Archives: What's On

14th
Dec

Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments: The Longest Night

In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats!
Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs.
Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the  Dartington Box Office (01803 847070).
Box Office opening hours 1pm - 7pm.
Tickets on the door £14/£5.
14th
Dec

Glorious Chorus – Christmas Concert in Totnes

Join Glorious Chorus for a beautiful festive celebration. Singing seasonal favourites, original music, and some unexpected musical mashups. Lead by International Award Winning Songwriter Helen Yeomans, Glorious Chorus is recognised as being one of the best choirs in the South West. "Christmas hasn’t arrived until Glorious Chorus sings"! World Unlimited.   Buy tickets here
14th
Dec
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15th
Dec

Santa by Steam

Come and join Father Christmas for an enchanting experience at the South Devon Railway this Christmas. Admire our wonderfully traditionally decorated carriages and stations as you take a warm and cosy journey to Totnes behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. Enjoy festive refreshments in your seat as the beautiful Devon countryside passes by the window and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto carriage with a gift for every child. Santa Times Our Santa by Steam departure times for 2019 are: 11:30 am 1:45 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm We advise that you arrive no later than 15 minutes before your booked departure time to allow time to book in and board the train. Your Experience Your experience starts in our cosy check-in marquee at Buckfastleigh Station, where you can briefly wait in the warm as Father Christmas’ elves prepare your train. Once Father Christmas gives the green light you will be taken through to board the train; our helpers will be there to guide you to your reserved seats. Once you have found your seats, be sure to keep a look out for the Guard; when everyone is on board he will walk along the platform checking that everyone is “all aboard”. As we set off, the engine will whistle and we’ll be on our way to Totnes Riverside behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. As we depart don’t forget to wave to the Station Master! During your journey you will be travelling in our beautifully decorated, warm and cosy, heritage coaches. You can sit back and enjoy the views as the complimentary refreshments are served to you at your seat. Each passenger will receive either a hot chocolate or fruit juice as well as a biscuit or mince pie. Everyone will get to visit Father Christmas in his wonderful Grotto Carriage, with children receiving a gift, before our return to Buckfastleigh. On arrival at Totnes station, with its’ traditional Christmas decorations, our steam locomotive will run around the carriages ready to take us back; we will have about 10 minutes before we depart again for Buckfastleigh.
17th
Dec

Totnes Christmas Festival

Indulge this Christmas and experience Totnes at its finest on Tuesday evenings in December. South Devon’s most famed late night shopping event, now called Totnes Christmas Festival, will run from 3-9pm on 3, 10 and 17 December. Up through the Medieval High Street’s magnificent variety of shops intermingled with delightful craft vendors and delicious food and mulled wine stalls.  Buskers and carol singers will relax you into the Christmas shopping mood while the cafés and bars are open tempting you in with seasonal sparkle! There will be approximately 50-60 stalls in the main street and the Civic Square. There will also be two stages hosting live entertainment on all three nights; one will be in the Market Square and one in the Rotherfold. A free park and ride bus will be operating into town from Follaton House and coach parking is available at the Steamer Quay Car Park.  Located at the very top of the High Street through the unique Narrows, the Rotherfold will be featuring the second stage, an open mic stage available for anyone who wishes to show off their talents. Nestled amongst softly lit trees, artisanal traders and the highest quality hot food traders, The Rotherfold is the hidden gem of the Totnes Christmas Festival absolutely not to be missed.  The unique and diverse Totnes Christmas Festival, packed with an atmospheric and seasonal variety of traders, will feature bands, dancers and young local talents from the community. Add these dates to your festive diary now and you can tick off your Xmas lists in this most magical location. What’s not to love?”
17th
Dec

A Winter’s Evening with Reg Meuross

On tour from October with new album RAW – a record that follows on from Faraway People and December to complete his trilogy of solo works – Reg will be performing new material at the Great Hall as well as songs of history, protest, love, loss and legend from thirteen previous albums. A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers. 8pm Tickets: £15, Concession £12, 10% Members Discount
18th
Dec
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24th
Dec

Santa by Steam

Come and join Father Christmas for an enchanting experience at the South Devon Railway this Christmas. Admire our wonderfully traditionally decorated carriages and stations as you take a warm and cosy journey to Totnes behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. Enjoy festive refreshments in your seat as the beautiful Devon countryside passes by the window and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto carriage with a gift for every child. Santa Times Our Santa by Steam departure times for 2019 are: 11:30 am 1:45 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm Except for Christmas Eve when departure times will be: 11:00 am 1:15 pm We advise that you arrive no later than 15 minutes before your booked departure time to allow time to book in and board the train. Your Experience Your experience starts in our cosy check-in marquee at Buckfastleigh Station, where you can briefly wait in the warm as Father Christmas’ elves prepare your train. Once Father Christmas gives the green light you will be taken through to board the train; our helpers will be there to guide you to your reserved seats. Once you have found your seats, be sure to keep a look out for the Guard; when everyone is on board he will walk along the platform checking that everyone is “all aboard”. As we set off, the engine will whistle and we’ll be on our way to Totnes Riverside behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. As we depart don’t forget to wave to the Station Master! During your journey you will be travelling in our beautifully decorated, warm and cosy, heritage coaches. You can sit back and enjoy the views as the complimentary refreshments are served to you at your seat. Each passenger will receive either a hot chocolate or fruit juice as well as a biscuit or mince pie. Everyone will get to visit Father Christmas in his wonderful Grotto Carriage, with children receiving a gift, before our return to Buckfastleigh. On arrival at Totnes station, with its’ traditional Christmas decorations, our steam locomotive will run around the carriages ready to take us back; we will have about 10 minutes before we depart again for Buckfastleigh. The on-train experience will last approximately 1 ¾ hours.
24th
Dec
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27th
Dec

Dartington at Christmas

Make it a Christmas to remember at Dartington Hall this year. Join us for a 2 or 3 night stay and enjoy the warmth and charm of the Medieval Hall and the splendour of prehistoric Kent's Cavern. On Christmas Eve enjoy 'Carols in the Caves', a candlelit tour and mulled wine with mince pies at the prehistoric Kent's Cavern before heading back to Dartington Hall for a delicious roast buffet in the Medieval Feasting Hall at the White Hart. Enjoy a festive breakfast at your leisure on Christmas Day, a 5 course festive lunch and light evening buffet in the Great Hall, and test your mettle with the White Hart Quiz, explore the wonderful Grade II listed gardens or why not relax with some board games in one of our lounges. On Boxing Day you will have another relaxing breakfast before a fond farewell - unless you're extending your stay for a third night.
31st
Jan

London Baroque: Les Amours Baroque

Outstanding viol player Charles Medlam and his daughter Hannah, a soprano, are joined by theorbo player Alex McCartney for a programme of 17th century songs and instrumental music from London, Paris and Rome. Featuring vocal works by William Lawes, Purcell, Michel Lambert and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and a cantata in French written during Handel's sojourn in Rome. Virtuoso bass viol pieces from France's foremost “Maître de viole” are complemented by some  wonderfully rich theorbo pieces by Robert de Visée, Louis XIV’s favourite lutenist. Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (boxoffice@dartington.org), on the door £14/£5. For more see totnesearlymusic.org.uk
18th
Apr

Joglaresa: The Enchantress of Seville

A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles!
Joglaresa explore the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas.
With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.
Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (boxoffice@dartington.org), on the door £14/£5. For more see totnesearlymusic.org.uk
29th
Apr
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3rd
May

Transition Town Totnes Film Festival

TTTFF20: our next festival will be in Spring 2020 – again in partnership with the Barn Cinema in Dartington and our own local venue, Totnes Cinema. Transition Town Totnes Film Festivals show films on a range of important issues – including climate change, food production, declining resources and the value of community.  We also address key challenges of our time such as refugees, global exploitation, social exclusion/justice, and women’s empowerment. We seek to present films which provide hope, inspiration and imaginative solutions whilst not avoiding the stark realities we are currently facing. Unlike most film festivals we do not just show recent releases but rather present stimulating films which have not been commercially distributed. Many sessions offer time for discussions, often with the film-makers themselves and relevant speakers.  There are also film-making workshops over the weekend for both children and adults.