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Spark your little one's passion for reading with this creative summer trail, in which they will discover painted story stones in hidden areas around the gardens to fill in and create their own 'mad-libs' style story book!

In each area of the Landscape Garden, find the story stones and pick a word to write into your story - from beaches to blue tits, to mallards and mud pies! Whether you end up with a wacky and weird tale or a sensible sensical story is completely up to your child's choices - and they'll love heading from point to point to watch their story unfold.

Super Summer Activity Schedule: 24 July - 5 September


24th July - 5th September ~ Story Stones Trail

24th July - 5th September ~ The Mushroom Magic Trail

21st August - 5th September ~ The Charcoal Creations Trail

See the full list of activities taking place for Super Summer!

Prices & Tickets

Trail price is 50p plus standard garden admission (Hestercombe members go free).

Includes a story booklet and a colouring pencil.

You can either pay for your gardens admission online, or purchase on the day of your visit at Visitor Reception.

Membership at Hestercombe

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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.

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