Hat’s off to the Hatherleigh Festival – a blazing success
Jul27

Hat’s off to the Hatherleigh Festival – a blazing success

The sun was out and so were the crowds as hundreds flocked to Hatherleigh near Okehampton for the town’s Festival which was held during the third weekend in July. Celebrated Dartmoor-based author Michael Morputgo, together with the impressive Hatherleigh Silver Band took part in the Centenary Peace Concert on Thursday evening in the Community Centre before Jealousy & the Cat, a classic rock covers band, opened the weekend’s...

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Chagstock – The people’s favourites return
Jul26

Chagstock – The people’s favourites return

‘An annual party that evolved into a festival’ – it’s the kind of thing you hear after a teenager’s house party gets advertised on social media and a riot ensues, which incidentally, isn’t that far from the truth. To say that the weather forecast was looking unfortunate is an understatement. A weekend on the calendar that was cushioned on both sides by clear blue skies, rudely adopting the thunderstorm symbol for both days. That being...

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Chagford Library unveils locally inspired mural by nationally renowned artist
Jun19

Chagford Library unveils locally inspired mural by nationally renowned artist

Chagford Library is officially unveiling its unique new mural, thanks to support from its local Friends Group and the talents of a local artist. The mural, which is inspired by the local surroundings and local characters, was commissioned by the Friends Group and was hand painted by local artist Steve Dooley, who is well-known for his murals and illustrations of author Kenneth Grahame’s classic characters from Wind in the Willows. The...

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Delamore than you can imagine
May23

Delamore than you can imagine

With one hundred and forty artists exhibiting at this year’s show, who should you see first? Now in its 17th year, you could be forgiven for being slightly overwhelmed with the prospect of Delamore Arts annual exhibition. The month long show is now in full swing with a hundred and forty artists displayed in the light airy rooms and in the formal garden and grounds on the Eastern edge of Dartmoor. But where to begin? It can feel like...

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Taking the Long View
Apr26

Taking the Long View

Easter is a perfect time to photograph the Dartmoor landscape With Spring well on the way and the chance to enjoy an Easter break, the chances are you will find yourself on a walk in the countryside and reaching for your phone to capture the moment. But squeezing that huge view into a small digital image is never easy. Nine times out of ten when you get back home and take a closer look it all looks rather underwhelming. However, help...

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Folking Incredible! Young musicians from the South West are blazing a trail
Apr08

Folking Incredible! Young musicians from the South West are blazing a trail

The Drystones are two young musicians who come from Priddy, a tiny village north of Glastonbury, which holds an annual folk festival every Summer. Mike Harding has described them as ‘indecently talented’ and last year they were nominated for the BBC2 Radio 2 Young Folk Award. They have also won the Larmer Tree Break Through Music Award, and their spirited style and big sound marks them out as a folk duo to watch. With a fiddle,...

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