There is an abundance of things to do and see in this part of Somerset; please come back to this page, as we continue to update it with more ideas to help you plan your stay with us. Have a look at our Plan Your Stay page too.
If you need any further information, please telephone Wells Tourist Information office on +44(0)1749 673477. Alternatively visit www.wellssomerset.com.
Throughout the year, there’s always lots on, including:
Starlings Murmurations between Autumn and February, starlings flock together over the Somerset Levels & Moors to create huge and magnificent starling murmurations. Murmurations can be seen across the Somerset Levels, but the best places locally to see them are the National Nature Reserves of Westhay Moor and Shapwick Heath and RSPB Ham Wall. To find out exactly where the starlings are currently ring the Avalon Marshes Starling Hotline on 07866 554 142 and listen to the answer message, or email email@example.com. Photographs of murmurations by Lynne Newton at www.foxybiddy.com.
Fancy a guided walk ’round Wells? Wells Walking Tours Heritage Walks leave from The Crown on Wednesday each week Easter through to October. Please note these days are seasonal. However, tours are available throughout the year, as well as Hot Fuzz, Ghost, Literary and Foodie walks; please check with Siobhan at Wells Walking Tours on (01749) 672438/07961159122 www.wellswalkingtours.co.uk.
Bishop Palace Tours: Daily 11.30am and 2.30pm* Enjoy a guided walks around the gardens and explore why water is so important to this stunning site. *2:30pm tour available during Summer Hours only. 01749 988111 www.bishopspalace.org.uk. The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.
Every Wednesday 2-4pm:Waterwheel demonstrations Join the experts and hear about the fascinating story behind the Victorian waterwheel located by the main well pool and then see it in action. For further information please call 01749 988111 or visit www.bishopspalace.org.uk. The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.
Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School, The Liberty, Wells Cedars Hall is a state-of-the-art music and arts centre in the heart of Wells providing music, comedy, film and lectures to everyone, throughout the year. Events are listed: www.wells.cathedral.school/events
Until November 2020: Shepton Mallet Prison Tours Take a guided tour around what was the oldest running prison in the UK. Dating back to 1610 tours are led by knowledgeable guides, including former Prison Officers. Self guided tours also available. There are also regular ghost hunting and paranormal investigation events. www.sheptonmalletprison.com
Until 2018: Wells Remembers An exhibition in Wells and Mendip Museum focusing on the contribution Wells made during the Great War. Made up of photographs, memories and a model of a trench. www.wellsmuseum.org.uk
Sundays April to October: Mendip Hospital Cemetery Bath Road, Wells This cemetery was the burial ground for the Somerset and Bath Pauper Lunatic Asylum, later known as the Wells Mental Hospital, and later still, the Mendip Hospital. Here nearly 3000 former patients and staff were laid to rest between 1874 and 1963. The cemetery is now both a nature reserve and a living memorial to the poor souls buried here. www.mendiphospitalcemetery.org.uk
For England's smallest City, we go big on Festivals, with seven throughout the year! Saturday 22nd September 2018: Vintage Somerset's Vintage and Retro Fair Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB Fabulous vintage clothes, textiles, vinyl, gifts, accessories, jewellery, toys, books, collectables, kitchenalia from some of the best traders in the locale. Complimented by a select number of artisans selling their retro/vintage vibe wares. Entry £1, 50p for students under 16s free. www.vintagesomerset.co.uk
Sunday 14th October 2018: Wells Food Festival Celebrating the best of Somerset’s wonderful local produce. This very popular events attracted over 15,000 visitors in 2017. With locations on the Market Square, the Moat and Recreation Ground areas, there is a great mix of stalls. Highlights will include over 100 of the areas best artisan producers, Artisan Producers Market, Street Food stalls and Food for Thought talks. www.wellsfoodfestival.co.uk
Friday 19th to Saturday 27th October 2018: Wells Festival of Literature 2018's line-up includes John Preston, Antonia Fraser, William Miller, Alan Titchmarsh, Harriet Sandys, Shrabani Basu, Adam Kay and Jack Hartnell to name but a few. Make sure you book your tickets early and a bed at The Crown. www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk
Saturday 10th November 2018: Vintage Somerset's Vintage and Retro Fair Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB A super selection of vintage clothes, vinyl, textiles, gifts, accessories, jewellery, toys, books, collectables, kitchen and homeware. A select number of artisans offering wares with a retro/vintage vibe. Entry £1, 50p for students under 16s free. www.vintagesomerset.co.uk
Last weekend in June 2019: Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm. Pilton Having taken a well-earned break in 2018, the BEST festival will be back in June 2019 at Worthy Farm. Always fabulous www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
July 2019: Godney Gathering, Godney A popular single day music festival right in the heart of Somerset, just on the outskirts of Glastonbury, offering a full array for all musical tastes over five stages and exceptional value for money. The event appeals to a wide audience of all ages. www.thegodneygathering.com
August 2019: Glastonbury Extravaganza, Glastonbury Abbey: Stunning location, great music. Details as they come at www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/abbey-extravaganza August 2019: Railwells Railwells is recognised as the West Country’s premier model railway exhibition. The whole of the Wells Town Hall is utilised for layouts, demonstrations and exhibits. Refreshments are available to visitors and exhibitors. from 10.30am. Admission Adults and Seniors £6.00 Wheelchair bound and Child age 14 to 17 £4.00 Accompanied Children under 14 Free . Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB. www.railwells.com
Bank Holiday Monday August 2019: Wells Moat Race Annual shenanigans of rafts racing up and down the moat. Organised by Wells Lions with money going to local charities.
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