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Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
01823 413923http://www.hestercombe.com

Events at Hestercombe

Jul, 2016

Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective by Clare Woods

Sat, 16th Jul at 11:00 am to Sun, 30th Oct at 5:00 pm
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Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective presents work from internationally acclaimed artist Clare Woods. The exhibition brings together key works from the artist’s career alongside new pieces made in response to Hestercombe, its gardens and landscapes. Clare Woods’ highly colouristic paintings, full of visceral energy, explore both abstraction and representation, expressing a poetic romanticism and an unnerving psychic charge. The exhibition charts her artistic journey from the raw influence of landscape to the wider human concerns of fragility, pain and vulnerability…

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Sep, 2016

Hello Autumn Trail

Sat, 17th Sep to Sun, 2nd Oct
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Follow our trail and explore Hestercombe as autumn takes over the gardens.  Crunch over golden brown leaves, spot clusters of bright red berries and discover how the wildlife is preparing for the winter months ahead. Normal admission applies.  

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Somerset Open Studios

Sat, 24th Sep to Sun, 25th Sep
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 1 day(s) and 24 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Sun, 23rd Oct, 2016
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See our artist in residence, Stephen Smith, working in his studio in Hestercombe House. Somerset Open Studios focuses on artists in their working environment. It demonstrates how artists make their work, their inspiration and the creative process. It aims to support artists who want to work professionally and are looking to promote their creative businesses. Normal admission applies. Hestercombe House is open daily 11am - 5pm.  

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Hestercombe Express

Wed, 28th Sep at 10:20 am to 5:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until Wed, 28th Sep, 2016
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Enjoy a rail travel adventure combined with a day out at Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead and wind your way through rolling countryside before you alight at Bishops Lydeard station.  From there, you will travel on a vintage bus to Hestercombe. Your ticket includes return travel on the steam train from Minehead, a vintage bus journey to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and gallery. For more information and tickets, visit the West Somerset Railway website or call 01643…

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Somerset Open Studios

Thu, 29th Sep to Fri, 30th Sep
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Daily until Sun, 30th Oct, 2016
Stephen Smith work in studio

See our artist in residence, Stephen Smith, working in his studio in Hestercombe House.  Somerset Open Studios focuses on artists in their working environment. It demonstrates how artists make their work, their inspiration and the creative process. It aims to support artists who want to work professionally and are looking to promote their creative businesses. Normal admission applies. Hestercombe House is open daily 11am - 5pm.

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Oct, 2016

Giant Book Sale

Sat, 1st Oct to Sun, 2nd Oct
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Come and rifle through stacks of books in the Bampfylde Hall and see what gems you can find.  From Bill Bryson to Harry Potter, Jamie Oliver to Thomas Hardy, we've got something for everyone. Admission to the book sale is free. The book sale will be open 11am - 5pm.  

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Fungal Forays

Sun, 9th Oct at 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
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Michael Jordan, author and chairman of the Association of British Fungal Groups, will lead fun and informative walks through the gardens to discover and identify the many different types of mushrooms and toadstools to be found at Hestercombe. There will be two walks during the day: 10.30am - 12.30pm & 2 - 4pm. £12 online, £13 offline. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923

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Charcoal Drawing Workshop

Thu, 13th Oct at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
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Join Hestercombe’s artist in residence Stephen Smith for a foray into the landscape armed with paper and charcoal. Making the most of Hestercombe’s unique landscape, you will explore a variety of abstract mark-making techniques with this expressive material – some of which has been made in our very own charcoal burner. All abilities catered for and all materials will be provided. This will be an all-weather activity so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. £17 online/ £18 offline Or call…

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Plant Centre Annual Sale

Sat, 15th Oct to Thu, 1st Dec
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The annual sale in our Plant Centre is a great opportunity to pick up some fantastic bargains and make sure your garden has a wonderful display of colour next spring and summer.  We'll have lots of herbaceous plants like salvias, penstemons, asters and rudbeckias plus herbs and alpines. The Plant Centre is open every day 11am - 5.30pm.

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Pumpkins and Potions Halloween Trail

Sat, 22nd Oct to Sun, 30th Oct
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Follow our horrible Halloween trail around the ghastly gardens and collect ingredients to make your own chilling concoction.  Step inside the potions laboratory and see what gruesome things line the walls before you venture into the gardens to collect ingredients to create your own potion.  You'll need to keep your wits about you as you amble through dark woods, enter the Witch's Hut and see strange things in the trees. Make sure you get out before dark... Trail: £1 per child.…

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Nov, 2016

Christmas Market

Fri, 18th Nov to Sun, 20th Nov
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Come and discover over 60 festive stalls bursting with beautiful gifts, delicious treats and unusual hand-crafted items. A huge Christmas tree brimming with baubles will provide the backdrop for choirs performing carols in the Courtyard and we'll have entertainment for children too. In the Stables Café and Bampfylde Hall, we will be selling festive food and drink - wonderfully-crumbly mince pies, indulgent Yule log and mugs of creamy hot chocolate. The Christmas Market is open 10am - 5pm. Advance tickets: £3;…

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Dec, 2016

Art Writers Group Seminar

Wed, 7th Dec at 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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The Art Writers Group programme aims to support the development of critical writing in the South West. This seminar will be led by the programme’s writers in-residence and will consider ways of maximising the impact of the programme together with a broader discussion around ways of supporting the development of critical writing across the South West in the future. This project is funded by Arts Council England and run in partnership with Plymouth Culture, Made in Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre,…

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Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians End of Term Concert

Sat, 10th Dec at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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The musicians of Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians conclude their autumn term with an Advent and Christmassy end-of-term concert.  Find out more on HCYM's website. Admission to the concert is free.  

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