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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…

Terrific Tuesday – Sports Day

Tue, 14th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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On your marks, get set, go! Sports Day returns to Hestercombe for our third Terrific Tuesday of the summer. This Sports Day, children can take part in fun races on the Orangery Lawn and cool down afterwards whilst making some sporty themed crafts in the Orangery. Adults, make sure you prepare for the parents race and win the coveted title of ‘Champion’ for the day! We’ll have two sessions of races for the Sports Day: 11am – 12.15pm and 12.45pm…

Terrific Tuesday – Brilliant Bugs

Tue, 21st Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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The fourth Terrific Tuesday of the summer holidays is all about brilliant bugs. Seek out all the creepy crawlies you can find as you hunt for bugs on the lawn, led by the RSPB. Get up close to moths and butterflies with Somerset & Bristol Butterfly Conservation, who will be bringing live traps and specimen boxes to display. Get creative with lots of creepy-crawly crafts. Build your own bug hotel. Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open…