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    Sunday 16 July – Open Garden (10-5) with stalls and café.  Edward Parker will be giving a fascinating insight into the many and varied ancient trees that grow … Read more




Sunday 16 July – Open Garden (10-5) with stalls and café.  Edward Parker will be giving a fascinating insight into the many and varied ancient trees that grow on National Trust land across the UK at 2.30 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to see and buy his latest book  ‘Ancient Trees of the National Trust’


Wednesday 2nd August – Children’s Workshop – ‘Pirates Ahoy’  (Treehouse Theatre)

Time : 11.00 am – 12.00 pm   Age: 2 yrs+  Price:  £3.00

Sing sea shanties, dress up as a pirate, invent and perform your own pirate tale, all rounded off with some swash-buckling interactive story-telling.  Pirates Ahoy is an exciting hour of making music with instruments, dressing up, singing and creating stories.  Perfect for parents and their little ones.


Thursday 3 August – The Miracle Theatre’s annual visit to Springhead. This year they are performing Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman.

Venture into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and the Marx Brothers,   where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped and night is an accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift , hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland. Since its publication in 1967, Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman has become one of the comic masterpieces of European literature; a surreal adventure, with hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and an unforgettable plot twist.  Recommended 8+ years.

Tickets are already available from Artsreach or the Springhead office: £12 adult, £10 Friend of Springhead, under 18 £8 and family £32. The performance starts at 7.30pm and refreshments will be served in the interval. However, the garden will be open for picnicking from 6.00pm. Remember to bring a chair, cushions and wrap up warm!

Tuesday 29th August – Children’s Workshop – ‘Making a Myth’ (Dorset Forest School)

Time: 11.00 am- 3.00 pm   Age: 5-12 yrs  Price: £10.00

Investigating the myths and legends surrounding some of the ancient stones in the area – such as the Hel Stone, Grey Mare and her Colts and the valley of the stones.  Working to create some new Myths about how they came to be there, by working in small groups and then hearing the new stories around the fire circle at the end.  Focusing on the geology of the site – and using the chalk to make paint the children will then decorate their own stones with chalk and coloured clay to make a simple game of tic tac toe.  Using stones, wool and leather cord the children will make staffs and story sticks using wool and lashing techniques.  This is an outdoor adventure.  Items to bring – a packed lunch, suitable outdoor clothing and robust footwear.


Sunday 1st October, afternoon (timing to be confirmed). We are very pleased to welcome back the German Youth Orchestra who will perform for us. They last visited Springhead in 2015 when we enjoyed a delightful evening. Young musicians from the Berlin-Brandenburg area rehearse together on a regular basis, to perform a wide variety of music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods in the CODA Chamber Orchestra.  The concerts performed by these young musicians usually include smaller chamber music group performances, as well as the whole orchestra together and the students enjoy moderating these themselves.

Monday 9th – Sunday 15th October – Ashscape.  Springhead is convening an important international conference on ash trees and ash die-back.  During the week a number of events will be open to the public.  Details to follow.


Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd December – The Garden of Delights returns with its collection of stalls with gifts handmade by artists – ideal Christmas presents.