Dartmouth Town Crier
Meet the Dartmouth Town Crier Les Ellis, and Consort Liz Ellis
The Town Crier
Dartmouth boasts a history of having a Town Crier from at least the early part of the 17th century. Les and Liz Ellis have been the official Town Crier and Consort of Dartmouth since April 2007, appointed by Dartmouth Town Council. They are a valuable asset for all facets of the town’s economy.
It is a voluntary position and their duties are varied. They attend all the major events in Dartmouth and surrounding villages including festivals, markets and regattas and they can often be seen on the town pontoon greeting cruise ships and their passengers visiting our lovely town.
They are great ambassadors for Dartmouth dressed in their brightly coloured regalia and regularly represent Dartmouth in the organised Town Crier competitions promoting tourism and spreading goodwill to all.
They are a multi-award-winning duo, including several accolades of ‘Best Crier, Best-Dressed Crier and Best-Dressed Couple’. Les is the reigning champion in Devon. Les and Liz thoroughly enjoy the position and are keen to promote our lovely town far and wide.
Guided History Tours
The Dartmouth History Tour will take in the most historical and important buildings and places of Dartmouth’s history over the last 800 years. It will be an informative, interactive and fun experience, with a chance for photographic opportunities. The route is all on the flat and is wheelchair friendly. There are no set times of these tours as they are agreed to suit all client requirements upon booking. Your children, family and dogs are welcome too to learn about Dartmouth’s fascinating history. The starting point for the tours is Royal Avenue Gardens and vary in duration of 1-2 hours depending on whether you wish to learn about the general history or the exciting story of the Pilgrim Fathers.