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)
|Gift Aid Admission*|
|House and Grounds||£3.00||FREE||FREE|
|House and Grounds||£2.50||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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a special arrangement.
Coming in 2019
Open Day – Trust Birthday
Sunday 24th March
It’s 18 years since the Trust was set up to preserve and restore the house. Come along and see what has been achieved in this time and find out the plans for the future. It is also the first time in 2019 that the house and grounds will be open to the public and it is a great opportunity to wander the grounds and see the daffodils.
11.00am – 3.00pm
Talk and Tour
Saturday 6th April
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: £7.00 – booking essential. Tickets will be available closer to the event.
Thursday 11th April
Thomas Cameron is a nineteen year old English tenor, whose voice has been described as having velvet-like qualities.
“Already wowing the music world” BBC One
“Thomas is one to watch, an up and coming talent in the world of classical music- 5 stars” Camilla Joyce, Former Express and Echo Reviewer
7:00 pm – 11:00pm
Booking details will become available closer to the event.
Vintage Car Rally
Saturday 27th April
Maria Stearda – Opera up close
Saturday 4th May
Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose bring two ferocious 16th century Queens to the stage in their new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Mary, Queen of Scots).
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
New English version by
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.
Refreshments available in the chapel
11am – 4pm
Entry: Adults £3.00 Children £1.50
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.
Ticket details will be available closer to the event.
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 unique show not to be missed.
Booking details will be available closer to the event.
Friends of Poltimore House AGM
Sunday 16th June
A chance to come along and find out what the friends and volunteers have been up to this year.
Tea, coffee and cake provided.
Poltimore House Recovery Fair
Thursday 27th June
This year’s event is being organised by some of the volunteers who have benefited from the Transforning 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
27th & 28th July
Following on from the successful ‘Age and Beauty’ art exhibition in 2018 we are pleased to announce that we will be repeating the event in 2019. Currently we are looking to hear from artists who may be interested in participating. Please contact email@example.com to express an interest.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Sun & Moon Theatre
2nd – 4th August
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
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
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.
10.30 am – 4.00pm
Chapel cafe open for drinks, cakes and light lunches.
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
Sunday 17th November