Amongst the mysteries of the moor are a gorge, a forge and a spectacular modern fortress

Places to visit

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Colourful autumn walks

Winter fairs

Walkers cross a leat on Dartmoor

Winter walks around Dartmoor 

Exploring the area around Dartmoor on foot is arguably the best way to discover the moorland and landscape of the area and take in the autumn and winter colour.

Girl talking to Father Christmas

Meet Father Christmas 

There is a treat in store for children on the weekends of the 15, 16, 22 and 23 of December as they can follow the trail around Castle Drogo garden and grounds to find Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special present.

Enjoy a winter walk through the park at Saltram, Devon

Ideas for 'Twixmas' in Devon 

Where's best to blow away the cobwebs in between Christmas and New Year? Here are some ideas for things to do after all the festivities - from winter illuminations to great walking spots.

Visitors in the Dining Room at Christmas at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Find a place to visit 

Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

Artists LOW PROFILE piece of work for Women and Power

Women and Power - For Me, For Her, For You  

For me, for her, for you is a seven track audio work by artists LOW PROFILE - weaving together interviews, songs and recorded messages threaded together with new sound work by collaborator Neil Rose. It’s best when listened to in order, happy listening.

Meet Father Christmas in the South West

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Crafty ideas for Christmas

Upcoming events

Finch Foundry

St Clement's Day

Sat 24 Nov 2018
Celebrate the patron saint of blacksmiths with us. Blacksmiths from all over converge to compete and have some fun. There will be demonstrations, big bangs, items for sale and hopefully a spot of sunshine, along with mince pies in the tearoom.
Castle Drogo

Late night shopping and supper

Thu 29 Nov 2018
The visitor centre, shop and café will be open until 7.30pm for late night shopping. The café will be serving warming meals such as beef chilli, soup and curry and Tedburn Choir will be singing festive songs from 6.30-7.30pm.
Buckland Abbey

Christmas at Buckland - family trails

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Experience the sights and smells of Christmas, as Buckland Abbey transforms into an Elizabethan home of feast and festivity.
Buckland Abbey

Christmas weekend family crafting

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Fancy something creative? Why not come along to one of our festive workshops?
Lydford Gorge

Winter fair

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Pick up a Dartmoor Christmas tree and do some Christmas shopping supporting local craft and food producers.
Buckland Abbey

Christmas at Buckland

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Step back in time and experience an Elizabethan style Christmas at Buckland Abbey. With cooking in the kitchen, decorations throughout the abbey and the traditional Lord of Misrule causing mischief – it is a Christmas not to be missed.


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.


There are country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover near Exeter


Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast are all close to this maritime city.