Family days out

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

food and drink circle


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

play circle


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?

Get hands-on

child play


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

dog circle


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

Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

Totnes Young Peoples Theatre

  • Wed 17th Jan, 5:30pm. Wed 24th Jan, 5:30pm. Wed 31st Jan, 5:30pm. Wed 7th Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 14th Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 21st Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 28th Feb, 5:30pm. Wed 7th Mar, 5:30pm. Wed 14th Mar, 5:30pm. Wed 21st Mar, 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.

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Ferdinand [U]

Ferdinand [U]

  • Sat 20th Jan, 2pm. Sun 21st Jan, 10am | £5.80

From the director of Rio, Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his Spanish home. Determined to return to his family, Ferdinand rallies a misfit team to accompany him on the ultimate adventure.

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Primo - Alfredo Zinola & Felipe Gonzalez

Primo - Alfredo Zinola & Felipe Gonzalez

  • Sat 10th Feb, 11:30am & 2pm. Sun 11th Feb, 11:30am & 2pm | £8.00

A mesmerising performance for young children in an unusual performance of underwater contemporary dance, literally set in a large pool on the stage.

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Woodland Wonder: Family day in the Deer Park

Woodland Wonder: Family day in the Deer Park

  • Wed 14th Feb 2018
  • 10:30am

Learn, explore and discover – come and join us in loving the woodland in our Deer Park!

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At Sea - Broken Spectacles

At Sea - Broken Spectacles

  • Thu 22nd Feb 2018
  • 7pm
  • £8.00

Presented by two of Europe’s finest ethnographers, we explore the ancient myth of the Selkie.

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Food Fair at The Shops at Dartington

Food Fair at The Shops at Dartington

  • Sun 27th May, 10am. Mon 28th May, 10am

This two day event will showcase the best of local produce, as well as arts, crafts and activities for all the family.

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Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday

  • Sun 10th Jun 2018
  • 11am

Open Farm Sunday is a national, free event, with farmers across the country opening their gates to the general public - including those on and around the Dartington Hall estate.

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