Barwick Park boasts four follies. Bought by South Somerset District Council for a nominal £5 when the estate was sold in the early 1990's, these extraordinary follies are something of a mystery. Locals say they were built to give the estate labourers work during a time of depression during the 1820's. They were possibly commissioned by George Messiter of Barwick to mark the park boundaries at the four cardinal points. Jack the Treacle Eater to the east, the Fish Tower in the north, Messiter's Cone (also known as the Rose Tower) at the west end and the Needle to the south. However, paintings of Barwick house in the 1780's, forty years earlier, include two of the follies.
The first three may be seen from Two Tower Lane, off the A37 just south of Yeovil, and the needle is further down the A37 at the Halstock turning.
With a programme featuring such top names as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chas & Dave, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen and Peter Greenwell it is easy to see why the Octagon is dubbed Somerset's premier theatre. Add Russian Opera, Gilbert & Sullivan, Hello Dolly and European ballet and you've got a taste of the Octagon's summer programme.
The Octagon has two bars - the Stalls Bar and the Gallery Café Bar. Both bars are open before performances and during the interval. The Gallery Bar is also open after performances with some very special after-show low prices. Open from 6.00pm daily as well as prior to matinée performances the Gallery Café Bar serves delicious hot and cold meals as well as tea, coffee, light refreshments as well as a full bar service.
Address: Hendford, Yeovil
Phone: 01935 422884
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The Swan Theatre Company, Park Street, Yeovil, owns one of the best equipped little theatres in the West of England. It offers the public an intimate, newly refurbished tiered auditorium with excellent acoustics, professional quality lighting and sound system, a fully licensed bar and extensive wardrobe with hire facilities.
Address: 138 Swan Street, Yeovil
Phone: 01935 862845
Having a gander at the church is one of those touristy things one does, isn't it. There's usually something of interest.
The church itself is nice but not drop-dead gorgeous. It's largely C14, with a certain amount of mid-victorian restoration. The stained glass is all Victorian or later, and suffered bomb damage during the 39-45 war: particularly notable is the large vaguely pre-raphaelite memorial window opposidethe South door. But what I was really really taken by were the pew runners, tapestry work done by a local community group in the 1980's, every one different.
A glorious stately home that dates back to the 16th century. Visitors can, not only tour the house, but also take time to enjoy the formal gardens with its historic rose borders and orangery. While highlights of the house include its collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.
Directions: Montecute Village, 4 miles West of Yeovil
Phone: (01935 823289)
Visit the splendid displays of the newly refurbished Museum of South Somerset and discover what rural life and times from the Roman occupation to the agricultural and industrial revolutions were really like. See artifacts from the past set in scenes that recapture the atmosphere of their time.
Displays on leather and glove-making, flax and hemp production, stone working, engineering and newspaper printing are all reminders of a bygone era. A reconstructed Roman dining room and kitchen and Georgian House provide settings for countless items from the museum's extensive collection. Fossils, firearms, coins, clothes, glassware, pottery, paintings, farming and household equipment . . . there's so much to be seen.
Housed in the former coach house to Hendford Manor, the Museum of South Somerset's modern displays draw upon many different collections. 0ver the years benefactors have donated other important collections, including those of fossils, firearms, glassware and costume.
The lower gallery of the coach house features South Somerset's association with leather and glove manufacturing, flax and hemp production, engineering, stone working and newspaper printing. Women outworkers can be seen sewing gloves in the cramped conditions of their cottage, a reminder of a recently bygone era in South Somerset.
The impressive upper gallery features a reconstructed Roman dining room and kitchen complete with original mosaics recreated from excavations of elegant villas found at Westland, Lufton and Ilchester. There are also displays of local prehistory and geology. A period Georgian house provides intriguing glimpses into the museum's glassware, costume and furniture collections. Items from the museum's firearms, pottery, and painting collections are also exhibited and changed regularly.
Directions: The Museum is located off Hendford, Yeovil. Opening hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm, Tuesdays to Fridays. Admission is free.
Phone: (01935) 424774
Opposite the church of Saint John the Baptist is the old grammar school with the same name. which now is law firm.
The school it existed in the 14th century and when in 1573 when the Crown Commissioners were
travelling around the country they have reported that the chantry it was used as a school. The vicar of Yeovil Martin Strong in 1707 has begun by public subscription for a charity school for twenty poor local boys. The children had an education up to the age of twelve or thirteen before going for apprenticeships. This was the first school around this part of England.
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The church of Saint John the Baptist is located in the heart of Yeovil.
Is believed an earlier church it was built here in 950 but then it was rebuilt again by the Normans as the first recording of a church it was in 1226 as the Great Church of Gyvele
Saint John the Baptist was built between 1380 and 1400 but during the reformation in the 16th century the church closed down and the furniture including the decorations were sold.
The church is built by the local master mason of Wells William Wynford and a local limestone (Yeovil stone ) was used. The church is Grade I listed building.
On the day I happened to be in Yeovil the church had an event on which that preventing me enter the main church but I have taken some photos from the porch.
Address: Church St, Yeovil BA20 1HE
Nine Springs is the largest park in South Somerset with over twenty acres. I* have taken a morning walk there on my last day and I have found the place very peaceful and great for kids and adults. When I did enter the park the biggest section it was just paths leading you to the centre of it which the springs were. Each spring it was quite small in size but the way it has been created and planned they all joined with each other. It was a very nice morning which I have enjoyed my walk through the park.
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The Octagon theatre is one of only two theatre's Yeovil got. Except from plays that it gets shown there is also an exhibition centre which is located on the first floor of the theatre. I didn't attend any plays while I'm was there but i did stop for coffee as they have a bistro and a bar.
Address: Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1UX
Phone: 01935 422884
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The Yeovil railway Museum is only open on selected days and mostly is on Sundays with steam trains are in operation for a third of a mile using part of the Old Great Western railway track. As I'm was there during the week I didn't got to go into the museum or been able to go for a ride on a steam train but a few of the exhibits which were at the side of the platform I did managed to see.
As the museum is open on a few Sundays during the months is best if you do check their website before attending as sometimes they do cancel at short notice.
Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11am. Close at 4pm
Address: Yeovil Junction Station Stoford Nr YEOVIL.
Directions: The museum is at the Yeovil train station.
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The town's clock tower it was built in 1864 by the clockmaker James W. Benson of London and is located on the junction of the High Street. The tower which houses the clock it was designed by a local architect Charles Benson.
As the structure of the tower it was unsafe it was removed in 1887 and replaced with a new steel tower in 1912 and it was a gift to the town from Thomas William Dampier- Bide and his sister of Kingston Manor. The gift it was donated to commemorate the coronation of King George V.
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