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.
'The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’
20 January – 7 May 2018
Opening: Friday 19 January, 6 – 8 pm
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 Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind'
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to announce ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’, curated by Adam Sutherland. This ambitious survey exhibition explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. The presentation features over 50 international artists and creatives, as well as works on loan, by artists working from the 1500s to the present day, including Paul McCarthy, Beatrix Potter, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, William Holman Hunt, Samuel Palmer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcus Coates, Fernando García-Dory, Mark Dion, Roni Horn, Aaron Angell and Mark Wallinger.
Wells Festival of Film
Welcome to our third annual Festival of Film. This year our theme is musical and as you can see from the films below, the weekend is going to be full of excitement and fun. We are pleased to be involved with The Bishops Palace again where we will be holding our third outdoor screening, this year it will be The Greatest Showman Sing-Along on Friday 27th April, where Wookey Hole Circus will be in attendance. We are also pleased to say we have now tied up with the amazing Cedars Hall, where on Sunday 29th April we will be showing West Side Story. With so much going on you will definitely find something for the whole family.
Wells Film Centre: 01749 673195
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West Somerset Railway - Snowdrops and Steam
One of the finest annual sights of Exmoor is the wonderful display of spring flowers in Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross. As one of the more remote parts of the Moor, the Valley is not easily accessible by car therefore, a park-and-ride system operates.
Your journey starts aboard the 10.15 departure from Bishops Lydeard Station, travelling by steam train to alight at Dunster Station, where a connecting road coach will meet you for your moorland journey to Wheddon Cross.
Upon arrival, you can either walk the 1 mile (takes approx. 30 minutes) or catch the Snowdrop Valley Shuttle Bus service down to the valley. The Shuttle Bus service is run by Snowdrop Valley, where an additional payment is required on the day, upon boarding.
After your visit to Snowdrop Valley, our road coach will drop at Minehead Station (not Dunster), for the return journey by steam train towards Bishops Lydeard.
Arts & Crafts
Nestling in the heart of the Somerset Levels, the 80 acres of willow provide the raw material for our craftsmen to weave...
Well-known Somerset pottery with modern gallery selling ceramics, sculpture and paintings
Glass blowing by one of the country's best known glass makers.