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Mar, 2018

Cultivation: Points of Vantage

Sat, 17th Mar to Sun, 1st Jul
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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…
Jun, 2018

Meet the Gardener

Fri, 29th Jun at 11:00 am to 11:20 am
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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 Supper and Jekyll Talk

Wed, 18th Jul at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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This year we’re celebrating 175 years since the birth of Gertrude Jekyll, who along with Architect Edwin Lutyens, designed Hestercombe’s Formal Garden. Enjoy a rare ‘after hours’ tour of the garden with our Head Gardener Claire Greenslade who will explain how Gertrude Jekyll created a garden full of summer colour. After the tour, sit down to a delicious supper in the Column Room restaurant and enjoy the fantastic view of Jekyll’s creation. £33 per person. Supper menu Main Crispy pork…

Summer Family Trail: Gertrude’s Garden

Sat, 21st Jul to Fri, 10th Aug
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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. Folksy will…

Terrific Tuesday – Fun Dog Show

Tue, 31st Jul at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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. Get creative in the Orangery, making crafts inspired by your four-legged friends. Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks…
Aug, 2018

Terrific Tuesday – Mini Gardening

Tue, 7th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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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…