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 September 2017: 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. Additional exhibits at the Town Hall, adjacent to The Crown. www.wellsremembers.com
From Friday 24th March 2017: Another Mother's Son Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, the drama is set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey. Filming took place in Wells in November 2016 and features the Market Place and the side of The Crown, transformed into a butcher's shop. Cast includes Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Ronan Keating, Julian Kostov and Amanda Abbingdon.
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September 2017: Heritage Open Days Various events in and around Wells. Please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more details.
Saturday 23rd September 2017: 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
Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 8th October 2017: Half Mile Gallery As part of Somerset Art Weeks, take a saunter around the 'shop' windows of Wells courtesy of the fabulous paintings of Chris Lee. The Crown is included in the tour; to be seen in the window of the Penn Bar, come on in! www.chrisleedrawing.com Sunday 8th October 2017: Wells Food Festival Celebrating the best of Somerset’s wonderful local produce. This very popular events attracts over 10,000 visitors. 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 2017: Wells Festival of Literature 2016's line-up saw, Frank Gardner, Lauren Child, Isy Suttie, Tom Holland, Vince Cable, Arkady Ostrovksy, Gaia Vince, Andrew Gant, Matthew Parris, Richard Coles, Simon Loveday, to name but a few. Make sure you book your tickets early and a bed at The Crown www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk
Saturday 11th November 2017: 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
Friday 17th November 2017: Wells City Carnival Skies over Wells lit up from one of the biggest, illuminated Carnivals in the UK. www.somersetcarnivals.co.uk
Saturday 25th November 2017: Glastonbury Frost Fayre Open air street market and late night shopping until 8pm. Children’s entertainment and Father Christmas’s Grotto. Musicians will be performing festive music and song at three official open air venues during the day. From 10am, with the grand opening at midday. The Glastonbury Abbey will be open with free admission www.glastonburyfrostfayre.co.uk.
Sunday 3rd December 2017: Wells Reindeer Parade Father Christmas and his Reindeer ride through Wells High Street and ‘park’ by the Moat. There is a big switch on of the Christmas lights for the High Street and Sadler, as well as the huge Christmas Tree in the Market Place. There will be a pets corner and other activity for children during the day. 01749 988111 www.bishopspalacewells.co.uk. Bishops Palace, Wells. www.wellsreindeerparade.co.uk
End of May 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
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.
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.
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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