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Abstract Painting – Three into Two Do Go!

19 September 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For any artist who is intrigued by abstraction but isn’t sure how to go about it, this course offers a novel and stimulating approach to the genre, often employed by…

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Advanced Crochet Workshop

25 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Add dimension to your stitchwork and create more texture in your crochet. Learn the secrets of blending colour whilst working with groups of stiches, clusters and spikes! Develop your skills…

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Amenhotep III and the Sun Kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty

31 October 2022 2 November 2022 -

This course will explore the fascinating second half of the 18th dynasty, from the reign of the pharaoh Thutmose IV to that of Horemheb (c1400 – 1295 BC); a period of…

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

7 November 2022 9 November 2022 -

In this accessible introduction we will consider such questions as: What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Are the mind and the brain the same thing? What…

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Islamic World

13 June 2022 15 June 2022 -

The classical philosophy of the Islamic world is largely an attempt to reconcile the Hellenistic philosophy of Aristotle and Plotinus with the doctrines of the Qur’an. In this course, which…

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Aran Knitting – Cables & Bobbles

14 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

On this sample-based session, you will practice the most common methods of travelling stitches and cable knitting. Throughout the day you will work through a series of designs from simple…

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Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

13 December 2022 15 December 2022 -

From the disparate forms presented by the last vestiges of Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau, there soon developed Modern Architecture. This term covers so many forms such as the international…

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Architecture on Holiday: The Buildings of the English Seaside

19 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the heyday of the seaside holiday, England’s coastal towns were transformed to accommodate the millions of visitors and keep them entertained. Hotels, boarding houses, piers, lidos, beach huts, carousels,…

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Autumn Delights Embroidery

3 November 2022 6 November 2022 -

On this interesting, fun and informative course, we will cover a wide selection of hand embroidery stitches together with Stumpwork (raised work). You can choose to work in surface embroidery…

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Barbara Hepworth and St Ives Artists, 1928-1975

3 April 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course, coinciding with the new exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life at Tate St. Ives, traces the development of this mecca for artists from the arrival of Ben Nicolson…

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Basic Sewing Skills Workshop – Zip, Hem, Seam and Bias Binding

4 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

It is fair to say, that a number of people find it difficult to buy garments that are the perfect length, sleeves too long, or maybe a zip breaks in…

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Beaded Starburst Embroidery

25 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Explore the world of colour with this fascinating embroidery day using Cretan stitch and embroidery beads. You will learn how to produce your own unique  beaded starburst design with guidance…

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Bobbin Lace

19 June 2022 24 June 2022 -

This course will suit all abilities of bobbin lacemakers from those just starting through to advanced. It covers English laces and many from the continent including Belgium, Spain and Russia.…

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Bobbin Lace

21 October 2022 24 October 2022 -

This course will suit all abilities of bobbin lacemakers from those just starting through to advanced. It covers English laces and many from the continent including Belgium, Spain and Russia.…

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Bookbinding – Decorative and Dyed Papers

5 September 2022 7 September 2022 -

Come and explore the glorious effects produced by dyeing, crumpling, colouring, manipulating, cutting, rearranging and weaving paper to create unique decorative sheets for use in bookbinding and other crafts. We’ll…

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Bookbinding – Optional Focus on Case Binding

21 August 2022 25 August 2022 -

On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their own rebinding or repair projects at their own pace under the guidance of our expert tutor, rather than following a particular…

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Bookbinding – Optional Focus on Library Style Binding

14 November 2022 18 November 2022 -

The light and airy studio at Dillington has all the tools and equipment needed for binding books in the traditional manner.  On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their…

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Botanical Illustration

18 July 2022 21 July 2022 -

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science.  The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to…

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Botanical Illustration

7 November 2022 10 November 2022 -

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science.  The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to…

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Botanical Intarsia Knitting Colour Workshop

16 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Master the wonderful technique of intarsia colour knitting. Design your own floral motif and convert it into a colourful piece of work. You will pick up tips to improve the…

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Brahms and the Piano

14 October 2022 16 October 2022 -

Brahms was not only one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, but also a renowned concert pianist.  So, it’s not surprising that the piano features centrally in his…

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Butterfly Needle Felting Workshop

10 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Love wool! Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the techniques of needle felting as well as…

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Chinese Brush Painting – Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style for Intermediate & Advanced

6 July 2022 7 July 2022 -

There are two main styles in traditional Chinese brush painting techniques: freehand style and meticulous style. The meticulous style, in Chinese “Gongbi”, literally meaning “tidy”, Gongbi work is painted on…

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Christmas Card and Gift Block Printing Workshop

28 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day to explore the craft of Indian Block Printing to create your own wrapping paper, cards and textile product. You will have the opportunity to use a collection of…

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Christmas Card and Gift Block Printing Workshop

5 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day to explore the craft of Indian Block Printing to create your own wrapping paper, cards and textile product. You will have the opportunity to use a collection of…

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Country Sheep Needle Felting Workshop – COURSE FULL

27 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Dillington Discoveries – Summer/Autumn Week

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 -

Dillington Discoveries brings in a new Summer/Autumn week of activities, expanding on the success of 2021 with some exciting new courses and content for the start of 2022. Summer/Autumn Dillington…

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Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

30 September 2022 2 October 2022 -

Once again, we are thrilled that the members of the Coull Quartet have agreed to return to Dillington House to lead this extended weekend of coaching for pre-formed string quartets…

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Dot and Speck and Dash and Dab – COURSE FULL

27 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The watercolour landscapes of Eric Ravilious are admired, not only for their clarity, composition and design, but also for their captivating, otherworldly light. How did he achieve it? In this…

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Dreamland Mystery Tour: Pop-up Book Workshop

20 September 2022 22 September 2022 -

This year’s workshop takes a magical journey through the rooms of a dreamland house. Each page spread opens on a new room and reveals its secrets – salubrious sitting room,…

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Egyptomania

25 November 2022 27 November 2022 -

No other ancient civilisation can lay claim to having repeatedly inspired and caused, on no less than five separate occasions, a massive infusion of ideas and styles into the contemporary…

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Elizabeth Gaskell – Selected Works

10 June 2022 12 June 2022 -

Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of a number of novels including Cranford and North and South. She is also known as friend of Charlotte Bronte and she…

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English Parish Churches: Their Architecture, Design and Use

4 July 2022 6 July 2022 -

English parish churches date from every period from the 6th century to today. This course looks at their architecture and how this evolved to accommodate the ways in which they…

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Enhancing Wellbeing Getaway

20 January 2023 23 January 2023 -

Leave behind the busyness of the modern world, your routine and responsibilities and join like-minded people to relax and enjoy a few days of mindfulness, yoga and stress awareness. Suitable…

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Evelyn Waugh – His Life and Literature

27 June 2022 29 June 2022 -

Evelyn Waugh is one of the most widely read of 20th Century novelists. There have been numerous adaptations of his books for film, TV and radio. He also wrote travel…

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Every Picture tells a Story – Victorian Narrative Painting

21 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Art and storytelling have been linked since the dawn of humankind. How and why the narrative form, in both word and image, became so prevalent in the 19th century are…

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Exploring Fabric Dyeing and Screen Printing with Zara Shepherd

17 August 2022 19 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. Students will discover the traditional textile processes of fabric dying using a resist technique called shibori. We will experiment with different…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

6 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop – COURSE FULL

30 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Knitting Workshop

1 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Add to your Christmas decorations at this fun festive workshop. Using simple techniques, knit up a mini stocking or bauble for the tree – you might choose to create a…

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Festive Papercutting Workshop

24 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A great way to ease into the festive season. With the help of pre designed sheets, some simple cutting exercises and lots of inspirational resources, you will cut out several…

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Festive Patchwork Star Workshop

25 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A great way to ease into the festive season. These lovely patchwork stars are the perfect introduction to the traditional, hand stitched, template technique of patchwork, also known as EPP,…

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Finishing Touches and Embellishments

29 September 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a very inspirational day where you will work on pre knitted swatches, we will practice our embroidery stitches, add applique, embellish the surface in various ways including beads,…

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Foundations of Yoga

24 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what Yoga is all about but not felt confident or flexible enough to commence general classes? Or have you had a break from Yoga and would…

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From St. Augustine to Elizabeth I: England’s First Christian Millennium

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer/Autumn week. From the conversion of the English to Christianity by Roman and Irish missionaries in the 7th century to the creation of a…

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

24 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you have recently bought a sewing machine or have never really understood how to use all the stitches and feet that came with your sewing machine, then this is…

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine – COURSE FULL

2 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you have recently bought a sewing machine or have never really understood how to use all the stitches and feet that came with your sewing machine, then this is…

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Guitar Festival Monday Concert – Amadeus Guitar Duo

8 August 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Amadeus Guitar Duo are counted among the top-class international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff have…

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Guitar Festival Season Concert Ticket

7 August 2022 11 August 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Guitar Festival Sunday 7th August Concert – Eden Stell Guitar Duo. Guitar Festival Monday 8th August Concert – Amadeus Duo. Guitar Festival Tuesday 9th August Concert – Jessica Marie Quiñones…

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Guitar Festival Sunday Concert – Eden Stell Guitar Duo

7 August 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a…

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Guitar Festival Thursday Concert – Bibi Heal and Amanda Cook

11 August 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bibi Heal graduated from the University of East Anglia with a First Class degree in Music and completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She has studied…

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Guitar Festival Tuesday Concert – Jessica Marie Quiñones and Mark Eden (Flute and Guitar)

9 August 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jessica Marie Quiñones’ childhood was spent in the New Mexican desert of the American Southwest, land of Georgia O’Keeffe, cowboys, alien sightings, and the Native American flute. Specialising in the…

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Guitar Festival Wednesday Concert – Duo Agostino

10 August 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Raffaele and Janet have been active in the Sydney Classical Guitar scene over the last four decades, beginning with the founding of the Sydney Guitar Quartet in 1981, a group…

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Guitar Summer School

7 August 2022 13 August 2022 -

After 25 years under the dedicated stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington Guitar Festival has gone from strength to strength.  We are pleased to announce that from 2021 the Eden…

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Heat Press Exploration Workshop

1 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day exploring textures, colour and design using the heat press and sublimation printing . We will be preparing our own dye papers, and learn how to use different textures, …

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Indian Block Printing Workshop

12 September 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn about the traditional skill of Indian Block Printing with images of block printing around Jaipur, handling hand printed fabrics and hand carved blocks. You will print tissue paper, card…

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Indian Block Printing Workshop – Next Steps

11 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

We will start by looking at examples of hand block printed fabrics, considering design placement, colour and pattern. Using a selection of hand carved Indian woodblocks experiment printing patterns, you…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

21 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A one-day course designed for beginners, and for those wanting to refresh existing knowledge. We will look at the core ideas underpinning Mindfulness, including short periods of meditation practice in…

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Knitted Toys

1 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spend the day working on a project selected from my Toys to Knit book. Choose from a traditional knitted ball which you can personalise, or a beautiful starfish. Following the…

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Lace Knitting

4 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Classic lace knitting is a very traditional method of creating delicate and intricate work. During the day we will work up small samples of this technique, staring with the simplest…

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Landscapes with Churches – West Country Church Crawling with Mike Hope

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer/Autumn week. The landscape of South-West England is particularly dominated by the inevitable presence of a church – its tower or spire. These…

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Learn to Machine Sew Piped & Zipped Scatter Cushions

22 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Scatter cushions are used so much as decoration and for function in most peoples homes, used to bring an accent colour into a room, as a design feature, also practically…

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Leatherwork – Card and Coin Pouch Workshop (Afternoon)

13 June 2022 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Learn how to make your own Card / Coin Pouch from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to Leather and the traditional tools we will be using, you…

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Leatherwork – Card and Coin Pouch Workshop (Morning)

13 June 2022 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to make your own Card / Coin Pouch from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to Leather and the traditional tools we will be using, you…

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Leatherwork – Make a Bag: Two Day Workshop – COURSE FULL

26 September 2022 27 September 2022 -

Learn how to make your own Shoulder or Tote Bag from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to leather and its many types and uses, you will begin…

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Lino Printing Workshop

9 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a fun and relaxed workshop learning this traditional print making technique in the form of lino printing. Create your own unique Lino blocks that you will take home…

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Lunch & Lecture: The Art & Lives of Stanley Spencer & Hilda Carline in Images & Poems

27 October 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanley Spencer was one of the most prolific and popular English artists of the 20th century. This talk will explore his life and work and that of his first wife…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel: Two Day Workshop – COURSE FULL

13 July 2022 14 July 2022 -

This two day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead. Stained Glass is an ancient art…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel: Two Day Workshop – COURSE FULL

24 October 2022 25 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This two day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead. Stained Glass is an ancient art…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Spectrum Stick for the Garden

31 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead, this one day workshop will enable you to create one colourful stained glass spectrum stick which can be hung in…

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Mark Making & Mindfulness in Stitch

30 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day is all about learning to be present and enjoying the moment. We will begin by exploring the lovely grounds at Dillington House and looking more closely at the…

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Memoir Writing: A Story of Your Own

4 November 2022 6 November 2022 -

Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process. Whether it’s for your family, publication, or just for yourself, a memoir can help make sense of your experience,…

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Modular Knitting – Fans

4 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working with limited stitches and simple shaping you can create intricate pieces of work. It is a relatively simple method of the craft…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – The Wilton Diptych

5 September 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Wilton Diptych is one of the treasures of the National Gallery in London.  The diptych commemorates King Richard II and is a rarity being one of very few medieval…

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Paint and Stitch on Silk

15 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn how to apply colour to pure silk fabric and create your own beautiful design, embellished with hand-embroidery. Friendly personal tuition will be given at every stage of this lovely…

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Paint Art Course with David Chandler

17 August 2022 19 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Summer/Autumn week. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is…

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Paris: Its History and Art

4 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This study day is designed for anyone with an interest in Paris, its history and its art and architecture. We will begin with a survey of the city’s history from…

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Pencil Art Course with David Chandler

15 August 2022 16 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer/Autumn week. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is…

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Pencil to Paint Art Course with David Chandler

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is…

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Photography – Architecture: The Alchemy of Design and How to Photograph it

12 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the Architectural Photography. The day starts with brief introductions by each participant and a favourite image they have taken or would like…

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Photography – Close Up and Sensational : A Guide to ‘Close Up’ Photography

11 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the intimate world of ‘Close Up & Macro’ photography. I will base the day on photographing flowers. From a group of flowers,…

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Photography – Picture Perfect Portraits and How to Take Them

10 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A relaxed fun day’s practical photography experience of the Art of Portraiture Photography. The day starts with brief introductions by each participant and a favourite ‘Close Up’ image they have…

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Poems to Live By: How to Write Poems that Matter

6 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In a time of worldly conflict and struggle, we need what poetry offers more than ever – words to express the inexpressible, heal the heart and inspire the human spirit.…

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Printing with Leaves Workshop

15 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a day exploring dye sublimation using a heat press to create unique and exciting designs.  You will be carefully guided through the different stages by demonstrations and will begin…

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Printing with Leaves Workshop

3 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day exploring colour and textures when printing with real leaves.  We will be using the heat press and dyes to print fabric using sublimation printing which can achieve the…

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Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo – A Fresh Look

11 November 2022 13 November 2022 -

Award-winning author and director comes to Dillington House to present a weekend of revealing talks and films exploring just who really were the great artists Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo.  Each…

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Red Woodland Squirrel Needle Felting Workshop

22 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Singing for Larks

7 October 2022 9 October 2022 -

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singing for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by…

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Stonehenge: Landscape and People

10 June 2022 12 June 2022 -

Stonehenge is an iconic monument, familiar to millions around the globe. But the world inhabited by the people who built and used it would have been anything but familiar to…

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Stumpwork Embroidery with Annette Bolton

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. This course will explore the beautiful and fascinating sixteenth century raised embroidery technique known as Stumpwork. The theme will be set…

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Sunday Concert – Solo and Duo Piano Recital with Charles Owen & Dominic Degavino

16 October 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Charles Owen, ‘one of the finest pianists of his generation’, returns for his fourth visit to Dillington to give a recital of works by Brahms and Schumann.   The first half…

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Sunday Concert with the Coull Quartet

2 October 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The magnificent Coull Quartet offers a rare combination of maturity and freshness and we are delighted that once again they are returning to Dillington House. Concert commences 2.30pm. Doors open…

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Sunday Lecture – Ancient Egypt at the Movies

27 November 2022 -

The twentieth century’s single greatest contribution to the Arts – namely film- also saw the birth of curse of the Mummy in films. Indeed Hollywood and Ancient Egypt have been…

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Sunday Lecture – Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance

23 October 2022 -

This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands for lifelike portraiture amongst the growing wealthy elites of Northern Europe. In turn the employment of new materials…

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Ten by Ten….More! with Gwyn Parry Jones

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer/Autumn week. Join us on a musical journey, taking in a selection of the key works in the history of music.  Some are…

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The Age of Discovery – In Search of the Northern Passages

20 May 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

From the beginning of our modern age navigators and their merchant backers baulked at the long detours required to round the great Capes of Good Hope and the Horn and…

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The Age of Discovery – The Early Navigators

7 September 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day course is the first of a series of standalone courses, which considers how our modern understanding of the world took shape. The Ottoman conquest of the Levant cut…

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The Age of Discovery – The John Company and India

21 January 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day course is the third of a series of standalone courses which considers how our modern world took shape. Of all the trading nations, the British were conspicuously the…

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The Age of Discovery – The Mercantile Empires

29 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day course is the second of a series of standalone courses which considers how our modern understanding of the world took shape. Following the early voyages of discovery, the…

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The Age of Discovery – Trade and the Flag: The Spoils Divided

18 March 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admiral Lord Nelson’s real ‘Bequest to the Nation’ was the unchallenged domination of the world’s seaways by the Royal Navy for over a century after the Battle of Trafalgar. In…

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The Cathedral Builders – COURSE FULL

18 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course looks at England’s great medieval cathedrals, such as Durham, Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, and Gloucester. As well as looking at their often breathtaking architecture, it explores how craftsmen with…

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The Colourful Tombs of Beni Hasan

21 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Vibrant painted scenes on the walls of the tombs of nobles at Beni Hasan provide a window into the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians c2000 BC. We will explore…

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The Devil in the Detail: Deciphering Two Iconic Tudor Portraits

13 February 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course provides close readings of two of the most recognisable portraits of the Tudor era, ‘The Ambassadors'(1533) by Hans Holbein the Younger and the ‘Ditchley’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth…

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The Dillington Book Club 07/06/2022

7 June 2022 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster – Published by Penguin. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt’s Capital

25 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day exploring the gods, goddesses and temple remains of Memphis, Egypt’s earliest capital, located close to modern Cairo. We will explore the mythology of the deities most associated with…

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The Grand Old Man: William Gladstone and the Making of Liberal England

26 July 2022 28 July 2022 -

We are meant to become more conservative as we get older but Gladstone’s political career started as a High Tory opposed to the abolition of slavery and ended as a…

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The Hanseatic League

21 October 2022 23 October 2022 -

We all have some vague notions about what the Hanseatic league was, when it thrived and where it was based. This course will set out to answer all these questions…

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The Joy of Painting

31 July 2022 4 August 2022 -

Watercolour and other water based mediums will be covered in this course which will look at all the crucial elements involved in producing good paintings right through from the planning…

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The Mysterious Impressionists with Dr Jan Cox

14 August 2022 19 August 2022 -

This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer/Autumn week. A look at the most fascinating of the Impressionists, who all had secret sides to their lives. Camille Pissarro, the kindest…

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The Philosophy and Literature of Iris Murdoch

5 September 2022 7 September 2022 -

Murdoch’s philosophy has often been neglected in favour of her novels. In this course we will remedy this imbalance. Beginning with the novel The Bell, we will look at the…

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The Thutmosids of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty

1 August 2022 3 August 2022 -

This course will explore the first half of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty: c1150 – 1400 BC. We will investigate the origins and reigns of one of ancient Egypt’s most important ruling…

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Three British Artists Between the Wars: Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth & Tristram Hillier

5 October 2022 6 October 2022 -

After the First World War, British artists strove to create innovative art that had links to the art of Europe. Paul Nash captured the ‘spirit of place’ in Dorset, Wiltshire…

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Victorian Style Hand Embroidery

22 June 2022 24 June 2022 -

Using floral designs from a selection of antique patterns from 1880 this course combines couching of a variety of metal threads with silk shading, stem stitch, chain stitch and a…

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Vintage Bear Needle Felting Workshop

5 December 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Watercolour Wildlife

22 August 2022 24 August 2022 -

A wonderful opportunity to focus on techniques for introducing local wildlife into your paintings. Hares, badgers, foxes, deer. Creating atmospheric wet into wet backgrounds that set the scene for the…

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Watercolour Woodland

21 October 2022 23 October 2022 -

Focusing on trees and techniques for creating atmosphere, depth and texture. Shari will bring plenty of visual references of trees and, of course, we have all the beautiful trees at…

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Wednesday Lunch & Lecture – Honfleur: Cradle of Impressionism

1 June 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The coastal town of Honfleur in Normandy was a popular destination for artists in the early 19th century.  It was also home to Eugene Boudin who was one of the…

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Willow Angel Workshop

16 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and make a 4 foot high willow Angel with wings – new for Winter Season for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n…

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Willow Chicken and Cockerel Workshop

4 July 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 2 foot high willow chicken or cockerel. Jo will guide you through each step to create your…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop

17 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic metal frame. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop – COURSE FULL

4 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic metal frame. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Deer Sculpture Workshop – COURSE FULL

25 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic metal frame. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Dragonfly Workshop

15 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a wonderful 3 foot wide willow flying dragonfly for…

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Willow Hare Workshop – COURSE FULL

15 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a 2-3 foot high willow hare. Jo will guide you through each step to create your sculpture for…

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Willow Pig Workshop

16 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer/Autumn week. Join local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of ‘Forged n Willow’ to make a wonderful 2 foot high, 3 foot long willow…

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Won’t Draw, Can’t Paint!

11 November 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drawing isn’t a gift, granted to some but not others; it’s a skill that can be acquired by anyone with reasonable hand/eye co-ordination and a determination to improve. It’s also…

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Writing for Newspapers and Magazines

25 August 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a course for students interested in writing non-fiction news items or features. It includes how to research content and style of various publications and how to approach an…

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Yoga for Older Beginners

7 October 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A day of yoga to introduce beginners to key yoga poses (asana) with clear instructions on how to get in and out of each pose safely and easily. Yoga props…

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You the Jury – Casebook 9

23 June 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

We will be considering two different real life cases of murder which occurred between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the evidence, discuss the case and attempt to…

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