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This Summer you will be travelling to famous landmarks across the globe on your super sightseeing adventures around Hestercombe’s beautiful gardens. Pack your sunscreen and sunglasses for our super summer trail and weekly themed activities and crafts.

All that exploring is hungry work, which is why we’ll have plenty of tastes from across the world for you to try out in our restaurant and across the site, such as Egyptian sweet cookies and Aussie style BBQ.

Around the World at Hestercombe in 40 Days garden trail: 23rd July - 4th September

Take part in our 'Around the World' garden trail as we visit some of the most famous landmarks of these countries, from the Taj Mahal to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You'll need to hunt for important items to pack in your suitcase. After all, a holiday isn't a holiday without a pair of sunglasses!

India Week: 25th - 31st July

26th July: Did you know that yoga is believed to have originated in India about 5,000 years ago? So we’ll be hosting mini yoga sessions for little ones to celebrate our visit to India.

28th July: Inspired by India’s beautiful, traditional patterns, we’ll be painting Mandala - a word from the classical Indian Sanskrit language meaning ‘circle’ - onto stones.

The popular Indian sweets Gulab Jamuns will be available to sample at our craft session.

Australia Week: 1st - 7th August

2nd August: Next we’ll be heading down under to visit Australia with a visit from Exmoor Zoo, who’ll be dressed up as Australian rangers and showing off some of their more exotic creepy crawlies.

4th August: We’ll be making Aboriginal dot art boomerangs and learning all about Indigenous Australians and their native patterns.

We’ll be serving up BBQ on select days to celebrate in true Aussie style.

Egypt Week: 8th - 14th August

9th August: We’re heading to the land of the Pharaohs for a special day of an Egyptian themed archaeological dig.

11th August: For our craft session, you will be able to make aged paper and write your very own name using Hieroglyphics.

The café will also be serving up a fig and pomegranate dessert - a favourite of the Ancient Egyptians!

America Week: 15th - 21st August

16th August: Let's go to the U S of A, with a flying visit from some American Birds of Prey such as an American eagle and hawk.

18th August: Create your own Statue of Liberty Headdress resembling the famous statue's crown.

As a sweet, sugary, American treat we’ll be celebrating our travels with some special cupcakes.

Italy Week: 22nd - 28th August

23rd August: Pasta-picture making craft sessions from 11am to 2.30pm. Perfect for little (and big!) ones.

25th August: Dress up and make your very own homemade Venetian mask with our step-by-step art session.

Italy week wouldn’t be truly Italian without a pasta dish and gelato for dessert (although our Baboo gelato is made in Bridport!)

Two play areas to enjoy!

On your visit, stop off at either of our play areas for some summer fun. Our under-7s play area is situated by the Visitor Reception, and children both young and old will enjoy building dens up in our wild play area by the Charcoal Burner’s Camp.

Food & drink

Treat your little ones (and yourself of course!) with some delicious home-cooked food from The Stables Restaurant, which offers a child-friendly menu with full table service. Tasty light bites, cakes, drinks and around the world flavours will be available in Caffè + Gelato.

Please note: You do not need to book to attend any of the Super Summer events. Simply purchase standard garden admission (free for members) and drop-in to the events.

Make the most of Hestercombe's Super Summer events with a membership

Join as a Hestercombe member from as little as £3.71 a month to get free access to all of our Super Summer activities!

We have plenty of family-friendly events every half-term, meaning we can entertain your little ones for the Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.

If you visit us three times in the year of your membership, you will have made your money back.

Tickets & Prices

Standard gardens admission applies (Hestercombe members go free).

If you have any queries about your admission, please email our Visitor Reception or call 01823 413923

Admission typePrice



Child (5-15)


Child (u-5)


Family Saver 1 (1 adult, up to 3 children)


Family Saver 2 (2 adults, up to 3 children)


Super Summer at Hestercombe Schedule

DateWhat's OnTime

Summer Trail

Saturday 23rd July - Wednesday 31st August

Around the World at Hestercombe in 40 Days garden trail

All day

India Week: 25th - 31st July

Tuesday 26th July

Children's yoga

12 - 3:30 pm

Thursday 28th July

Mandala stone painting craft

11am - 2:30pm

Australia Week: 1st - 7th August

Tuesday 2nd August

Exmoor Zoo Outback critters

12 - 4pm

Thursday 4th August

Aboriginal dot Boomerang craft

11am - 2:30pm

Egypt Week: 8th - 14th August

Tuesday 9th August

Egyptian Theme Archaeological dig

11am - 3pm

Thursday 11th August

Hieroglyphics craft

11am - 2:30pm

America Week: 15th - 21st August

Tuesday 16th August

American birds of prey

12 - 3pm

Thursday 18th August

Statue of Liberty headdress craft

11am - 2:30pm

Italy Week: 22nd - 28th August

Tuesday 23rd August

Pasta picture making

11am - 2:30pm

Thursday 25th August

Venetian mask craft

11am - 2:30pm

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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