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



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. Games on the arena. We are hoping to welcome some special visitors so keep checking for updates. 

Refreshments and light lunches available from the Chapel Cafe, ice creams from the Liddicones Van.

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 on the day: Full price £5, concessions £3, FoPH free, children under 16 free

Prepaid tickets: Full price £4, Concessions £2

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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

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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.

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.

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

Creative South West – Nuno Felted book cover or picture. 2 hours cost £20 including materials (booking essential) click here for tickets

Saturday afternoon

Creative South West – Nuno embelished felted scarf, 2 hours, cost £20 including materials (booking essential) click here for tickets

Sunday morning

Creative South West – Nuno Felted book cover or picture. 2 hours cost £20 including materials (booking essential) click here for tickets

Sunday afternoon

Creative South West – Nuno embelished felted scarf, 2 hours, cost £20 including materials (booking essential) click here for tickets

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

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 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