DEVON EVENTS DIARY 2013
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A Diary of events held in Devon 2013 shows, festivals and fairs etc.
Cancelled due to waterlogged ground. Feb 9th and 10th 11am-4pm HARTLAND ABBEY SNOWDROP AND WILDFLOWER WEEKEND Come and enjoy a wonderful weekend in the snowdrops, some planted hundreds of years ago. See the early daffodils, camellias, hellebores and spring flowers. This year you can again choose to come on either the Saturday or the Sunday. Please do bring as many dogs as possible, they love all the walks! Come and explore the 50 acres of grounds, the woodland and walled gardens and the walk to the beach. Over 3 ½ miles of walks! Wellies advisable. Lots of space for children and dogs (on leads)! Entry to the grounds: Adults £4-00, Children under 5 Free, over 5 £1. For further information please ring 01237 441234.
March 7th- 10th Dartmouth Comedy Festival
March 17th 11am-4pm HARTLAND ABBEY DAFFODIL DAY See the wonderful collection of historic daffodils, many planted 150 years ago. In the past few years many more have been transplanted from Grenville College, formerly Moreton House, home to the Stucley family until 1950. Visitors are advised to bring wellies and do please bring lots of dogs! Entry to the grounds: Adults £4-00, Children under 5 Free, over 5 £1. Delicious Hot Pasties, Cream Teas available, from the Old Kitchen Tea Room.
March 29th to April 7th Fantastic Fudge Hunt Clovelly
March 30th South Pool Duck Race & BBQ
April 7th Dartmouth Gig Club Regatta
April 21st-28th 11am-5pm HARTLAND ABBEY BLUEBELL WEEK The bluebells at Hartland Abbey stretch from the Walled Gardens to the sea. The Tea Rooms will be open on these days serving hot soup, light lunches and home made cream teas. Entry to the grounds: Adults £4-00, Children under 5 Free, over 5 £1.
April 28th Plymouth Half Marathon
April 29th-May 6th Modbury Fair Week
MAY - SEPTEMBER PLYMOUTH SUMMER FESTIVAL 2012 there's something for everyone. A huge range of exciting maritime, music, arts and food and drink events take place in Plymouth over the course of this festival. From powerboat racing to big screen events in the City.
May 3rd-5th Paignton Bike Festival
May 4th-5th Brixham Pirate & Shanty Festival
May 5th 11am HARTLAND HEARTBREAK CHARITY RUN Hartland Heartbreak Run starts at Hartland Abbey and finishes at the Abbey. It's 13 (ish) miles of uphill, downhill, through rivers, bogs and hedges and some really stunning scenery. Are you up for the challenge? And raise money for charity. If you have any questions about the race please do get in touch, Brook Cottage, Blakeshill Road Landkey, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0NE T: 01271 831498
May Clovelly Folk Festival. Throughout the village.
Adults £15; families (2A+2C) £35. A great weekend of musical fun with folk bands, buskers and Morris dancers.
May 5th Blackawton Village Day and Beer Festival
May 5th Blackawton International Worm Charming
May 10th 11th 12th Dartmouth Music Festival
May 18th is the annual Plymouth Lord Mayors Day, which will see the whole city centre come alive in a celebration of music, fun and a colourful carnival costumed procession under the theme of Nations of the World.
May 24th-26th Plymouth Volks Festival Newnham Park Plympton
May 24th-31st Dartmouth Gallery Week
May 25th-June 2nd Teignmouth Art Society Spring Exhibition Open daily 10 - 5 pm, from noon on the first day and on Sundays Venue: Victoria Hall, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB An opportunity to see and buy work of local artists and find out more about the workshops and demonstrations offered by the Teignmouth Art Society
May 25th to May 27th Clovelly Celebration of Local Ales and Cider. Enjoy a range of tasty local brews created with passion by small North Devon brewers. You're bound to find a tipple to suit your palate and there'll also be some live musical entertainment too, so come along and raise a glass.
May 25th-27th BrixFest is a 3 day festival that starts to celebrate Brixham's maritime and fishing heritage as well as its vibrant present day culture. It replaces the long running ‘Brixham Heritage Festival'. It is a ‘not for profit' event run by local volunteers for the benefit of locals & visitors alike.
May 25th-June 2nd Teignmouth Art Society Spring Exhibition
Victoria Hall, Bridge Road. Shaldon. Open daily 10 - 5pm (from noon on the first day and on Sundays)
June 8th-9th Clovelly Lundy Gig Row. Clovelly harbour.
Normal admission charges apply. The row from Clovelly to Lundy and back across 32 miles of open seas is a huge test of endurance - depending upon the weather and tides it can take up to four hours. Pilots rowed these speedy craft out to ships, battling to be the first alongside to win the pilotage job. So come along and support the brave crews!
Leaving Clovelly 8.00 am, arriving at Lundy about 11.00 am. Leaving Lundy about 1.00, arriving back at Clovelly about 4.00 pm.
June 15th-16th Creditons Food Festival will include cookery demonstrations, with local chefs and a possible celebrity chef, food stalls with local producers, including some of our farmer's market producers and much more
June 15th 7pm. Plough Community Theatre presents “Lark Rise” by Keith Dewhurst at Hartland Abbey, near Bideford EX39 6DT (off A39 between Hartland and Hartland Quay. Ticket prices: Adult £10.00, Concession £8, Supporters £7, Family 3/4/5: £21/£28/£35 Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624. Also available on the door.
June 15th Brixham Trawler Race
June 16th - 18th Devon County Show (Exeter)
June 19th-23rd Babbacombe Festival consists of lots of events for all age ranges throughout the twelve day period. The events are held within Babbacombe and St Marychurch in Torbay.
June 21st. 7 pm. Miracle Theatre presents “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett, directed by Bill Scott Hartland Abbey, near Bideford Adult £12.50, Concession £10, Supporters £9, Family 3/4/5: £27/£36/£45 Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624. Tickets also available on the door. Deadly serious and seriously funny! Bring rugs, low backed chairs and picnics or enjoy a delicious barbecue by Exmoor Kitchen, our Pimms and Wine Bar and Dunstaple Farm Ice Creams.Gardens and grounds are open free to those attending from 2 hours before the performance.
June 21st-24th Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival!
June 21st-23rd.Teignmouth Folk Festival. Folk festival in Teignmouth with numerous acts over three days with a fantastic atmosphere.
June 23rd. Race For Life. Plymouth Hoe.
June 27th A FLEET of giant multihull yachts will sweep into Plymouth this summer.The city is to host a leg of a major new yacht race, the Route des Princes.The race will take place in June, starting from Valencia in Spain and calling at Lisbon in Portugal, Cork in Ireland, and Plymouth, with a final sprint leg to the finish at Morlaix in Brittany.The start of the race will be in Valencia on Sunday, June 9th.The fleet of super yachts is expected to reach Plymouth on Thursday, June 27th.The boats will leave the following day, reaching the Baie de Morlaix on Saturday, June 29th.
June 29th 5 pm. Heartbreak Theatre presents “Alice”, an extraordinary adventure, adapted by Dani Carbery at Hartland Abbey, near Bideford EX39 6DT (off A39 between Hartland and Hartland Quay Ticket prices: Adult £12.50, Concession £10, Supporters £9, Family 3/4/5: £27/£36/£45. Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624 Also available on the door.
June 29th Plymouth National Armed Forces Day . The event will be a unique opportunity to see the armed forces up close and pay tribute to our heroes past, present and future.
June 29th 30th Kingswear Regatta
June 29th-30th Dartmouth Art and Craft Weekend
July 6th-13th Dartmouth Classic Sailing Regatta
July 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. Clovelly Maritime Festival. On Clovelly harbour, this great day out of classic seaside entertainment is packed with attractions for all the family, including Punch & Judy, shanty singers, and other maritime-themed entertainment. There will also be a cookery demonstration and local craft and food stalls. Enjoy 10% off one of two lunch specials and 10% off fresh strawberry and cream afternoon teas at the New Inn.
July 20th-28th Port of Plymouth Regatta
July 20th-27th Kingsbridge Fair Week.
July 26th-28th. Plymouth Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival. The Popular Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival has been cancelled this year.A lack of cash and broken promises are being blamed for the shock decision.
July 28th at 1-30pm Dartmouth Town Criers' competition
July 28th Totnes & District Agricultural Show, Berry Pomeroy Totnes.
The Totnes Show is the biggest one-day show in the country. It is a celebration of everything rural with demonstrations or rural crafts by blacksmiths, thatchers and the sale of local food and drink.
July 28th Dartmouth Town Criers' competition.
July 29th-Aug1st. Plymouth Classic Boat Rally
July 29th Woolsery Agricultural Show, in aid of various charities Clovelly Court. Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show. Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a display of vintage farm machinery, a display of hounds and the Young Farmers' "It's a knockout". You'll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children. It's a great summer day out for all the family!
July 31st . Yealmpton Show.
Aug 3rd-Aug 4th Lifeboat Weekend in aid of the R.N.L.I. From 10:00 a.m. Clovelly harbour. Held in aid of the RNLI, it is a popular celebration of the Clovelly Lifeboat, Spirit of Clovelly. The Lifeboat House will be open both days to the public. On Saturday there'll be a sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly. On Sunday enjoy a cross dressing-up race, a tug-of-war and the ever popular slave auction in which young local men are 'sold' to the highest bidder to do their chores for the day. With many local stalls, a cobble race, an auction of pledges, a lifeboat display and a helicopter flypast.
Aug 3rd Loddiswell Show .
Aug 4th-10th Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta.
Aug 8th East Portlemouth Fete.
Aug 10th South Pool Fete.
Aug 11th -17th Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta
Aug 11th-18th Totnes Carnival Week.
Aug 13th-14th tbc Plymouth National Firework Competition.
August 13th 5 pm Cambridgeshire Touring theatre presents ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. Hartland Abbey, near Bideford. For ages 3-12 and family PLUS Drama Workshop for 5-10 year olds at 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm @ £3 each Ticket prices: Adult £12.50, Concession £10, Supporters £9, Family 3/4/5: £27/£36/£45 Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624. Tickets also available on the door. Suitable for all ages, this open-air performance is interactive, full of laughs and catchy tunes. Boys and girls are invited to come along in their best pirate fashion and have a photo taken with members of the cast. And for those aged 5-10, there’s the chance to join a Treasure Island workshop before the show.Bring rugs, low backed chairs and picnics or enjoy a delicious barbecue by Exmoor Kitchen, our Pimms and Wine Bar and Dunstaple Farm Ice Creams.Gardens and grounds are open free to those attending from 2 hours before the performance.
Aug 14th South Hams Vintage Machinery Rally.
Aug 15th-26th Teignmouth Art Society Summer Exhibition Open daily 10 – 5 pm, from noon on Sundays Venue: Victoria Hall, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB An opportunity to see and buy work of local artists and find out more about the workshops and demonstrations offered by the Teignmouth Art Society
Aug 17th-20th. The Class 40 World Championships. It is expected that 20 teams from nine nations will compete over the four day series of inshore and coastal races. The public will be able to visit the fleet and also watch the yachts parade in front of Plymouth Hoe on Sunday August 18th
Aug 17th Clovelly Gig Regatta. Clovelly Harbour.
Normal admission charges apply. The West Country boasts a long tradition of racing pilot gigs. Gig racing is exciting, strenuous and often downright dangerous, with crews reaching speeds of 9 knots in North Devon's powerful tidal waters.
Aug 18th at 7pm. Heartbreak Theatre presents “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare at Hartland Abbey, near Bideford EX39 6DT (off A39 between Hartland and Hartland Quay) Ticket prices: Adult £12.50, Concession £10, Supporters £9, Family 3/4/5: £27/£36/£45 Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624. Also available on the door.
Aug 18th Frogmore Regatta TBC
Aug 20th Totnes Orange Race.Orange rolling in Totnes. It wouldn't be summer without a strange tradition or two - in this case, the odd spectacle of watching people race and chase oranges down a steep high street in Totnes, South Devon.The tradition reputedly dates back to the day Sir Francis Drake bumped into a delivery boy, causing him to spill his fast-moving fruit down the hill.
August 22nd. 7pm. Illyria Theatre presents ‘The Mikado’ by Gilbert and Sullivan. Hartland Abbey, near Bideford Ticket prices: Adult £12.50, Concession £10, Supporters £9, Family 3/4/5: £27/£36/£45 Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624. Tickets also available on the door.
Aug 24th-26th Hope Cove Weekend.
August 24th Dawlish Air Show
August 28th 5pm. Illyria Theatre presents ‘Babe the Sheep-Pig’ by Dick King-Smith Hartland Abbey, near Bideford Ticket prices: Adult £12.50, Concession £10, Supporters £9, Family 3/4/5: £27/£36/£45 Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre Box Office: 01805 624624. Tickets also available on the door.
Aug 29th-31st Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Aug 29th-31st Dartmouth Air Show
Sept 7th Kingsbridge Agricultural Show.
Aug 23rd-Sept 1st . Totnes Festival
Sept 1st 10am-5pm Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast In support of the National Lobster Hatchery. We pay tribute to Clovelly's famous lobsters and crabs with a day of live folk music, quay kitchens, prize cookery competition, beer tasting, prize draw, arts and crafts stalls and cookery demonstrations. For the children there's street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling, and N. Devon A.O.N.B.'s event-themed craft activities. The Red Lion Harbour restaurant will be offering delicious lobster, crab and seafood platters, each with a complimentary glass of bubbly. In aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will bring along a tank of baby lobsters, to be later released into the sea.
Sept 20th-22nd. The Plymouth Seafood Festival, organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, is part of the Plymouth Marine City Festival. On the cookery stage, on Commercial Wharf,on the Barbican head chefs from some of Plymouth's waterfront restaurants. The quayside is set to come alive for two days of food, fun and entertainment, showcasing Plymouth's fishing industry and wide variety of locally caught seafood.
Sept 7th-22nd Devon Open Studios.
Sept 10th Widecombe Fair
Sept 15th-22nd Agatha Christie Week.
Oct 6th-8th Dartmouth Fishing Festival.
Oct 18th 25th. Dartmouth Galleries Week.
Oct 25th-27th Dartmouth Food Festival.
Nov 17th 10am - 4pm Clovelly Herring Festival Clovelly Harbour. Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing. This popular festival is held in support of sustainable fishing by traditional methods and to celebrate the herring, the 'Silver Darlings' of the sea. There'll be herring specialities, cookery demonstrations, traditional shanty singers, street entertainment, local stalls and the N. Devon A.O.N.B. will provide event-themed, free craft activities. Mike Smylie will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition and smoke his delicious kippers and bloaters. There will also be net making. flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.
Nov 7th- 11th Dartmouth Drama Festival
Nov 23rd-29th Teignmouth Art Society Christmas Exhibition Open daily 10 - 5 pm. Venue: TAAG, 4/5 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DD An opportunity to see and buy work of local artists and find out more about the workshops and demonstrations offered by the Teignmouth Art Society
Nov 31st Dartmouth Christmas Lights switch on
Dec 1st about 3.30pm Clovelly Christmas Lights in support of the R.N.L.I. Admission charges from 3:00 p.m. by donation to R.N.L.I. Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. A local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour and accompanies Christmas carols sung with the Torridge Male Voice Choir. A hog roast, punch and mince pies follow and Father Christmas makes a surprise visit. At about 5 p.m. the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour are lit up. It's a fantastic sight and there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off.
Dec Candlelit Dartmouth, and late night shopping
Dec Dartmouth Players Panto
All dates are correct at time of being published, please confirm date and event details before making travel arrangements out of season. Events may be cancelled or event dates may be subject to alteration. Further information will be made available in the near future. We endeavour to include events from all areas but are grateful if event organisers can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with details, inclusion is free of charge.