Community Day

Venue Dartington Hall

Running time Wednesday 30 May, 11am-5pm

When: Wednesday 30 May, 11am-5pm


Free entry

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About this event

Come and play on the Dartington Hall estate – whatever your age! Things to enjoy include a treasure trail, outdoor theatre, craft activities, messy play and great food and drink.

Community Day is brought to you by us, The Dartington Hall Trust, along with many of the wonderful enterprises based on our estate and our local arts organisation partners. All the action takes place in our gardens this year – check out what’s on where.

Great LawnAll day eventsSirona's Shetland Ponies / Dartington Dairy's goats / Totnes Rare Breeds Farm's birds and mammals / Earth Wright's mud kitchen, sand, water and play tower
Gatehouse archAll dayDarcy the Unicorn Treasure Trail
11am - 12 noonGarden tour
2 - 4pmPantomime Horse Racing
White Hart drive11.30am, 1.15pm, 3.30pmPif-Paf Theatre's Flycycle and Submercycle. Come away with us on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard our famous travelling machines! Interactive theatre for young people.
Granary11.30am - 5pmTractor and Trailer Rides
RoundhouseAll dayMud Tots
Foxhole Community Garden's Foxtots
Facepainting and Glitter Tattoos
Great Lawn11am - 3pmHorseshoe Decorating with Sirona's Shetland Ponies
Valley FieldAll dayDynamic Adventures archery
Summer HouseAll dayWildwise bushcraft. Workshops throughout the day from 11am 4pm - please visit the Summer House for details and arrive early if you don't want to miss out!*
Green Table cafeAll dayDarcy the Unicorn sculpture. PLUS:
- Talk on 2.30-3pm on 'Understanding Unicorns', with Bookbinding Tutor, Mary Bartlett
- Display in the Bookbinding Workshop: ‘Linnaean taxonomy of the unicorn’, 11am-4pm
11am - 4pmWillow Heart Making for kids
Space11am-12pmFamily Gamelan Workshop led by Saj Collyer (Studio 3)
2 - 3pmDance in Devon's Dance for Families led by Sarah Farrow-Jones (Studio 6)
2 - 4pmArts Lab open studio (Studio 20)
All dayExperimental art activitiesfor all ages
Barn Cinema2pmStudio Ghibli's Mary and the Witch's Flower [U]. From Studio Ghibli comes this dazzling animated adventure based on Mary Stewart's 1971 classic children's book, The Little Broomstick.
5pm, 8pmOn Chesil Beach [15] Adapted by Ian McEwan from his Man Booker-winning novella, this is a beautifully precise and searching film. Film debut of Royal Court director, Dominic Cooke.
TiltyardAll dayFaze Ali's Labyrinth. Wander into another dimension, the ancient mysterious spiral
12 - 1pmRos Brady will read excerpts from her well-loved book Next To Me A Robin - written outdoors in the fields and forests of Dartington - and lead you through the flower meadows and woods of Dartington Gardens.
1 - 2pmSarah Gray's Somatic Movement Body mindfulness for adults and kids 8+
2 - 3pmBrad Richecoeur's Qigong Activate your potential to be alive and awake
3 - 4pmLiz Turner's Nature Yoga. For kids and adults
4 - 5pmFaze Ali of Woodland Presents Gong bath
Great Hall11.30am - 12.15pmDance in Devon and Arts Lab. We invite you to take part in a moving drawing - explore dancing to help create our very own mass, dancing, coloured carpet!
1.30 - 2.15pmTotnes Young People's Theatre workshops. Family fun drama workshop! Come and try some of our favourite games and see how they are used to make a performance. All ages.
3 - 3.45pmDevon Baroque's family matters. Come and hear some of the famous Bach clan's music in a family friendly concert by Devon's premier baroque ensemble. For all ages and generations.
4pm - 4.45pmDartington Playgoers' Shakespeare More or Less. Think you know your Shakespeare? This 40 minutes of parodies and spoofs (but with some of the real McCoy thrown in to satisfy the purists) is guaranteed to make you cry with laughter, or possibly rush out to check what the great man actually did write.

Food and drink

Available all day and into the evening with music at the White Hart. Gourmet burgers, cream teas, home-made wraps, ice cream and much more. Plus: look out for our coffee and ice-cream bikes.

Pick up a programme

On arrival, you’ll be able to grab one of our rather smashing Community Day programmes. It’s stuffed with information about all events, plus full details on where to eat, drink and find our facilities.

*If Community Day events aren’t enough for you, WildWise will be hosting a ‘forest ranger day’ elsewhere on the estate (ticketed, booking required) – click here for details.

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About us

The Dartington Experiment began over 90 years ago when our founders, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, set out to build a community inspired by the idea of a ‘many-sided life’.

Today, we believe that their vision is more relevant today than ever before. We aim to be a place where people can realise their individual and collective potential, and are given a chance to connect with themselves, each other, and the environment.

Across the estate, a programme of events and visitor attractions operate year-round; artists, makers, farmers, educators, craftspeople and entrepreneurs live and work; and the community continues to ‘learn by doing’, finding inspiration in the Elmhirst’s progressive ideas and experimental approach.

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