Dart Music Festival ~ Dartmouth
In 2017, May 12, 13, & 14 ~ We Celebrate 20 Years
The Dart Music Festival was started nearly 20 years ago by Rob and Di Lyon of Dartmouth (now Mayor of Dartmouth). It is an annual music event over three days, which was thought of initially to help improve the length of the tourist season for the small riverside town of Dartmouth and its tourism based businesses.
We have over 100 acts performing in over 20 closely sited town venues. These include churches, arts centre, restaurants and hotels. Our main area (centred around wonderful gardens and bandstand) is next to the river’s edge, surrounded with cafes and bars. There are many open air street-based performances making for a constant buzz of enjoyment over all three days. Many of the musicians, both amateur and professional, are from the West Country but we strive to be inclusive and attract national and international acts.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and have formed a ‘Dart Music Foundation’ whereby young hopefuls can apply for grants to help with music lessons, equipment and other associated costs relating to their musical progression.
Dartington Food Fair
Join the fun at our 7th annual Food Fair for a delicious day out that will be to the whole family’s taste!
With over 40 of Devon’s finest food and drink producers showcasing their mouth-watering wares in and around the main marquee – in addition to those demonstrating in the expanded Food Shop – there is plenty to tempt the appetite. You’ll be inspired by a host of local foodie heroes who will be holding plenty of delicious cookery demonstrations and workshops throughout the event. Children’s activities, visiting animal friends, live music and entertainment and craft demonstrations complete the line-up for a fun-packed family day out.
Working alongside Food and Drink Devon, the Food Fair aims to celebrate the very best of Devon’s thriving food and drink community, with emphasis on local, sustainable produce. All proceeds generated by the event go towards supporting The Dartington Hall Trust.
The Dartington Food Fair is two fantastic days filled with great local produce, tastings, workshops, chef demos, children’s entertainment, music and activities for all the family.
Devon County Show
There’s only one place in Devon where on just three days of the year the county is revealed in all its glory! We’re looking forward to treating our visitors to the best of food, farming and entertainment all in one day.
Farming is at the very heart of the Show – stockmen and women from the county and beyond will be competing in the show ring and agricultural machinery and suppliers will be out in force. There’ll be literally thousands of animals – from exceptional livestock to dazzling Arab horses, family ponies, canine superstars competing in the pedigree Dog Show, lofty alpacas and pigeons, rabbits and guinea pigs. We’re putting together a thrilling programme of day-long entertainment. Get ready to buckle up for a monster ride with the UK’s number one Monster Truck team in the Mole Valley Farmers Main Arena. And have a go at driving a tractor!
When it comes to food and drink, we’re going large! Our fabulous Food & Drink Pavilion will be even bigger – and it’ll have a seating area where visitors can tuck into what they’ve just bought. And we’re delighted that top chef Michael Caines will be cooking up some incredible dishes in our cookery demonstration theatre.
There’ll be lots of hands-on activities for children. At the Children’s Farm they can get involved in the milking, experience hands-on baking, plant seeds and see the Sheep Show. Get the buzz in the Bees & Honey marquee- where they can spot the queen bee and make a candle. Plus, lots more!
TOTNES CANOE FESTIVAL
21st May 2017
A great day of excitement and fun for everyone.
2017 marks the seventh year of our popular community event. A summer day to enjoy on and off the river with an amazing atmosphere.
Admission to the Festival is free!
Come and support sponsored crews of 10 paddle Longbow canoes race in full view of enthusiastic crowds 2000 strong lining Longmarsh, natural parkland on the bank of the River Dart.
Relax and enjoy a family picnic, side-shows, entertainments, explore a variety of charity and refreshment stalls.
There will be food, drink entertainment and stalls for the all the family on Longmarsh from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Brixfest 2017 – Multi Award Winning Event
Welcome to BrixFest 2017 – the award-winning annual family festival in Brixham, Torbay (Devon), celebrating the beautiful town and it’s heritage.
BrixFest is a festival celebrating Brixham’s fascinating maritime heritage and vibrant present day culture. Historic fishing trawlers, seafood, live music and fireworks will be combined to celebrate the best of Brixham past and present.
The Heritage Trawler Regatta is a festival highlight. Local chefs will give seafood cooking demonstrations and locally produced beers and ciders will be available. There will also be demonstrations of traditional fishing-related skills including crab and lobster pot weaving, knot tying and rope making.
Fireworks, children’s day, live music, cooking demonstrations, heritage craft exhibitions, crabbing competitions, vintage car rally
Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta
27th – 28th May 2017
The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta has its roots in the Sailing Trawler races that have been held in Torbay since the early 1800’s. In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the ‘King George V Cup’ or the ‘Kings Cup’, to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons. This was competed for annually from 1919 until 1939 when the war ended racing and sailing trawlers were rapidly being retired. Racing did not resume after the War, but the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta was revived by enthusiasts in 1997.
The dates for the 2017 Heritage Sailing Regatta are Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May. Consequently, Regatta arrivals can be on the Friday or Saturday with the Fish Supper, Festivities and Fireworks on the Saturday evening and the Skippers Briefing, Regatta, Prize Giving, Raffle and possibly Live Music on the Sunday. It also leaves the Bank Holiday Monday free for crews to sail home. It will be a very similar proven format to 2016.
27th May – 4th June 2017
Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this years Geopark Festival . A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.
There’s a range of events all week that can help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark.
A landscape untouched by glaciation, revealing stories unseen elsewhere in the world. Stories of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, straight-tusked elephant and sabre-toothed tiger, cave bear and earliest man…
TORBAY AIR SHOW
3rd & 4th June 2017
Torbay Airshow has announced the initial military aircraft line-up for when it returns this summer, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June.
The aircraft displays from the RAF have been confirmed and will include the world’s premier aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, as well as the Typhoon jet and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, comprising the Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster and the Supermarine Spitfire.
The two-day show, which had its inaugural event last year, takes place on Paignton Green with the Bay providing a stunning natural amphitheatre for viewing the displays and the perfect location for a large coastal airshow event.
The action-packed flying programme will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday and Sunday alongside ground displays, entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering within the event village on Paignton Green. Further confirmation on air displays is expected to be announced over the coming months.
The famous RAF Red Arrows display will span the weekend, flying on both Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June featuring their trademark combination of close formations and precision flying. The full length display will take place across the Bay. All air displays are subject to change depending on weather conditions and operational commitments that could take the military displays elsewhere at short notice.
The event is run by Torbay Council. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to receive the email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and additions to the line up!
Babbacombe Ukulele Festival – 4th Year
Join us for a full day’s entertainment in and around the Music Marquee.
Live Music all day down on Oddicombe Beach from a host of Great Ukulele bands – Free to enjoy.
At the time of posting this event we have fifteen visiting Ukulele clubs performing during the course of the day. each performing in 30 minute sessions. Solo artists will also fill in between bands. Join us and enjoy a singalong,
We have local service providers like Babbacombe Cliff Railway and 3 Degrees Cafe supporting us in making your day an enjoyable experience.
Organising Club:- www.babbacombeukulele.co.uk
- * The Festival is sponsored by Babbacombe Cliff Railway.
English Riviera International Dance Festival 2017
A week of non stop dancing open to everyone with an interest in dance organised & presented by James & Claire Taplin with operational support from festival originators Philip Wylie and Pam Peters.
The English Riviera International Dance Festival is a glittering annual dance extravaganza is open to everyone with an interest in dancing. So whether you want to join in with the social and leisure dancing, learn and improve your dancing prowess, watch champions in cabaret, or enter the competitions, don’t miss out on this spectacular event. – See more at: http://dance.tlh.co.uk
*Social and Competitive dance programmes.
*Masterclasses and supervised practice sessions with top coaches.
*Learn & Improve workshops for social & competitive dancers.
*Gala dinner with Champions in Cabaret on Thursday evening at the Riviera International Centre.
*5 days of competitions for competitors.
*Cabaret by UK Professional 10 Dance Champions Richard Still & Morgan Hemphil.
*2 beautiful ballrooms.
*Social dancing each evening.