Dartington Trust is a visitor destination and centre for progressive learning based on a 1,200 acre estate 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 > 

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ferment festival

23 Sep – 1 Oct: Enjoy hand-on workshops, take in some live music and explore fascinating installations in this arts and ecology festival.

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Arthouse, kids’ films, blockbusters, live theatre streamings and more – find out what’s coming up at our beautiful independent venue.

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autumn getaways

Treat yourself with our Autumn Getaway for stays during October and November and receive a 30% discount off your entire stay when you book two nights or more!


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.

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We are so excited to announce that this week undergraduate teaching has once again returned to Dartington after a 12 year hiatus. The new programme, the BSc Regenerative Food and Farming at Schumacher College, is one of the first degrees in the UK to teach students exclusively nature-friendly approaches to farming through a blend of practical, hands-on learning, and theoretical exploration of the science behind the latest agroecological innovations. The new students have now arrived and will be staying at the Old Postern site for the next three years, learning from experts in the field and exploring the rich patchwork of farming and food production projects based on the estate and nearby. Read more about the news via the blog link in our biog.

📷 Josh Pratt

#dartington #schumachercollege #undergraduate #regenerativefarming #regenag #regenerativeagriculture

Beautiful pic of some some pure white Cyclamen popping up throughout the garden - from our head gardener Neville.
In the language of flowers Cyclamen are a symbolic plant of lasting feelings, sincere affection and tenderness.

Search for a new Chair of Trustees!

Our current Chair, Dr Greg Parston, is coming to the end of his term of office in March 2023, which means we are now recruiting for a new Chair of Trustees.

As a visitor destination and centre for progressive learning in arts, ecology and social justice, we are looking to hear from a diverse range of candidates who share a commitment to the mission and values of the Dartington Trust. We are searching for someone with a successful record in best-practice management, expertise in managing change, proven commercial acumen and a thorough understanding of the responsibilities and governance requirements of leading a charity. It is also important to us that the new Chair will have connections with Dartington, Devon or the South West.

The new Chair will lead the Trust and our varied activities which include a portfolio of innovative postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School. We have a thriving year-round arts programme that incorporates live theatre and music, family friendly events, and an independent cinema venue – plus studios for residencies and hire. We are proud of the work and partnerships we hold in agroforestry and regenerative farming and we continue to run a wide range of practice-led short courses in this area alongside arts and crafts. We are also home to Research in Practice - which develops knowledge from research, practice expertise and the experiences of people accessing services for children and families, young people and adults to provide a range of resources, learning opportunities and tailored services.

For more information please visit our website.

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