Bank Holiday Madness.....we think so!
Join the Blackawtonians for a day of fun & competition.
The 31st Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming takes place on Sunday 6th May. The theme for 2012 is 'Olympix' - the reason is fairly obvious . So sporting fancy dress of a sporting theme is the order of the day this year. As ever, there will be prizes for the best themed outfits - and it's free to enter.
Lots of other things are happening throughout the day - including a Beer Festival and a full afternoon/evening of live music at The George Inn, stalls & street traders (inc. cakes/buns, WI, wormcharming T-shirts and commemorative badges) and other distractions throughout the village, a BBQ at The Normandy Arms, ram roasts, a raffle (raffle prizes are on display in the Village Hall – check to see if you have won!) and a various other fun activities.
Just so you know............The Rules of Wormcharming........
Each teams comprises 3 members - a Charmerer, a Pickerer and a Counterer
No digging or forking
Teams allowed 5 minutes "Worming Up" and 15 minutes Worm Charming
The International Judge's decision is final
Any team or competitor caught cheating will be either put in the stocks (if they're lucky) or publicly humiliated
Check out www.wormcharming.co.uk for more info
This hugely successful event is in it's 15th year!
Come to town & listen (and dance) to music simply everywhere! All sorts (music and venues).
Join us for Alf's rustic suppers & great music on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings. Details of our acts to follow.....not quite finalised yet!
SORRY-~SOLD OUT-Tables available Sunday
Jazz Lounge - Funky Jazz & Soul Trio
Friday 11th May, 7-7.30pm
Join us for our first Dart Music Festival Rustic Supper with The Jazz Lounge on Friday 11th May.
The Jazz Lounge hail from Exeter and perform a wide selection of swinging jazz, soul, funk, pop & rock tunes.
Perfect funky start to the festival.
To book tickets for this supper, please ring 01803 835880 or email; email@example.com
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
SORRY-SOLD OUT-Tables available Sunday
Maggie Reeday Trio – Popular Jazz & Soul Singer
Saturday 12th May, 7-7.30pm
With her knockout voice, soul, jazz & pop singer Maggie Reeday & her band will be entertaining us on Saturday evening.
This evening is always our most popular of the Dart Music Festival & tickets are selling fast now we’ve announced Maggie’s appearance.
For tickets please ring 01803 835880 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
East Allington Wacky Races
Saturday 12th May
The date has been set for Whacky Races 2012!!
It promises to be a great event with lots of fun for the whole family. New for this year will be skateboarding races and a tug of war competition.
Now in it’s 7th year the Whacky Races comprises a go-kart or soap-box style race through the village of East Allington, with competitors racing time trial style for the prestigous Luscombe Trophy. A sophisticated timing system will time each of the karts as they race down East Allington’s steep hill, starting at the school, passing the church, the Fortescue Arms and the treacherous Fortescue corner and finishing outside the Village Hall. There are categories for adults as well as children and a variety of fun prizes.
The concept is simple and anyone can enter, all you need is a kart. The kart must have 4 wheels, a proper steering system and brakes and be deemed by the event safety advisor as being safe to race. Competitors must then sign their safety waiver, don their crash helmets and make their way to the top of the hill.
The road is transformed into a Silver Stone style race track for the day, with safety barriers, straw bales, advertising banners and bunting lining the route and hundreds of eager spectators cheering the brave racers through the village.
As well as the racing there will be a whole host of stalls and attractions including a bouncy castle, face painting, gladiator style giant cotton bud duels, donkey rides, sports day style races, live music and a feast of food and drinks to keep the crowds sustained throughout the day.
Ten Tors Challenge, Dartmoor
This is the 52nd year of the unique moorland expedition which is organised by the army. Nearly 2,500 youngsters from across the South West take part in a two-day hike of up to 55 miles (88.5km) across Dartmoor. Teams are aged from 14 to 20-year-olds carrying all their kit, tents, cooking supplies and use their survival and navigational skills to complete the course.
It's the second year of a unique Ten Tors partnership between Devon Youth Services in Dartmouth and the TS Dartmouth Sea Cadet Corps. It's the second time the Army, the organisers of the event, has allocated three teams to Dartmouth - two teams of 6 tackling the 35-mile challenge & one team of older walkers tackling the 45-mile challenge.
Teams set off from Okehampton base camp at 7am on Saturday morning and must stop for the evening at 8pm. They can start again at 6am on Sunday and have to reach the finish line by 5pm on Sunday in order to complete the course. Teams can choose to climb 10 of 19 manned tors, where there are checkpoints.
On many occasions, the weather - as well as the moor itself - has proved the biggest obstacle. If it's not too wet, it's too cold. And every now and then, heat can also be a problem.
Here at Alf's we are big supporters of Dartmouth's young people & think the Ten Tors event is an event worth backing....We have provided tshirts, jumpers & flags this year, so when they bound across the finish line (or hobble!) no-one will be in any doubt where these brilliant youngsters are from - Dartmouth!! The teams will be treated to a special team breakfast before they leave for the challenge - an army marches on it's stomach you know!
Canoe Adventures 10th Annual Canoe Races & The Maltsters Arms Real Ale Festival
Sunday 13th May
Open 10am Sunday 13 May 2012 on the quay at The Maltsters Arms in Tuckenhay. Expect Drama Music Entertainment Barbeque Ale and Cheering !
Proceeds to Dart Lifeboat and Totnes Chernobyl Kids.
Call 01803 865301 for info.
The Organisation - Classic Soul & Jazz with Funky Electric Organ
Sunday 13th May 7-7.30pm
Join us for our final Music Festival Rustic Supper with The Organisation on Sunday 13th May.
Another of our local favourites, The Organisation play classic soul & jazz numbers with (very!) funky electric organ, bass & drums, great Sunday music to finish off a weekend of music madness......
This evening always sells quickly, come & relax with us for a funky, chilled out Sunday evening.
For tickets please ring 01803 835880 or email; email@example.com
Devon County Show
'Celebrating everything that's great about Devon' !
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.
Sunday 20th May
Olympic Torch Relay comes to Dartmouth & the surrounding area....how exciting!!
The route is; Plymouth; Brixton; Yealmpton; Modbury; Kingsbridge; West Charleton; Chillington; Torcross; Stoke Fleming; Dartmouth; Totnes; Paignton; Torquay; Teignmouth; Exeter
After being lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18th May. The flame represents peace, unity and friendship. The Flame will be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay. It will take 70 days to complete it's journey around the UK.
This link gives you the detailed route for Sunday 20th May; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/19_03_12_day2_plymouth_exeter.pdf
Twilight Tours.....Discover Greenway in a new light
Thursday 31st May 6pm - 8pm
Take the chance to see Greenway House after hours, in a twilight glow.
Enjoy canapés in the House Kitchen followed by a fascinating guided tour of the House accompanied by some of our extraordinarily knowledgeable volunteers.
Discover the secrets of the Greenway that Agatha Christie knew and loved, and get a feel for yourself of the house she described as 'the loveliest place in the world'.
Booking Essential; £15 a ticket
Phone 01803 842382 or Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wear comfortable attire, suitable for a usual Greenway visit.
You will be met at Visitor Reception by a helpful member of staff and guided to the House Kitchen.
Assistance Dogs only are welcome
Children over 5 welcome