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

Events at Hestercombe

Nov, 2017

Trish Morrissey: A Certain Slant of Light

Sat, 18th Nov, 2017 to Sun, 25th Feb, 2018
Trish Morrissey works with photography, film and video. As Hestercombe’s 2017 Artist in residence, she has made a major new body of work about the lives of Miss Warre (1790 – 1872) and Mrs Portman (1854 – 1951), women who at different times in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries ran the Hestercombe estate. Drawing on sources from the Hestercombe archive, Morrissey’s new work also explores themes of class, gender and role play, body and gesture, the language of photography,…

Odyssean: Topographies

Sat, 18th Nov, 2017 at 11:00 am to Sun, 25th Feb, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant, Simon Lee Dicker How is technology changing our relationship to landscape? Four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation. During 2015-16, Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker instigated a series of artist residencies across the Orkney Isles. From different locations – a remote bothy, a lighthouse, a beachside golf course and a burial chamber – each artist developed distinctive connections with the archipelago, its…
Mar, 2018

Bampfylde Lecture 2018 – Halswell Park: Restoring a Masterpiece

Fri, 2nd Mar at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED This year’s lecture will be delivered by Roy Bolton, Director of Sphinx Fine Art and known to many from his BBC2 contemporary arts series Show Me the Monet.  Roy is uniquely knowledgeable about Halswell as the building’s history was the subject of his Cambridge University thesis and he currently advises the on-going restoration. He will talk about the history of the Halswell Park estate and its intimate relationship with Hestercombe in the eighteenth century.…

1610 Woodland Wander and Doggy Dash

Sun, 4th Mar at 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Come and have a go at the Hestercombe Woodland Wander and Doggy Dash – 5km and 2km fun runs on Sunday 4th March at 9.30am. No times, no pressure – it’s all about getting active and having fun. This event is held in partnership with 1610. It’s also great for dog lovers as this year we are opening theis event to your four legged friends who can run alongside you on a lead. There will be medals at the finish…

Mothering Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Sun, 11th Mar at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Treat your mum to a delicious two or three course lunch in the Bampfylde Hall or afternoon tea in the Column Room and enjoy beautiful views over the Edwardian Garden and Somerset countryside. Take advantage of half-price garden entry and enjoy a wander around the springtime gardens. Lunch served 12 – 2.30pm.  Click here to see the menu. Afternoon tea served 12 – 4pm.  Click here to see the menu. Booking essential – call 01823 414197

Easter Trail

Sat, 24th Mar to Sun, 8th Apr
Follow our Easter trail around the blooming springtime gardens and collect a chocolate treat at the end. Trail: £1.50 per child. Normal admission applies.

Easter card making workshops

Tue, 27th Mar
Come on down to the Woodland Barn and make a pop-up Easter card. Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Limited spaces on each workshop – booking is advisable. Workshops last around an hour. £2 per child.  Normal admission applies. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923

Mill Day

Wed, 28th Mar at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
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Come and see our beautifully restored 17th century Hestercombe watermill in action. 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. The miller will be there 11am – 1pm. Normal admission applies. Other Mill Days: Wednesday 4th April
Apr, 2018

Easter printing workshops

Tue, 3rd Apr
Come down to the Woodland Barn to make your own Easter inspired stamp and print with it. Workshops at 10.30, 11.30, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Limited spaces on each workshop – booking is advisable. Workshops last around an hour. £2 per child.  Normal admission applies. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923  

Mill Day

Wed, 4th Apr at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Come and see our beautifully restored 17th century Hestercombe watermill in action. 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. The miller will be there 11am – 1pm. Normal admission applies.

Willow Workshop

Mon, 16th Apr 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. £45 per person. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923.

Wedding Open Day

Sun, 22nd Apr at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come and see Hestercombe dressed for a wedding.  To help you visualise your wedding day we will be decorating our venues with the help of selected exhibitors.  With music, cakes, dresses, flowers and more, you will be filled with ideas to make your day one to remember. See a list of suppliers attending here Join us for complimentary canapés and drinks while you chat through your ideas in Hestercombe House, 12 – 2pm. Ignite your creativity and get your ‘wedmin’ planning…
May, 2018

Dawn Chorus Walk

Fri, 11th May at 5:00 am to 7:00 am
Join Brian Hill from Somerset Ornithological Society and enjoy the sounds that accompany sunrise on a spring morning in the gardens. We’ll head to the Stables Cafe after for tea, coffee and pastries. £10 per person (includes refreshments). Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923

Honeymead Festival presents The Albion Quartet

Sun, 13th May at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen will be bringing the wonderful Albion Quartet (Emma Parker, Rosalind Ventris, Nathaniel Boyd) to Hestercombe for a concert in the Bampfylde Hall.  They will also be joined by Douglas Paterson, violist from the Schubert Ensemble. The Albion will be playing quartets including by Dvorak, and Douglas Paterson will join them for the Beethoven ‘Storm’ Quintet. The Honeymead Festival is kindly covering the costs of the musicians so all proceeds from this event will go towards the continued…

Charcoal Burning Day

Wed, 30th May 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. Normal admission applies