In the charming Exmoor market town of Dulverton, you’ll discover another brand new event to enjoy this summer – the Dulverton Artisan Food, Drink & Crafts Festival on Saturday 9th July.

Free to attend from 10am – 4.30pm in the picturesque setting of the Exmoor Lawns in the heart of Dulverton alongside the River Barle, this exciting new event will be celebrating the many artisan producers located across Exmoor, the Quantocks and North Devon.  The perfect opportunity to shop truly local and support many local small independent businesses.

You’ll discover over 30 stalls from local producers – a selection of gifts, clothing, homeware, leather goods and of course home-produced meat, beer, cider, spirits, cakes, puddings, jams, pickles… to name just a few!  There’ll be Exmoor Tea, Exmoor Fudge, Exmoor Distillery, Exmoor Engraving, Exmoor Crafts, Exmoor Feasting platters – we’re very proud to be Exmoor’s Southern Gateway here in Dulverton!

Don’t miss the Selworthy Pantry stall selling ploughman’s, teas and coffees, or the Exmoor Pizza Pod and their amazing handmade hand-stretched pizzas – and a Dulverton favourite, Scrumdiddly Gelato’s scrumptious ice cream!

Go to the festival page to learn more and to see the list of producers attending.  Supported by Dulverton Town Council.

The branded flags and bunting are flying in the beautiful Exmoor market town of Dulverton!  With blue skies and leafy trees all around, now is the perfect time to discover some fabulous new photos of Dulverton in all its summer glory.

Visit Dulverton has launched a photographic competition to find the best possible photo of the town in 2022. Since the new branding for the town was rolled out last year, along with the creation of the town’s Visit Dulverton social media and website, it has become evident that more images of this pretty Exmoor market town and its charming shops, cottages and businesses are needed to promote it to visitors and support the local tourism economy.

The competition is to be judged by award-winning photographer Rosie Barnes and there is a generous prize to the winner.  All entries to be submitted electronically to hello@visitdulverton.com before Friday 15 July.  This gives those entering the competition time to take photos of the town during the inaugural Dulverton Artisan Food, Drink & Crafts Festival on Saturday 9 July if they wish.

The town’s exciting and original new branding was officially launched on Somerset Day, 11th May 2021 and features the letter D formed out of the many colours of Exmoor throughout the seasons, with a cut out artistic impression of an Exmoor stag in the centre.

Terms and Conditions of Entry: Please note that all photos submitted must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any third party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use and must not otherwise be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations.  The competition closes at midnight no Friday 15 July and all entries to be submitted electronically by that time by emailing them to hello@visitdulverton.com  All entries to be supplied in the knowledge that they will be used by Visit Dulverton to promote the town and therefore must be free of any copyright. Large high resolution files to be submitted separately. The judge’s decision is final.

The pretty Exmoor market town of Dulverton was THE place to be for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – there was so much happening throughout the long Bank Holiday Weekend to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 glorious years on the throne.

On Thursday 2nd June, Mrs Christine Dubery, Chairman of the Town Council opened the beautifully restored community pond along Abbot’s Way, with the help of Mrs Mimi Vallas, the town’s oldest and most vibrant resident at the age of 100.  Christine gave a warm speech beside the pond, thanking the many volunteers who had transformed it from a soggy overgrown space into a sparkling pond filled with wildlife, pondlife and traditional flowers and bushes.  Mimi was delighted to officially open the pond to the public, removing the cover over the new sign with a flourish and a glass of champagne!  The Town Council received funding for this excellent project from the Welcome Back Fund, a joint initiative from the UK Government and the EU Regional Development Fund.

On Friday 3rd June, Dulverton celebrated in style with a fabulous Party on the Lawns beside the River Barle, to which residents and visitors were warmly invited.  Local residents aged over 75, children and those involved with the Covid Community Support Group were all treated to a wonderful Aftertnoon Tea in a huge marquee festooned with bunting and Union Jack flags.  Traditional garden games (including Splat the Rat of course!) were played by all, and everyone enjoyed some fabulous music by local duo Timescale, the remarkable Deane Big Band, the Exmoor Voices and local band Hounds of Oblivion.  A wonderful time was had by all in the sunshine.

 

To complete the celebrations, the Music on the Lawns event was held in the marquee on Sunday 5th June – and the rainy weather didn’t spoil the atmosphere at all!  A gin bar kindly provided by Dulverton’s own Exmoor Distillery kept spirits high, along with an incredible Tea Tent filled with locally baked cakes.  Musical entertainment was provided by the brilliant Blooming Flutes performing medleys of our favourite tunes, and recent Two Moors Festival Competition Winners delivered exquisite classical music on the cello, clarinet and saxophone.  The afternoon concluded with some wonderful songs from the local Take Note Community Choir – and a roaring Dulverton rendition of the National Anthem of course!

 

The town’s grateful thanks to all the many volunteers and helpers who made these events possible and so much fun; to local businesses Exmoor Distillery and Oggies Music for generously sponsoring the events; and to Arts Council England, Dulverton Town Council and the Rotary Club of Exmoor for their support.

There is so much happening in the pretty Exmoor market town of Dulverton this summer and autumn – make sure you put all these dates in your diary!

On Saturday 9 July there will be the first Dulverton Artisan Food, Drink & Crafts Festival to be held in the heart of the town on the Exmoor Lawns beside the River Barle from 10am to 4.30pm.  A celebration of the many local producers that have been sourced from across Exmoor and North Devon. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop truly local.  Learn more here.

Then by popular demand, on Sunday 4 September, Dulverton is repeating its fabulous Vintage Fair.  The inaugural event in 2021 attracted over 1800 visitors to the town for a festival of vintage for all the family, featuring singing with the Liberty Sisters, lindy-hop dancing with the South West Lindy Hoppers, swinging jazz with the Hot House Combo – not to mention a whole host of historic vehicles (including WWII military vehicles and classic cars) and of course a huge array of stalls selling vintage items, clothes, homeware and more! This event will also take place on the Exmoor Lawns. Free admission from noon to 5pm.  Learn more here.

On Sunday 18 July an opportunity for runners of all ages to cross Dulverton’s beautiful countryside in the second annual Dulverton Fun Run & Canicross. Cross country trail running along 2km, 5km or 10km routes – with or without your dog of course!  Who will be brave enough to tackle the Dulverton Demon – a steep, wooded hill leading from Marsh Bridge up towards Court Down?! Beautiful but challenging!  Learn more here.

And finally on 20 November all will be welcomed to the inaugural Dulverton Exmoor Literary Festival!  Six exciting talks by celebrated bestselling authors and writers will take place throughout the day in Dulverton Town Hall, with a popup bookshop and book signing too. The talks will be suitable for everyone on a wide range of topics, including politics and drama, food and wine, sport and dogs, historical and romantic fiction and writing for children; with creative writing workshops taking place in Dulverton Library on 19 November as part of the festival too. Learn more here.

The town’s grateful thanks to the following local businesses for sponsoring these many events: Exmoor Distillery, Exmoor News, Stockham Farm Exmoor, Jeff Pegrum Landscaping, Webbers Estate Agents, Tarr Farm Inn, Seddons Estate Agents, Oggies Music, PFG Fabrication, Ware Construction, Hedley Price Funeral Directors, Town Mills B&B and Tozers Solicitors.

 

For more information on any of these events go to visitdulverton.com or email hello@visitdulverton.com.

The new flags flying above the pretty Exmoor market town of Dulverton feature the town’s exciting new branding – the many colours of Exmoor with an artistic impression of an Exmoor stag forming the letter D.

The town’s traders were keen to unite under the new branding to appeal to the visitor and reignite the local economy after the Covid lockdowns, and the feedback from residents, visitors and businesses has been overwhelmingly positive!  Dulverton Town Council made the decision to create a new brand image for the town in 2020, and with the support of Somerset West & Taunton Council’s and Dulverton Town Council’s Emergency Town Centre Grant, the design was created in the summer of 2021 by Somerset graphic designer Tim Baigent of Glyder Design and formally approved by a group made up of Dulverton’s traders, council officials and interested parties.

Dulverton’s many independent shop owners and small businesses were also keen to embrace a more eco-friendly offering for their customers – so with the support and funding of Somerset Council Council’s Somerset Climate Emergency Fund Grant, December 2021 saw the launch of the town’s branded plastic-free bags.

The new jute and paper bags can be seen pictured here on Dulverton’s iconic Town Hall steps with Christine Dubery of Dulverton Post Office, Beth Brown of Browns of Dulverton and Sarah Gatehouse of Naturally Fleurish Flowers – with her terrier, Spritza!