Wells events

The local city has a long list of events going on for every season. There is no doubt that you will be able to find something for everyone.


The medival Cathedral of Wells was built in a gothic style between 1175 and 1490. It is set in the centre of England's smallest city of Wells overlooking the cathedral green.  There are number of beautifully crafted and unique features inside. 

The 'scissor arches' supporting the central tower. 

The largest collection of historical stained glass in the country, including the 14th century Jesse window. 

The Wells clock, considered the second oldest working clock mechanism in Great Britain.

The Octagonal Chapter House, a fascinating chained library, one of only four in the country


Bishop's Palace

1st January - 31st December 2017

The Bishop’s Palace run a huge array of events throughout the year, taking place within the Palace buildings and around the 14 acres of gardens. During every school holiday there are a variety of different family activities to choose from, incorporating gardening, crafts and trails, and over the summer months, there is a selection of outdoor theatre events for all ages. Why not check out their events page?


Wells Film Festival

28-29th April 2017

Bishop's Palace and the Wells Film Centre

The Wells Film Festival has 2 x outdoor screenings of Hot Fuzz this year, set in the grounds of the Bishop's Palace for up to 400 people.

For further information why not check out Wells Film Centre's website?

Wells Film Centre website

Beginners sausage making courses at Huntstile Organic Farm

Beginners Sausage Making Courses At Huntstile Organic Farm

Goathurst, Bridgwater

11am – 4pm £55 pp including farmhouse lunch (*GIFT VOUCHERS available for presents)

Whether you are just curious to know how it’s done, or maybe you are thinking of keeping pigs to be a bit...


8 Apr 2017 To 8 Apr 2017

Huntstile Organic Farm

'Know Your Place' Historical Exhibition at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

'Know Your Place' Historical Exhibition At The Bishop's Palace And Gardens


Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how your area has changed over the years?

Know Your Place is a cutting-edge...


The Bishop's Palace, Somerset

27 Feb 2017 To 28 Apr 2017

Medieval Falconry at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Medieval Falconry At The Bishop's Palace And Gardens


Join us to welcome The Raptor Foundation for a day of fantastic flying displays, entertaining information and beautiful birds in the Romantic setting of the South Lawn. Suitable for all ages the...


The Bishop's Palace, Somerset

14 Apr 2017 To 14 Apr 2017

Haynes Breakfast Club

Haynes Breakfast Club

Sparkford, Nr Yeovil

Calling all motoring enthusiasts! On the first Sunday of each month* we are running a breakfast club open to all marques. As well as meeting other vehicle owners, participants can chat over a coffee...


Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset

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Spring Bunny Museum Trail at Haynes International Motor Museum

Spring Bunny Museum Trail At Haynes International Motor Museum

Sparkford, Nr Yeovil

This Half Term hop over to Haynes for our kids’ bunny trail, the Museum will be filled with delights for children, young and old to discover. Returning this year is our springtime baby bunny trail:...


Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset

1 Apr 2017 To 17 Apr 2017
Glastonbury Medieval Fayre

Glastonbury Medieval Fayre


Glastonbury Medieval Fayre

15th -16th April 2017

The Glastonbury Medieval Fayre returns to the abbey this Easter for a fantastic weekend of fun for the whole family! This year’s event...


Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

15 Apr 2017 To 16 Apr 2017

Concours d’Elegance Car Show at Downside School

Concours D’Elegance Car Show At Downside School


Sunday 30th April, 12 noon – 4pm

Downside School Cricket Pavilion

A fun gathering of vintage, classic and interesting vehicles set in the magnificent grounds of Downside Abbey.



Downside Abbey, Mendip


30 Apr 2017 To 30 Apr 2017

Wells May Fair

Wells May Fair 1st May - Market Place

The annual May Fair is a key tradition in Wells, heralding the start of summer.

It will feature maypole and folk dancing by local school children, Fairground rides, fresh food outles and stalls will be available, along with performances by local bands, and all money raised will go to local, national and international charities.

A day of fun with something for everyone to enjoy!

For more information on having a stall or sponsoring the event contact The City of Wells Lions using the email address below: cityofwellslions@aol.co.uk

May Day Picnic at the Park at Ston Easton Park

May Day Picnic At The Park At Ston Easton Park

Ston Easton, Bath

Visit Ston Easton Park on May Bank Holiday as we open up the gardens to welcome the Spring.

Join us on what we hope will be a cheerful bright day, any time from 11:30am-4:30pm to collect your...

1 May 2017 To 1 May 2017

Chef Demonstration at The Mount Somerset Hotel

Chef Demonstration At The Mount Somerset Hotel

Nr Taunton

Watch our talented head chef Mark Potts at work, as he demonstrates some...

16 May 2017 To 16 May 2017

The Mount Somerset Hotel

The Mendip Vintage & Classic TourThe Mendip Vintage & Classic Tour

The Mendip Vintage & Classic Tour

14 May 2017

The Mendip Vintage & Classic Tour organized by the Classic & Historic Motor Club will take place on Sunday 14th May 2017. It has become one of the most popular events in the West of England’s motoring calendar, attracting a wide range of interesting vintage and classic vehicles. It will be helping to raise funds for the charity “Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance” and will again be generously sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents.

This superbly organized event is open to 150 pre-1995 vehicles and now in its 23nd year. Details to be confirmed by the 2016 event started at Farringtons Farm Park, and follow a scenic route of 85 miles across the Mendip Hills for a lunch stop at RN Fleet Air Arm Museum, then on to finish the day with a spectacular display of the cars on the lawns of the majestic Wells Cathedral.

Click here to visit their website

Wells Comedy FestivalWells Comedy Festival

Wells Comedy Festival

26-28th May 2017

Various venues

If you want a laugh why not come along? for more information why not visit their website.

Long Paws Comedy Club website

History Tour & 5 Course Tasting Lunch ‘If these walls could talk’ at Ston Easton Park

History Tour & 5 Course Tasting Lunch ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ At Ston Easton Park

Ston Easton, Bath

Uncover the tales of the past and acquire the rich history of Ston Easton Park by joining our tour. Learn how the house has evolved throughout the centuries and go ‘below stairs’ to explore the...

23 May 2017 To 23 May 2017


International Miniature Art Exhibition

International Miniature Art Exhibition

3-10 June 2017

Town Hall, Wells

Note: Closed on Sunday 4 June

Join the Hilliard Society for a week long exhibition of hundreds of paintings and sculpture from some of the world's leading miniature artists. This is one of the largest exhibitions of miniature art in the UK and all work is for sale (except for some portraits) with prices to suit every budget. There are also intricate Russian Lacquer boxes and artists demonstrations through the week as well as cards, books and prints on sale. The most frequent comment from first time viewers of the miniature masterpieces is ‘Amazing, unbelievable detail, beautiful work! Never knew that such marvellous paintings existed.’

Entry is free so come and see for yourself - it's the perfect place to start your own collection!

Visit the Hilliard Society website

Royal Bath & West Show

31st May - 3rd June 2017

This is Somerset's premier show ground which holds the annual agricultural Bath & West Show. This features livestock judging, stalls selling produce and crafts as well as motorcycle display teams and show jumping just to mention a few. Many other shows and exhibitions regularly come to the grounds including flower shows, car shows, antique and collectors fairs, gardening shows, a beer festival and many more. It is a wonderful day out. for more information visit their site.

Royal Bath & West Show website

Tortoise & Hare Run

Tortoise & Hare Run

4 June 2017

Organised by Wells Classic Motorcycle Club, an event for all classes of motorcycles, taking in the glorious Mendip Hills and surrounding countryside, through the various run groups.

The event includes a “Snail Route” for Veteran and very low powered machines. This group using the lowland below Wells.

Its a very popular event attracting motorcyclists from around the country, some camping is available the preceding Saturday night.

Entrants and Marshals interested in taking part can get full details from the official Wells Classic Motorcycle Website.

2017 Tortoise and Hare Poster (pdf 370kb)

Visit the Wells Classic Motorcycle Club

The English Country Garden Festival at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

The English Country Garden Festival At The Bishop's Palace And Gardens


The third English Country Garden Festival will take place at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells, Somerset from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th June. 10am-5pm

The annual event was first...


The Bishop's Palace, Somerset

9 Jun 2017 To 11 Jun 2017
Glastonbury Abbey: Summer Open Evening

Glastonbury Abbey: Summer Open Evening


A fantastic opportunity to explore the Abbey free of charge whilst enjoying music and refreshments.

Free entry from 6pm.


Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

10 Jun 2017 To 10 Jun 2017

Somerset Schools Folk Dance Festival

17 June 2017

Cathedral Green, Wells

On Saturday 17th June 2017, more than 2,000 primary school children will come together on Wells Cathedral Green to dance the day away as part of the annual Somerset Schools' Folk Dance Festival.

The Dance Festival is a well-established event in a unique environment. As well as being a splendid and very special occasion, the dancing enables schools to address aspects of the PE curriculum in addition to providing a varied social experience for the children as part of the broader curriculum.

The Dance Festival will start at 2.00pm with a procession through Wells High Street onto the Cathedral Green where the dancing will begin at 2.30pm and finish at approximately 4.30pm. Music and banners greatly add to the spectacle and fun of the day so please encourage parents, friends, teachers and children to be creative

For more information please contact Sarah Osborne on 01823 356258 or email: SJOsborne1@somerset.gov.uk

Image from Wells Journal website

Weston Super Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend

Weston Super Mare Air Festival And Armed Forces Weekend

Weston Super Mare

North Somerset Council organises the Weston Air...

17 Jun 2017 To 18 Jun 2017


Large Blue Butterfly Open Day

Large Blue Butterfly Open Day


Learn more about the life of this rare butterfly...

19 Jun 2017 To 19 Jun 2017

Glastonbury Music Festival

21st - 25th June 2017

In many ways, Glastonbury is like loads of different festivals converging on the same gorgeous countryside for the weekend. Each area of the Festival has its own character, its own loyal fans and its own special attractions. It is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all the festivals that have come after it. There are over 50 stages with the main ones being the Pyramid, Other, West Holt, John Peel and Acoustic.

The Dance Village caters for many tastes including disco, dubstep and reggae. For those with still plenty of energy Arcadia, Block 9, Shangri La and The Common provide plenty of clubbing into the early morning hours. Arcadia with its spidery appearance is a 360 degree rotating stage with pyrotechnics, circus acts and special effects.

If you are looking for a break from the music there is the Circus Field and Cabaret Marquee for comedy as well as the more peaceful Craft Field, Healing Field and Sacred Space with a stone circle.

The viewing area from the hill to the south provides a spectacular panorama of the festival site. If it is a nice day, this makes a good spot to get a little bit more peace and take the weight off your feet and just absorb the enormity of the festival.

If you are lucky enough to have tickets this is the festival of a life time! For more information visit Glastonbury music festival website.

Glastonbury music festival website

Priddy Folk Festival

Priddy Folk Festival

7-9 July 2017

The festival grew up from a PTA fundraiser back in 1992, and now attracts international artists and visitors from all over the country. Yet we still keep that village feel that has given us the reputation as “the friendliest folk festival”.

Much of the entertainment outside of the main concert areas is free. If you have not been to the Priddy Festival to experience a great weekend away then we recommend you look at our website to see what happened last year and to buy your ticket.

Tickets for 2017 available now!

Visit the Priddy Folk Festival website

Wells Charity Boules Tournament

9 July 2017

The Crown at Wells, Market Place, Wells, Somerset BA5 2RP, Tel: 01749 673457

The Annual Wells Charity Boules will take place in the Wells Market Place with teams competing throughout the day. Great fun for all. This event is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Avalon and Wells. All money raised supports the work of The Nepal Trust which is involved with various projects including the rebuilding of a health clinic. For more details and/to enter a team, sponsor a piste or donate a raffle prize please call the number above.

Visit the Wells Boules website for more details

Yeovilton Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

8 July 2017

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset will open its gates on Saturday 8th July for the Royal Navy’s premier airshow. The Air Day, one of the Southwest’s largest one day events, will offer an action-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and plenty to see and do on the ground. Whether you’re a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned air show veteran, be prepared for an amazing experience!

The award-winning airshow attracts over 35,000 visitors, significant UK/Foreign military participation and support from the world’s leading aerospace companies. Over five hours of spectacular flying displays will include fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters, formation display teams, aerobatics and will culminate with the world renowned Commando Assault Finale featuring troops, aircraft and pyrotechnics galore!

Throughout the day, families will also have the chance to enjoy plenty of ground entertainment including discounted entry to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, interactive military displays, Royal Marines Band, classic and military vehicle exhibitions, funfair, simulators, helicopter pleasure flights, trade stalls and much more.

All the latest news and full event information will be available at www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday as planning progresses.

Visit the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day website

The Godney Gathering

The Godney Gathering

15 July 2017

Garlsade Farm, Glastonbury

The Godney Gathering has quickly established istelf as one of the best single-day 'Micro' Festivals in the UK. Although beginning only in 2011, it has quickly evolved from one single stage to seven, including its main outdoor stages, the local Glastonbury FM stage, an acoustic stage, a silent disco dome, a children's performance stage and a new cabaret and comedy stage.

The official line-up will be announced on the 21st January exclusively on Glastonbury FM radio between 10am and 2pm, and tickets are sold online.

Click here to visit their website

Rare Plant Fair at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Rare Plant Fair At The Bishop's Palace And Gardens


Are you a keen gardener or horticultural enthusiast? If so, you’ll want to join us for this perfect opportunity to find rare and unusual plants from a selection of top nurseries from all over the...


The Bishop's Palace, Somerset

20 Aug 2017 To 20 Aug 2017


12-13 August 2017

Wells Town Hall

Now in its 40th year, Railwells is recognised as the West Country’s premier model railway exhibition. The whole of the Wells Town Hall is utilized for layouts, demonstrations and exhibits. Refreshments are available to visitors and exhibitors.

Saturday 12 August 2016 open 10:30 to 17:30Sunday 13 August 2016 open 10:00 to 16:30


Adults: £6.00

Child age 15 to 17 and wheelchair-bound adults: £4.00

Accompanied Children 14 and under: Free

Please look out for the Railwells Parking signs for free parking.

Click here to visit the Railwells website

Wells Moat Boat Race

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 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. Weather permitting there will be a hot air balloon launch at 6.00 pm in the Palace Fields. We also subject to operational conditions have a flypast from a vintage aircraft. 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.

For more information on entering a team, having a stall or sponsoring the event contact The City of Wells Lions using the email address below: cityofwellslions@aol.co.uk


Wells Heritage Open Days

9-10 September 2017

Various venues around Wells

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 seven different sites opening their doors in Wells - plus events and a guided walk. And all free of charge !

2017 events will be announced soon!

Visit the Wells HODS website

Heritage Open Day - In Steam

Heritage Open Day - In Steam

11 September 2017

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum

Free entry to the Grade II* listed pumping station

Midday to 5pm

Visit the Westonzoyland Museum events page for more details

Glastonbury Abbey: Tudor Banquet

Glastonbury Abbey: Tudor Banquet


The Abbot's Kitchen will play host to a sumptuous Tudor feast with music and entertainment. Three course meal and a glass of mead included on arrival. If you require a vegetarian option or have any...


Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

23 Sep 2017 To 23 Sep 2017

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017

23 September - 8 October 2017

Various venues around Somerset

Details of the 2017 event should be available by March....

For now there is a link to some basic information about the festival on the following link: http://somersetartworks.org.uk/what-we-do/art-weeks/

Visit the Somerset Artworks website

Wells Festival of Literature

13-22 October 2017

Bishop's Palace, Wells

The Festival of Literature was established in 1992 and has gone from strength to strength. With 2017 marking the 25th anniversary, check here and on their website to find details of the 2017 programmes as speakers are announced!

Visit the Literary Festival website

new music wells

15-19 October 2017

Wells Cathedral

Founded in 2008 by Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers, this innovative festival is a retrospective of sacred choral and organ music of the previous forty years during all services, together with world premiere performances by Wells Cathedral Choir and organists of music by internationally renowned composers, local composers, and composition students from Wells Cathedral School. There are also concerts and a public masterclass with the featured composer of the year. The festival’s President is British composer, Judith Bingham, following on from the late Jonathan Harvey.

The 2017 new music wells festival will take place from Sunday 15 – Thursday 19 October. This year’s distinguished featured composer is Howard Skempton. His new choral works will be premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir on Thursday 19 October at the 5.15pm service of Choral Evensong. He will be in conversation with fellow composers for Composer Coversations with Michael Berkeley at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18 October. Admission to all nmw events is free.

The festival will also include world premiere performances of works by other composers including Philip Wilby.

There will be four concerts during the week: Vicars Choral Ed Goater and Chris Sheldrake will give a contemporary song recital on Monday 16 October, and students from Wells Cathedral School will give lunchtime recitals on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 October at 1.05pm, including music by the school’s student composers. In addition Organist and Master of the Choristers, Matthew Owens, will give an organ recital at 1.05pm on Thursday 19 October which will include world premieres of works by Howard Skempton and Judith Bigham. Admission to all three performances is free, with retiring collections to support Wells Cathedral Music

Visit the Wells Cathedral website

The Wells Food Festival

15 October 2017

Market Place, Wells, BA5 2RB

On Sunday 15 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.

For further information, visit our website.

Visit the Wells Food Festival website