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.
27 Oct 2018 – 20 Jan 2019
New York-based artist Zoe Leonard balances rigorous conceptualism with a distinctly personal vision in her work, which merges photography, sculpture, and installation. By employing strategies of repetition, shifting perspectives, and a multitude of printing processes, Leonard’s practice probes the politics of representation and display.
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.
Coinciding with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) retrospective – ‘Zoe Leonard. Survey’ – Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present the gallery’s first Los Angeles exhibition devoted to New York-based artist Zoe Leonard. The landmark, decade-long project, ‘Analogue’ (1998 – 2009) is comprised of 412 photographs arranged in grids and organized into 25 chapters.
Originally conceived as a chronicle of the rapidly changing Lower East Side, where Leonard once had her studio, ‘Analogue’ evolved into a parable of cultural production, touching on issues of gentrification and the exchange of commodities as an extension of colonialism. The images in this installation depict storefronts and objects on the brink of obsolescence due to an expanding global economy and rapid technological advancements emerging at the turn of the millennium. An allegory for globalization, Leonard’s photographic series is the result of a peripatetic process that led her from the declining mom and pop shops of New York City to roadside markets in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Cuba, and Mexico, tracing the circulation of recycled merchandise.
Note: The Bath and West Showground is only 5 miles from Beanacre Barn, your perfect peaceful retreat after a busy day at the Showground!
Great Western Classic Car Show
9th & 10th February 2019
The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show on February 10-11 is the biggest and best of its kind in the South West of England.
Attracting thousands of classic vehicle enthusiasts on their journey to restoration completion, the halls of the Royal Bath & West Showground are filled to the rafters with specialist traders, parts suppliers and jumble stands offering missing pieces of restoration and maintenance puzzles at bargain prices.
With a wide range of cars for sale at the event, it’s also the perfect place for visitors to pick up a project! Classic cars needing different levels of TLC are available through private sales in the classic car park, or via the Charterhouse Auction room, where viewing is free on Saturday. Whether it’s a first-time project you’re looking for, or you’re ready for something a little more challenging – there’s something for everyone at this event, no matter what your budget.
One of the most popular events held at The Showground, the Giant Flea Market offers a bounty of retro collectables, vintage articles and unique finds.
Over 250 inside and outside stalls, selling a plethora of items from retro-furniture, vintage clothing, garden statuary, crafts, art, jewellery, books, toys, sweets, clothes, CD’s, music, gifts, lifestyle products, stationary, fabrics and more
A licensed restaurant, café, food court and on-site banking facilities all help to make this a great day out for all of the family.
Local Arts & Crafts - open for visitors
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.