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What’s On

Dartmouth hosts some truly amazing events throughout the year – take a look and arrange a visit or better still a short break or holiday. We love welcoming visitors to our great line up of exciting events.

Events Guide

Our Events Guide will show you what’s happening and when – simply click on any of the events listed below for more information.

Dart Music Festival: ​This takes place in May and is​ the best music festival in the South West. This weekend-long event transforms the town with its wonderful variety of genres of ​mostly free music for all and performed in bars, pubs, restaurants, churches and our main bandstand in Royal ​Avenue Gardens. The atmosphere really is quite amazing.

Dartmouth Farmers Markets: The Dartmouth Farmers Markets are one of the town’s most popular artisan market events, with this particular market being featured in The Times as one of the best “alfresco places to shop in the UK”. Markets are held monthly in the Old Market Square, beginning from March, and are fabulous for exploring great local produce and helping to support our local businesses.

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta: The first recorded Dartmouth Regatta was held in 1822 and formally established in 1834. It runs now each year in late August with ​rowing events, sailing regattas, tennis tournaments, running events and much more​. ​The town is transformed with market stalls and a funfair providing great family fun and entertainment.

Dartmouth Food Festival: The ​best​ of the South West, the Dartmouth Food Festival is now a landmark event in the culinary ​calendar. ​It features ​food​ ​demonstrations​ and workshops ​using the best produce from South Devon and supported by an array of award-winning celebrity chefs, writers and food critics, this event is one not to be missed.

*Please check individual event websites for more details and for any changes or cancellations. 

Throughout the Year
Dartmouth – Market Square

Dartmouth Farmers Market

Every 2nd Saturday of the Month

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.

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Totnes

Totnes Market

Every Friday & Saturday All Year Round

About This Event

The Market Square has been home to the bustling weekly markets for hundreds of years, and today you can still stumble across this gem of a shopping experience every Friday and Saturday. Meet the friendly traders, soak up the colourful sights and discover a huge array of interesting items from local honey to delicious cake; clothes, plants, antiques and lots of other wonderful gifts and treats.

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Totnes

Totnes Sunday Food Market

Every Sunday All Year Round – 10am-3pm

About This Event

Every third Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm.

Come and explore the historic town of Totnes and visit the Totnes food market every third Sunday of the month with a wide range of wonderfully fresh and organic produce, direct from the producer and sourced as locally as possible.

All size stalls are available please contact southhams.markets@swdevon.gov.uk

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August 2022
Babbacombe Model Village

Summer Illuminations

Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 21st August

About This Event

Thousands of miniature lights, along with special fire and lighting effects, create an enchanting atmosphere during our summer evening illuminations! 

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Totnes and Bridgetown

Festival of Arts and Culture

Monday 15th – Wednesday 24th August

About This Event

The Totnes and Bridgetown Festival of Arts and Culture is a celebration! Using visual arts, circus, theatre, dance, film, storytelling, spoken word, music and more to explore place and belonging. The festival brings together a local network of community groups, artists, independent venues, outdoor spaces and individuals showcasing a programme of workshops, shows and events taking place over 10 days.

For the full line-up, please visit the website link below!

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Plymouth

Firework Championships

Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th August

About This Event

For some time there had been some discussion among professional display companies in the industry about creating an annual competition where they could demonstrate their skills.

After considering a number of venues around the UK, Plymouth became the favoured location as it was felt to provide a natural amphitheatre where large scale pyrotechnics could be used safely and watched from a variety of points around the harbour and Sound. Following discussions with the City Council in the mid-1990s, a partnership agreement was formed to launch the event in 1997.

Since then the Championships have grown hugely and are now recognised as the premier annual display in the UK, attracting tens of thousands to the City each August.

Each year six professional display companies are selected by draw to take part – three on each evening of the event -and every sixth year there is a Champions event when winners from the previous five years (plus the previous Champion-of-Champions winner) return to battle it out for the overall title Champion-of-Champions.

Despite varying weather conditions over the years – and even a World War II bomb being found on the site – the event has successfully taken place every year since it started.

As the Hoe is the focal point for watching the Championships, entertainment is provided here throughout both evenings with a fun fair, with thrill rides and live music. Catering facilities are provided on the Hoe and along Madeira Road from early evening on both nights.

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Dartmouth

Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th August

About This Event

Dartmouth is a stunning town in South Devon and a magnificent backdrop to the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta that takes place every August.  The Port is steeped in history, as is the event: it is one of the oldest in the country and the earliest recorded Regatta was in 1822 with 2019 seeing the 175th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta take place. 

The Regatta committee work tirelessly, all as volunteers, to bring a Regatta that Dartmouth, and her visitors, will be proud of every year.  The event is free to attend and the committee rely entirely on their amazing sponsors and generous public donations, with no funding received from any source.  Please do support us by giving generously to our collectors and by buying a Regatta Souvenir Programme.  It costs over £150,000 to stage the event every year and we need your help to do this!

The week long celebrations, incorporating the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, always takes place during the week that includes the last Friday in August.  It has a plethora of water based and shoreside sporting events, as well as family entertainment and fun in bucket loads.  There is a real ‘festival’ feel to Dartmouth during this week, with something for everyone to do and enjoy; it is little wonder we are the second largest Regatta in the UK…

Read more by visiting the website link below!

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Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh

Summer Rails & Ales

Friday 26th – Monday 29th August

About This Event

On the Bank Holiday weekend,  August 26th to 29th, the South Devon Railway celebrates with a feast of steam and diesel trains – and our famous beer and cider festival too!

Trains will be running at frequent intervals throughout the day.

At Buckfastleigh, our London Transport Routemaster bus will be running trips to Buckfast Abbey and Ashburton, the original terminus of our line. The garden railway and all our usual attractions, from the museum to the gardens and gift shop, will be open.

The beer and cider festival takes place at Staverton station, the midway point on the line, offering a great selection of ales, craft beers and ciders to enjoy from Devon Diesel Society’s award-winning bar.

The Staverton Buffet Coach will serve a variety of hot and cold snacks, teas, coffees and soft drinks.

Sunday evening is quiz night – a just for fun general knowledge quiz.

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Dartmoor

Dartmoor Walking Festival

Saturday 27th August – Sunday 4th September

About This Event

Explore a different side to Dartmoor and delve into its folklore, history and landscape with a range of walks led by expert guides.

With a variety of guided walks, accessible walks and online talks there is something for everyone at this year’s festival to help you explore Dartmoor in all its glory.  It is also a great way to support the Devon Air Ambulance this year’s chosen charity.

The full programme can be found on the Moorlan Guides website of follow them on Facebook for the very latest information.

Location: Various across Dartmoor – see programme for details.

Charge: Various charges apply, please check individual listings

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Setptember 2022
Borough Farm, Nr Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge Show

Saturday 3rd September

About This Event

Kingsbridge Show was due to celebrate it’s 140th year, 67 of which have been at Borough Farm, just outside of Kingsbridge but only for the third time since its inception the show will not take place due to these unprecedented times.

The show remains a fantastic day out for all the family and will return in 2022 offering classes in Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Homecraft, Young Farmers, Horticulture, Floral Art and Domestic pets. In addition to this there are over hundreds of Trade Stands, Craft stands, local food and drinks stands, Children’s Pets Corner, Donkey rides, Vintage and Modern Tractors, Live Music, a licensed bar and a wide range of main ring attractions (please see timetable for main ring attractions). There is plenty of free parking but for those of you wishing to be eco friendly or make use of the bar and locally produced goodies there will be a FREE tally ho shuttle bus running from Kingsbridge Quay.

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International

Agatha Christie Festival

Wednesday 10th – Wednesday 17th August

About This Event

Celebrate Agatha Christie in the place of her birth on the English Riviera. Step into the area’s outstanding literary and geological heritage. Join us for a week of cultural talks, walks, films, workshops and performances, plus an exciting fringe programme.

For the full line-up, please visit the website link below!

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Kingsbridge

Vintage Bus Running Day

Wednesday 17th August – 10am-5:30pm

About This Event

Returning for our 15th year, the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 17th September with a full network of routes and passenger carrying services so enjoyed by enthusiasts, holidaymakers and locals over the years.

The Running Day will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 10.00 until 17.30. The bus station is at the heart of this vibrant market town with good public transport links from Plymouth and Totnes (for Exeter) and is a short drive south of the A38.

A souvenir programme will accompany the event detailing the vehicles in service, duties and timetables and will include an illustrated article describing heritage aspects of bus services in the area. These have lasting interest and a description of past events and the content of programmes can be seen here.

Plans for the weekend are developing and updates will follow. Currently our focus is on securing entries so, vehicle owners, do please consider joining in with this characterful and enjoyable running day.

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Buckfastleigh

Day Out With Thomas (TM)

Tuesday 13rd – Thursday 25th August

About This Event

Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends on September 23rd to 25th for a day of family fun at the South Devon Railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

Plus lots more to enjoy including:

• Ride behind Thomas between Buckfastleigh and Totnes Riverside stations
• Watch Thomas re-enactments
• Visit the Imagination Station with balloon modelling, face painting and Thomas colouring fun
• Discover otters from around the world at the Otter Sanctuary
• Follow the Thomas Trail
• Ride on the miniature railway
• Watch the real steam trains on the garden railway
• Have your photo taken in the Selfie frame

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October 2022
Dart Bridge, Totnes

Totnes Raft Race

Sunday 2nd October

About This Event

An exciting on-the-water event which is guaranteed to be fun, active and competitive! 

Time & Location: 02 Oct, 08:00 – 16:00
Dart Bridge Road, Dart Bridge Rd, Buckfastleigh TQ11, UK

About the Event: Crews between 2 to 10 people per raft, all male, all female or mixed, over the age of 18, can take part.

Tickets are £40 per paddler.

You will also need to complete and submit the crew list and consent form from the entry pack.

The Rotary Club of Totnes is a Registered charity (number 293236)

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Dartmouth

Dartmouth Food Festival

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October

About This Event

Having grown from humble beginnings in 2002 into a first class feast of entertainment featuring workshops, seminars, tastings, competitions, demonstrations and over 120 hand-picked exhibitors (70% of which are from Devon), it truly is the very best that the South West has to offer. Described in The Telegraph as a ‘heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations’, the festival is now a landmark event on the culinary calendar. What gives us extra stand out is the fact that we’re a free festival. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and take part without being charged an entry fee.

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Babbacombe Model Village

Half Term & Halloween Fun

Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October

About This Event

During the day from 22nd to 30th October enjoy some miniature Halloween themed characters and scenes spooking our miniature residents.

Our Evening Illuminations with fire & lighting effects: Oct 25th, 26th & 27th – lights on from 6.00pm to 7.30pm (Park open all day from 10.00am, latest entry 5.15pm, closes 7.30pm)

IMPORTANT: Experience the Model Village in daylight too, CRAZY GOLF is only open in daylight.  To enjoy crazy golf and experience day and night we suggest you arrive around 4.45-5.15pm, allow 2 to 2.5 hours for your visit. 

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DECEMBER 2022
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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Dartmouth

Candlelit Dartmouth

Details of event: TBA

About This Event

Held in the picturesque south Devon town, pageantry, glamour and romance is the name of the game. By day the medieval streets are filled with entertainers, children’s activities and live music. Shoppers explore the festive market and browse in over 200 independent stores, but at dusk the town is transformed into a glittering wonderland.

Highlights over the weekend include a spectacular procession with hundreds of beautiful, hand-made paper lanterns and Father Christmas’ boat gliding silently through the moonlit waters of the river Dart.

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April 2023
Brixham

Brixham Pirate Festival

Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May (Dates TBC)

About This Event

One of Britain’s biggest and best (in our humble opinion), Pirate Festivals!

The Brixham Pirate Festival began in 2007 when members of the community decided to create an event to liven up one of the quietist bank holidays of the year.

Since those humble beginnings, the festival has grown into one of the biggest pirate gatherings in the world, and attracts people from all four corners to partake in a weekend of Piratical merriment!

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May 2023
Dartmouth

Dart Music Festival

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May (Dates TBC)

About This Event

The Dart Music Festival began 25 years ago with a simple premise, to bring some great music into Dartmouth and provide a boost to the economy of the town after the long winter months. With this in mind the decision was made to keep the music at the heart of this beautiful riverside town and, lacking a theatre or arts centre at the time, an imaginative and diverse choice of venues was established.

The first festival brought together an eclectic and hugely talented group of artists which not only delighted the visitors to the town but captured the hearts of the residents making it a huge success. It was this unexpected inclusiveness that has shaped the ethos of the festival making it one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the year and a matter of great pride and enjoyment for the local population…

Enjoy 3 Special Days with over 100 Performances in more than 20 Venues around town.

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June 2023
Westpoint, Exeter

Devon County Show

Dates TBC

About This Event

The annual Devon County Show from the Agricultural Association is full with spectacular animals, vintage tractor parades, masterclasses, workshops, local provider showcases, things for the kids, show competitons, and more!

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July 2023
Blackpool Sands Beach

Tunes on the Sands

Dates TBC

About This Event
It’s a brand new festival, set on the beautiful golden Blackpool Sands in Devon, just 5 miles from Dartmouth With a back drop of scenic forests and hills, this will be a truly unique event where you can enjoy an ice cold beverage with the ocean only a stone’s throw away.
 
Born from the incredible festival Tunes in the Dunes on Perranporth beach in Cornwall, that has seen artists such as Status Quo, John Newman, UB40 ft Ali, Astro & Mickey, Clean Bandit, Dizzee Rascal, the Waterboys, James Morrison, Billy Ocean + many more… This is a one of a kind event for Blackpool Sands in Devon, not to be missed.
 
Major headline acts will be getting announced over the lead up to the event. We are extremely excited to bring this event to you for the ultimate festival experience.

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Various Locations

Classics Regatta

15th – 22nd July

About This Event

In July 2002, ten yachts attended the inaugural regatta organised by the British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC).  Held in Cowes, the event marked the start of an annual regatta, which went on to be named British Classic Week.

What started as a long weekend of informal racing developed and grew so that by 2012, over 80 Yachts, racing in five divisions, were joined by a growing fleet of cruisers.  Many familiar faces return every year for a week of close racing, or fun cruising, and a vibrant social programme.

The six-race series, organised by the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), takes place in the challenging tidal waters of the Solent.  The schedule includes class racing around the cans, as well as two longer fleet courses, including the 30nm NAB Tower Race, and a Ladies Race.  Racing starts and finishes on the RYS line, which presents a fantastic opportunity for photographers and spectators ashore to watch the action on the water.

More on Website Link Below!

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Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge Fair Week

Dates TBC

About This Event

Kingsbridge Fair Week is a week of events in July, including live music, fireworks, a carnival and many more events for all ages.  With a parade at the end of the week.

Purchase a Programme to obtain a timetable of events.

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Dartmouth Castle

Shakespeare Week

Dates TBC

About This Event

Dartmouth Shakespeare Week this year features a spectacular performance – The 21st Anniversary Production in the open air at Dartmouth Castle.

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Great Court Farm, Berry Pomeroy

Totnes & District Show

Dates TBC

About This Event

We look forward to welcoming you for another fun filled family day out.

We will be updating this page as our many and varied attractions and activities are confirmed.

Join us on the last Sunday in July for an action packed experience with something for everyone, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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July 2022