When Emma Warren of HiHo Silver reached out and asked if I would like to stay at Dimpsey Glamping after the HiHo & Co day, I was blown away. Not only was it the kindest gesture from her, but I was so excited as I had been following Dimpsey for a while now and it is so up my street as a little getaway.

I normally travel solo on most of my work trips and I have to admit to being someone that quite likes peace and quiet and a little tranquilty, rather than hotel stays bustling with people.

As I drew into Dimpsey I knew this was exactly what I was going to experience and I have to admit to letting out a little squeal of delight as I saw the twinkling lights for the hot tub barn and the amazing outdoor space including pizza oven that surrounds the Shepherds Hut. This really is your own little private hideaway.

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Not to be outdone by the outdoor space the Shepherds Hut is styled to perfection, Emma and Andrew (Mr & Mrs Dimpsey) have thought of everything to make your stay amazing and truly memorable. As I walked into the hut I was greeted by the sound of relaxing music playing in the background, this was to set the tone for the rest of my stay.

Being February and a real chill to the air outside, my first port of call was the wood burner.  It was all ready for me to just add a match to and within minutes the Shepherds Hut was a lovely cosy space, ready for me to enjoy some rest and relaxation.  And perhaps a cheeky wee hot chocolate from the hot chocolate corner… yes really!! They have simply thought of everything!

I am a real country girl with a body clock programmed for first light, but let me tell you Dimpsey waved some kind of magic wand and each morning I woke after first light and was quite happy to snuggle down under the covers and just enjoy the tranquility of Dimpsey.  

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This really is a spot where you could loose yourself for a few days, I was actually quite sad that my days had already been planned out and I had such a hectic schedule. I would have quite happily sat outside soaking up the winter sun, wrapped in a blanket and reading a book whilst enjoying the sounds of nature and the blackdown hill views. Not to mention enjoying a long soak in the wood fired hot tub.

I really can’t recommend Dimpsey enough, whether you want to get a couple of days away by yourself for some R&R or fancy a lovely romantic break with your other half. Emma and Andrew have created the most beautiful retreat that is truly unique and I can’t wait to plan a return visit when I can just relax and enjoy the Dimpsey experience.

Photo Credit & Written By Lindsay Robertson

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One of the things that made my heart sing at every turn during my Dimpsey stay were all the little details…   Emma and Andrew have literally thought of everything to make your stay amazing and truly memorable.

From the moment you walk through the door at Dimpsey to the sound of relaxing music and the sight of afternoon tea laid out ready for your arrival, you know you are going to have the most amazing stay.

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Little hand written notes, loving written, guide you through your stay at Dimpsey, at every turn you can tell the care and attention to detail that has gone into making everything just perfect for your break.

Fast forward to bed time and I open the bench to get my pillows and find they have even left me bed time tea sachets of relaxing tea, I may even have detected a scent of lavender on my pillows to ensure a sound nights sleep.

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From my own little piece of heaven in the Hot Chocolate Corner.  Not this isn’t just any old Hot Chocolate Corner, its packed full of luxury hot chocolate and marshmallows to make the perfect winter warmer after a days exploring.

To the handmade soaps infused with lavender from the Dimpsey Garden and stamped with the Dimpsey logo… is it mad to say I even took mine home, I loved it so much and I didn’t want the Dimpsey experience to end.

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Photo Credit and Written by Lindsay Robertson

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Hello Sun! We must admit, the weather has certainly been treating us well so far this Spring, and although we have been incredibly busy putting our finishing touches on our brand new hut, Yonder, we still have a little time to delve into the great events happening this month. Here is our guide to What’s on in South Somerset this April.


Dubs at the Mill – 5th to 7th April 2019

The VW Dubbers Show is back at the Haselbury Plucknett. With family tickets available, it makes a great day out!

Haselbury Mill
Haselbury Plucknett
TA18 7NY

http://www.haselburymill.co.uk/events-1


Spring Time Nature Trail – 6th to 22nd April

If nature is more your thing, then why not enjoy the warm weather a little more with the Nature Trail at Barrington Court.

Barrington Court
Barrington,
Ilminster
TA19 0NQ

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court


Family Day at Wincanton Racecourse – 14th April 2019

Another great family day out is creeping up on us! From rock climbing to face-painting, the Wincanton Racecoure will be filled with events surrounding a military theme. Don’t forget to try the zip wire!

Wincanton Racecourse,
Wincanton
BA9 8BJ

https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/wincanton/events-tickets/family-fun-day/


Once Upon an Easter Trail – 20th to 21st April 2019

Want to go hunting for chocolate? This Easter, the whole family can take part in the Chocolate Egg Hunt at Forde Abbey and get prepared to face some challenges!

Forde Abbey
Chard
TA20 4LU

https://www.fordeabbey.co.uk/

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We’re very, very excited to be working with Fairfax & Favor to offer you the chance to win an amazing prize. We’re offering a two night stay in our new Brace Hut (the Yonder Hut), and two pairs of gorgeous boots too. 

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We’re super excited about our new Brace Hut, and can’t wait to welcome the winner. Situated in a secluded copse in Somerset, surrounded by stunning views, the new Brace is the ultimate in luxury with a copper slipper bath, double bed, kitchen, sitting area, shower room and more. You can find out more about our Yonder Brace Hut here.

In case you haven’t heard of Fairfax & Favor (we know you’ll love them as much as we do when you do!), here’s a bit more information about the beautiful boots that are being given away too…

The Nelson – For him

We’re ever so slightly smitten with the Nelson – aren’t you? With Fairfax & Favor’s signature navy elasticated detailing, these Chelsea style boots are sure to be a much loved boot in next to no time. They are made using leather with thick rubber/leather composite soles to make them true all-rounders – whether you’re in the city or country. They have sturdy heel and tongue pulls to make putting them on a breeze, and they have padded insoles for exceptional comfort too.

You can see the Nelson on Fairfax & Favor’s website

The Heeled Regina – For her

We’ve loved the Regina since it launched the Fairfax & Favor brand a few years ago. Originally, the Regina was only available in suede, but more recently a leather version has joined the boot family, and that’s what is being offered as the prize here.

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The boots are packed with features that make them extra special. From the full leather linings to memory foam comfort insoles, 6cm stretch panels for the perfect fit to composite leather and rubber soles. Finished with scalloped edging at the top of the zips with interchangeable tassels, they’re just gorgeous!

Check out the Heeled Regina here.

Enter over on Fairfax & Favor’s Instagram!

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Warm, sunny with a cool breeze – to say we have been treated with the weather this late winter is an understatement. Flowers have begun to sprout and bloom and Spring is certainly on its way. With a new season just around the corner, it it a perfect time to start exploring our local area. With that in mind, here is our guide to what’s on in South Somerset this March. 


Wildlife Photography Exhibition – 4th to 9th March 2019

This March, why not explore the Somerset Levels with this Wildlife Photography Exhibition. Perfect for all local photographers – or anyone who enjoys a good cake and coffee!

Butchers Hill
Fivehead
Taunton
Somerset
TA3 6PD

Wildlife


St. Margaret’s Hospice Late Breakfast – 12th March 2019

If you like a good breakfast, then why not head to St Margaret’s Hospice Late Breakfast. A wonderful way to enjoy food and support the hospice.

Wiveliscombe Community Centre
Lower Hall
West Street
Taunton
Somerset
TA4 2JP

https://www.somerset-hospice.org.uk


Holistic, Health and Wellbeing Weekend – 23rd to 24th March 2019

In need of some self-care? From readings to skincare, the Holistic, Health and Wellbeing Weekend is perfect to help restore your balance.

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1NF

https://thecastlehotel.yapsody.com/event/index/336451/holistic-health-and-wellbeing-weekend


Mayoral Concert – 24th March 2019

Another perfect evening to help you relax! You can expect a night full of music and an evening dinner.

St James Church
St James Street
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1JS

http://www.tauntondeanemvc.com/events/

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The magic of fire is certainly being called upon this February here at Dimpsey. Cosying up with a good book next to the log burner is just one of our top activities this month, along with watching the snow fall and delicately lay on the ground. Despite the weather chilling rapidly, there is still plenty to do this February in South Somerset. 


Virtual Marathon – Throughout February

Ready to stay warm throughout this winter month? Then grab your running shoes and sign up to St Margaret’s Hospice Marathon today! A great way to spend time with family or friends, and tick off that “Get Fit” New Year’s Resolution. 

Heron Drive
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 5HA


Taunton’s Farmers Market – Every Thursday

Every Thursday, on Taunton High Street, you will be able to find a variety of local, home-made goods from meat to cake. A great opportunity to try new foods. 

High Street
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 3PT


Top Tuscan Winemaker – 6th February 2019

Whether you are a wine expert or a self proclaimed wine taster, this event is the one for you. This wine dinner is the perfect opportunity to try a selection of Tuscan wines alongside a bespoke tasting menu. 

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1NF 


Valentines Day at The Castle – 14th February 2019

February would not be complete without a romantic dinner to celebrate Valentines Day. With champagne and a 5 course meal at the The Castle in Taunton, you cannot go wrong! 

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1NF 

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Although the family festivities are over, January brings about a whole new kind of magic to us here at Dimpsey. New beginnings, Winter truly coming into its own and of course, more events for us to attend as we start the new year.


Family Skating at Hestercombe – Until 6th January 2019

It is not too late to fulfil your winter bucket list and tick off ice skating! For a few more days, you can still watch ice skaters or even have a go yourself!

Hestercombe
Cheddon Fitzpaine
nr Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG

Family Skating


Festive Family Trail at Hestercombe – Until 6th January 2019

School creeping ever closer? Why not enjoy the last few days with the children this January by helping Hetty the Hedgehog get ready for a party or follow a wintry trail!

Hestercombe
Cheddon Fitzpaine
nr Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG

Hetty Hedgehog’s Christmas Party: Festive Family Trail


Rising Stars at The Castle Hotel – 25th to 27th January 2019

If you are a lover of music then this is the event for you. The Castalian String Quartet is coming to Taunton, ready to help you relax and push those January blues away.

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1NF

https://thecastlehotel.yapsody.com/event/index/261021/rising-stars


Steve James Pop-Up Restaurants – 26th January 2019

The award-winning chef, Steve James, is coming Eastfield Farm this January, preparing delicious menus for you to feast on. The first event, starting on the 26th January, will be an Asian Fusion evening!

Eastfield Farm
Tintinhull
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 8QW

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/steve-james-pop-up-restaurants-p2593963

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The end of the year is fast approaching, and with Winter now on our doorstep, we are looking forward to the events and activities that surround this festive time. The holiday season marks the perfect time to explore your local area and Somerset is no different. With that in mind, here is our guide to What is on in south Somerset this December.


Christmas at Haynes – 1st to 23rd December 2018

For all the family, Christmas at Haynes is a great way to enjoy some Christmas fun as you work your way through the cars to find one large enough for Santa – and don’t forget to visit the Christmas Pit Stop!

Haynes International Motor Museum
Sparkford
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 7LH

www.haynesmotormuseum.com


Festive Skating – Every open day throughout December

There is no better time to go ice skating than at Christmas and the fun doesn’t just have to stay on the ice. With a Christmas Party Trail and festive treats to be had, Hestercombe Gardens is a true delight throughout December.

Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG

www.hestercombe.com


Folk: St Agnes Fountain at David Hall – 7th to 8th December 2018

Ready to relax after Christmas shopping? Then the Folk St Agnes Fountain at David Hall concert is just for you. Performing both loved and original Christmas tunes, it is a wonderful way to enjoy an evening, Christmas style!

The David Hall
Roundwell St
South Petherton
TA13 5AA 

www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Musical Christmas Show – 8th to 9th December 2018

Another amazing family event, the Musical Christmas Show – The Tin Soldier is being held at Hestercombe Gardens this year, where you can follow a toy soldier as he sets of for a beautiful ballerina.

Bampfylde Hall
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG

http://www.folksytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/4593039942


Forde Abbey Christmas Illuminated Trail – 13th to 20th December 2018

Our last Christmas must see is the Forde Abbey Christmas Illuminated Trail. Treats, mulled wine and of course lights are all on offer throughout the week in December. Bring your carolling voices as carols will also be held within the house – can you get anymore festive than that?!

Forde Abbey
Chard
TA20 4LU

www.fordeabbey.co.uk

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Snuggled up in our favourite blankets with cups of hot chocolate to keep warm, the farm at Dimpsey has been transforming through the Autumn, preparing for winter to soon fall upon us. Umbrellas are out, wellies are on and coats are at the ready as we explore through South Somerset this November. 


Hatch Charity Fireworks – 5th November 2018

There is nothing quite like enjoying the autumnal weather than spending it wrapped up outside with traditional bonfires, jacket potatoes and a fireworks display to celebrate bonfire night! 

Orchard Portman

Taunton

Somerset

TA3 7BL

http://hatchfireworks.co.uk 


Curators Floor Talk – Motoring Icons – 11th to 14th November 2018

Interested in history, or in interested in cars? This is the event for you. Join Matt Piper at the Haynes International Motor Museum to discover the history of the Beetle. 

Haynes International Motor Museum

Sparkford

YEOVIL

Somerset

BA22 7LH 

https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com 


Christmas Market at Hestercombe Gardens – 16th to 18th November 2018

December is creeping ever closer, which means that is it time to start collecting all your Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Where better to start than the Christmas Market at Hestercombe Gardens? 

Hestercombe

Cheddon Fitzpaine

Taunton

Somerset

TA2 8LG 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-market-at-hestercombe-gardens-p2553303 


Christmas Craft Fair at the Monks Yard – 24th November 2018

A firm favourite in South Somerset, the Christmas Craft Fair at Monks Yard is a “festive treasure trove” of everything handmade from pottery to jams. Friendly and warm, it is a perfect day out for the family.

The Monks Yard

Horton Cross

Ilminster

Somerset

TA19 9PT 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-craft-fair-at-the-monks-yard-p2583833 

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The transformation has begun. Scattered across the floor are crisp leaves creating a haven of bright oranges, reds and browns for wellies, both big and small. The evening chill starts to creep in and where would we be without the occasional shower of rain. Together, we have a partially complete checklist for Autumn, all we need now is the perfect autumnal bucket list to enjoy this time of year to its fullest. Here is our guide to what is on in Somerset this October.


Ilminster Carnival – 6th October 

Colour, lights and plenty of carnival vibe will be at Ilminster this weekend with their over 100 feet long float chain. A great way to spend the evening! 

http://www.ilminstercarnival.co.uk


Over the Wall Picking Apples – 13th October

Coming to The Brewhouse in Taunton this October is Over the Wall Picking Apples, ideal for all theatre lovers out there. A one man show dedicated to mental health. 

https://www.wassailtheatre.co.uk/over-the-wall-picking-apples 

The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL 


Chard Rotary’s Salute to Trad Jazz – 19th October

Enjoy the jazz music? Then this is the event for you. Combine traditional jazz with a light supper, tea or coffee and you have a wonderful evening ahead of you. 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/chard-rotarys-salute-to-trad-jazz-p2538763 

St. Mary’s Church

Holyrood Street

Chard

Somerset

TA20 2EA


Strange and Spooky at The Museum of Somerset – 29th October to 3rd November 

Halloween is coming ever closer to us now, which suggests that thrills, spooks and possibly even ghosts are creeping towards us. Dress up, take part in the mystery trail or even attend the Strange Tales on the 16th November for an evening tour of the museum.

Taunton Castle

Castle Green

Taunton

Somerset

TA1 4AA

https://swheritage.org.uk/museum-of-somerset/ 

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