attending summer school as a family

Families are welcome, and we’ve introduced several family-friendly courses this year.

In Week 2, the Big & Small Music Lab is designed for pairs of family members who attend together – one big, one small – giving parents and children a chance to connect through music. You’ll improvise as a group, sing and learn folksongs from around the world, and work together to create new music inspired by your surroundings.

This year we’re launching a new Children’s Choir in Week 3, open to all singers aged 8-14, and led by brilliant vocal coach and facilitator Isabelle Adams. You’ll work on JOY!, a brand-new Dartington commission from composer John Barber and librettist Hazel Gould. During the week, Soundart Radio, Dartington’s resident radio station, offers its innovative Kids’ Club as a week-long course, ideal for anyone also singing in our Children’s Choir. The course will encourage young people to experiment with making creative radio from scratch.

Dartington offers some dedicated family rooms in the medieval courtyard, suitable for up to two adults and two children. It is also sometimes possible to add additional beds and cots to Higher Close rooms. Under 16s must share a room with a parent or guardian. To discuss the available options, please contact the Summer School office on (01803) 847080 or

All under-16s, and any 16-18 year olds staying on-site, must be accompanied at all times, including during course sessions (except where clearly indicated). 16-18 year olds staying off-site may attend courses alone with agreed consent from a parent/guardian.


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