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Events at Hestercombe…

Plant Explorers

Plant Explorers Trail

Sat, 11th Feb at 10:00 am to Sun, 26th Feb at 5:00 pm
Become an explorer as you voyage around the gardens and discover which distant lands our plants have come from.  Collect your passport from the Visit Find out more »


Bampfylde Lecture 2017 – Uncovering Hestercombe: 25 Years of Discovery

Fri, 3rd Mar at 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Hear Hestercombe’s founder and Chief Executive Philip White tell his story of how he discovered the hidden gardens at Hestercombe and led a team Find out more »

Start line

1610 Woodland Wander 5km & 2km Fun Run

Sun, 5th Mar at 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Come and have a go at the Hestercombe Woodland Wander – 5km and 2km fun runs on Sunday 5th March at 9.30am. No times, no pressure – itR Find out more »

Welcome to Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset

Discover Somerset and lose yourself in fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breath away…..

This is Hestercombe – a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.

All of our gardens have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. The award-winning visitor facilities include the warm and welcoming Stables Kitchen Cafe with a bright, airy courtyard. Plus find the Column Room Restaurant inside Hestercombe House serving quintissentially British afternoon teas and delicious light lunches.

The Gardens Shop is full of beautiful things for the home and garden and the Plant Centre is well stocked with a wide variety of plants. These facilities and the well-appointed picnic area and under 7s playground have free entry. The restored 17th century watermill complex showcases the historic uses of renewable energy alongside the original working mill machinery and is set in the heart of the gardens.

There are so many things to do! The Somerset Gardens at Hestercombe are open all year round (except Christmas Day), has lots of exciting events and loves your dogs!

Hestercombe is an independent charity and all proceeds from garden admission, retail and events support the restoration, maintenance and development of these beautiful gardens. Registered Charity Number: 1060000.

What Our Visitors Have To Say

Very good place to relax and do something with the family.

This is one of my very fave places to visit and I bring my friends here for a lovely lunch after a walk in the gardens. Great news that the house is now open too!