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What's On In Tavistock

All year-round Tavistock has a plethora of diverse events for locals and visitors to enjoy, making it an incredibly exciting town to visit. Festivals, markets, exhibitions; there’s always something going on for people of all ages.  

 

Known as a market town, you can of course expect regular themed markets. Aside from the Pannier Market which is open 5 days a week (including Mondays in the summer months), Tavistock also boasts a fantastic farmers market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month on Bedford Square outside the Town Hall. Tavistock Arts Market is held on the 1st Saturday of each month in Butchers Hall and features a diverse group of local artists and craftspeople with a range of handmade art and handcrafted items. From fresh fruit and veg, to handmade pottery and even vintage bric-a-brac, you can find it all at our eclectic markets! 

 

Big annual events are also held in Tavistock. We regularly take part in Totally Locally shopping promotions which aim to highlight the importance of shopping locally. There are trails for the children at Easter, in the summer and for Halloween. In June we host a Cream Tea Week as Tavistock is said to be where this delightful British delicacy originated. The annual Pride festival takes place in July which is a fantastic fanfare of colour and love, followed by the town Carnival. Food festivals take place throughout the summer, whilst in October we hold our famous Goose Fair! In the lead up to Christmas we celebrate the festivities during our Dickensian Evening where the town time travels to the Victorian era and there’s plenty of traditional fun to be had.  

 

Alongside from these fantastic events, we also have regular line music and performances at the Tavistock Wharf, heritage walking tours held by Tavistock Guildhall and several sustainability events throughout the year. 

  • Shake The Shelves!
    Shake The Shelves!
    Thu, 29 Feb
    Tavistock Library
    29 Feb 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AB, UK
    29 Feb 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AB, UK
    Don't miss this unique opportunity to check out Tavy's talented music scene. A mixture of new emerging talent, and established artists. Entry fee £2.00, all proceeds to Tavistock Youth Cafe, Zephyr Music Project and Libraries Unlimited. Bring your own refreshments. No need to book.
  • Tavistock Subscription Library Opens
    Tavistock Subscription Library Opens
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, 01 Mar
    Tavistock Subscription Library
    01 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Tavistock Subscription Library, Guildhall Square, Tavistock PL19 0AE, UK
    01 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Tavistock Subscription Library, Guildhall Square, Tavistock PL19 0AE, UK
    Pop into one of the smallest, private libraries in the country! Open every Friday 10am-12noon.
  • The Gary Moore Blues Experience
    The Gary Moore Blues Experience
    Fri, 01 Mar
    Tavistock Wharf
    01 Mar 2024, 20:30
    Tavistock Wharf, Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AT, UK
    01 Mar 2024, 20:30
    Tavistock Wharf, Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AT, UK
    The Gary Moore Blues Experience are a Gary Moore tribute band. Concentrating on the ballads and blues, including Parisienne Walkways, Still Got the Blues for You, Midnight Blues. Including a host of other well-known and some lesser known numbers.
  • Tavistock Arts Market
    Tavistock Arts Market
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 02 Mar
    Tavistock
    02 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 16:00
    Tavistock, Tavistock PL19 0AL, UK
    02 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 16:00
    Tavistock, Tavistock PL19 0AL, UK
    Tavistock Arts Market is a vibrant monthly market featuring a variety of talented local artists, designers and makers.
  • Spring Lectures @ Tavistock Library
    Spring Lectures @ Tavistock Library
    Sat, 02 Mar
    Tavistock Library
    02 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:30
    Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AB, UK
    02 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:30
    Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AB, UK
    A series of 6 illustrated one-hour talks with archaeologist and historian, Andrew Thompson. Andrew explores Tavistock's history and heritage from prehistoric settlement to World Heritage Site. This talk is on Tavistock in the industrial revolution.
  • Jazz Sunday Lunch at The Bedford
    Jazz Sunday Lunch at The Bedford
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 03 Mar
    The Bedford Hotel
    03 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 15:00
    The Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB, UK
    03 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 15:00
    The Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB, UK
    Enjoy a delicious, traditional three-course Sunday Lunch at The Bedford Hotel, served with a generous helping of live jazz from our house jazz band, Desperate Measures. Sunday Lunch is always special at The Bedford - the finest seasonal, Devon produce, prepared with care.
  • Flavours of Asia @ The Bedford Hotel
    Flavours of Asia @ The Bedford Hotel
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, 07 Mar
    The Bedford Hotel
    07 Mar 2024, 18:00 – 21:00
    The Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB, UK
    07 Mar 2024, 18:00 – 21:00
    The Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB, UK
    Experience an evening exploring the flavours of Asia, on the first Thursday of the month at The Bedford Hotel.
  • Tavi Pride Fundraiser @ The Wharf
    Tavi Pride Fundraiser @ The Wharf
    Fri, 08 Mar
    Tavistock Wharf
    08 Mar 2024, 20:00
    Tavistock Wharf , The Wharf, Tavistock PL19 8SP, UK
    08 Mar 2024, 20:00
    Tavistock Wharf , The Wharf, Tavistock PL19 8SP, UK
    This year we are a holding another flamboyant and exciting evening of entertainment, hosted by your outrageous host Mandy-Anne Ket to raise funds for this year's big event! We're looking for performers to apply to perform for your chance to win a spot on our main stage at the event on Sat 6th July.
  • Book Fair
    Book Fair
    Sat, 09 Mar
    Butchers' Hall Tavistock
    09 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 16:00
    Butchers' Hall Tavistock, Tavistock PL19 0AL, UK
    09 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 16:00
    Butchers' Hall Tavistock, Tavistock PL19 0AL, UK
    To tie in with World Book Week and World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2024, come along and meet local authors and illustrators. Open 9am to 4pm Free entry
  • Tavistock Farmers' Market
    Tavistock Farmers' Market
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 09 Mar
    Tavistock Bedford Square
    09 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 14:00
    Tavistock Bedford Square, Bedford Square, Tavistock PL19, UK
    09 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 14:00
    Tavistock Bedford Square, Bedford Square, Tavistock PL19, UK
    Come along an enjoy the best farmers' market in the South West!
  • Spring Lectures @ Tavistock Library
    Spring Lectures @ Tavistock Library
    Sat, 09 Mar
    Tavistock Library
    09 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:30
    Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AB, UK
    09 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:30
    Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AB, UK
    A series of 6 illustrated one-hour talks with archaeologist and historian, Andrew Thompson. Andrew explores Tavistock's history and heritage from prehistoric settlement to World Heritage Site. This talk is on the Duke of Bedford's Estate.
  • Moonage, The Best of Bowie at The Wharf
    Moonage, The Best of Bowie at The Wharf
    Sat, 09 Mar
    Tavistock Wharf
    09 Mar 2024, 20:30
    Tavistock Wharf, 3 Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AR, UK
    09 Mar 2024, 20:30
    Tavistock Wharf, 3 Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AR, UK
    MOONAGE are a recently formed David Bowie Tribute Band. They comprise experienced musicians who have featured in other tribute bands (Pink Floyd, Queen, Free) and are fronted by an amazing singer, Andrew Walker, who has David Bowie off to a tee.
  • Mother's Day Lunch at The Bedford Hotel
    Mother's Day Lunch at The Bedford Hotel
    Sun, 10 Mar
    Bedford Hotel, Tavistock
    10 Mar 2024, 12:00
    Bedford Hotel, Tavistock , 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB, UK
    10 Mar 2024, 12:00
    Bedford Hotel, Tavistock , 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB, UK
    Treat Mum to a perfect Mother's Day treat, with a delicious and traditional three course Mother's Day Lunch at The Bedford Hotel in the heart of Tavistock. The finest seasonal Devon produce, prepared with care and presented with flair, in the warm and welcoming surroundings of The Bedford.
  • Sunday Spoken Word at Church Lane
    Sunday Spoken Word at Church Lane
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 10 Mar
    Church Lane Tavistock
    10 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Church Lane Tavistock, 1 Church Ln, Tavistock PL19 8AA, UK
    10 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Church Lane Tavistock, 1 Church Ln, Tavistock PL19 8AA, UK
    A free monthly spoken word poetry night in Tavistock. Everyone welcome, whether to listen or read some of your own poetry or some you love by someone else. Friendly and encouraging atmosphere at the new venue of Church Lane.
  • Mad, Bad & Fascinating to know - The Dukes of Bedford Talk with Dr Geri Parlby
    Mad, Bad & Fascinating to know - The Dukes of Bedford Talk with Dr Geri Parlby
    Tue, 12 Mar
    Tavistock Parish Rooms
    12 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Tavistock Parish Rooms, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AU, UK
    12 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Tavistock Parish Rooms, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AU, UK
    Mad, Bad & Fascinating to know - The Dukes of Bedford with Dr Geri Parlby, Arts Society lecturer & Chair of THT. Wine merchants, poisoners, mine owners and creators of afternoon tea - the colourful history of one of England’s oldest aristocratic families and the fascinating art that surrounds them.
  • Mad, Bad & Fascinating to know - The Dukes of Bedford
    Mad, Bad & Fascinating to know - The Dukes of Bedford
    Tue, 12 Mar
    Tavistock Parish Rooms
    12 Mar 2024, 19:30
    Tavistock Parish Rooms, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AU, UK
    12 Mar 2024, 19:30
    Tavistock Parish Rooms, Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AU, UK
    Wine merchants, poisoners, mine owners and creators of afternoon tea - the colourful history of one of England’s oldest aristocratic families and the fascinating art that surrounds them. The story of the Russell family from the 15th to the 20th century.
  • Holistic & Wellbeing Weekend
    Holistic & Wellbeing Weekend
    Sat, 16 Mar
    Tavistock Town Hall
    16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 17 Mar 2024, 16:00
    Tavistock Town Hall, Bedford Square, Tavistock PL19 0AE, UK
    16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 17 Mar 2024, 16:00
    Tavistock Town Hall, Bedford Square, Tavistock PL19 0AE, UK
    Lots of amazing Wellbing & Health stalls, crystals, aromatherapy candles and jewellery. Therapies include Reflexology, Reiki Healing, massage, card readings and more. Free workshops and talks. Free entry.
  • Tavistock Vintage & Salvage Fair
    Tavistock Vintage & Salvage Fair
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 16 Mar
    Butchers' Hall Tavistock
    16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 16:00
    Butchers' Hall Tavistock, Tavistock PL19 0AL, UK
    16 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 16:00
    Butchers' Hall Tavistock, Tavistock PL19 0AL, UK
    Up to 35 tables ranging from vintage collections to large salvage items including garden Alic, small furniture, and the mid-century collectibles. To enhance the vintage feel, music is played to cover all decades from the 20's to the 80's.
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