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Things to do in Wells

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Wells. England’s smallest cathedral city is home to some stunning architecture. Many of the buildings are of historical interest and there is a wide range of independent shops to explore. You really won’t be stuck for things to do in Wells.

Wells Cathedral is directly opposite the hotel. Constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries, it is one of the finest national examples of early English architecture.  The Cathedral is famous for its magnificent West Front which is directly opposite the hotel. It features around 300 statues and carvings. Inside the cathedral are stunning inverted scissor arches and one of the oldest working mechanical clocks in the world. A stroll to the Cathedral should be high up on any list of things to do in Wells.

The wells, which gave the city its name, are situated within the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. The Palace features a 13th-century undercroft and peaceful gardens. The swans on the moat are trained to ring a bell for food!

Wells Cathedral Shop Special Offer
Hotel guests can receive a free gift with every £5 spent in the Cathedral shop and benefit from a 10% discount on food and drink bought in the Cathedral Café. Simply show a valid hotel room key to take advantage of these offers. Valid until 31.12.17.

Bishop’s Palace Special Offer
Hotel guests can benefit from a 20% discount on the entry price into the Bishop’s Palace. Simply show a valid hotel room key at the entrance. Valid until 31.12.17.

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Vicars’ Close can lay claim to being the oldest, continuously inhabited, residential street in Europe. This street is located just off the Cathedral Green, directly opposite the hotel. The houses form an amazingly symmetrical pattern either side of the cobbled street.

Wells Market Place  has a twice weekly market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are over 50 stalls offering an interesting array of goods. The market has been voted Best South West Farmers’ Market in the Taste of Somerset Awards and is well worth a visit.

Cedars Hall is a new, state-of-the-art performance centre just a short stroll from the hotel. The venue will be playing host to a number of concerts in the coming months.

Things to do in Wells – Local Events

WELLS REMEMBERS EXHIBITION 
This takes place until 29 August 2017 at Wells Museum.
This exhibition marks the centenary of World War One. It is a four-year long exhibition and programme of events.

FIREFIGHTING IN THE MENDIPS
Saturday 5 August – Wednesday 13 September
This exhibition takes place at Wells & Mendip Museum from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, equipment and memorabilia. On 12 August, there will be a number of fire fighting vehicles for public viewing.

WELLS MOAT BOAT RACE
Monday 28 August 2017
This popular annual event is held every August Bank Holiday Monday starting at 11.00 am. As in previous years there will be a flotilla of homemade rafts racing on the Bishop’s Palace moat. In the adjacent park, stalls will provide something of interest for all ages. Musical entertainment will be on the bandstand with a brass band performing throughout the day. Money raised from this event is split between the Bishops chosen charity, 1955 City of Wells Air Cadets & City of Wells Lions who raise money for local good causes.

WELLS HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 September 2017
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. This year there are ten different sites opening their doors in Wells – plus a guided walk and tours. And all free of charge !
This year sites include the Town Hall, Museum, Bishop’s Palace, Old Deanery and Gardens, the Bishop’s Barn, Almshouses, St Cuthbert’s Chruch and Mendip Hospital Chapel and Cemetery. Opening hours vary over the four days so please check the programme and map on this page

HEADS UP CHARITY DINNER & DANCE
Friday 15 September
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A fundraising black tie dinner at the hotel with charity raffle and auction. £30.00 per person – Tickets are available from the hotel by calling Zoe on 01749 836300.
Heads Up

SOMERSET ART WEEKS
23 September- 8 October
Somerset Art Weeks is the unique celebration of Visual Arts in Somerset.
Various venues across Somerset

WELLS FOOD FESTIVAL
Sunday 8 October 2017
Wells Food Festival returns once again to celebrate the best of Somerset’s wonderful local produce from 150 of the area’s best artisan producers. This family-friendly, one day festival is free to enter. Graze your way round the Artisan Market, stretching from the Market Square, along the Bishops Moat and into the Recreation Ground.

WELLS FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
Friday 13 – Saturday 21 October 2017
The Festival of Literature was established in 1992 and has gone from strength to strength. The programme for the special Silver Anniversary Festival is now complete: the list of speakers is diverse, challenging, innovative and inspiring. So make sure you save those dates in October and take your pick from fiction, memoir, comedy, tragedy; history, sport, science, religion; cookery, gardening, medicine, politic
Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

FAMILY COUNSELLING TRUST CHARITY DINNER
Saturday 11 November 2017
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Charity dinner taking place at the hotel in support of the Family Counselling Trust. Tickets are priced at £30 per person and are available from Zoe on 01749 836300. Includes 3 course dinner with coffee. Family Counselling Trust

WELLS CARNIVAL
Friday 17 November
The Somerset Carnivals are regarded as the largest illuminated procession in the world!
Wells

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET
Thursday 23 November – Sunday 10 December
Looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience? Each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as over 170 chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
Abbey Churchyard, Bath

WELLS REINDEER PARADE
Sunday 3 December 2017
The programme of events starts at 10.50am and continues until 2.30pm. The actual parade of the reindeer starts in the market place at 12.00 noon but there are plenty of other things going on for all the family to enjoy through the day. Be sure to leave time to visit Santa in his grotto at the hotel from 11am-3pm. Tickets are £5 on the day and include a present.

LET THE WEEKEND BE-GIN
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January 2018
A 2 night residential weekend at the hotel celebrating all things gin. Priced at £74.00 per person, per night to include dinner, bed and breakfast and gin tastings with two local gin producers – Newton House Gin and Quick Liquids.
Let the Weekend be-GIN

VICTORIAN EVENING
Sunday 4 February 2018
The hotel has teamed up with Wells Museum to offer guests a unique opportunity to view previously unseen Victorian artefacts. The ticket price of £30 per person includes entrance to the exhibition, a 3 course gala dinner and entertainment. This fundraising event is in aid of Wells Museum and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Call 01749 836300 to book. 
Victorian Evening

SOUTH WEST EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISING DINNER
Saturday 24 February 2018
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Charity dinner taking place at the hotel in support of SWEDA. Tickets are priced at £30 per person and are available from Zoe on 01749 836300. Includes 3 course dinner with coffee.
SWEDA

CHILDREN’S WORLD FUNDRAISING DINNER
Saturday 3 March 2018
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Charity dinner taking place at the hotel in support of Children’s World. Tickets are priced at £30 per person and are available from Zoe on 01749 836300. Includes 3 course dinner with coffee.
CHILDREN’S WORLD
reg.charity no: 1172322
www.childrensworldcharity.org