Doddington Hall to create a ‘Summer of Imagination’

Doddington Hall to create a ‘Summer of Imagination’

Myths and legends from local heritage come to life for a magical celebration at Doddington Hall & Gardens this summer.

The historic house and gardens invites guests to discover the joyful, the beautiful and the mysterious with its spectacular Summer of Imagination.

From 25th July to 5th September 2021, the beautiful gardens of Doddington Hall near Lincoln will be transformed into an immersive outdoor experience with activities for all the family.

The attraction’s walled courtyards, formal gardens and wild gardens are set to become a magical Quest Trail with spectacular performances, live participation activities, installations and artwork as guests embark on a legendary adventure.

The hall will also exhibit a large-scale community sculpture, created by more than 360 children at six schools from the local area with the help of resident artists Nadya Monfrinoli and Louise Jones.

Drawing on real local history and amazing myths and legends from the hall’s 400 year history as well as its amazing natural beauty, Doddington Hall & Gardens’ Summer of Imagination will be an experience to remember.

Young girl wearing pink princess outfit and wings in grass with a statue on the ground

Claire Birch, whose family has owned and lived in Doddington Hall for 190 years said:

“Fairies, dragons, unicorns and witches await families who venture into the magical gardens of Doddington Hall this summer and there really is something for everyone. This historic house and gardens has witnessed some amazing moments over the centuries, with secrets, mysteries and wonders woven into the estate’s heritage. This summer, those stories are exploding into life and it’s going to be spectacular.

“As well as our amazing Quest Trail, guests can enjoy workshops, hands-on activities, live performances and dazzling artwork throughout the school summer holidays.

“Of course, you can also enjoy the many other attractions and activities which make a visit to Doddington Hall & Gardens so wonderful with our award winning Farm Shop, home and clothing store, Giant Lincoln bike shop, café and coffee shop. You can also enjoy our award winning afternoon tea in the restaurant, and the Elizabethan hall itself will also be open to visitors.

“The first Summer of Imagination we hosted in 2017 proved to be a real hit, and this year’s event will be even more magical.”

Young girl wearing pink dress in front of large shrubbery cut in the shape of a unicorn by a stately house

Helping to bring the myths and legends of Doddington Hall to life is the renowned Rhubarb Theatre Company. Performers will host a series of storytelling and craft workshops and families can also book a variety of exclusive art workshops.

The most eye-catching spectacle will be the large-scale community sculpture named Jarvis Row, which will be sited on the front lawn of Doddington Hall. Created with children from six local schools, the artwork will be unveiled when the Summer of Imagination begins on 25th July.

Lead artist, Nadya Monfrinoli said:

“I’m so excited to help create this amazing Summer of Imagination at Doddington Hall & Gardens. The team of artists making the Summer of Imagination come to life are all drawn from the local area, as part of our mission to champion local talent and provide mentoring opportunities for emerging artists.

“We have a lot of experience in staging great events at Doddington Hall & Gardens but there’s definitely truth in the idea of ‘art through adversity’: The unique challenges of the pandemic have led to us exploring innovative and exciting new ways of engaging our amazing visitors. The programme we’ve created for Summer of Imagination combines real history, local myths and legends, as well as our love for the natural world to create something truly wonderful.”

Doddington Hall & Gardens’ Summer of Imagination runs from 25th July until 5th September 2021. Open seven days a week from 10am-4pm, adult tickets are available for £7.50 and tickets for children aged 4 to 16 are £3.50. Children under 3 can enter for free. Family tickets are available for £19 and Doddington Season Ticket holders can enter for free.

Tickets can be purchased from or upon arrival, although numbers are limited to enable social distancing so advance booking is recommended. Visit for more information and follow Doddington Hall on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Doddington Hall & Gardens’ Summer of Imagination has been made possible thanks to public funding by Arts Council England.

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