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

Events at Hestercombe

Jul, 2018

prospect refuge hazard 2 by Helen Sear

Sat, 14th Jul to Sun, 28th Oct
This exhibition presents a new and recent body of work by internationally acclaimed artist Helen Sear, whose practice can be characterised by her exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art and her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal and natural worlds. Consisting of works made since 2015 it is her most ambitious exhibition in the UK to date. The Hestercombe Gallery is open every day 11 – 5pm  

Summer Family Trail: Gertrude’s Garden

Sat, 21st Jul to Fri, 10th Aug
Over 100 years ago, it was the task of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll to fill Hestercombe’s Formal Garden with a dazzling display of plants, climbers and shrubs. Follow in her footsteps as you work your way around this summer trail by filling your trail sheet with the flowers you find. From lavender to irises and clematis to gladioli, you’ll discover plenty of plants to grow your own garden design with. Head back to Hestercombe House after completing the trail and visit…

Gertrude Jekyll: An Artist’s Eye

Sat, 21st Jul to Sun, 2nd Sep
Gertrude Jekyll
This year marks the 175th birthday of extraordinary garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Her collaboration with renowned architect Edwin Lutyens here at Hestercombe, on his only garden commission, is arguably the greatest example of their work. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a multi-talented artist, craftswoman, writer, photographer, nurserywoman and garden designer. This eminent horticulturalist created more than 400 gardens across the UK, Europe and America. As an artist first and foremost, Jekyll worked in many mediums before turning her hand to gardening when…

Folksy Theatre Presents ‘The Princess and the Giant’

Sun, 22nd Jul at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s EXHAUSTED and it’s all because the grumpy old giant can’t sleep – his stomps and stamps keep everyone awake ALL night. But Princess Sophie is a resourceful sort of girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed! Based on the Children’s book by Caryl Hart, illustrated…

Charcoal Burning Day

Wed, 25th Jul at 10:00 am to 8:00 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 and into the evening so wander up and see what we’re doing. Have a go at drawing with charcoal and toast marshmallows on the fire. We are keeping the gardens open for a little longer today so you can enjoy Hestercombe…

Summer Evening Opening

Wed, 25th Jul at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
While away a summer’s evening at Hestercombe.  Just for today, we’ll be keeping the gates open until 8pm so you can explore after hours.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens in the beautiful evening light. Our Gardens Team will be up at the Charcoal Burner’s Camp – wander through the woods to find them and toast marshmallows on the camp fire. The Stables Café will be selling drinks, cakes and ice creams and the Gardens Shop and Plant Centre…

Folksy Theatre Presents ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Sun, 29th Jul at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The King of Navarre and his lords swear off food, women, and sleep in order to study for three years. No sooner have they made their oath when the Princess of France arrives on business, with her ladies-in-waiting. How will the King and his Lords resolve hold up? This wonderful Shakespeare comedy is filled with Folksy’s touch of live music, audience interaction and downright silliness. Bring a picnic and enjoy this wonderful open-air production on the Orangery Lawn. Gates open…

Terrific Tuesday – Fun Dog Show

Tue, 31st Jul at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
New this year, our first Terrific Tuesday this summer is the fun dog show! Does your hound have the waggiest tail or the glossiest coat? Do they know a trick or two? Then enter our fun dog show! See whose pooch will take top spot – judging starts at midday and there will be 10 classes: 1) Cutest puppy (6-12 months) 2) Best veteran (7 years +) 3) Prettiest bitch 4) Most handsome dog 5) Glossiest coat 6) Best trick…
Aug, 2018

Terrific Tuesday – Mini Gardening

Tue, 7th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Green fingers at the ready! Our second Terrific Tuesday this summer is all about gardening. Head to the Apple Loft where you can create your own artwork inspired by Hestercombe’s great gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, in a crafty twist on gardening. Decorate a pot and then plant it up to take home with you. Create a pretty paper flower in the Orangery. Follow the Gertrude’s Garden family trail. You can grow your own garden by filling your trail sheet with the…

Terrific Tuesday – Sports Day

Tue, 14th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
On your marks, get set, go! Sports Day returns to Hestercombe for our third Terrific Tuesday of the summer. This Sports Day, children can take part in fun races on the Orangery Lawn and cool down afterwards whilst making some sporty themed crafts in the Orangery. Adults, make sure you prepare for the parents race and win the coveted title of ‘Champion’ for the day! We’ll have two sessions of races for the Sports Day: 11am – 12.15pm and 12.45pm…

Terrific Tuesday – Brilliant Bugs

Tue, 21st Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The fourth Terrific Tuesday of the summer holidays is all about brilliant bugs. Seek out all the creepy crawlies you can find as you hunt for bugs on the lawn, led by the RSPB. Get up close to moths and butterflies with Somerset & Bristol Butterfly Conservation, who will be bringing live traps and specimen boxes to display. Get creative with lots of creepy-crawly crafts. Build your own bug hotel. Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open…

Terrific Tuesday – Wild Art

Tue, 28th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Our final 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. Dye your own bunting using natural colour dyes from flowers and berries. Make a tree leaf garland. Create your own botanical fridge magnet using clay. Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ…
Sep, 2018

Dragonfly Willow Weaving Workshop

Wed, 5th Sep at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT THERE ARE SPACES IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION – CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO BOOK Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful willow dragonfly for your garden. No willow weaving experience necessary.  Enjoy tea, coffee and homemade biscuits while you work in the charming Apple Loft. £35 per person – places are limited, so booking is recommended.     Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923.

Dragonfly Willow Weaving Workshop

Wed, 5th Sep at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful willow dragonfly for your garden. No willow weaving experience necessary.  Enjoy tea, coffee and homemade biscuits while you work in the Woodland Barn. £35 per person – places are limited, so booking is recommended. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923

Cuttings Workshop

Thu, 6th Sep at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Join 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. Please bring secateurs and sturdy footwear.

Guided Mindfulness Walk

Sun, 9th Sep at 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Mindfulness Walk
Connect with nature and relax into the moment when you join us for a mindful meander through the tranquil gardens, led by expert Miranda Bevis. The hour-long Mindfulness Walk will include a short introduction to mindfulness, a walk through the gardens and some gentle mindful movement techniques. Experience the late summer gardens with a fresh perspective, focusing on what you can see, smell, touch and hear. The walk is free to attend but places are limited, so booking is recommended.…
Oct, 2018

Disrupted Views: seminar with artist Helen Sear

Tue, 2nd Oct at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
This seminar will explore the themes of Helen Sear’s solo exhibition ‘Prospect Refuge Hazard 2’ (currently showing in Hestercombe House) and will feature Helen Sear and Dr Laurent Châtel of Lille University among others. It will take place in the Portman Room in Hestercombe House. £10 per person Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923.