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Created In Somerset: Stone Mason's Demonstration

11am - 3pm Meet members of the Wells Cathedral Stonemason’s and find out how this ancient craft is still relevant today.
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Medieval Falconry Day

11am - 4pm Join us for a day of medieval living history with a difference. Marvel as the hawks, owls and falcons show off their talents in the flying displays and talk to the experts who look after these magnificent birds.
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Exhibition: Martin Bentham RWA

On until 19 November 2014 Martin Bentham began his career as a professional artist painting the subjects that were familiar to him – the landscape and people of the Mendip Hills. Oil paint portrays the subtlety of colours and texture inherent within Martin’s chosen scenes.
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Love Actually Wedding Fair

11am - 3pm Are you thinking of holding your wedding reception at The Bishop’s Palace? This wedding fair gives you an opportunity to meet with the team here and to meet with the cream of suppliers from around Somerset. Entrance to the wedding fair is free and entrance to The Bishop’s Palace gardens and Chapel is half price today!
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Great Hall Conservation

Great Hall, Great Future Vital conservation work will begin on 6th October to ensure the preservation of the Medieval Great Hall at The Bishop’s Palace. The Great Hall, dating from 13th century and built for King Edward I, has suffered from years of exposure to the elements and now stands to lose essential parts of its tracery and outstanding windows unless conservation work is carried out as soon as possible. The stonework became exposed to the elements when the hall was turned into a Victorian folly and is now in a very fragile condition. The Palace has been successful in raising a sum of money to carry out an exploratory pilot scheme of urgent remedial works, beginning with the most vulnerable section of the Great Hall wall. It is hoped that these important first works will be carried out throughout October, finishing in mid-November 2014. Chief Executive Rosie Martin says “The first section of the wall is in a highly delicate condition and so we are extremely excited to be able to press on with this work. Our priority is to ensure the safety of visitors and to conserve this wonderful structure.” The pilot scheme will determine the scale and likely success of the full conservation scheme, which it is hoped will take place from Spring 2015 if the funds can be raised in time. The ‘Great Hall, Great Future’ fundraising scheme will launch officially on 1st October 2014 and the Palace are appealing to the people of Wells and the wider area to help get behind the scheme to support their palace to enable the full work to be carried out. Visitors will be pleased to know that a full break down of works will be up on the website and encouraged to visit to find out more. The Rt Rev Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells said “We are delighted to be able to commence a project designed to ensure the future of this spectacular building and sincerely hope that the public will support us in our endeavours.” To find out more, contact Stephen Stokes on 01749 988 111 or to donate, see below...
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Lunchtime Recital

Talented musicians from Wells Cathedral School will entertain you in this 45 minute recital of violin, bassoon and french horn favourites. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the stunning Long Gallery at the Palace, whilst listening to some exquisite music from the classical music stars of the future. Lynn Henderson - French Horn Mary Ball - Bassoon Kevin Saw - Violin Piano accompanists - Tomas Kkement and Lydia Scadding Caprice No.17, Paganini - violin, Kevin Saw accompanied by Lydia Scadding Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op.75, mvmt ii. Adagio, Weber - bassoon, Mary Ball accompanied by Tomas Klement Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63, Prokofiev - violin, Kevin Saw accompanied by Lydia Scadding Villanelle, Paul Dukas - horn Lynn Henderson accompanied by Tomas Klement 1pm Thursday 25th September. Free entry.
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Heroes and Villains of Olde England

11am - 4pm Join the Yarnsmith of Somerset to hear tales of days gone by; when Wells was a magical place and the springs within The Bishop’s Palace were a place of pilgrimage and wonder; where heroes like Robin Hood, King Arthur and fearless Saints inspired the town folk. Yet every hero must have an enemy, be it bad King John or even the Devil himself, and all will make an appearance in the Yarnsmith’s storytelling tent.
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Heroes and Villains of Olde England

11am - 4pm Join the Yarnsmith of Somerset to hear tales of days gone by; when Wells was a magical place and the springs within The Bishop’s Palace were a place of pilgrimage and wonder; where heroes like Robin Hood, King Arthur and fearless Saints inspired the town folk. Yet every hero must have an enemy, be it bad King John or even the Devil himself, and all will make an appearance in the Yarnsmith’s storytelling tent.
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