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Summer Late Openings at Hestercombe have finished for 2021 ~ we hope you enjoyed the gardens, food and entertainment this summer! Watch out for our 2022 late openings which will be announced in spring 2022.

Hestercombe's beautiful summer gardens will be open until 8pm on Wednesday evenings until September!

Enjoy the 50 acres of historic gardens after hours, and see the landscape in a unique way as we leave them open towards dusk - perfect for an after-work or school visit to relax. The café will be open each night, serving sandwiches, cake, gelato and drinks, which can be enjoyed whilst being serenaded by talented musicians throughout the evening.

You no longer need to pre-book timed admission to a Summer Late Opening, just turn up from 5pm - 7pm.

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Further info

  • You must have summer late opening admission in order to take advantage of the food and entertainment on offer;
  • Last entry to the gardens will be at 7pm, in order for you to enjoy the gardens before they close at 8pm;
  • Once you've checked in at the Visitor Reception, you will be able to explore the gardens or head straight down to the Courtyard and Marquee Lawn to enjoy food and drink from Caffe + Gelato, and that evening's live music (see the full list below of what's on);
  • You no longer need to book summer late opening admission online - just turn up!
  • Children and families will also enjoy our brand new natural play area in the Landscape Garden!

Food & Entertainment

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You no longer need to book summer late opening admission online - just turn up between 5pm-7pm!


Entry to the gardens will be half-price for non members (free for members). Enjoy free access to all of our summer late openings by joining as a Hestercombe member! (details below)

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.

See Membership Options

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