Tavistock

Tavistock lies on the Western edge of Dartmoor National Park. This unspoilt town with a tradition in tin mining and cloth making, boasts a great location in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

With a population of 10,800 the pretty town centre offers a good variety of shops, boutiques and craft stores, as well as a range of inns and cafes and other places to eat and drink. In the centre of Tavistock is the Pannier market which has a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere offering a diversity of goods from crafts to antiques.

Don’t miss the Tavistock Farmers Market on Bedford Square held on the morning of the last Saturday of every month. Every second Wednesday in October the annual Goosey fair is held, dating from a 12th century tradition when farmers drove the geese they had for sale through the streets to the market.

On this day stalls and side shows are set up in the town centre and many of the restaurants and cafes offer goose for their lunch menus.

There are many historic attractions and heritage sites in Tavistock to keep you amused. The town museum located in Drake Road is open from Easter to October and is free of charge.

Near Tavistock the AA award visitor centre Morwhellham Quay, where you can step back in time and partake in the Victorian world makes an excellent day out.

15th Century Cotehele House on the banks of the Tamar is also worth a trip with its gardens and national Maritime Museum down at the quay (phone: 01579 351346 for more info).