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Gin, Glorious Gin!

Gin Distilling
Be one of the first to try the brand new and exclusive Elmhirst Gin, launching at the Food Fair and distilled before your very eyes using selected botanicals grown on the Dartington Estate. You’ll be able to watch the process from start to finish as small batches are produced in Prosperity – Devon Distillery‘s custom-made Italian copper ‘Still on the Move’ – before having the opportunity to taste the results yourself – and maybe buy a bottle to take home!
Dartington Bar
Our famous bar is back – serving not only our refreshing Dartington Ciders and Elmhirst Ale, but also mocktails and cocktails as a new addition to the menu this year. Why not savour a dash of freshly distilled Elmhirst Gin with one of Luscombe Drinks‘ newly launched Devon Tonic Waters, or a Rocktails artisan frozen cocktail?
Still on the Move

Food and Drink Devon are also offering the chance to win a bottle of Elmhirst Gin fresh from the still – click here to find out more and enter this amazing giveaway.


  • There’s plenty to see and do in the Children’s Activity Tent:
  • Magic by the amazing Cosmo – the world record holder for the most magic performed in 45 minutes, Cosmo’s magical mix of tricks, balloonology and comedy will astound and delight the whole family! Shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day.
  • Throw a pot with Crazy About Clay – £4 per go (to take your pot away unfired)
  • Join the fun with bookable activities from Dynamic Adventures:
    • High ropes and zipline – £20
    • High ropes only (for over 8 year olds) – £15
    • Zipline only – £5 for two goes
    • Archery – £15 per hour
Ale Trail
Follow the Ale Trail through The Shops, tasting and rating offerings from some of Devon’s finest breweries – tell us your favourite to be in with the chance of winning a hamper filled with the beers you’ve tried!
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Public Participation Artwork with Jo Mortimer
Digital and Fine Artist Jo will be creating one of her magnificent Public Participation Artworks – and you can join in! She will be asking visitors to draw and paint a stone on the wall of Dartington Hall – leave your email address to enter a prize draw to win the finished artwork.
Foraging with Rachel Lambert – Sunday 28th May only
Expert forager and wild food guide Rachel will be leading walks around the Dartington Estate at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Cultivating skills and confidence through inspiring forays in nature, Rachel will showcase the edible plants growing on the Estate and will explain how to use the delicacies you find.

Each walk lasts around 40 minutes, with a maximum of 10 people per walk. Visit www.wildwalks-southwest.co.uk to find out more.
Engraving – Monday 29th May only
Lauren Walker will be in our Glass Gallery offering FREE engraving of Dartington Crystal & Dartington Glass purchases between 11am and 4pm. A graduate in Fine Art, Lauren enjoys expressing a creative passion in her work as a glass engraver. She loves the fact that whatever she works on becomes something truly special to whoever receives it.

(Please note, this offer is limited to 1 item per customer/ 40 characters per item).

Live Music

Sunday 28th, all day and Monday 29th, 11am-2pm

Hand-clapping, toe-tapping folk and ceilidh music – traditional English and Irish favourites with a Devon twist.

Dave Harding’s Park Lane Stompers
Monday 29th, 2-5pm

A full-on six-piece band, playing hot jazz in the lively syncopated style of British jazz bands of the late 1950s and early 60s.

Tastings and Demonstrations

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Wine Tasting Masterclass with Susy Atkins – Monday 29th May, 2pm
As well as visiting our Demonstration Kitchen to pick up new techniques and tricks of the trade, be sure to join Susy Atkins in Devon Drinks for a fascinating insight into the delicious world of Devon wines and soft drinks. Susy is Drinks Editor for delicious. magazine and wine columnist for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. A champion of the Devon food and drink scene, she will be sampling a selection of the region’s finest vintages and will also be delivering her verdict on our very own Elmhirst Gin!

Craft Centre

Sunday 28th:
Clive Maddison will be demonstrating how he creates his beautiful wire trees – watch him at work as he develops these marvellous creations.

You can also meet Sandra Adams – see some of her works in progress and find out first-hand what it’s like to work and sculpt wood.

Monday 29th:
CraftFusion will be on hand to discuss the complex process of fusing glass – showing the different stages and how ideas can be formed.

Fashion & Beauty Gallery – Sunday 28th:

Natalie from Summerdown Mint will be joining us to promote their award winning skincare range from the Hampshire Downs (and there may be a few chocolates from their selection sold in the Food Shop to try too!).

Devon Drinks – Monday 29th:

Lyme Bay Winery and Moonchild Brewery will be tempting you with delicious tastings from their ranges.

In our Shops

Craft Centre

  • Spend over £50 on Tregear Pottery and receive a free gift (one per customer, while stocks last)
  • Enter the prize draw to win small Morpheus Glass hanging panel

Devon Drinks

  • Buy a 4 pack of Dartington Cider or Elmhirst Ale for £12.99 and receive a FREE canvas shopper, or a FREE Dartington Shaped for Flavour glass when you buy two 4 packs
  • Top up on South Hams Brewery ales – £2.99 each or 2 for £5.50

Fashion & Beauty Gallery

  • Receive a free Dartington Soap with any purchase over £25
  • Enter the prize draw competition to win a Rowallen leather handbag (worth £70)
  • Take advantage of an amazing 25% off Radley cross-body bags
  • Free trial size hand creams for all customers while stocks last

Food Shop

  • Spend £30 in Foods and receive a FREE jute bag
  • Enjoy Tom’s Pies – £3.49 each or 2 for £6.50

Glass Gallery

  • Leave a donation to local charity Totnes Caring – the highest donation will receive an exclusive one-of-a-kind set of Dartington Crystal 50th anniversary glasses, engraved with a beautiful depiction of Dartington Hall
Home Accessories

  • Win a fantastic Lampe Berger gift set by entering our competition
  • Take advantage of a fantastic 50% off selected towels, bedding and cushions


  • Take part in our exciting prize draws – win a Stellar 7000 5pc Draining Lid Pan set (worth £177) or a set of Dunoon premium bone china mugs
  • For that barista experience, see the Nespresso Inissia coffee machines in action
  • Raise your entertaining game with special offers on barware, pizza stones and more


  • Complete the quiz trail around Stationery, Home and Craft to be in with a chance to win a hamper packed with goodies from our shops
  • 3 for 2 on selected books and greetings cards

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  • Answer our quiz for your chance to win a new backpack – adults can win an Urban backpack (choice of 4 colours) and kids get a chance to win a Reflective backpack (choice of 3 colours)


  • Follow The Tiger Who Came To Tea trail through The Shops– can you find where he is hiding?