Public Events Diary

Due to the dynamic nature of event organising at Poltimore House please check for updates and additional events.

Admission Fees (unless otherwise stated) 

Admission Prices
  Adults Child U16 Friends
Gift Aid Admission*
Grounds only £2.00 FREE FREE
House and Grounds £3.50 FREE FREE
Standard Admission
Grounds only £1.50 FREE FREE
House and Grounds £3.00 FREE FREE

Allocated Blue Badge Parking to the front of the house

Wheelchair access to the house and cafe. Grounds access dependent on the weather

Adapted toilet to rear of cafe with wheelchair access

 Events and Open Days

We are unable to open on a regular basis so ALL our Public Open Days/Events are listed below.

Please contact us on if you would like to make a special arrangement.

Events for 2019

Bat Talk and Walk

Friday 20th September

Join bat expert Sue Searle for a bat talk and walk at Poltimore House. Learn lots of fascinating things about these amazing creatures. After a short talk we will walk around the grounds with bat detectors – there are lots of bats at Poltimore! Suitable for children.

Hot drinks available from cafe

Doors open 6.30pm start 7pm

Ticket prices: Full price £8 concessions (students, seniors, children, FoPH) £5

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Heritage Open Days

Sunday 15th September and Sunday 22nd September

Prideaux - Plate 82 Poltimore House - The Canal Front copy
Prideaux picture

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Heritage Open Days. The theme this year is People Power: Then, Now, Always. Come along to see how people past and present have shaped Poltimore House. Displays and talks.

Undisturbed by the busy hum of life the park is exactly that sort of retreat which moves the imagination, keeps the unhappy from thinking and creates the most pleasurable feelings ….. ” From an article from the 23rd August, 1871 Exeter Flying Post. Many visitors still feel this is the case.

Chapel cafe open for drinks, cakes and light lunches.

Entrance : Free

Wild about Wool Weekend

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October

Granny square landscape picture of Poltimore House
Granny square picture of Poltimore, Hikki

Following on from our first Wild about Wool day we have extended it to a weekend. A variety of activities, stalls, demonstrations and workshops all celebrating the art of making things with fibres and more.

If you are a knitter or crocheter or any other form of yarnhead and you would like to get involved with yarnbombing the house please contact to find out details of this year’s projects.

This year we are excited to be adding some workshops to the event.

Saturday morning

Alison Young from Creative South West is running this workshop to create a wet felted picture.

£20 including materials (booking essential)

11am – 1pm 

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Saturday afternoon

Sherrii Olive from Creative South West – Nuno  felted embelished scarf.

£20 including materials (booking essential)

2.00pm – 4.00pm 

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Lynne Dewberry will lead you through the basics of needle felting to produce a bee – there’s always room for more bees.  £20 including materials (booking essential) 

2.00pm – 4.00pm 

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Sunday morning

Belinda Delany from Creative South West is running this workshop to make a nuno book cover. 2 hours cost £20 including materials (booking essential)

11 am – 1pm 

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Lynne Dewberry will lead you through the principles of needle felting to create one of these adorable owls. Cost £20 including materials.

11am – 1pm (booking essential)  

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Sunday afternoon

Carolyn Ballard from Creative South West – A pieced nuno scarf.

£20 including materials (booking essential)

2.00pm – 4.00pm 

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Event times 10.30 am – 4.00pm

Chapel cafe open for drinks, cakes and light lunches.

Entrance: £3.00

Talk and Tour

Sat 12th October

saloon plasterwork
Saloon plasterwork

An opportunity to take an in depth look at the house and its history. After a relaxed talk in the Chapel you will then follow the guide around the House for a detailed tour. Tea and cake included

1pm – 3.30pm

Entrance: £8.00 

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Dartmoor Skies – A guide to the night Skies of Winter

Saturday 12th October

Talk followed by stargazing

Join astronomy outreach Dartmoor Skies as they share with you some of the astronomical highlights to enjoy over the coming months.

Then, assuming the clouds are behaving themselves, they will lead you out into the grounds of Poltimore House where you can use a selection of telescopes and binoculars to see some of these wonders for yourselves. Ask them all the questions about space that you’ve been longing to know the answer to, and get advice on start-up kits so you can get stargazing yourself.

Whether you’ve had a passion for astronomy all your life or are exploring the cosmos for the very first time, this is a welcoming and relaxed event for everyone.

This event will go ahead whatever the weather. If we are unable to stargaze we will run additional activities after the ‘talky’ bit has ended.

P.S Hot drinks will be available to buy from Poltimore House, but we recommend wrapping up to keep warm.

Event time: 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Tickets £8 (no concessions)

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Halloween House

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th Oct

This year the Halloween event is being organised by an outside company. Details to follow.

Christmas Fair

Sunday 17th November

Treat yourself to the festive atmosphere as Poltimore House dresses up ready for the festive season. Browse the many stalls with a range of lovely gifts to buy for family and friends, some at pocket money prices and some high end quality gifts.

Father Christmas will be in his Grotto and Christmas music will be playing to help you get in the mood. Take a break in your shopping for a light lunch or maybe some mulled wine and a mince pie.

Opening times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: £2, FOPH free