Tavistock Heritage Festival
Thursday September 15th to Monday September 19th 2016
Tavistock Heritage Festival is returning for 2016, bringing a range of fantastic events and attractions to the town.
Supported by the Rotary Club of Tavistock, the Festival, which runs from Thursday September 15th to Monday September 19th, will also be joining forces with Morwellham Quay for a two centre celebration of the arts, music, culture, history, and community spirit of Tavistock. Throughout the four days a host of talented performers, historians, artisans and re-enactors will create a fantastic celebration of the rich history and heritage of the town.
Said Catherine Bailey, President of Rotary:
“For the third year running, Tavistock Rotary Club is delighted to be supporting one of the key events in Tavistock, the Tavistock Heritage Festival. Working together with many in the community we look forward to celebrating the wealth of heritage in our superb town.'
The Festival will open at the Town Hall on the evening of Thursday September 15th, with renowned art historian Professor Sam Smiles making a return visit to Tavistock to talk about Devon in the Elizabethan age.
On Friday evening there will be a supper lecture on the more colourful ancestors of Dukes of Bedford at the Bedford Hotel presented by Festival Chairman Dr Geri Parlby.
Throughout the weekend there will be craft, gift and vintage stalls in the town hall and Bedford Square and living history events throughout the town, with a sword school, Francis Drake’s adventures on the high seas, walking tours, the Ragged Victorians re-enactments, traditional games and more talks and storytelling.
On Saturday there will be a display of Second World War vehicles outside the Museum and in the afternoon Simon Dell will be talking in the Guildhall about the history of policing across the south west. At St Eustachius' Church, from 2.45 pm, traditional folk singers Farrell Family will be playing songs from their CD 'The William Morris Songbook', with more evening entertainment at Morwellham Quay.
On Sunday the Pannier Market will be hosting the Devon Heritage Plant Festival with a Vintage Market in the Town Hall and Heritage Artisan Market in the Bedford Square featuring traders from across the two counties.
Dr Ann Pulsford will be talking about Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s work in Devon on Sunday afternoon in St Eustachius Church
In the evening the Wharf will be screening the 1929 Silent Movie classic thriller A Cottage
on Dartmoor directed by Anthony Asquith, hailed as one of Britain’s best silent movies.
This will be preceded by a talk on the history of the cinema.
On the Monday afternoon the Friends of the Wharf will also be hosting a talk on the Gunpowder Plot with Richard Thomas and in the evening the Festival will close with a performance of ‘All the Fine Young Men’ by the Red Spider Company at Mount Kelly School.