Festival of Healing Arts
4. Dickens of a Christmas
Festival of Healing
This weekend step out of the
rain and visit Dartmouth's first alternative festival at the
Flavel. Enter a world of performances, workshops,
meditations, products and treatments to encourage, inspire
and expand your connection with your inner self, your
physical self and with those around you.
Our aim is to create a lively
weekend festival with a friendly atmosphere. Listen to a
talk, enjoy a dance or music performance, be inspired by our
stand holders’ offerings, be transformed with a session from
one of our complementary therapists. And finally, enjoy our
Saturday night celebration with ‘One Hand Clapping’, a
uniquely talented group of musicians. The Royal Castle
Hotel and Kendricks are offering special festival menus
(vegetarian of course!).
Pay on the door: £6 with £1 to Dartmouth Caring. Under 12's
free. For further information and to book workshops
Phil Bond reports: Just to let you know that the annual
Dartmouth Fat Stock show is taking place at the market next
Tuesday 11th December. Judging of cattle , sheep and poultry
classes starts at 10.30am. Sale of exhibits starts at 1.30pm
For those that have not been before, this is a fascinating
insight to livestock and farming in the Dartmouth area.
Entry is free!
primary schools are busy making beautiful willow and paper
lanterns to carry during the lantern lighting procession in
Dartmouth on Friday 14th December at 6pm. Up to 150 children are
busy over the next week attending workshops organised by the
Candlelit Dartmouth team. Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth Primary,
Dartmouth St Johns, Kingswear and Blackawton schools are all
involved and the procession promises to be a magical event. The
children will process with stilt-walkers and the lantern
lighting teams through the streets of Dartmouth and will meet at
the Boatfloat where Santa will arrive. After Carol Singing at
the Bandstand everyone will enjoy musicians, entertainers, a
festive market and late night shopping until at least 8pm.
The festivities continue all weekend with many more activities
for children including a fancy dress competition due on Saturday
with the help of her mother Shirley is reviving an old
tradition of lighting up Avenue Gardens with lit decorated
jam jars for the Candlelit Dartmouth event. Ann’s grand
father Bill Wotton used be involved in the same event 35
years ago during the Regatta and Ann remembers seeing the
magical jewel-like colours glowing in the Gardens. The
Scouts are helping to supply jars and Ann and her team will
be busy decorating them in preparation for Friday 14th. Ann
has asked that local people get involved and said “It would
be lovely for everyone to meet us at the Avenue Gardens at
6.30pm after the lantern procession with their own decorated
jam jars and to hold them during the Carol singing at the
bandstand. All the jars will then be displayed in The
Gardens for the evening and should be collected from 9pm”.
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be late night shopping until 8:00pm on Friday 14th and
Saturday 15th December. Dartmouth has a wondrous
variety of really cool and different shops, totally ideal
for your Christmas Gift Shopping, and you will find several
places, such as
Simon Drew will be offering
5% or even more discount! Jayne from the
Canvas Factory in Foss
Street reports: we'll be open until late on Friday and
Saturday and will be offering mulled wine, mince pies and a
festive welcome to all our customers. Most of the galleries
will be open,
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them. Afterwards have a meal in one of our World Class
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have a glass of wine, a beer and a meal in one of our lovely
click here to see them.
Tables are already filling up fast for
Cafe Barista in Foss
Street's special festive evening menu on Friday and
Saturday, where there will be a complimentary glass of
mulled wine for everyone eating there.
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4. Dickens of a Christmas
Sue Tweed reports: 'Dickens of a Christmas'
Market is taking place at The Old Market, Dartmouth on
Saturday 15th December from 10am - 2pm. Children's
Hospice South West's really good fun day with Father
Christmas, mulled wine, mince pies, entertainment, tombola
and lots of lovely things to buy at the stalls - just in
time for Christmas! Stallholders will be in fancy dress.
Volunteers to help are most welcome, even for an hour!
Contact Liz on 01803 833232 for details.
This popular event has raised around £1,600 in each of the 4
previous years. Even more money is needed this year because
a second hospice opened in the spring. We are now providing
specialist care for 400 terminally ill children and their
families from the South West, but many more are needing
care. We are now fundraising for a third hospice in South
Cornwall so we hope that as many people as possible will
visit this Dickensian market and spend well to raise lots of
money for Children's Hospice South West and help to make the
most of short and precious lives.
Becca Way from
The Royal Castle reports:
The Castle "can't sing" carol singers and U3A singers will
be meeting at the Royal Castle Hotel from 6.30pm on Tuesday
18th December. Meet here for a glass of mulled wine, mince
pies and a practice before we head off around the town to
various hostelries in an attempt to raise money for a local
charity. Come and join us for a sing along to get you in the
Christmas mood! Put in your diary now!
Rowland Abram, owner
of The Harbour Bookshop in Dartmouth, says : "This
Christmas we are in a position to help our customers or
other local businesses who may want extra boxes (in
assorted sizes) or box packing material, ready for the
hoped-for Christmas rush. The Bookshop has loads of
packaging available at the moment - so just call in if
you need to store all those presents or protect items
going into the post".
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