Out and About

Celebrating the ash at Springhead

DOZENS of people joined guided walks and listened to a new musical composition to celebrate the ash tree at Springhead, Fontmell Magna, for AshScape, the first ever symposium and festival devoted to this ancient European tree. Arboriculturists, experts in ancient trees, local school children, artists and singers all took part in the event, which included…

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Kingston Lacy and a story of exile

THE National Trust’s Pride and Prejudice programme, making the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, includes Exile, an installation at Kingston Lacy, exploring the life and exile of former owner William John Bankes. Bankes, an explorer, scholar and art collector, inherited Kingston Lacy in 1834 and set about transforming the house into a…

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The great British autumn at Longleat

LONGLEAT is launching a new event to celebrate all things autumnal. The Great British Autumn, which runs from 21st to 29th October, will feature activities including flying owl shows, apple pressing, mud kitchens and pumpkin trails. Set amid Longleat’s Capability Brown-landscaped parkland the event will showcase traditional and new autumn activities associated with the season…

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Unearthed at the West Coker Twineworks

ART and craft met at West Coker’s restored Dawe’s Twineworks when artist Simon Lee Dicker launched his book of drawings, Unearthed, at an open weekend  as part of this year’s Somerset Art Works festival . This beautiful little book is a true work of art but it is also an important chapter in the long…

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Safeguarding Dyrham Park’s rare tapestries

SOME of the world’s rarest 17th century tapestries are being conserved at Dyrham Park, thanks to almost £80,000 in legacies left to the National Trust. Highlighted by conservators as a high priority, two of the large Enghien tapestries, currently hanging in the 17th century house near Bath, will now be sent away for specialist cleaning…

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Apple Days at Barrington Court

THIS year’s Apple Days on 21st and 22nd October will be specially important for the National Trust staff and volunteers who manage orchards at Barrington Court, as they re-launch their apple juice and cider and celebrate a move from farmhouse cider to craft cider. The beautiful Elizabethan house and gardens of Barrington Court, near Ilminster,…

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Heartwood at Springhead

COMPOSER, musician and choir director Karen Wimhurst will lead the grand musical finale at the AshScape celebration of Britain’s ash trees, at Springhead near Fontmell Magna on Sunday, 15th October. Karen, who conducts several local choirs, including Palida, will direct a performance of her new composition, Heartwood, a choral processional work, which is based on…

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Yeovil’s railway past is on the wall

A NEW mural is bringing alive part of the railway history of Yeovil on a on a concrete covered stretch of wall that runs alongside part of the old line in what is now Yeovil Country Park. The painting by Bristol artist Jody Thomas is part of the Heritage lottery-funded V3 Involve Visit Volunteer project…

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Autumn fun at Moors Valley

WHATEVER the weather there are family event for all ages this autumn at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood. As the light changes and the leaves turn to gold there’s never been a better time to enjoy the park’s mix of evergreen conifers and broadleaf trees. The crisp autumn air also provides the…

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