6–8 June, Lower Damgate Farm,
nr. Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AD

The biennial Dovedale Arts Festival is back for its fifth festival, with its winning mix of the best in music, talks, entertainment, art and food. Not just a book festival or a music festival or a food festival, it’s a combination of all three – with art thrown in too – over the course of one lively weekend of discoveries and surprises, right in the heart of some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

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No need to go to a city concert hall to hear the world-famous cellist Natalie Clein – she’s coming to Dovedale, and will be playing Bach and John Tavener in a barn on the farm. Matthew Parris needs no introduction, and will be telling his tall tales from the world of diplomacy, while local biographer Fiona MacCarthy lets us into the secrets of writing the lives of others. Lucy Hughes-Hallett has walked off with all the prizes for her recent life of the flamboyant Italian poet and warmonger Gabriele d’Annunzio, and she will also be interviewing John Carey about his journey from a wartime childhood to the heart of the literary establishment and the writers that shaped his life. Walkers will enjoy Nick Hunt’s account of his journey on foot across Europe in the steps of Patrick Leigh Fermor, and bird- watchers will be enthralled by nature-writer Mark Cocker’s finds on the connections we make with birds the world over. Garden designer supremo Tom Stuart-Smith talks about the ideal garden as well as his most prestigious commissions, and art-historian Alan Powers about one of Britain’s best-loved artists, Eric Ravilious, whose inter-war landscapes and designs have become part of the English imagination.

All this, and the Saturday night extravaganza featuring the cultural panjandrum Christopher Frayling in an evening full of surprises at Dovedale Garage in Thorpe ….

We will show the Dark & White Peak Prints Collection of wood engravings made throughout the Peak District, landscapes by Tor Falcon and best-selling ceramics by Bridget Whitehouse and Jane Rye. Dovedale Events & Catering will provide their delicious and locally sourced food and drink throughout.

Please see for full programme, or for more information contact or, 01335 310348 / 07985920341.


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