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Romeo and Juliet

7pm (gates open from 6pm) For 400 years the tragedy of Shakespeare’s ‘star cross’d lovers’ has gripped audiences with its perfect blend of excitement, heart-stopping thrills and the most famous balcony scene in theatre history! Between this tale of feuding families, two young lovers, driven by youthful passion and blind love, enter a forbidden relationship. Faced with banishment and separation they hatch a drastic plan with terrible consequences . . . Can true love conquer all? With Elizabethan costume, music and dance this all male cast production is sure to be the must-see open air hit of the summer. Settle back and be swept up in the romance, the drama and the tragedy that is — Romeo & Juliet. Tickets are available from the Palace shop, by clicking the link on this page or by phoning 01749 988111 ext 200 and, as ever, the bar and BBQ will be open. Adults £16.50, Children £10, Family £45 and we offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To ensure you safely recieve your tickets, any booked and paid for online or by phone after Tuesday 29 July will be here for you to collect on the night. Online and phone bookings close on Saturday 2 August at 5pm. Tickets will be available to buy on the night
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Community Garden Activity: What time is it in the garden?

12pm - 2pm How did people tell the time when they didn’t have a phone or watch? There are lots of different ways you can do this, so come along to the Community Garden to find out how. You will have the chance to make a sundial to take and try at home.
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Family Activity: Gardens

11am - 3pm Have you explored the gardens here at the Palace? Everyone has their favourite thing about the gardens especially in the summer when they are at their most abundant. Why not come along and make your own piece of garden to take home with you?
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Palace building & Created In Somerset closed

To help you plan your visit we'd like to inform you that Palace building and the Created In Somerset exhibition will be closed for a private function today. The gardens and Chapel remain open and entry is half price. Café and shop accessible all day for free as usual.
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Created In Somerset: Stained Glass Demonstration

2pm - 4pm Local artist, Avril Silk, talks about the creativity and skill required to create such stunning stained glass pieces as we have in the Created in Somerset exhibition.
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Community Garden Activity: Be a gardener for an hour

12pm - 2pm Have you ever looked at our Community Garden and wondered what it would be like to help us out? Come along and see! You will be helping us to do whatever needs doing in the garden - perhaps a spot of weeding, watering or even maybe some harvesting! Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting muddy, and some sturdy shoes.
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Family Activity: Weather

11am - 3pm Here in Somerset we can experience all kinds of unpredictable weather, even in the summer! Come and find out all about how weather works and make your own rainbow, wind-sock or wall hanging!
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A History of Britain

7.30pm (gates open from 6.30pm) Mud, blood and stiff upper-lips! It's the History of Britain as you've never seen it before. Harold II and William the Conqueror don't see eye to eye. Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn't enough. Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused. What a load of old monarchs! Tickets are available from the Palace shop, by clicking the link on this page or by phoning 01749 988111 ext 200 and, as ever, the bar and BBQ will be open. Adults £14, Children £10, Family £42 and we offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To ensure you safely recieve your tickets, any booked and paid for online or by phone after Tuesday 12 August will be here for you to collect on the night. Online and phone bookings close on Friday 15 August at 5pm. Tickets will be available to buy on the night.
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Weird and Wonderful Wells

12pm - 5pm throughout the city A free family day in Wells celebrating the weird and wonderful history of the city. Organised by the Wells Civic Society, the day will include a fancy dress parade, the Mayor in stocks, gory Cathedral tours and much more! Join us at the Palace* from 1pm for more fun in the stocks, terrifying tales of the Palace Jail and a medieval weaponry display on Palace Green. For the most up to date information go to http://wellscivicsociety.org.uk/weird-wonderful-wells/ *These activities are on Palace Green or in the free area of The Bishop’s Palace. Normal admission applies to the Palace, gardens and Chapel on this day.
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Community Garden Activity: Wildlife in the garden

12pm - 2pm The Community Garden is teeming with wildlife, especially at this time of year. Come and be a wildlife explorer – see what you can find and learn about how you can encourage wildlife to your own garden.
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Family Activity: Bugs

11am - 3pm How many creatures will you see on your visit to the gardens today? Join us in the Stable Yard activity room and you can make your very own creepy crawlies to take home!
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Late Night Cafe opening and Tour with the Head Gardener

An out of hours tour starting at 7pm. Your chance to ask our Head Gardener for his hints and tips as he takes you on a special out of hours tour of the Palace gardens. Enjoy a glass of wine on arrival! Why not come a bit early or stay on after the tour and make the most of The Bishop's Table cafe staying open until 8pm. Tickets are £10 and are available from Moira on 01749 988111 ext 200 or in the Palace Shop.
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Bowlore Medieval Weekend

11am - 5pm Learn all about what life would’ve been like when the Palace was first built. We’re delighted to welcome Bowlore to the Palace this August Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring a medieval encampment; have-a-go archery range; sword lessons; a hands-on armour and weapons display; and an archery and sword show. There is something to keep everyone entertained!
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Bowlore Medieval Weekend

11am - 5pm Learn all about what life would’ve been like when the Palace was first built. We’re delighted to welcome Bowlore to the Palace this August Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring a medieval encampment; have-a-go archery range; sword lessons; a hands-on armour and weapons display; and an archery and sword show. There is something to keep everyone entertained!
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Bowlore Medieval Weekend

11am - 5pm Learn all about what life would’ve been like when the Palace was first built. We’re delighted to welcome Bowlore to the Palace this August Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring a medieval encampment; have-a-go archery range; sword lessons; a hands-on armour and weapons display; and an archery and sword show. There is something to keep everyone entertained!
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Chapel Organ Recital: Simon Taylor

2.30pm Join us in the Chapel as Simon performs music by Bach amongst others on the Chapel organ. The size of the organ and the intimate setting allow Simon to play pieces not usually heard in larger recitals.
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Family Activity: Dragons

11am - 3pm Do you know the legend of Bishop Jocelin and the dragon? Come along and find out more about the ancient legend from the Palace’s history and take your own dragon to take home!
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The Bishop's Table - Evening Opening

6pm - 8pm Join us on a summers evening and enjoy views of the Palace whilst tucking into snacks and drinks from The Bishop's Table cafe. No booking necessary.
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Palace building & Created In Somerset closed

To help you plan your visit we'd like to inform you that Palace building and the Created In Somerset exhibition will be closed for a private function today. The gardens and Chapel remain open and entry is half price. Café and shop accessible all day for free as usual.
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