Tuesday, 2 July 2019

And The Beat Goes On...

Blue Note Records - Beyond the Notes

Dart Music Festival has come and gone - but at the Flavel, a Positive Plethora of Marvellous Music just keeps on playing...

With the stunning variety of upcoming music events, both live and screened, there surely must be something for everyone. Just have a look at what's on offer, and take your pick!


Dave Hankin Big Band

 Dave Hankin Big Band - Swing ** Callejondo Flamenco ** Alex & Jack Highley - Violin/Piano Recital ** Katie Roberts & Alex Wilson - Soprano/Piano Recital ** Martin Simpson - Folk ** ISQ - Post Jazz/Alternative ** Jack Liebeck & Yulia Chaplina - Violin/Piano ** Matilda Loyd & John Reid - Trumpet/Piano ** Leon McCawley - Piano

 Check out the full details here:  http://theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn


The Inimitable Ella...
** Ella Fitzgerald - Just One of Those Things
** Blue Note Records - Beyond the Notes
** Westlife - The Twenty Tour, Live from Croke Park
** The Cure - Live in Hyde Park; Anniversary 1978- 2018 
** Elvis on Tour - The Movie 

** Andre Rieu - Shall We Dance?
** Jimi Hendrix - Rocumentary 
** Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
** Marianne & Leonard (Cohen) - Words of Love
** Placido Domingo - 50th Anniversary Concert
** Yesterday - (Featuring Beatles Music) Comedy/Drama
** Rocketman - Elton John Biog
** Andre Previn - 'The Kindness of Strangers' Biog

** Oh and - back by popular request - the very last Bohemian Rhapsody Singalong Party


Don Giovanni

** Don Giovanni ** Don Pasquale ** Live Concerto Raymonda Act 111
** Coppelia ** The Nutcracker ** The Sleeping Beauty ** La Boheme
** Marston & Scarlett World Premieres ** Fidelio ** Swan Lake
** Cavalleria Rusticana ** The Dante Project ** Elektra

 Is that enough Magnificent Music for you to be going on with? 
Hope to see you there...

For full Flavel information please click here:   

Guest Blogger Valeria D

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Thank you Georgie!

The lovely Georgie Fame

 Well... talk about 'a good time was had by all' last Saturday at the Georgie Fame concert! 

 The place was packed - I hear the event sold out really quickly and had a huge waiting list - with a throng of happy people who were even happier when they drifted out at the end of what we all felt was a fantastic performance from Georgie and his very talented sons Tristan and James Powell.

Tristan, Georgie and James

We had the pleasure of seeing Georgie and His Boys the last time he was here in 2017, so we were delighted when this time he performed a completely different set with a variety of numbers, but still with the entertaining stories and anecdotes between each one - told, of course, in Georgie's own inimitable style.

Tristan Powell


Tristan plays a mean guitar and I was mesmerised by James' brilliant drumming - they've obviously inherited their legendary father's musical talents!

James Powell

For a musician who has been singing, playing, writing and recording for nigh on sixty years, Georgie Fame still has that strong and amazing voice and his keyboard playing is still - if you'll pardon the pun - electrifying. 

He's a showman, he's an entertainer, he's a great musician, he's funny and likeable, and boy can he belt out those fantastic songs - we had a ball!

It was a wonderful experience and I'd like to thank not only Georgie Fame and his two very talented sons but the Flavel staff for putting on such a great event. 

We pinched ourselves when we were walking home - still couldn't quite believe that we'd just been to see such class musicians live just a stone's throw from our home! How lucky are we..??

Many thanks to all involved - and we hope Georgie and his sons will come back and visit us again soon...

Info Links:


Flavel Phone: 01803 839530

Guest Blogger Valeria D

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Flavel - More Than Just Your Local Arts Centre...!

I really enjoyed being involved with the recent Charity Beer Festival hosted by the Flavel - spent most of the time on the door meeting, greeting and saying goodbye to a lot of happy people but that was fine by me. 

 Interesting to note how many commented on the amazing transformation of the Flavel auditorium, all decked out in her finery to host the Festival.

It's true that she does scrub up very well for a special event and it has to be said that Mick, Sid and all the other helpful Flavel guys involved really had pulled out all the stops to create a great atmosphere which - it was generally agreed - really added to the occasion.

Some people had never even been inside the Flavel before so were quite blown away - they'd had no idea that a simple auditorium could be made to look quite so brilliant. Others who had already visited the venue declared themselves very impressed by the transformation. 

The celebrated seating...

As mentioned in my previous blog post, many people couldn't get over the fact that the auditorium could also be turned into a cinema or theatre with raked seating - literally at the touch of a button! Seemed to be quite a talking point...

It emerged that, sadly, it's a little known fact just how many functions this versatile venue can provide. 
For instance:

L - R: Mick, Sid and Sally taking delivery of great new staging

I am sure you must all know about the cinema, the live theatre and music events, the live streaming theatre and concert events etc...
...hello, we're back to the famous disappearing raked seating again!..

...and that the Flavel now has some fantastic new staging for live music events/talks and so on.

But did you know that:

Flavel Folk having Fun...
The Main Hall can accommodate up to 240 people - making it eminently suitable for community and  educational events, conferencing, weddings, parties and so on. 

 I have even been present when a wake was taking place there...
and very respectful it was too.


Click the links for more information:

Magical Wedding Set Up

Weddings and Parties:

Find details on how to make your special event even more special, then talk to one of the friendly Flavel team so you really can do it 'your way'.

The Studio - Stokenham Primary School Craft Day
Events, Meetings, Small Conference Facilities:  

The Main Hall, The Studio and The Green Room can all be hired for a whole host of different-sized gatherings, from trade shows to children’s parties; talks to staff training and interviews; workshops and classes to community groups' meetings and sessions - and more!

Recent What's On

Market your Business, Organisation or Event:

Advertising space for Local Businesses and Organisations, with three large screenloop displays in Main Hall, display of marketing material in Reception, inclusion in Flavel brochure and  more.

Dartmouth Library
The Library:

Dartmouth Library is housed here and has all the usual free book loans, DVDs, audio book hire, free downloadable magazines, eBooks and e-audio books....

...and there are also children’s activities, various community group events, computer access, scanning, photocopying, fax and printing facilities - oh and free Wi-Fi!

Art Exhibition

 Add to all this the perfect place to display your Art Exhibition...

...your  Photography Exhibition space...

Coffee Couture

..The Coffee Couture Cafe, The Flavel bar, and possibly some things I may have missed...

...and I think you'll agree that the Flavel really is a very versatile place..!

To find out more about how the Flavel can help organise your important event or promote your business or local organisation, please visit the website or talk to any of the helpful Flavel staff.

Flavel Phone: 01803 839530

Guest Blogger Valeria D

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Brilliant Beer Festival - Thank You!

Well - WHAT an event that was! 

Ten minutes before Kick Off - all dressed up and ready for action
If public opinion is anything to go by, the Charity Beer Festival held on Friday and Saturday was a resounding success. Lots of positive feedback from lots of happy people has really warmed the hearts of the Dartmouth Rotary and Flavel Teams, who all worked so hard together to make this event as good as it could possibly be to help raise funds for two very worthy charities: Rowcroft Hospice and The Flavel itself.

Five minutes until the Bar Teams take over - and counting...

Dartmouth Rotary were delighted to be invited by The Flavel to organise this year's Beer Festival

Many people may not realise that this immensely important multi-function community venue - providing cinema, library, cafe, live screenings, live music, theatre and comedy events, room hire space for community groups and classes, and so much more - receives no public funding and relies entirely on fundraising, advertising and sponsorship to keep it running. 

What would we do without The Flavel and all its many benefits..? Not least the apparently fascinating raked seating which folds back at the touch of a button, which - bizarrely - seems to have been quite a topic of conversation over the whole weekend. Weird...

In the planning stages from last October, things all came together really well to make last weekend one to remember not just for the participants but the organisers.

The comments - ranging from 'Amazing beers - amazing weekend' to 'So well organised' to  'Hey - there are some of my favourite beers here!' to 'The best fun we've had in ages' to 'Everyone was so helpful and friendly' - and so many more it's almost embarrassing - have made us think that we'd better do it all over again next year! 

Dartmouth Rotary loved being involved and are keen to work closely with the Flavel Team again. 

Remember, you read it here first...

Right from the get-go on Friday at six the atmosphere was buzzing, with something for everyone, it seems. 

The kids had a whale of a time dancing to the music in front of the stage, while several babes in arms somehow managed to sleep through the whole thing!

Lots of happy people enjoyed sitting at the round tables eating, supping, chatting and comparing tasting notes, or simply standing with friends whilst sampling their beverage of choice and listening to the eclectic mix of live music on offer throughout the day

Bar Area - with just a glimpse of some of the wonderful prizes
A respectful thank you to the elegant Lady Mayoress, Mrs Di Lyon, for her raffle-ticket- drawing skills - not forgetting of course grateful thanks to all the people who so generously donated the plethora of prizes for the raffle which all helped to raise funds in a fun way. 

Personally, I was devastated not to be able to walk away with a pack of golf balls, but you can't win 'em all, I guess. (No offence intended to the kind golf ball donator! Golf just isn't my thing...)

Tallulah and the Tramps - and Radius 7 menu!
Big thanks to Radius 7 who worked their socks off serving fab food all day long.
I can testify that the pulled pork baps, the beef cheeks in ale and the ham hock Scotch egg choices were all superb. 
Hope they've had a chance to get their breath back today...

Somehow they even managed to freshly cook and serve twelve various hot meals for the Loose Cannons band members before their set at 8.30, whilst still serving customers as well - respect!

On the subject of which - all the music throughout the Festival was very much enjoyed...


Mick and Lucy
There were acoustic sets from the Alfi Romeo Duo followed by some wonderful arrangements by the Mick and Lucy Duo. 

We enjoyed some cool jazz from J2Jazz and some relaxing acoustic guitar from Joe Dostal.

 Then it was time for some 'Soul, Jazz, Funk 'n' Blues' from the versatile and ever-popular Tramps with the gorgeously dulcet tones of Tallulah (nice boots, Tallulah!). 

The Loose Cannons

The evening's music culminated with a fantastic performance from the brilliant twelve-piece band the Loose Cannons, who really knew how to create a finale.  

Oh, how we danced! Thanks so much to all the bands and musicians - you were great!

So now, it's all over bar the counting... 

Thanks to all you splendid people who came along and helped to make this event such an enjoyable success - and had fun while you helped raise funds. 

If you've read this and discovered what you were missing, make sure you look out for the date for the Beer Festival in early 2020, when you too can join in the fun!

 Cheers to that... See you next year??

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Lovely Live Music at Dartmouth Beer Festival

One day to go - and counting...

The Rotary Team will be setting up the Flavel Arts Centre later on today ready for the opening of the Dartmouth Beer Festival tomorrow at 6pm, so the whole place will be a hive of activity now for the next few days.

All is in place to make it a really enjoyable weekend with all that is on offer - not forgetting of course the great selection of live music throughout the weekend, culminating with the Loose Cannons on Saturday night.

The Loose Cannons

Friday evening:

8pm – Alfie Romeo Duo


12 – 2.00pm - Mick & Lucy

2.30 – 3.30pm - J2Jazz

4.00 – 5.30pm - Joe Dostal

5.30’ish – 7.30pm - Tallulah & The Tramps

8.30 – 10.30pm - The Loose Cannons

Cheers Everybody - have a great time!

Info - Click links below:
Flavel Box Office:  01803 839530

 Guest Blogger Valeria D

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Super Silent Auction and Prestigious Prizes at Dartmouth Beer Festival!


Genuine Ferrari Baseball Cap
To cap it all - yes, it's true!
You already know by now that there will be a fine variety of beers and ciders, a  wine and Prosecco bar, good food, and live music at the forthcoming Dartmouth Beer Festival this weekend.

 But did you know that for just £1 a ticket you have the chance to win one of a positive plethora of prizes on offer in the Grand Raffle Draw? 

Interested? Please read on...

£40 Darthaven Marina Vouchers
There are some Great Goodies to be won in the Grand Draw, which will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th February. Tickets are just £1 each and are on sale when the Festival opens at 6pm on Friday evening.

...When you buy 4 tickets for £4 - so you get five chances to win for the price of four. 
What's not to like..??

Have a sneaky peek - here are just some of the excellent prizes that could be yours:

*£40 voucher - Darthaven Marina      
*Overnight stay for two with breakfast – Royal Castle Hotel
*Afternoon Delight: Swim/Bubbly/Tea for two - Dart Marina Hotel
*Overnight stay for two + use of spa - Dart Marina Hotel
*Liar Liar Game – Gifts For Gentlemen

Believe it or not, there's a very large, very high quality umbrella in here...!

Magnum Chateau Grand Moulin

*Sunseeker Deluxe Umbrella (Supersize, navy blue and white stripe with detachable navy blue carry case) - Royal Dart Collection
*One hour trip on Fizz Boat. Cake + a glass of fizz.
*Hairdressing voucher – Inspire 
*River trip in Ribeye RIB
*Magnum bottle of Chateau Grand Moulin – depledgeMEDIA
*1/2/3 Paul Barclay prints – can be personalised
*Genuine Ferrari Baseball Cap - Royal Dart Collection
*Sunseeker Baseball Cap - Royal Dart Collection
*Hairdressing voucher - Cutting Lounge
*Bottle of Cognac – Dr & Mrs Merotra   
*Pack of beers - Bays Brewery

High Quality Lamborghini Backpack

*Lamborghini Backpack – Royal Dart Collection 
*Bottle of Wine -The Shambles Wine Bar 
*Pack of beers - Quantock Brewery 
*’Birth of the Flavel’ book – The Flavel
*Complimentary film tickets for two – The Flavel 

And much more...

Land Rover Off Road Course

Not only that -  there's an exciting Land Rover Experience Off Road Driving Experience to be won in the Silent Auction taking place on Saturday.

This fantastic auction prize is a Land Rover Experience 4 x 4 Off-Road Driving Experience in Honiton, for up to three drivers. 

Read all about it:

Bids for the Silent Auction will be held throughout Saturday, with the lucky winner being announced at the end of the evening.

Only two days to go now! 
We're nearly there,  but I'll be back tomorrow with more details for the live music throughout the weekend so - watch this space.... 

Info - Click links below:

Flavel Box Office:  01803 839530

 Guest Blogger Valeria D

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Fabulous Festival Food from Radius 7.

The Beer Festival this coming Friday and Saturday is now racing towards us and everything is falling into place for a great weekend. 

The beer barrels and racking are being delivered to the Flavel Arts Centre shortly; arrangements are being checked and double checked, and items are slowly but surely being ticked off the many, many lists and copious notes needed to makes sure that this popular event runs as smoothly as possible.


One thing we won't have to worry about is the food -  delicious nosh will be provided on both Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday.

Those lovely people from local restaurant RADIUS 7 at Stoke Fleming not only run their restaurant but also provide outside catering, and they are now coming along on Friday too to make sure nobody goes hungry. 

Please accept my apologies that in my previous blog post I stated that food was available on Saturday only. 

Here's a sneaky peak at their Festival menu which includes two vegan options - and so will hopefully  'cater' for everyone's tastes... (see what I did there?)

Slow roasted beef cheek in ale (using ale from Festival) and treacle; horseradish mash and crispy onions - £7

Brixham mussels with Hunts cider, garlic and cream - £6

Smoked haddock and dill fish cakes, tartare sauce, tossed salad leaves - £5

Ham hock and belly pork scotch egg, piccalilli - £5

Slow roasted pork baps, apple sauce - £4

Roasted potato wedges, cheese, bacon and jalapeƱos - £3.50

Roasted beetroot, chick pea and tofu croquette, piccalilli, tossed salad - £4

All food is made at Radius7 using local suppliers

It's getting exciting, isn't it...? 
We look forward to seeing you there!

 Check out the Radius 7 website for more information: http://radius7.co.uk/

Info - Click links below:

Flavel Box Office:  01803 839530

 Guest Blogger Valeria D