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Local events in 2014

Dartmouth Music Festival

16 – 18 May

Live music of every taste and flavour takes place in just about every possible indoor venue in Dartmouth &endash; as well as in the squares, gardens and along the quayside. Visitors arrive from all over the world, but our berth-holders have a splendid base for enjoying the carnival atmosphere over that long weekend.


Kingswear Regatta

29 – 30 June

Rowing events, stalls, a duck race, children's entertainments, fun and food centred around Waterhead Creek, just to the North of Darthaven Marina.


Shakespeare Week

5 – 9 August

The acclaimed Inn Theatre Company is now affiliated to the Royal Shakespeare Company and its Open Stages initiative 2014-16 and it is with this in mind that this year it has been decided to present The Taming of the Shrew in the style of the Italian Commedia Dell’arte.

The comedy and downright slapstick of Shrew lends itself magnificently to this form – the Company intends to present what amounts to a Shakespearean pantomime in August using the usual stunning open-air setting on the grassy banks and ruins beside Dartmouth Castle.


170th Port of Dartmouth
Royal Regatta

28 – 31 Aug

Darthaven Marina sponsors the sailing element of the Regatta. We make special arrangements that week to provide berthing for the large numbers of yachts visiting to compete. We can handle yachts up to 40ft in length, but regret that we cannot accommodate non-competing mother ships. It has become the practice for a marquee to be erected on Darthaven premises to provide crews and supporters with food and drink during the Regatta.

Our permanent berth­holders have an ideal base for participating in the regatta or just spectating – including a splendid vantage point for the popular Red Arrows flying display as pictured on page 30 – or to admire Provident, the 95ft, 85 tonnes Trinity Sailing vessel built on the Dart in 1924 which will be at the 2014 Dartmouth Regatta.



Dartmouth Food Festival

24 – 26 October

Over the last 10 years, the Food Festival has developed into a major food event – a heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting snacks, talks about food and numerous cooking demonstrations. It’s a showcase for the best that the South West has to offer where local produce can be sampled from the many stalls and special menus are offered by several Dartmouth restaurants. It all contributes to a great party atmosphere.