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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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January & February
Totnes

Totnes Good Food Sunday

Sunday 15th January

About This Event

The biggest monthly producers’ and farmers’ market in the Westcountry. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

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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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Ashburton Arts Centre

Dartmouth Orchestra’s Winter Concert

Saturday 28th January

About This Event

Join us on a chilly Saturday afternoon for a warming selection of classical music including Mozart’s elegant overture to his opera ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ composed for the coronation of King Leopold I; Haydn’s final London symphony no. 104, and soar into the sky with Vaughan Williams’s ethereal ‘The Lark Ascending’, featuring renowned local soloist, Mary Eade on violin.

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Dartington

Family Nature Walks

Monday 13th February

About This Event

How would you like to fly through the treetops like a bird… use some magic liquid to increase your sense of smell… and explore the underworld using a third eye!

Experience all this and more in the Deer Park woodland with Mark Jefferys from our conservation team.

Rain coats and suitable walking shoes recommended. Please bring water and snacks as needed. We are in a forest but there is a path that is pram accessible.

*Everybody needs a ticket except under 2 years – Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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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March & April
The Flavel, Dartmouth

BRNC Band Spring Concert

Friday 31st March

About This Event

Step aboard as we whizz around the Around The World In 80 Minutes with the Concert Band of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

This epic voyage of adventure starts with a click of the stopwatch from our home in Devon and will circumnavigate the globe, journeying across the continents including Europe the Middle East, the Far East, Australasia, and onto the Americas and the Caribbean, to name but a few. We’ll cross the mighty oceans and the tumultuous seas, stopping over in some exotic ports along the way. So, get your tickets at the ready and come with us as we set off on our trip of a lifetime!

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coombe farm, dittisham

3 Day Painting & Mixed Media Course

Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th march

About This Event

Following Kate’s courses at Coombe last year which were a huge success we are delighted to be inviting her back to Coombe in 2023 to teach two courses.

Both of Kate’s courses are suitable for painters of all abilities. It will be particularly useful if you have some painting experience and want to experiment with abstraction and how you use colour, or if you have more experience and want to free up from your current style and spend some time experimenting with a different approach.

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totnes

Guided Totnes Town Walk

From Monday 3rd April

About This Event

Every Thursday from April to the end of October, meet local guide Kathy Alexander at 10.30 am at the Tourist Information/Visit Totnes Office, in the Market Square. Learn about the history of the town in an informal and friendly walk.

£8 per person, £4 under 16’s. Private tours are available any time of year.

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Dartmouth

Follow the Seagulls Charity Trek

Saturday 15th April

About This Event

Follow the Seagulls is a long distance, charity trek to help make sure no one has to face a brain tumour alone. It’s your chance to do something truly incredible that matches your passion to help the 60,000 people in the UK who are afraid and alone because of their brain tumour diagnosis.

The Follow the Seagulls treks take place annually on the Isle of Wight, Whitby in North Yorkshire, the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland, Dartmouth in Devon and now Brighton too.

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Coombe Farm, Dittisham

Powerful Pastels 4 Day Course

Sunday 16th – Friday 21st April

About This Event

We are delighted that Sarah is returning again this year and that we can regularly offer a pastel tutor to our stable of professional artists. All our artists share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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totnes – dartmouth

Head of Dart’s SUP Challenge

Saturday 29th April

About This Event

The Head of the Dart SUP Challenge is an annual event in April and sees more than 250 paddlers taking part, making it the largest SUP event in the UK. Each year, paddlers come together to complete the 14km course along the River Dart taking in the beautiful Devon countryside running between the historic town of Dartmouth and Totnes, alternating directions every year. It is traditionally seen as the season opener, with paddlers travelling from all of the country, and further afield!

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Brixham

Brixham Pirate Festival

Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May

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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Salcombe

Salcombe Crab Fest

Sunday 30th April

About This Event

Crabfest is not just an excellent opportunity for seafood lovers to get together and crack open some fine tasting crabs. More than that, Crabfest has become a vibrant showcase for the local fishing, food, drink and tourism industries at the heart of our unique area.

Come and enjoy hands-on cookery demonstrations by award-winning chefs, crab picking masterclasses, crab pot making, live music, kids activities and much more!

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May & June
Coombe Farm, Dittisham

Intermediate Pottery Weekend

Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th May

About This Event

This immersive weekend course is for people with some basic throwing experience who want to improve their skills.

If you are looking for some dedicated time and space, with expert tuition and nourishing food in a creative space with other potters, this weekend is ideal. The course will include techniques for preparing and wedging your clay, improving centering on the wheel, throwing cylinders, turning and trimming pots, attaching handles and exploring other forms including bowls, mugs, jugs, and plates. Together with your tutor Jodie you will work towards repeat throwing to make consistent pots, and focus on the process of throwing for great quality ceramics.

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Westpoint, Exeter

Devon County Show

Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th May

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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Dartmouth

Dart Music Festival

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st May

About This Event

The Dart Music Festival brings some great music into Dartmouth and provides 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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Paignton

English Riviera Airshow

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th June

About This Event

English Riviera Airshow is set to return this year for another full weekend of action packed displays and great activities. The two day show takes place on Paignton Green with the Bay providing a stunning natural amphitheatre for viewing the air displays and the perfect location for a large coastal airshow event.

The RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Grob Tutor will be flying across both days of the Airshow.

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Dartmouth

Dartmouth Swim

Saturday 10th June

About This Event

As part of the Dartmouth Triathlon weekend we are offering you a chance to do a 1500m or 750m swim in the stunning clear water of Blackpool Sands in Devon.

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July & August
Dartmoor

Dartmoor Classic Cycle Sportive

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd July

About This Event

Join 4000 like minded riders on one of the UK’s favourite sportives running for over 15 years. Established in 2007, the Dartmoor Classic aims to bring a pro tour cycling experience to amateur cyclists of all abilities.

There are 3 distances to choose from:
Piccolo 39 miles
Medio 68 miles
Grande 109 Miles

Cycle Dartmoor’s open roads across beautiful countryside with spectacular views. Our routes are planned to take on famous climbs such as Haytor which has been included in the Tour of Britain.

‍When riding the Dartmoor Classic you’ll be taken care of all the way from free parking at the start, happy marshals en-route, plenty of food included at the feed stations, rider mechanical support and if your legs just can’t make it, we’ll get you back to the finish in our rider support bus.

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Various Locations

Classics Regatta

Saturday 15th – Saturday 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.

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Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge Fair Week

Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd July

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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Blackpool Sands Beach

Tunes on the Sands

Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd July

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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Great Court Farm, Berry Pomeroy

Totnes & District Show

Sunday 30th July

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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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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Brixham

Torbay Steam Fair

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August

About This Event

Torbay Steam Fair in South Devon provides three days of attractions for the whole family and has grown to become one of the biggest in the area. While principally a Steam Fair, the gathering has expanded its attractions to its vintage brothers and sisters and now incorporates vintage cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes, military vehicles, tractors, stationary engines, and fairground rides. The show also provides market stalls, children’s entertainment, refreshments, and a bar.

The Steam Fair is run by the Torbay Steam Rally Group. The group was established in the mid-1980s to ensure that the Steam Fair would continue to run after The Devon Traction Engine Club decided they could not continue. The organisers pride themselves on being able to bring a new Steam Engine to the fair every year!

Weekend visitors who are looking for accommodation may find Churston Manor, in Churston or The Quayside Hotel, in Brixham suitable places to stay. For those a little more adventurous, camping sites are located within short drives of the showground site. Check out Galmpton Touring Park, Upton Manor Farm Campsite, and Wall Park.

For more information, please visit the event website below.

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Plymouth

Firework Championships

Dates TBC

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 23rd – Saturday 26th 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…

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September & October
Borough Farm, Nr Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge Show

Saturday 2nd September

About This Event

Kingsbridge 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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Torquay

The Agatha Christie Festival

Sunday 10th – Sunday 17th September

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.

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Kingsbridge

Vintage Bus Running Day

Wednesday 17th September – 10am-5:30pm

About This Event

Tthe Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 16th 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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Various Locations – English Riviera

England’s Seafood FEAST

29th September – 15th October

About This Event

Welcome to the return of England’s Seafood FEAST – enjoy the freshest local seafood in the world!

From 30th September to 15th October 2023 you can enjoy the return of England’s Seafood FEAST. You will experience some of the best seafood in the world across a great selection of venues on the English Riviera, known as England’s Seafood Coast.

2023 highlights will include: seafood specials throughout the Feast from fine dining to street food, seafood celebration suppers, guest chef events and a range of different activities including Behind the Scene Tours of our world-famous Brixham Fish Market.

You will have the opportunity to meet the Faces of the Feast; chefs, fishermen and media super stars. We strongly recommend that you book directly with the venues as soon as possible as many of the events do sell out very quickly.

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Bovey Tracey

Dartmoor Whisky Tasting Experience

Monday 16th – Monday 30th October

About This Event

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery invites you to come and visit Devon’s only whisky distillery and learn how single malt whisky is made, from barley field to nosing glass in our Whisky Tasting Experience.

This tasting experience is the perfect afternoon activity for any whisky lover, a group of friends or family visiting the area, a birthday or celebration, or would make an amazing gift any time of the year.

Upon entering the distillery, you will be welcomed by our founder Greg or one of his team and shown to your table. Laid before you will be a flight of our whisky expressions, but you must hold back, for we will go through a guided tasting together later on…

We begin the session with our brand new entertaining and educational film which showcases the full story of Dartmoor Whisky Distillery, from idea to today. The 30-minute video follows the story of our still, our building renovation, and shows you the various stages of how Dartmoor Whisky is made.

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Dartmouth

Dartmouth Food Festival

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd 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

Dates TBC

About This Event

During the day in October enjoy some miniature Halloween themed characters and scenes spooking our miniature residents.

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November & DECEMBER
Dartmouth

Train of Lights

Dates TBC

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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Babbacombe Model Village

Christmas Illuminations

Dates TBC

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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