Dartmouth is a fabulous place to visit regardless of what time of year it is. No matter when you visit, you’ll find a wide range of exciting seasonal events that highlight what the town has to offer!
Dartmouth Farmers Market
(Held every second Saturday each month)
Located in Dartmouth’s Old Market Square, the Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9.30am-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.
Dart Music Festival
(Friday 6th May – Sunday 8th May)
This three-day annual event hosts over 100 performances spanning an array of genres – from rock to opera, folk and jazz, in indoor and outdoor venues across the town. The festival is free to attend, and there are many other events such as dance displays and workshops!
Dartmouth Triathlon, Blackpool Sands
(Sunday 12th June)
Back for a 7th year, this sprint distance triathlon event offers a stunning course starting and finishing at Blackpool Sands Beach. The race begins with a sea swim from Blackpool Sands which is naturally sheltered. Then it’s onto the bike for the rolling bike course and you’ll finish with a four lap 5km run.
Tunes on the Sands, Blackpool Sands
(Friday 8th July – Sunday 10th July)
Set on the beautiful golden Blackpool Sands, with a back drop of scenic forests and hills, Tunes on the Sand will be a truly unique music event in Devon. If you’re coming down for the event, you have the option to camp, but otherwise, the festival is just 5 miles from Dartmouth, accessible by car and public transport. Born from the Cornish festival Tunes in the Dunes that has seen artists such as, UB40, Clean Bandit, Dizzee Rascal, Billy Ocean and many more, this is a one of a kind event, not to be missed.
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week
(Tuesday 19th July – Saturday 23rd July)
Located in the historic Dartmouth Castle, The Inn Theatre Company are hosting a number of open-air Shakespearean performances to celebrate the writers’ brilliant stories and characters. Previous performances include Romeo and Juliette, A Midsummer night ‘s Dream and Othello.
Dartmouth Regatta week and Official Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta
(Regatta Week will start from Saturday 20th August)
(Official Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta: Wednesday 24th August – Sunday 27th August)
Thousands of visitors from the nation and indeed the world, visit Dartmouth every August for a packed programme of sailing, sports, live music, street food, fireworks and more! The centre of the Royal Regatta has always been the sailing, rowing, and swimming. These sports have for several decades been supplemented by tennis and the road races. All are as popular as ever and as always, the Royal Regatta will provide some excellent competition.
Dartmouth Food Festival
(Friday 21st October – Sunday 23rd October)
The Dartmouth Food Festival is back with a tempting mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops, lively food debates and fun for all the family. This 3-day event is a foodie’s heaven, celebrating the absolute best food, drink, and culinary skills from the South West. Entry to the festival is free with a charge for some events. Dartmouth Food Festival relies on the generous support of festival sponsors and patrons.
Other events near Dartmouth
Salcombe Crab Festival (Crabfest)
(Sunday 1st May)
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Salcombe, Crabfest is not just an excellent opportunity for seafood lovers to get together and crack open some of the best 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. Enjoy the hands-on cookery demonstrations by award-winning chefs, have a go at a crab picking masterclass, or simply enjoy the atmosphere and listen to some live music. There are plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy!
Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival
(Friday 27th May – Sunday 29th May)
Held on Kingsbridge Market Square, Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival is a free community event, arranged by local businesses and volunteers that brings out the very best in the town. It highlights the finest the South Hams has to offer with great local food & drink and brilliant live music.
Totnes and District Show
(Sunday 31st July)
Totnes and District Show have a programme packed with exciting demonstrations, displays and parades in the Main Ring, a music stage and even a sheep shearing competition! Sheep, cattle, and horses compete for showing honours and show jumping is as popular as ever. Amongst a whole host of other things, there is a Home, Handicraft and Horticulture marquee, Craft Tent, Food Hall, and a large trade stands section, offering a wide choice of goods and services.
(Saturday 3rd September)
Kingsbridge Show offers a fantastic day out for all the family, with classes in horses, cattle and home craft! In addition to this, there are hundreds of trade stands, local foods and drinks, donkey rides, vintage tractors and so much more! The event also contains a licensed bar and will be running a free shuttle bus from Kingsbridge Quay.
Vintage Bus Running Day
(Saturday 17th September)
Free bus services to beautiful coast and country villages around Dartmouth and Kingsbridge on vintage busses and coaches, dating back to the 1930s to 2020. A marque will be set up on Kingsbridge Quay where the timetable and programmes can be found.
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