Hestercombe Gardens and Gallery

Hestercombe Gardens is a historic landscape garden covering three centuries of garden design. At its centre lies Hestercombe House, now a contemporary art gallery, restaurant and second-hand book shop.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

10am - 5pm (opening hours vary in summer and winter)

Admission charges

£11.80 adult/ £5.90 child

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Portrait of C.W. Bampfylde by J Wootton, c.1740, detail. Private Collection.

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste

  • 1 March 2020 — 21 February 2021 *on now

To celebrate Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s life and his importance to the history of Hestercombe and the South West, we bring together the largest survey of his original artworks and objects ever seen in one place, through the exhibition ‘A Gentleman of Taste’.

Born 300 years ago, on 28th February 1720, C. W. Bampfylde was a talented and multifaceted ‘amateur’ artist. As the former owner of Hestercombe, he designed and built the now restored C18th landscape garden, in addition to producing a swathe of landscape and topographical sketches, paintings and etchings both at Hestercombe and throughout the South West.

Private collectors and national institutions have kindly loaned us original works that will tell the story of Bampfylde’s life through five different aspects: Bampfylde at home; as a garden designer and architect; Bampfylde by the sea; as an artist; and Bampfylde the Georgian socialite.

This archival exhibition will open to the public on 1st March and run for a year in conjunction with several other contemporary exhibitions and many events exploring the fascinating life of this influential person as part of Bampfylde 300.

This exhibition is open from 1st March 2020 until February 2021.

Entry to the exhibition is free with garden admission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £13.30
Child (5-15) £6.65
Child (under 5) FREE
Hestercombe members FREE



Rebecca Partridge, Week (detail), 2017

Most Admirably Improved by Art Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson, Fiona Hingston

  • 1 March — 27 September 2020 *on now

Set alongside original works by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), Hestercombe’s former owner, Most Admirably Improved by Art brings together four female contemporary artists Charlotte Hodes, Rebecca Partridge, Kelly Richardson and Fiona Hingston, all of who, like Bampfylde, began their careers drawing and painting, and now through a range of media respond to the landscapes and the environment of today, inspired through the history of art. Bringing together a mixture of collage and ceramic installation, sculpture, film and painting this show builds links between Bampfylde’s Georgian endeavours and the concerns of artists today.

In the eighteenth century Bampfylde and his contemporaries, such as Thomas Gainsborough, William Hogarth, George Stubbs and Joshua Reynolds were pushing the boundaries of drawing and painting, responding to the past, looking abroad, yet innovating and creating the first national tradition of art in Britain. Today’s artists are similarly inspired by the history of art yet innovatively respond to the global issues facing us all today.

Timed to coincide with the three hundredth anniversary of Bampfylde’s birth, ‘Most Admirably Improved by Art’, a phrase said of Bampfylde’s Hestercombe by John Collinson, in his 1791 ‘History of the County of Somerset’, is the first in a trilogy of exhibitions celebrating Bampfylde’s life and work. The exhibition opens on 1st March and runs until 28th June 2020. Alongside this gallery exhibition we also present an archival show of Bampfylde original works loaned from public, private and the Hestercombe Collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £13.30
Child (5-15) £6.65
Under 5 FREE
Hestercombe members FREE



Jackdaw Line by Richard Long

Jackdaw Line by Richard Long

  • 15 July 2020 — 30 June 2021 *on now

Celebrated artist Richard Long’s newly installed artwork Jackdaw Line is set in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden. The piece has been commissioned as part of Bampfylde 300, a year of exhibitions and events celebrating the life and work of Hestercombe’s former owner and landscape designer, Coplestone Warre Bampfylde.

Made using local Morte Slate, Jackdaw Line snakes through the landscape below the Box Pond at Hestercombe, and uses stone sourced from a quarry in the same valley.

Richard Long describes his work in general as a ‘love and celebration of the natural world’; and of this new sculpture he says ‘I’m an opportunist – I was invited to make a work, not far from my home, in these beautiful gardens with a fantastic supply of stones, and the help of gardeners who turned their skilled hands to manning wheelbarrows.’

The meandering sculpture is a reminder for the artist of River of Stones, a work made at the eighteenth century Madhavendra Palace in Jaipur in 2018.

Originally programmed by Hestercombe Gallery for earlier this year the commission had to be rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, Long has continued to make work from his home in Bristol, including Spring Line (2020) and Daydreaming Line (2020) both made by the act of walking near his home. This new stone work is Long’s first since the easing of the lockdown.

Richard Long’s Jackdaw Line can be seen at Hestercombe from Wednesday to Sunday each week, 10am – 4pm. All visits must be pre-booked online by 5pm on the day before you wish to visit.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Entry to the exhibition is included with general garden admission:

Adult: £13.30
Child (5-15): £6.65
Child (under 5): free
Wheelchair user: £6.65
Tramper user: £6.65

Family saver (2A, 3C): £33.00
Family saver (1A, 3C): £20.00

Adult: free
Child: free



'Work-shop' by Lucy Soni is one of seven artworks in the 'Open-Up' series at Hestercombe

'Open-Up': Outdoor Exhibition at Hestercombe

  • 9 September 2020 — 30 June 2021 *on now

Open-Up is a brand new series of outdoor artworks commissioned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It features eight artists with intimate knowledge of Hestercombe, many of whom have responded to the landscapes on the estate in the past. The works, distributed across all three of the period gardens at Hestercombe and beyond, range from subtle interventions involving copper plant tags, pigeon rings and galvanised nails, to bold stacked colours, giant bunting and orchard ladders.

Artists featured include Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver with Gabrielle Hoad, Jon England, Jo Lathwood, Philippa Lawrence and Lucy Soni.

In July we launched Jackdaw Line in Hestercombe’s Georgian Landscape Garden, a new stone work by internationally renowned artist Richard Long. This work has become the flagship commission of a new outdoor series, entitled ‘Open-Up’.

Originally programmed for May 2020 as part of Hestercombe’s Bampfylde300 year of celebrations, Jackdaw Line was postponed due to Covid-19. The existing indoor exhibitions, Coplestone Warre Bampfylde: A Gentleman of Taste, and Most Admirably Improved by Art, were closed when Hestercombe temporarily shut in late March 2020. This enforced closure created a reaction that reimagined the way that artworks are presented in a way that is made safe and accessible for visitors for the current social distancing environment at Hestercombe.

At a time when most UK galleries remained closed it seemed fitting to follow Jackdaw Line with further outdoor works that not only respond to the gardens, but reflect on the unprecedented times faced by a global society, with a virus at its root.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £13.30; Child £6.65 - further concessions available, check website. Hestercombe members free. Tickets must be booked by 5pm on the day before you wish to visit; open Wednesday to Sunday only.



Hestercombe Gardens and Gallery
Cheddon Fitzpaine





01823 413923

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