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1.   Summer tonight

2.   Fascinating Aida at Fingals

3.   Australian Wine Dinner at Wildfire

4.   Browns Fish Night with Mark Lobb

5.   Worm Charming & Wacky Races!

6.   Small News


1. Summer tonight

Summer is a simple tale of loss and regret for a life that's been frittered away. It is filled with excellent natural performances from all the leads, especially from Robert Carlyle who gives his best performance since Trainspotting.

It is set in three time periods of Shaun's (Carlyle) life - the innocent childhood of riding bikes and scraping knees, the adolescence spent drinking cider and stealing kisses in the woods, and the comedown of a thirties spent as an ex-alcoholic carer. 

They are interwoven in such a way that the true reason for the strength of the bonds between the central characters remains hidden until near the end, a secret that makes the film exceptionally compelling. Not to be missed!

Guest tickets available in The Windjammer 7.30-7.55 £3.50.  Our bar in The Guildhall opens at 7.30 - the film to be shown at 8pm approx

2.   Fascinating Aida at Fingals

Fascinating Aida are back at Fingals! Old Coombe, Dittisham on Wednesday 13th May 8.00pm Tickets £15 must be booked in advance call 01803722398.

They are still grouchy, rude, charming and smutty beneath their well brought-up surface. They hate this government even more than the last. They feel jolly cross about global warming. They are trying to warn the world about lots of things – ooh, the peril of celebrity, the absurdity of the beauty business, the scariness of Health & Safety - and have come back to bellyache a bit more. There are lots of new songs, and a few old songs, and a new CD, which they will shamelessly try to flog you at the end f the show. Adele and Dillie are delighted to introduce the lovely Liza Pulman to Fingals, and can unashamedly say that she's the best soprano they've ever had.

3.  McHenry Hohnen Australian Wine Dinner at Wildfire

Well, Chris Jones of Dart Marina said it would be good, and it was excellent! The McHenry Hohnen wines chosen to accompany the special Wildfire Wine Dinner menu were the best Australian wines the Dartmouth dot tv team have tasted. Dave, not usually a white wine drinker, was completely taken with the 2008 McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon, Margaret River which accompanied our first course of Warm Trickle goats cheese, beetroot carpaccio and walnut dressing. Wildfire’s chef excelled with the main course of Slow cooked fillet of beef which simply melted in your mouth and the 2005 Three Amigos Shiraz Grenache Mataro complemented it perfectly.

We were fortunate to be seated with David Hohnen of McHenry Hohnen who provided diners with an explanation of the philosophy behind this successful family business and described the merits of each wine during the course of the evening.
Both red and white McHenry Hohnen wines feature in the Marina wine list – they are well priced and you really should try them.  At a set price of £35.00 per head for five courses and five wines, the Wine Dinner evening was outstanding value; watch out for more of them as regular events at Wildfire and make sure you book early as they are bound to be very popular!

4.   Browns Fish Night with Mark Lobb

Last Thursday the Dartmouth dot tv team sampled Browns Fish Night with Mark Lobb. Mark brought his whole fish stall into the bar at Browns Hotel in Victoria Road. After choosing from a great selection of starters, including monkfish tails, king prawns with sweet chilli, mixed shellfish and Bigbury oysters, the highlight was to select your main course from the range of freshly caught fish on the stall, which was then prepared by Browns’ chef.  Dave, not exactly a lover of fish, pronounced his (rather large) fillet of halibut “absolutely outstanding” – and this from a man who was reluctant to go along because there wouldn’t be steak on the menu! The evening was a treat not to be missed so keep your eyes peeled for the next event and book your table early as places are limited and it is sure to be another sellout!

Having just taken delivery of his first retail wines, James of Brown’s decided to use the opportunity of the Fish Night to launch his “Off Sales @ Browns”. Now you can take home a bottle of wine from £4.99, Chablis at £9.99, Champagne @ £23, Deutz Champagne £12.99, Pinot Grigio £6.20, Sauvignon Blanc £8.66 and many more.


5.    Worm Charming and Wacky Races!

Steve Thomas reports: Why not come to the East Allington Whacky Races. Saturday 2nd May 10 till 12 Children's racing and events. 12 till 1 Lunch break and adult karts gather outside the Fortescue at 1:00pm, adult racing and events followed by prize ceremony.

This Sunday 3rd May sees the 27th International Festival of Wormcharming in Blackawton near Dartmouth.  In recognition of 2009 being the International Year of Astronomy this year’s event is to be known as 'The International Festival of Astro-Wormery'.  Beginning at the Normandy Arms at 11.00am with a parade to the George Inn led by the Blackawton Morris Dancers, followed a toast to the worm and maypole dance, the competition itself begins at 1.30pm. Entry forms must be handed in by noon and there will be a team fancy dress competition. The actual location for the charming is a closely guarded secret until the day of the competition so come along and see which team's charming substance works best - and will the recent rain have increased the number of worms? Other distractions include a Ram Roast; Donkey Rides; Beer Festival and Live Music; plus street traders throughout the village; refreshments are available at the village hall. A great day out for the family! For more information, see visit the web site by clicking here.

Why not come down and stay for the weekend?


Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

6.    Small News

  • Gorch Fock visits Dartmouth.  Last weekend the port of Dartmouth played host to the German Navy Training Ship the Gorch Fock. Built in 1958 this three masted tall ship replaced an earlier ship of the same name and offers training for up to 200 officer cadets. She has a steel hull and is some 266 feet long (without her bowsprit) and 40 feet wide. The tops of her fore and main masts can be lowered to enable her to navigate the Kiel Canal (her home port is Kiel). The albatross which forms her figurehead has had to be replaced several times and is now made of carbon fibre reinforced polyester. The crew were pleased to welcome members of the public on board during Saturday afternoon and as always, Dartmouth provided a warm welcome to the German sailors.

  • Dr Who  

    If you put "Dr Who Dartmouth" into Google you may find the fourth entry is our very own Dartmouth News, click here to see it?  Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) had a bit of a "thing" with Tom Baker.  One day we will release the out takes that so far have never ever been seen outside of BBC VT before.  Here is a 10 minute video of every Dr Who theme tune, I bet the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up?  Just click the big play button in the middle of the image above? (if your browser rejects active x you won't see it at all).


  • Egyptian visitors You may remember the article from last week; readers have reported that they are from Stoke Gabriel, Bayards Cove and even Tuckenhay?  Much like the cat with 7 homes and 7 dinners?

Why not come and visit Dartmouth?

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