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

Events at Hestercombe

Mar, 2017

Hestercombe Gallery: Regions of Light

Sat, 18th Mar at 11:00 am to Sun, 2nd Jul at 5:00 pm
‘Regions of Light’ is an exhibition that showcases the historic work of painter and poet Rev. John Eagles (1783-1855), together with contemporary pieces by multi-media artist Rebecca Chesney, painter Paul Desborough and photographer Jem Southam. The exhibition title, taken from a line in one of John Eagles’ poems, alludes to the visual diversity of this exhibition, which features photography, paint, sculpture, objects, words and film. Entrance to the gallery is included in admission to Hestercombe Gardens. Open every day 11am –…
Apr, 2017

Completing the picture: an exhibition

Fri, 21st Apr at 11:00 am to Mon, 31st Jul at 5:00 pm
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary year we’ve selected 20 amazing images to highlight key moments in Hestercombe’s life. Take a trip through our archives and find out more about Hestercombe’s history and transformational restoration. Location: Portman Room – ground floor of Hestercombe House Included in normal admission or free for Hestercombe members Open every day 11am – 5pm
May, 2017

‘Buffet d’Art’

Sun, 21st May at 11:00 am to Sun, 18th Jun at 5:00 pm
Buffet d’art showcases an array of work by 45 artists, all of whom have been invited to bring along a buffet sized piece of work, to be perused on a plinth. The work includes sculpture, live art, film, sound, light and painting. The show is a meleè of mismatched yet aspiring works, some with delusions of grandeur, others grubby with spillage and monotonous repetition, set to a medley of smooth and relaxing music, designed to whet the senses and heighten your experience of…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 27th May
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Half-Term Trail: Happy Birthday Hestercombe

Sat, 27th May at 10:00 am to Sun, 4th Jun at 5:00 pm
Since Hestercombe opened to the public 20 years ago, we haven’t stopped digging, building and planting to change an overgrown landscape into the beautiful garden you see today.  Follow our trail and find out what we’ve done. Normal admission applies.            

Bank Holiday BBQ

Mon, 29th May at 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Our chefs will be cooking up a storm on our Courtyard barbecue – enjoy sizzling hot food and an array of delicious sides. Plus, our garden games will be out on the Marquee Lawn for you to have a go with. Adults: £9.95 Children: £4.95 Food served 12 – 3pm

Charcoal Burning Day

Tue, 30th May at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Our estates team will be up in the woods making charcoal.  It’s smoky, dirty work but we’ve got our restored charcoal burner’s hut for a bit of shelter if needed. We’ll be at the Charcoal Burner’s Camp all day so come up and see what we’re up to. Have a go at drawing with charcoal and toast marshmallows on the fire. Look out for Hestercombe charcoal in the shop for your summer BBQs.

Bunting workshops

Tue, 30th May at 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us in the Woodland Barn and make some ’no sew’ fabric bunting. You can either make big bunting to string up in your bedroom or mini bunting to decorate toy houses or cakes. £1 per person (grown-ups are welcome to make some too!) Normal admission applies. Workshops at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30 & 2.30. Sign-up at the Woodland Barn when you arrive at Hestercombe.  There are limited spaces on each workshop.
Jun, 2017

Model boats on the Mill Pond

Fri, 2nd Jun at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tone Valley Model Boat Club will be sailing their beautiful boats on the Mill Pond and they’ll be bringing some small radio-controlled boats for you to have a go with too. No need to book – just come on down to the Mill Pond when you arrive at Hestercombe. 50p per child. Normal admission applies. 10am – 4pm

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 2nd Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
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Weekly on the same day until Fri, 30th Jun, 2017
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal admission applies. Every Friday in June.

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 3rd Jun
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

NGS Open Day

Tue, 6th Jun at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Today we’ll be donating half of our admissions income to the National Open Garden Scheme who support a range of charities.  Head to their website to find out more about what they do and who they support. Normal admission applies.

Seminar: Regions of Light

Wed, 7th Jun at 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Join this fascinating seminar and explore the themes behind the ‘Regions of Light’ exhibition at the Hestercombe Gallery. Artists Paul Desborough, Rebecca Chesney and Jem Southam will present recent developments in their own artistic practices. In addition to individual presentations there will be an opportunity for questions as well to time to explore the exhibition. £10 per person (includes refreshments)

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 9th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
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Weekly on the same day until Fri, 30th Jun, 2017
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal admission applies. Every Friday in June.

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 16th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
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Weekly on the same day until Fri, 30th Jun, 2017
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal admission applies. Every Friday in June.

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 17th Jun
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Father’s Day BBQ

Sun, 18th Jun at 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Celebrate Fathers’ Day at Hestercombe with a sizzling BBQ and games on the Marquee Lawn.  Enjoy tasty barbecued meat and vegetarian options with a selection of sides, sauces and fresh salads.        

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 23rd Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
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Weekly on the same day until Fri, 30th Jun, 2017
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal admission applies. Every Friday in June.

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 24th Jun
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 30th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until Fri, 30th Jun, 2017
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal admission applies. Every Friday in June.
Jul, 2017

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 1st Jul
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 8th Jul
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

The FB Pocket Orchestra Jazz Concert

Sun, 9th Jul at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kick start summer with hot jazz, blues, ragtime and dances from the 1920s and 1930s. Bring a picnic, find a spot on the Orangery Lawn and let your feet start tapping! Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music.  The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules…

Garden Photography Workshop

Tue, 11th Jul at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join professional photographer Mark Gawthorne from Devon Photography School for a morning’s garden photography workshop. Bring along your own camera (all types suitable from compact to SLR) and get tips from Mark about composition, colour and framing to produce evocative images.  You’ll also cover the basics of aperture, ISO and shutter speed.  A great chance to ask an experienced professional photographer questions about how to improve your images and use the beautiful summertime gardens at Hestercombe as your subject. 10am –…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 15th Jul
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 22nd Jul
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 29th Jul
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Folksy Theatre presents ‘Twelfth Night’

Sun, 30th Jul at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Enjoy this popular Shakespearean comedy with mistaken identity and role reversal at its heart. Roll out a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the Orangery Lawn as you watch the play unfold – the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening. Advance tickets: Adult: £13.50; Child (under 16): £8; Family (2 adults and 2 children): £38 Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923
Aug, 2017

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 5th Aug
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 12th Aug
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Fire and Food

Wed, 16th Aug at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of fire and food. Our Head Gardener Claire will meet you at the Visitor Reception when you arrive and lead you up to the Charcoal Burner’s Camp, nestled deep within the Landscape Garden.  Once there, our estates team will explain how we make our own Hestercombe charcoal, a practice which began here in the early 18th century.  Our chefs will be on hand to give you some tips on how to cook outdoors before you enjoy supper…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 19th Aug
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 26th Aug
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Princess and the Pig’

Sun, 27th Aug at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Folksy’s outdoor performance of this wonderful story should not be missed.  With puppetry, characters and lots of fun, pack up your picnic basket and enjoy! Advance tickets: Adult: £13.50; Child (under 16): £8; Family (2 adults and 2 children): £38 Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923
Sep, 2017

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 16th Sep
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 23rd Sep
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 30th Sep
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…
Oct, 2017

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 14th Oct
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 21st Oct
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 28th Oct
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 28th Oct, 2017
Enjoy a day out with the West Somerset Railway and Hestercombe. Board the steam train at Minehead, enjoy a scenic ride through rolling countryside, alight at Bishops Lydeard Station, then travel to Hestercombe in style on a vintage bus. Spend the day exploring the gardens then hop back onto the train for your return journey. Your ticket includes travel on the steam train from Minehead, the vintage bus to Hestercombe and entry to the gardens and house. For the timetable…