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Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LGUnited 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  
Oct, 2018

Disrupted Views: seminar with artist Helen Sear

Tue, 2nd Oct at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Referring to the title of Helen Sear’s current exhibition in Hestercombe Gallery, Prospect Refuge Hazard 2, and drawing on the theory posited by Jay Appleton in his 1975 book The Experience of Landscape, this seminar will consider contemporary links between beauty and survival, in the context of the works in the exhibition, the history of landscape gardens and more broadly our human relationships with the surrounding environment. Artist Helen Sear will be joined by French academic Dr Laurent Châtel, Professor…

End of Season Shop & Plant Sale

Sat, 13th Oct at 10:00 am to Sun, 14th Oct at 5:00 pm
Visit Hestercombe's Gift Shop and Plant Centre for their end of season sale
Hestercombe’s Gift Shop and Plant Centre will be holding its end of summer season sale from 10am on Saturday 13th October. Visit early to get the best bargains! The Gift Shop, Plant Centre and Cafe at Hestercombe are all free to enter, no admission or membership fee required. Please note, no other offers, loyalty cards or discounts can be used on sale items. Gardens Gift Shop and Plant Centre The Hestercombe Gardens Shop is an essential stop on the Hestercombe…

Fungal Foray

Sun, 14th Oct at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Michael Jordan, author and chairman of the Association of British Fungal Groups, will lead a fun and informative walk through the gardens to discover and identify the many different types of mushrooms and toadstools to be found at Hestercombe. £12 + half price garden entry (doesn’t apply to members) Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923
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The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt

Sat, 27th Oct to Sun, 4th Nov
Visit Hestercombe this Halloween half term and take the magical Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt!
Head to Hestercombe this half term and take part in The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt. Willow the Witch is preparing a special magical potion. The most important ingredient is a slice of a golden pumpkin but they are very rare and difficult to find. However, there is rumoured to be one within the gardens at Hestercombe. It’s your job to hunt high and low – up in the woods and down by the lake – and see if you can…
Nov, 2018

Christmas Market

Fri, 16th Nov to Sun, 18th Nov
Come and explore 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…
Dec, 2018

Family Skating

Sat, 1st Dec, 2018 to Sun, 6th Jan, 2019
Get your skates on! Come and have a go at skating 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. Christmas 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…

Wreath Making Workshops

Sat, 1st Dec at 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Deck the halls with a handmade wreath! 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 while you work. We are running six wreath making workshops: Saturday 1st December: 9:30am – 12:30pm…

Wreath Making Workshops

Sun, 2nd Dec at 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Deck the halls with a handmade wreath! 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 while you work. We are running six wreath making workshops: Saturday 1st December: 9:30am – 12:30pm…

Wreath Making Workshops

Mon, 3rd Dec at 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Deck the halls with a handmade wreath! 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 while you work. We are running six wreath making workshops: Saturday 1st December: 9:30am – 12:30pm…

Deer in a Day Christmas Willow Workshop

Thu, 6th Dec at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Christmas willow workshop
Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful willow deer. Take it home and display the deer in your garden or use it as a festive decoration. Enjoy tea, coffee and mince pies while you work in the Bampfylde Hall and a seasonal, two-course Christmas lunch, served in the Column Room. No willow weaving experience necessary. Please email dietary requirements to laurenfraser@hestercombe.com £95 per person – places are limited so booking is recommended. Our Christmas willow…

Deer in a Day Christmas Willow Workshop

Fri, 7th Dec at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Christmas willow workshop
Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful willow deer. Take it home and display the deer in your garden or use it as a festive decoration. Enjoy tea, coffee and mince pies while you work in the Bampfylde Hall and a seasonal, two-course Christmas lunch, served in the Column Room. No willow weaving experience necessary. Please email dietary requirements to laurenfraser@hestercombe.com £95 per person – places are limited so booking is recommended. Our Christmas willow…

Father Christmas

Sat, 8th Dec to Mon, 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! Visit Hestercombe this Christmas to enjoy a magical Father Christmas experience where every child can meet Santa 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 will…