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Family Events

We have loads of great wildlife events for adults, kids and families in Somerset. Hopefully the list below will give you lots of ideas for things to do, and give you more information about the interesting and fun activities you can take part in. Take a look at what's on below.

Trouble finding your way?

Because some of our events and things to do are held in the wilds of Somerset they include a grid reference as a meeting point - post codes are too imprecise. To see the location for the activity on a map go to Street Map and type in the grid reference (e.g. ST456437 no spaces.) If you zoom out you will first see the OS Explorer and Landranger maps which have more detail and then larger scale maps. Go to Street Map now.


Friday 1 March - Monday 30 September

Open for private viewings in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust, by prior arrangement between March and September.

Hillcrest is a 5-acre garden with so many special places within it that everyone can find a perfect spot to sit and contemplate. It has incredible far reaching views overlooking the Somerset Levels.  There is a very large wild flower meadow leading down to an enormous wildlife pond full of dragonflies. There are bee hives to visit too with a bee expert on hand to answer any questions you may have about these essential visitors to our gardens.  

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Monday 1 April - Monday 30 September

Opening for private groups by prior arrangement in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust between April and September.

Broomclose, a stunning Arts and Craft house, has a garden divided into idyllic pockets, from the Camelia Walk to the vegetable garden.

As there is a milder eco-climate here you will find unusual sub tropical trees and plants.  It has been described as “bee heaven” by local beekeepers due to the huge array of bee friendly plants.


Tuesday 28 May - Sunday 23 June

Join us and the Wassail Theatre Company for a unique and magical outdoor theatre experience on Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, part of the Somerset Levels & Moors.

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Tuesday 28 May

A visit to Ham Wall/Shapwick Heath. A chance to see Bittern, Great White Egrets, Marsh Harriers, Hobbies, Cuckoos.

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Friday 31 May - Sunday 2 June

Join us again this year alongside other conservation organisations in celebrating Somerset's natural enviroment; its enduring and stunning landscapes and seascapes, its vibrant green spaces and inspiring natural places, and all the rick and diverse wildlife that lives in this wonderful county.

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Friday 31 May

Bring your smartphone or camera and come and join award-winning wildlife researcher and photographer Victoria Hillman for an interactive Wildlife Photography Session in Longrun Meadow in Taunton. The meadow is home to a variety of wildlife including butterflies, bees and birds and, Victoria will give you hints and tips for taking the best photos of the wildlife that call the meadow home, both with your phone and camera.

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Wednesday 5 June

This event has been cancelled. Sorry for any disappointment. Please keep looking at our events page for similar events in the future. 

Join us for a free seminar with Clarke Willmott solicitors to find out more about writing a Will, keeping it updated as well as the Inheritance Tax benefits of leaving a gift to charity. The seminar is followed by a guided walk around our award-winning Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve with our Avalon Marshes Senior Reserves Manager Mark Blake.

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Saturday 8 June

Join the East Mendip Watch Group to explore the meadows and look for bumblebees.

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Starting at the Castlebrook Inn, Compton Dundon, the walk takes us up the ancient path to the top of Dundon Beacon to catch the end of the orchids and other seasonal flowers.

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A day of activities for families and individuals to celebrate World Oceans Day and to raise awareness of the impact of Climate Change on the Coast.

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Wednesday 12 June

David Northcote-Wright, SWT Blackdowns reserves Manager, will lead a guided walk to this sensitive site where specialist bog plants thrive.

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Saturday 15 June

A chance to visit one of the re-introduction sites for the Large Blue butterfly and hopefully see it on the wing.

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Saturday 15 June - Sunday 16 June

Sharpen your nocturnal senses on a wildlife-rich, night-time ramble across the Mendip landscape with nature and astronomy expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE.


Thursday 20 June

If you have already so kindly pledged a gift in your Will to Somerset Wildlife Trust, then we would like to thank you in person and invite you to a very special visit of Chancellors Farm Nature Reserve in Mendip.

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Sunday 23 June


Open to the public in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust

A one-acre plantsman's garden situated 600ft above sea level at the eastern end of the Brendon Hills in West Somerset. It has been developed to blend sympathetically with the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and to encourage wildlife.

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Ged Keele will lead this walk around Brent Knoll that takes in local nature reserves and provides us with views over the Bristol Channel.

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Friday 28 June

Come and see the different butterflies found in Longrun Meadow and along the River Tone and find out more about how they live.

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Come and explore Tauntons Canal and the Children's Wood and find out more about the wonderful wildlife that lives there.

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Come and discover all about the bats who treat Taunton and Longrun Meadow as their home.

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Saturday 29 June

Join Les Cloutman and Victoria Hillman for an interactive Wildlife Photography day at the glorious Chancellor’s Farm.

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Come and have a go at fishing (catch and release) and learn more about the different species of fish which live in the River Tone.

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Come and do your bit for the environment by helping keep the River Tone and Longrun Meadow clear of rubbish. Why not make an afternoon of it and bring a picnic?

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Sunday 30 June

Come and help us discover all of the wonderful creatures that are living in Longrun Meadow.

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Come along for a fun filled wildplay session in Netherclay Community Woodland in Taunton.

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Opening in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust.

The beautiful cottage style planting of The Old Rectory is a haven for wildlife with its meadow and woodland walks and is a tranquil space to while away the hours.

Caroline has installed bird boxes, bat boxes and bee hotels and implements nectar friendly planting to ensure different types of bees can visit flowering plants throughout the seasons. The garden also hosts a stunning rose trellis, a small pond for wildlife and an original Ha-Ha wall.

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