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.
For England's smallest City, we go big on Festivals, with seven throughout the year!
Throughout the year, there’s always lots more going 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.
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 and Ghost 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.
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.
Heritage Courtyard Exhibitions
Heritage Courtyard, Sadler Street, Wells
A variety of exhibitions throughout the year from local artists using an eclectic mix of mediums.
Saturday 18th April 2020: Crispin Hall Vintage and Artisan Market.
An eclectic vintage and artisan market offering a variety of stalls selling furniture, clothing, homewares. collectables, jewellery, textiles, books and pictures.
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2020: Wells Comedy Festival
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
Just gets bigger and better every year! 2019's line-up includes Nish Kumar, Mark Watson, Nick Helm, Josie Long, Shappi Khorsandi, John Robins, Phil Wang, Jan Ravens, Ed Gamble, Dave Johns, Jamali Maddix. Tickets from £7.
Last weekend in June 2020: Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm. Pilton
It's back at Worthy Farm. Always fabulous www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July 2020: Wells Theatre Festival
Complementing the current Wells Literary, Arts, Comedy and Food festivals, the Wells Theatre Festival aims to attract a theatre-going public of all ages, whilst also encouraging young people to participate in theatre practice. Oscar winning actress, Dame Judi Dench and renowned directors, Sir Richard Eyre and James Cellan Jones are patrons for the festival.
Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2020: 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.
Saturday 1st August 2020: Glastonbury Extravaganza, Glastonbury Abbey: Stunning location, great music. The Specials headlining this year. Details as they come at Glastonbury Abbey.
August 2020: Railwells
Railwells is recognised as the West Country’s premier model railway exhibition. Last year the whole of the Wells Town Hall was utilised for layouts, demonstrations and exhibits.
We are eagerly awaiting details for this year! For further info follow this link
Bank Holiday Monday August 2020: Wells Moat Race
This popular annual event is held every August Bank Holiday Monday starting at 11.00 am. As in previous years there will be a flotilla of homemade rafts racing on the moat. In the adjacent park, stalls will provide something of interest for all ages. Musical entertainment will be on the bandstand with a brass band performing throughout the day. For further updates visit
Wells Moat Boat Race
Saturday 19th September 2020: Rockaway Record Fair
Seager Hall, Union Street, Wells BA5 2PU
Wonderful collection of traders in vinyl and CDs.
October 2020: Wells Food Festival
AWAITING DATES FOR MORE INFO VISIT
October 2020: Wells Festival of Literature
2019's line-up included Peter Pomerantsev, Jane Glover, Vernon Bogdaner, Emma Smith, Angela Gallop and Christopher Somerville to name but a few. Make sure you book your tickets early and a bed at The Crown.
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED