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Palace Buildings Closed, Gardens and Chapel open

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Twelfth Night - Outdoor Theatre Performance

7pm. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men is an open air theatre company built upon the same principles that Shakespeare himself followed: to present bold, clear and dynamic productions that excite and engage the audience. Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer to see Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. A joyous tale of love, longing and laughter and mischief, mayhem and mistaken identity, set in fair Illyria. With identical twins separated by shipwreck, a cross-dressing heroine and everyone in search of love, Twelfth Night is one of the most famous and tangled love stories in literature. Tickets from £10.
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Family Activity Day: Palace Games

Find out more about traditional ways of having fun at the Palace in this Family Activity Day and try your hand at making a kite, some juggling balls or some Heraldry swords and shields! When you’ve finished, get outside to follow our fantastic children’s trail based on a theme of ‘Games’. 11am-3pm.
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Story Telling Day

11:30-14:30. Enjoy a day of fabulous story telling with master story-spinner Michael Loader. Come and help the Palace Jester get his tales in a twist with a collection of weird objects "Ohhh?", curious costumery "Ehhh!" and musical sound effects "Dun dun dunnn!" Hear and act out Little Red Riding Locks, Goldihood and the Three Little Pigs as well as everyone's favourite Three Billy Bears Gruff! It's going to be mayhem, mirth, mischief, magical and mmm... a mystery if we actually know when we're finishing one story OR beginning another!%*? Our Palace Jester was last seen at our Family Day in June screaming for mercy whilst running away from a three year old chasing him on a hobby zebra! Fun for 5-10 year olds plus childlike adults! Brought to you by Somerset Storyfest Director Michael Loader www.somersetstoryfest.co.uk
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Members Only! Evening Tour with Head Gardener

James Cross has been Head Gardener at The Bishop’s Palace for over 10 years and he will lead a special tour for Members looking at the Gardens, explaining about the history and development of these beautiful grounds. 7pm. Members need to book in advance for this event as space is limited.
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Family Activity Day: Medieval Life in the Great Hall

This week, find out more about what life was like in medieval times. Join the craft team to make a pomander, some goblets and plates for your medieval feast and make your own ‘romantic ruins’! 11am-3pm
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Community Garden Activities: Herbs in the Garden

Herbs in the Garden. Explore the different types of herbs grown in the Community Garden. Work out which is your favourite scent, see which ones are attractive to bees, and find out what interesting uses some of them have. 11am-3pm
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Pride and Prejudice - Outdoor Theatre

The Pantaloons - Pride and Prejudice 7pm The Pantaloons draw from a wide variety of popular theatre traditions, from commedia dell'arte and pantomime to stand-up comedy and silent movies, to bring what we consider to be a vital sense of "play" back to classical performance. We aim to recapture an aspect of Shakespeare's drama which the modern naturalistic theatre has lost: the riotous energy of the clown. Hamlet tells us that the clowns in Shakespeare's day spoke "more than is set down for them", and we have found that tapping into this rich vein of anarchic humour can have a strangely moving and uplifting effect. Crucially, it also reminds us that we are all simply participants in a game of make-believe. In our theatre, your imagination is just as important as ours. We ask you to become co-creators of the play-world with us; or as Shakespeare put it in the prologue to Henry V, to "piece out our imperfections with your thoughts."Will Mrs Bennet manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The literary classic gets the Pantaloons treatment in this hilarious and innovative new adaptation.
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Family Activity Day: Colour and Light

This week’s craft activities will include: Glass painting, Acrylic ‘wings’ mobiles, Kaleidoscopes and a fantastic children’s trail!
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Community Garden - Colours in the Community Garden

Colours in the Community Garden. There are lots of different colours found in nature, and many of them can be seen in the Community Garden. Come and explore the garden, see what you can find, and help to create a piece of landscape art in the garden. 11am-3pm
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Animation Drop in Family Workshop

11am-4pm MAGICAL MOVIES - FAMILY ANIMATION DROP-IN WORKSHOP Come and help create a stunning animated film inspired by the gardens and wildlife here at The Bishop's Palace. Make butterflies, birds, flowers and creatures using lots of interesting materials and then use the magic of stop motion animation to make them come alive and move on screen. The film we make will be available to watch and download online after the workshops. Most suitable for over 5's but younger children are welcome to come and have a look!
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Family Activity Day: Animals at Wells

The animal theme this week will involve making a bird feeding station, some origami swans and paper plate swans and cats. The family trail will send you around our wonderful gardens to find evidence of the rich animal life. 11am-3pm.
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Palace Building Closed, Chapel and Gardens Open

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Bowlore Medieval Weekend

We’re delighted to welcome back Bowlore Medieval with their thrilling weekend of activities on offer, including; longbow, crossbow, weapons demonstrations, combat displays, sword lessons, historical talks, battlefield medicine, hands-on weapon and armour displays, medieval tented encampment and have-a-go archery with lifesize 3D animal targets. You're sure to find a combination to entertain and astonish you! There will be three weapons displays a day at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Between each display there will be have-a-go archery and hands-on weapons and armour!
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Bowlore Medieval Weekend

We’re delighted to welcome back Bowlore Medieval with their thrilling weekend of activities on offer, including; longbow, crossbow, weapons demonstrations, combat displays, sword lessons, historical talks, battlefield medicine, hands-on weapon and armour displays, medieval tented encampment and have-a-go archery with lifesize 3D animal targets. You're sure to find a combination to entertain and astonish you! There will be three weapons displays a day at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Between each display there will be have-a-go archery and hands-on weapons and armour!
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Bowlore Medieval Weekend

We’re delighted to welcome back Bowlore Medieval with their thrilling weekend of activities on offer, including; longbow, crossbow, weapons demonstrations, combat displays, sword lessons, historical talks, battlefield medicine, hands-on weapon and armour displays, medieval tented encampment and have-a-go archery with lifesize 3D animal targets. You're sure to find a combination to entertain and astonish you! There will be three weapons displays a day at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Between each display there will be have-a-go archery and hands-on weapons and armour!
 

Watch aerial footage of the Palace & Gardens

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