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Strange things have been occurring at the Hestercombe Lab.

Dr Smith and Dr James have spent the last year experimenting and finding new ways of reaching the supernatural. They recently made a breakthrough, unfortunately they have now disappeared and are nowhere to be seen!

This Halloween (21st to 31st October) follow the clues hidden around the gardens to find the culprit behind the spooky goings on at Hestercombe.

As well as our spooky trail, we have free interactive bubble shows and bubble play zone for all of the family on the Marquee Lawn and free storytelling in the Bat Roost (both Monday to Friday 23rd to 27th October ).

The perfect spooky day for the whole family to enjoy!

Prices & tickets

The Lab at Hestercombe trail is FREE when paying standard garden admission (Hestercombe members go free).

Admission tickets are available via the Hestercombe website.

Please note that Hestercombe House will close at 4pm daily.

The Lab Trail

Every day (21st October to 31st October)

10am to 3.30pm (last entry)

Interactive Bubble Shows on the Marquee Lawn

Mon to Fri (23rd October to 27th October)

11am and 1.30pm

Bubble Play Zone on the Marquee Lawn

Mon to Fri (23rd October to 27th October)

11.30am and 2pm

Storytelling in the Bat Roost

Mon to Fri (23rd October to 27th October)


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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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