Join us for Tavistock's Festival of Community Food and Craft this Carnival Week

Bedford square with food and craft logo

Anyone who lives or works in Tavistock knows how special the Town is. From its unique range of independent shops to its proximity to Dartmoor National Park and the Tamar Valley, its status as a UNESCO Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and its rich variety of markets and historic street scene. 

The Town and Borough Councils, together with the Lions Club, have decided that Tavistock Carnival Week (13-20 July) would be a perfect time to celebrate our unique Market Town and have partnered to bring in this new event - Tavistock's Community Festival of Food and Craft on Tuesday 16 July.

On 16 July, a wealth of local artisan producers from Tavistock and the South West are bringing their wares to sell in Bedford Square and the Butchers' Hall. 

The event will take place throughout the Town, celebrating the many local companies, independent shops and traders, including those who regularly trade in the Pannier Market, as well as community groups and organisations.

On the day there will be food and drinks, crafts and local produce, street performers and entertainment. 

Mayor of Tavistock, Mrs Anne Johnson, said: "We are so fortunate in Tavistock to have some wonderful markets with the Pannier, Farmers, Arts and Cattle Markets - but this alone is not what makes us special.  There is a wonderful spirit of community in Tavistock with so many community and voluntary groups supporting our residents and businesses.

"This event also gives us the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the refurbishment of historic buildings and public spaces that have recently been completed through the Tavistock Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme, and especially the Butchers' Hall and Pannier Market surround.

As the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, our ancient Stannary town is steeped in history with a rich heritage of market trading. 

Anne Johnson added "What better way to celebrate Tavistock, than with a fabulous market and celebration of voluntary and community groups?" 

The event starts at 10 a.m. on 16 July and will grow  into a fun filled celebration of our town.  Come along to sample some honey, cakes, local farm produce or buy some local crafts, from woodturning to silver, photography and art.

Alternatively, grab yourself some fine local food for lunch, sit back, and watch performances from our local schools and street entertainment. 

Follow the announcements on social media @WestDevon_BC on Twitter and @westdevonboroughcouncil on Facebook to see who is going to be exhibiting and which performers are taking part.

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Issued: 4 July 2019