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20 October 2015

3 Top Things To Do In Dartmouth This Autumn And Winter

The picturesque maritime town of Dartmouth is nestled in a beautiful position on the edge of the River Dart in South Devon. Whether you are interested in history, culture or family friendly attractions, this wonderful area is superb holiday destination. With plenty of things to do in Dartmouth, whatever your interests, visitors this autumn and winter will not be disappointed! 

1. Candlelit Dartmouth
Looking for festive-themed things to do in Dartmouth this winter? Candlelit Dartmouth is a fabulous event taking place from 27th-28th November 2015. Featuring a lantern procession, carol singing around the Christmas tree, late night shopping, Santa’s arrival by boat in the boat float, market stalls, mulled wine and much more, this event is not to be missed. Why not start your Christmas shopping and spend a leisurely evening perusing the boutique shops lining the town’s cobbled streets, before
enjoying a glass of mulled cider and a mince pie whilst listening to the Britannia Naval College band playing Christmas carols in the market square.

2. Dartmouth Food Festival
For foodies, this is a MUST! One of the highlights on the region’s calendar, this three day event is certainly one of the top things to do in Dartmouth this autumn. An annual event, the festival takes place from 23rd-25th October and aims to showcase some of the finest South Devon based food producers. Spend enjoyable hours watching live cookery demonstrations in the marquees across the town, browse the many market stalls trying tasty treats from the different stands, or take the kids to the Children’s Activities Marquee, sponsored by Coast & Country Cottages. Children can try free biscuit decorating, face painting and colouring-in whilst parents enjoy a cuppa from the adjacent pop up CafĂ© Alf Resco coffee shop - surely one of the more relaxing things to do in Dartmouth during the 2015 festival! 

3. Santa Express

Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company are holding their popular ‘Santa Express’ trips on selected days throughout December. A fabulous way to get into the Christmas spirit, and one of the many fun things to do in Dartmouth that will appeal to both young and old, passengers will be treated to a mini Pantomime of Peter Pan whilst aboard. Santa will visit all the children, bringing them gifts, whilst the adults enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie! 

These are just three of the forthcoming events, but there are plenty more things to do in Dartmouth, to suit all tastes and age groups. Why not enjoy a cruise along the River Dart, spotting wildlife along the way? Or perhaps spend an afternoon at one of the all-weather family attractions like nearby Woodlands Leisure Park. For history enthusiasts looking for things to do in Dartmouth, the town is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College (reportedly the first meeting place of the Queen and Prince Philip), as well as Dartmouth Castle and the National Trust property Greenways House and Garden – the former home of literary legend Dame Agatha Christie. With so many things to do in Dartmouth and the surrounding area, you will be spoilt for choice! 

Interested in finding out more about things to do in Dartmouth and South Devon? Don’t forget to watch this fabulous video #7daysinSouthDevon, to see what you can expect from your holiday in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

If you would like to visit any of the events in Dartmouth and the surrounding area this Autumn and Winter, why not book one of the fabulous Dartmouth Cottages available with Coast & Country Cottages.

What would you recommend seeing and doing in Devon?

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  1. I have never visited Devon but it's on my list of places to be visited in the UK

  2. I'm going to Devon soon love it there thanks for this post given me some ideas and things to do when I'm there :) x

  3. Amazing ideas thanks

  4. Pam Francis Gregory25/10/2015, 20:32

    Love Barnstaple

  5. Some lovely things going on there, I've never been but it sounds well worth a visit.

  6. I love Dartmouth. I'd recommend getting a boat pass cos there are lots of day trips you can take. We saw loads of wildlife on the way to/from Totnes, Salcombe & Brixham. It's a lovely way to travel!


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