July 23, 2017 - September 3, 2017 |

“Logic will get you from A to B”, said Albert Einstein, “Imagination will take you everywhere else.”


Discover extraordinary displays, secret places and innovative activities during our ‘Summer of Imagination’. A ‘blessing’ of galloping unicorns will greet you upon arrival and keep an ear out for our unusually chatty trees! Younger visitors will love our dragon’s lair and fairy village, opening doors onto their imagination.


The six-week event will also feature an inspiring programme of residencies by land artists, theatre groups, aerial dance groups, poets and photographers as well as workshops, creative activities and events for all ages.


Some of Doddington’s trees will even be speaking for themselves this summer. This initiative, funded by The Woodland Trust, is led by Lincoln College’s production and lighting designer Howell Thomas, who was responsible for our Snow Queen display in the Long Gallery last Christmas plus our spectacular Hallowe’en events. It features the skills of fifteen aspiring designers, script writers, technicians and performers.


Expect not only the joyful, the beautiful, the imaginative and the thought-provoking but also something for everyone.


Daily, 23 July – 03 Sept (excl. Saturdays), 11am – 4.30pm

Garden admission applies. Hall & Gardens or Gardens only tickets can be purchased in advance online or you can purchase tickets on arrival at the Gatehouse. Some workshops and activities have an additional charge – please click the link below for more information.


Click here for a list of activities / workshops

Click here for the full programme and map.


Find out more about this event on our blog


Our ‘Summer of Imagination’ is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Talking Trees is supported by the Woodland Trust for the Tree Charter Campaign. You can sign the charter here.

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Photos: Instinctive Photography