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.

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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
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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. 

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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


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?

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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!


Where did April go? May has swept in swiftly and we have already been enjoying the May Day festivities. However, May brings a lot more than just May Day… Somerset Day will be celebrated again this year on 11th May! Here is what is on in South Somerset in May 2018.

Abbey Hill Steam Rally at Yeovil Showground – 4th to 7th May 2018

Over the weekend, Yeovil Showground will be holding a 3-day event full of entertainment, events and even a fairground for the May Day Bank Holiday. Definitely worth a day out!

Yeovil Showground, off A37 towards Dorchester
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Kingsbury May Festival – 7th May 2018 

This bank holiday why not join in on the May day fun with the Kingsbury May Festival! A celebration to welcome in Spring, this is a true community event!

Kingsbury Episcopi Village
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Cothelstone Hill Heritage Walk – 11th May 2018 

It is Somerset Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking part in a heritage walk to explore the natural beauty and history of our wonderful county Somerset, starting in Taunton.

Brunel Way
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Town Tree Trail 10k Race – 16th May 2018 

If you prefer a much more active day, the Town Tree Trail 10K race will definitely take your breath away and if racing isn’t for you, then you can always take part in the Fun Run which starts half an hour earlier. So, grab your costumes and get running!

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Levels Best Farmers Market – 19th May 

The Levels Best Farmers Market at Montacute House is back! One of our favourite farmers markets, the Levels Best is a great opportunity to find locally produced products!

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Sunday Band Concerts in Vivary Park – Every Sunday in May 2018 

Every Sunday, a different local band performs at the Vivary Park bandstand. Whenever you are in Taunton, make sure you pop down to the bandstand to enjoy a free afternoon of music.

Vivary Park

Bank Holiday BBQ at Hestercombe Gardens – 29th May 

What better way to end May than a BBQ! Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton will be serving some delicious hot food, straight from the BBQ on the courtyard – perfect!

Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine


With Somerset being an area full of stunning landscapes and the home to famous screenwriters, actors and directors, there is no doubt as to why there are so many films which have a link to Somerset. Here is a list of 5 films which you have probably heard of or watched yourself based in Somerset – can you recognize where they were based? 

Hot Fuzz

Despite the storyline being based in a fictional village within Gloucestershire, the well-known film Hot Fuzz was filmed in Somerset’s city of Wells.

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Photo Credit: SJ Price

Jack the Giant Slayer

This modern adaption of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk featured the famous Cheddar Gorge as the setting for the giant’s home.

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Les Misérables

The musical phenomenon Les Misérables was adapted into a musical film starring Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Pulteney Bridge (based in Bath, Somerset), was deemed the perfect match for Inspector Javert’s (played by Russell Crowe) suicide.

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War 

The prequel and sequel to the film Snow White and the Huntsman, this fantasy film was filmed at Wells Cathedral for its dramatic, gothic architecture – ideal for the movie plot.

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And our real claim to fame here at Dimpsey…

This adaption of the novel, Far from a Madding Crowd was released in 2015, however you will notice that in during the film you will see a shepherd’s hut. We are delighted to have the original shepherd’s hut featured in the film here at Dimpsey Glamping.

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How many of these film locations did you know of?


April is now upon us and with the days starting to finally become a little warmer, we, at Dimpsey, are looking forward to exploring out in the sunshine. Here is what is on in South Somerset in April 2018.

The Chilingirian Quartet at The Castle Hotel – 13th to 15th April 2018

For over four decades, the Chilingirian String Quartet has trilled audiences worldwide with its vibrant, virtuosic performances. Their sound is powerful and precise; richly interpretive ad yet always true to the composer’s vision.

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St George’s Day Celebration at The Cross Keys Inn – 22nd April 2018

We have a lively St George’s Day Show from The Langport Mummers. followed at 2pm by great music from The Pete Waggstaff Band playing a range of popular music: from Rock, Blues, Blue grass, Folk,and Ragtime to modern pop.

The Cross Keys Inn
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Yeovil Concert Band featuring Matthew Rock – 28th April

This popular local concert band will feature a programme of well-known marches, a selection of Gershwin favourites, a Beatles medley and much more and will feature the vocal talent of Matthew Rock.

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Levels Best Farmer’s Market – 28th April

Not only does Springtime bring warmer weather and long days out, it is also a makes a wonderful time to shop locally for fresh produce at your local farmer’s markets. We can thoroughly recommend the Levels Best Farmer’s Market based in Montacute House.

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F.east at Ilminster has been one of my regular lunch haunts for some time, and was previously based in a converted cottage just off the centre of town.  However, recently the owner Claire and her team upped sticks and moved to a converted mill building on the edge of Ilminster and what a great move that has proved to be.  The extra space has really allowed F.east to spread its wings and the eclectic look and industrial styling suits it down to the ground.  Even though the space is bigger, I was pleased to see that there is now a comfy sofa corner – perfect for coffee and cake!

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F.east is a vegetarian restaurant, also catering for gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan requirements and regardless of your preferences, always top-notch nosh.  There is usually a choice of 6-7 main course dishes, and on this visit I went for the fried cauliflower and broccoli with lentils, halloumi and salad.  Always beautifully presented and packed with a cornucopia of delicious flavours, I was pleased to find that the new kitchen didn’t detract from this at all.  I’m not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy meat-free days and when they’re as delicious as the dishes Claire dreams up – it’s an absolute treat.Feastmains - F.east in Ilminster, Somerset.

I was meeting and eating with two other people and our food arrived promptly and caused a brief lull in our meeting chat while we fell to, and demolished, our lunches.  The two people with me hadn’t been to F.east before and both pronounced it absolutely delicious – and that was before we had chosen our cakes from the laden shelf of treats at the counter.  I had a gluten-free marmalade cake which was a perfect sponge, with the orange bitter cutting through the sweetness of the icing and leaving me wondering if I should buy a piece to take home.

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For me, great food places can sometimes be let down by the quality of the coffee they bring to you at the end of the meal – but my cappuccino was absolutely spot on and provided a perfect end to a very delicious and enjoyable meal.

You can find F.east on Tripadvisor



Dimpsey Glamping Perfect Valentine’s Retreat

Dimpsey Glamping in Somerset has been a place of romance and proposals for several visitors and is described as a place of ‘magic’ by many who stay there.

The 5* luxury retreat is run by Somerset couple Emma and Andrew Warren, is described as “an all-in experience helping busy people to get some quality time together”. Located at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, Dimpsey is a luxury couple’s retreat, complete with private hot tub, firepit, and outdoor kitchen.

Award-winning Dimpsey Glamping is based on Emma and Andrew’s small farm in Somerset, which is shared with Dexter cows, Jacob and Zwartble sheep and a few chickens and a goose called George.

Emma says: “The idea of the glamping experience is to chill out and reconnect with each other, and we have geared everything around making that happen – so from relaxing music to snuggly beds, hearing the owls hoot at night and watching the animals during the day, we’ve totally got intimate chill out covered for couples who want a chance to rekindle their romance.

“We’ve had proposals at the hut – one last Valentine’s Day, and people come away from it saying they feel rejuvenated, relaxed and reconnected. That’s our aim – to give people the chance to rediscover the purpose in their relationships.”

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography


The hut is designed and kitted out to feel like a luxury hotel, and Emma and Andrew always go the extra mile to make it really comfortable, ensuring that all the styling is from British designers and adding in extra little treats to delight visitors.

The hut, designed and created by Blackdown Shepherd Huts, is 18 feet long and contains a double bed, seating, kitchen area and a bathroom with shower and flushing toilet. Visitors can stay from £135 per night for two adults and this includes logs for the woodburner and the firepit, a welcome tea tray and eggs, bacon, butter, milk and bread for a hearty first morning breakfast. Romantic additions can be brought in to create that truly special occasion, as well as vouchers for one or two night stays.

For more information and to book your stay visit:


For more information about Dimpsey, to receive high resolution images, to interview Emma, or to arrange a review stay at the Dimpsey Hut please contact or phone 07734 702653

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When somewhere calls itself a licensed feasting house, curiosity is already piqued and you’re wondering exactly what you’re going to get – but yet again, when we ate there last night, the Rusty Pig delivered in spades.

Based in Ottery St Mary, a lovely market town near Honiton – it would be very easy to miss the Rusty Pig if you were just wandering past – a shopfront window, a neon light, an upside down pig sign – it’s a bit like a secret club that only the lucky know about.  Established by Robin Rea, an Ottery born and bred local – it seems only right and proper that the Rusty Pig Ethos is all about “local – sourcing, flavours and people” and from humble beginnings in 2011, it is now rightly one of the sought after Devon foodie destinations.

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We first went there a number of years ago and the breakfast we had is still at the top of our dine-out breakfast rankings. Robin has always sourced and cured his own meat and it was top-quality stuff.  We raise our own pigs, and often find the meat lacking when we dine out – but not in Robin’s case, the meat here has always been inspirational.

Rolling on a few years – the additions of Mark, the extremely talented chef and Agata, who runs front of house have taken this from a great place to eat to an amazing place to experience food – and for me there’s a subtle difference. Truly great food isn’t just about the food, it’s about the atmosphere of where you’re eating it, the service and the accompanying beverages – and when you get those four pillars working together – it goes off the scale.

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So about last night…

We booked a table for 5 and the warm welcome started as we approached the door, it was thrown open and we were ushered in out of the cold night air and then shown to our table upstairs. It’s a quirky layout with tables spread over 2 floors and a brilliantly electic collection of art and kitchenalia providing an interesting backdrop to your meal.

Our table was a repurposed door, complete with escutcheons and candlelight – with vintage cutlery and serviettes aplenty in the heaped drawer on the tabletop.  Drinks orders were quickly taken – local juice, local bitter, local cider from Branscombe and my gin & tonic choice for the evening was Tarquins, a Cornish artisan gin – and arrived promptly.

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So to the menu, one of the things we like about eating here is the innovative approach they have – “Pig & mix” which was a tapas-style journey through some excellent dishes was a particular favourite on a previous visit. Tonight we have “Surprise, surprise!” – 2 or 3 courses on offer and although Aggie offers some clues if we really want them – we decide to go with the flow and just see what arrives.

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The starter causes some consternation on arrival – parsnips – with 3 non-believers around the table, this might be a challenge! Presented beautifully in a cast-iron skillet – the parsnips have been coated in a pea flour & tonic water batter (and so are gluten and vegan friendly)  and served with a side pea pesto and a rich and unctuous tomato sauce. Luckily our boys (and that includes hubby) will try things and they were so glad they did – pronounced delicious by the whole table – this course was a big hit. 1-0 to Mark, he wins this round…

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Now for the main, big chunky slices of excellently cooked pork leg nestling on a bed of crushed fried potatoes, buttered green kale and black lentils in a tasty sauce – lentils caused a bit of an eyebrow raise with hubby, but the meat tempted him in and yet again Mark proved that even ingredients you don’t particularly care for can be transformed into essential elements of your meal. This really was a superb plate of food, and little moments of treasure appeared whilst eating in the form of crisp crackling nuggets and flavour combinations that really work. 2-0 to Mark…

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We were sufficiently full really, but the lure of a pudding surprise was too much and we all indulged and oh my goodness, that was such a good decision!  Marmalade brioche bread and butter pudding with caramel sauce and cream – served again in a skillet, could we fit this in and continue our run of clean plate courses. Why dear reader – it was too sublime not to finish, the slight bitter bite of the marmalade cut through the sweetness of the caramel with the two flavours really bringing out the best in each other. This was one of the best puddings I have ever had – I nearly asked for a slice to take home it was so good. 3-0 and total victory to Mark.- clean plates all round.

Throughout all of these courses, Aggie and her lovely assistant were professional, engaging and made it a really enjoyable experience – informative and funny, their careful and attentive ministrations of us made all the difference.  Excellent service is effortless and never that easy to achieve – here you can see that your experience is at the heart of everything they do.

So to the bill, two round of drinks for 5 and 3 delicious courses each came to an excellent value £30 per head – the innovation and customer service weren’t priced separately but are an invaluable and integral part of the Rusty Pig and are what keeps us coming back on a regular basis.  This is one of those places I am almost loath to write about in case too many people discover it – hats off to Robin and the team, it is pigging superb!


Here at Dimpsey, we love to help people create special moments in their life – sometimes we do that just by sharing the peace and the views that our shepherd’s hut affords and other times we are privileged to get even more involved. From birthday flowers to hidden presents to cakes and surprises, we love being part of the secret squirrel planning that goes on.  Every occasion is special and often a number of our local friends help us out too, so as our lovely guests suggested that we could share this one, we thought it might be a good time to recognise them and say a big thank you.

So, it all started with a response to our booking confirmation for a Canopy & Stars guest – asking if we could help out with planning a proposal, but with a twist as our guest wanted a gift in the shepherd hut on arrival, which would actually say “Will you marry me?” – so we put our plotting heads on and came up with a few suggestions and the chosen gift was a handmade Harvest Mug from nearby Barrington Pottery. We love Paul and Marion’s pieces and have quite a few in our collection, so it was lovely to be able to work with them.  They were quite happy to produce a commissioned item and our guest approved the design.  I have to admit to a slight worry when I knew the pot was in the kiln – but Paul & Marion kept us informed and we took delivery of the mug on the appointed day.

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Our guest also wanted some flowers – so we worked with Cottage Flowers in Ilminster and armed with the information on flower colours and types from our guest, we decided on a small harvest posy to for the Harvest Mug and then a larger bouquet of lilies and seasonal flowers. We picked the flowers up late morning, ready for our guest arrival at 3pm – as you can see from the photo, Cottage Flowers did us proud.

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Finally, the finishing touches were champagne and chocolates of course. The Somerset sparkling wine was from a local vineyard a few miles away and one of our favourites – Wayford Vineyard – and is always well received by our guests.

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We’re very happy to report that the lucky lady said yes – and here’s what they had to say in their review on the Canopy & Stars site :-

“Well what can I say , this was a stay with a difference, the idea was I was going to ask my partner to marry me in a special way , Emma was at hand right from the start to find the ideal way to do this. She had a jug made with a special message on it , supplied flowers bubbly and chocolates and it all went to plan , the hut itself was brilliant nice location and well setup and Emma was on hand for everything we needed , nothing was too much trouble even on her birthday

Thanks Em”


Dimpsey Glamping has struck gold again, winning the category of Glamping and Alternative Accommodation at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards held at Somerset County Cricket Club last night. Dimpsey also won the 2016 award.

After 6 months of assessing evidence and judging by a panel of experts, the winners were announced by Laura Rawlings from BBC Radio Bristol, who was joined on stage by Marcus Trescothick MBE.
The winners were all presented with individually crafted hand inscribed awards by Will Shakspeare, from Shakspeare Glass in Langport.

Somerset based organiser Nell Barrington said: “These awards showcase the best that Somerset, Bristol and Bath have to offer visitors; from food and drink to attractions, experiences, accommodation and new for this year, guided tours. I hope that as many as possible can go on to win in the South West and then VisitEngland Awards, to raise the profile of this magnificent area.”

Dimpsey Glamping is a high-end shepherd hut accommodation located on a farm at the foot of the Blackdown Hills in Chard. Dimpsey has been up and running since 2014 and boasts a hot tub, outdoor kitchen and luxury living space. Created by Blackdown Shepherd Huts, and nurtured by owners Emma and Andrew Warren, Dimpsey has gone from strength to strength as a luxury couple’s retreat, with year-round bookings.

Emma says: ‘To win gold is a real accolade and testament to the hard work we put in to make Dimpsey the very best glamping experience possible. We are small, but perfectly formed, and are always looking to improve what we do. I have a great team, and we love our guests – their experience and feedback is everything. Thank you to who sponsored this award.’

Dimpsey will now be fast-tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 and then possibly on to the National Visit England Awards later in 2018.

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography


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