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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February Half Term Activities

15 Feb at 10:00 am to 23 Feb at 5:00 pm
From £6.65

Join us every day throughout the February half-term school holidays to take part in a range of exciting family activities in the gardens!

Enjoy garden trails, pizza-making, model boating, family crafts and our 17th century mill demos.

Half Term Trail: The Artist’s Apprentice

17 Feb at 10:00 am to 26 Oct at 5:00 pm
£2.50

Following in the footsteps of former Hestercombe owner Coplestone Warre Bampfylde around the gardens, young artists will create their own version of one of Coplestone's paintings whilst learning about his life along the way.

Bampfylde Lecture & Supper 2020: Bampfylde’s Somerset

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.

Willow Weaving Workshop: Garden Obelisk

8 Mar at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£85

Learn the art of willow weaving on this one-day workshop. Make two willow garden supports during the day, and leave with something beautiful for your garden.

Materials, refreshments and lunch included.

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.

Soap Making Workshops

18 Mar 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.

Mothering Sunday Lunch in the Bampfylde Hall

22 Mar at 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
From £24.95

Treat your mum to a delicious two or three course lunch in our beautiful Bampfylde Hall, this Mothering Sunday.

Lunch served 12 – 2.30pm; two course and three course options available.

Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea in The Column Room

22 Mar at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Treat your mum to a delicious afternoon tea in the Column Room and enjoy beautiful views over the Edwardian Garden and Somerset countryside.

Booking is essential.

Creative Writing Workshop

28 Mar at 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
£40

Join writer Vicky Holmes for a Creative Writing Workshop where you can explore the beautiful gardens at Hestercombe to find inspiration for all kinds of writing, from short stories to poetry. 

Vicky will teach you technical and observation skills that will allow your writing and inner author to develop.

Easter Trail: Coplestone and the Grand Tour

4 Apr at 10:00 am to 19 Apr at 5:00 pm
£2.50

Paris! Venice! Switzerland! Greece! Visit stop-offs inspired by locations visited by Georgians on their European 'Grand Tour'.

Try to find Coplestone in a Where's Wally-style challenge.

The trail runs every day throughout the Easter holidays.

Guided Bluebell Walk

15 Apr at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
£4

Join landscape gardener Ben on a guided walk into the stunning Bluebell Wood at Hestercombe.

Learn about the different varieties, how they grow, and how the area is managed.

Plant Fair at Hestercombe

25 Apr at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
£2 – £3

Come to our Plant Fair to meet local growers and specialist nurseries.

Find herbs, perennials, roses, and rare plants for your garden and home.

Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop

30 Apr at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£25

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 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.

The Albion Quartet: Classical Music Concert

6 May at 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
£15

The acclaimed Albion Quartet return for an evening concert.

Dine with the musicians afterwards at a special supper.

Spring Watercolour Workshop

12 May at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

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.

February Half Term Activities

15 Feb at 10:00 am to 23 Feb at 5:00 pm
From £6.65

Join us every day throughout the February half-term school holidays to take part in a range of exciting family activities in the gardens!

Enjoy garden trails, pizza-making, model boating, family crafts and our 17th century mill demos.

Half Term Trail: The Artist’s Apprentice

17 Feb at 10:00 am to 26 Oct at 5:00 pm
£2.50

Following in the footsteps of former Hestercombe owner Coplestone Warre Bampfylde around the gardens, young artists will create their own version of one of Coplestone's paintings whilst learning about his life along the way.

Easter Trail: Coplestone and the Grand Tour

4 Apr at 10:00 am to 19 Apr at 5:00 pm
£2.50

Paris! Venice! Switzerland! Greece! Visit stop-offs inspired by locations visited by Georgians on their European 'Grand Tour'.

Try to find Coplestone in a Where's Wally-style challenge.

The trail runs every day throughout the Easter holidays.

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.

Willow Weaving Workshop: Garden Obelisk

8 Mar at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£85

Learn the art of willow weaving on this one-day workshop. Make two willow garden supports during the day, and leave with something beautiful for your garden.

Materials, refreshments and lunch included.

Soap Making Workshops

18 Mar 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.

Creative Writing Workshop

28 Mar at 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
£40

Join writer Vicky Holmes for a Creative Writing Workshop where you can explore the beautiful gardens at Hestercombe to find inspiration for all kinds of writing, from short stories to poetry. 

Vicky will teach you technical and observation skills that will allow your writing and inner author to develop.

Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop

30 Apr at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£25

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.

Spring Watercolour Workshop

12 May at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

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.

Bampfylde Lecture & Supper 2020: Bampfylde’s Somerset

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.

Guided Bluebell Walk

15 Apr at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
£4

Join landscape gardener Ben on a guided walk into the stunning Bluebell Wood at Hestercombe.

Learn about the different varieties, how they grow, and how the area is managed.

The Albion Quartet: Classical Music Concert

6 May at 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
£15

The acclaimed Albion Quartet return for an evening concert.

Dine with the musicians afterwards at a special supper.

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.

Half Term Trail: The Artist’s Apprentice

17 Feb at 10:00 am to 26 Oct at 5:00 pm
£2.50

Following in the footsteps of former Hestercombe owner Coplestone Warre Bampfylde around the gardens, young artists will create their own version of one of Coplestone's paintings whilst learning about his life along the way.

Willow Weaving Workshop: Garden Obelisk

8 Mar at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£85

Learn the art of willow weaving on this one-day workshop. Make two willow garden supports during the day, and leave with something beautiful for your garden.

Materials, refreshments and lunch included.

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.

Soap Making Workshops

18 Mar 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.

Easter Trail: Coplestone and the Grand Tour

4 Apr at 10:00 am to 19 Apr at 5:00 pm
£2.50

Paris! Venice! Switzerland! Greece! Visit stop-offs inspired by locations visited by Georgians on their European 'Grand Tour'.

Try to find Coplestone in a Where's Wally-style challenge.

The trail runs every day throughout the Easter holidays.

Guided Bluebell Walk

15 Apr at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
£4

Join landscape gardener Ben on a guided walk into the stunning Bluebell Wood at Hestercombe.

Learn about the different varieties, how they grow, and how the area is managed.

Plant Fair at Hestercombe

25 Apr at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
£2 – £3

Come to our Plant Fair to meet local growers and specialist nurseries.

Find herbs, perennials, roses, and rare plants for your garden and home.

Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop

30 Apr at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
£25

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.

Spring Watercolour Workshop

12 May at 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
£60

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.

Bampfylde Lecture & Supper 2020: Bampfylde’s Somerset

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.

Mothering Sunday Lunch in the Bampfylde Hall

22 Mar at 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
From £24.95

Treat your mum to a delicious two or three course lunch in our beautiful Bampfylde Hall, this Mothering Sunday.

Lunch served 12 – 2.30pm; two course and three course options available.

Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea in The Column Room

22 Mar at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Treat your mum to a delicious afternoon tea in the Column Room and enjoy beautiful views over the Edwardian Garden and Somerset countryside.

Booking is essential.

The Albion Quartet: Classical Music Concert

6 May at 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
£15

The acclaimed Albion Quartet return for an evening concert.

Dine with the musicians afterwards at a special supper.

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.