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

Events at Hestercombe

Apr, 2017

Completing the picture: an exhibition

Fri, 21st Apr at 11:00 am to Sat, 30th Sep 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
Jul, 2017

The Dynamics of Drifting by Tim Knowles

Sat, 15th Jul at 11:00 am to Sun, 5th Nov at 5:00 pm
This is the first solo exhibition of artist Tim Knowles’s work since 2014 and is the most extensive presentation of his work to date. ‘Dynamics of Drifting’ presents a series of work that forge and record passages through land and water. Light, ink, water and wind all travel and pivot on the meeting of human will and forces beyond our control: the direction and force of the wind, the flow of the water and the pull of gravity. Tim Knowles…

Giant Book Sale

Fri, 21st Jul at 11:00 am to Sun, 23rd Jul at 5:00 pm
Looking for your next best read? Visit our Giant Book Sale to browse thousands of quality second-hand books: Fiction, non fiction, childrens titles and lots of lifestyle books covering gardening, cooking, history and other specialist subjects. All proceeds from the sale go directly to the Hestercombe Gardens Trust to continue with the maintenance and restoration of Hestercombe Gardens. Free entry to the book sale in the Bampfylde Hall. Admission to the Gardens and House still applies. Friday 21st July –…

Feathered Friends: Family garden trail

Sat, 22nd Jul at 10:00 am to Fri, 11th Aug at 5:00 pm
Follow our family trail around the gardens and discover which birds you’ll likely to see in the trees and soaring in the skies around Hestercombe. Normal admission applies.

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 – shows at 11.30am & 1.30pm.  See them guide a group of ducks around an obstacle course.  In between displays, you’ll be able to meet the animals.…

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, owls, chickens, guinea pigs, a gecko and a bearded dragon.  Plus, we’ll have some animal crafts for you to make. Normal admission applies.…

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…

Model boats on the Mill Pond

Thu, 10th Aug 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

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.   Don’t miss our other Terrific Tuesdays…

Charcoal Burning Day

Wed, 16th Aug 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.

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. Take your seat by the fireside and be inspired as our head chef Matt gives a demo all about summer food and outdoor cooking. Learn about marinades, glazes and how to use flavours from nature. Finish up with a delicious meal by…

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. Be inspired by the beautiful summertime gardens and create your own ‘wild art’ to take home with you. Normal garden admission applies. Don’t miss our other Terrific Tuesdays during the summer holidays… Tuesday 25th July –…

Model boats on the Mill Pond

Thu, 24th Aug 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

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.   Don’t miss the other Terrific Tuesdays during the summer holidays… Tuesday 25th July – Fête Fun Tuesday 1st August –…
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.