–5pm Yelverton Memorial Hall Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group

    www.dtrg.org.uk

  • MAY
  • Thursday 2 May

    Saltram: People, Place, Design (talk) Zoë Shearman Devon Rural Archive. See 17 March

  • Friday 3 May

    The Limits of Empire Justin Newland Chudleigh History Group. See 1 March

  • Saturday 4 May

    Lustleigh May Day 1pm

    www.lustleighvillagehall.co.uk
  • Saturday 4–Monday 6 May

    Family Fun Day South Devon Railway. See 6 April.

  • Sunday 5 May–Monday 6 May

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS. See 7 April.

  • Tuesday 7 May

    My Zambezi Walk (talk) David Lemon 7.30pm Community Centre Princetown History Club

  • Wednesday 8 May

    The Allied Forces in Moretonhampstead Parish in 1944-5 and their Subsequent Role in the War (talk) Bill Hardiman Moretonhampstead History Society. See 20 March.

  • Friday 10 May

    The 1940s Diamond Heist Murder mystery experience 6.30–10pm Buckfastleigh Station. South Devon Railway. See 6 April.

  • Friday 10–Sunday 12 May

    Ten Tors Challenge + Jubilee Challenge 2023 Okehampton Camp The Army

    www.tentors.org.uk
  • Saturday 11 May

    Dawn Chorus (walk) Bird spotting walk around Belstone followed by breakfast in the village hall Chris Walpole 5.30am 01837 840498

    Chagford Singers Spring Concert 7.30pm St. Michael the Archangel Church tickets £10 ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on?q=Chagford&date=2024-05-11)
    or on door (from 7pm)

    www.chagfordsingers.co.uk
  • Saturday 11 May–Saturday 13 July

    The Isles – Shetland (exhibition) Showcasing work by Robin Mackenzie and Katy Harrald Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey MAKE Southwest. See 1 March.

  • Tuesday 14 May

    The Hidden History of St John’s Well (walk) Dr Sharon Gedye Guildhall car park Tavistock Local History Society. See 12 March.

  • Wednesday 15 May

    Military Remains from WW2 on Mardon Common (walk) Moretonhampstead History Society. See 20 March.

  • Saturday 18 May–Saturday 6 July

    PJW Woodworks (exhibition) Showcasing the work of Paul Ward Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey MAKE Southwest. See 1 March.

  • Sunday 19 May

    Shilstone House Garden Tour Lucy Fenwick 11.30am Devon Rural Archive. See 17 March.

  • Tuesday 21 May

    Fishery Friction: Tales of Fish Related Disputes on the Tavy (talk) Sharon Gedye Yelverton and District Local History Society. See 19 March.

  • Wednesday 22 May

    Farmers’ Forum Discussion on the outcome of the Dartmoor Evidence Review and related topics 7.30pm Postbridge Village Hall The Dartmoor Society. See 20 March.

  • Friday 24–Monday 27 May

    Rails and Ales South Devon Railway. See 6 April.

  • Sunday 26 May

    Wheal Katherine (walk) 10.30am 7–9 miles Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group. See 28 April.

  • Sunday 26 May–Monday 27 May

    Andrew’s Corner Garden Open in aid of NGS. See 7 April.

  • Tuesday 28 May

    Pony Power (walk) Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. See 11 April.

  • Wednesday 29 May

    Wild Days and Medieval Knights (talk) Andrew Cooper Lustleigh Village Hall Lustleigh Society. See 27 March.

    The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters and their Devon Church Carvings (talk) Helen Wilson Chagford Local History Society. See 27 March.

  • Thursday 30 May

    The 1950s Crime Murder mystery experience 6.30–10pm Buckfastleigh Station. South Devon Railway. See 6 April.