What's On In Dartmoor

04/09/2015
Dartmoor National Park's landscape is as dramatic as its weather. From its striking granite tors to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather covered moorland to tucked away villages and hamlets. It is a land of contrasts - some people come to experience the tranquillity by getting away from it all, whilst others come to get active. Let us help you to decide.

Farm Stay has 63 B&Bs or self-catering accommodation in and around Dartmoor's National Park.  Take a look for yourself.

You are sure to find something interesting to do...

Manaton Makers
Saturday 5th to Sunday 20th September. Devon Open Studios event: The 'Manaton Makers'- a group including artists, a basket maker, weaver, ceramicist, printmaker, silversmith and wood turner - will be exhibiting their work at Manaton Parish Hall from 11am to 6pm daily. Refreshments available.
Location: Manaton Parish Hall Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: www.manatonmakers.org or twitter @ManatonMakers1

Bovey Tracey Farmers Market
This popular market takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. It provides local produce, fresh meat and game (when available), fresh fish, homemade cakes and preserves, Fairtrade stall, cheeses, pies etc. Held in Union Square, Bovey Tracey from 8.30am to 1.00pm. For enquiries regarding the market and stall hire contact the Market Manager: Marion Carpenter on 01626 834109.
Location: Union Square, Bovey Tracey Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: www.boveytracey.gov.uk or 01626 834109

Okehampton Farmers Market
Local food and craft producers meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, throughout the year. We have locally produced cheeses, yogurts, cakes, organic vegetables, pies and savoury bakes, organic chicken eggs and organic duck eggs, cut flowers, meat and meat products including lamb, pork, beef and wild venison (in season).
Location: St James' Chapel Square, centre of town Charge: Free entry
Contact details for further information: www.okehamptonfarmersmarket.co.uk

Parkrun, Plym Valley
Free weekly 5k run every Saturday in the Plymbridge woodland for all abilities, all runners depart at 9am. To meet go from Plymbridge car park, on the Plympton side turn left at the road and go left through the kissing gate into the meadow.
Location: Plymbridge woods, nr Plymouth Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: Register with Parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/. Further information on 01752 333500 ext 502, or charlie.mcguin@nationaltrust.org.uk

Parkrun, Parke
A free weekly 5k run every Saturday for all abilities. The run starts on the drive to Parke House, all runners depart at 9am prompt.
Location: National Trust, Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: Register with Parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/. Further information on 01626 834748 (weekdays only) or parke@nationaltrust.org.uk

Mosses & Lichens workshop
6 September 2015 11:00 - 15:00
MAKING THE SMALL THINGS COUNT: DARTMOOR’S MOSSES & LICHENS - Drop in anytime to join in a hands-on workshop for all ages. Discover and learn about the mosses, lichens and ferns living in Dartmoor’s woodlands and go on mini-safari with Jen Howard, Education Officer with Plantlife, the UK’s leading wild plant conservation charity.
Location Dartmoor Conservation garden, behind the National Park visitor centre Princetown Booking: No Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: contact the Dartmoor Conservation Garden Project Manager, Pat Fleming, on 01364 631233 or by email: pat@wylde.gn.apc.org 

Widecombe Fair
8 September 2015 09:00 - 23:59
Visit this traditional moorland fair always held on the second Tuesday in September. There is something for everyone with horse, pony, cattle and sheep showing classes, produce tent, dog show and trade stands both in the fair field and on the village green. There are displays throughout the day in the main arena and adjoin rings, there are food stands on the fair field and a beer tent with live music all day. There are children's races and the famous Uncle Tom Cobley downhill cross country run. In the evening enjoy tug of war followed by music until late. For full details visit the Widecombe Fair website.
Location Widecombe-in-the-Moor Booking: No Charge: Entry onto the fair field is FREE but you pay to park, Cars : £15 per car (£10 for single occupancy cars), where applicable there is a free park & ride bus to bring you into the village. Minibus: £20, Motor cycles: £5, Coaches: £20.
Contact details for further information: www.widecombefair.com

Heritage Open Days - Higher Uppacott
A longhouse is a medieval farmhouse in which both people and cattle were accommodated under a single roof. Higher Uppacott is a grade one listed building of rare and national importance. It is one of the few remaining examples of this historic building type, which has retained its lower or shippon end (cattle shelter) in its original unaltered state. One of the things that makes Higher Uppacott so special is that its development from its medieval beginnings through to the present day is still clearly evident within the fabric of the building. This development also vividly illustrates the major changes in domestic family life and the social structures of Dartmoor farming folk over the centuries. Higher Uppacott is also undergoing some changes with improvement works being carried out as part of the Moor than meets the Eye project the most obvious of these externally is the thatching work which has taken place. Internal works are also planned but in order to do this it has been necessary to empty the house so it is not being presented as it may appear in some pictures at the moment. The visit on Friday will be conducted by the Dartmoor National Park Authority Historic Buildings Officer. On Thursday, Saturday & Sunday by a National Park volunteer guide. Event not suitable for children under the age of 8. Please be aware when booking there are uneven floors, low beams and steps/stairs. Tours take place daily over the four days 10:30 - 12:30 & 2:00 - 4:00, the tour takes approximately 1.5 - 2hrs
Location: Higher Uppacott, nr Poundsgate Booking: Yes Charge: FREE
Contact details for further information: Viewing is only available by booking on a tour. To book contact 01822 890414 or email visit@dartmoor.gov.uk

Buckfastleigh Farmers Market
Buckfastleigh market usually takes place every Thursday. Producers include: Free-range home-reared beef, lamb, pork, poultry & game, meat pies, bacon & sausages; home reared pork, joints, gammons, sausages, bacon, plus lamb and beef; fresh local fish and smoked fish, shellfish, home produced fish based readymeals, fishcakes, Westcountry cheeses, goat & sheeps milk cheeses, butter and eggs; home baked fare, organic salad and vegetables; locally sourced vegetables; plants; venison; Luscombe cordials; hand crafted knitwear and Aloe Vera range products. Please contact the Farmers' Market in advance to double check times and location.
Location: Buckfastleigh Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: 01803 762764

Widecombe Craft Market
Weekly Thursday Craft Market at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor, in the National Trust's 16th Century Church House, a variety of hand-made products all created by Devon crafters! A typical range would include: jewellery, classical film photography of Dartmoor, engraved glass, house linen, knitwear, hand spun wool and creative ideas with forks. Plus weekly guest crafters including: iron work, wood turning, engraved leather, oil paintings, honey and bee products, hand-made soaps and candles and hand painted bookmarks. Plus a produce market on the fourth Saturday of the month in the same venue. There is plenty more to see in this quaint Dartmoor village. Some of the highlights include; a fantastic panoramic view of the village and surrounding moor; scenic walks; challenging on and off road cycling; horse riding; two pubs; large car park with public conveniences; a National Trust shop; cafes; the ‘Cathedral in the Moor’, (a wonderful 16th Century Church); B & B’s; The Smithy Pottery; gift shops; Dartmoor Llama walks; home of Uncle Tom Cobley’s Widecombe Fair. For more information on Widecombe visit www.widecombe-in-th-moor.com
Location: National Trusts 16th Century Church House, TQ13 7TA Charge: Free entry
Contact details for further information: Rob Hutchinson on 01647 221326, website: www.dartmoorphotos.co.uk or email: dartmoorphotos@btinternet.com

Tavistock Farmers Market
Tavistock Farmers' Market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. As well as being voted the 'Best Farmer's Market in the South West', Tavistock Farmers' Market was a finalist for Britain's Favourite Farmers' Market. Tavistock Farmers Market is held in Bedford Square, at the heart of the bustling historic market town. The markets take place on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of each month, from 9.00am to 2.00pm in summer, 1.00pm in winter - see our Market Calendar for details. Everything you will find on sale here is produced within the local area, and our stallholders are the farmers, growers or producers themselves. All products sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders. At Tavistock Farmers' Market, you will find a wide range of fine, fresh produce including a fabulous selection of bread, cakes, pies and pasties, goats cheese, organic eggs, milk and cream, fresh, succulent crab and lobster, traditional handmade pates, organic and home grown meat and poultry, flowers and vegetables, local honey, jams and preserves, cordials, confectionery, beans, grains, pulses and gluten free treats as well as tasty takeaway meals.
Location: Bedford Square, Tavistock Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: www.tavistockfarmersmarket.com or 01822 820360

Wildlife Hit Squad
‘Make a Difference’ Sunday task. Habitat conservation volunteer tasks on East Dartmoor NNR. Tasks vary from month to month but include woodland, moorland and pond management tasks plus habitat management for threatened fritillary butterflies and opportunities for species identification
Location: Yarner Wood car park, East Dartmoor NNR, Bovey Tracey, Devon. TQ13 9LJ Booking: Yes Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: 01626 832330 or linda.corkerton@naturalengland.org.uk
Manaton Produce Market
Market usually takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Sales of local produce and craft.
Location: Parish Hall Charge: Free entry
Contact details for further information: Christina Everitt 01647 221302

Wildlife Hit Squad Wednesday Group
Habitat conservation volunteer tasks on Devon Wildlife Trust Bovey Heathfield Reserve and other sites across eastern Dartmoor. Tasks vary from month to month but will include lowland heath and woodland habitat management plus habitat conservation for threatened fritillary butterflies and opportunities for species identification.
Location: This will alternate between Yarner Wood car park, East Dartmoor NNR, Bovey Tracey, Devon. TQ13 9LJ. Grid Ref: SX 784787 and Bovey Heathfield Reserve, Dragoon Close, Heathfield, Devon. Grid Ref: SX 824765 - details can be obtained on booking Booking: Yes Charge: Free
Contact details for further information: 01626 832330 or linda.corkerton@naturalengland.org.uk

Learn about Ferns
18 September 2015 13:30 - 16:30
LEARN ABOUT FERNS: A BOTANICAL ID TRAINING - Learn all about Dartmoor’s special heathland, grassland and woodland plants and habitats, featuring special guests, the fern family. You'll learn some botanical id techniques to help distinguish and name plant species. We’ll have a powerpoint talk inside, then focus on Dartmoor ferns and typical bog plants outside in the garden with Fiona Freshney, senior botanist from the Devon Biological Records Centre, with help from her assistant botanists.
Location Dartmoor Conservation Garden, Princetown - behind the visitor centre Booking: Yes Charge: Course fee £18 / £12 concessions includes printed course materials
Contact details for further information: Pat Fleming, Dartmoor Conservation Garden Project Manager on 01364.631233 or by email: pat@wylde.gn.apc.org

Whitehorse Hill Community Play
19 September 2015 18:00 - 20:00
The Whitehorse Hill community play is set to be performed on 19th and 20th of September 2015. The story of this piece is inspired by the archeological finds at the Whitehorse Hill cist. Who could the girl in the cist have been? Why was she so important? MED Theatre have been developing a story that explores how our ideas of heritage, knowledge and female strength have been passed down and evolved through time. The play consists of scenes from seven different periods of history, all inspired by key events in central Dartmoor’s past. The performance will invite the audience to take a journey through time and explore these themes together. Taking place in the beautiful setting of Bellever forest, led by lantern bearers from Princetown Primary school, this adventurous experience will be one you will want to join! Directions to Bellever Forest car park: If you are driving from Postbridge, turn left towards Bellever, follow the road over the hill and down to the second car park, by the river where you will find the box office. This will be a walking performance, so please wear suitable shoes and clothing for outdoors on Dartmoor. Suitable for all ages (children under 10 should be accompanied by adults). This project has been developed in partnership with the Moor than meets the eye scheme.
Location Meet at Bellever Forest car park Booking: Yes Charge: Free to attend but please book tickets
Contact details for further information: Contact MED theatre on 01647 441356 or info@medtheatre.co.uk

Visit a 14th Century Dartmoor Longhouse
26 September 2015 10:30 - 12:30
Visit a 14th Century Dartmoor Longhouse. A longhouse is a medieval farmhouse in which both people and cattle were accommodated under a single roof. Higher Uppacott is a grade one listed building of rare and national importance. It is one of the few remaining examples of this historic building type, which has retained its lower or shippon end (cattle shelter) in its original unaltered state. One of the things that makes Higher Uppacott so special is that its development from its medieval beginnings through to the present day is still clearly evident within the fabric of the building. This development also vividly illustrates the major changes in domestic family life and the social structures of Dartmoor farming folk over the centuries. Event suitable for children age 8+.
Location Meet at Bel Tor Corner car park near Poundsgate Booking: Yes Charge: Adults £5.00, Children 14 & under free
Contact details for further information: Please book on 01822 890414. Be aware there are uneven floors, steps and low beams in the house.

Family Bushcraft with the Adventure Academy
27 September 2015 10:30 - 16:00
Enjoy a morning or afternoon of bush craft fun around the campfire. learn how to start a fire using basic materials, how to build a shelter, as well as other skills. Sessions 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30 - 4pm.
Location Parke, Bovey Tracey Booking: Yes Charge: £25 per pair, per session
Contact details for further information: 07460 830824 / chris@theadventureacademy.co.uk

Autumnwatch in the Teign valley
27 September 2015 14:00 - 17:00
The last in a series of 3 hour walks which explore the secret world of Dartmoor’s wildlife and landscape. This walk focusses on the signs and colours of autumn – mellow fruits, fungi, mosses and lichens. We will walk through woods and open heathland with wonderful views and back along the river valley. The leader is an experienced ecologist/botanist and was formerly the Director of Conservation for the DNPA. Sorry, no dogs.
Location Fingle Bridge (SX 743 890) Booking: Yes Charge: Adults £7 (£1 to DWT), children free.
Contact details for further information: Booking: 01647 252743 or sue@goodfellowenvironmental.co.uk

Apple day - from palm to press
3 October 2015 11:00 - 15:00
Come and join us for a fun filled day fuelled by apples. Play traditional orchard games or complete the orchard trail, then pick apples from our orchard and see them scratted and pressed.
Location Parke, Bovey Tracey - grid ref SX805 786 Booking: No Charge: Free entry
Contact details for further information: 01626 834748 (normal office hours) / parke@nationaltrust.org.uk

The 52nd Abbot's Way Walk
4 October 2015 09:00 - 18:00
A 24 mile challenging self guided walk, for teams (minimum 3 and maximum 8), from Buckfast Abbey across Southern Dartmoor to Tavistock following the historic Abbot's Way . Entry by booking only, closing date for entries 15th September 2015.
Location Buckfast Abbey Booking: Yes Charge: £8/head inc badge
Contact details for further information: email: challissps@tiscali.co.uk

Conservation gardening at the National Trust
18 October 2015 12:00 - 13:30
Lunchtime Talk with slides given by the National Trust’s Conservation Nursery Manager, Chris Trimmer on his conservation work with native plants for the gardens located at National Trust properties.
Location Dartmoor Conservation garden, Princetown - behind the visitor centre Booking: Yes Charge: Talk costs £5 / £4 concs
Contact details for further information: contact Pat Fleming, Dartmoor Conservation Garden Project Manager on 01364.631233 or by email: pat@wylde.gn.apc.org.

Children's Halloween trail
24 October 2015 10:00 - 15:00
Come and be spooked on our spooky trail (designed to be fun for children of all ages, even the very much older ones) in our very own witches wood at our Cauldron entrance. Prize for completed trails.
Location Lydford Gorge, nr Okehampton Booking: No Charge: Child - £3 (normal admission charges apply)
Contact details for further information: 01822 820320 (normal office hours) / lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk  
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