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17th February 2020

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Gardens Trail: The Artist’s Apprentice - 17th February 2020

Join the Artist's Apprentice trail at Hestercombe in Taunton, part of our February half term holiday activities for children

Half term trail at Hestercombe in Somerset

*Please note, this event is currently on hiatus but will recommence when Hestercombe has reopened.*

Follow in the footsteps of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde on our fascinating half term trail. Young artists will be able to create their own version of one of Coplestone’s paintings whilst learning a little about his life along the way.

When their masterpiece is complete, they will graduate as a Master Artist and even have a certificate to prove it.

This year marks the 300th birthday of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde – the artist, engineer and architect who designed Hestercombe’s Landscape Garden. He was also the former owner of the Hestercombe estate! We are running lots of events throughout the year to celebrate his life and works.

Later in the year, we’ll use all of the drawings to recreate one huge version of Coplestone’s painting and display it at Hestercombe.

New for 2020, complete all our family trails this year and receive a special enamel badge!

Half Term Trail Admission

Trail: £2.50 per child. Includes activity booklet, colouring pencils and wooden paint palette keepsake.
Normal garden admission applies, Hestercombe members free. Find out about Hestercombe membership here.

Other activities on this week…

Family Craft Day: Tuesday 18th February, 10am – 3pm
Head to the Apple Loft to get creative!

17th Century Mill Day: Wednesday 19th February, 11am – 1pm
Meet our miller and watch them making flour while you learn about traditional milling process using turbine and waterwheel. See the wheel turning and experience the sounds and smells that would have filled the Mill Room all those years ago.

Make Your Own Pizza: Thursday 20th February, 12pm – 3pm
Join our team of Chefs in the Courtyard to make your own pizza which will be cooked on our own wood-fired oven. Then enjoy your make for your lunch!

Model Boating on the Mill Pond: Friday 21st February, 10am – 4pm
We’ll be sailing some beautiful model boats on the Mill Pond and they’ll be some small radio-controlled ones for you to have a go with too. No need to book – just come on down to the Pear Pond when you arrive at Hestercombe.

*Additional costs for some events will apply.

Enjoy getting out and about this half-term and explore over 50 acres at Hestercombe… beautiful gardens, wild woodland as well as lakes, cascades and temples. Make sure you stop off for a lunch, home-made cake or hot drink in the Stables Cafe after your adventuring!
Bampfylde 300 logo - celebrating the tercentenary of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde


Mon, 17th Feb at 10:00 am
Mon, 26th Oct at 5:00 pm
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01823 413923


Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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01823 413923