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Reasons to get outdoors in Dartmoor, Devon this summer

Reasons to get outdoors in Dartmoor, Devon this summer

Published: 02 May 2018

The largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, Dartmoor National Park is the perfect setting to embrace the great outdoors this summer. The Moorland Garden Hotel on the western edge of the moor is offering three great excuses to get outside:

Picnics in the wildflower meadow (May to September, £48 for two) – A British summertime staple, the picnic has been given a luxury Westcountry twist at the Moorland Garden Hotel.  In contrast to the hotel’s landscaped moorland gardens, the wildflower meadow is an untamed, peaceful retreat loved by wildlife. Guests are packed off with a map to their secluded picnic spot in the meadow along with a bespoke hamper of goodies. Treats include home-baked bread along with locally sourced cheese and chutney, duck pate, home-baked ham, goat’s cheese and sun blushed tomato quiche and Burts chips. The savoury treats are complemented by homemade cake, scones, clotted cream and preserve, seasonal fresh berries, a bottle of water and a flask of tea. A chilled bottle of wine or bubbly can be added on request.

Moor Otters art trail (June to September) – The Moorland Garden Hotel will be welcoming special guest, Potter Otter in June. The metre-high sculpture is one of 100 original pieces of art making up a first of its kind Moor Otters art trail across Dartmoor. Created by Gloucestershire artist, Rachel Shilston, to replicate Harry Potter, the wizardly otter will be located inside the hotel, and joins other striking sculptures already resident in the grounds. Visitors to Dartmoor will be encouraged to find each individually hand painted otter located at various locations across the moor, and log the serial numbers as part of completing the trail. 

Outdoor theatre – (29 June and 28 August) – The Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be delivering two outdoor theatre productions against the Moorland Garden Hotel’s beautiful Dartmoor backdrop.  Jane Eyre will come to life on 29 June with a rendition of Peter Pan on 28 August.  Tickets cost £15 per adult, £10 per child or £44 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children). A delicious BBQ and snacks will be available to purchase at each event.


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