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Hestercombe will be taken over by all things bee this summer!

Come up and join us in our mission to become bee savers with our exciting new trail and activities to learn more about the fantastic world of bees. Help us to support the wonderful (and important) variety of native bees in the UK.

In addition to our Time to Bee Friendly trail join us this summer, from Monday to Friday, for free waggle dance sessions (weather permitting).

Direct your teammates to the coloured flowers by creating your very own waggle dance! Helped by the friendly Hestercombe team.

Sessions will take place on the Marquee Lawn every day (weather permitting) from Monday to Friday at 11am and 1pm, and will take around 20 minutes. It is a drop in, but please be aware that numbers are limited.

Prices & tickets

The waggle dance experience is free as part of standard garden admission (Hestercombe members go free). Elements of the bee take over are completely free, as part of garden entry.

Admission tickets are available via the Hestercombe website.


Time to Bee Friendly Trail

Every day (21st July to 3rd Sept)

10am to 4.30pm (last entry)

Family Waggle Dance Sessions

Mon to Fri (24th July to 1st Sept)

Session at 11am and 1pm (weather permitting)

Badge Making in Hestercombe House

Mon to Fri (24th July to 1st Sept)

11am to 2pm

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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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Hestercombe Gardens
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