Dartington is gearing up for a spectacular array of original performance and hands on learning at this year’s Community Day (1 June) – and it’s nearly all free.
On offer to families is a sneak preview of its new Deer Park attraction due to open in July thanks to successful grant funding. A musical medieval pageant from SoundArt Radio will lead onlookers to the park where people can try their hand at hobby horse making and have the chance to spot resident fallow deer that arrived in April.
Entertainment laid on by the Trust’s arts team comes in the shape of performance from three European theatre companies – from Italy, Slovenia and Romania including sweeping stilt waltzers who’ll tower over the spectators – joining our home-grown Broken Spectacles from Totnes. Audiences will be treated to world class UK performers such as Joanna MacGregor, head of piano at the Royal Academy of Music, and Peter Oswald, previously writer in residence at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
Meanwhile there’s a huge list of activities for people of all ages to have fun with: ‘What with wall drawing, pottery, painting, textile printing, bushcraft, archery, wild bird singing and meditation of many kinds in the formal tiered Tiltyard, the range and variety is staggering and it’s a just a taste of what the charity and the enterprises based on the estate offer year round,’ said a spokesperson.
The finale is the latest in the extremely popular After Dark series of gigs established in 2016 – with jazz and swing from Kansas Smitty’s House Band from 8pm (book at dartington.org/whats-on).
People are welcome to bring a picnic or taste what’s on offer from The Green Table café, pizza oven, BBQ, cream tea marquee, Dartington Dairy, the Almond Thief and not forgetting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party near our Shippon open studios.
Dartington’s Community Day is free, but donations are welcome to help maintain the grounds and gardens (donation boxes or online at dartington.org/gardensgiving).
(form a press release)
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