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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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. 

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.

Plant Fair at Hestercombe *POSTPONED*

25 Apr at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
£2 – £3

*Please note that unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, the Hestercombe Plant Fair has been postponed until 2021*

Check back during the summer for the revised date.

*POSTPONED* Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop

30 Apr at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£25

*Please note, this event is due to be rescheduled due to coronavirus*

Learn how to four unique beeswax wraps of different sizes at one of our evening workshops.

Take them home to improve your sustainable living and reduce your single-use plastic usage.

Wedding Open Day

3 May at 11:00 am to 3:00 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.

*RESCHEDULED* Spring Watercolour Workshop

12 May at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

*Please note, this event will be rescheduled due to coronavirus*

Join our Spring Watercolour Workshop at Hestercombe, and learn the techniques and skills to paint scenes from the beautiful gardens.

Suitable for beginners.

May Half Term Trail: Coplestone and the Charcoal Creations Trail

23 May at 10:00 am to 31 May at 5:00 pm
£0.50

Follow our fun trail for May Half Term, Coplestone and the Charcoal Creations Trail.

Create charcoal rubbings from hidden plaques dotted around the Hestercombe gardens.

Soap Making Workshops

24 May at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
£48

Join Nichola from Boo Cottage Botanicals for a hands-on Soap Making Workshop.

Learn about the creative and scientific techniques involved in the process while you make a batch of cold-pressed natural soap to take home.

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.

Summer Lates

10 Jun at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £6.65

Enjoy the gardens until 8pm on the summer evenings with our season of special late openings.

Explore the landscapes after hours and leave work behind, with delicious food on offer too.

Wednesdays 10th, 17th & 24th June and 1st, 8th & 15th July.

Jazz on the Lawn: the FB Pocket Orchestra

14 Jun at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £8

Kickstart your summer with our jazz concert on the Orangery Lawn at Hestercombe - vintage hot jazz, blues, ragtime and dances.

Bring a picnic, find a good spot and get your toes tapping!

Summer Watercolour Workshop

30 Jun at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

Spend the day painting watercolours in the summer gardens at Hestercombe, from the beautiful lakeside reflections to the magnificent Great Cascade.

Suitable for beginners, and one of three seasonal watercolour workshops.

All’s Well That Ends Well: Outdoor Theatre

19 Jul at 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
From £12

Join us for a fun-filled outdoor theatre experience on the Orangery Lawn this summer, as Folksy Theatre presents Shakespeare's classic comedy and tale of unrequited love.

Make the most of an advance ticket discount.

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf: Outdoor Theatre

2 Aug at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
From £10

Join us for a fantastic family outdoor theatre experience at Hestercombe this summer, as Folksy Theatre presents Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf

Advance ticket discounts available!

Emma by Jane Austen: Outdoor Theatre

31 Aug at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
From £10

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is thrilled to return to the open-air stage this summer at Hestercombe with Laura Turner’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Part of a series of outdoor theatre and live music this summer at Hestercombe.

Autumn Watercolour Workshop

15 Sep at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

Spend the day painting watercolours in the colourful autumnal gardens at Hestercombe, from beautiful lakeside reflections to the magnificent Great Cascade.

Suitable for beginners, and one of three seasonal watercolour workshops.

May Half Term Trail: Coplestone and the Charcoal Creations Trail

23 May at 10:00 am to 31 May at 5:00 pm
£0.50

Follow our fun trail for May Half Term, Coplestone and the Charcoal Creations Trail.

Create charcoal rubbings from hidden plaques dotted around the Hestercombe gardens.

Summer Lates

10 Jun at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £6.65

Enjoy the gardens until 8pm on the summer evenings with our season of special late openings.

Explore the landscapes after hours and leave work behind, with delicious food on offer too.

Wednesdays 10th, 17th & 24th June and 1st, 8th & 15th July.

All’s Well That Ends Well: Outdoor Theatre

19 Jul at 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
From £12

Join us for a fun-filled outdoor theatre experience on the Orangery Lawn this summer, as Folksy Theatre presents Shakespeare's classic comedy and tale of unrequited love.

Make the most of an advance ticket discount.

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf: Outdoor Theatre

2 Aug at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
From £10

Join us for a fantastic family outdoor theatre experience at Hestercombe this summer, as Folksy Theatre presents Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf

Advance ticket discounts available!

Emma by Jane Austen: Outdoor Theatre

31 Aug at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
From £10

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is thrilled to return to the open-air stage this summer at Hestercombe with Laura Turner’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Part of a series of outdoor theatre and live music this summer at Hestercombe.

*POSTPONED* Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop

30 Apr at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£25

*Please note, this event is due to be rescheduled due to coronavirus*

Learn how to four unique beeswax wraps of different sizes at one of our evening workshops.

Take them home to improve your sustainable living and reduce your single-use plastic usage.

*RESCHEDULED* Spring Watercolour Workshop

12 May at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

*Please note, this event will be rescheduled due to coronavirus*

Join our Spring Watercolour Workshop at Hestercombe, and learn the techniques and skills to paint scenes from the beautiful gardens.

Suitable for beginners.

Soap Making Workshops

24 May at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
£48

Join Nichola from Boo Cottage Botanicals for a hands-on Soap Making Workshop.

Learn about the creative and scientific techniques involved in the process while you make a batch of cold-pressed natural soap to take home.

Summer Watercolour Workshop

30 Jun at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

Spend the day painting watercolours in the summer gardens at Hestercombe, from the beautiful lakeside reflections to the magnificent Great Cascade.

Suitable for beginners, and one of three seasonal watercolour workshops.

Autumn Watercolour Workshop

15 Sep at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

Spend the day painting watercolours in the colourful autumnal gardens at Hestercombe, from beautiful lakeside reflections to the magnificent Great Cascade.

Suitable for beginners, and one of three seasonal watercolour workshops.

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Summer Lates

10 Jun at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £6.65

Enjoy the gardens until 8pm on the summer evenings with our season of special late openings.

Explore the landscapes after hours and leave work behind, with delicious food on offer too.

Wednesdays 10th, 17th & 24th June and 1st, 8th & 15th July.

Jazz on the Lawn: the FB Pocket Orchestra

14 Jun at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £8

Kickstart your summer with our jazz concert on the Orangery Lawn at Hestercombe - vintage hot jazz, blues, ragtime and dances.

Bring a picnic, find a good spot and get your toes tapping!

All’s Well That Ends Well: Outdoor Theatre

19 Jul at 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
From £12

Join us for a fun-filled outdoor theatre experience on the Orangery Lawn this summer, as Folksy Theatre presents Shakespeare's classic comedy and tale of unrequited love.

Make the most of an advance ticket discount.

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf: Outdoor Theatre

2 Aug at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
From £10

Join us for a fantastic family outdoor theatre experience at Hestercombe this summer, as Folksy Theatre presents Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf

Advance ticket discounts available!

Emma by Jane Austen: Outdoor Theatre

31 Aug at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
From £10

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is thrilled to return to the open-air stage this summer at Hestercombe with Laura Turner’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Part of a series of outdoor theatre and live music this summer at Hestercombe.

Plant Fair at Hestercombe *POSTPONED*

25 Apr at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
£2 – £3

*Please note that unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, the Hestercombe Plant Fair has been postponed until 2021*

Check back during the summer for the revised date.

*POSTPONED* Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop

30 Apr at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£25

*Please note, this event is due to be rescheduled due to coronavirus*

Learn how to four unique beeswax wraps of different sizes at one of our evening workshops.

Take them home to improve your sustainable living and reduce your single-use plastic usage.

*RESCHEDULED* Spring Watercolour Workshop

12 May at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

*Please note, this event will be rescheduled due to coronavirus*

Join our Spring Watercolour Workshop at Hestercombe, and learn the techniques and skills to paint scenes from the beautiful gardens.

Suitable for beginners.

Soap Making Workshops

24 May at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
£48

Join Nichola from Boo Cottage Botanicals for a hands-on Soap Making Workshop.

Learn about the creative and scientific techniques involved in the process while you make a batch of cold-pressed natural soap to take home.

Summer Lates

10 Jun at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £6.65

Enjoy the gardens until 8pm on the summer evenings with our season of special late openings.

Explore the landscapes after hours and leave work behind, with delicious food on offer too.

Wednesdays 10th, 17th & 24th June and 1st, 8th & 15th July.

Summer Lates

10 Jun at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From £6.65

Enjoy the gardens until 8pm on the summer evenings with our season of special late openings.

Explore the landscapes after hours and leave work behind, with delicious food on offer too.

Wednesdays 10th, 17th & 24th June and 1st, 8th & 15th July.

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.