The Newt in Somerset

Frequently Asked Questions

Garden visitors must have a valid Membership prior to entry. This offers unlimited access to the gardens for 12 months, as well as seasonal workshops and events.

2021 PRICES - £48 per adult, Children (0-16 yrs) are free of charge as long as they are accompanied by an adult member. Members can purchase Guest Day Passes for £15 (up to a maximum of 6 passes per day)

Go to Plan Your Visit on our website and follow the easy steps to buy a membership. We work with the talented people at Candide for membership. This clever App holds your digital membership card and provides you with a host of fun and interactive audio tours and gardening tools, helping to make the most of every visit to the garden.

Member’s Guest Passes can be purchased at the gate house for £15. The guest pass is valid for single entry, for one adult, for the date of purchase only.

Each member can purchase up to 6 Guest Passes on any given day. There is no limit to the total number of passes that can be purchased over the 12 months of your membership.

Guests must be accompanied by a member at all times.

Follow this link for a simple guide on how to find your digital Newt Membership card.

Head to Plan Your Visit on our website to book, or email our helpful Reservations team. Note: Garden Membership is required to dine in the Garden Cafe.

We encourage guests to taste the fruits of the garden and so do not allow personal picnics in the gardens; please enjoy the relaxed service offered at our Garden Cafe or a take away picnic from our Cyder Bar.

We work with the talented people at Candide for membership. This clever App holds your digital membership card and provides you with a host of fun and interactive audio tours and gardening tools, helping to make the most of every visit to the garden.

To create your Newt membership, first download the Candide App (from your smart phones App Store), then click the tickets icon and input the code we have given you when prompted. Follow a few easy steps to complete your membership registration. Need some help, visit Candide

Follow this link to complete your profile ADD LINK. You will need the 8 digit code stored on your digital membership card to set this up. Go to your Candide App, tap tickets and then tap on your Newt Membership card to expand. You will now see a QR code and an 8 digit code, enter this code to complete your profile set up.

To find the correct code you need to load the Candide App, tap tickets and then tap on your Newt Membership card to expand. You will now see a QR code and an 8 digit code, enter this code to complete your profile set up. Alternatively, go to the Candide website, tap on the circular person icon in the top right of the screen and log in. Tap on your Newt Membership card to expand, you will now see a QR code and an 8 digit code, enter this code to complete your profile set up.

Your Member Profile will allow you to log into the Members Page and Shop, and to receive the full benefit of your membership - such as, free shipping on purchases, access to exclusive offers and content, and ability to book entry to partner gardens.

Yes, these two things are the same, however you need to add your Newt membership to your profile, so we know you have a valid membership to receive benefits. This is why we ask you to add the code from your Candide digital membership card.

No, a Member’s Day Pass cannot be upgraded to full membership.

There is no limit on the number of children that can accompany an adult member. We ask large family, community or school groups (over 8 children) to contact us in advance of visiting, so that we can cater for your requirements accordingly.

All guests must be accompanied by a member from arrival and when purchasing a Day Pass.

No, we cannot give refunds for child memberships purchased prior to 17 May 2021.

Our events and workshops are listed on our website on the What’s On page.

We expect everything that is coming soon to be open or available to members in the next 12 months. We will keep you updated through our digital newsletter ‘Newt News’ and on the website. You can see more detail on some of things on the Members Page of the website, just click the link in the top right on the homepage.

Our estate is home to many of our small amphibian friends; they are a protected species, and we take great care to look after them. Newts are semiaquatic, spending part of the year on land. They also possess the incredible ability to regenerate, retaining their functional and structural properties. And so this resident was a perfect fit – to represent an estate that continually regenerates and sustains itself and has expanses of open water.

Newts enjoy the safety of lily ponds; so as well as a newt, our logo features a lily pad for protection and a lily flower bud for growth. The three symbols create a harmonious balance, just as we are in harmony with our environment.

All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. Pushchairs may be stored at the Threshing Barn, and for longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.

Regrettably we cannot allow dogs (except assistance dogs) as we keep various types of deer and fowl in open areas.

With the original Georgian house built by 1689 and remodelled during the Georgian period, there has a been a garden at Hadspen House since 1695. The property changed ownership three or four times, but the longest was by the Hobhouse family, after which it was purchased by the current owners in 2013. The Newt in Somerset opened its gardens to the public on 11 May 2019.

All our restaurants enjoy the benefit of low food miles, with much of the menu picked from the gardens they overlook. Should you spot a blackberry in the woods or a vine-ripened tomato in the Greenhouse, feel free to have a taste. Hotel guests enjoy a private Kitchen Garden to meander among strawberries and help themselves to leaves, peas and beans.

Situated in a beautiful part of Somerset, the estate includes a hotel and spa. Kitchen gardens stock the Farm Shop and restaurants with fresh produce; the Deer Park supplies sumptuous venison; ample grazing ensures a healthy supply of meat for the Butchery, and acres of apple orchards keep the Cyder Press in operation from March to September.