To visit the Gardens, Gallery and House, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online (simply purchase gardens admission on arrival). Summer Late openings take place every Wednesday evening.
Whether through gardening, invigilating in the Hestercombe Gallery or supporting with office administration, there are a number of ways you can get involved!
By volunteering at Hestercombe you’ll be part of the Hestercombe team made up of volunteers from the local community, as well the Hestercombe staff.
The roles undertaken by volunteers here at Hestercombe are considered some of the most important across the organisation and allow us to offer the highest quality visitor experience. Without the support of volunteers we would not be able to deliver the wide range of events, high quality exhibitions and continued estate management that we currently provide.
Whether you are able to offer a few hours a month, or a day or two a week, it is your time and energy that makes Hestercombe the exciting, innovative and engaging place it is.
As a thank you for your help and hard work, Hestercombe offers volunteers free annual membership, a discount card for the Gardens Shop, training and an annual volunteer party – a great opportunity to socialise and get to know our team even better.
Visitor Reception Assistant: Meet and greet Hestercombe visitors, answer phones and help with general site administration.
Gallery Invigilator: Help us to engage the public with our new art gallery and to keep the works safe.
Bookshop Assistant: Serve customers in the second-hand bookshop as well as help behind the scenes sorting, cleaning and pricing book donations.
Events Assistant: Be part of our busy programme of events. Help run family-friendly activities for visitors to Hestercombe all year round.
Gardening Support: As part of the gardens team you will help to maintain the gardens alongside other volunteers – deadheading, weeding, pruning and more.
Administration: Help in the office with tasks supporting the membership and finance teams.
For all of the opportunities available, no experience is necessary – just an open mind and a willingness to learn!
To find out more and to express an interest in becoming a Hestercombe volunteer, contact Linda Sandford or call the Ticket Office on 01823 413923.