A sparkling Christmas at Hestercombe

Excitement is building for the festive season as Hestercombe prepares for this weekend’s annual Christmas Market.

Guaranteed to include some of the area’s best producers of food, drink, jewellery, cosmetics, and homewares, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone.

 With more than 60 stalls there will be plenty to see and do from Friday 17th -Sunday 19th November, as choirs perform carols in the Courtyard and entertainment for your little ones is provided on Saturday and Sunday only.

Deliciously festive and wonderfully-crumbly mince pies, indulgent Yule log and mugs of creamy hot chocolate are all available in the Stables Café and Bampfylde Hall.

 The market spells the beginning of Christmas for us here at Hestercombe, and there are plenty more festive events to get you in the spirit.

Our wreath making sessions have proved so popular that we are now running a waiting list and if we have enough interest we will run another session on Saturday, December 2.

Fabulous florist Jan Waters will be on hand to help your creative juices flow as you make your very own wreath with green foliage, dried fruit, and other materials selected from the gardens at Hestercombe. You’ll also be treated to a mince pie and a cup of either tea or coffee.

Our annual Festive Skating sessions return this year, so you and your family can enjoy gliding around our artificial skate rink, housed in a magical winter marquee.

When you’ve got your skates off, you might like to check out our Christmas Trail around the gardens. Running from Saturday, 2nd December until Sunday, 7th January, the trail costs just £1 per child.

Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas at all without the man in red coming to pay a visit.

And sure enough, Father Christmas has found time in his busy schedule to come and spend some time at Hestercombe in our wintertime gardens. He’ll be waiting in his folly in the Landscape Garden with a roaring log fire and a sack full of presents for those lucky children who come to see him.

We’re delighted to welcome Folksy Theatre back to Hestercombe on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th December for a Christmas production of The Snow Queen - a story of friendship, bravery and love. Perfect for all the family, this is sure to get you feeling festive, and on Thursday, December 21, The Taunton Concert Band rounds off the Hestercombe Christmas programme, with their symphonic wind band playing in the Bampfylde Hall. Modern and traditional come together with this festive collection of Christmas carols sure to get you ready for the big day itself.

For information on booking all our Christmas events, please visit our website at www.hestercombe.com