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Summer of Imagination

Event Detail

Start Date: July 25, 2021
End Date: September 5, 2021
Time: 10am-4pm daily (Last entry 3pm)
Adult: £7.50
Child 4-16yrs: £3.50 (3 and under free)
Family: £19
Doddington Season Ticket Holders: Free

Summer of Imagination returns for 2021 for 6 weeks over the summer months.

Discover the magic of our Gardens and unleash your imagination.

Real local history and amazing myths and legends from the Hall’s 400 year history will come to life for a magical celebration at Doddington Hall & Gardens this summer. Until 5 September, the beautiful gardens will be transformed into an immersive outdoor experience with activities for all the family.

Follow the Quest Trail through the gardens, which will be transformed into a journey through legend to see if you can find all the missing letters to complete the Quest!

On selected days, there will be a range of drop in workshops and activities with local artists as well as live storytelling with Rhubarb Theatre, included in the entry fee. See tabs below for more details on these additional activities and workshops.

Summer of Imagination is included in our usual garden admission fee and advanced booking online is highly recommended.

Come and take a look too at our wonderful community sculpture on the front lawn, free of charge. The large-scale sculpture, called ‘Jarvis Row’, draws inspiration from the skyline of Doddington, and has been created by local artists Nadya Monfrinoli and Louise Jones of Lumo Workshop with children from six local schools.

CLICK HERE FOR DROP-IN STORYTELLING DATES

Unicorn Themed – 30 July, 18 August, 3 September, 5 September

Join Kirsty from Rhubarb Theatre for drop-in storytelling on the Croquet Lawn:

11am, 1pm & 3pm – Thelma the Unicorn (suitable for up to 8yrs)

12pm & 2pm – Myths & legends of Doddington (suitable for 8yrs+)

Sessions last approx 15-20 mins and are included in Garden admission

Dragon Themed – 6 August, 25 August, 27 August

Join Kirsty from Rhubarb Theatre for drop-in storytelling on the Croquet Lawn:

11am, 1pm & 3pm – The Kiss that Missed (suitable for up to 8yrs)

12pm & 2pm – Myths & legends of Doddington (suitable for 8yrs+)

Sessions last approx 15-20 mins and are included in Garden admission

Woodland Themed – 13 August, 15 August, 1 September

Join Kirsty from Rhubarb Theatre for drop-in storytelling on the Croquet Lawn:

11am, 1pm & 3pm – Traditional Woodland Tales (suitable for up to 8yrs)

12pm & 2pm – Myths & legends of Doddington (suitable for 8yrs+)

Sessions last approx 15-20 mins and are included in Garden admission

CLICK HERE FOR DROP-IN CRAFT WORKSHOPS DATES

25 July, 2, 8, 22, 29, 30 August

Join local artists Nadya Monfrinoli and Louise Jones for drop-in craft workshops along the quest trail. Crafts will be based on the theme of the week (Unicorns/Dragons/Woodlands). Suitable for all ages.

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28 July, 4, 11, 16, 17, 24 August

Take part in an exclusive 2-hour workshop, suitable for all ages, amongst the setting of Summer of Imagination. Delivered by local artists Nadya Monfrinoli and Louise Jones, these workshops are designed to allow you to explore a new skill and enjoy crafts in an intimate group setting, before taking home your finished piece.

Exclusive Craft Workshop tickets are purchased in addition to Summer of Imagination entry tickets:

Wednesday 11 August: Lantern-making (suitable for 8yrs+)

Monday 16 August: Lantern-making (suitable for 8yrs+)

Tuesday 17 August: Unicorn Hobby Horse (suitable for 5yrs+)

Tuesday 24 August: Dragon puppets (suitable for 5yrs+)

Please note, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Sessions at 10.30am & 2pm (workshops last 2 hours approx)

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CLICK HERE FOR BOOKABLE GARDEN OF IMAGINATION WORKSHOPS

4, 11, 24, 31 August

Relax, be present in the moment and allow the gardens to inspire you. Immerse yourself in a beautiful, intimate workshop, with Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers, designed to free your creativity and give you some space to breathe.

In this exclusive, mindful workshop we will explore the gardens, taking time to connect with nature and gain inspiration from our surroundings. After a picnic lunch we will create something beautiful using gathered materials from the garden – let the garden dictate what you create.

Please bring shoes/clothes suitable for walking outdoors, plenty of water, a notebook and pen and a camera (phone camera is perfect).

£125 per person. 4 spaces per workshop.

Choose from the following dates, booking is essential

Weds 4 August (FULLY BOOKED)

Weds 11 August

Tues 24 August

Tues 31 August

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