10:30am - 3:30pm | Cost: Standard Garden Admission

We are delighted to announce that 2nd Chance Petting Farm will be visiting us every Wednesday throughout the school holidays, from 24th July to 28th August, between 10:30am and 3:30pm.

What to Expect:

During these special visits, you and your family will have the opportunity to meet a wonderful variety of rescue animals. The charming line-up includes:

  • Adorable Donkey: Friendly and gentle, this donkey loves making new friends.
  • Miniature Shetland Pony: A small but spirited pony that is sure to capture your heart.
  • Sheep and Goats: These playful and curious animals are always a hit with visitors.
  • Rabbits and Guinea Pigs: Perfect for little ones to cuddle and interact with.

Join us for an unforgettable experience filled with fun, learning, and lots of furry friends!

Why not make a day of it and pick up a trail sheet and join Shaun the Sheep in a brand new augmented reality trail experience around our beautiful gardens. After completing the trail, take part in some fun Shaun the Sheep inspired crafts and activities inside Hestercombe House (Monday to Friday during the Summer Holidays only).

Pony pic Rabbit pic Lamb pic Donkey Goats final

Membership at Hestercombe

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 £48 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)
  • Free children's trails available throughout the year
  • Special members’ discounts on many of our events throughout the year
  • Our 'members first approach' with members receiving 24 hours priority booking for our most popular events, such as Mother's Day, The Bampfylde Lecture, workshops and most importantly, our winter events such as the Christmas Market, Father Christmas and ILLUMINATE.
  • Full colour newsletters and ‘What’s On’ emails to keep you up to date with news and events
  • Discounts on tickets to selected events at Hestercombe
  • Half price entry to our partner attractions:­ Abbotsbury Sub­tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey Gardens (half price garden entry only), The Bishop’s Palace, Wells (available for full membership only), The Garden House, Dartington Trust Gardens and Exmoor Zoo.

Give a Gift of Membership to friends and family and they too can enjoy all the benefits of membership.

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Event Location

Hestercombe Gardens
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Lamb pic

What's On

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