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Make this school holiday a super one at Hestercombe, with a heap of fantastically fun and free events*, all aimed at children and families.

Music...and wildlife!

From the melodic tones of travelling ‘Popera House’, The Bluebirds, who will be performing The Empress and the Nightingale, to the spidery fun of Creepy Crawlies with Exmoor Zoo and Wild Bug Hunts with Somerset Wildlife Trust, the summer holidays will be jam packed with things to do at Hestercombe!

Birds of prey

For the first time, we’ll be joined by some feathered friends who will be visiting the gardens with Somerset Birds of Prey Centre - join us to get up close and personal with a range of cute (but deadly!) predators.

Yoga and garden trails

To keep fit and healthy, why not try some child-friendly yoga outside in the beautiful summer gardens? We’ll also be running not one, not two, but three garden trails - choose from the Mushroom Magic Trail, Story Stones, and Charcoal Creations! These are all perfect for burning off some energy, exploring the gardens in a new light and cultivating creative skills.

During the Mushroom Magic Trail there will also be the chance to win your very own specially painted mushroom from amongst the beautifully designed toadstools decorating Rook Wood.

Please note, the Mushroom Magic Trail will be temporarily closed on Monday 2nd August due to visitor safety provisions for archaeological excavation work taking place at the entrance to Rook Wood.

Archery

Take aim… shoot! This summer we will be offering a day of Archery on the Orangery Lawn, an activity which can help develop patience, focus and self-motivation, along with being a fun challenge with family and friends to see who wins.

Model boats...and step back in time

Also on show this summer are our beautiful model boats, which will be available to captain down on the Mill Pond on selected dates. You’ll also be able to step back into Hestercombe’s past and Meet Miss Warre, who will be strolling around the gardens in her Regency costume, taking in the Georgian garden design and regaling visitors with stories from her past.

Two play areas to enjoy!

On your visit, stop off at either of our play areas for some extra 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 new 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 ice cream are all available from our new cafe, Caffè + Gelato.

Please note, The Stables restaurant will be temporarily closed on Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd August to allow the completion of renovations to take place. Caffè + Gelato will be serving a limited range of food and drink on both days. The Stables will reopen on Wednesday 4th August for limited service, and then resume full service on Thursday 5th August.

Caffè + Gelato will be temporarily closed on Wednesday 4th August for renovations, reopening on Thursday 5th August.

*Requires standard garden admission (free for members)


Make the most of Super Summer with a Hestercombe membership

Join as a Hestercombe member from as little as £3.46 a month to get free access to all of our Super Summer activities!


Tickets & Prices

Standard gardens admission applies (Hestercombe members go free).

To visit the gardens and take part in any Super Summer activity, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online - simply purchase gardens admission on arrival!

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

Admission typePrice

Adult

£13.75

Child (5-15)

£6.90

Child (u-5)

free

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

£21.00

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

£34.65

Super Summer Activity Schedule

Trails

24th July - 13th August ~ Story Stones Trail

24th July - 5th September ~ The Mushroom Magic Trail (please note, the Mushroom Magic Trail will be temporarily closed on Monday 2nd August due to visitor safety provisions for archaeological excavation work taking place at the entrance to Rook Wood.)

14th August - 5th September ~ The Charcoal Creations Trail

Summer Late Openings

Throughout the summer, and into September, the gardens will be open until 8pm every Wednesday (except 22nd September). Join us after work or school to explore the grounds when we’d usually be closed, with some tasty food on offer and, on selected dates, live music. Find out more about Summer Late Openings

Can’t make the Super Summer session you want? Don’t worry - many are repeated on alternative dates!

DateWhat's On

Tuesday 3rd August

Creepy Crawlies with Exmoor Zoo (10am - 3pm)

Crafts in the Dining Room (all day)

Wednesday 4th August

Model Boats on the Mill Pond (11am - 4pm) - £1, please bring cash

Meet Miss Warre in the Gardens (from 10am)

Sunday 8th August

The Tempest with Folksy Theatre (NB suitable for older children, 7pm)

Tuesday 10th August

Wild Bug Hunt with Somerset Wildlife Trust (various times throughout day)

Children’s Yoga in the Gardens (from 2pm)

Crafts in the Dining Room (all day)

Wednesday 11th August

Model Boats on the Mill Pond (11am - 4pm) - £1, please bring cash

Thursday 12th August

Somerset Bird of Prey Centre (11am - 1pm)

Tuesday 17th August

Children’s Yoga in the Gardens (from 2pm)

Meet Miss Warre in the Gardens (from 10am)

Crafts in the Dining Room (all day)

Wednesday 18th August

Model Boats on the Mill Pond (11am - 4pm) - £1, please bring cash

Thursday 19th August

Wild Bug Hunt with Somerset Wildlife Trust (various times throughout day)

Archery on the Orangery Lawn (10am - 3pm)

Tuesday 24th August

Creepy Crawlies with Exmoor Zoo (10am - 3pm)

Crafts in the Dining Room (all day)

Wednesday 25th August

Model Boats on the Mill Pond (11am - 4pm) - £1, please bring cash

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 £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, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells and Kilver Court.

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


Upgrade your ticket

Visit Hestercombe and upgrade your ticket to an annual membership for just the difference in cost.

Example: pay £13.75 for adult entry, and upgrade to full adult single membership for an extra £27.75 (£2.31 by monthly Direct Debit). The upgrade must be made during the day of your visit. Prices correct as of 1st April 2021.

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