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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
Jun, 2017

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 garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.

Hestercombe Express

Sat, 24th Jun
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Weekly on the same day until Sat, 24th Jun, 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
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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 garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.
Jul, 2017

Birds and Butterflies Guided Walk

Tue, 4th Jul at 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Bring your binoculars and join Brian Hill from Somerset Ornithological Society for a morning of bird and butterfly spotting in the summertime gardens. Brian will help you identify birds by their song and tell you about which species make Hestercombe their home for the summer. He’ll also take you into the Wildflower Meadow for some butterfly spotting. Walk will last around 90 minutes. Meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 10am. To book a space on this walk,…

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! Expect blues, hot jazz, ragtime, waltzes, songs and dances from long ago and far away! 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…

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 –…

Terrific Tuesday – Fête Fun

Tue, 25th Jul at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Our first Terrific Tuesday of the summer has the theme of a traditional summer fête. Come and watch a sheepdog display, have your face painted, play with games on the lawn and make some summery crafts. Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities take place 10am – 3pm.…

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 (3-15 years): £8; Family (2 adults and 2 children): £38 Children who are two or under go free. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923
Aug, 2017

Terrific Tuesday – Animal Antics

Tue, 1st Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. The second Terrific Tuesday of the summer has an animal theme. We’ll have lots of different animals visiting for the day – including alpacas, tortoises, chickens, guinea pigs, a gecko and a bearded dragon.  Plus, we’ll have some animal crafts for you to make. Normal admission applies.  Unless…

Terrific Tuesday – Sports Day

Tue, 8th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Our third Terrific Tuesday of the summer holidays has a sports theme. Think traditional sports day… children can take part in fun races on the Orangery Lawn and cool down afterwards whilst making some sporty themed crafts. Adults, make sure you prepare for parents race and win the…

Terrific Tuesday – Brilliant Bugs

Tue, 15th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. The fourth Terrific Tuesday of the summer is all about brilliant bugs. Go on a bug hunt in the woods with the team from the Somerset Wildlife Trust, have your face painted and make some creepy-crawly inspired crafts. Normal admission applies.  

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…

Terrific Tuesday – Wild Art

Tue, 22nd Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Our fifth Terrific Tuesday of the summer has a wild art theme. Come and help us create a field of clay flowers, do some finger painting and lots more. Normal garden admission applies.  

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 (3-15 years): £8; Family (2 adults and 2 children): £38 Children who are two or under are free. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923

Terrific Tuesday – Mini Gardening

Tue, 29th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. The last Terrific Tuesday of the summer has a gardening theme – come and have a go at planting activities and make garden crafts. Normal admission applies.    
Sep, 2017

Cuttings Workshop

Thu, 7th Sep at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Join our Head Gardener Claire Greenslade for a morning’s workshop.  She’ll share her expert tips and you’ll take some cuttings from the Hestercombe gardens home with you. £22 per person + half price garden entry (doesn’t apply to members) Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923.

Willow Workshop

Mon, 11th Sep at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful conical plant climber for your garden. No willow weaving experience necessary. Enjoy tea/coffee and homemade biscuits whilst you work. £35 per person. Or call our Visitor Reception on 018236 413923.