Land of the Summer People
Gateway to the west country, Somerset is a land of myth and mystery. Abuzz with agriculture and industry, this green county provides residents and visitors a thriving slice of English culture and countryside; from historic cities, towering cathedrals and mythical castles, to contemporary art, starry restaurants and fine cyder. Somerset is at the heart of The Newt, shaping everything we do.
Around and About
Sitting almost equidistant between the old market towns of Bruton, Castle Cary and Wincanton, the small village of Hadspen winds through a hidden valley lined with bountiful apple orchards. Local houses have elevations of burnt orange sandstone, which has been quarried at Hadspen for hundreds of years, with cobbled or mighty slabbed floors of Blue Lias. Closer than the towns are the pretty little settlements of Pitcombe, Yarlington, Cadbury and Shepton Montague. Set off for a walk in any direction and you will soon happen upon a traditional country pub, where you will receive a warm welcome and a cold cyder.
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Discover a feast for all the senses, from garden eateries to daily tours and seasonal workshops, all inspired by the land beneath our feet and the history and tradition of Somerset.
1 May, 15 May, 12 June, 26 June, 3 July, 17 July, 31 July, 14 August, 28 August, 12 September, 26 September
Dry Stone Walling
Learn the basics behind the art of drystone walling on this introductory course
20, 27 November
Hort Course: Hedge Laying
A day of learning the craft and the purpose of traditional hedge laying