Illuminate the Darkness – Dartington

Event Date:

From 16th November

Until 22nd November


When: 16th November (and every Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun evening until 22nd November) from 6pm

Where: Dartington Gardens, Dartington Hall Estate, Devon

Price: £8 | U16 £6 | Family tickets available

Get ready for a carnival of light! For the first time, we are hugely excited to present Illuminate the Darkness – a unique opportunity to explore the gardens after dark and experience the magic of Dartington once the sun has set.

This is a rare opportunity to see much-loved features – such as our Henry Moore sculpture, the unique terraced slopes of the tiltyard, and the Great Hall itself – in a whole new light.

Book tickets online here or contact the Dartington Box Office.


12:00:00 12:00:00 Europe/London Illuminate the Darkness – Dartington Dartington Gardens,
Dartington Hall Estate,
Illuminate the Darkness – Dartington

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