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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. 

Jackdaw Line by Richard Long

8 Jul at 10:00 am to 27 Jun at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Celebrated artist Richard Long’s newly installed artwork Jackdaw Line is set in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden. Book your visit now.

Open-Up: Outdoor Gallery Exhibition

19 Aug at 10:00 am to 27 Jun at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Hestercombe Gallery's series of outdoor artworks commissioned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic includes work by Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Jo Lathwood and more.

Entry is included with standard gardens admission.

End of Season Plant Sale

10 Oct at 10:00 am to 1 Nov at 4:00 pm
Free

Hestercombe's Plant Centre will be holding its huge end of season sale from Saturday 10th October. Visit early to get the best bargains!

Free entry, no need to book.

Coplestone and the Peculiar Potions: Halloween Trail

24 Oct at 10:00 am to 1 Nov at 5:00 pm
£1

Hestercombe's family garden trails are back this October half-term: join the intrepid Coplestone on a Halloween walk through the gardens to find ingredients needed to complete his mother’s mysterious potion.

£1 per trail, plus usual gardens admission (members free). NB Closed Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th October.

Christmas Gift Ideas from Hestercombe

Looking for the perfect Christmas present ideas? Hestercombe is here to help with your Christmas present conundrums, including gift vouchers, memberships, afternoon teas and more!

Make a Willow Angel

22 Nov at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£45

Enjoy a half day's workshop at Hestercombe learning the ancient and creative art of making a 5 foot willow angel, with expert tuition from Lynn Kentish.

Make Willow Christmas Decorations

22 Nov at 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
£45

Enjoy an afternoon workshop at Hestercombe learning the creative art of making willow decorations including a mini Christmas tree, star and table top angel.

Festive Afternoon Tea

28 Nov at 12:00 pm to 24 Dec at 4:00 pm
From £15.95

Enjoy a superb festive themed traditional or sparkling afternoon tea with friends or family in the historic Bampfylde Hall this Christmas.

Wreath Making Workshops

29 Nov at 9:30 am to 13 Dec at 5:00 pm
£45

Join artisan flower grower and florist Jan Boddington from Blue Shed Flowers for a workshop to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door at home over the festive season.

Father Christmas at Hestercombe

5 Dec at 10:00 am to 24 Dec at 6:00 pm
£10

Visit Hestercombe this Christmas to enjoy a magical Father Christmas experience where every child can meet the man in red and receive their own special gift.

Combine your visit with our two festive garden trails and hot chocolate in the Stables Cafe for a truly wondrous family day out!

Festive Piano Suppers

11 Dec at 6:30 pm to 18 Dec at 10:30 pm
£32.50 – £37.50

Hestercombe's historic Bampfylde Hall will be open for special sumptuous evening suppers, complete with live festive piano music and a delicious festive menu. This is the perfect way to get into the festive mood - and a fabulous pre-Christmas treat for friends and loved ones!

Taking place on Fridays 11th & 18th December. Early booking advised.

Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives Conference

24 May at 9:00 am to 25 May at 5:00 pm

‘Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives’ is a conference co-organised by Kingston University and Hestercombe; exploring the relationship between cultural production and the garden.

Coplestone and the Peculiar Potions: Halloween Trail

24 Oct at 10:00 am to 1 Nov at 5:00 pm
£1

Hestercombe's family garden trails are back this October half-term: join the intrepid Coplestone on a Halloween walk through the gardens to find ingredients needed to complete his mother’s mysterious potion.

£1 per trail, plus usual gardens admission (members free). NB Closed Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th October.

Father Christmas at Hestercombe

5 Dec at 10:00 am to 24 Dec at 6:00 pm
£10

Visit Hestercombe this Christmas to enjoy a magical Father Christmas experience where every child can meet the man in red and receive their own special gift.

Combine your visit with our two festive garden trails and hot chocolate in the Stables Cafe for a truly wondrous family day out!

Make a Willow Angel

22 Nov at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£45

Enjoy a half day's workshop at Hestercombe learning the ancient and creative art of making a 5 foot willow angel, with expert tuition from Lynn Kentish.

Make Willow Christmas Decorations

22 Nov at 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
£45

Enjoy an afternoon workshop at Hestercombe learning the creative art of making willow decorations including a mini Christmas tree, star and table top angel.

Wreath Making Workshops

29 Nov at 9:30 am to 13 Dec at 5:00 pm
£45

Join artisan flower grower and florist Jan Boddington from Blue Shed Flowers for a workshop to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door at home over the festive season.

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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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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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Festive Afternoon Tea

28 Nov at 12:00 pm to 24 Dec at 4:00 pm
From £15.95

Enjoy a superb festive themed traditional or sparkling afternoon tea with friends or family in the historic Bampfylde Hall this Christmas.

Festive Piano Suppers

11 Dec at 6:30 pm to 18 Dec at 10:30 pm
£32.50 – £37.50

Hestercombe's historic Bampfylde Hall will be open for special sumptuous evening suppers, complete with live festive piano music and a delicious festive menu. This is the perfect way to get into the festive mood - and a fabulous pre-Christmas treat for friends and loved ones!

Taking place on Fridays 11th & 18th December. Early booking advised.

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. 

Jackdaw Line by Richard Long

8 Jul at 10:00 am to 27 Jun at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Celebrated artist Richard Long’s newly installed artwork Jackdaw Line is set in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden. Book your visit now.

Open-Up: Outdoor Gallery Exhibition

19 Aug at 10:00 am to 27 Jun at 4:00 pm
From £6.65

Hestercombe Gallery's series of outdoor artworks commissioned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic includes work by Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Jo Lathwood and more.

Entry is included with standard gardens admission.

Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives Conference

24 May at 9:00 am to 25 May at 5:00 pm

‘Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives’ is a conference co-organised by Kingston University and Hestercombe; exploring the relationship between cultural production and the garden.