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A contemporary art exhibition inspired by the surroundings of Hestercombe will showcase the work of three artists this autumn/winter. Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence have been directly engaged with Hestercombe House and Gardens over three years and the resulting exhibition has developed from these experiences. It features exhibits using a range of media from photography, sculpture to drawing and text. Collectively interested in issues related to labour and the management of landscape and nature, Materiality: provisional states aims to…
Get your welly boots muddy as you explore our February half-term family trail and fill up your own natural wild art box! Forage for berries, leaves, moss and more to add to your box to take home and create wild art with. This trail is free – normal garden admission applies. Open 10am – 4pm, Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th February 2019. Mill Day: Wednesday 20th Feb Join us between 11am – 1pm to see our restored 17th century water…
Come and see our beautifully restored 17th century Hestercombe watermill in action. Meet our miller and watch them making flour while you learn about traditional milling process using turbine and waterwheel. See the wheel turning and experience the sounds and smells that would have filled the Mill Room all those years ago. The miller will be there 11am – 1pm. Normal admission applies.
We’ll be sailing some beautiful model boats on the Mill Pond and there’ll be some small radio-controlled ones for you to have a go with too. No need to book – just come on down to the Pear Pond when you arrive at Hestercombe. 50p per child. Normal admission applies. 10am – 3pm
In this year’s Bampfylde Lecture, Chief Executive of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust, Philip White, will share with you some of the tales of Hestercombe House's past - from ghostly apparitions to hidden diamonds...Make an evening of it and enjoy a two course supper in Hestercombe House before the lecture.
Simon Faithfull: Elsewhen | 09.03.19 – 30.06.19 The solo exhibition ‘Elsewhen’ brings together a series of works and interventions by internationally acclaimed artist Simon Faithfull that collectively act as a kind of orientation device for both the artist and the visitor to Hestercombe Gallery. Many of Faithfull’s works endeavour to subjectively map the planet that the artist finds himself on – attempting to understand his place in both time and space. Faithfull often tries to bring back personal accounts of…
Elsewhen: Performance Lecture – with Simon Faithfull A performance lecture looking at the history, allure and possible evaporation of the place called ‘Nowhere’ and imaging a point outside time called ‘Elsewhen’. The last piece of the global atlas to be filled-in was the empty white continent of Antarctica. Since this landmass was finally traversed and mapped there now remains no ‘Terra Incognita’ left on this planet. Given that the grid of measured time and space on this planet is…
Come and have a go at the Hestercombe Woodland Wander and Doggy Dash – 5km and 2km fun runs on Sunday 17th March at 9.30am. No times, no pressure – it’s all about getting active and having fun. This event is held in partnership with 1610. It’s also great for dog lovers as the event is open to your four legged friends who can run alongside you on a lead. There will be medals at the finish line and tasty…
Signs of spring are popping up everywhere at Hestercombe – there are daffodils in the gardens, birds chirping in the trees and ducks splashing on the pond. Mother Duck has hidden Easter eggs all around the gardens for Dotty Duckling to find, but she has been so busy hunting for them that she is going to be late for tea! Will you join the Easter Egg Hunt and help Dotty gather the last eggs and find her way back to…
Join expert willow weaver Sarah Webb for a morning’s workshop. She will guide you in creating a gorgeous willow heart to decorate your home or give as a gift. No willow weaving experience necessary. Enjoy tea/coffee and homemade biscuits whilst you work. £40 per person. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923. Make a day of it and take part in our Willow Basket Workshop in the afternoon.