Sat March 20th 2021

A popular annual event since 2019, 'Paint the Town' is a celebration of Spring in Tavistock. Local shops and businesses reveal their spring window displays featuring garlands created by local school children and other community groups. The event is designed to bring spring colour, joy and a sense of optimism to traders and shoppers alike - which in 2021 is more important than it has ever been. 

BID Manager, Janna Sanders, explains ‘The idea behind the event is to bring spring colour into the town centre but also to get the community involved in helping the high street and showing support to traders during months that can be economically challenging. This event has a strong community ethos with schools and other groups all involved and working in partnership with Tavistock BID to celebrate our town. Once again, we have an amazing response from businesses wanting a garland and groups wanting to create one. The buzz in the town is really special.’


This year the event is being created in collaboration with West Devon Art Workshops who are reaching out to more community groups in need of a project like this during lockdown. The theme for 2021 is light and we hope it will signify a turn in fortune for the town. 

The event is judged by the town's Mayor and awards given for the best garland in each category. 2019 saw Gulworthy Primary School scoop the prize. 

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