Live music of every taste and flavour takes place in just about every possible indoor venue in Dartmouth – 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.
The regatta is a uniquely enjoyable week of 'gentleman's' racing, passage making and social events. In just one week, while sailing to three of the finest ports in the Channel, there are two days of racing off Dartmouth, followed by the Classic Channel Race to Paimpol, then the Round Ile de Brehat Race, a passage race to Guernsey and finally the Round Sark Race.
For the past twelve years The Inn Theatre Company has presented Dartmouth Shakespeare Week in the open-air at Dartmouth Castle – a stunning, natural location.
In 2015 they are presenting Shakespeare's wonderfully anarchic comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Wives was written in about 1598, but the Company has decided to set it in the early 1950s. It's a clever take on the play – don't miss it, it will be fabulous!
Darthaven sponsors the sailing element of the Regatta – which has grown to become the country's most significant regatta after Cowes. 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 berth holders have an ideal base for participating in the regatta or just spectating – including a splendid vantage point for the popular Red Arrows flying display.
Over the last 11 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.