With a play area, Barn Kids film programme, kids workshops and a year-round programme of events, there’s plenty for families to get up to at Dartington.
Scroll further down for all family events, or see below for our ‘top things to do’. You’ll probably need a map of the estate which you can download here (pdf).
Food and drink
Great quality, affordable food is available at Venus Cafe and Bayards Kitchen at The Shops at Dartington.
The Green Table, a vibrant, spacious new café near the Hall and Gardens, offers food for adults and children alike in a family-friendly atmosphere. Find out more here.
There are also plenty of picnic tables for al fresco dining – find them next to the Barn Cinema and wild play area.
Time to play
Our all-natural wild play area, designed and installed by EarthWrights, can be found opposite Space Studios, close to the main car park and Great Hall.
This a beautiful, gated safe space for children to play – and there are picnic tables too. Why not make a meal of it?
Dartington has a range of workshops for kids to get involved in throughout the year. Many can be found in our events system – see below – but it’s worth checking out the following brilliant organisations found on the Dartington estate: Dynamic Adventures (adrenaline-fuelled activities), WildWise (wild outdoor experiences), Crazy About Clay (pottery fun) Arts Lab (community arts workshops) and MudTots (forest school for smaller children). Some of these require booking or run at certain times, so make sure you check ahead.
Walking at Dartington
Ah, the family walk. Love it or loathe it, there are plenty of beautiful walks to do here at Dartington – incorporating river paths, woodland scrambles and grassy meadows. Take a look at our estate walks page for ideas.
We have several dog-friendly fields (ie off lead areas) on the estate, and most of our paths are dog friendly too – although at certain times of year we exercise a ‘dogs on lead’ policy to protect ground nesting wildlife. Download our handy guide for details (pdf).
Upcoming family events – film, activity days, workshops and more
- Sat 19th Aug, 2pm. Mon 21st Aug, 2pm. Tue 22nd Aug, 2pm. Thu 24th Aug, 2pm | £5.80
A young boy discovers he’s not entirely human and heads to Monster Island to discover his true identity in this fabulous new animated family adventure that fans of Monsters Inc. and Despicable Me will adore. When Lucas finds out he’s not really human and can transform into a monster, it changes his whole worldView Details >>
- Sun 20th Aug, 9am. Mon 21st Aug, 9am. Tue 22nd Aug, 9am. Wed 23rd Aug, 9am. Thu 24th Aug, 9am. Fri 25th Aug, 9am
An installation by Heidi Hinder and Richard Barnard. Imagine yourself inside Yehudi Menuhin’s violin as it resonates with memories of the music it has played, the places it has travelled, and the people who continue to be affected by its owner’s legacy.View Details >>
- Fri 25th Aug, 11:30am. Fri 1st Sep, 11:30am. Fri 8th Sep, 11:30am. Fri 15th Sep, 11:30am. Fri 22nd Sep, 11:30am. Fri 29th Sep, 11:30am. Fri 6th Oct, 11:30am. Fri 13th Oct, 11:30am. Fri 20th Oct, 11:30am. Fri 27th Oct, 11:30am
A 700-year-old story awaits you on our volunteer-led Deer Park tours – learn about the people who lived here, the magnificent landscape, the deer themselves and the abundant wildlife.View Details >>
- Wed 6th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 13th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 20th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 27th Sep, 5:30pm. Wed 4th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 11th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 18th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 25th Oct, 5:30pm. Wed 1st Nov, 5:30pm. Wed 8th Nov, 5:30pm
An award-winning youth theatre, with a history of offering exciting opportunities for young people, TYPT has worked with many young people in mainstream, alternative and home education.View Details >>
- Fri 29th Sep, 12:30pm & 3pm & 5:30pm. Sat 30th Sep, 2pm & 5pm & 8pm. Sun 1st Oct, 2pm & 5pm & 8pm. Mon 2nd Oct, 2pm | £5.80
Beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin – whose toys inspired Milne to create the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – are the subjects of this moving, nostalgic period drama, scripted by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and scored by Carter Burwell.View Details >>