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

What’s On

We’re reopening! For the latest news on al fresco 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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Virtual Open Day

19 May: A chance to find our everything you need to know about higher education at Dartington Trust, and our transformative, life-changing programmes.

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open air theatre: mr stink

Pack a picnic and join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller, Mr Stink, on the outdoor stage.

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b&b Spring Sale

We’re celebrating our emergence from lockdown with some great deals on our historic Courtyard Rooms.


Learning at Dartington

Schumacher Postgraduate imageWe offer transformative learning delivered by world-class tutors in a truly unique campus experience. If you’re a new student looking for information and resources to support your study, please visit our Resources for Students.

For nearly 30 years, Schumacher College has been at the forefront of engaging ecological, economic, and social challenges, with our portfolio today including our first ever undergraduate programme.


And new for 2020, Dartington Arts School draws on our rich international heritage and our wealth of dance, theatre, music and art studios to provide a dynamic and responsive context for contemporary postgraduate study.


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 new 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.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, much of our events programme (including our Barn Cinema) is taking a break. Instead, we’re running a virtual programme, which includes the first ever online editions of our long-running Earth Talks.


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 you can read student essays and dissertations on their website. Our 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.

Three books to spark a revolution?

Three books to spark a revolution?

Jonathan Dawson, the Programme Lead for our highly-respected MA Regenerative Economics, blogs on the often forgotten but increasingly important philosophical dimension in modern day economics.

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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.


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

Phonelines are now open for individual course bookings at our Summer School! Please call 01803 847080 to book your space. Phone lines are open from 10am-4pm on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May. Reservations cannot be made via voicemail. Spaces are limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis by telephone only. We've opened up as many as spaces as we can under the extensive safety measures that we have in place, but don't worry, we'll be running waiting lists in the event that we can open up capacity further down the line! If you've not been to the Summer School before, we have a huge range of courses on offer, from Renaissance Band to Jazz Band, Vocal Classes to Piano Classes and Folk Choir to Gospel Choir - there's something here for you! Link for full course info in bio. 📷 @aliceisalwaysinwonderland ...

Over the past few weeks we've received an influx of applications for our postgraduate programmes as students look to courses that offer practical, solutions-based approaches to environmental issues and the climate crisis, in order to gain the skills they need for the future. We've seen more applications than ever before at both Schumacher College and Dartington Arts for June and September starts! This is a wonderful affirmation of everything we stand for as a provider of transformational learning experiences continuing to put people and planet first. That said, with more programmes now available, and with a new online only pathway just announced, we're extending our application deadline for September start courses until 1 July. There's still time to apply to join us this year! Click the Schumacher College link in our bio to explore all our courses... 📷 Craig Whyte ...

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey, has put on an beautiful exhibition of puppets including an exquisite rod puppet (owned by Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst) from Dartington Trust's collection, made in 1919 by the acclaimed Austrian puppet maker, Teschner. This puppet was posted to the Elmhirsts in 1931 for their ‘collection of artefacts from around the world’. The Guild also has two very fine Chinese shadow puppets on loan from the Dartington collection - very fitting as Leonard was Devon Guild’s first president! The puppet exhibition is only open for a few more days, Wednesdays to Saturdays 11am to 5pm...closing on 15th May …. don’t miss it! All details and info about the exhibition here: www.crafts.org.uk/all-exhibitions/art-craft-and-imagination ...

We've teamed up with some of our friends from the estate to give you discounts on a fantastic array of experiences - from Devon Distillery Gin School to Dynamic Adventures CIC outdoor pursuits, China Blue ceramic studio and WildWise Events bushcraft 👀 www.dartington.org/visit/stay/partner-experiences ...

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