As the new year unfolds, Dartmouth once again beckons locals and visitors alike with its enchanting blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. But what truly sets 2024 apart in this picturesque town are the events lined up, promising an array of experiences that cater to every interest and age group. From the vibrant hues of its famed regattas to the captivating rhythms of music festivals, Dartmouth is all set to showcase a calendar brimming with excitement and diversity.
In this blog post, we’re diving into the heart of Dartmouth’s 2024 events. Whether you’re a regular attendee eagerly awaiting the return of your favourite festival or a first-time visitor curious about what this charming town has to offer, there’s something here for everyone. From maritime celebrations that honour Dartmouth’s rich naval history to arts and food festivals that promise a feast for the senses, each event is a unique gem, contributing to the mosaic of Dartmouth’s cultural tapestry.
So, pack your bags (and maybe an umbrella, just in case!), and join us as we explore the top annual events that make Dartmouth a must-visit destination in 2024. Let the journey of discovery and celebration begin!
Dart Music Festival – 17th – 19th May
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. For three glorious days every May, every corner of Dartmouth comes alive with melodies, as artists and bands perform across various venues. This inclusive, free-to-attend event, set against the backdrop of Dartmouth’s stunning landscape, offers a unique experience where music and community spirit create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Tunes On The Sand – 12th – 13th July 2024
Set on the beautiful golden sands of Blackpool Sands, Tunes on the Sands is a weekend festival filled with music, great food and plenty of beach activities! This beachside festival brings a vibrant mix of live music, creating an atmosphere of exhilaration and relaxation by the sea. With its scenic location and eclectic line-up, it’s an essential summer destination for music lovers and beach enthusiasts alike.
Classic Channel Regatta – 17th – 25th July 2024
In July we see the Classic Channel Regatta start their races in Dartmouth before heading to Start Bay and beyond through the English Channel. The Classic Channel Regatta is a splendid spectacle, bringing together vintage yachts in a celebration of maritime heritage. This biennial event features a stunning parade of classic boats, racing in the beautiful waters off Dartmouth. It’s not just a competition but a social gathering, steeped in nautical tradition, offering a feast for the eyes and a spirit of camaraderie among enthusiasts.
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week – 30th July – 3rd August
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week is a theatrical delight, enchanting audiences with performances under the stars. Held at the atmospheric Dartmouth Castle, this event showcases the Bard’s timeless works, interpreted by talented actors. It’s a fusion of historical ambiance and dramatic artistry, offering an immersive experience in one of the UK’s most picturesque settings, ideal for both Shakespeare aficionados and casual theatre-goers. This year catch the fantastic comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
Dartmouth Regatta – 29th August – 31st August 2024
The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is an iconic event, combining thrilling boat races with a festive atmosphere. This annual celebration, steeped in tradition, transforms the town into a hub of nautical and onshore activities. From spectacular fireworks to air displays and live music, it’s a vibrant mix of maritime competition and community festivity, drawing visitors and locals alike into its jubilant whirl.
Dartmouth Food Festival – 25th – 27th October 2024
Each year in October, the Dartmouth Food Festival celebrates local produce and food producers as well as local eateries and chefs. The festival is a culinary haven, showcasing the best of local and international cuisine. This gastronomic celebration features a medley of delicious food and drink, chef demonstrations, and interactive workshops. Food enthusiasts gather in the charming streets of Dartmouth to savour artisanal products and gourmet dishes, making it a perfect event for anyone passionate about food, community, and culture.
2024 is also Dartmouth Food Festival’s 20th Anniversary! So, visitors can expect a vast array of extra special activities to mark the occasion.
Dartmouth Galleries Festival – Date TBC
Due to Dartmouth’s artistic legacy, galleries across the town celebrate their artwork with Galleries Weeks, sometimes in May and October, typically starting on the Friday before half term, but the date for this year is yet to be announced. The galleries put on new exhibitions of work by both up-and-coming and established artists and give the public the opportunity to meet artists, watch demonstrations and maybe take home a unique piece themselves!
Dartmouth Pride – Date TBC
Dartmouth Pride launched in 2021 and have been hosting annual events for the LGBTQIA+ community ever since. Last year the event kicked off with a new Pride Walk, starting from Coronation Park to Dartmouth Castle. It’s a fantastic event that brings a splash of colour to this town. There’s also usually festivities after the walk in the Old Market Square and also an after party for those who want to get a bit more lively! Follow them on instagram for the latest info for the 2024 event – @dartmouthprideuk, we’ll also update our pride page here with more info.
Dartmouth Good Food And Artisan Market – 2nd Saturday of Each Month
Formerly the Dartmouth Farmers Market, The Dartmouth Good Food & Artisan Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9.30-3.30pm and offers a wide range of local, artisan products including sourdough bread, Dartmoor honey, locally baked cakes and savoury goods as well as home grown plants & flowers. This fantastic monthly event brings together the finest regional producers and artisans, offering a variety of fresh, quality food and unique crafts. It’s one not to miss!
As we’ve explored the diverse and vibrant events of Dartmouth in 2024, it’s clear that this charming town is more than just a picturesque destination; it’s a pulsating hub of culture, cuisine, and celebration. From the rhythmic melodies of the Dart Music Festival to the grand spectacle of the Royal Regatta, each event weaves its own unique thread into the tapestry of Dartmouth’s community.
Dartmouth in 2024 promises a calendar filled with moments of joy, discovery, and shared experiences. Whether you’re a local resident or a traveller seeking new adventures, Dartmouth’s array of events offers something to capture every heart. So, mark your calendars and set your sights on Dartmouth; a year of unforgettable experiences awaits! Sign up to our newsletter here for the latest info about these events, or follow us on Facebook, X or Instagram!