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.
Venue Dartington Hall
Running time Wednesday 30 May, 11am-5pm
When: Wednesday 30 May, 11am-5pm
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.
|MEET OUR FRIENDS|
|Great Lawn||All day events||Sirona'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 arch||All day||Darcy the Unicorn Treasure Trail|
|11am - 12 noon||Garden tour|
|2 - 4pm||Pantomime Horse Racing|
|White Hart drive||11.30am, 1.15pm, 3.30pm||Pif-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.|
|Granary||11.30am - 5pm||Tractor and Trailer Rides|
|Roundhouse||All day||Mud Tots|
|Foxhole Community Garden's Foxtots|
|Facepainting and Glitter Tattoos|
|Great Lawn||11am - 3pm||Horseshoe Decorating with Sirona's Shetland Ponies|
|Valley Field||All day||Dynamic Adventures archery|
|Summer House||All day||Wildwise 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 cafe||All day||Darcy 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 - 4pm||Willow Heart Making for kids|
|Space||11am-12pm||Family Gamelan Workshop led by Saj Collyer (Studio 3)|
|2 - 3pm||Dance in Devon's Dance for Families led by Sarah Farrow-Jones (Studio 6)|
|2 - 4pm||Arts Lab open studio (Studio 20)|
|All day||Experimental art activitiesfor all ages|
|Barn Cinema||2pm||Studio 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, 8pm||On Chesil Beach  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.|
|Tiltyard||All day||Faze Ali's Labyrinth. Wander into another dimension, the ancient mysterious spiral|
|12 - 1pm||Ros 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 - 2pm||Sarah Gray's Somatic Movement Body mindfulness for adults and kids 8+|
|2 - 3pm||Brad Richecoeur's Qigong Activate your potential to be alive and awake|
|3 - 4pm||Liz Turner's Nature Yoga. For kids and adults|
|4 - 5pm||Faze Ali of Woodland Presents Gong bath|
|PARTICIPATION AND PERFORMANCE|
|Great Hall||11.30am - 12.15pm||Dance 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 - 2.15pm||Totnes 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 - 3.45pm||Devon 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 - 4.45pm||Dartington 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.|
*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.
A vibrant and joyful 10-day event for those who read books to meet tho...
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.Find out more