Quantock July Events

If you would like this information directly to your inbox with early access to Friends of the Quantocks events, a quarterly newsletter and annual publication about all things Quantock, why not become a member?  There is also the opportunity to get involved with various projects and meet others who share your love of the Quantocks, whilst knowing you are helping up conserve and protect them.

Nature Recovery Walk, Saturday 1st July, 10am-12.30pm, Crowcombe Park Gate. Hosted by Quantock Hills AONB Team.  Join Project Manager, Mark Baker for a guided walk to learn about and discuss some of the approaches the Quantock Hills team are taking for nature recovery. More information & booking.

Admire the Mire, Wednesday 5th July, 7pm.  Hosted by Friends of the Quantocks. Set up in 2020, the mire at Ramscombe is one of Friends of the Quantocks’ conservation projects to protect the rare plants found in this habitat.  Join John Andrews, Friends of the Quantocks Chairman, looking at the plants of our Ramscombe mire. At this time of year, if the summer is not too dry, the flowers should be at their best. The mire holds about 90 different species, most of them dependent on wet conditions, some easy to identify, some not so! Further information & booking

Big Butterfly Count, Saturday 8th July, 10am Fyne Court.  Hosted by Quantock Hills AONB, QLPS and National Trust. See the beautiful butterflies the call Fyne Court their home and learn how to record butterflies in your garden. Meet members of the QHAONB Butterfly Group and see how you can get involved with butterfly conservation! More information

The Infamous Walford Murder, Monday 10th July, 6pm (Rescheduled from 4th July due to weather).  Hosted by Friends of the Quantocks &Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme.  Join Dan Broadbent, Historic Heritage Officer from the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme for a guided walk reviewing the relevant sites and information relating to the infamous 1789 murder of Jane Shorney. Bust the myths surrounding the case as you review the evidence from a different perspective than those already documented, whilst also enjoying a walk around the lovely village and surrounding countryside of Nether Stowey. Further information & booking

Summer Walking Week, Monday10th July – Friday 14th July, Hosted by Halsway Manor.  A choice of three walks each day, tailored to the needs of the group with informal evening entertainment.  Further information & booking.

Exploring Wildlife in a Quantock Freshwater Rocky Stream. Tuesday 11th July, 2.30pm, Durborough Farm, Aisholt.  Hosted by Pete Baker.  Join local naturalist Pete Baker to discover the wildlife in our Quantock streams. £5pp. Please book via email [email protected] or tele:01278 671311

July Short Photo Walk, Wednesday 12th July, 10am.  Hosted by Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme.  A circular walk, from Bridgwater, including visits along the canal to The Meads and back to the Bridgwater Arts Centre to see the latest exhibition by WWT.  More information & booking.

Halswell House & Grounds Open Days, Thursday 13th July, 1.30-4.30pm. View the inner workings of this full restoration project. Continuously inhabited since Domesday, Pevsner called Grade I-listed Halswell ‘the most important house of its date in the county’. The Elizabethan Manor and 1689 Baroque wing sit in C18th parkland with temples, follies and lakes. More information & booking.

Much Ado About Nothing Outdoor Theatre, Thursday 13th July, 7.30pm. Fyne Court. Hosted by The National Trust. Journey to Messina with the thespians and delight in this wonderful Shakespearean comedy in the grounds of Fyne Court. More information & booking.

Geology and Building Stones of the Quantocks, Talk and Tea. Friday 14th July, 2.30pm Hosted by Taunton Museum.  Join local geologist, Garry Dawson for an illustrated guide to the geology and building stones of the Quantocks. More information & booking.

Time to Bee Friendly Trail at Hestercombe Gardens.  Family friendly Summer activities 21st July – 3rd September. More information.

A Night at the Opera at Fyne Court. Saturday 22nd July, 6pm Fyne Court.  Hosted by The National Trust. Join The Bluebirds for ‘A Night at the Opera’ at Fyne Court. This will be a feast of opera classics with a unique popular twist. The Bluebirds bring you a night of great classical music in the beautiful setting of Fyne Court. A perfect setting for a summer evening in the Music Hall; enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful surroundings of the lawn of Fyne Court. Expect uplifting music with a bit of glitz and glamour. More information & booking.

Court House East Quantoxhead Open Garden, Sunday 23rd July, 2-5pm.  Open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme.  Lovely 5 acre garden, trees, shrubs (many rare and tender), herbaceous and 3 acre woodland garden with spring interest and late summer borders. Traditional kitchen garden (chemical free). Views to sea and Quantocks with cream tea refreshments.  More information & booking

Ugly Duckling Folksy Outdoor Theatre, Friday 28th July, 5.30pm.  Hosted by Hestercombe Gardens. Filled with live music and puppetry, it’s the perfect show for the whole family! More information & booking.

Family Wildlife Walk & Quiz with Ranger Andy, Saturday 29th July, 2pm East Quantoxhead.  Hosted by Quantock Hills AONB Team.  Start the school holidays by bringing the children out to meet our Quantock Hills Ranger Andy for a fun walk & quiz.   More information & booking.

Quantock Hills Photowalk Long Route.  Saturday 29th July, 10am Kilve. Hosted by Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme. A circular walk, from Kilve. The first half of the day will include rockpooling with Geckoella Ltd, a chance to explore macro photography techniques, and the second half of the day will be a walk around Kilve.  More information & booking.