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Day Courses, Lectures and Concerts can all be booked online. For Residential Courses please contact Dillington House via email or telephone so we can discuss your room requirements.

Due to social distancing measures we must reduce the numbers attending all events. We can offer a live interactive experience for some of our courses for those unable to travel to Dillington House. This means you can participate from the comfort of your own home. You will be sent log-in details and will be able to interact with the course tutor and participants as if you were here with us. Please contact us via email to see if the course you are interested in is offering this option.

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70th Anniversary – Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin: Britain’s First Ballet Superstars

3 June 2021 -

70 years ago Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin founded Festival Ballet with the help of Polish impresario Julian Braunsweg. English National Ballet celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2020.  It was…

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Antiques Explored Session 3 – Cracking Glass: The Story of Early English Drinking Glasses

1 June 2021 -

Glass has been around for thousands of years but, from a drinking glass collector’s point of view, it started in England, in the late seventeenth century, with the invention of…

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Belle Époque: The Music of France 1870-1914

24 September 2021 26 September 2021 -

‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe the period of relative peace and prosperity between the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the outbreak of World War 1 in…

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Bobbin Lace

27 June 2021 3 July 2021 -

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

15 October 2021 18 October 2021 -

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

14 June 2021 18 June 2021 -

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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Bookbinding

8 November 2021 12 November 2021 -

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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Bookbinding – Cross-structured and Cut-Flush

20 September 2021 23 September 2021 -

Try out and explore two contrasting bookbinding structures. The Crossed-Structure binding, from Carmencho Arregui, is simple yet full of potential. Flexible and endlessly variable, it works well with a variety…

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Botanical Illustration

19 July 2021 22 July 2021 -

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required,…

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Chinese Brush Painting – Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style

3 June 2021 4 June 2021 -

This practical course will focus on painting flower and birds as well as some insects in freehand style. It will start from wisteria with bird, then bamboo, followed by peony…

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Concert with the Coull Quartet

26 September 2021 -

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.  

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Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

24 September 2021 26 September 2021 -

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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Embroidered Wildflower Garland

4 June 2021 6 June 2021 -

This course is suitable for all including beginners. On this course you will learn how to use a wide variety of hand embroidery stitches to produce a lovely garland of…

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Experimental Watercolour and More

20 June 2021 23 June 2021 -

Experimental Watercolour and More An opportunity for those with some watercolour experience to explore a variety of watercolour techniques. The tutor will bring in water soluable crayons, collage material and…

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Five Cities in Their Heyday: Amsterdam to New York

2 June 2021 4 June 2021 -

Five Cities in Their Heyday: Amsterdam to New York This course tells the story of five of the world’s great cities, concentrating on the periods when they were at their…

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Five More Great Cities

19 July 2021 21 July 2021 -

This course is ideal for those with an interest in architecture, history & art history. After Philip Wilkinson’s successful cities course in 2018, he explores five more great cities focusing…

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Friday Lecture – Gothic Gems: A Celebration of the Arts and Literature which have Embodied and Revived Gothic over the Last Nine Hundred Years

21 January 2022 -

To mark the finishing of the detailed study (six weekend courses over the last four years) of the development of Gothic architecture from the twelfth to twenty-first centuries, this lecture…

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Gothic V

8 October 2021 10 October 2021 -

In what is the fifth in the series of six lectures which trace the history and continued use and development of Gothic Architecture, we have arrived at what for many…

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Gothic VI – The Final Chapter? 1901-2021

21 January 2022 23 January 2022 -

The accepted notion that Gothic architecture as a style had run its course by the early years of the twentieth century is quite frankly, utterly wrong. With Gothic revivalism continuing…

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Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance

26 November 2021 -

Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance Friday 26th November 2021 Fee: £26 Lecture including three course lunch This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands…

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Music and Poetry: the song-cycle from Schubert to the present

2 June 2021 4 June 2021 -

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of words and music than that found in the greatest of song-cycles. There is great variety too, from the intimacy of solo…

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Nineteenth-Century Female Physicians (Extraordinary Women Series)

7 June 2021 -

This day course will look at three pioneering nineteenth century female physicians – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson; Elizabeth Blackwell and Sophia Jex-Blake who changed the medical profession and paved a much-needed…

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Painting Landscapes in Oils

11 October 2021 12 October 2021 -

Caroline is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher of oil painting.  She will be fully demonstrating how to simplify and paint beautiful landscapes/ seascapes step by step using oils, an exciting…

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Papercutting

5 June 2021 6 June 2021 -

This course is perfect for those with an interest in typography, illustration, craft and graphic design. After mastering some basic cutting skills, students will cut out a prepared design and…

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Singing for Larks

29 October 2021 31 October 2021 -

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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Spain in the Twentieth Century

4 June 2021 6 June 2021 -

Spain was a monarchy until 1931, shared with the Primo de Ribera dictatorship from 1923.  A republic was proclaimed in 1931, re-elected in a more radical form in February 1936.…

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Sunday Lecture – The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901

10 October 2021 -

The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901 From such great mansions as Knightshayes Court to Tyntesfield, from pumping stations to railway stations, the Gothic Revival can be seen to…

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Surf’s Up! – Sing the Beach Boys

24 June 2021 -

Known for their musical homages to surfing, cars and romance, the Beach Boys achieved success early in their career with a string of songs celebrating 60s youth culture on the…

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Surface Textile Design

14 June 2021 -

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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The Architecture of Georgian Towns and Cities

20 September 2021 22 September 2021 -

Much of Britain’s most beautiful architecture was created by the Georgians in the eighteenth century. This course reveals how the Georgians transformed Britain, from major cities like London, Bath, and…

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The Dillington Book Club 01/06/2021

1 June 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing A Perfect Woman by L.P Hartley published by Penguin Books Includes coffee and lunch

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The Mayerling Story. Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Final in This Series.

3 June 2021 -

   

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The Tomb of Seti I: The Most Splendid in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

7 June 2021 -

The tomb of the glorious pharaoh Seti I (c.1294 – 1279 BC) is regarded by many as the most spectacular in the Valley of the Kings. The art of this…

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Traditional Crewelwork Embroidery

12 November 2021 14 November 2021 -

Learn how to embroider a traditional crewelwork design using fine crewel wools. A variety of hand embroidery stitches will be covered. Students will learn how to stitch beautiful Jacobean-style motifs…

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Two More Great Singers – Fritz Wunderlich and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

5 June 2021 -

The third in a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers, on this occasion two contemporaries possessing superb and characterful voices, performing in a…

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Two More Great Singers – Janet Baker and Thomas Allen

11 September 2021 -

The latest in a series of day schools focusing on the careers of outstanding singers both on the opera stage and the concert platform. Dame Janet Baker had a very…

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Two Titans Who Shaped the History of Ballet – The American Impresario Lincoln Kirstein and British Composer/Conductor Constant Lambert

4 June 2021 -

Two great ballet companies, New York City Ballet and The Royal Ballet, owe a huge debt to these extraordinary men of the 20th century. Lincoln Kirstein was fascinated by ballet…

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Understanding Photography – Further Development of Photographic Skills

28 June 2021 8 November 2021 -

Understanding Photography – Further Development of Photographic Skills (Intermediate Level) This is an evening course of ten sessions building on the Development of Photographic Skills Course. This course combines theory…

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Willow Owls

30 June 2021 -

Come and make a 4 foot wide flying willow owl for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through…

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Yoga, Mindfulness and Stress Awareness Getaway

4 June 2021 6 June 2021 -

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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