Events

Join us this summer, autumn and winter for some fantastic family fun. From family and community garden activity days, historic re-enactment, talks, workshops and demonstrations to family theatre! We've got something for everybody whatever your age or interests.  

Don't miss the Sensory Trail you can go on through the gardens and now is a great time to watch the gardens change each time you follow the trail. All our events are included in the price of admission unless otherwise stated and children under five years old are completely FREE.


May

Muddy Monday - 'Minibeasts'

30th May 2016

This Monday, we’re going on a Minibeast hunt and we need your help to find out which minibeasts might be hiding in our Community Garden! Join Amanda any time from 11am-3pm for a fun, creepy crawly session!


June

Family Fun Friday - 'Minibeasts'

3rd June 2016

On Friday 3rd June, Family Fun Friday will be taking place in the Stable Yard Room. Join our crafty team to make spinning spiders, dangly dragonflies and beautiful bugs. There will also be garden games and dressing up to keep little ones entertained.

10:30am-3pm. Included with admission.

The English Country Garden Festival

10th June 2016

10th - 12th June 2016 10am-5pm

Celebrating the English Country Garden on the weekend of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Join us to experience 14 acres of Palace gardens filled with stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, top gardening personalities and new ideas for how to use and love your garden.

The English Country Garden Festival

11th June 2016

10th - 12th June 2016 10am-5pm

Celebrating the English Country Garden on the weekend of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Join us to experience 14 acres of Palace gardens filled with stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, top gardening personalities and new ideas for how to use and love your garden.

The English Country Garden Festival

12th June 2016

10th - 12th June 2016 10am-5pm

Celebrating the English Country Garden on the weekend of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Join us to experience 14 acres of Palace gardens filled with stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, top gardening personalities and new ideas for how to use and love your garden.

Watercolour Workshops - Paint outside in the Palace Grounds

15th June 2016

Following the recent sell out beginner’s watercolour class held here, David Simmons will be running a series of watercolour workshops and outdoor painting sessions at the Palace. Each session will be ‘stand-alone’ - participants can enrol for as many as they wish. Each session will be limited to twelve participants. Outdoor Session. Book by phone or in the Shop.
In each session, David will suggest two locations and lead participants in producing their own paintings, advising on composition and technique. If the weather prohibits painting outside, sessions will be held in the activity room, using photos of the subjects projected onto a screen.

The cost for each session will be £10, which includes entry to the Palace grounds for the outdoor sessions; participants will need to bring their own materials - a list of suggested materials is available from the Palace shop.

The Railway Children

26th June 2016

Chapterhouse Theatre Company proudly presents The Railway Children, the unforgettable and heart-warming story of adventure and family set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

The lives of three children are changed forever by the mysterious disappearance of their father. Finding a new home in a beautiful but isolated village the children make new friends and discover the wonders of the Yorkshire hills and the railway lines scattered throughout them.

E. Nesbit’s classic story has delighted adults and children alike for generations and is now brought to life for new audiences in this wonderful production presented in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful open-air venues. With stunning period costume, traditional music and songs and a whole host of unforgettable characters, The Railway Children is a treat for all the family, perfect for a summer evening’s entertainment.

Gates open at 6pm and the performance begins at 6.30pm.

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Watercolour Workshops - Paint outside in the Palace Grounds

30th June 2016

Following the recent sell out beginner’s watercolour class held here, David Simmons will be running a series of watercolour workshops and outdoor painting sessions at the Palace. Each session will be ‘stand-alone’ - participants can enrol for as many as they wish. Each session will be limited to twelve participants. Outdoor Session. Book by phone or in the Shop.
In each session, David will suggest two locations and lead participants in producing their own paintings, advising on composition and technique. If the weather prohibits painting outside, sessions will be held in the activity room, using photos of the subjects projected onto a screen.

The cost for each session will be £10, which includes entry to the Palace grounds for the outdoor sessions; participants will need to bring their own materials - a list of suggested materials is available from the Palace shop.


July

Watercolour Workshops - Paint outside in the Palace Grounds

7th July 2016

Following the recent sell out beginner’s watercolour class held here, David Simmons will be running a series of watercolour workshops and outdoor painting sessions at the Palace. Each session will be ‘stand-alone’ - participants can enrol for as many as they wish. Each session will be limited to twelve participants. Outdoor Session. Book by phone or in the Shop.
In each session, David will suggest two locations and lead participants in producing their own paintings, advising on composition and technique. If the weather prohibits painting outside, sessions will be held in the activity room, using photos of the subjects projected onto a screen.

The cost for each session will be £10, which includes entry to the Palace grounds for the outdoor sessions; participants will need to bring their own materials - a list of suggested materials is available from the Palace shop.

Watercolour Workshops - Paint outside in the Palace Grounds

14th July 2016

Following the recent sell out beginner’s watercolour class held here, David Simmons will be running a series of watercolour workshops and outdoor painting sessions at the Palace. Each session will be ‘stand-alone’ - participants can enrol for as many as they wish. Each session will be limited to twelve participants. Outdoor Session. Book by phone or in the Shop.
In each session, David will suggest two locations and lead participants in producing their own paintings, advising on composition and technique. If the weather prohibits painting outside, sessions will be held in the activity room, using photos of the subjects projected onto a screen.

The cost for each session will be £10, which includes entry to the Palace grounds for the outdoor sessions; participants will need to bring their own materials - a list of suggested materials is available from the Palace shop.

The Taunton Garrison

23rd July 2016

Be impressed by the Living History skills, skirmishes and weapons demonstrations of the mighty Taunton Garrison. Step back in time all weekend on the South Lawn!

The Taunton Garrison

24th July 2016

Be impressed by the Living History skills, skirmishes and weapons demonstrations of the mighty Taunton Garrison. Step back in time all weekend on the South Lawn!

Muddy Monday - 'Herbs in the Garden'

25th July 2016

Join Community Gardener Amanda Clay in exploring our Herb Garden. Use all your senses to learn more about different types of herb and see what your favourite is.

11am-3pm Included in admission.

Family Fun Friday - 'Seeds & Plants'

29th July 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

31st July 2016

Gates at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William
Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men
invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s
sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About
Nothing.
Triumphant in battle, Don Pedro and his men return to
Messina. The Governor, Leonato, toasts their success by
throwing a masquerade ball where well-intentioned
plots and evil schemes abound as enemies deceive
lovers and friends trick friends in this lively summer
comedy.
“Friendship is constant in all other things,
Save in the office and affairs of love.”
Locked together in a ‘merry war’ Benedick, a confirmed
bachelor and Beatrice, an avowed maid are resolutely
set against marriage. However their friends have a plan.
Their ‘will-they-won’t-they’ relationship is one of
Shakespeare’s funniest and most famous love stories.
“ They never meet but there’ s a skirmish of wit between
them!”
Bring a chair and a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s
evening watching this funny, moving and fast-paced
production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved
comedies. Performed in the open air, by an all male cast
with Elizabethan costume, music and dance, this is
undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

Adult £16.50 Child £10 Family £45 (2 Adults + 2 Under-16s) 10% discount for groups of 10 or more

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August

Around The World in 80 Days

12th August 2016

Gates at 6pm, performance at 6.30pm

Racing against the clock, Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout travel around the World by any means necessary to see if they can make it back to London in 80 days!

… Will they do it and win their bet?
… Will the misguided Detective Fix arrest them?
… Has Passepartout left the gas on?

All these questions will be answered in this exciting musical adventure that the whole family will enjoy! Bring a picnic and a blanket or low-backed chair to enjoy what promises to be an exciting open-air theatre experience.

Tickets:
Adult: £14
Child (under 16): £9
Family (2 adults &2 children):£40

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The Canterbury Tales

27th August 2016

A cast of just five actors present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless tales in under two hours!

Join the pilgrims for puppetry and poetry, music and magic, talking chickens and burnt bottoms. Fast-paced, physical and funny, this show is pure medieval mayhem for the whole family.

"Dazzlingly daft" (The Stage)

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Look out for in 2016

Family Holiday Events - Family Activity Fridays, every Friday during school holidays.

The Rare Plant Fair - The folks from the Rare Plant Fair will be back at The Palace on Sunday 20th March 2016 bringing an array of fabulous plant life! 

The Bishop's Palace Garden Festival - 10th-12th June 2016

Garden Of Reflection – A contemporary tranquil area of our gardens; Enjoy planting in a stained glass effect and a mini forest of silver birch trees, all with a never-seen-before stunning view of the east side of Wells Cathedral.
 
iTouch Interactive Guides - Get more out of your visit with our iTouch guides featuring fascinating stories, historic tales, videos, interviews and ‘rubaway’ interactives as well as improved information panels around the site.
 
Guide book – Pick up a copy of our official guide book and find out about the rich history and previous bishops who have lived and worked here for centuries.
 

Top tips

Dress up as a bishop! Perfect for little and big kids, you will find dressing up clothes in the Palace building. Who do you fancy being today? A bishop? The Queen?
 
Join a growing Membership scheme.  Join over 1500 people who have become Members and visit the Palace as many times as you like over 12 months experiencing special benefits, such as half price entry into other Somerset gardens and 10% discount in the shop, not to mention supporting us as a charity for years to come.
 
Eat at The Bishop’s Table. Come and experience delicious food and drink in the café restaurant with a view like no other
 
Shop – Enjoy browsing the shelves full of treats, great gifts and pocket money toys in our shop – stock added all the time  

 

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