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A Little History of Paris Through Art & Architecture

5 October 2020 -

This study day will begin with a historical survey of Paris from its ancient origins as the settlement of the Parisii tribe to the present day. We will then look…

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Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources

24 August 2020 - 25 August 2020

Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 August Fee: £112 The session will look at more unusual resources mostly in the 1700 and…

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Aladdin’s Palace Pop-Up

15 September 2020 - 17 September 2020

Aladdin’s Palace Pop-up Lunch Tuesday 15 – Lunch Thursday 17 September Fees (£): 437 379 379 268 includes all materials. This course will appeal to those interested in art, craft…

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American Joy – The Ballets of Paul Taylor and Mark Morris

10 June 2020 -

The word joyous is not one that springs to mind when looking at some comtemporary dance, yet this word and many other similar adjectives – ‘sunny’, ‘lyrical’, ‘humourous’ – can…

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An Extraordinary Marriage – Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby

21 July 2020 -

An Extraordinary Marriage – Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby Tuesday 21 July Fee: £56 This course will appeal to those interested in nineteenth century social and political issues, the history…

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Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

2 October 2020 - 4 October 2020

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend Our tutor is Craig Houston-Donald and our musician is Robert Mackay. Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October Fees (£): 446 384 384 259 The course…

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Beginners Crochet – Additional date due to popularity

10 July 2020 -

The is an additional date due to popularity. Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day…

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Belle Époque: the music of France 1870-1914

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Belle Époque: the music of France 1870-1914 Dinner Friday 18 – Lunch Sunday 20 September Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 ‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe…

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Bobbin Lace

21 June 2020 - 27 June 2020

This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in…

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Bobbin Lace

23 October 2020 - 26 October 2020

Bobbin Lace Dinner Friday 23 – Lunch Monday 26 October Fees (£): 567 479 479 307 This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers, from those who have…

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Bookbinding

15 June 2020 - 19 June 2020

Angela’s bookbinding courses are aimed at students of intermediate level, particularly those who have taken a beginners’ course and would like to expand their knowledge. Students should bring a selection…

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Botanical Illustration

20 July 2020 - 23 July 2020

Botanical Illustration Tea Monday 20 July – Lunch Thursday 23 July Fees (£): 606 522 522 360 Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This…

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

16 July 2020 - 17 July 2020

Chinese Brush Painting – Flower and Bird, insects in freehand style Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July Fee: £112 This practical course will focus on painting flower and birds as…

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Country Hares and Foxes Needle Felting Workshop

10 October 2020 -

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 String Quartet Coaching Weekend

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend Lunch Friday 18 – Lunch Sunday 20 September Fees (£): 530 471 471 355 Once again, we are thrilled that the members of the Coull…

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Elizabeth Gaskell

23 June 2020 - 25 June 2020

This course will appeal to people familiar with the works of this writer and those who are new to her writing. Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of…

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Europe: The Hapsburgs Ascendant

24 August 2020 -

Europe: The Hapsburgs Ascendant Monday 24 August Fee: £56 This course considers the European balance of power in the 16th century. With the Reconquista complete, adventurers in the employ of…

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Evening Book Club

16 June 2020 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club

21 July 2020 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

25 June 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

23 July 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

20 August 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Four Early Medieval Christians – This course has been postponed. New date 26/09/2020

26 September 2020 -

What inspired medieval men and women to give their lives to God? We will examine the lives and writings of four very different individuals: St Benedict, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis…

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Frances Power Cobbe – Feminist, Journalist, Activist

14 July 2020 -

Frances Power Cobbe – Feminist, Journalist, Activist Tuesday 14 July Fee: £56 This day course will appeal to those who are interested in nineteenth century social and political issues, the…

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

22 July 2020 -

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Wednesday 22 July Fee: £56 This course is ideal for those with sleep challenges or are interested in finding out more on the subject. During…

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Give the Paint a Chance

24 August 2020 -

Give the paint a chance… Monday 24 August Fee: £56 This course will appeal to those with an interest in watercolours, abstract art, modernism, composition, expressive painting, landscape and urban…

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Guitar Summer School

2 August 2020 - 8 August 2020

Guitar Summer School Tea Sunday 2 August – Breakfast Saturday 8 August Fees (£): 937  842  842  559 After 25 years under the dedicated stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington…

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Hand Embroidery and Applique

3 June 2020 - 5 June 2020

These two techniques of embroidery and applique combined produce highly decorative results. Using patterened cotton fabric and felt, applying it to a background and then embellishing with hand stitching and…

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How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical

11 June 2020 -

What do On the Town, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, West Side Story, Oliver! And so many more have in common? These were choreographed by classically-trained dancers.…

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Improvised Patchwork

5 July 2020 - 6 July 2020

Improvised Patchwork Sunday 5 and Monday 6 July Fee: £117 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will appeal to those with…

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Indian Block Printing

29 June 2020 -

This course will interest those who have an interest in textiles or collected some woodblocks they would like to know how to use effectively. Indian Block Printing is suitable for…

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Indian Block Printing – COURSE FULL (additional date 29th June 2020)

8 June 2020 -

This course will interest those who have an interest in textiles or collected some woodblocks they would like to know how to use effectively. Indian Block Printing is suitable for…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

10 June 2020 -

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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Introduction to Printed textiles

6 July 2020 -

Introduction to Printed Textiles Monday 6 July Fee: £68 includes all materials. DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will appeal to…

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Introduction to Quilling

5 October 2020 -

Quilling is a centuries-old art which requires three basic elements – your fingers, paper and glue. After a brief introduction to the histroy of quilling, students will learn how to…

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Leatherwork – Make a Bag. Additional Course Date

8 June 2020 - 9 June 2020

This course is ideal for those with an interest in crafting and / or leather, bags and accessories, traditional skills and sewing. Learn how to make your own Shoulder or…

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Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners

20 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July Fee: £112 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will…

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Magical Running Hare Needle Felting Workshop

7 September 2020 - 8 September 2020

Come and join us for a relaxing, inspirational fun couple of days of needle felting with like minded, friendly and creative people! On this new exciting two-day needle felting workshop…

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Modular Knitting

9 July 2020 -

Modular Knitting Thursday 9 July Fee: £64 includes materials This course is suitable for anyone who can knit and purl with confidence. Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working…

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Monmouth Rebellion inc visit to battlesites

3 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those interested in History, Military History and Local History of SW England The day encompasses two parts. The first being lecture based and examining the…

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Nalbinding

26 October 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in ancient textiles, Scandiavian crafts, knitting, crochet, spinning and working with wool. Nalbinding is a technique using individual lengths of wool…

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Shakespeare Comedy of Errors including a trip to RSC Stratford-Upon-Avon

17 June 2020 - 19 June 2020

This course will appeal to those with a love of Literature, Shakespeare, comedy, theatre The course will explore Shakespeare’s highly entertaining The Comedy of Errors. We will discuss the language,…

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Singing for Larks

16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020

Singing for Larks Dinner Friday 16 – Lunch Sunday 18 October Fees (£): 446 384 384 269 Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy.…

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Stained Glass – COURSE FULL

7 July 2020 - 8 July 2020

Stained Glass Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July Fee: £142 includes material costs This course will appeal to those with an interest in painting, art history, building restoration and craftwork.…

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Summer School Week One – A Cultural History of Spain

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One – Exploring Shakespeare with Elizabeth Merry

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One – Unwrapped and Unpacked. Houses and Gardens, Public and Private of the West Country

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 There…

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Summer School Week One – Watercolour for Enjoyment

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One. Masterworks of Medieval English Art with Tim Porter

13 August 2020 - 14 August 2020

Masterworks of Medieval English Art with Tim Porter Thursday and Friday It’s hard to exaggerate the magnificence of medieval art, because the evidence is so overwhelming. Despite the destruction wrought…

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Summer School Week One. Music in the West Country with Tim Porter

9 August 2020 - 12 August 2020

Music in the West Country with Tim Porter Monday – Wednesday At Dillington we sit in the heart of the West, famed for its glorious landscapes and historic buildings –…

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Summer School Week Two – Crime, Social History and Literature with Diane Janes

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week Two – Five Centuries of Classical Music with Wayne Bennett

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non…

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Summer School Week Two. Lancastrians, Yorkists and The Emerging Tudors

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week Two. Landscapes with Churches – West Country Church Crawling

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 There…

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Summer School Week Two. Stumpwork and Hand Embroidery with Annette Bolton

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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The Beauties of Brick – The story of brick buildings in Britain

4 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel. An introduction to the uses of brick and tile in Britain’s architecture. The course traces the…

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The Dillington Book Club

2 June 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Lark Rise to Candleford published by Penguin Modern Classics. Tuesday 2 June Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Splendour of Stone – How stone has been used in British architecture

5 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel An introduction to the variety of ways in which stone has been used in Britain’s buildings.…

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Three Ways to Paint an Abstract – Additional Course date 06/06/2020

6 June 2020 -

“What does it mean, jellybean?… Even if I knew, I could only know what I thought it meant.” John Chamberlain (1927-2011) Abstract art may be over one hundred years old…

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Tutankhamun: the Pharaoh behind the Tomb

15 June 2020 - 16 June 2020

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Archaeology, Ancient History, History and Art History The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the iconic treasures within may be world-famous,…

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Two More Great Singers – Fritz Wunderlich and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

3 June 2020 -

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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Vintage Felt Bear

10 July 2020 -

Vintage Felt Bear Friday 10 July Fee: £71 includes materials This course will appeal to those who enjoy crafts such as quilting, knitting, spinning, crochet, beading, sewing, needle felting, sculpture…

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Watercolour Summer Workshop

21 June 2020 - 24 June 2020

Immerse yourself in the colour and variety of summer blooms and explore some exciting ways of working wet into wet with the addition of other watercoluble media into your watercolours.…

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When the Heir to the Throne took his own Life – a new, thought provoking look at the Mayerling Story 1889

22 July 2020 -

When the Heir to the Throne took his own Life – a new, thought-provoking look at the Mayerling Story 1889 Wednesday 22 July Fee: £56 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New…

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Wildlife and Natural History Painting in Gouache

6 April 2021 - 8 April 2021

This course is designed for beginners and upwards and will teach you how to make a true representation of a wildlife subject using illustrative painting techniques whilst not requiring any…

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Willow Hares – Additional date due to popularity

10 June 2020 -

Come and make a 3-4 foot willow sculpture for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through each step…

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You the Jury – Casebook 6

10 June 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Archaeology, Ancient History, History and Art History The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the iconic treasures within may be world-famous,…

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You the Jury Casebook 6

24 August 2020 -

You The Jury Casebook 6 Monday 24 August Fee: £56 Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England…

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You the Jury Casebook 6

21 October 2020 -

You The Jury Casebook 6 Monday 24 August Fee: £56 Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England…

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