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Events at Hestercombe…


Pumpkins and Potions Halloween Trail

Sat, 22nd Oct to Mon, 31st Oct
Follow our horrible Halloween trail around the ghastly gardens and collect ingredients to make your own chilling concoction.  Step inside the potions Find out more »


Wand making workshops

Tue, 25th Oct at 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Come to the Woodland Barn and make a magical, colourful wand to swish around and cast spells with. Workshops at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30 & 2.30. Find out more »

Red Forest Stephen Smith

Shifting Ground by Stephen Smith

Sat, 12th Nov, 2016 to Sun, 26th Feb, 2017
Shifting Ground is an exhibition by artist in residence Stephen Smith accompanied by works from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Predomina 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

A glorious, fascinating garden year round – extraordinary restoration and ongoing maintenance.

Everybody said how much they enjoyed their visit and it ‘certainly fired several people’s imaginations’! Many of the group will definitely be returning and we all especially enjoyed the buffet lunch in the Bampfylde Hall.