Summer 2020 at Devon Sculpture Park

What’s on this summer at Devon Sculpture Park.

Summer has started. Lockdown is easing and DSP is carefully and cautiously reopening. Each visit is pre-booked online at the website, numbers are more limited than ever, social distancing is carefully practised and for now everything is 100% outdoors. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Sunset over the Robert Adam Orangery

We have gone with phased reopenings. Day Visits were first – CLICK TO BOOK DAY VISIT. From this week you can also pre-book one of our guided walking tours – CLICK TO BOOK GUIDED TOUR.

You could ask what’s new? We’ve been keeping numbers low with private, guided visits for a while – to protect our habitats, the wildlife and the integrity of this magical place as a historic retreat. DSP is both creative retreat and wildlife haven. But a number of things are new.

One of our new offerings is DSP’s 20% discount on Day Visits for NHS workers. One small way for us to thank you. But we wanted to go a little further so we’ve spent the last few months creating a new space – DSP’s memorial site for the victims of the pandemic. A place with a highly relevant sculpture from an important artist. A zen like space that allows us to reflect on how Coronavirus has affected us all. A little haven, by the Capability Brown lake, for us to rest for a while and remember. Remember the lives tragically lost, the workers putting themselves at risk for us all and the lessons to be learnt.

Teresa Wells installing at our new memorial

We’re lucky to have ‘Weight of the World’ by Teresa Wells MRSS as the centre piece. It was due to go to Hampton Court this summer but instead has come down to Devon to mark our new memorial site. We’re excited about how the site has come together. Come and experience it for yourself – CLICK TO BOOK DAY VISIT.

The exciting thing about rewilding is that every month you notice considerable changes to the landscape, wildlife and gardens. You don’t have to wait for the four traditional seasons – it’s as though rewilding unleashes nature on steroids – 12 months of the year. But summer is special. The wilded Capability Brown gardens are bursting, the herbivores and wildlife in the outer wildlands are relaxed and resting. This year’s newborns have become cheeky teenagers and the sheltered nature of the estate makes it a warm, relaxing and welcoming place to retreat for a day. CLICK TO BOOK REWILDING TOUR.

Buzzard soaring over the wildlands

The environmental artists at DSP have been busy. They spend the winter and spring creating and the summer hanging out at DSP and installing new works. Lockdown has spurred many of them to become more productive than ever. And as a result the environmental art installations at DSP have kicked up a gear as well. There’s much to see – CLICK TO BOOK ENVIRONMENTAL ART TOUR.

From July we will offer our workshops and retreats again. Socially distanced, smaller numbers and mostly outdoors. Some are brand new and some of them are our regular favorites. They each educate and inspire us around rewilding, wildlife gardening, creativity and healthier living. CLICK TO PRE-BOOK WORKSHOP.

Companies can start to book retreats again. What better way to bring small teams together in such a dynamic setting – healthy, environmental, safe and uniquelly creative. The ideal complement to your homeworking model. CLICK TO PRE-BOOK COMPANY RETREAT.

We’ve also introduced an evening retreat. From July you can join us for our Friday evening retreat. A special retreat for couples, families or to spoil your clients. DSP’s Friday evening retreat starts with a sunset guided wildlife walk, followed by mocktails and appetisers on the terraces at the Robert Adam Orangery and dinner al fresco from the wild kitchen overlooking the sea. CLICK TO PRE-BOOK FRIDAY EVENING RETREAT.

We look forward to seeing you this summer. If for whatever reason you can’t join us in-park then you can subscribe to DSP Online to experience the many aspects of the park virtually: the rewilding, our climate solutions, the art, the experts, the artists and our celebrated architecture. Starting at just £3 per month. CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE TO DSP ONLINE.

The Robert Adam Gallery

We have also recently launched the Robert Adam Gallery online. CLICK TO VIEW RA GALLERY ONLINE.

We hope you stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you in the coming months – online or in-park.

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