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

Events at Hestercombe

Jul, 2017

The Dynamics of Drifting by Tim Knowles

Sat, 15th Jul at 11:00 am to Sun, 5th Nov at 5:00 pm
This is the first solo exhibition of artist Tim Knowles’s work since 2014 and is the most extensive presentation of his work to date. ‘Dynamics of Drifting’ presents a series of work that forge and record passages through land and water. Light, ink, water and wind all travel and pivot on the meeting of human will and forces beyond our control: the direction and force of the wind, the flow of the water and the pull of gravity. Tim Knowles…
Oct, 2017

Plant Centre Annual Sale

Sat, 14th Oct to Sat, 28th Oct
The annual sale in our Plant Centre is a great opportunity to pick up some fantastic bargains and make sure your garden has a wonderful display of colour next spring and summer.  We’ll have lots of herbaceous plants like salvias, penstemons, asters and rudbeckias plus herbs and alpines. The Plant Centre is open every day 11am – 5.30pm.

Spooky Spells Halloween Trail

Sat, 21st Oct at 10:00 am to Sun, 29th Oct at 5:00 pm
Visit Hestercombe this October half-term and follow our Spooky Spells Halloween Trail around the autumnal gardens. The trail begins in our wizarding bookshop, at the entrance to the Georgian Landscape Garden. Behind the old, creaking door, you’ll find books stacked from floor to ceiling filled with spells and incantations. There might be a few spiders lurking in the dusty corners too. From there you’ll walk through whispering woods, see ancient temples, enter the Witch’s Hut and walk beside the dark…

Inside the Apothecary’s Cupboard

Mon, 23rd Oct at 11:00 am to Tue, 31st Oct at 4:00 pm
We will be hosting a collection of 18th & 19th century pharmaceutical items in the Dining Room in Hestercombe House. We’ll have pestles & mortars, a domestic opium kit, vintage weighing scales, apothecary manuals and rows and rows of old chemist bottles and jars. Margaret Bampfylde, resident of Hestercombe in the early 1700s when medicines were still very basic, left behind a handwritten collection of remedies for common ailments. In 2014, we published her manuscript in a book entitled “Recipes…

Model boats on the Mill Pond

Thu, 26th Oct at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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 Mill Pond when you arrive at Hestercombe. 50p per child. Normal admission applies. 10am – 4pm

Stargazing Evening

Fri, 27th Oct at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join the experts from the Somerset Levels Stargazers for an introduction to astronomy.  We’ll meet in the Bampfylde Hall at Hestercombe and then head outside to explore the night sky and locate the stars using telescopes and binoculars (bring your own if you have them). Adults: £6 Children: £3 Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923    
Nov, 2017

Christmas Market

Fri, 17th Nov to Sun, 19th Nov
Come and discover our annual Christmas market in the heart of Somerset, featuring over 60 festive stalls bursting with beautiful gifts, delicious treats and unusual hand-crafted items. A huge Christmas tree brimming with baubles will provide the backdrop for choirs performing carols in the Courtyard and we’ll have entertainment to keep the little ones busy (weekend only). In the Stables Café and Bampfylde Hall, we will be selling festive food and drink – wonderfully-crumbly mince pies, indulgent Yule log and mugs…

Trish Morrissey: A Certain Slant of Light

Sat, 18th Nov, 2017 to Sun, 25th Feb, 2018
Acclaimed photographer, Trish Morrissey brings two brand new bodies of work to the Hestercombe Gallery, inspired by the last female occupants of Hestercombe House, Miss Warre (1790-1872) and Mrs Portman (1854-1951) who both independently ran the Hestercombe estate. Morrissey has created the work, that includes stills and film, through a residency at Hestercombe – immersing herself in the individual’s lives through archive material such as photographs, drawings, and letters. The lives of the two women, although intrinsically interesting in their…
Dec, 2017

Festive Skating

Sat, 2nd Dec, 2017 to Sun, 7th Jan, 2018
Get your skates on… Come and have a go on the undercover skate rink at Hestercombe this Christmas (it’s artificial so you won’t get too chilly!). Housed in a magical winter marquee, you can skate whatever the weather and enjoy some festive refreshments rink side too. Skating at Hestercombe is popular, so booking a time slot is a good idea as spaces fill up quickly on busy days. See below for details of opening times and prices. Make a day of it……

Get Ready Reindeers: Festive Family Trail

Sat, 2nd Dec, 2017 to Sun, 7th Jan, 2018
Help Father Christmas get ready for his travels by finding everything he needs to take with him in his sleigh. Trail: £1 per child.  Normal admission applies.

Wreath making workshops

Sun, 3rd Dec at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
“Deck the Halls…” Join florist Jan Waters from JW Blooms for a workshop to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door at home.  Using lots of lovely fresh foliage, Jan will share her expert tips to help you create a wonderful wreath to bring the festive spirit into your home.  Enjoy tea or coffee and a mince pie whilst you work. We are running four wreath making workshops: Sunday 3rd December: 10am – 12.30pm  & 2 – 4.30pm …

Wreath making workshops

Mon, 4th Dec at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
“Deck the Halls…” Join florist Jan Waters from JW Blooms for a workshop to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door at home.  Using lots of lovely fresh foliage, Jan will share her expert tips to help you create a wonderful wreath to bring the festive spirit into your home.  Enjoy tea or coffee and a mince pie whilst you work. We are running four wreath making workshops: Sunday 3rd December: 10am – 12.30pm  & 2 – 4.30pm…

Father Christmas

Sat, 9th Dec to Sun, 24th Dec
Meet Father Christmas in his secret folly…. Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence at Hestercombe. Book now to enjoy a magical experience where every child can speak to the man in red himself and receive their own special toy. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly Hestercombe elves, then you’ll wander through the wintertime gardens to meet Father Christmas. In his little house, the log fire will be roaring, lights…

Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Snow Queen’

Sun, 17th Dec at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Enjoy a story of bravery and friendship brought to life in Folksy’s uniquely engaging style. Filled with live music and puppetry, it’s a great Christmas treat for all the family.  A little girl named Gerda crosses forests, mountains and hills to reach the Snow Kingdom and rescue her friend Kai from The Snow Queen. Tickets Adults: £13.50 Children: £8 Concessions: £10 Family: £38 (2 adults and 2 children) The Snow Queen is being performed on two dates – Sunday 17…

Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Snow Queen’

Mon, 18th Dec at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Enjoy a story of bravery and friendship brought to life in Folksy’s uniquely engaging style. Filled with live music and puppetry, it’s a great Christmas treat for all the family. A little girl named Gerda crosses forests, mountains and hills to reach the Snow Kingdom and rescue her friend Kai from The Snow Queen. Tickets Adults: £13.50; Children: £8 Concessions: £10 Family: £38 (2 adults and 2 children) The Snow Queen is being performed on two dates – Sunday 17…