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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Scorching hot sunshine and bright blue skies are beginning to drift away. Autumn is slowly approaching us and, here at Dimpsey, we are beginning to look forward to being surrounded by crisp, red and brown leaves and preparing for the chill in the air. In the meantime, we have put together our list of things to do in South Somerset this September. 


Annual Fun Dog Show – 1st September 2018

In our very local Blackdown Hills, the Ferne Animal Sanctuary will be holding their annual fun dog show with craft stalls, agility courses and of course, food!

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Wambrook

Chard

Somerset

TA20 3DH

https://www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org/events/ferne-dog-show/


End of Summer Show – 8th September 2018

If you enjoyed the Annual Fun Dog show, then you will love the End of Summer show. A horse, pony and dog show, this event is perfect for animal lovers. Supporting St Margaret’s Hospice and Alzheimer’s Research UK, this is truly a wonderful day out. 

Show Site Clapton

Crewkerne

DT8 3RF

http://www.crewkerneshow.co.uk 


Wellbeing & Superfood Festival – 16th September 2018

From healthy treats to complimentary therapies, the Wellbeing & Superfood Festival is full of delicious food to try, workshops and even entertainment!

Woodlands Castle

TAUNTON

Somerset

TA3 5LU 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/wellbeing-and-superfood-festival-2018-p2469903 


Best of Bristol Sunday Lunch at The Castle Hotel – 30th September 2018

The Best of Bristol is coming to Taunton, with Bristol’s top chef’s preparing and cooking a delightful lunch at The Castle Green. Don’t miss out! 

Castle Green

Taunton

Somerset

TA1 1NF 

https://thecastlehotel.yapsody.com/event/index/276191/the-best-of-bristol-sunday-lunch 

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Watching the stars under the night sky, days out in the sun, sipping on your favourite scrumpy… Recently, the weather has given us many opportunities to enjoy the simple things, so here is our guide to What’s on in South Somerset this August so you can love being out in the sun whilst it lasts.


Historical House Drawn Tours of Langport – Every Weekend in August 

Perfect for history lovers, the horse drawn tours of Langport makes a wonderful and interesting day out where you can learn about the history of Langport. 

Langport Main Car Park
TA10 9PG


Concerts in the West – 2nd to 4th August 

If you prefer a more relaxed evening, why not watch the PELLÉAS ENSEMBLE & FRIENDS at Yeovil, Bridport, Ilminster or Taunton this summer – an excellent way to appreciate music from the well-loved Beethoven and Mozart. 


Cider & Cheese Festival – August 17th to 18th August

It wouldn’t be Summer without celebrating Somerset’s finest Cider and Cheese. With over 6o different types of cider and cheese to try, including live entertainment, it is an ideal weekend for relishing in good food and company. 

Westlands Entertainment Venue
Westbourne Close
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2DD


Yesterdays Farming – 18th to 19th August

From dog shows to tractors, heavy working horses to working steam engines, step back in time with Yesterday’s Farming and don’t forget to take part in their haymaking displays and rural crafts! 

Dillington Park Estate
Dillington
Ilminster
Somerset
TA19 9DQ

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The sun has been beaming over Dimpsey recently and we have certainly been enjoying the heatwave. From long summer days sitting in our hot tub to country shows, there is plenty to do in Somerset this month and here are our favourites!


Somerton Summer Arts Festival – 6th – 15th July 2018

A whole week of entertainment, the Somerton Summer Arts Festival has been designed to encourage many genres or music, and bring the community together with art, drama and even morris dancing! 

Somerton Town Centre


Guide Dogs Family Fun Day – 14th July 2018

Fundraising for the Taunton Guide Dogs, not only does this ultimately fun dog show help the local community, but also makes a wonderful day out for all ages. 

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4AD


Yeovil Show – 14-15th July

Competitions, food and drink, animals, retail therapy – The Yeovil Show has everything you can possibly want out of a day  out. The perfect way to celebrate South Somerset and everything it has to offer!

Yeovil Showground
Barwick
Yeovil
BA22 9TA


Somerset Steam & Country Show – 20th-22nd July 2018

If you enjoy country shows, don’t forget to attend the Somerset Steam and Country Show in Langport. With entertainment and funfair, as well as tractor pulling – it makes a great day out for all country and vehicle lovers!

Netherham Farm
Low Ham
Langport
TA10 9DR

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It is that time of year again where, here at Dimpsey, we are enjoying the weather starting to warm up and the Sun beaming out through the clouds. With Summer just around the corner, here is our list of what is on in Somerset this June.


Ilchester 100 – 8th June & 23rd June 2018

This year, St Mary’s Church in Ilchester will be holding a commemoration for 100 years since the end of the First World War. However, it isn’t just the commemoration of the Armistice that they will be holding on the 8th – a Traditional Street Fayre will also be held on the 23rd June for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

Ilchester
Somerset
BA22 8LH


A Doggy Day Out at Forde Abbey – 10th June 2018

If you are a lover of canines, or perhaps even have one yourself, then the Doggy Day Out held in Forde Abbey is the event for you. From pet products stalls to agility and obstacle courses, there is plenty for you to do, as well as exploring Forde Abbey itself!

Forde Abbey and Gardens
Chard
Somerset
TA20 4LU
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SomerFest Taunton – 16th June 2018

From the circus to a whole host of musical genres, the SomerFest in Taunton is a fun-filled day out for everybody. Featuring local and national talent and entertainers, it is an event surely not to be missed. 

Castle Green
Taunton
TA1 1NF


Yeovil Street Party – 23rd June 2018 

For all local celebrations, why not take part in the Yeovil Street Party! With a range of food available to purchase and eat, as well as music and other entertainment, it makes a wonderful day out. 

Yeovil Town Centre
St John’s Church Green
Quedam and Bandstand in Middle Street

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Happy Somerset Day! Today marks the 4th annual celebration of Somerset Day, which started back in 2015 to share why Somerset is an amazing place to live, work and visit. With an abundance of events happening over the weekend to celebrate, we have decided to look into the history of Somerset Day – why is Somerset Day held on the 11th May?

blackdownhills - The history behind Somerset Day

It is thought that King Alfred the Great – also known as the King of Wessex – set out on a mission to gather all the locals of Somerset to create an army to march and fight against the Vikings on this day in 878AD. Although the date of his victory is unknown, it is commonly estimated to be around this time and was chosen to be the date where locals nowadays will remember the victory of King Alfred the Great and the locals of that time.

 

Somerset Day has come far from just honouring a victory of a King many years ago. Many use this opportunity to share the greatness of Somerset and how it is a diverse area to live, with many businesses flourishing, not to mention the areas of outstanding natural beauty that surround the county. It remembers all aspects of Somerset history, including farming traditions which are still in place today and of course, enjoying well-loved food and drink which is Somerset based, such as good old scrumpy.

 

Every year, many events take place, including festivals, fairs and street parties and afternoon tea days! To find a full list of events that are taking place today and over the weekend, why not check out our What’s On in May 2018 blog post or visit the official Somerset Day website.

 

Whatever you get up to this Somerset Day, don’t forget to share your love for this wonderful county!

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