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South Devon & Dartmoor - Calendar
Attend a Wassail
The tradition began a very long time ago, somewhere in the dark aged. A wassail is a ceremony where offerings are made to the apple trees, in the hope their next harvest will be large enough to make plenty of cider. Traditionally held in January, it’s a night filled with singing, dancing and chanting.
Experience the wild beauty of the moors
Being out of traditional season, you can truly experience 'England's last wilderness' and enjoy the feeling of space and silence on the Dartmoor moors.
Walk along Dartmoor's stream © Unique Devon Tours
Enjoy stunning scenery from the South Devon Steam Railway
Aside from a week in February, the South Devon Steam Railway runs continuously from the middle of March to the end of the year.
Enjoy the view © Leigh (Bella) St John
Attend the Exercise Tiger Annual Memorial Service
An annual memorial service is held at the Sherman tank to commemorate those who lost their lives in Exercise Tiger.
Exercise Tiger took place between 26–29 April 1944, as a full rehearsal for Operation Overlord planned for June. During a routine patrol of the English Channel German E-boats discovered the vessels, and fired on two ships, setting fire to one of them with the loss of at least 749 lives.
Cycle along a trail
Head south from Yelverton in southern Dartmoor and cycle past river valleys and across gorse-bright moorland, which are particularly stunning in its gorse yellowness and scent.
Cycle along the valleys and moorlands © Tamar Valley AONB
Attend Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival
Attend the multi-award winning craft festival and see what creations you can find.
Enjoy the exciting entertainment at the Teignmouth Folk Festival
A hugely popular event that offers a variety of activities. From concerts and performances to workshops, a fun day for all!
Watch the Morris dancers © Teignmouth Folk Festival
Indulge at Apple Pie Day
This event held annually in Marldon has been going since 1888. Local and visitors alike join in with the celebrations and take part in the games and displays.
Attend the Apple Pie Fair © David Ayres
Make a splash at the Shaldon Water Carnival
The Shaldon Water Carnival is somewhere between a carnival and a regatta. From creative explosions, to colour entertainment to crab collecting, this carnival has something for everyone
Be wowed by dazzling displays at the world-famous fireworks competition
The British Firework Championships has attracted over 100,000 people since it started in 1997
Watch the spectacular displays © Gary King, VisitPlymouth
Totnes Orange Race
A day like no other, man vs. orange. Locals pursue the fruit down the hill, the speed (and danger) of the pursuit dictated by the age of the contestant; there are races for all age groups, from four to over 60. If you want to see the true definition of breakneck speed, watch the adult men’s group.
Watch or take part in this unusual event © Left-bridge
Eat at the Ashburton Food Festival
This food festival is full of local delights. Not just limited to food, there will be music and comedy shows throughout the day too!
Have a taste of Dartmouth at the Dartmouth Food Festival
A mix of regional food and drink chef demonstrations, workshops and fun for all the family.
Powderham Food Festival
Set in the historic deer park, with the Powderham Castle in the background. Indulge in delicious, local food; and choose from a selection of high quality gifts and crafts.
Taste the best of Powderham Food Festival © Powderham Castle
Walk the trails at Lydford
Trials are closed in December - February and in bad weather. The Gorge walk is designed as a circular route, and follows a one-way route, as the paths are narrow. The most dramatic trail being the Devil’s Cauldron. These attract large crowds, so try to go now when it is low season, and there the woods are touched with yellows and russets.
Take a winter stroll
Even when there is no events, Dartington is a wonderfully gentle, peaceful place to visit. One can stroll around the stunning gardens and explore the Great Hall. The gardens are open year-round dawn to dusk, and are free of charge. Make sure to bundle up and appreciate the crisp winter air.