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
- Fri 27th Apr, 11am. Fri 4th May, 11am. Fri 11th May, 11am. Fri 18th May, 11am. Fri 25th May, 11am. Fri 1st Jun, 11am. Fri 8th Jun, 11am. Fri 15th Jun, 11am. Fri 22nd Jun, 11am. Fri 29th Jun, 11am
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 2nd May, 11am. Wed 9th May, 11am. Wed 16th May, 11am. Wed 23rd May, 11am. Wed 30th May, 11am. Wed 6th Jun, 11am. Wed 13th Jun, 11am. Wed 20th Jun, 11am. Wed 27th Jun, 11am. Wed 4th Jul, 11am
Our volunteer-led tours are a brilliant opportunity to discover the secrets of our glorious Gardens.View Details >>
- Wed 2nd May, 5:30pm. Wed 9th May, 5:30pm. Wed 16th May, 5:30pm. Wed 23rd May, 5:30pm. Wed 30th May, 5:30pm. Wed 6th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 13th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 20th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 27th Jun, 5:30pm. Wed 4th Jul, 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 >>
- Sat 5th May, 2pm. Sun 6th May, 1pm. Mon 7th May, 1:45pm & 4pm | £5.80
After he’s grounded by an injury, high-flying bachelor Peng rejects his tight-knit flock of geese in an attempt to live life on his own terms. But after he narrowly rescues two young ducklings from an eccentric (but deadly) cat named Banzou, he agrees to help them.View Details >>
- Fri 11th May, 4:45pm. Sat 12th May, 2pm. Sun 13th May, 2pm | £5.80
Ben and Rose are deaf children from different eras. In the 1970s, Ben longs for the father he's never known, while 50 years earlier Rose daydreams about a glamorous actress, whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.View Details >>
- Sat 19th May, 2pm. Sun 20th May, 2pm | £5.80
After she accidentally embarrasses the Empress of thriving hive Buzztropolis, Maya the honey bee is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs to compete in the iconic Honey Games. The stakes couldn’t be higher: if she loses, her hive on Poppy Meadow will be depleted of all its honey.View Details >>
- Fri 25th May, 2pm. Sat 26th May, 2pm. Sun 27th May, 2pm. Mon 28th May, 2pm. Tue 29th May, 2pm. Wed 30th May, 2pm. Thu 31st May, 2pm | £5.80
From Studio Ghibli comes this dazzling animated adventure based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book, The Little Broomstick. Stuck in the countryside with her great-aunt, Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower.View Details >>