Autumn & Winter 2022 Newsletter

Autumn

& Winter

2022

Newsletter

The Latest News from Visit Dartmouth

Autumn & Winter 2022 Newsletter

The Latest News from Visit Dartmouth

Issue: Autumn-Winter-2022

Welcome

Welcome to our Autumn and Winter Edition of Visit Dartmouth News.

The Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We would like to say our own heartfelt special thank you to our late Queen Elizabeth II for everything she did for our nation as the longest-reigning monarch in history. Her dedication to duty, kindness, and example remain an inspiration to us all. Dartmouth was very close to her heart, as it was here at Britannia Royal Naval College, in 1939, that she first met her husband-to-be, HRH Prince Phillip.

We welcome our new King, His Majesty King Charles III, and Dartmouth’s Town Crier Les Ellis performed a Proclamation of this momentous event in Royal Avenue Gardens on 12th September.

A Hot Summer!

Indeed it was, with the Met Office recording average temperatures of 39.1 degrees and the very first Red Extreme Heat Warning was issued. Dartmouth’s local beaches enjoyed some record numbers.

The Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre is one of the town’s best assets. Run by a manager and a team of volunteers; it has served over 60,000 visitors so far this year, answering a wide range of enquiries from local directions, and train times, to suggestions for wedding venues.

Together with our marketing team, we have loved supporting all the Festivals throughout the year, selling programmes and boosting awareness.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us with, donations, grants and advertising as we are not fully funded, we rely upon this additional support to ensure we can continue our vital services to the town.
Our yearly tradition of stocking Charity Christmas cards and locally sourced gifts has started again where we stock an amazing variety of gift ideas.

Congratulations to Calancombe Estate!

The hot summer weather was particularly liked by our local vineyards. At Calancombe Estate, one of the South West’s most extensive vineyards. Owners Caroline and Lance Whitehead said: “It’s been a fantastic year for high-quality grapes and we’re looking forward to making some stunning and hopefully award-winning wines”.

This year, Calancombe has also won three Gold Awards in Food & Drink Devon and two Silvers in the Wine GB Awards. Many congratulations to Caroline, Lance, and the Calancombe team. Look out for the amazing events happening too at Calancombe.

Welcoming Dart Valley Cottages

We would like to extend a huge welcome to Dart Valley Cottages and their team, who join us with a wonderful portfolio of accommodation in Dartmouth, Dittisham, Cornworthy, Tuckenhay, East Prawle, and Totnes. They may be viewed on our Where to Stay directory.

What’s On at the Flavel

Now Available on our Website & Explore Guide

We are delighted to be supporting our local Flavel Arts Centre with a Brand New ‘Live Display’ of the entire What’s On Calendar for films, live performances, exhibitions, screened shows, events, and more!

You can now view What’s On at the Flavel on our website and in our Visit Dartmouth Explore Guide, specially created for smartphones, allowing you to review all the great things to do in and around the local area!

Christmas in Dartmouth

Christmas in Dartmouth is a magical time of year, with the Christmas tree at the entrance to Royal Avenue Gardens and the whole town dressed with decorative lights, with many restaurants serving traditional seasonal fare.

Watch out for the Train of Lights as is travels along the iconic track from Paignton to Kingswear, such an amazing sight which delights all, especially those taking a trip on this extremely popular steam train service.

All Upcoming Events

As we near the end of the year, find many fabulous upcoming events over the festive period and into the new year!

Calancombe Estate

Beaujolais Nouveau

Thursday 17th November

About This Event

With the New Release of this year’s Beaujolais, we shall be offering a special French themed evening full of food and wine with even a possible taste of our very own newly fermented first release wine too!

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Dartmouth

Train of Lights

25TH November – 30th December

About This Event

As tickets continue to sell well, we are raring to go for Christmas 2022 when we plan to be even bigger and better! Don’t forget, the show can only be viewed from the train as you travel the line from Paignton to Kingswear (and we have a surprise or two up our sleeves for 2022!).

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Calancombe Estate

Italian Night

Thursday 8th December

About This Event

Immerse yourself in an Italian adventure filled with Italian cuisine and wine ahead of the festive season.

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Dartmouth

Christmas Farmers Market

Saturday 10th December

About This Event

Don’t you just love browsing food markets? All that lovely fresh, local produce, sampling your way around the stalls and returning home with a bag brimming with goodies. Well here’s an opportunity to do just that in the gorgeous river side town of Dartmouth, and help support local businesses.

Each 2nd Saturday of the month we will be hosting a Farmers Market : a food and produce market with a selected number of hand picked local artisans. The market will take place in the Old Market Square, Dartmouth and will be open from 9.00-2.00pm.

A special Christmas Market to be a magical and festive day out!

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Babbacombe Model Village

Christmas Illuminations

Saturday 10th December – Monday 2nd January

About This Event

Come join us for our evening illuminations with lots of Christmas sparkle and festive lighting. Enjoy some delightful miniature seasonal scenes as our little folk celebrate Christmas. A Christmas character spotter sheet will add some extra fun during daylight – will you be able to find miniature Santa?

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Calancombe Estate

Carols & Canapes

Thursday 22nd December

About This Event

Come join us and jump into the festive mood with us all at Calancombe Estate. Sing, Eat, Drink and be Merry!

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Calancombe Estate

Burns Night

Thursday 26th January

About This Event

Burns Night – Looking for somewhere to enjoy a traditional Burns night – music, traditional fare, poetic readings and a wee dram too!

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Calancombe Estate

Valentines by the Vines

Thursday 16th February

About This Event

What could be more romantic than an evening on a vineyard estate. Come and enjoy a special occasion menu for you and your partner. 

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GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS available from the Visitor Centre!

Memories of Dartmouth – 2022 Edition

A Great Souvenir Gift of Dartmouth

This stunning video souvenir (available on DVD & Blu-Ray) features 10 chapters of all that’s best about Dartmouth, including:

The River Dart ~ World of Steam ~ Dartmouth Museum ~ Britannia Royal Naval College ~ Historic Churches ~ Dartmouth Castle ~ The Festivals ~ Scenic Dartmouth ~ Exploring the Local Area

Available from the visitor centre

Available from the Visitor Centre

Cards for Good Causes Charity Cards

Available from the Visitor Centre

Dartmouth Coasters by Grace Ellis

Available from the Visitor Centre

The Dartmouth Colouring Book for Kids

Available from the Visitor Centre

The Visit Dartmouth 2023 Photo Calendar

Available from the Visitor Centre

Britannia Royal Naval College Snow Globe 

Available from the Visitor Centre

Dartmouth Magnet by Grace Ellis

Available from the Visitor Centre

The Dartmouth Candle Co. Candles

Available from the Visitor Centre

Albert Mouse Stories by James Hywel

Available from the Visitor Centre

Britannia Royal Naval College Bauble

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require any further information, please get in touch! We look forward to welcoming all visitors during the festive period.

Dartmouth Visitor Centre

T: 01803 834224

E: hello@visitdartmouth.uk

Marketing & Support Team

T: 01803 701414

E: support@visitdartmouth.uk