SUMMER 2022 Newsletter
Welcome back to our latest edition of Visit Dartmouth News. We’re now gearing up for the high season, with all businesses in Dartmouth ready to welcome our Summer Holiday Visitors.
Here you’ll find some great information and tips which will help you get the most from your stay. Not yet booked – don’t worry! We have some truly amazing places to stay still available for you and your family.
As foreign holidays are still posing many headaches for travellers, here in Dartmouth, you can be assured of relaxation, great food, and amazing hospitality.
New Harbour Master
Firstly, Dartmouth welcomes Paul Britton, our new Harbour Master and CEO of the Dart Harbour Authority. Paul brings with him over 20 years of experience working at sea and ashore in the passenger shipping industry.
Our Visitor Centre Manager, Theresa Gunn, along with one of our brilliant Volunteers, Justine, and Les our Town Crier, greeting him.
Our Explore Guide Continues to Grow in Popularity
Our Explore Guide is proving to be every visitors’ best friend, with hundreds now scanning the QR code to access the complete smartphone digital pocket guide to findthe best Restaurants, Bars and Eateries. This Virtual APP will soon also feature a selection of the best things to do.
Dart Music Festival – Celebration of 25 Years
This year’s event was highly successful and marked the amazing 25th anniversary of this fabulous festival. The weather was kind and the town came alive for this weekend of music of many genres. In celebration, we look back at just some of the many fabulous weekends from over the years.
Our friend Monty the Bear didn’t want to miss out, and spent a day out and about meeting more local Dartmouth Businesses, and many new faces of visitors exploring the town.
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Dartmouth represents an important part to the Royal Family, as it was here at the Royal Navy’s Britannia Royal Naval College, where a young Princess Elizabeth, first met her future husband the Duke of Edinburgh in 1939.
To mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee Year celebrations, Dartmouth was filled with local events and street parties.
Pimm’s on the Plaza of the Visitor Centre added to the celebrations and the Centre Manager Theresa Gunn said: “The weather could have co-operated a bit more but, overall, people were really enjoying themselves. Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne is an amazing reign and we at the visitor centre were proud to celebrate it. The events kicked off in Royal Avenue Gardens with the Jubilee opening ceremony, music over the next few days and many people picnicking. It was wonderful to see the depth of everyone’s appreciation for our monarch…it wasn’t just about having a party.”
The amazing RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight graced us with a flypast by the Avro Lancaster.
Escape the Ordinary at Gitcombe Estate
(Previous featured in the Best 50 Cottages for Summer as voted by The Sunday Times)
Explore the beautiful Gitcombe Estate, nestled in the South Hams, an area of outstanding natural beauty – a family-owned estate with eight award-winning picture-perfect holiday cottages – each with their own distinctive character and charm.
As we continue to move through the year towards the peak of the Summer Season, we’re looking forward to the fabulous festivals and events still to come! Enjoy everything from live music to fresh food markets, Shakespeare performances to Triathlons, and fair weeks to Regattas. Visiting or staying in Dartmouth around an event is always exciting, so why not look a look today for your next Dartmouth Holiday.
Here’s the line-up for the end of the month!
To view all upcoming events from July through to December, why not visit our Full Events Calendar.
Dartmouth – Avenue Gardens
Dart Art Day
Saturday 25th June – 10AM-4pm
About This Event
In support of the Children’s Hospice South West, join in a day of fabulous arts and crafts, live music, cakes and bakes, jewellery, entertainment and joy. The Dart Art Day is taking place at Dartmouth’s Royal Avenue Gardens from 10am – 4pm.
Contact Visit Dartmouth
Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon
Sunday 26th June
About This Event
Last year, we changed the format, so that swimmers could swim with the tide for the 5k, the whole way, getting out at Ashprington Point Field. As with previous years, you can enter the 2.5k or 5k swim, as well as a 7k, 10k and 15k aquathlon.
The 5k swim covers a #GoWithTheFlow, one way only swim from Totnes to Ashprington Point Field, starting near the Dart-Totnes Rowing Club on Steamer Quay.
The 2.5k swimmers start at the same place in separate waves (according to your predicted finishing time) but exit at Sharpham. Aquathloners will also exit at Sharpham, then move to a nearby transition area, before running the three miles back to the rowing club, following the cycle path above the Dart…
More on the Website Link Below!
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Devon County Show
Thursday 30th June – Saturday 2nd July
About This Event
The Devon County Agricultural Association is delighted to announce that the 2022 Devon County Show will take place on Thursday 30th June, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July.
Visit Event Website
New Shop Products
Available from the Visitor Centre
Are you looking for that perfect gift from your visit to Dartmouth? If so, stop by the Dartmouth Visitor Centre, we have several ideas for you.
We are currently stocking Candles from our own Dartmouth based Candle Company, as well as some signature items from the Dartmouth Trading Company, and popular brochures and leaflets about the best local information.
The Dartmouth Candle Company creates luxury hand poured soy wax, vegan friendly candles with lots of beautiful, different fragrances using 100% Natural essential oils.
Another gift idea that we carry in our shop is a mug, coaster, or magnet with the nautical waypoint for Dartmouth, created by the Dartmouth Trading Company.
Dartmouth Signature Collection – Kick the day off with the mug you’ll love! You’ll be town-proud with our classic Dartmouth, Devon mug. The mug happily holds 11oz of your favourite beverage and has a cheery red or blue handle. Or fancy up your fridge with a Dartmouth, Devon ceramic magnet.
If you are seeking information on various walks along our beautiful coast, we have various maps to choose from.
To give you ideas on the various walks, we have many books, for example, Pub Walks in South Hams and Circular walks in South Hams.
Exciting News, New Attractions & Things to Do
New Takeaway Food Service from The Ship in Dock Inn
The Ship in Dock Inn is famous for its warm hospitality and ever popular delicious home cooked food. By popular demand, the amazing food will soon be available via a new online Takeaway service. Serving the local area, including river users, all of whom may now enjoy this delicious range of amazing homecooked food.
The Perfect Souvenir Gift
If you’re looking for a great gift idea for someone special, or maybe for even yourself, then why not consider the new Memories of Dartmouth Souvenir DVD, available from July, this 10-chapter DVD features some fabulous content about Dartmouth and the surrounding area. This 50-minute presentation is available on DVD, Blu-ray and also online, to be enjoyed anywhere in the World. You can pre-order now from South Devon Tours, and this will also be on sale at the Visitor Centre from July.
New Self-Guided Video Tour of Dartmouth
This new and very special self-guided tour allows visitors to take the tour at any time to suit themselves and it may be equally enjoyed by viewers, even if they’re not actually in Dartmouth. The creators, South Devon Tours, in association with Dartmouth Museum have created an enjoyable tour of Dartmouth featuring stunning and unique video content of some of towns most picturesque and historical places.
The amazing Calancombe Estate are now taking bookings for Vineyard Tours and Wine Tastings. One of the largest vineyards in the South West offers you an amazing visitor experience to enjoy. Guided tours are available with new self-guided tours being launched in the spring, available via a new virtual APP.
The Dartmouth Distillery Company, the home of Dartmouth Gin, is also part of the Calancombe Estate, and here you may enjoy their incredible Gin School where can you make your own style of Gin from a selection of amazing botanicals.