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

Events at Hestercombe

Mar, 2018

Cultivation: Points of Vantage

Sat, 17th Mar to Sun, 1st Jul
This Hestercombe Gallery exhibition attempts to unearth the unique perspectives and pathways that eight artists have taken in responding to the world around us. Featured artists: Anna Barriball; George Shaw; John Brown; John Newling; Mariele Neudecker; Mary Griffiths; Mary McIntyre; Mikhail Karikis. Abandoned landscapes link the work of George Shaw, Mariele Neudecker and Mikhail Karikis. Using Humbrol enamel paint, sculpture, video and sound respectively these artists mine landmarks from the UK to Devil’s Valley in Italy to present us with meticulous and…
May, 2018

Half-term family trail: The sounds of spring

Sat, 26th May to Sun, 3rd Jun
Find out which of our feathered friends you can hear singing early on a spring morning and what their songs mean. From robins to chiffchaffs and blackcaps to wrens, discover who are the early risers adding their songs to the chorus. The gardens at Hestercombe will be blooming too – the roses will be coming out in the formal garden and the trees in the Landscape Garden will be rustling with fresh green leaves. Normal admission applies. Pick up a…

Bank Holiday BBQ

Mon, 28th May at 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Our chefs will be cooking up a storm on our Courtyard barbecue – enjoy sizzling hot food and an array of delicious sides. Adults: £10.95 Children: £5.95 Food served 12 – 3pm

Bird Mobile Workshops

Tue, 29th May at 10:15 am to 3:15 pm
As our half-term trail is all about birds, we’re going to be making beautiful paper bird mobiles in the Apple Loft (opposite the Mill Pond in the Landscape Garden). There are five workshops throughout the day – 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 1.15 and 2.15. Booking is recommended as there are limited spaces on each workshop. £2 per child.  Normal admission applies. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923.  

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
Jun, 2018

Model boats on the Mill Pond

Fri, 1st Jun 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 Pear Pond when you arrive at Hestercombe. 50p per child.  Normal admission applies. 10am – 4pm  

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 1st Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Tue, 5th Jun at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Today we’ll be donating half of our admissions income to the National Open Garden Scheme, who support a range of charities. Head to their website to find out more about what they do and who they support.  The gardens will be splashed in the colours of summer, with peonies and delphiniums flowering in the Formal Garden and the Dutch Garden fragrant with Munstead lavender. Venture round the Landscape Garden and find a pretty spot to soak up the views in one of the beautiful…

Seminar: Points of Vantage

Tue, 5th Jun at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
This seminar coincides with the exhibition ‘Cultivation: Points of Vantage’, which attempts to unearth the unique perspectives and pathways that artists have taken in responding to the world around us. Speakers will include artists Mikhail Karikis, Mariele Neudecker and John Newling, all of who present a key work in the show. There will also be an opportunity to see the exhibition. Date: 05.06.18 Time: 2 – 5pm Price: £10 per person Location: Hestercombe Gallery     Image credit: Mariele Neudecker…

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 8th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 15th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.

Butterflies & Birds Guided Walk

Mon, 18th Jun at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Bring your binoculars and join Brian Hill from Somerset Ornithological Society for a morning of bird and butterfly spotting in the summertime gardens. Brian will take you into the Wildflower Meadow for some butterfly spotting, helping you identify different species and the habitats they call home. Brian will also help you identify birds by their song. The walk will last around 90 minutes. Meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Places are limited so booking is recommended.…

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 22nd Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 29th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
Before you explore the summertime gardens, meet one of our friendly garden team for an introduction to the unique combination of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian garden design at Hestercombe. No need to book – just meet at the top of the Daisy Steps at 11am. Normal garden admission applies, free to Hestercombe members. Every Friday in June.
Jul, 2018

The FB Pocket Orchestra Jazz Concert

Sun, 1st Jul at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kick start summer with hot jazz, blues, ragtime and dances from the 1920s and 1930s. Bring a picnic, find a spot on the Orangery Lawn and get your toes tapping! Expect blues, hot jazz, ragtime, waltzes, songs and dances from long ago and far away! Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores a repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in…

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…

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…

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 along your friends and family to enjoy this wonderful open-air production! Tickets Adults: £13.50…

Terrific Tuesday

Tue, 31st Jul at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until Tue, 28th Aug, 2018
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities take place 10am – 3pm.
Aug, 2018

Terrific Tuesday

Tue, 7th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until Tue, 28th Aug, 2018
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities take place 10am – 3pm.

Terrific Tuesday

Tue, 14th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until Tue, 28th Aug, 2018
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities take place 10am – 3pm.

Terrific Tuesday

Tue, 21st Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until Tue, 28th Aug, 2018
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities take place 10am – 3pm.

Terrific Tuesday

Tue, 28th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until Tue, 28th Aug, 2018
During the summer holidays, enjoy Terrific Tuesdays at Hestercombe – a day filled with crafts, trails, sports & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities take place 10am – 3pm.
Sep, 2018

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.