Events Diary

As part of an exciting programme of activities connected to our Heritage Lottery Fund project “Future Halsway”, there will be a number of events open to the public, free of charge. These will include heritage open days, a folklore walk for families, a seasonal folklore supper, a folk arts taster day and many more. These will be updated as dates are confirmed.

Halsway Summer Fete – family folk arts taster day

Sat 18 Aug, 12 – 4.30pm

Come and join us for even more family folk arts fun at this year’s summer fete. There will be a chance to try out a variety of things from Maypole and Morris, to blacksmithing and woodworking, to melodeon playing and more. Add in stalls, tea and cake and this is a brilliant day out for all the family.

Family Folklore Walk

Tue 28 Aug, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Come and join us for a family adventure full of storytelling, exploration and creativity for all ages. Come hunt for the Gurt Worm, the Quantocks own Dragon of the hills, to meet the fairy Lords and Ladies of Dowsborough hill fort, the Black Dog of Bicknoller, the witch from Crowcombe…. The Quantock hills are full of tales about magical and wonderful characters and we want you to discover them!

This event will combine the wonderful storytelling of Clare Viner, with chances to explore your own creativity and learn about the landscape from Quantock Hills AONB rangers, all whilst having a leisurely walk through beautiful countryside.

Clare Viner has been researching and telling these stories for many years. She brings a drum, laughter and magic, inviting you to dream into the landscape and find your own playfulness there.

Meet 10.30am Dead Women’s Ditch (not as sinister as it sounds!) – follow the road up on to the hills from either Nether Stowey or Crowcombe. It is clearly marked as a stopping place and has parking. Bring a picnic lunch!

This event is free, but as numbers are limited, please email your request to book a place to

Heritage Open Days

Fri 7 & Fri 14 Sep, 10.30am – 3pm

As part of Heritage Open Days 2018 Halsway Manor will be open to the public for a limited time. Come and explore the manor and its grounds, read about its history and discover its secrets. Visitors do not need to book. Whilst no refreshments will be available, you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. Families and children welcome.

Travelling Library Tour Dates

See individual libraries for opening times at

Wed 1 Aug – Nether Stowey Library
Mon 13 Aug – Watchet Library
Wed 22 Aug – Taunton Library
Fri 31 Aug – Williton Library
Mon 1 Oct – Minehead Library
Tue 16 Oct – Porlock Library
Thu 1 Nov – Dulverton Library
Fri 2 Nov – Dulverton Library