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Dartmouth Art Society Summer Exhibition

Dartmouth Art Society Summer Exhibition
Monday 23rd July 2012 to Saturday 4th August 2012

Dartmouth Art Society Summer Exhibiton

Dartmouth Art Society will be holding their Annual Summer Exhibition in the Flavel Church from Monday 23rd July to Saturday 4th August.

The themed section for the Exhibition will be 'The Olympics'. The Exhibition will be open daily (except Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Further information is available from Elizabeth de Vries 01803 770193

Olympic Games - London 2012

Olympic Games - London 2012
Friday 27th July 2012 to Sunday 12th August 2012

Well finally it's here...........the Olympic Games........London 2012

Running from 27th July - 12th August

A few highlights;
28 July - 31 July: Equestrian - Eventing (Greenwich Park)
3 August (19.30 - 20.50): Women 800m Freestyle Swimming Final (Olympic Park - Aquatics Centre)
4 August (19.30 - 21.00): Men 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final - Swimming (Olympic Park - Aquatics Centre)
4 August (9.30 - 12.50): Men Fours Final - Rowing (Eton Dorney)
5 August (18.50 - 21.55): Men 100m Final - Athletics (Olympic Stadium)
6 August (16.00 - 18.55): Sprint Finals - Track Cycling (Velodrome)
6 August (18.50 - 21.40): Men 400m Hurdles Final - Athletics (Olympic Stadium)
7 August (17.00 - 23.50): Semi Finals of Beach Volleyball (Horse Guards Parade, London)
8 August (12.00 - 16.35): Individual Jumping Final - Equestrian (Greenwich Park)
10 August (15.00 - 17.20): Final BMX Cycling Circuit (BMX Circuit, Olympic Park)
11 August (15.00 - 17.30): Gold Medal Match Football (Wembley Stadium, London)
12 August (11.00 - 13.40): Men's Marathon (London)

British Food Fortnight 2012

British Food Fortnight 2012
Friday 27th July 2012 to Sunday 12th August 2012

British Food Fortnight
27th July – 12th August

Usually held in October, this year British Food Fortnight coincides with the Olympic Games.

We'll have a particularly British Menu going on!

South Devon Crab Festival at Alf's

South Devon Crab Festival at Alf's
Monday 30th July 2012 to Sunday 5th August 2012

Last year was a crabtastic success.....we had crab throwing with proper crab pots, spot the crab, guess how many sweets in the jar and of course a fantastic crab platter on the lunch menu....so make sure you pop in & see what we've thought up this time around!!!

South Devon Crab Festival

South Devon Crab Festival
Monday 30th July 2012 to Sunday 5th August 2012

South Devon Crab Festival
30th July - 5th August

Where else but in South Devon would you find a week-long festival dedicated to crabs and all things crabby? The South Devon Crab Festival is held all over South Devon at various locations and includes events, tasting, demonstrations, crabbing competitions and a range of beach events to enjoy.

Celebrating a West Country industry - There are many distinct events in South Devon that reflect its diverse and colourful identity, and of these the South Devon Crab Festival celebrates a traditional West Country industry with all the gusto and passion that we like to throw into all our festivities. From teaching people how to crab to tasting the excellent range of dishes involving crab, we love to celebrate our maritime bounty in style. The South Devon Crab Festival is putting this crustacean back on the culinary map.

Dartmouth is the perfect place to try your hand at crabbing - all you need is a bucket, a line and some bait!

Visit the following link for more info; http://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/site/festivals-and-events/south-devon-crab-festival-p1168443

Monty Halls Talks Crab

Monty Halls Talks Crab
Thursday 2nd August 2012

Monty Halls Talks Crab - South Devon Crab Festival

TV Presenter and Explorer Monty Halls talks about the sustainability of Crab and the importance of it to our Community.

Talking about the event, Monty said "Having worked for eight months as a crab fisherman out of Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall for the BBC series "Fisherman's Apprentice" I will talk of my experiences, of sustainable fishing, and what it takes to get the crab on our plates. I will also talk about potential ways forward, of the American model of creating Community Supported Fisheries that sees local people supporting their local fleet. The talk will be illustrated by images and footage from the series."

Royal Castle Hotel, from 6pm to 7.30pm
Call 01803 864894 to book your place at this event

South Devon Crab Street Party

South Devon Crab Street Party
Sunday 5th August 2012

South Devon Crab Street Party
South Embankment, Dartmouth - Sunday 5th August

With last years event jam packed with fabulously decorated tables....this year's street party will be even more fun.

...........details to follow

Moor to Coast Art Course at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham
Monday 6th August 2012 to Friday 10th August 2012

Moor to Coast
Course led by Paul Riley
August 6th 2012 - August 10th 2012 (5 Days)

This course commences at the National Park Dartmoor where, weather permitting, you will visit one or two locations working with sketchbooks to gather information for a studio painting or paint in situ.
The following days will be spent at a nearby riverside creek on the beautiful River Dart, with unrivalled panoramic views along towards Dittisham and then the historical Dartmouth town and eventually coastal locations painting "en plein air" the rolling Devon countryside (if English climate allows!).
Demonstrations will accompany each stage of this 5 day course of landscape, river and sea painting. This course is suitable for painters with previous painting experience.

For more information & booking contact;
[email protected]
01803 722352

Twelfth Night - Dartmouth Shakespeare Week

Twelfth Night - Dartmouth Shakespeare Week
Tuesday 7th August 2012 to Saturday 11th August 2012

Dartmouth Shakespeare Week 10th Anniversary
Twelfth Night at Dartmouth Castle

This year Dartmouth Shakespeare Week will be 10 years old!!
To celebrate this anniversary, the Inn Theatre Company will be presenting their very first production again.

A new cast, guest director but all the fun & games you've come to expect from an Inn Theatre production at Dartmouth Castle!

Don't miss it!!

Tickets will be on sale at the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre 01803 834224


Alf's Afternoon Tea for Dartmouth Indoor Pool

Alf's Afternoon Tea for Dartmouth Indoor Pool
Friday 10th August 2012

On Friday 10th August, from 3pm to 6pm, Cafe Alf Resco will be holding a fantastic Afternoon Tea Party to raise funds for the Dartmouth & District Indoor Pool.

Pop along and get your sweet treat fix with our array of homemade cakes, biscuits & Devon Cream Teas....all money raised will go towards the Dartmouth Indoor Pool Fund.

If you would like to bake a cake for us to sell to help raise funds, please drop it into the cafe on the morning of Friday 10th...thankyou!

The Dartmouth & District Indoor Pool Fund is raising money towards a heated indoor swimming pool for Dartmouth....and they are very nearly there!!

Dartmouth Farmers Market

Dartmouth Farmers Market
Saturday 11th August 2012

Dartmouth Farmers Market
Old Market Square 9am - 1pm

Held on the second Saturday of each month. Pop along & support your local producers and buy local, fresh top quality food & plants.

An initiative of the South Hams Agricultural Forum and supported by South Hams District Council

When the Boats Come In (South Devon AONB)

When the Boats Come In (South Devon AONB)
Friday 17th August 2012

When the Boats Come In (South Devon AONB)
Friday 17th August – 6am-8am

You have to get up early this morning if you’re going to see the day’s catch come in!

Join Rick Smith from Brixham Trawler Agents, to watch the fleet unload its cargoes of fish & auction them at the fish market on a short guided tour. Then enjoy a hot breakfast at the Fisherman’s Mission.

Booking Essential, includes a cooked breakfast; adults £7.50, children £5.50. Email [email protected] or call 01803 861384. Meet at 6am outside the gates on New Fish Quay, Brixham Harbour.

Totnes Good Food Market

Totnes Good Food Market
Sunday 19th August 2012

The Totnes Good Food Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm. Now in it’s second year, the market is the biggest monthly producers & farmers market in the Westcountry.

Regularly attracting over 50 traders each month, the Totnes Good Food Sunday market has become the biggest fine food and drink market in Devon and is rapidly becoming the largest in the South West. Launched in June 2010 with just over twenty producers, the market has grown month by month both in reputation and popularity. It attracts food lovers from all over the region, with three-quarters of its traders coming from within a 30 mile radius of Totnes. The market has also been award-nominated and warranted mentions in local and national newspapers and magazines.

Mussels by Moonlight

Mussels by Moonlight
Thursday 23rd August 2012

Mussels by Moonlight
Thursday 23rd August

An unforgettable evening boat trip exploring the amazing Geopark coast with a marine ranger who will tell you more about the local geology and will help spot dolphins, seals, seabirds & other amazing marine life.

As the sun goes down enjoy a dish of delicious local mussels and crusty bread cooked up by expert chef David Jones of Manna from Devon Cookery School in Kingswear.

Meet; Inner Harbour, Brixham
Time; 6.45pm - 8.45pm
Cost; £25 adults/£10 children
Booking; Essential on 01803 520022

Dartmouth Sailing Week 2012
Saturday 25th August 2012 to Sunday 2nd September 2012

Dartmouth Sailing Week 2012

Dartmouth Week is run by the Joint Regatta Sailing Committee on behalf of the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta Committee. We do so with the full support of both yacht clubs on the River Dart, the Royal Dart Yacht Club and the Dartmouth Yacht Club. You will receive a warm welcome at both clubs.

The Regatta Office is situated at the Royal Dart Yacht Club which is within easy walking distance of the Darthaven Marina where the Regatta Marquee is located.

Main Events
•Dinghy Sailing – Saturday 25th August to Tuesday 28th August
•The Passage Race for yachts from Brixham to Dartmouth – 29th August
•Four days of yacht racing in Start Bay – Thursday 30th August to Sunday 2nd September.

We are very pleased that Gipsy Moth IV will be visiting Dartmouth during Regatta and taking part in the traditional start to the offshore sailing programme, the Passage Race from Torbay on Wednesday August 26th. She will remain in Dartmouth until Monday September 3rd and will take her place in the parade of vintage craft on the Saturday afternoon.

See www.dartmouthweek.com for all up to date info, race placings & results

168th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2012

168th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2012
Saturday 25th August 2012 to Saturday 1st September 2012

168th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2012
Saturday 25th August - Sunday 1st September

Well...it's the busiest week of the year!
There will be air displays, hopefully the red arrows will be back; rowing in whalers & WEARA boats too; tugs of war on & off the water; a great big fun fair; lots of food; pavement artistry; shopping in a warm tent(!); hog roasts & music.....go on visit us at Regatta!

Outline Programme;
Saturday 25th: Regatta Fete, Royal Avenue Gardens; Regatta Proms, Royal Avenue Gardens
Sunday 26th: Local Rowing Heats
Monday 27th: Local Rowing Semi-Finals; Local Rowing Final of the Long Distance Whaler; Open Mike on the Bandstand; Tug of War, Coronation Park; Regatta Shindig, Coronation Park
Tuesday 28th: Regatta Grand Ball with Joey the Lips, Coronation Park
Wednesday 29th: Opening Ceremony, Guildhall & Royal Avenue Gardens; Regatta Rock, Coronation Park
Thursday 30th: WEARA Rowing Championships; Blades Aerobatic Display Team; Fireworks
Friday 31st: Local Rowing Finals; Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; Newfoundland Dogs Display; The Red Arrows; Illuminated River Procession
Saturday 1st: Newfoundland Dogs Display; Sea King Helicopter Display; RAF Tucano; Royal Navy Historic Flight - The Sea Fury; The Black Cats Royal Navy Lynx Display Team; Firework Display

44th Dartmouth Regatta Tennis Tournament
Monday 27th August 2012 to Saturday 1st September 2012

44th Dartmouth Regatta Tennis Tournament
Monday 27th August - Saturday 1st September
Live, Love, Tennis

This Year’s Regatta Tennis Tournament – the 44th – comprises both a Closed tennis tournament for players resident in the parishes of Dartmouth, Kingswear, Townstal, Strete, Stoke Fleming, Blackawton, Dittisham, Cornworthy, Morleigh and Halwell, or based at BRNC; and an Open Tournament, a Grade 4, supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, which attracts those British Tennis Members interested in accumulating ranking points.

There are in total 21 events run over the week long tournament.
The event is played on the courts on Coronation Park and at the Britannia Royal Naval College.

The Open Tournament will again be refereed by Linda Hill.

The tournament is sponsored by Dartmouth’s own Cafè Alf-Resco in association with Pro-Direct Tennis, the countries largest online retailer of tennis clothing and equipment.

The Closed Tournament
In an amended format for 2012 The Closed Tournament will commence on Friday 24th August and runs on the Saturday & Sunday, with Finals on Saturday 1st September – events include Womens and Mens Singles; Womens, Mens and Mixed Doubles and Veterans Doubles events. There are also Under 16 Girls and Boys singles event, with a Consolation Event for early round losers. This tournament is rated LTA Grade 6.

The Open Tournament
The Open Tournament commences on Monday 27th August with Finals on Saturday 1st September - events include Womens and Mens Singles; Womens, Mens and Mixed Doubles; and Mens Veterans Singles and Veterans Womens, Mens and Mixed Doubles events.

A very popular Family Doubles is also on offer for an under 16 junior playing with a parent or grandparent. No excuse for Mums and Dads there!

Play commences daily at 9.30am and runs until 6pm, refreshments are available in a courtside marquee, and the Finals start at 10am on Saturday 1st September, with the trophy presentation at approx 4.30 in the afternoon. Spectators are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Full details are on our website www.dartmouthregattatennis.co.uk or download an entry form here; http://www.dartmouthregattatennis.co.uk/#/open-closed-entry-forms/4540098895
or contact our Entry Secretary, Carole, at [email protected] . tel 01803 770811.

Closing date for entries:
Closed Tournament 30th July 2012
Open Tournament 5th August 2012

Visit Cafè Alf-Resco, located on Lower Street Dartmouth, and fill out your entry form over a hearty breakfast, visit www.cafealfresco.co.uk for opening times, menus and “Live, Love, Tennis.”


Wednesday 29th August 2012 to Sunday 9th September 2012


29th August - 9th September

Well....round 2, we'll still have the flags out to celebrate.

Regatta Air Displays

Regatta Air Displays
Thursday 30th August 2012 to Saturday 1st September 2012

Regatta Air Displays

Thursday 30th August
5.15pm RAF C130 Hercules fly past
6.00pm The Blades Civillian Acrobatic Team - led for the first time by Dartmothian Mark Cutmore

Friday 31st August
4.30pm Red 10 Squirrel helicopter arrival
5.30pm Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Hurricane & Spitfire - full details of the aircraft and pilots can be found at www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf
6.00pm Royal Air Force Acrobatic Team 'The Red Arrows' - after last years absence, the Red Arrows are hotly anticipated...totally heart-stopping & fantastic...love 'em!

Saturday 1st September
12.00pm Royal Navy Sea King (& Lifeboat) - an air & sea display with the RNLI Dartmouth In Shore Lifeboat
1.00pm Black Knight Parachute Team
5.10pm RAF Tucano
5.20pm Royal Navy Historic Flight The Sea Fury
5.35pm Royal Navy Lynx 'Black Cats' Helicopters

All totally fab...bring those ear plugs!!!

Regatta Fireworks

Regatta Fireworks
Thursday 30th August 2012

Marking the beginning of the Regatta

Thursday 30th August, 9pm.

Rockpool Safari
Friday 31st August 2012

Rockpool Safari
Friday 31st August

Come and join the marine rangers in exploring the incredibile and colourful marine life that lives in Torbay's rockpools.

Discover shining snakelock anemones, daring devil crabs & beautiful starfish.

This will be run as a drop in session on Goodrington Sands, please pay at the Seashore Centre.

Meet; The Seashore Centre, Goodrington Sands
Time; 11.30am-1.30pm
Cost; £2.50, no booking required

Berry Head Treasure Hunt
Friday 31st August 2012

Berry Head Treasure Hunt
Friday 31st August

Join the Coast & Countryside Trust for a family quiz trail around Berry Head - you will hunt for clues & discover what it takes to be a ranger at this special site along your way. At the end you will be rewarded for your teamwork with a chocolate surprise!

Meet; Berry Head Visitor Centre
Time; 11am
Cost; £5 per team (max 5 in a team); no booking required

Illuminated River Procession
Friday 31st August 2012

Regatta Illuminated River Possession
Friday 31st August, 9pm

Back by popular demand....the Illuminated River Procession is being re-introduced for 2012. Gone are the flaming torches of the 70's & 80's....flourescent torches & electric powered fairy lights instead!!

Vessels to assemble off Sandquay from 8.45pm & report to the marshal. The procession will start at Sandquay and proceed down river to The Bight. The lead vessel will be the historic boat Fairmile.

All entrants must register their entry at the Regatta Information Office in the Royal Avenue Gardens by noon of the 31st.

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