Enjoy Dartmouth festivals and events
There’s always something going on in Dartmouth.
If you enjoy live music then Dartmouth Music Festival gives you plenty of reason to book a Devon holiday here in May. The festival is free to attend and runs over a weekend with bands in the streets and in venues across town.
The annual Royal Dartmouth Regatta in August is by far the biggest event in this South Devon town, attracting tens of thousands of people to watch gig racing, rowing competitions and live music. Here’s a taster of what’s on at Dartmouth Regatta in 2019. If you are looking for Dartmouth accommodation during the Regatta be sure to book well ahead of August.
In the autumn, Dartmouth Food Festival celebrates the county’s produce, artisan treats and talented chefs. It takes place in October each year with cookery demonstrations, food-themed family activities and more producers of Devon delicacies than you’ll be able to sample in a weekend.
Every year the Christmas season begins with Candlelit Dartmouth at the end of November – it’s quite a spectacle. The town comes alight with Christmas lights and a candlelit procession of lanterns through the streets. A highlight for younger attendees is Santa arriving by boat.
In 2019 and 2020 Dartmouth is one of 13 international destinations hosting commemorative events to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the voyage of The Mayflower to America. Find out more about Dartmouth’s Mayflower 400 events.