Dartington Hall in Devon is where Ways With Words began and 2021 will be our 29th festival here. Ways With Words at Dartington is a special event. The surroundings are beautiful, and arguably at their best in the peak of summer (assuming the weather isn’t too British).

Each year over one hundred events are held in either the medieval Great Hall or the more intimate Barn Theatre. You’ll find workshops and more specialist talks in smaller venues on-site too. A burst of activity follows each event as festival-goers gather in the courtyard to buy books, meet authors, chat with friends over freshly made coffee and relax in a deck chair. Or you may prefer to explore the Dartington gardens and wider estate.


You can build your own festival experience, and there are a variety of options depending on your budget. Dartington Hall offers hotel accommodation in the East and West Wing of the courtyard where the festival happens. There are simpler single rooms in Higher Close just a two-minute walk away from the festival venues, as well as camping options in the estate. Totnes, a bustling market town, is three miles from the estate offering hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and AirBnB.