“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

What's On

Dartmoor National Park and surrounding areas offer a variety of events that are open to the public each month, everything from farmer’s markets to wildlife days.

Guided Walks and Hikes: Dartmoor is known for its beautiful landscapes and extensive walking trails. There are many guided walks and hikes led by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the area’s history, wildlife, and geology. These walks cater to different difficulty levels, from leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes.

Outdoor Festivals: Dartmoor hosts several outdoor festivals throughout the year, celebrating the region’s cultural heritage, arts, music, and local produce. These festivals often include live music performances, art exhibitions, food stalls, craft workshops, and family-friendly activities.

Wildlife Watching: Dartmoor is home to diverse wildlife, including ponies, birds of prey, deer, and rare species such as the marsh fritillary butterfly. You can enjoy events such as wildlife days, wildlife walks and bird-watching sessions, allowing visitors to observe and learn about the area’s flora and fauna.

Historical and Cultural Events: Dartmoor has a rich history and is dotted with ancient landmarks, prehistoric sites, and mediaeval ruins. Events such as historical reenactments, storytelling sessions, and archaeological tours are organised to showcase the area’s cultural heritage and bring its past to life.

Astronomy and Stargazing: Dartmoor’s dark skies make it an excellent location for stargazing. Dartmoor occasionally hosts astronomy events, where visitors can learn about the stars, planets, and constellations from expert astronomers and use telescopes to observe the night skies.

Educational Workshops and Courses: Dartmoor offers various educational workshops and courses covering topics such as wildlife conservation, photography, bushcraft skills, and outdoor survival techniques. These events provide an opportunity to learn new skills and gain a deeper understanding of Dartmoor’s natural environment.

Sporting Events: Dartmoor’s rugged terrain is popular among outdoor enthusiasts, and the park hosts sporting events like trail running races, cycling challenges, and orienteering events. These events attract participants of all levels, from beginners to experienced athletes.

It’s a good idea to keep checking back to this official Dartmoor National Park Tourism Organisation website and in visitor centres for the most up-to-date information on events happening during your planned visit.