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1.    Walking Festival
2.    Dartmouth Apprentice

3.    Book Launch

4.    Don't try this at home!

5.    Art Exhibition

6.    Food Festival

7.    Small News




1.    Walking Festival,  September 26th – October 5th

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby launched the South Devon Walking Festival in the beautiful grounds of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The Walking Festival organised by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) takes place from September 26th – October 5th with over 40 walks taking in the fantastic landscape of the South Hams.

In launching the festival Jonathan said ‘I have walked in over 80 countries and I can honestly say that when I return to South Devon I cannot find anywhere that matches its beauty. Walking is so good for us in lots of ways and in this landscape we are spoilt for choice with the variety of fabulous coastline, estuaries, countryside and villages.’

The walks will take place over the ten day period, with a variety of themes from history and archaeology, to wildlife and local food. Participants will be able to:

· Walk along ancient trade routes; learn about people and events long since past that shaped the landscape.
· Take long and short walks, challenging hikes, or a nice stroll, there’s something for everyone!
· Enjoy expert information about points of interest along the way.
· Join with other walkers who enjoy the great outdoors!
· Take the whole family
· Enjoy a taste of the best of South Devon’s dramatic coastline, estuaries, countryside, historic gardens and properties.

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2.    Dartmouth Apprentice

July 26th saw the Dartmouth Apprentice host a preview party for over 300 guests, which was considered by all to be a huge success. Supporters and partners of the Training for Life project attended, as well as local residents and representatives from local businesses, savouring some delights cooked up by head chef Clemente Maiorana and his apprentices.

Clemente and his family team (son and daughter) led the way with a delicious selection of Abruzzan specialties, whilst Restaurant Manager Margaret Haywood and her team ensured that everyone attending had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Guests were also given the chance to meet the Dartmouth Apprentice team and learn more about the restaurant's philosophy and ethos which will see 100% of all profits invested back into helping more unemployed and under privileged people to become better cooks, waiters and managers. Chief Executive of Training for Life, the charity behind the Dartmouth Apprentice, Gordon D'Silva said: "The evening was a great success and provided us with an excellent opportunity to tell Dartmouth what we are about! It is also a fantastic chance for people to come and see this stunning church restored back to its former glory. I am confident that Clementé and his apprentices will provide spectacular food and create a fantastic vibe throughout the whole restaurant."  Dr Brian Boughton commented " This is another fantastic success story for the MCTi"

3.    Book Launch

Richard Webb, Nigel Evans and Nigel Way posed for our cameras at the launch of the new book " Reflections of Dartmouth", featuring Nigel Evans' 176 stunning photographs and even some fold out panoramas, one of which is an amazing nearly 5 feet long. Pop into the Harbour Bookshop, White Sails Gallery or the Tourist Information Centre to get yours?  Click here to see more.  Nigel Way said “ The magic of Dartmouth is intensified by the natural photography of Nigel Evans – he has captured all its moods, from early morning sunrises to baking hot midsummer days, mists rolling in, squally showers, dimpsy evenings (my mum's word) and moonlit nights. It's all here for you. It has taken me 25 years and I have still not seen it all!”

4.    Don't try this at home!

Whilst having a beer or two on Dave's favourite place in the world, a guy suddenly jumped into the water and swam across the river at 9:30pm!  Simon Millichap from Aldershot was offered £100 by his friends Alastair and Dave to swim across.  We understand Simon is a triathlete and a firefighter so obviously very capable and fit!  But even he acknowledged that it wasn't as easy as he had thought.  Please remember the river has treacherous currents, ferries and other craft so please do not attempt this!

5.    Art Exhibition

The Dartmouth Art Society is holding its annual Exhibition of Paintings from 4th - 9th August 2008.  Open 10am - 5pm daily, in the Flavel Church.  The theme this year is 'Art of the Dart'.  You will find all sorts of art though, from traditional flowers in oils to contemporary abstracts.  Always well worth a look, especially as entrance is free!  The society are hoping for big things and are using the Flavel Church for the first time.  Pop by and have a look?

6.    Food Festival

Contrary to rumours, the Dartmouth Food Festival is on, and in style!  The days of 8, 9, 10, and 11th of October will be filled with tempting smells and more food than you can eat. David Jones of Manna From Devon is calling for some help in organising it, you don't need to cook!  If you want to help, call David on 01803 752943 or e-mail him by clicking here.

The Dartmouth Food Festival is a world renowned event, you can see what happened over the last two years by clicking here.

     7.    Small News
  • One BIG Yacht!  Shown here leaving early in the morning this week.  "Adix" built by Astilleros de Mallorca and designed by Arthur Holgate. She is 213 feet long and was built was built in 1984. 
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Photo taken by Tony Pike, click here to see his gallery

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