The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

The third annual Garden Festival at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset, will take place between 9th and 11th June.

The event is a celebration of the horticultural heritage of The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens.

Visitors will be able to experience the award winning gardens which recently featured on BBC Gardeners’ World.

There will be stalls, talks, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, and a full schedule of activities, advising visitors on how to best use and enjoy their gardens.

The festival will also offer a line-up of horticultural guest speakers, including: Matthew Biggs, a regular panellist on BBC Gardeners’ Question Time; Anne Swithinbank, a gardening writer and broadcaster; and Tamsin Westthorpe, former editor of The Country Garden and director of Stockton Bury Gardens. 

Other appearances can be expected from Alan Power, the garden and estate manager at Stourhead; Jane Moore, Bath Priory Hotel head gardener and BBC Gardeners’ World presenter; and garden designer Cleve West.

Other activities at the festival will include a range of craft workshops such as flower arranging, felting, and card crafting. Visitors can also enjoy BBQ food on the South Lawn, and live music.

Discounted tickets can be booked in advance.

Group visits

Groups visiting The Bishop’s Palace can benefit from a number of perks including discounted admission, plus free admission for GTOs for groups of 20 or more.

Coach drivers can also benefit from free admissions.

Groups can also get a ten per cent discount on The Bishop’s Palace guide book.

More about The Bishop’s Palace

There are around 14 acres of gardens to explore at The Bishop’s Palace including the Wells Garden, the Garden of Reflection, and the Community Garden.

The palace has been home to the Bishops of Wells for around 800 years.

The palace is surrounded by a moat, and groups visiting can learn about the important role that water has played both at the palace and in Wells.

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