One of our favourite towns in the South Hams, this weekend is the ideal time to visit Dartmouth and enjoy their very popular Music Festival that runs all weekend, that is free to attend. You can get programmes from local cafes, newsagents and post offices as well at the Tourist Information Centre in town.

Situated at the mouth of the River Dart, Dartmouth offers an amazing range of things to do to keep everyone entertained. All kinds of boating activities and steam train rides. There are ancient castles and buildings with a host of shops, galleries and cobbled streets to explore, not forgetting beaches and country walks. With a mouth-watering selection of top restaurants to choose from, it also enjoys a fantastic Food Festival in October and a fabulous Christmas market in December. The town is always busy and is proud to also host the hugely entertaining Regatta in August.

The town is steeped in history, so we recommend a visit to the small free museum to get a flavour of how Dartmouth has earned it’s stripes as one of the most interesting towns in the South Hams. You can book Guided history tours round the town to uncover all its secrets and even have a tour round the 150 year old Naval College and learn about its intriguing heritage and iconic architecture.

There is a leisure centre, with a newly built pool to enjoy on rainy days, or for lots of excitement visit Woodlands Theme Park.  Nearby is Dartmouth Country Club with its 18 hole Championship golf course, a 9 hole course and the newly renovated Spa offering a wide range of treatments, not to mention the use of the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam rooms and gym.

Here in South Devon we aren’t just known for our beautiful beaches and green, green fields. We are lucky enough to enjoy some amazing local food producers too, ranging from oils and wine to crisps and crab! So if you want to bring a taste of Devon to your home, then here are some recommendations for you:

Renowned locally for their vineyards, Sharpham’s have a beautiful selection of classic English wine to choose from, alongside their range of award winning soft cheeses. With lots of guided tours and tastings if you visit them on the Sharpham Estate near Totnes, you’re also able to purchase on site or via their website.

Over near Loddiswell is the South Devon Chilli Farm, where you can purchase a variety of spicy products from their farm shop and also enjoy a guided tour explaining the different types of chilli, their farm and their chilli products. Sauces, preserves and chilli chocolate are all available online as well, as well as chilli seeds and plants to try your hand at growing your own.

The delicious and award winning rapeseed oil by Bell & Loxton is not to be missed. Grown locally at Upton Barton, this families love of farming and their passion for good quality natural products is what makes their products so special. Available around the South Hams in delicatessans you can also buy online via

Another product that you will see in all local shops and cafes are Burts Crisps, in fact they are so successful they are sold internationally as well! These hand-cooked crisps with a great range of flavours, start from locally sourced quality potatoes and cooked in small batches. Seasoned with flavours, often sourced from local South West partners, this is a true local products. Get your fix from their online shop at

The Bakehouse is one of my favourite local companies who supply the most amazing artisan bread. Sadly not available online, they do supply lots of local cafes and restaurants alongside their two Bakeries in Kingsbridge and Salcombe Fore Streets.

If you want a true taste of Devon then the South Devon Crab is the best in the UK and we are lucky enough to have local company Favis, where three generations are working in Salcombe and are dedicated to provide the very best, award winning, hand-picked crab to your plate in record time.