Offering an exciting all year round programme, Somerset has something for everyone with events ranging from literature, art and sport to historical re-enactments, balloon festival, music festivals and country shows. The choice is yours.
Visit Somerset in November and you could witness the largest illuminated carnival in Europe, at Bridgwater - hundreds of 'carts' ablaze with colour and alive with music.
Somerset is also famous for producing amazing food and drink. Throughout the year there are plenty of opportunities for food lovers to sample these tasty treats at numerous food and drink festivals and events.
This is the 25th year the Festival of Literature has been running in Wells, and it promises to be a very special occasion. We have an exciting programme planned for our Silver Anniversary and we can guarantee another year of variety; there is something on offer to suit everyone’s tastes: serious, light-hearted, humorous, educational, familiar, surprising and challenging.
The Festival will commence on the evening of Friday 13 October and run until the evening of Saturday 21 October.
Exhibition: RITA ACKERMANN: TURNING AIR BLUE
30 SEP 2017 – 1 JAN 2018
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre, which acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. A landscaped garden, designed for the gallery by internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf, includes a 1.5 acre perennial meadow, which sits behind the gallery buildings.
On-site restaurant, the Roth Bar & Grill, serves seasonal, locally sourced produce, and includes a site-specific bar created by Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth.
The centre is open with free admission to the public, six days per week, throughout the year.
The 2017 Wells Carnival Friday November 17th at 7.00pm
- a spectacle not to be missed.
It is said be the biggest illuminated carnival in the world. These huge floats make their way slowly through the medieval streets intertwined with street performers with highly inventive and stunning costumes. As it is dark at this time of year the blaze of colourful lights, music, dancing and beautifully tailored costumes on these floats creates a unique and exciting atmosphere. The tableau floats depict scenes with all the performers in a fixed pose effectively creating a living picture. The carnival is Free to see and all these floats are created by enthusiasts who are raising money for Charity.
The 2017 Wells carnival is scheduled to take place on Friday 17th November at 7.00pm and is a must see for anyone planning to come to the area.
There is also a fun fair in the market place.
Starling Spectacular at Ham Wall
Winter is an amazing time of the year on the Avalon Marshes!
Why not take a short break in the Beanacre Barn? Only a few miles from this cosy award winning retreat, you can go in search of some of the fantastic wildlife that makes the Somerset Levels its home during the winter. Look out for fishing great white egrets, dabbling ducks, gliding marsh harrier and of course the ever elusive bittern before finishing your walk by watching starlings streaming out of the sky into their roost for the night. A truly mesmerising sight!
Guided walks are available:
Thurs 9th & 23rd November
Thurs 7th & 14th December
Thurs 11th & 25th January
2pm to 4pm
Email: Ham.firstname.lastname@example.org (Booking essential)