1.   Tour of Britain

2.   Continental Market

3.   Marigold Hotel

4.   Critics’ Choice

5.   Small News




1.  The Tour of Britain cycle race

The answer to the big question is:  They will be passing through Strete at 14:20, Stoke Fleming at 14:25 and be at the Finish Line on the Embankment by Coronation Park at 14:33 this Saturday!

Mick Bennett, Race Director of The Tour of Britain, said: “In 2011 the Devon Stage was a highlight of what was undoubtedly the best ever Tour of Britain, with huge crowds, exciting racing and two great venues. This year we are looking forward to bringing The Tour to both Barnstaple and Dartmouth, and racing across the length of the county. As the penultimate stage, on a tough route, Devon is sure to once again provide The Tour with more memorable moments.”

Also said is: Riders will finish Stage Seven in the beautiful South Devon coastal town of Dartmouth, home to the Britannia Royal Naval College. The town bursts with stunning beauty, character and charm, and is a popular tourist destination set on the banks of the River Dart estuary within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The town’s medieval and Elizabethan centre is a patchwork of narrow lanes and stone stairways scattered with a unique collection of restaurants, cafés, bars, shops and galleries. Dartmouth has a wealth of interesting historic buildings including - The Cherub Inn (1380), the Butterwalk (1628) – with its intricately carved wooden fascia and granite columns and Bayard’s Cove – a cobbled medieval quay.

The narrow mouth of the Dart, with its sailboats, ferries and brightly coloured trawlers, is protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. Together they provided complete cover through the Dart estuary into Dartmouth Harbour.

The people of Dartmouth certainly know how to enjoy themselves with a wealth of festivals and events throughout the year including comedy, music, art and crafts, food, Shakespeare, Regatta, fishing and walking. For three days a year, since 1834, the river Dart has played host to The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, attracting over 100,000 visitors to enjoy events from rowing and sailing to air displays and fireworks.


2.  Continental Market this weekend

New tastes, new crafts as Market brings Continental style to town.  Photos from the 2010 Dartmouth Continental Market

The town centre will come alive with the tastes, smells and products of Continental Europe - and beyond - when the Traditional European Food and Craft Fair arrives in town. Bringing a lot of produce and products that are new and different, the fair will be in town from Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th September 2012.

The town centre will be transformed into more of a bustling market place than ever before, as the Market Traders build on the success of their visits in earlier years. Market organiser Olivier Simonin says: "We have new professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries who will be wearing traditional costumes, selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, delectable cheeses, sausages, tartiflette (a delicious cheese and potatoes dish from the Alps), charcuterie, fresh bread, and croissants!  This year, we have some new exciting stalls: German salami, Finnish crafts, Peruvian handicrafts, Italian macaroons and handbags from Paris. 

As well as all of these delectable tasty goods, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of products including hand bags and leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children’s toys and pashminas!  There really will be something for everyone!

Most of the products on sale will come from each stall holder’s region, where they are produced by small organisations such as, family businesses, farms or small factories using traditional methods, maintaining a high standard of quality!
All of the traders will also wear their traditional local costumes from 100 years ago, as well as decorating their stall to represent the region of the country they come from. The market will therefore provide you with a true flavour of the continent.” For more information click here.

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel : Tonight !

If you only see one film this year, this has to be it!  The Dartmouth dot TV crew will be there for this great film!

Director: John Madden : Actors: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith : 124 minutes : Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama

‘A delightful, droll and entertaining comedy of manners with an estimable cast, that never makes a false move….’
Judi Dench leads a top-notch ensemble cast in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a sweet-natured, refreshing, and mature fairy tale which follows a diverse group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the place a shell of its former self. But although the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past…

This film is on tonight.  Films are screened at The Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from 7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are available on the night for £4.00 each from “The Windjammer” Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets will be sold on the door. For more information call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968 026449


4.   Critics’ Choice: A new film initiative at the Flavel

Sunday 16th September: Launch Night from 6.30pm.  Are you a film buff?    A foreign film lover? A classic movie fanatic? An ‘art house’ devotee? Just dotty about documentaries? Maybe you have a secret yen for adult animation? In any case, please come and join us for Critics’ Choice - a new initiative at the Flavel.

A single screening of a critically acclaimed film of outstanding technical and artistic merit combined with a knowledgeable guest speaker and/or lively post-film discussion will be part of the evening, with refreshments available.

The launch night on Sunday 16th September will include a free glass of wine and nibbles from 6.30pm and an introductory talk from 7pm. The film screening will be at 7.30pm and will be the Oscar winning best foreign language Iranian film ‘A Separation’.

Purchase a 12 month season ticket for £40 (one plus one) or £25 single. Under 18 season ticket FREE. Pay just £2 per head otherwise normal cinema prices apply. Tickets from the Flavel Box Office or online by clicking here.


5.   Small News

  • Remember we have all of our Regatta photographs in one place, click here to see them.  Not only this year but 7 years' worth !

  • Harry Escott from the RNLI reports: On Thursday 27th September 2012 we shall be having a talk at the Dartmouth Yacht Club by Monty Halls,  entitled; “The Fisherman’s Apprentice”, (behind the scenes with Monty Halls). Time 19.30, cost £5 per person, tickets from DYC, Royal Castle Hotel and Yorkshire Building Society. There is limited space so book early.

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