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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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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:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   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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The gardens at Hestercombe are finally taking on their beautiful  late spring mantle after some better weather! Don’t forget what fun the gardens are for children over half term, when butterfly experts will be in the garden giving free talks! And for some traditional  style english summer enjoyment come and try our first ever Hestercombe Summer Fete on June 1st. Please get in touch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01823 413923 if you would like anu more information....
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  Hestercombe is a wonderful garden venue and regularly listed amongst the top 20 gardens in Britain.  Many activities are offered in the garden, a good number of them are  free with garden entry such as the butterfly walks and the charcoal burning days.  Special emphasis is also given to children as it’s a great place for them to engage with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. New for this year  is the traditionally styled  Hestercombe Summer Fete on June 1st and for all proud dog owners, a Family Dog Day on July 28th which promises to be a lot of...
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Easter is coming early but Hestercombe will be ready with lots of fun activities for children and wonderful landscapes to roam through for everyone! The wild daffodils should be in full throttle and we have just heard that the new Hestercombe chicks should have arrived for Easter too! Rare and beautiful they will certainly be worth a visit. If you would like any more information or pictures please call Stephanie Holley or Emily McCoy on 01823 413923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as I will be away until March 26th....
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The skating rink at Hestercombe is now officially open for action amidst a  magical woodland scene. The Face of Somerset, Megan Bessell cut the ribbon with the help of some merry elves and Father Christmas. Details attached and an image. Lots more pictures if you would like some! Please call 07900 685 303 or 01823 413923. Kind regards Rebecca Picture Credit: Alain Lockyer.   /  Picture caption: The Face of Somerset, Megan Bessell declares the magical skating rink at Hestercombe, Taunton officially open, with the help of the magical  Hestercombe elves and Father Christmas!  . To book: http://www.hestercombe.com/   PRESS RELEASE.  ...
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The Face of Somerset Skates into Christmas at Magical Hestercombe! Friday 30th November, 4.30pm – Hestercombe’s Official Skating rink Launch! Do join us for the exclusive opening of Hestercombe’s Skating Rink with ribbon cutting on skates performed by the new Face of Somerset, Megan Bessell. Press are  invited to preview the super silky all-weather artificial ice-rink for themselves!  The rink, opens to the public on Saturday 1st December. Last year’s skating at Hestercombe proved so popular it is back again this year. Accompanying Megan on the ice will be children from King’s Hall school and some of Wellington School’s Chapel Choir,...
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Don’t forget the magical  Christmas Market is taking place this weekend ( Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November, 10am – 5pm)  at Hestercombe,  near Taunton.  Delightful  stalls packed with Christmas gift ideas, entertainment for the children including a magician and heavenly choirs plus delicious food in the Stables Restaurant and Courtyard Café!   Entrance £3 on the door or book online and save 50p! U16 free. www.hestercombe.com 01823 413923 for more information. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA28LG   Rebecca Pow Tel: 07900 685 303 / 01823 443816/hestercombe 01823 413923...
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Come and see the beautifully restored 17th century watermill at Hestercombe up and running and powering a wide range of  exquisitely restored,  historic  machinery  ranging  from an apple scratter, to  an oat crusher, a  chaff cutter, winnower  and saw bench.   Meet the jolly miller as he grinds corn into flour  and re-live times gone past in this unique building transformed from a tumble down wreck through a ‘grand designs’ style rescue project  in just one year. (A short film playing in the mill charts the progress.) Whether you are old or young, this fully operating spectacle will be captivating! Garden admission...
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