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Every year at Hestercombe, the Gardens team make sacks of charcoal using traditional methods, hundreds of years old.

Join them on Wednesday 2nd June throughout the day and into the evening (for our first Summer Late Opening) for complimentary marshmallows to toast, the opportunity to do some charcoal rubbings, and delicious barbecue food from the chefs (evening only).

In conjunction with Hestercombe Gallery, artists will be on hand all day to help families make charcoal drawings and take part in other fun activities!

PLUS: the Charcoal Burner's Camp is next to our brand new play area in the Landscape Garden ~ great for kids.


Wednesday 2nd June, 10am - 7.30pm

Free entry (standard gardens admission required - free for members)

A traditional charcoal burn at Hestercombe
A traditional charcoal burn at HestercombePhotographer : Chris White
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Join today and enjoy unlimited access to Hestercombe for a whole year

Described as “one of the top twenty gardens to visit in the country”, Hestercombe is always beautiful throughout the year. Join today and enjoy unlimited access, with prices from £41.50 per year.

Your membership includes:

  • Unlimited access to Hestercombe Gardens for a year from date of joining for the Member, guests and children according to membership type
  • Half price entry for visitors accompanied by a Member of Hestercombe (one visitor per member)
  • Two full colour members’ newsletters per year & regular email bulletins
  • Discounts on tickets to selected events at Hestercombe
  • Half price entry to our partner attractions:­ Abbotsbury Sub­tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey Gardens, and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.

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