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                    2nd August 2007

1.    Kingswear Regatta

2.    A Brief Historical Guide

3.    Ladies who lunch

4.    Dartmouth Food Festival

5.    Tapas at Browns

6.    Regatta Programme out now!

7.    Trade Talk

8.    Small News


1.   Kingswear Regatta

Kingswear Regatta, Fete and Duck Race takes place next weekend 4th/5th August. The event is in aid of Dart Sailability this year, who give disabled people the chance to sail in specially modified sail boats at Noss.

Rowing will be from 9 am - 1 pm each day with a vintage car rally at 10am on the Saturday and a Fun Dog Show at 11:30.

Sunday starts with rowing in the morning and the fete will be officially opened at 11:30am by Jonathan Hawkins - Chairman of Kingswear Parish Council. There will be loads of fun for the kids with lots of stalls and Cosmo the Clown appearing at 1pm. There will be a Bar-B Q and non alcoholic bar too. The traditional Dartmouth vs Kingswear 4 oared Race is also at 1pm with Dartmouth the challengers this year. There will be a tug of war at 3:30pm and a brass band will entertain all. The Regatta is at Jubilee Park and in Waterhead Creek Kingswear. Parking is limited so come by foot/ferry. Full details at click here .

Kingswear is a ferry ride from Dartmouth, a fantastic experience in itself!

Why not come down for the weekend?   The sun is hot, the beer is warm, and the lager ice cold!  For self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

2.     A Brief Historical Guide

Published by the Dartmouth and Kingswear Society this 28 page book has some fascinating facts and figures and its fair share of good quality black and white prints.

It is exactly as it says on the cover, "A Brief Guide" and something everyone should own at only £3.50 from the Tourist Information Centre or the Harbour Bookshop.

Some of the images we haven't seen before so whilst you are buying this guide have a look at other Dartmouth Books and buy a few?

3.    Ladies who lunch

The Dartmouth dot TV crew were invited to the Dart Marina’s monthly “Ladies Lunch Club”  last Wednesday in the River Restaurant (click here for details) . Despite a bit of rain, there was a good turnout for the excellent lunch of roasted breast of chicken, fondant potato and a wild mushroom sauce, followed by a chocolate lover’s dream dessert of chocolate brownie, chocolate tart, chocolate sorbet and dark chocolate sauce!!

The relaxing lunchtime was completed with local anecdotes and songs by Margaret Duffy from Brixham on the theme “Devon Historical and Hysterical”.

A number of the guests had travelled to Dartmouth from around the local area with others attracted to the event whilst holidaying in the town.

Look out for details of the next “club lunch” to be held on Wednesday, 26th September.

4.    Dartmouth Food Festival

Regarded as probably 'the best small food festival' in the UK, things are about to change!  Organiser James Brown is hoping to expand on last year's festival, more producers, more demonstrations, more room, and most importantly, more food!  Everyone in the town is 100% behind this fantastic event, and why wouldn't they be? 

This is your opportunity to sample Dartmouth out of season, where you can eat slowly, learn about local food and business and chat with the locals over a glass of wine and a mussel or two.  There are no entry fees. Dartmouth is simply beautiful with its sunsets and 14 bars serving local food.  The town's restaurants will be serving themed menus too.  So put it in your diary right now 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 Oct 2007 and check out their website by clicking here.  For self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here

5.     Tapas at Browns  

Mezze Plate - Sunday and Monday nights - July and August @ Browns

Sunday is a tricky night with so many restaurants closed. We have been asked many times to do lite suppers and so this is our version. A mezze plate of our normal Tapas (fresh anchovies, smoked tomatoes, salsa, salami, homemade chutney, manchego and membrillo (grilled chorizo) supplemented with larger portions of our home cured salmon and Dartmouth Smokehouse chicken. Served with a salad and ciabata bread. £20 for two people (only £10 each!). If you want to reserve a table in the bar just  drop in or call us on 832573.

6.    Regatta Programme out now!

Just as we were going to press, and bizarrely run an article in this slot about Christmas in Dartmouth, Wendy Rendle contacted us to say the new Regatta Programme will be available at the Tourist Information Centre and other places tomorrow (Friday) morning.

This year's programme has 68 full colour pages, not only is it the definitive guide to Dartmouth Royal Regatta, it is also somewhat of a 'who's who' of Dartmouth businesses.  Many people (us included) collect these programmes for posterity, it's a living snapshot of Dartmouth in 2007.

Remember, not only do you get the Red Arrows but two massive firework displays that other venues charge you a lot of money for.  It's all here in Dartmouth and all free!  But please give generously!

The official website is here and Dartmouth dot TV's  picture based 'unofficial' site here.

7.   Trade Talk

Whilst contacting people to remind them their advertisement might disappear, we were astounded by the number of incorrect and bouncing e-mails in use on the various tourist web sites.  You really ought to check every site you are on, and try to send yourself an e-mail, if you get it within an hour, then you are OK, if not you might wonder why?

The industry suggests that modern consumers expect things fairly instantly, and hence it has been predicted that if you do not respond to an e-mail within 2 hours, 50% of the holidaymaker might well have gone somewhere else.  So the writing is on the wall, make sure your e-mail really works, and check it at least twice daily!

We are adding all the new B&B's and self catering places to Dartmouth dot TV  right now, please be patient.  Then we will be removing a whole lot, so in the next few weeks the whole site will change. As you know, advertisers who have been written to will no longer enjoy rotating images on our site, unless you put your business on the paid up list now  click here.

8.     Small News  

  • On Saturday 4th August at 7.30pm St George's Church Dittisham is hosting a Summer Song Recital with Heloise West - Soprano, and Jonathan Watts - Piano/Organ. Heloise has been guest soloist with the Torbay Singers at recent concerts. Tickets are £10 on the door or from John Wells 01803 722414. Refreshments will be available after the concert.

  • Is it time to book your holiday in Dartmouth now?  for Dartmouth self catering accommodation click here,   for Dartmouth B and B  click here,  for Dartmouth Hotels click here
    For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth
    click here.

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