Annual events

Chagstock

One of the West Country’s best-loved festivals, Chagstock is set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor. The festival is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere and showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer, and takes place over two days in July.

One of the West Country’s best-loved festivals, Chagstock is set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor. The festival is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere and showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer, and takes place over two days in July.


Christmas Fayre

This evening is a chance for some late night shopping at Moretonhampstead's open studios, and some pre-Christmas socialising in The Square. The tree and town lights are switched on to traditional carol singing, Santa Claus always pays a visit to listen to the children's wishes, and there's mulled wine and mince pies for the grown ups. Welcome in the festive period on Dartmoor with us.

This evening is a chance for some late night shopping at Moretonhampstead's open studios, and some pre-Christmas socialising in The Square. The tree and town lights are switched on to traditional carol singing, Santa Claus always pays a visit to listen to the children's wishes, and there's mulled wine and mince pies for the grown ups. Welcome in the festive period on Dartmoor with us.


Fireworks Night

Moretonhampstead Sport and Community Centre hosts the community’s annual firework display which has been described as ‘one of the best in the South West’, organised by local people and supported by the Parish Council. The evening offers the lighting of the traditional bonfire and co-ordinated fireworks display, with a licensed bar and plenty of warming food on offer to make it a social occasion that rates high in the Moreton calendar.

Moretonhampstead Sport and Community Centre hosts the community’s annual firework display which has been described as ‘one of the best in the South West’, organised by local people and supported by the Parish Council. The evening offers the lighting of the traditional bonfire and co-ordinated fireworks display, with a licensed bar and plenty of warming food on offer to make it a social occasion that rates high in the Moreton calendar.


Flag Festival

Five years ago, from scratch, Veronica Gould and Andrea Foxwell began Moretonhampstead’s Flag Festival. The aim to showcase the town and make flags in a way that encouraged art making, learning new skills, sharing, enjoyment, and social exchange. It has been hugely successful, involving a wide cross section of the community the workshops have become wonderfully active places of discussion, friendship, making and repairing.

The flags are made from discarded tents, and off-cuts from Cameron Balloons, the sycamore poles by Coppice and Cleave from local wood. We now fly 118 flags, (and growing), in our spirit lifting annual Flag Festival. Crediton and Bovey Tracey have caught the ‘flag bug’, and the group have trained artists in the techniques used. Each winter the work increases, the community of makers gather together to repair damaged flags, welcome new commissions and participants, designing and making new flags with them. This ongoing project turns the town into a fabulous open-air gallery and delights the soul.

The 2016 Flag Festival takes place between Friday 25th March and Sunday 10th April. 

Five years ago, from scratch, Veronica Gould and Andrea Foxwell began Moretonhampstead’s Flag Festival. The aim to showcase the town and make flags in a way that encouraged art making, learning new skills, sharing, enjoyment, and social exchange. It has been hugely successful, involving a wide cross section of the community the workshops have become wonderfully active places of discussion, friendship, making and repairing.

The flags are made from discarded tents, and off-cuts from Cameron Balloons, the sycamore poles by Coppice and Cleave from local wood. We now fly 118 flags, (and growing), in our spirit lifting annual Flag Festival. Crediton and Bovey Tracey have caught the ‘flag bug’, and the group have trained artists in the techniques used. Each winter the work increases, the community of makers gather together to repair damaged flags, welcome new commissions and participants, designing and making new flags with them. This ongoing project turns the town into a fabulous open-air gallery and delights the soul.

The 2016 Flag Festival takes place between Friday 25th March and Sunday 10th April. 


Lustleigh Village Show

A family day out in Dartmoor National Park at one of Devon’s most popular traditional village shows. Lustleigh is a quintessential Devon village and every August Bank Holiday Monday (29 August from 10am) we come together to host Lustleigh Show. With a packed schedule of attractions showcasing local skills and crafts, and providing all the fun of the fair with traditional music, games and sideshows, horticultural show, horse and dog shows, 10k run, entertainment for children, local produce, and many food and drink options, it’s a great day out for all the family.

A family day out in Dartmoor National Park at one of Devon’s most popular traditional village shows. Lustleigh is a quintessential Devon village and every August Bank Holiday Monday (29 August from 10am) we come together to host Lustleigh Show. With a packed schedule of attractions showcasing local skills and crafts, and providing all the fun of the fair with traditional music, games and sideshows, horticultural show, horse and dog shows, 10k run, entertainment for children, local produce, and many food and drink options, it’s a great day out for all the family.


Moreton Mini Music Day

A spin off event from Moreton Music Day for performers of 18 and under. A chance for young musicians to perform to a friendly audience and a chance for a music loving audience of all ages to enjoy the musical talents of local youngsters - and talented they are! In April we saw beginners blossom into performers and more seasoned performers wow the audience with their music. Free entry with donations accepted for charity. After a remarkably successful start in April 2015 this is set to become another great musical day in the Moretonhampstead and South West calendar.

A spin off event from Moreton Music Day for performers of 18 and under. A chance for young musicians to perform to a friendly audience and a chance for a music loving audience of all ages to enjoy the musical talents of local youngsters - and talented they are! In April we saw beginners blossom into performers and more seasoned performers wow the audience with their music. Free entry with donations accepted for charity. After a remarkably successful start in April 2015 this is set to become another great musical day in the Moretonhampstead and South West calendar.


Moreton Music Day

Possibly the best free music event in the Devon calendar. A local legendary institution over twenty years old, which gets bigger every year. An annual extravaganza of music of all genres performed by amateur and professional musicians from around Moretonhampstead and across the South West. It takes place over one day, Midday to Midnight, in the summer on three main and various smaller stages. The event raises funds for charity and entry is free with donations accepted. A fantastic family day for performers and public alike to enjoy music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The 2016 Moreton Music Day takes place on Sunday 19th June.

Possibly the best free music event in the Devon calendar. A local legendary institution over twenty years old, which gets bigger every year. An annual extravaganza of music of all genres performed by amateur and professional musicians from around Moretonhampstead and across the South West. It takes place over one day, Midday to Midnight, in the summer on three main and various smaller stages. The event raises funds for charity and entry is free with donations accepted. A fantastic family day for performers and public alike to enjoy music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The 2016 Moreton Music Day takes place on Sunday 19th June.


Moretonhampstead Carnival Week

The Moreton Carnival Week takes place every year during the 4th week of August, culminating in a large and colourful procession through the town on the Thursday, with a funfair and live music in the evening. Throughout the week there are many fund-raising events to take part in, including a tea dance, car run, country fair, music night. Moretonhampstead welcomes everyone to join in with the fun as an enthusiastic bystander or taking part in the procession. Come and join us!

The Moreton Carnival Week takes place every year during the 4th week of August, culminating in a large and colourful procession through the town on the Thursday, with a funfair and live music in the evening. Throughout the week there are many fund-raising events to take part in, including a tea dance, car run, country fair, music night. Moretonhampstead welcomes everyone to join in with the fun as an enthusiastic bystander or taking part in the procession. Come and join us!


North Bovey Fair

Every July North Bovey hosts a fun-filled fair with plenty of stalls, activities and competitions on the village green, a 5k run and a Maypole dance by the youngsters. The joviality runs through into the evening with a sheep shearing contest, special fair feast and live music at the Ring O Bells. All profits go to charity. Buses run to and from Moretonhampstead on the day (although the walk is highly recommended).

Every July North Bovey hosts a fun-filled fair with plenty of stalls, activities and competitions on the village green, a 5k run and a Maypole dance by the youngsters. The joviality runs through into the evening with a sheep shearing contest, special fair feast and live music at the Ring O Bells. All profits go to charity. Buses run to and from Moretonhampstead on the day (although the walk is highly recommended).


Open Gardens

The National Gardens Scheme opens gardens in England and Wales for charity and the scheme has raised over £40 million since it began, with over half a million garden visits each year. In Moretonhampstead there are two large and impressive gardens at Mardon and Sutton Mead open to the public. One in a wooded valley, the other higher up with magnificent views of Dartmoor. Dogs on leads welcome. Plant sale and afternoon teas are a must. For more information visit the NGS website.

The National Gardens Scheme opens gardens in England and Wales for charity and the scheme has raised over £40 million since it began, with over half a million garden visits each year. In Moretonhampstead there are two large and impressive gardens at Mardon and Sutton Mead open to the public. One in a wooded valley, the other higher up with magnificent views of Dartmoor. Dogs on leads welcome. Plant sale and afternoon teas are a must. For more information visit the NGS website.


Pantomime

The Moretonhampstead Variety Group has been producing an annual pantomime for over 70 years. It started as a group of friends who wanted to produce a variety show for the summer that expanded into two productions annually. The pantomime is still flourishing and banishes any winter blues with its production taking place every year during the half term school holiday week in February. In recent years the town has been treated to Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Hound of the Baskervilles and Peter Pan.

The Moretonhampstead Variety Group has been producing an annual pantomime for over 70 years. It started as a group of friends who wanted to produce a variety show for the summer that expanded into two productions annually. The pantomime is still flourishing and banishes any winter blues with its production taking place every year during the half term school holiday week in February. In recent years the town has been treated to Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Hound of the Baskervilles and Peter Pan.


The Chagford Show

The Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural show is a traditional one day country show that is now entering its 116th year, held each year on the third Thursday in August - 18 August 2016. Situated on the banks of the Teign at Mill End (TQ13 8JN) with ample free parking, there are free buses running from Moretonhampstead and Chagford all day. With classes for agricultural produce, horses, sheep, cattle, dogs and a vintage section, rural crafts, Food Hall and over 200 Trade Stands there is something for everyone. A full day of special attractions in the main ring, terrier racing, and a parade by the Mid Devon Foxhounds, make this a special day out for all the family.

The Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural show is a traditional one day country show that is now entering its 116th year, held each year on the third Thursday in August - 18 August 2016. Situated on the banks of the Teign at Mill End (TQ13 8JN) with ample free parking, there are free buses running from Moretonhampstead and Chagford all day. With classes for agricultural produce, horses, sheep, cattle, dogs and a vintage section, rural crafts, Food Hall and over 200 Trade Stands there is something for everyone. A full day of special attractions in the main ring, terrier racing, and a parade by the Mid Devon Foxhounds, make this a special day out for all the family.


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