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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
For England's smallest City, we go big on Festivals, with seven throughout the year! Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th February 2018: Snowdrop Celebration Weekend at The Bishop’s Palace 10am-4pm Head along to the Palace for a special weekend to celebrate an array of stunning snowdrops on display throughout the Gardens. Follow the Snowdrop Walk to experience the Moat banks carpeted with snowdrops and cross the Willow Bridge to enjoy an Arboretum full of different varieties of spectacular snowdrops. To complement the Gardens, there will also be a selection of snowdrop-themed stalls in the Stable Yard Room, with snowdrop art, gifts and, of course, a selection of common and rare varieties of snowdrops on offer to buy and take home to your own garden. Included with standard admission to the bishop's palace. https://bishopspalace.org.uk/2017/12/05/snowdrop-celebration/
Saturday 3rd March 2018: Vintage Somerset Fair Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB So much to choose from with vintage clothes, vinyl, gifts, accessories, jewellery, toys, books, collectables, kitchenalia and much more.Retro/vintage vibe wares from select artisans. Entry £1, 50p for students under 16s free. www.vintagesomerset.co.uk
Friday 27th April to Sunday 29th April 2018: Wells Film Festival Details will be at the Wells Film Centre website before too long - www.wellsfilmcentre.co.uk
25th to 27thMay 2018: Wells Comedy Festival 2017's line-up included Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe, Joe Lycett, Bridget Christie, James Acaster, Hal Cruttenden, Nish Kumar, Milton Jones, Paul Foot, Jamali Maddix, Alfie Brown, Sarah Kendall, Ellie Taylor. 2018's will be just as good. Not to be missed! www.wellscomfest.com
Saturday 7th July 2018: Vintage Somerset Fair Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB Some of the best traders in the area selling vintage clothes, vinyl, gifts, accessories, jewellery, toys, books, collectables, kitchenalia and more besides. A smattering of wares with a vintage/retro vibe from select artisans. Entry £1, 50p for students under 16s free. www.vintagesomerset.co.uk
July 2018: Priddy Folk Festival One of the friendliest family friendly folk festivals in the country. Lots of activities all weekend; dance, workshops, guided walks to explore the local area, a full programme for the children and much more. Whether visiting for the whole festival or just a single day, Priddy Folk Festival is fun for the whole family. www.priddyfolk.org.
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th July 2018: Wells Theatre Festival Presenting classic drama by well-known artists alongside exciting, emerging theatre-makers, the festival starts with a community production of Romeo and Juliet, performed in front of Wells Cathedral on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July. Performances and workshops will take place in venues around Wells including the Cathedral Green, Wells Museum, Cedars Hall, Wells Alms Houses' Chapel, the Little Theatre and The Bishops Palace. www.wellstheatrefestival.org
Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Sunday 15th July: Wells Theatre Company King Lear Performed in and around the Palace Gardens. Tickets are on sale at the palace shop and through their website www.bishopspalace.org.uk . Adult £15 Child £10 Family (2 adults 2 children) £44 Early booking is essential. Maximum capacity of 180 per night so please book early to avoid disappointment. www.facebook.com/wellstheatrecompany/
July 2018: 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 2018: Railwells Scalefour Southwest 25 and Special Railwells 40 Exhibits. Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells BA5 2RB. www.railwells.com
Bank Holiday Monday August 2018: Wells Moat Race Annual shenanigans of rafts racing up and down the moat. Organised by Wells Lions with money going to local charities.
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
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
October 2018: Wells Festival of Literature 2018's line-up saw, Andy Hamilton, Nick Clegg, Owen Shears, Susan Beale, Alan Johnson, Helen Stevenson, Helen Rappaport, Simon Jenkins, Anne and Michael Hesletine, 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 Taking a well-earned break in 2018, the BEST festival will be back in June 2019 at Worthy Farm. Always fabulous www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
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