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Dart Music Festival – Not to be Missed!

The stunning location, the friendly atmosphere, the local pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops – and three days packed with unforgettable music and fun - what’s not to like about Dart Music Festival? If you are looking for a music-filled weekend away, then look no further than Dartmouth during the annual Dart Music Festival, this year held 12th – 14th May 2017.

Dartmouth is a lively town all year round, but the Dart Music festival is the biggest free music festival in South Devon – this 3 day musical extravaganza is celebrating its 20th year in 2017, and promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Over 100 different acts take to the stage over this 3 day event, with an eclectic mix of music of all genres in various indoor and outdoor venues all over town. Amazingly, all events across the town are free to enjoy, and there is a happy atmosphere of families, young and old alike - strolling around and enjoying all types of music wherever they go.

On a sunny afternoon what could be better than sitting outside, enjoying local food and drink whilst listening to a band. To find out more, Programmes are available for purchase via and in town during the event.

What else can you do in Dartmouth?

Dartmouth is a jewel in South Devon – surrounded by stunning beaches and countryside, Dartmouth offers a real escape from everyday life in a spectacular setting.  Known for its culinary delights, sample a range of seafood, local produce, local beer and wine throughout your stay and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere in the town.

Dartmouth is steeped in maritime history – a visit to Dartmouth Castle, the Royal Naval College, or Agatha Christies holiday home are all on offer during your stay. Take a boat trip up the River Dart, or catch the steam train to nearby English Riviera.

And kids love Dartmouth – Woodlands Theme park is just a short drive out of town, and Dartmouth is known as a crabbing hotspot.

Where to Stay

Dartmouth accommodation is varied – there are large hotels, quaint B&B’s, and town and country cottages perfect for a weekend break. Check out our list of places to stay in Dartmouth during the Dart Music Festival. 

History of the Dartmouth Music Festival

he Dart Music Festival was started in May 1998 by Rob and Di Lyon, Nigel Way and Roger Kempton. Music lovers Rob and Di put on music regularly in the Seale Arms, which they were running at the time, and were inspired by a visit to Kinsale Jazz Festival to start a similar event in Dartmouth. From this small beginning the Festival has grown but has never lost its ethos of ‘Music For All’.


Dart Music Festival
Dart Music Festival

An annual 3 day music festival now in its 23rd year. Our 'Music for All' policy means over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre throughout the town in a variety of lovely venues from pubs to churches - and it's all FREE!



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