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Dovedale Arts Festival 10–12 June 2016

The Dovedale Arts Festival 2016 is back at the Izaak Walton Hotel in the heart of the Peak District with its superb views over Dovedale and taking place in a large marquee in the gardens.

A sparkling programme of talks and performances launches on Friday 10 June.



Sir Christopher Frayling will pull out all the stops, conjuring up Angela Carter and the Gothic in film and the imagination to the accompaniment of the Mighty Compton Organ at Dovedale Garage in Thorpe, home of ‘Pipes in the Peaks’.


On Saturday the Allegri String Quartet returns by popular demand and on Sunday, Robert Bathurst and Virge Gilchrist bring their dramatisation of Christopher Reid’s Song of Lunch, fresh from performances in Chichester and London.


There will be talks by Thomas Pakenham on his lifelong love affair with trees; QCs Jeremy Hutchinson and Thomas Grant will discuss Hutchinson’s most celebrated legal trials; opera director David Pountney and art historian Paul Hills on the artist/poet David Jones; politicians Caroline Lucas and Natascha Engel on today’s challenges in Westminster; historian Juliet Nicolson on seven generations of her extraordinary family; and biographers Adam Sisman and Zachary Leader on John le Carré and Saul Bellow, and on writers’ lives at close range.


There will be paintings, sculpture, collages and ceramics on show, by artists Sarah Anderson, Juliet Bankes, Judy Gilley, Susanna Penrose,  Jane Rye,  Jocasta Shakespeare and Bridget Whitehouse.


Thomas Pakenham will lead a walk down Dovedale in pursuit of trees on Saturday morning, and bicycle wizard Andrew Ritchie, creator of the Brompton bike, will give an informal talk on his invention at 9.30 on Sunday morning.


All details of events and timings at As before, the Dovedale Rover Ticket enables entry to all the events. Why not make a weekend of it by booking into the hotel

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