Candlelit Dartmouth is back on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December. It's always a great start to the Christmas festivities with festive fun throughout the two days.
Friday 2nd December - There will be markets in the Royal Avenue Gardens from 4pm, Carol singing at the Christmas tree with music from members of the Dartmouth Town Band at 5.30pm. At 6pm there's the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in Royal Avenue Gardens. Santa arrives by boat at The Boatfloat at 6.05pm, then there's music from members of the Town Band followed by entertainment in the bandstand. Many shops will be open late this evening for Christmas shopping.
Candlelit Arias at The Flavel at 7.30pm both evenings- pre-booking essential.
Saturday 3rd December - THE PARK AND RIDE IS RUNNING TODAY & IS FREE OF CHARGE!!
More markets today from 10am-7pm in the Royal Avenue Gardens, The Old Market, The Quay and Fairfax Place. At 11am there's a Nativity at The Bandstand by the Southford Road Dartmouth pre-school and you can also meet the donkey from The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust in Ivybridge. Don't miss the Best dressed Christmas dog competition at The Bandstand at 2pm.
The fabulous Candlelit Lantern Procession starts at 5.30pm in the Old Market, ravels through the town before arriving at The Boatfloat. Alf's will be in the Avenue Gardens providing chilly lantern-waving children with hot chocolate!! Come & see us.
Look out for entertainers performing around the town throughout the day.
Dartmouth Orchestra Christmas Concert
Thursday 8th December, 7.30pm
An exciting mixed programme which will include a Vivaldi Double Violin Concerto (soloists Sid Davis & Chris Shepherd).
Conductor: Sid Davis
Entry Free - Retiring Collection
In support of Dartmouth Caring.
Blackawton & Dittisham Christmas Craft Fair
1pm-6pm, Blackawton Village Hall
You will find fab handmade gifts, stocking fillers, Christmas foods, refreshments, local produce, music & more! Can't wait!
All proceeds to support Blackawton Primary School.
Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band Christmas Concert
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th December
7.30pm Casper John Hall, Britannia Royal Naval College
Tickets £8.00, available from Dartmouth Tourist Information Office. Tickets must be obtained prior to the concert.
St Peter's Christmas Tree Festival
St Peter's Church, Stoke Fleming 10th - 12th December 2011
Twenty eight Christmas trees lit and decorated inside the church - 'A magical wonderland full of colour, light and humour!'. Raising funds for Rowcroft Hospice & St Peter's Church.
Refreshments available- teas/coffee/squash/Christmas cake & biscuits.
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 11th 10.00am - 5.00pm (Closing service) Live music played on the organ.
We again thank Garden time Limited for their kindness in providing our tress with a generous discount.
Deck the Halls at Overbeck's (National Trust)
If the decorations are still not up and the halls are looking bare then come and spend a half day with the National Trust making handmade and completely natural decorations. Following a walk through Torr Woods to collect your holly, ivy and other materials return to Overbeck’s Tearoom for hot soup followed by an afternoon of decoration creation in front of a roaring fire.
Adult £15, Child £10 (includes tea/coffee, soup lunch, free entry to Overbeck’s)
Info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/overbecks or call 01548 842893 01548 842893 or 01752 346585
Christmas Decorations Workshop at Made It on Smith Street
Saturday 10th December, 10am-12.30pm
A fab idea for those last special homemade decorations before everything get a little too hectic!!
Workshops include refreshments and findings... choose and pay
for the beads and buttons you use in your projects
Cost: £20 + materials
Ring 01803 834813 to book
A Hedgerow Christmas - South Devon AONB Event
Sunday 11th December, 9.30am-1pm
Make your own wreaths, swags & table decorations for Christmas from the hedgerow. All the basic materials will be provided, including wreath & table centre bases. Coffee & mince pies included. Bring any extra foliage and decorations, scissors & secateurs.
Adults £15. (Indoor event). Booking essential; call Stevie Rogers on 01803 712437 or email email@example.com
Meet Ash Tree Farm, near Dartmouth, TQ6 0LR.
Rotary Club of Dartmouth Traditional Carol Service at St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth
Wednesday 21st December, 7pm
Lead by Fr Will Hazelwood
Fellowship with mulled wine & mince pies after the service
RSVP 01803 833204 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning is our annual Crew Christmas Breakfast.....so we all get up just as early, but you can have a little lie-in because we won't be open until 8.30am! Still open until 2pm though!
Alf's will be closed for Christmas on the 25th, 26th & 27th December for a well-earned Christmas break....
....open again 8am Wednesday 28th December
Aladdin Pantomime at The Flavel
Weds 28th Dec - Sat 31st Dec @ 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Now in its 5th year the panto is a well established part of the Dartmouth calendar. This year it is the ever popular Aladdin so expect plenty of antics, with a Chinese flavour, from Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee. These roles are performed by Andy Killen and Graham Mewis who were a riot last year as the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella.
Add to this, romance between Aladdin and the Princess plus plenty of chances to “boo” at the wicked Abanazar.
The panto is produced by the Dartmouth Players, your community drama group.
Last year was a complete sell out so book early for this Christmas treat. Tickets: Adults £11, Conc £10 and Under 18's £8 (all before discount)