Dartington Trust is a centre for progressive learning in arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre campus near Totnes.

What’s On

For the latest news on dining, getaways, plus our gardens, shops and much beside, head to our Visit section.

Below are some selected highlights from our programme. For our full calendar of events, click here > 

christmas at dartington

Our roundup of all things festive on the estate, including seasonal craft workshops, Christmas markets, family entertainment and more.

lady gaga in house of gucci

coming up at the barn cinema

Choose from a packed lineup across a broad range of genres, including the House of Gucci and family-friendly, festive fare.

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festive craft

27/28 Nov, 4/5 Dec: Two special weekends packed with Christmassy craft courses – including lino printed gift wrap, carved wooden gifts, wreath making and beyond.


Learning at Dartington

Schumacher Postgraduate imageWe offer transformative learning, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, delivered by world-class tutors in a truly unique campus experience.

Our learning is delivered through two faculties: Schumacher College, which has been at the forefront of engaging ecological, economic, and social challenges for over 30 years, and Dartington Arts School, which draws on our rich international heritage and our wealth of dance, theatre, music and art studios to deliver compelling courses for a fast-changing world.


A student from Plymouth Universtiy works on the eco-pod at DartingtonWe offer a variety of opportunities for part-time learning, with courses ranging from a few hours, to weekly classes, to longer residential experiences.

Schumacher College delivers a unique brand of small-group, residential experiences which embrace themes of ecology, wellbeing, and sustainability. Our programme of arts courses spans music, performance, writing, dance, and contemporary visual art. And a wide, exciting range of craft courses run year-round in collaboration with over 50 makers from across the south west and beyond.

A variety of other programmes run throughout the year – including four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening at our renowned Dartington Music Summer School & Festival.


Learning is the beating heart of our year-round programme of events, which spans genres from film to craft to exhibitions.

We programme a blend of virtual and in-person events, many of which are free or by donation.  Throughout the year, you’ll also find festivals that focus on themes of arts, ecology and social justice.


Learning at Dartington is mainly delivered through the courses and events we offer year-round, but a range of resources are also available online to help get a flavour of what we offer.

Schumacher College has an wide range of talks and interviews available on their YouTube channel, and our long-running online Earth Talk series is also available in full to watch online.

You can read the latest learning-related news here, and explore the history of the estate online here.

Other resources include our Arts and Learning podcast channel, which includes playlists such as our Laser Talks – inspired by the school climate strikes, Dark Mountain and Extinction Rebellion.

Latest news & blogs

…or head here for the full collection.

celebrating 30 years of schumacher college

A programme of events and initiatives to mark 30 years of leading the way in transformative education – spearheaded by our Bursary Campaign, which aims to equip the next generation with the tools to address the social, environmental and economic challenges we all face.


Follow us

Follow Dartington Hall’s social media exploits for regular updates on all our events and activity

Lady Maisery with Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith
7.30pm Wednesday 22nd December

In an unmissable collaboration, five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists bring you Awake Arise – A Christmas Show For Our Times; celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all in the darkest season.

Award-winning trio @ladymaisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) join forces with the beguiling musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith for what will undoubtably be a magical evening of song...

Tickets via dartington,org/whats-on

From this Sunday our Gallery will be alive with active art-making as our artists in residence take over the space for an open studio, part of our Arts and Ecology programme curated by @natasharivettcarnac. Everyone is welcome to visit, talk to the artists, @hailglower , @thestuffthatido @lucyjmd_ and see how their work progresses over the next week or so. They will be drawing on work and inspiration from their initial two weeks here during our Ferment @cyland.lab festival earlier this year. Visit them in the Gallery just opposite the @greentablecafe .
Details and opening times via the Whats On link in our bio.

It's time to turn down the lights and roll the projector.... December at the Barn Cinema is bursting with colour and energy, dance and song, fashion and infidelity!

Head to dartington.org/whats-on to read up on all the films hitting the big screen this month and book tickets..

@visitdevon @visittotnes @independentcinemaoffice #westsidestory #encanto #houseofgucci #lovecinema #bigscreen #dartington

✨It’s starting to look rather twinkly down at @theciderpresscentre .. must be almost time for Christmas Market Weekends and Late Night Shopping Tuesdays!

⭐️Join us for Late Night Christmas Shopping till 8pm on Tuesday 7th, 14th & 21st December. Dartington Trust members get double their usual discount on the evenings, with 20% off purchases in selected depts between 4-8pm!

⭐️ Christmas Markets begin this weekend (Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm) with lots of fab local traders selling artisan craft, food, wellbeing wares and other gift-worthy artefacts from their stalls.

All the independent shops at the Cider Press will be in full festive mode also. There will be live music, mince pies, mulled wines, hot chocs, “Elf On The Shelf” trails for the little ones and much more.

Christmas Market weekends run 4th/5th, 11th/12th and 18th/19th December, 10am until 5pm.

Not. Long. Now... ✨


#christmasshopping #independentshops #local #sustainble #ethical #christmasmarket #totnes #torquay #newtonabbot #paignton #brixham #plymouth #exeter #kingsbridge #ashburton #boveytracey #dartingtonhall #dartingtontrust #t#theciderpresscentre

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