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'Jesters & Fools' Family FridayIt's April Fool's Day, so why not join us for a day of Family Fun based on a theme of Jesters and Fools. Get crafting in the Stable Yard Room and then follow our trail around the Gardens and Palace. Included in admission. 11am-3pm
Stitching WorkshopJoin Somerset Stitch in the Stable Yard Room for a creative stitching workshop. The one day workshop will show students how to make a crazy patchwork scissor case by hand. Students will be supported by 2 tutors using examples of work and handout sheets to inspire and inform. The workshop will take up to 12 students and will run from 10am to 4pm. The cost will be £35 per person to include all materials and a small pair of scissors to take away. You can book a place by calling 01749 988111 or by calling into our shop (opening hours 10am-4pm).
'Sow a Sunflower' Family Garden ActivitiesJoin Community Gardener Amanda Clay and sow one sunflower to take home and one to grow in the Palace Gardens! Who will grow the biggest sunflower? You can keep coming back to check, or log on to our website for updates! 11am-3pm. Included in admission.
Spring Life Family Fun FridayJoin our learning team in the Stable Yard Room to make a range of crafts based on a Spring theme. 11am-3pm. Included in admission.
Watercolour Workshops - 'Impressionistic Flowers'Following the recent sell out beginner’s watercolour class held here, David Simmons will be running a series of watercolour workshops and outdoor painting sessions at the Palace. Each session will be ‘stand-alone’ - participants can enrol for as many as they wish. Each session will be limited to twelve participants. Indoor Session. Book by phone or in the Shop. £10. 2-4pm
The Ornate & The BeautifulCelebrating the extraordinary craftsmanship of the textile industry from 14th century to present day, this stunning new exhibition for 2016 is a collation of some of the most beautiful and rare vestments and ecclesiastical textiles from around the country. Telling the story from Medieval times up until today, the exhibition will include items not seen on public display since 1930 and ancient pieces such as the 1350 embroidered cope panel. In association with Downside Abbey and Wells Cathedral. Open daily until 31st August.
Traditional Stained Glass WorkshopCome and enjoy learning new skills and meeting new people in a stained glass workshop designed to let you learn in a relaxed and informal setting. You will be taught to cut glass, solder, design and construct a panel of your choice [or have a set panel to do], learning all the techniques required to complete a project. The course will run from 10.30 to 1.30 on the following dates; Wednesdays 20th and 27th April, 4th, 18th & 25th May and 1st June. The cost is £80 for the course that includes the practice materials for cutting glass and other sundries. Tools will be provided for the sessions but advice will be given on what tools and materials to purchase for the project. Typical costs of materials for an A4 sized panel are £15-50 depending on complexity and type of glass eg machine made or mouth-blown. Basic tools vary in price from £20- 30 and all materials can be bought on line from a number of suppliers. The course is taught by Richard Pelham a stained glass craftsperson of 29 years’ experience.
Wells Film FestivalOn Friday 22nd April 2016 The Bishop's Palace will be hosting an open-air screening of The Huntsmen, Winter's War. Gates open at 6.30pm and the screening starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are available now from The Wells Film Centre and are priced at £19.50 for adults and £15.50 for children. Price includes BBQ food, a drink, a souvenir programme and a special Wells Journal publication title 'Wells On Film'. Please bring you own blanket or seating. Whatever the weather the show will go on.
Aardman Model Making WorkshopsWe've teamed up with Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit to offer some amazing workshops and the opportunity to learn from an expert model maker how to make your very own Gromit or Shaun the Sheep clay model to take home! Sessions are 1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm; at the first session you will make a Gromit and at the second two sessions you will be making Shaun the Sheep. Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for children. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult and the workshops are most suitable for ages 8+. Call on 01749 988 111 or pop into our Shop or the Wells Film Centre to book. This event is NOT included in standard admission or membership. Places are strictly limited.
Spring Needle Felting Workshop"Spring Is In The Air" Needle Felting Workshop by The Happy Felt Club. 10am-1pm Price: £20 for beginner (tools & materials included) £10 for experienced felter (bring own tools & materials) Join The Happy Felt Club to learn the technique required to make needle felted ladybirds, bumblebees and all things floral! The session will take place in the Stable Yard Room between 10am-1pm and you will leave with your own needle felted creation based on the theme "Spring Is In The Air" which will include ladybirds, bumblebees, daisies and clover!
Watercolour Workshops - Create your own landscape/seascapeFollowing the recent sell out beginner’s watercolour class held here, David Simmons will be running a series of watercolour workshops and outdoor painting sessions at the Palace. Each session will be ‘stand-alone’ - participants can enrol for as many as they wish. Each session will be limited to twelve participants. Indoor Session. Book by phone or in the Shop. £10. 2-4pm