“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” – Maud Hart Lovelace

Roses in bloom in the Parabola

June, the month of warm solstice, brings an abundance of growth, colour and possibility across the estate. Long days entice you to lose yourself in the Four Seasons Garden, awash with old fashioned roses in soft, romantic hues: winding around pergolas and spilling from the hedgerows. The Newts and water fauna are out and about, young cattle investigate the roundhouse and surrounding fields, and parent birds are flying further afield, eyeing up garden plants to keep their young well fed. New season potatoes, green garlic and abundant herbs are put to delicious use across the estate and rosé flows as day turns to dreamy dusk. Summer is soon to arrive in Somerset – make the most of its magic and start exploring.

Join us for dawn and dusk walks to see the floriferous sights, cook over fire on Gardener & Chef workshops and make the most of the long, languorous evenings with the return of our Thursday evening Garden Lates series. 

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After hours is the best time of day for a stroll
The cocktail van will be pitching up with fruity concoctions at our Garden Lates

What’s on in June

Gardener & Chef
5, 19 June, 9am – 3pm / £150

One of our favourite alfresco experiences when the weather warms, our Gardener & Chef sessions offer a unique chance to pick, prepare and cook your own delectable estate lunch over fire, with plenty of inspiration and insight from our expert team.

Dawn Walk: 300 Years of English Garden
6 June, 7am – 10am / £45

Join Head of Programmes, Arthur Cole on a stroll through three centuries of English garden design to experience the sights, sounds and heady scents of the estate as we head into summer. Culminating in breakfast at the Garden Café.

Farm to Knife Butchery: Beef
8 June, 9.30am – 3pm / £275

Step over the threshold of our brand new Butchery to join our butchers for the full farm-to-knife experience. Learn to identify the different cuts of beef, sharpen your knife skills and break down a carcass for cuts to take home before an indulgent carnivorous lunch.

Dry Stone Walling
12 & 26 June, 9.30am – 4pm / £150

Try your hand at drystone walling under the expert guidance of Tom Trouton in this hugely satisfying introductory course. Learn about the history, design and practical elements and take away the knowledge to create an array of structures from fire pits to water features.

Botany Watercolours
15, 29 June, 9.30am – 3pm / £150

Wander through the gardens for abundant inspiration to develop your botanical painting skills. You’ll gather specimens to paint under the guidance of established wildlife artist, Camilla Clutterbuck, before capping off the day with lunch at the Garden Café.

Dusk Walk: 300 Years of English Garden 
20 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm / £45

Close the day with a guided stroll around the beguiling sights and scents of the garden with Head of Programmes, Arthur Cole, as golden hour descends. Culminating in sundowners and charcuterie boards with a view at the Garden Café.

Wander the garden by dawn and by dusk

Garden Lates
6, 13, 20 June, 6.30 – 9.30pm / £70

Our intimate picnic experience at the heart of the estate is running on Thursdays throughout June and July. We’ll be rolling out the picnic blankets for a multi-course alfresco feast cooked over fire, serving cold cyder, live music and mixing up seasonal specials from the cocktail van. 

Espalier Fruit Tree Training
4, 11, 18, 25 June, 9.30am – 4pm / £150

Join a masterclass with our Lead Fruit Grower, Andy ‘Apples’ Lewis, to discover the secrets, skills and specialist techniques used to succeed in the art of espalier. A rare opportunity to learn from our fruit experts, you’ll be led through training trees in all manner of forms.

Learn the art of espalier with our experts

Summer Lovin’

Our new summer cruffins are 50% bigger and back in three deliciously moreish flavours: dark chocolate & vanilla, tangy lemon & raspberry and sweet-scented rose and honeycomb. Light, flaky and the picture of sunshine, these Bakery treats deliver smile-inducing joy with every bite.

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Our new summer cruffin flavours are too good to resist!