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.

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1NF

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
Lydford – On – Fosse
Somerton
Somerset
TA11 7HA

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.

St Bartholomew’s Church
CREWKERNE
Somerset
TA18 7HY

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.

Montacute House
Montacute
Yeovil
Somerset
TA15 6XPP

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As the Summer fades out and the rainy season fades in, there are still plenty of things to do in South Somerset even with an umbrella at the ready. Dimpsey Glamping is situated in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Somerset and even in the rain the Blackdown Hills are an amazing and beautiful place to visit. But there are many attractions and interesting places to visit that are inside and therefore not affected by rain, so your holiday can continue with all the fun and relaxation that you need, whatever the weather.

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Chard Museum & Heritage Centre – http://www.chardmuseum.co.uk/

Distance from Dimpsey: 1 mile

Just around the corner from Dimpsey Glamping is the delightful Chard Museum & Heritage Centre. Full of exhibitions and artifacts from the local area, this little local museum receives rave reviews and always a well worth visit. The museum is open until the end of October.

 

The Cider Works at Perry’s Cider – http://www.perryscider.co.uk/visit-us/35/the-cider-works

Distance from Dimpsey: 6 miles

Soak up the atmosphere of real working cider mills, grab a cider or a bite to eat in their tea room & eatery, before checking out the local foods, drinks, gifts and art in the farm shop, or just stock up on your favourite ciders which can all be tasted before buying.

They also have a small museum on site – housed in the original 16th century thatched cider barn where the company first started from. The barn is stocked to the roof full of old cider making and farming equipment, as well as two hydraulic presses that they still use every autumn to press their ciders.

 

Shakespeare Glass – Taunton Gallery – https://www.shakspeareglass.co.uk/pages/taunton-gallery

Distance from Dimpsey: 14 miles

Based in the heart of Taunton, Shakespeare Glass and it’s Taunton gallery has a large range of contemporary artists as well as their own glass. Their stock is always changing but they generally have a selection including unique glass jewellery, ceramics, textiles, paintings, prints, wood turning and stone carving. Along with all this, there’s a large display of Will’s work, from his brand new Coasts and Somerset ranges to our ever popular baubles and goblets.

 

The Museum Of Somerset – https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/

Distance from Dimpsey: 14 miles

Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th Century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games, eye-catching film projections and the words and voices of Somerset people, past and present.

 

Fleet Air Arm Museum – http://www.fleetairarm.com/default.aspx

Distance from Dimpsey: 21 miles

Representing the Royal Navy In the Air, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is a must for all air travel enthusiasts. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artifacts, the Museum is Europe’s largest naval aviation Museum. In addition. it houses the first British Concorde which you can go on board, view the cockpit and visit the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience.

 

So whatever the weather, you’ll always find something to do…

 

 

 

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Although Summer is starting to slowly drift away, it doesn’t mean the that relaxing holiday time is at an end. At Dimpsey Glamping, no matter what time of the year it is, there is always something to enjoy and ways to let your stresses slip away.

We are proud to be based in the Blackdown Hills, and so now that the nights are starting to draw in quicker, the end of Summer is the perfect time to relax under the stars, and with our stargazing maps this couldn’t be any easier.

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

But why not make a complete romantic evening out of it? Nothing beats cooking a homemade meal with fresh produce in our Outdoor Kitchen, and then unwinding in our Wood Fired Hot Tub

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

Whether you want a quick bite to eat or a full Sunday Roast and you enjoy watching the world go by, the Quantock Belle Dining Train is a must! Not only do you get to indulge in good food but also a lovely view as you travel from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back, plus a constant waiter service for tea or coffee.

Throughout the transition between Summer and Autumn, we definitely suggest walking or cycling around the Blackdown Hills. The Blackdown Hills AONB is beautiful at all times of the year, but there is nothing quite like walking or cycling through the leaves that have just started to fall, listening to the birds and wind rustling through the branches. To make a complete day out of it, why not take a picnic with you and relax with the outstanding natural beauty that the Blackdown Hills has to offer, we can even help you prepare your picnic.

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If the sun isn’t shining as much as you would like, don’t panic. Taunton, which is only 14 miles away from Dimpsey, is full of interesting things to do – including a Town Tour in the Museum of Somerset, ideal for those slightly duller days. The tour is filled with information about the history of Taunton, including a little meet up with the inspiration of Frankenstein!

Forde Abbey House & Gardens is just around the corner from us here at Dimpsey and is open until October.  Home to the stunning Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. 

From food to relaxation and from adventure to days out, there is plenty you can do, even when the Summer sun leaves us eventually.

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Dimpsey is all about rest and relaxation, but we also know our guests like to keep fit and embrace the great outdoors. Dimpsey is perfectly placed for those who love to walk and cycle. Cycle routes are in abundance in the magnificent hills of the Blackdowns. 

The Blackdown Hills have excellent on-road cycling on mainly quiet country lanes. For reasonably fit and experienced cyclists, the trails are a perfect way to spend a day getting out and about and exploring Dimpsey’s neighbouring sites. Some cyclists have noted some challenging hill climbs, but they are so worth it for the amazing views and exhilarating downhill stretches. 

Imagine a day with a breakfast cooked in the purpose built outdoor kitchen, then a cycle route that we can help with, accompanied by a packed lunch that we can make for you to take with you, real fresh air as you whizz up and down the rolling hills, spotting birds and wildlife, and then coming on back to the fantastic hot tub, which you can fire up whilst your tea is cooking, and relaxing inside or outside the hut with a home-cooked meal! Perfection! 

These are the recommended cycle routes in the area: http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/Routes.html

Glamping and cycling are a match made in the Blackdown Hills!

 

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We have been enjoying the Summer weather here at Dimpsey Glamping, and the sun doesn’t appear to be disappearing anytime soon! With the weather still warm, and with those Summer Holidays creeping up, we have put together The Dimpsey Guide To Local Somerset Summer Festivals so when you are travelling around the Chard area, you’ll be able to find the best activities for you and your family!

The Half Moon Inn Beer Festival – 22nd July (4pm-11pm)

This festival is great for the adults! With live music, food and of course good beer, it will definitely be a fun day out! Free to attend, but food and drinks will be on sale.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beer-festival-tickets-35963970203?aff=es2

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The Chard Summer Festival – 22nd July (9am-10pm) & 23rd July (12pm-5pm)

Being a two day event, this festival is packed with things to enjoy and is suitable for the entire family. There will be music, free entry to museums, a dog show and archery, meaning that there is something for everyone to get involved with!

http://www.chard.gov.uk/news/chard-summer-festival/

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Taunton Flower Show – 4th & 5th August (10:30am-6pm)

If spending a day with nature is more your thing, then what about the Taunton Flower Show? You can enjoy walking around the designer gardens or even take part in some of their competitions! £14 each for Friday Admission, £12 each for Saturday Admission.

https://tauntonfs.co.uk

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Music by the Lakes at Thorney Lakes – 12th August

Wanting to simply sit back and relax? Then pack your picnic, grab the best view and indulge in the music by the lakes at Thorney Lakes. Charity Event £8.50.

http://thorneylakes.co.uk/events/

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Enjoy!

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When I met Emma Bradshaw at Lou Archell’s lovely Sisterhood Camp hosted at Fforest earlier in the year – she was just in the process of finalising taking on a new family venture in the form of The Daneway pub near Sapperton in the Cotswolds.  Roll forward 6 months and Emma and her family are fully ensconced in their new life and fast approaching their first Christmas as Innkeepers.
 
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Our boys have been asking for ages to go to Rush Indoor Skatepark near Cirencester – and when I saw that Emma was running a wreath making morning at the pub (which is nearby), a happy family plan was hatched.  So last Sunday, we set off up the M5 on a gloriously sunny day.  Mr W dropped me off at the pub for the morning and took the boys to an outdoor skatepark, then they all headed back to the pub for lunch, with the final visit being the famed Rush Skatepark!  We think it may have been up there with Christmas anticipation for the boys…
 
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I made my first Christmas wreath last year and was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.  The process of making it as part of a group made it much easier for me not to lose heart and give up when it was looking straggly in the early stages! When I got there, Emma’s welcome coffee hit the spot: a really excellent coffee, setting me up for the holly trials I was sure were ahead of me.  Debs Edmonds, from Wild Is Best Flowers, was running the session and showed us how to neatly start adding greenery and decoration to the moss hoop, and slowly but surely, a passable wreath started to emerge.  It was a really lovely group to be part of, and a healthy bartering in ivy between tables soon began to emerge.  Everyone made a wreath that they could take home and justifiably be proud of – and it was really surprising how different they all were, given that we all used the same materials!
 
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Then, most deliciously, I had 15 minutes spare to sit and drink in the sunshine pouring through the window.  The Daneway has that really special ambience reserved for places well used to welcoming people and making them feel at home.  When you add in great food, plus Emma and her husband, Pete, as your friendly hosts – I’m thinking that I might need to book our next trip up early or we’ll risk not getting a table. As words gets round about this place (and it will), I’m expecting that they’ll be busy bees!
 
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Being a Sunday, most of us ordered the Roast – choosing from lamb or beef, with one warm egg and bacon salad & chips.  The food arrived, beautifully served and most excellent of taste.  The cauliflower cheese was a particular favourite, as were the delightfully crispy roast potatoes and the heavenly chips.  Our eldest son was most pleased about the fact that he got a Yorkshire pudding with his Roast Lamb – as he was behind the initiative in our house that led to Yorkies with all roast dinners!  Really good portion sizes and not overly expensive at £12 each, a full house of top marks from our table.
 
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We were too full for pudding really, but with chocolate brownie on the menu, I felt that I had to force myself – and dear reader, it was so worth it!  Delicious chocolate brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream, accompanied by big fat bramble berries – I really didn’t need to eat it all, but it was far too delicious to leave.
 
An appointment at the skatepark meant we had to leave without enjoying the delightful walks available straight out of the pub – but in the car we were already plotting return visits, with an overnight stay in the shepherd’s hut and boy camping firmly on the agenda for our Gifford’s circus trip next year at nearby Minchinhampton – maybe I should get that one booked in now!  Yes, you did hear right, Emma has a shepherd’s hut that you can rent out – and as you know I have a bit of a thing about shepherd’s huts?  This one has been beautifully styled by Emma and I can’t wait to go and try it out – take a look at Emma’s Instagram feed for pics.
 
Our very heartfelt thanks and all the best for the future to the Daneway team – we will be back soon ????
 
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I am currently sitting in my kitchen with a cup of tea working away on my iPad and feeling very content. Why? As I sit here and look around, I feel the warmth from memories and history that this farm house is full of. Especially here in the kitchen where we cook and eat together as a family. But it’s not just that, its more. It’s about appreciating the land around me.

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Dimpsey Glamping is based in Chard, Somerset. We are a small working farm with nature in abundance. We have everything we need to make your break away perfect because the land we live on is so beautiful. To wake up hearing the bird song and to go cuddle up at night with the one you love with the sound of a crackling camp fire are both wondrous things, and these natural things add to your experience here with us. Today I am feeling very proud of what we have achieved and also very proud of where we are in the world.

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Before we bought this farm a few years ago, I sent the ‘farm for sale’ brochure to my friend Sally to show her. I was so excited that we had found this farm and her reply was “it looks so…. magical”.  And she was right, the farm makes everyone feel content and relaxed. It really is a great place to be.

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Somerset is a beautiful county with so much to do from nature reserves and walks across the Mendip Hills to the medieval history of Glastonbury. From the quite village of Chard to the busier town of Minehead. From bustling shopping centres, to the small tea rooms and from woodlands to beaches, Somerset really does have it all. And we are here. Dimpsey Glamping is right here in the middle of it all. Surrounded by all these amazing and beautiful places, including our own little farm.

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So as you can see, I am sitting here with a huge smile on my face. We are Dimpsey Glamping and we love being here 🙂

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We are very lucky here at Dimpsey Glamping to be just around the corner from the gorgeous Forde Abbey.  Forde Abbey is an historical treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty dating back to the 1140’s. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate. The Abbey is open to everyone including families and for those wanting that romantic touch they also host and plan weddings. The abbey is well worth a visit as it set on a beautiful estate with outstanding views, exceptional gardens, walled kitchen garden and even a nursery.

Photo credit: Forde Abbey
Photo credit: Forde Abbey

In the peaceful solitude of its secluded position it is possible to imagine just how Forde Abbey looked to many of its previous owners, from its mediaeval beginnings to the present day: monks going about their daily round of work and prayer; prosperous parliamentary gentlemen discussing the cavalier threat; gifted philosophers debating the imponderable; elegant Victorian ladies fanning themselves by the fireside; and country gentlemen going about their work on the estate.

The Abbey is open 1st March to 31st October, 7 days a week, 10am to 5.00pm and we can certainly recommend this has a place to visit!

For more information, please visit their website here.

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Being situated in the Blackdown Hills we are amidst some of the most beautiful landscape our country has to offer. We love to walk and explore but, we also love to cycle.

One of our favourite routes is the Staple Fitzpaine Herepath which primarily follows a series of off road tracks through wooded areas including Staple Park Wood, Piddle Wood and Birkenhall wood. For cyclists, a mountain bike is advised as several of the off road sections are quite challenging. A good start point for the route is the car park at the ancient earthworks of Castle Neroche.

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And if you get peckish or thirsty along the way, there is a lovely pub called the Greyhound Inn tucked away village of Staple Fitzpaine. The inn has been extended over the years into a series of rambling, connecting rooms providing a rustic mix of flagstone floors, old timbers and natural stone floors, and walls. They offer a refreshing glass of Pimms on a hot summers day as well as the perfect crisp cold pint! They also have a restaurant serving locally inspired dishes.

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This stunning bridleway and cycle track is only a couple of miles away from us here at Dimpsey Glamping, so make sure you bring your bikes with you when you come to stay 🙂

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The Blackdown Hills in Somerset form a tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateau, valleys and springs create a charming mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features. This special place is home to wildlife and people, with valuable habitats existing alongside living, working communities. Unique geology creates an exceptional environment where rare plant, insect and invertebrate species can flourish.

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The Blackdown Hills have been protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1991. The Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership brings together over 80 organisations to protect this precious landscape. This information (and more) can be found on the Blackdown Hills website.

The Dimpsey Glamping Hut is perfectly situated within the Blackdown Hills, based near Combe St Nicholas on the Somerset/Devon border, about half a mile from the A303. We have the advantage of being down a beautiful country lane and easy to find once you know where we are. The small farm that the hut is based on is around 30 acres, was listed in the Doomsday book and is home to Dexter Cattle, Jacobs sheep and Tamworth pigs – so lots of animals and tractors to see. The Dimpsey Hut is located in Hither Orchard, so named as it has been replanted on the same spot as the orchard which served the farm for hundreds of years previously. We are very privileged to be in such a beautiful and historic landscape and it inspires many of the pieces we design ourselves.

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Want a relaxing time away in the stunning Blackdown Hills? Want to unwind in a beautifully designed (inside and out!) Somerset made Shepherd’s Hut? Then we can help. Contact us and start your relaxation today.

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