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About Dartington

Every year, more than 650,000 visitors from across the world join us here at Dartington. They take part in our events, courses and festivals and enjoy our cinema, shops, restaurant and gardens.


Dartington is many things to many people but one aim underpins everything. And that's how we use our estate to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world. In this, very little has changed since Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought this estate in 1925 and embarked on what they called the Dartington Experiment to regenerate a rural community.

The Elmhirsts welcomed artists, economists, horticulturists and social reformers to Dartington and encouraged them to grapple with the pressing issues of their day. The common theme then, as now, concentrated on making the world a better place for others. Today, we are a social enterprise that ploughs surplus from our commercial enterprises back into the many projects we fund and support.

Dartington International Summer School & Festival

Dartington International Summer School & Festival takes place over four week-long sessions every Summer, bringing together an extraordinary mix of people – from professional and non-professional musicians to emerging artists, writers and poets – who take part in courses, workshops, masterclasses and concerts covering a range of music from classical and jazz to world music and folk.

Summer 2017