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.

Coming in 2019



Classic Car Day

Saturday 27th April

A chance to come along and see a range of 0ver 50 vintage and classic cars, including a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

Interested in exhibiting? Contact Jeff Stanley on 07947 611107

The House and Grounds will also be open to wander around.

Light lunches and refreshments available from the Chapel Cafe. Liddicones icecream van.


10.00am – 4.30pm

Entrance £3

Maria Stuarda – OperaUpClose

Saturday 4th May

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose bring two ferocious 16th century Queens to the stage in their new English version of Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots ( or Maria Stuarda).

Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks.

Donizetti’s powerful melodies will be performed in a new orchestration by Paul McKenzie for six singers, accompanied by piano, clarinet and violin. Maria Stuarda will come to Poltimore House as part of a national tour to unique and evocative venues, some with direct links to the two Queens. Discover a new angle on one of the most popular periods of British history through this thrilling production.

New Orchestration by

Paul McKenzie

New English version by

Robin Norton-Hale

Drinks available from the Chapel bar

Performance  6.00pm with an extended interval for picnics.

Tickets from £20 click here for tickets

Wardour Garrison Open Day

Sunday 19th May

Step back in time to the 17th Century when Poltimore house played a crucial role in the English Civil War.  Wardour Garrison, the premier 17th century living history group as seen on TV, will bring the grounds to life with an encampment portraying trades, crafts and life as it was in 17th century England. Join the re-enactors who will demonstrate cooking over an open fire, lacemaking, spinning, and other activities.  Watch the garrison put through their paces with weapon demonstrations, of musket, canon, pike bill and sword. Join the Apothecary for a Plant Walk identifying plants and herbs used in the 17th Century for medicines and other uses. Listen to a talk on the Treaty of Exeter in the Great Hall, the very room in which it was signed on 9th April 1646 bringing to an end the Parliamentarian siege of Exeter.

Wardour Garisson website

Refreshments available in the chapel

11am – 4pm

Entry: Adults £3.00  Children £1.50

Poltimore Festival

Sunday 26th May

Poltimore Festival is a student-run charity festival that showcases the best in West Country music, theatre, film, art and so much more. Running out of the manor of Poltimore House, this weird and wonderful Devon-based event never fails to kick off the summer, with its beautiful blend of bohemian splendour.

click here for tickets

Illuminations A Cappella

Sunday 2nd June

Illuminations are a mixed contemporary A Cappella group from the University of Exeter. Founded in 2011, they have gone from strength to strength, competing successfully in the ICCA’s year on year, and achieving sell out shows in consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe. Last summer, the group were also proud to appear on Sky One’s hit show “Sing: Ultimate A Cappella”, where they narrowly missed out on the final. They recently released their first music video for their version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”, filmed right here at Poltimore house, and have just finished filming their second video which will be released very soon. Their eclectic range of music, vibrant image, and dynamic choreography make for a unique show not to be missed.

Doors open 7pm

Sound of Silence filmed at Poltimore


click here for tickets


Friends of Poltimore House AGM

Date to be confirmed

A chance to come along and find out what the friends and volunteers have been up to this year.

Tea, coffee and cake provided.

Entrance: Free

Poltimore House Recovery Fair

Thursday 27th June

This year’s event is being organised by some of the volunteers who have benefited from the Transforming Lives project at Poltimore House. A range of support groups and wellness activities – further details closer to the event.

10.30am – 4.00pm

Family Open Day

Sunday 14th July

A great time to wander the grounds and relax. Activities for young and old alike. Explore the grounds and find the hidden animals,try some pond dipping. We are hoping to welcome some special visitors so keep checking for updates.

Refreshments and light lunches available from the Chapel Cafe.

10.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: standard admission fees

Poltimore Art 2019

27th & 28th July

Art Exhibition 2018 - 'Age and Beauty' - Entrance Hall Wall
Art Exhibition 2018

The rooms of Poltimore House provide a stunning backdrop to exhibits from artists using a variety of media. Feel free to wander round the house, then take a break for refreshments in the Chapel café or for a stroll around the grounds and then back into the house to fully appreciate the beauty on display. Some art will be available for purchase.

Currently we are looking to hear from artists who may be interested in participating. Please contact to express an interest. 

Light lunches and refreshments available from the Chapel Café

Opening times: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: Full price £5, concessions £3, FoPH free, children under 16 free

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Sun & Moon Theatre

2nd – 4th August

Sun & Moon Theatre returns to Poltimore House this summer with a delightful open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Pack a picnic, bring chairs, blankets, and enjoy this vibrant show full of humour, chaos and magic. A perfect summer’s day or eve with family and friends. Infants and dogs are welcome too!
★★★★★ ‘Creative genius … a magical production’ (Twelfth Night 2017)
★★★★  ‘A summer’s delight’ (As You Like It 2018)
★★★★  ‘A beautifully crafted, lively yet deeply thoughtful’ (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2016)

Performance times

Fri 2nd August

– Doors open 6.30pm performance start 7.00pm

Sat 3rd and Sun 4th August –

-First performance-  Doors open 2.00pm performance starts 2.30pm

-Second performance – Doors open 6.00pm performance starts 6.30pm

Ticket Prices:  Adult £10, Concessions £8, Children under 5 free

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.

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

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.

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 – booking essential.

Halloween House

Saturday 26th Oct

Trick or Treat! Knock at the doors of Poltimore House, if you dare, and meet the ghost and ghouls that have been awaiting you on all Hallows Eve.

Areas suitable for children and scarier corners for the braver amongst you.

5.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Entrance: £2 Adult £1 Children

Christmas Fair

Sunday 17th November

Treat yourself to the festive atmosphere as Poltimore House dresses up ready for the festive season. Browse, and hopefully purchase from, the many stalls with a range of lovely gifts to buy for family and friends. 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