Houses and Gardens in Somerset

FORDE ABBEY (GARDENS ONLY)                                                                      
(01460) 221290
NEAR CHARD, TA20 4LU                                                                
www.fordeabbey.co.uk

Open: All year, 10.00 am - 4.30 p.m. (last admission)
Gift Shop and Tea Rooms: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 1st Nov until 14th December
Free entry to Gardens Thursday - Sunday from 1st November – 14th December

GLASTONBURY ABBEY
(01458) 832267
GLASTONBURY, BA6 9EL 
www.glastonburyabbey.com

Open: All year except 25th December, Opening hours as follows:
November: 9.30 am – 4.30 Dec & Jan: 10 – 4.30 February 10 – 5.00 and March 9.30 – 5.30
Last admission half hour before closing

Events:
Thurs 16th of Oct - Tue 11th of Nov Daily Exhibition of ‘Somerset Voices’
Sun 14th Dec Christmas in the Abbots Kitchen at 7pm 
Sat 20th Dec Churchill Singers; Carols to join in with at 2pm

HESTERCOMBE GARDENS
(01823) 413923
NEAR TAUNTON,  TA2 8LG 
www.hestercombe.com

Open:  Daily all year (except Christmas Day) 10.00am – 6.00pm (Last admission 5pm)
Gift Shop & Tea Room open daily 10am –5pm
Events:
Christmas Market Sat 22nd  – Sun 23rd Nov. Tickets £3.00 on the door(family £10.00 2+2) under 5 free

Fri 19th Dec Christmas Party Night: Bring your family, friends and business colleagues for a sparkling Christmas night out. Join us for pre-dinner drinks followed by a superb seasonal menu. Dance the night away to great live music - 7p.m. to midnight, tickets £26.95 Reservations (01823) 413923

Sun 21st Dec Carols by Candlelight 5pm –6.30pm A selection of festive carols performed by the acclaimed chamber choir, `in Ecclesia` to include audience participation. Mulled wine, mince pies and a festive atmosphere. Adult £10, Child £5, Family £22.50 2 + up to 4 children, under 5 freeWorkshops and Demonstrations events also other dates. Please phone for details.

MONTACUTE HOUSE        
(House closes 2nd November)                           
(01935) 823289
MONTACUTE , TA15 6XP                                                    
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute

Gardens           Open: 5th Nov – 31st Jan 2008, 11am - 4pm, Wed-Sun £2 /Adult £1/Child
Christmas shop            Open: 5th Nov – 21st Dec, 11.00 am - 4pm, Wednesday - Sunday.
Café                 Open: Saturdays & Sunday 8th Nov – 21st Dec
Restaurant        Open: Sundays only From 9th Nov until 21st Dec.
Events: -Sat 25th Oct, Sat 22nd Nov and Sat 13th Dec: Somerset Levels and Moors, Craft & Farmers Market. 10am-2pm – admission free for the craft market Tel: 01458 241401
 Thurs 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 5.30pm – 8pm ‘Piercing the Darkness’ Halloween Special. See the gardens
 bathed in eerie light. Prizes for best outfits, refreshments and gift shop.  Adult £4.50, Child £2.50
- Sat 6th – Sun 7th Dec Santa’s Grotto
- Thurs 11th Dec – Sun 14th Dec Ice-Skating. Bookings taken from 1st Nov

TOWN TREE FARM NATURE GARDENS AND RESERVE                   
(01935) 823203
TOWN TREE LANE, MARTOCK, TA12 6AP                                      www.towntreenaturegarden.co.uk

Nature walk consisting of Marshland, landscaped ponds with visiting and resident water-fowl, wild flowers and foliage along the walk, and secluded gardens around the mid 17th Century farmhouse.

Open: All year 10am – 1.5 hours before sunset. Adult £2.50, Under 16 free, 16 – 18 years £1