DID YOU KNOW The first ever Jack Russell dog was bred in Dartmouth by none other than John ‘Jack’ Russell, a local parson and avid hunter. The town also houses the world’s oldest steam engine, its inventor, a Mr Thomas Newcomen, was born in the town in 1663.
WHAT TO DO Like most British coastal and riverside towns, life revolves around the water. Sea kayak, paddle board and sail to your heart’s content or head out to one of the local beaches for a dip. However, if you’re a self-confessed landlubber there’s plenty of action in town too – don comfy shoes and explore.
BEST VANTAGE POINT Head out to and climb the battlements of Dartmouth Castle. Not only will you get an amazing view of the town and the rest of the Dart Estuary, you might catch a glimpse of many a rare bird. Learn about the huge chain once used to block the river during wartime as well as the purpose built ‘Old Battery’ gun tower.
DIARY DATE Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta – 24th – 26th August 2017
The annual event (dating back to 1822) draws thousands down to the water’s edge to catch a glimpse of the boating action with added air displays during the day. Come nighttime of the 23rd you can enjoy local talent at Regatta Rocks; it promises to be a night of ‘music and fun’ (we’re in). Or if masquerade balls are more of your scene (sure) then grab a gown and head out to Coronation Park for Tuesday’s ticketed event. We took our boat along last year – find out more here!
WHERE TO EAT Celebrity chef Mitch Tonks’ restaurant The Seahorse carries an impressive 180 ‘bins’ (wine if you didn’t know the term) and does a reasonable 2-course lunch for £20. Alternatively his Rockfish takeaway is just as award winning and will leave you plenty of cash left for an ice cream the next day – plus it uses sustainable suppliers, perfect.
WHAT TO DRINK Dartmoor Brewery is a short drive away in nearby Princetown, they boast four classic beers as well as two specials. Their famous Dragon’s Breath is flavoured with black treacle. Alex Turner, eat your heart out. If you’re not a beer fan, Torbryan-based Devon Distillery produce a delightful drink called Dappa – Devon’s answer to Italy’s Grappa.
WHAT TO WEAR Well, this is a Jack Wills Handbook post after all. If you’re heading to the Regatta, for her, a day dress or shorts (jacket optional, weather depending) and for him a shirt and chinos should keep you looking and feeling the part.
If you’re in the area please be sure to pop in to store as say hello to our wonderful team. You can find us at 2 The Spithead, The Quay, Dartmouth, TQ6 9PS, and our store locator is here.