Events at Hestercombe

At Hestercombe you’ll find a lively programme of events, offering everything from arts and crafts workshops, family trails and plant fairs to live music and theatre, food and drink and health and wellbeing.

Find our upcoming events below, or use the filters to sort through the different categories.

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Giant Book Sale

8 Jan at 11:00 am to 28 Jan at 4:00 pm
Free

Make your New Year's resolution to read more books... and then visit our Giant Book Sale! Browse thousands of quality second-hand books on offer from our vast selection, all priced at 50p.

Grazing not Gazing Film Workshop

1 Feb at 10:00 am to 2 Feb at 1:00 pm
£40

Using extension tubes, wide lenses and B&W fine grain negative film, this two day workshop explores macro film-making, where small things filmed close up seem altered, appearing as vast and textured landscapes.

Urthworks, an Exploration

2 Feb at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
£10

Marking Urthworks, the current exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery, this half day event will bring together the artist, the films' writer, the show's curators and invited guests to consider the themes raised by Ben Rivers' ambitious and deeply imagined works.

Projections: Exhibiting Artists Film Workshop

6 Feb at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
£5

Drawing out the ideas of people and place explored in Ben Rivers' Urthworks, the curator Josephine Lanyon will explore ways of programming film.

The workshop will bring together a small group of individuals interested in producing and exhibiting film in traditional and unusual contexts.

Wellbeing Retreat

9 Feb at 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
£60

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Hestercombe Gardens, this retreat focuses on achieving mindfulness and restorative calm through a combination of Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi meditation and Forest Bathing (green space mindfulness).

Get Your Garden Ready For Spring

13 Feb at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
From £22

Wrap up warm and join our Head Gardener Claire Greenslade for a morning’s walk and talk through the gardens.

She’ll show you the jobs you should be doing in early spring to guarantee a garden brimming with blooms in the summer.

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea

14 Feb at 12:00 am to 16 Feb at 11:59 pm
£18.95

Treat your loved one to a day out at Hestercombe - enjoy a walk around the gardens followed by a quintessentially English afternoon tea in the Column Room Restaurant.

Valentine’s Supper

14 Feb at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
£45

Join us for a romantic Valentine's supper beneath a canopy of fairy lights in our Bampfylde Hall. Enjoy a seven course tasting menu prepared by our Head Chef with live music performed as you dine.

Bampfylde Lecture

28 Feb at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
£10

Join Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust, for the annual Bampfylde Lecture – a celebration of the birthday of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, designer of the Landscape Garden at Hestercombe.

Make an evening of it and enjoy a two course supper in Hestercombe House before the lecture.

Most Admirably Improved by Art

1 Mar at 11:00 am to 28 Jun at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Set alongside original works by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), Hestercombe’s former owner, Most Admirably Improved by Art brings together four female contemporary artists Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson and Fiona Hingston.

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste

1 Mar at 11:00 am to 28 Feb at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Coinciding with Bampfylde 300, the celebrations of the tercentenary of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720 - 1791), A Gentleman of Taste is a year-long exhibition presented by Hestercombe Gallery at Hestercombe Gardens, and explores the many themes running through the life and work of Hestercombe's former owner. 

NGS Open Day

3 Mar at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
From £6.65

Visit an NGS Open Day at Hestercombe in 2020 on Tuesday 3rd March and Tuesday 2nd June, and explore our heritage gardens with share of proceeds donated to the NGS.

1610 Woodland Wander and Doggy Dash

15 Mar at 8:30 am to 11:00 am
From £5

Come and have a go at the Hestercombe Woodland Wander - 5km and 2km fun runs. No times, no pressure - it's about getting active and having fun.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, and dog friendly.

Wedding Open Day

3 May at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free

Come and see Hestercombe dressed for a wedding. To help you visualise your wedding day we will be decorating our venues with the help of selected exhibitors, so come along and ignite your creativity and get your 'wedmin' planning well and truly underway.

NGS Open Day

2 Jun at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
From £6.65

Visit an NGS Open Day at Hestercombe in 2020 on Tuesday 3rd March and Tuesday 2nd June, and explore our heritage gardens with share of proceeds donated to the NGS.

There are no events scheduled in this category - please check back soon as they are regularly added.

In the meantime, why not sign up to receive our What's On emails and be the first to hear of new events, offers and blog posts!

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Grazing not Gazing Film Workshop

1 Feb at 10:00 am to 2 Feb at 1:00 pm
£40

Using extension tubes, wide lenses and B&W fine grain negative film, this two day workshop explores macro film-making, where small things filmed close up seem altered, appearing as vast and textured landscapes.

Projections: Exhibiting Artists Film Workshop

6 Feb at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
£5

Drawing out the ideas of people and place explored in Ben Rivers' Urthworks, the curator Josephine Lanyon will explore ways of programming film.

The workshop will bring together a small group of individuals interested in producing and exhibiting film in traditional and unusual contexts.

Urthworks, an Exploration

2 Feb at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
£10

Marking Urthworks, the current exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery, this half day event will bring together the artist, the films' writer, the show's curators and invited guests to consider the themes raised by Ben Rivers' ambitious and deeply imagined works.

Get Your Garden Ready For Spring

13 Feb at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
From £22

Wrap up warm and join our Head Gardener Claire Greenslade for a morning’s walk and talk through the gardens.

She’ll show you the jobs you should be doing in early spring to guarantee a garden brimming with blooms in the summer.

Bampfylde Lecture

28 Feb at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
£10

Join Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust, for the annual Bampfylde Lecture – a celebration of the birthday of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, designer of the Landscape Garden at Hestercombe.

Make an evening of it and enjoy a two course supper in Hestercombe House before the lecture.

There are no events scheduled in this category - please check back soon as they are regularly added.

In the meantime, why not sign up to receive our What's On emails and be the first to hear of new events, offers and blog posts!

Sign up

Wellbeing Retreat

9 Feb at 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
£60

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Hestercombe Gardens, this retreat focuses on achieving mindfulness and restorative calm through a combination of Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi meditation and Forest Bathing (green space mindfulness).

Get Your Garden Ready For Spring

13 Feb at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
From £22

Wrap up warm and join our Head Gardener Claire Greenslade for a morning’s walk and talk through the gardens.

She’ll show you the jobs you should be doing in early spring to guarantee a garden brimming with blooms in the summer.

1610 Woodland Wander and Doggy Dash

15 Mar at 8:30 am to 11:00 am
From £5

Come and have a go at the Hestercombe Woodland Wander - 5km and 2km fun runs. No times, no pressure - it's about getting active and having fun.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, and dog friendly.

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea

14 Feb at 12:00 am to 16 Feb at 11:59 pm
£18.95

Treat your loved one to a day out at Hestercombe - enjoy a walk around the gardens followed by a quintessentially English afternoon tea in the Column Room Restaurant.

Valentine’s Supper

14 Feb at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
£45

Join us for a romantic Valentine's supper beneath a canopy of fairy lights in our Bampfylde Hall. Enjoy a seven course tasting menu prepared by our Head Chef with live music performed as you dine.

Grazing not Gazing Film Workshop

1 Feb at 10:00 am to 2 Feb at 1:00 pm
£40

Using extension tubes, wide lenses and B&W fine grain negative film, this two day workshop explores macro film-making, where small things filmed close up seem altered, appearing as vast and textured landscapes.

Urthworks, an Exploration

2 Feb at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
£10

Marking Urthworks, the current exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery, this half day event will bring together the artist, the films' writer, the show's curators and invited guests to consider the themes raised by Ben Rivers' ambitious and deeply imagined works.

Projections: Exhibiting Artists Film Workshop

6 Feb at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
£5

Drawing out the ideas of people and place explored in Ben Rivers' Urthworks, the curator Josephine Lanyon will explore ways of programming film.

The workshop will bring together a small group of individuals interested in producing and exhibiting film in traditional and unusual contexts.

Most Admirably Improved by Art

1 Mar at 11:00 am to 28 Jun at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Set alongside original works by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), Hestercombe’s former owner, Most Admirably Improved by Art brings together four female contemporary artists Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson and Fiona Hingston.

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste

1 Mar at 11:00 am to 28 Feb at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Coinciding with Bampfylde 300, the celebrations of the tercentenary of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720 - 1791), A Gentleman of Taste is a year-long exhibition presented by Hestercombe Gallery at Hestercombe Gardens, and explores the many themes running through the life and work of Hestercombe's former owner.