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Leaping the Fence: Ground-breaking artists on show at Hestercombe   Hestercombe has always had a place at the leading edge of creativity. The beautiful gardens, ground-breaking in their time, were designed by individuals who were artists as well as gardeners, from Bampfylde who employed the artists’ technique of borrowed views in the landscape to Jekyll and Lutyens with their inspired mix of architecture and planting design in the formal gardens. Now the next great creative step is being made at Hestercombe. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and others a year long programme of arts activity is underway, kicking off in late spring with Hestercombe’s first art exhibition in...
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What's on in the Hestercombe Winter Wonderland.... WELCOME TO WINTER WONDERLAND AT HESTERCOMBE! A sparkling winter woodland walk, skating, Father Christmas and 3 unique Carol concerts combine to make the festive season at Hestercombe exceptional. For the first time, from November 30th until December 24th, from 4.30pm each evening (check website for exact times) an enchanting Winter Wonderland woodland walk will be open at the famous Hestercombe near Taunton. As dusk falls venture along the winding pathway through the trees lit with a multitude of sparkling lights and hung with heavenly decorations. Spot the little willow woodland animals too! And in a fairy-tale come true discover Father Christmas...
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Fungi, Fiction & Festive Fayre Novelties in NOVEMBER AT HESTERCOMBE. Fungi, Fiction and Festive Fayre! November at Hestercombe kicks off with a Historical Writer’s Association Day as part of the Taunton Literary Festival. Throughout the day a range of authors including Anthony Riches, Karen Maitland and J.D. Davies, will be in conversation covering the subjects of The Romans, Historical Crime and Naval Fiction. Combine food for the mind with food for the body by booking Lunch and Two Talks for just £20 or Tea (a cream one) and Two Talks for £15. To purchase tickets for the Historical Writer’s Association Day at Hestercombe CLICK HERE  ...
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Activity for Illumina at Hestercombe is hotting up and as a prelude look out for the upcoming  Guerilla Projections planned for Taunton, Bridgwater, Wellington and Exeter from August 22nd via Facebook and Twitter.     PRESS PREVIEW OF ILLUMINA Thursday September 5th. Drinks and canapés at 8.15pm followed by exclusive access to the gardens at 9pm for all press. Drinks and canapés followed by a tour. Bring a friend or partner. No torches please! RSVP: rebecca@powproductions.tv   For GUERILLA ENQUIRIES OR INTERVIEWS CALL: Stephanie Holley  0797 367 6804...
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ILLUMINA - MAGICAL NIGHT TIME LIGHT SENSATION  As dusk falls, visitors to the gardens will be immersed in a sensory spectacle as the natural beauty and impressive features of Hestercombe are transformed into a visual masterpiece by special light installations. After the extraordinary success of last years’ event, light installation artist Ulf Pedersen is returning to Somerset to once again create his magical illusions at the famous Hestercombe gardens.  Bristol based Pedersen, is famed for his work with Power Plant, a ground breaking event involving 5 artists who have set up light and sound based interventions in various botanical gardens around...
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