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Bank Holiday Monday 29 May   The day will be devoted to raising money to repair and replace the benches in the garden and we do hope you will come … Read more


Bank Holiday Monday 29 May


The day will be devoted to raising money to repair and replace the benches in the garden and we do hope you will come along and support us. The garden will be open from 10-5 with a café serving light lunches, cakes and refreshments. Assisted wheelchair access and dogs on leads welcome. Entry £3.50, U16 and Friends of Springhead free. We will have stalls selling plants, bric a brac, jewellery, and art together with a demonstration and sale of willow weaving.


On the same day are two photography courses:

With prize-winning photographer and writer – Edward Parker


10.00am- 1.00pm



These courses are suitable for people of all abilities using any type of camera.  The idea is to demonstrate when and how to get the very best out of your camera and explain the basic principles needed.  During the course, you will be shown how to change the settings on your camera to improve the results.  For example, the lens zoom settings are particularly important.

It is possible to get excellent images using natural light with almost any sort of camera with a bit of tuition.   In many ways, compact cameras are as good as DSLR’s for general photography.

A lot of the success of general photography relies on understanding a little about composition and the use of foreground, background and lighting, all of which are equally relevant irrespective of the type of camera used.  A tripod and reflectors will be available for participants on the day but do bring your own along too if you have one.  Outdoor shoes and a coat are also recommended

Each three hour course costs just £25 per person (payable on the day)

To book contact:  The Springhead Trust Ltd, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0NU

Tel: 01747 811853    Email: [email protected] www.springheadtrust.org.uk


Sunday 16 July – Open Garden (10-5) with stalls and café. Edward Parker will also talk about his latest book Ancient Trees of the National Trust.


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!


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 orchestra is made up of 18-25 students, aged 10-17 and many have dual nationality, including South Korean, Canadian, Finnish, Japanese, Greek and Lebanese nationality.  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.