Mark your diaries! From the 19-21st May, the annual Dart Music Festival is back and this year, it’s better than ever. Held in the enchanting town of Dartmouth, there couldn’t be a better setting for the festival and best of all, it’s completely free! We’ve compiled a handy guide with everything you need to know…
With over 100 performances across the weekend, it’s easy to see why the Dart Music Festival has been dubbed one of the best in the South West.
Watch the town transform as artists perform in iconic venues across Dartmouth, from ramparts of the old castle walls to a charming fishermen’s church. The festival also boasts open-air street performances meaning the opportunity to get your groove on is never too far away!
The artists span almost every genre so there really is something for everyone. From rock, folk, jazz, orchestral to blues – check out our top picks below:
- Jazz Funk Emporium (Jazz Funk)
- Our Atlantic Roots (Folk)
- Tango Calor (Tango)
- Sadie Horler (Acoustic)
- Bare Jams (Reggae)
- Michaela Fedeczko (Soul)
- Cable Street Collective (Afro Beat)
As well as music, Dart Music Festival is putting on multiple workshops across the weekend – why not step out of your comfort zone and get involved?
Singing Workshop with Holly Ebony’s Feral Chorus
Led by prolific songwriter and respected singing coach, Holly Ebony, this workshop is not one to miss. Whether you’re a confident performer or prefer to stick to singing in the shower, this workshop welcomes people of all abilities. All you need to bring is yourself, an open mind and a passion for all things wild!
Organic Rhythm Drumming Workshop
Learn how to beat to the sound of your own drum at this workshop by Organic Rhythm. It’s a great introduction to the world of rhythms and drumming and has even been proven to bring benefits to your health and well-being. Sharon Stone founded the group in 2007, starting with just a handful of drums and the key to any successful venture – bags of enthusiasm. Even if you don’t consider yourself musical, this is the perfect opportunity to re-discover that rhythm within you!
Food & Drink
Make your way down to Dartmouth’s newest place-to-be, The Sail Loft, for a buzzing atmosphere and feel-good food worth writing home about!
Tucked away on the quaint Foss Street, The Sail Loft is here to provide the perfect tonic after partying the night away. On Sunday 21st, the owners are putting on a bottomless lunch for the festival-goers. Running from 12.30pm to 2pm, it costs just £40 per head and it’s safe to say it is worth every penny! The price includes free-flow Prosecco, cider, beer or soft drinks and of course, mouth-watering food. Indulge in loaded tacos with crispy fish and crispy chicken, fries and spicy slaw (veggie option available).
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Famous for ‘Eats, Beats & Beers’, The Dolphin have been serving pints-a-plenty since 1938. If you’re looking for a good-old British pub that serves comfort food and locally brewed beer, then look no further. From Beer-Battered Cod to their signature Crab Mac n Cheese, the menu has something to offer for everyone. Visit their website or phone up to make a reservation.
Where to Stay
What better way to relax after a busy day of festival-ing than cosying down in a cottage by the coast? Take a look at our top stays in and around Dartmouth for the Dart Music Festival weekend.
If you’re looking for a cottage that caters for larger groups, this inviting barn-converted cottage is perfect for you. It sleeps eight people and is just a 15-minute drive into Dartmouth, meaning you’re never too far away from the buzz. Each of the four bedrooms are stylishly designed with comfort at their heart and the sociable central space is great for relaxing with friends or family, whether you want to read a book, dance to music or simply chat in front of the fire on those chillier evenings. When the sun’s shining the double patio doors open out onto a sun trap terrace – the ideal spot to soak up the sunshine!
Perfect for families of four or a romantic getaway, Den In The Woods offers a haven where you can recharge after the hustle and bustle of the festival. Explore the beautiful South Hams on your downtime or spend the day relaxing in the terrace hammock – a spot you’ll be dreaming about for months to come. Nestled in the heart of a tranquil woodland, this property is truly a hidden gem. There’s even an outdoor fire pit in the shared meadow – a perfect spot for chatting the night away with a cold beverage…
Relax and unwind at one of these magical woodland getaways. A secluded two-bedroom lodge, Bowden Wood boasts breathtaking views across the Devon countryside. Its luxurious Scandi-style interiors combined with the outdoor terrace and private court mean your every need is catered for and, just four miles from Dartmouth, the location is ideal for festival-goers, too.
Travelling down to Devon with extended family or a group of friends? Bowden Croft is located at the same property, ideal for groups wanting to stay together. Attached to the main manor house, this two bed is a traditional Georgian terrace with a modern twist. As well as a sunny garden room, it also enjoys its own sun terrace.
Both properties are just a stone’s throw from the beach, so why not blow away the cobwebs on a morning stroll along the sea?
If you want to attend the Dart Music Festival and experience all that it has to offer by staying in the heart of the South Hams, get in touch with a member of our friendly team.