1.   Dinosaurs in Dartmouth

2.   Newcomen 300

3.   River News

4.   Small News




1.  Dinosaurs in Dartmouth

Rex and his Dinosaur buddies have taken over a ride at an attraction in Devon. Man sized tractors driving through the new Dinosaur Farm at Woodlands will see a huge range of the monsters in this Jurassic Breeding Centre.

The new attraction costing £30,000 was designed by Pat Bendall, who told us "This is a completely new perception of the popular Jurassic classic. It is a modern Dinosaur Farm, following the life of a Dinosaur from incubation to being exported! It’s fun and educational, with a Fossil Hunting area where kids can dig for authentic skeletons and fossils."

Pat explained that the Dinosaur Farm experience begins as the tractors drive past the Incubation area where round eggs, bright blue eggs and giant eggs are getting ready to hatch. Guests then discover the fierce Velociraptors protecting their great nest scraped out of the ground and the cages of cute baby Dinos at their feeding troughs.

Passing the Laboratory a scientist is weighing a baby T Rex. In the Hospital next door a doctor is bandaging the injured Triceratops while a baby is climbing out of its jumbo egg. Everyone is surprised the giant Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus have such small offspring. At the Feeding Station the T Rex and her brood are being fed by armed guards.
Pat finished by saying “I have added a touch of humour at the end which involves an unsuspecting Ranger, a man- eating Raptor and a loo! The kids love it."   Click here for more.


2.  Newcomen 300

With only a month to go work has nearly finished in the Engine House as shown here.  The Plaza gardens will showcase the engine which will be lit until midnight with 4 huge floodlights.  Summer visitors will be able to see the engine in all its glory through the big glass windows and go inside to touch it the next day.  The Newcomen engine predates the Watt engine by nearly 100 years.  Even when Watt had produced his very much more efficient steam engine, many Newcomen engines remained in use because their owners could not afford the considerably higher licence fees Watt charged.  Come and see the engine, it's big, really big!  The engine is housed in the TIC which is opposite The Flavel and inbetween the Royal Avenue Gardens and the car park.

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

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Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   River News

The Dinghy rack near the Higher Ferry is often very difficult to get in and out of, especially at certain phase of the moon.  The new piles you can see here are to allow the rack to be moved into an area where almost 24 hour  access to the river will be available.  The LWL (Low Water Landing) pontoons will change too, visitors and short term dingy mooring will no longer be allowed and there will be a lockable gate at the entrance.  Harbourmaster  Rob Giles told us that with the increase in visitors moorings closer to the town, the changes to LWL will benefit the people of Dartmouth, we wholeheartedly agree with him!  DHNA do a difficult job, but they consistently do it well.  Such is the beauty of the River Dart that waiting lists for different moorings go from actual availability to an estimated 50 years!

Today the Higher Ferry closed for the morning to clean the slip and dredge some mud away.  Local people commented on the now crumbling public slip, saying that it is a safety hazard and the ground under the once straight white guidance lines is falling into the river.


4.   Small News

  • The BBC is making a programme to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and would like to hear from anyone who saw or met the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) when she visited Dartmouth in 1949.

    Please contact me, Jon McKnight, by clicking here or on 01752 234555. Thank you.

  • If you have a dinghy or Canoe on the foreshore of Warfleet you need to contact Keith Rennells of SHDC to arrange a licence before it is removed.  Cal him on 01803 861456 or e-mail by clicking here.

  • The Reverend Will Hazlewood reports: Everyone is welcome at the Easter services in Dartmouth and Dittisham: Click here for more.

    Good Friday –

  • 10.00am Stations of the Cross in St Clement’s, Dartmouth

  • 12noon Walk of Witness through Dartmouth

  • 2.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in St Saviour’s, Dartmouth

  • 6.00pm Good Friday The Passion and Hymns in St George’s Church, Dittisham

  • 4.30pm for 6.30pm ‘Come and Sing’ Stainer’s Crucifixion in St Petrox, Dartmouth

    Easter Day – Sunday 8 April

  • 5.30am The Paschal Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter in St Clement’s, Dartmouth

  • 9.30am Holy Communion with Hymns in St Petrox, Dartmouth

  • 9.15am Sung Eucharist in St George’s Church, Dittisham followed by Easter Egg Hunt

  • 11.00am Sung Eucharist in St Saviour’s, Dartmouth followed by Easter Egg Hunt

  • 6.30pm Evensong in St Petrox, Dartmouth

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