The Hestercombe Wedding Open Day takes place on Sunday 7 May and will present this beautiful wedding venue ready for a wedding along with a hand-picked selection of florists, photographers, outfitters, make-up artists and cake makers from across the region.

See Hestercombe’s stunning Bampfylde Hall set up for a wedding, explore the picturesque gardens and watch some interesting demonstrations from suppliers. Jan Waters of Hillcommon-based JW Blooms will be showing her floristry skills, creating a hand-tied bouquet and floral crowns using flowers cut fresh from her flower field that morning.

Pip Southgate will be giving wedding make-up demonstrations to make sure you look picture-perfect for your big day, and Jinks Art will also be giving a demonstration of their wedding stationery and painting a watercolour of the venue on the day.

Other exhibitors include In the Wild Art by Helena Willford, for individual wedding stationery, Gemma Waterjohns for the perfect wedding day hair, Golden Harp music, Tilda Rose and Eden Wedding Florist for fabulous floral displays. For delicious bespoke favours, Cocoa’s Locally Handmade Chocolates will take you to chocolate heaven and be sure to impress your guests.

For exquisite, locally grown and ethically produced blooms JW Blooms will show you how to create perfect wedding posies and to demonstrate how much better British-grown flowers look and smell to their overseas counterparts, and Charlotte Jane Cakes will talk you through your options with their fabulous wedding cakes.

Christian Michael Photography, and Bristol-based Jamie Dodd Photography are on hand to demonstrate how they capture the most stunning wedding images for your special day; and for that most important detail, the dress, there is Parham House Brides, based in Dunster, to offer you advice and samples about the type of look you are going for. Astaires outfitters and tailors will leave the man in your life looking dapper and ready to go with a sharp suit and all the right accessories, and Pumpkin and Pye offer alternatives to the traditional floral bouquets, with buttons and artificial flowers.

With such a variety of wedding specialist in one place, you’ll find those all-important decisions much easier to make, and you’ll be in the superb setting of Hestercombe Gardens, with its three centuries of garden design, formal and landscape gardens, great cascade, Pear Pond, and fabulous garden buildings.

Come along to the Wedding Open Day and make planning your big day a little easier.

  • Exclusively for Wedding Open Day visitors – take advantage of Hestercombe’s exciting offer. Book your Hestercombe wedding and receive a complimentary drinks reception as a special thank you from the team! (valid until the end of June 2017)


Mountain bike enthusiasts from across the South West converged on Dulverton at the weekend for the second annual ‘Eat Dirt on Exmoor’ event, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor and supported by Exmoor National Park and the fantastic people of Dulverton.

282 cyclists took part in the circular ride, raising over £5,650 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. The event started in Dulverton and followed the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south-east to the River Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

The riders really enjoyed the event. As Paul Mugenyi from Bristol said, “Thank you all so much for an amazing day and course. I really loved it and dare I say it was better than last year! A massive thanks to the organisers, marshals and land owners!”

Rob Lott, Head of Communications at Calvert Trust Exmoor, said, “We were absolutely delighted that so many riders came out to support us and enjoy the beauty of Exmoor. Without the support of so many wonderful people from Dulverton and the surrounding area who allowed us to use their land, volunteered to be marshals and run refreshment stations, and helped set up the route, this event just wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks to your support we will be able to help more people with disabilities to access cycling and other adventurous activities.”

As well as the fabulous volunteer marshals and helpers, Calvert Trust Exmoor would also like to thank the brilliant local businesses and organisations whose support enabled the event to happen: Mole Valley Farmers, The Bike Shop (Tiverton), Ivan’s Coffee, GT Bicycles and AMASS Medical  as well as Exmoor National Park.

Photos from ‘Eat Dirt on Exmoor 2017 can be seen online at www.calvert-trust.org.uk/eatdirt. Calvert Trust Exmoor hopes to announce the date for ‘Eat Dirt on Exmoor 2018’ in the next few weeks.