Welcome to Dartington

About us

Every year at Dartington we welcome over 800,000 visitors who take part in our events, courses, and festivals and enjoy our cinema, shops, restaurant and gardens.

Dartington is many things to many people but one aim underpins everything: how we use our estate to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world.

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Upcoming events

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Dartington Community Day, June 1 – an annual celebration

Tongues of Fire at Community Day (c) Rebecca Clelland

Come and get a flavour of what we’re all about. Enjoy live music and a BBQ on the Great Lawn, plus an exciting range of fun family activities including the incredible ‘Pig’…

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Dartington International Summer School and Festival 2016

great hall at night

30 July – 27 August: four weeks of world-class courses and concerts on the Dartington estate.

Explore the concert programme

Take a look at the courses on offer

deckchair readingWays With Words Festival, 8-17 July

A vibrant ten-day festival, which gives a unique chance for those who read books to meet those who write them.

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party in the townParty in the Town, 27 May

Celebrating the panoramic local music scene and vibrant cultural life that the wider Totnes community has to offer.

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cake square6th annual Food Fair, 29-30 May

A two day event showcasing the best of local produce, as well as arts, crafts and activities for all the family.

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after darkAfter Dark, various dates

A series of secret intimate gigs and events in hidden, dormant and unseen spaces.

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Current projects

Just a small selection of developments from across the Dartington estate. Visit Our work to explore everything that we do.

Aller Park rooms reopen

Register now for this new project bringing two rooms back into community use.

Aller Park community collective room 2

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Deer Park Wall restoration

Latest news on ongoing work to repair and conserve the historic 18th century Grade 11 listed Deer Park Wall on the estate.

Deer Park Wall Phase 1 restoration

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Estate Framework

Find out the latest updates and thinking around the Framework, including news on public meetings and exhibitions.


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Queen's Marsh restoration

Find out why we’re conducting a feasibility study into the potential to restore Queen’s Marsh to a wetland habitat.

Thanks to Gillian Cartwright for sending in this fantastic image of Queen's Marsh in flood!

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Latest News

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BBC Countryfile filming Ambrose Vevers in North Wood

BBC Countryfile returns to Dartington

BBC Countryfile made a welcome return to Dartington on 22 April to create some short films about the estate’s farming, agroforestry, craftwork and heritage. Read More >>

Deep Time Walk app

Step back 4.6 billion years with the Deep Time Walk App

The new Deep Time Walk App is a walking audio history of the Living Earth - giving users a detailed and dramatised experience of the planet’s 4.6 billion year big history as they are guided on a 4.6 kilometre walk across time. Read More >>

Gallery: Dartington’s Great Hall & Gardens

The Great Hall

The Sunny Border

Henry Moore's Reclining Figure

The Tiltyard

2,000-year-old yew tree

Daisies near St Mary's Tower

The Great Hall

Azalea Garden and Swan Fountain

Swan Fountain

View of Hall from Tiltyard summit

Snowdrops in the Gardens

Blogs from around the estate

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Hurdy Gurdy

Summer School blog: What is a Hurdy Gurdy?

This week's Summer School blog takes a look at a violin-like instrument thought to have originated in the 11th century. Read More >>

Great Tit sitting on her nest with chicks. Photograph: Vicky Churchill, Woodlands and Conservation Volunteer

Conservation diary: Keeping track of nesting birds at Dartington

Each year Mike and the volunteers carry out a nest box survey across the Dartington estate for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) - a scheme that has been going for over 25 years. Read More >>

Clockwise from top left: Enjoying a banquet in the Great Hall, learning about country sports, on the steps of the Great Hall, at an Exeter Cookery School demo, enjoying a medieval banquet.

Blog: East meets West at Dartington Hall

A flurry of excitement at Dartington Hall, as some special guests from China arrive for an authentic Devon experience... Read More >>

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Your help goes a long way, and we are extremely grateful for any contribution you can make. You can donate to Dartington generally or to specific projects.

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Opening hours & directions

(all Mon-Sun)
Gardens: dawn ’till dusk
Visitor Centre: 9am-5pm
Shops: 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun(Venus Cafe 8.30am-5pm Mon-Sun; Cranks 8.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm Sun)
Barn Cinema Box Office: 12.30-7pm
White Hart restaurant: 12-3pm & 5.30-9pm
White Hart bar: 12 noon-11pm
Roundhouse Cafe: 10am-8pm

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