Discover Dartmoor: Wildlife and Heritage Festival

Event Name Discover Dartmoor: Wildlife and Heritage Festival
Start Date 6th Jul 2019 10:30am
End Date 6th Jul 2019 4:00pm
Duration 5 hours and 30 minutes
Description

At Manaton Church Field

Discover the Dartmoor Story and travel back through thousands of years of Dartmoor’s past. Find out how people have shaped the landscape of the moor and influenced the wildlife that lives here.

There will be historical re-enactors, demonstrations, hands on activities, films, talks bringing Dartmoor’s past to life and shining a light on its wildlife.

There will be music and refreshments throughout the day

Entry is free!

Help us celebrate five years of the Moor than meets the eye Landscape Partnership Scheme and the work of hundreds of volunteers who have been working to conserve Dartmoor’s heritage and look after its wildlife.

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Last update: 31 May 2019 2:36pm