Life Members of the Friends of the Festival:- Duke & Duchess of Bedford Henrietta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford Janet & the late Lawrence Brodley Tony & the late Sally Ham Helen Hazlewood Simon & Karen Ible Christopher & Elaine Kirwin John & Rosem more

20 Feb 2018 10:45 Tavistock Festival 2018

MARCH/APRIL An Arthur Ransome Themed Writing Competition Competition opens on March 1st Details available from the Tavistock Library from February 21st - entries to be submitted by April 14th Judging will be completed by April 28th and the prizes more

20 Feb 2018 10:43 Tavistock Festival 2018

Saturday 21st April Festival Opening by Sophie Neville Reception & Entertainment from 12.00 noon in the Bedford Hotel, Portrait Room – retiring collection MUSIC EVENTS APRIL April 1st to May 10th An exhibition of Arthur Ransome-themed books Tavi more

20 Feb 2018 10:40 Tavistock Festival 2018

Patron: His Grace, Andrew, 15th Duke of Bedford President: Andrew Wilson Life Vice Presidents: Sarah Walker CBE and Adam Hart-Davis Chairman: Christopher Kirwin Trustees:- Christopher Kirwin, Rebecca Garland, Sean Sweeney, Helena Ancil Preside more

20 Feb 2018 10:38 Tavistock Festival 2018

FRIENDS OF WHARF LUNCHTIME LECTURES TAVISTOCK WHARF Organised by Dr Ann Pulsford, in aid of the Wharf Every Monday 2pm - All Welcome! FEBRUARY 5th February Robert Hesketh A curious look at Devon’s churches 12th February Ian Kilpatrick A f more

13 Feb 2018 14:39 Community News

As a flagship project for Fusion Lifestyle, the UK's leading sports and leisure charity, a series of extensive refurbishment, improvement and expansion works have started at Meadowlands Leisure Centre, including the creation of new poolside changing more

13 Feb 2018 11:30 Community News

Paul German, president of the Lions Club of Tavistock, will turn on the lights of the three Christmas trees mounted on the front of Tavistock Town Hall at 7pm. This will be the nineteenth year for the ‘Trees of Light’ which to date have raised just o more

27 Oct 2017 11:17 What's On

Tavistock is transported back in time for our annual Dickensian Evening, with shop owners and their staff embracing traditional Victorian dress. The evening provides a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping and enjoy the festive atmospher more

20 Oct 2017 11:12 What's On

Tavistock has thriving Rainbow and Brownie units but we are short of leaders. Rainbows and Brownies are all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. The most important qualities our volunteers need a more

Community News

Everyone at Tavistock Launderette & Commercial Laundry is very excited to hear the launderette has been put forward for an award… It all started a few weeks ago when we were phoned by Laundry and Cleaning News and told that we had been nominated for more

Community News

West Devon Borough Council’s annual Junior Life Skills event has seen its highest ever turnout. The learning event, held every year for Year Six pupils, challenges children in ‘real-life’ scenarios that teach essential safety lessons. 549 children f more


Here are just a selection of the photographs taken at the Tavistock Passion on Good Friday 2017 more

Community News

Name: John Downing Trade: J&S Downing Family Butchers Why did you become a butcher? I am a third generation butcher and it seemed natural for me to follow in my forefathers’ footsteps. My grandfather was a butcher... more

Trade Secrets

Originally started during the reign of King Henry 1 in 1105, Dr Ann Pulsford charts the history of our Tavistock Farmers’ Market which is still thriving today. Tavistock is a ‘market’ town; a legal definition which originated in the Middle Ages... more


During the summer months Torridge and West Devon enjoy the increased footfall that the tourism industry brings; with our cafes, shops and other small businesses experiencing a growth in trade as the warm weather brings people from all over the world more

Local MP

The present primary school in the village of Bere Alston was founded in 1665, according to the date inscribed above the door. more


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