Get your garden summer ready…

Get your garden summer ready…

This week we’re celebrating National Gardening Week. Of course we think there are plenty of good reasons to get out in the garden, but in case you need a little bit of inspiration, we’ve put together some tips on what to do to ready your garden for some brilliant...
Schoolchildren help replant Hestercombe tree avenue

Schoolchildren help replant Hestercombe tree avenue

Schoolchildren from Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School got their hands dirty by helping to replant an avenue of trees along Hestercombe’s former Portman Driveway. The 60 crab apple trees, of the Malus hupehensis variety, flower with a mass of pink and white blossom in...
Memories of a much-loved Aunt

Memories of a much-loved Aunt

By Rosemary Pease née Portman The wonderful thing about Hestercombe is that so many people love the place… the spirit of those beautiful gardens and the feeling (that I’ve often picked up when talking to visitors and to the wonderfully enthusiastic staff) that part of...
In conversation with… Simon Lee Dicker

In conversation with… Simon Lee Dicker

As we near the end of our current exhibition, ‘Odyssean: Topographies’ at the Hestercombe Galley we talked to artist Simon Lee Dicker about his part in this collaborative project and his inspiration: Tell us about your latest work as part of Odyssean: Topographies?...
Banana, Date and Pistachio Slices

Banana, Date and Pistachio Slices

Our pastry chef Carol has shared one of her delicious ‘free from’ recipes with us to share with you… When you come to the Stables Cafe you will always find a tantalising selection of cakes and biscuits that cater to many dietary requirements, and...
Bat Research

Bat Research

Researchers have discovered that bats have special structures in their brains that allow for sound information to get processed incredibly quickly. That means the bats that visit our roost above the Visitor Centre each year have extremely acute spatial awareness – far...