1.  Creepy Characters

2.  Galleries Week

3.  Cape Fear tonight!

4.   More Food Festival

5.   Adventures in a Canoe

6.   Small News




1.  Creepy Characters Roam Horror Castle

Monstrous medics, cannibals and executioners are terrorising a Theme Park near Dartmouth. The figures for Horror Castle have been chillingly created by Kim Herbert, ‘this has been a ghoulish experience!’ she said.

‘I’ve spent 6 weeks making 30 of these petrifying posers, they’re like my very own frightening family.’ Kim told us ‘Not all the scenes are scary, some of them are doing silly stuff to make the kids laugh’.

To make this a Halloscream Week to remember Woodlands have spent £20,000 on new buildings and re-theming. They have eerie expectations for this week long event from Saturday 27th Oct to Sunday 4th November. Other new additions to the fun include the Enchanted Tunnel of Fear, Witches Wasteland and the Crazy Cells Maze. Completing the full and fearful line up are two brand new interactive Revolting Bug Shows at the Zoo-Farm. In addition to the existing creepers at Woodlands some gruesome guests have been summoned especially for the occasion, including a tailless whip scorpion, a species famously used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

For the hauntingly fun event the 7 day wristband (£18.55 at the gate/£14.84 online) has been extended to cover the entire 9 day Halloween event, a spooky saving to make entertaining the kids over Half Term a devilish deal. The whole wicked event has something scary for all age groups, so the whole family can enjoy the eerie adventures, fun treats and free workshops. Many families are bravely joining them for the whole week by staying on the Caravan Park. Click here for more if you dare!


2.  Galleries Week

Baxters in Dartmouth is to hold a mixed exhibition of 4 women artists from October 26th to November 15th 2012 to coincide with Dartmouth Galleries Week.  The show entitled “A different view” will feature paintings from up and coming mixed-media artist Emily Morgan and abstract watercolours and horticulture inspired screen-prints from Gilly McCadden.
3 dimensional forms will also be on show by Jennifer Collier and Sarah Palmer. Collier has a nationwide reputation for her re-made everyday objects from paper “fabrics” and has her work in an increasing number of public collections. Palmer makes sculptural ceramics using surface pattern and form to convey her ideas. Her recent work has also been informed by some wonderful old lead figures and animals. The private view will be held on Friday October 26th from 6-9pm where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists. All the work from the exhibition can be seen on the website by clicking here

The Coombe Gallery reports: Rising Stars 2012.  This Friday 26th October 2012 we would like to invite you to a special Private View of Coombe Galleries pick of the finest graduates of 2012. The work can be previewed on line by clicking here.  All work will be priced online after the Private View on Saturday 27th October. Private View: 6-8.30pm Friday 26th October 2012.

To see the very best art galleries in Dartmouth click here.

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

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A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   Cape Fear showing tonight !

Director: J. Lee Thompson : Actors: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen : 105 minutes : Cert. 15. Thriller/Horror

‘I got somethin' planned for your wife and kid that they ain't never gonna forget. They ain't never gonna forget it... and neither will you, Counsellor!’…. After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is set free. Immediately making a beeline for Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the former prosecutor responsible for his conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realising Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping his wife and daughter, tries to put the ex-criminal behind bars, but has no grounds to do so. Chief Dutton tries to help Sam with a few strong-arm tactics, but succeeds only in having the courts take Cady's side in the matter. Things come to a head when Sam moves his family to the "safety" of a remote houseboat on Cape Fear river…..

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.   Yet more food festival highlights!  This Weekend

Come Hungry! ….
Festival Head Chef, Serin Aubrey, can normally be found behind the counter at Smith Street Deli in town. During the Festival, however, he’ll be behind several of the events being staged by the organisers as well as running a tapas themed stand in Royal Avenue Gardens. His advice to visitors is, ‘Come Hungry!. Plan your day to make the most of the great food you’ll find around the markets and make sure to book early for Festival events or at any of Dartmouth's many excellent restaurants’.

Serin, who successfully ran Anzac Street Bistro for many years, is particularly looking forward to the Festival’s Great British Puddings and Pies Evening scheduled for Thursday 25th at which he will be cooking. He’s planned a feast of British classics such as Fish Pie, Autumn Pudding, and Sherry Trifle as well as a reworking of the original Dartmouth Pie. All of this will be served in a Street Party atmosphere with music from the Diamonds who recently wowed the crowds at the Regatta Ball. Tickets for this Festival fundraiser are just £25.

When off duty Serin is looking forward to head chef Tom Wood’s menu at Dart Marina Hotel’s Festival Gala Dinner on Saturday 27th. ‘This could be an event the like of which Dartmouth has never seen’, is his assessment. ‘No one puts on a big event quite like the Marina, the new restaurant looks great and having seen Tom’s menu this is going to be a belter. Champagne reception, five courses with wine to match, Tom Parker Bowles and Matthew Fort as after dinner speakers; what a line up!! And at £100 a seat, an absolute bargain not to be missed’. Well, recommendations don’t come much higher than that and if it’s from the Festival Head Chef, who are we to argue.

Tickets for both these events can be reserved by calling Festival Secretary Val Bird on 07771 781242 or at Smith Street Deli.

Come Thirsty! ….
Wandering around the festivals well stocked markets tasting all that lovely food can be thirsty work. Luckily the organisers have made sure there are plenty of spots for parched festival goers to refresh themselves. First among these will be the Festival Bar. New for this year the bar will be set up on Dartmouth’s South Embankment and will be run by three of the town’s favourite watering holes; Brown’s Hotel, The Royal Castle and the Dolphin. All three are pulling out all the stops to make a fabulous focal point at the event; Brown’s have built a specially designed bar for the occasion, The Castle will be providing live music and the Dolphin have brewed a special beer, which they’ve called Golden Decade, to celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary this year.

For those who wish to expand their knowledge and appreciation of wines and other drinks the festival has organised a series of tutored tastings to take place in the Security Profile Club Marquee also on South Embankment. Highlights will include a Gin Masterclass with Plymouth Gin, a Sherry and Tapas Class with the Guardian’s Drink Writer Fiona Beckett and, for the less experienced, a Wine Tasting Made Easy seminar featuring a range of Chilean wines.

If cocktails are your thing then you’ll want to see world class mixologist Nick Strangeway. Nick’s session at the Dartmouth Apprentice was a great hit last year and he’ll be repeating that on Saturday 27th between 5:45 and 7:00pm. He’ll also be popping up in Bellini’s on Friday 26th at the same time and running Hix’s Bar with Mark Hix in the Seahorse on Saturday night.


5.   Adventures in a Canoe on the river Dart

Flip from Canoe Adventures reports:

‘The autumn colours are spectacular and the weather looks promising for Half Term – ideal for treating yourselves or your family to a guided canoe outing on the beautiful Dart Estuary.

We’ve family trips planned every day from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November, running from Tuckenhay, between Dartmouth and Totnes.  Why not contact us for more information or to book your seats – 01803 865301 click here to see more.‘


6.   Small News

  • The latest South Hams District Council Business Voice newsletter is out, click here to read it ?

  • National Theatre Live at the Flavel : Timon of Athens : With Simon Russell Beale.  One of the exciting developments that has gone hand in hand with innovations in digital cinema technology is that local cinemas can now receive a live transmission of a performance from anywhere in the world. Three Devon venues, North Devon Theatres Ilfracombe, Picturehouse Exeter and The Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth are now lined up to receive live transmissions from the National Theatre. The production on 1 November starts at 7pm prompt and costs £15. You can also see recordings of the production on Saturday 3 November at 2.30pm or Monday 5 November at 7pm for £12.  Call the Flavel on 01803 839530 or drop in to book a ticket?

  • Have you been to Coleton Fishacre recently? If not or you don't know what we are talking about then click here ?

  • David Gent reports: Dartmouth Food Bank will have a stall at this year's Food Festival. We will be running a food tombola with edible prizes (donated by our lovely supporters). We will also be happy to accept donations of cash or food. Come along and find out what we do.


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  • There will be a coffee morning on behalf of The Children’s Society at St. Saviour’s Church on Tuesday 30th October from 10.00 – 12.00. Did you know that every five minutes a child in the UK runs away from home? The Children’s Society does vital work in this country protecting young runaways from harm and reuniting them with their families. Please come and support this work. Coffee, cakes and raffle – bring your collecting box if you have one.

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