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Wiveliscombe Tourist Information

Wiveliscombe Community Office

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They’ve been turning water into beer in Wiveliscombe for more than two centuries – but not just any old water.

The sandstone aquifers of the Brendon Hills to the north of the town – where the River Tone has its source – produce a soft water which is as good as anything you’ll buy in a bottle. And it was this natural resource which led to the Hancock family establishing their brewery here in 1897.

Hancock’s (and later Arnold and Hancock’s) ales soon became renowned throughout the West Country though, apparently, there were few drinkers more enthusiastic than the townsfolk themselves: at one time Wiveliscombe boasted 36 pubs, half of them tied houses owned by the brewery.

But then, since half the local workforce worked at the brewery perhaps it was in the interests of the local populace to consume its products quite so enthusiastically.

The brewery closed in 1959, the victim like so many others of mergers, take-overs and the growth of giant companies in the brewing sector. But while its iconic, redbrick buildings on Golden Hill still dominate the skyline Wiveliscombe equally retains its brewing tradition.

Award-winning Exmoor Ales moved into part of the old brewing complex in 1980 and now produces a rage of craft ales which sell the length and breadth of the country. It’s since been joined by Cotleigh Brewery, which also takes advantage of that magical local water.

Wiveliscombe, just a 15-minute drive from Taunton, is a delightful town to visit with plenty of historic buildings to admire and some excellent independent shops.

But whatever you do don’t leave without trying a pint….

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  1. 80s Party!

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    80s Party!

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    Participatory Event

    Taunton

    The Into The 80s Tribute Band are such fun to have at Oake Manor. If you love the 80s you wanna see them perform!

    We love Into The 80s no one gets a party going like them!!

    Tickets for this...

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    15 Apr 2017 To 15 Apr 2017
  2. ABBA Tribute Night

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    ABBA Tribute Night

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    Music

    Taunton

    WE LOVE ABBA SENSATION!!! Find out why by checking out their amazing website ~ www.abbasensation.com!

    The unique Sensation ABBA Tribute show is unparalleled to any other ABBA Tribute show you may...

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    From:
    14 Apr 2017 To 14 Apr 2017
  3. Bon Jovi Tribute Evening

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    Bon Jovi Tribute Evening

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    Music

    Taunton

    Bon Giovi lead by Andrea Ojano were formed in August 1999, they have over 16 years experience, touring all over the world!

    They cover every aspect of Bon Jovi's extensive career including all the...

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    From:
    31 Mar 2017 To 31 Mar 2017
  4. Café Random’s “Festive Christmas Cracker”

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    Café Random’s “Festive Christmas Cracker”

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    Participatory Event

    South Street, Wiveliscombe

    Festive food; Entertainment; Fun, games and activities
    Plus Santa's elves and helpers
    A great start to your Christmas
    You will need to pre-book, entrance by ticket only
    Tickets £8 available from...

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  5. Ceilidh in aid of the Mayor's charities

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    Ceilidh in aid of the Mayor's charities

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    Taunton

    Live Music - Ceilidh Dance Band "Fresh Aire"
    Light supper and dessert included

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  6. Christmas Carol Concert

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    Christmas Carol Concert

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    Christmas

    Taunton

    Christmas Carol Concert with In Ecclesia
    Sunday December 18th, 7.00 pm
    Milverton Parish Church
    Carols for listening and carols for singing, seasonal readings and a few surprises
    Conductor: Laurence...

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  7. Cinema Obscura presenst - The Great Beauty (2013) cert 15 135mins

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    Cinema Obscura presenst - The Great Beauty (2013) cert 15 135mins

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    Show/Display

    Wiveliscombe

    Dir: Paolo Sorrentio (in Italian and English Subtiles)
    Jep Gambardella, a 65 year old jouralist and once promising novelist, lives an easy life among Rome's decadent high society in a swirl of a...

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  8. Cinema Obscura Presents - About Elly Cert 12 114mins

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    Cinema Obscura Presents - About Elly Cert 12 114mins

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    Performance

    Wiveliscombe

    A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce...

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  9. Cinema Obscura Presents - The Lunchbox Cert PG 104mins

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    Cinema Obscura Presents - The Lunchbox Cert PG 104mins

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    Performance

    Wiveliscombe

    A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in...

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  10. Cinema Obscura Presents Joyeux Noel (2005) Cert 12 116mins

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    Cinema Obscura Presents Joyeux Noel (2005) Cert 12 116mins

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    Wiveliscombe

    Dir: Christian Carion (in English, French & German)
    On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French and Scottish regiments face each other from their trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an...

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  11. Cornflower Cottage

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    Cornflower Cottage

    Taunton

    Cornflower Cottage is an enchanting, luxury...

  12. Cotleigh Brewery

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    Cotleigh Brewery

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    English

    Wiveliscombe

    Cotleigh have been brewing in the West Country...

  13. Dick Whittington Comedy Christmas Dinner

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    Dick Whittington Comedy Christmas Dinner

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    Comedy

    Taunton

    A special edition of Dick Whittington for your Christmas pleasure, sit back and enjoy a delicious gourmet three course meal while four of the finest actors in the land recreate the classic Dick...

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  14. Exmoor Ales

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    Exmoor Ales

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    English

    Wiveliscombe

    Brewed in the historic Somerset brewing town of...

  15. Family Disney Show

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    Family Disney Show

    Type

    Family

    Taunton

    Jmes and Murphy Productions are proud to present The Dazzling Disney Show!! This magical all singing, all dancing show presents songs from some of the greatest Disney films and musicals of all...

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    From:
    7 Apr 2017 To 7 Apr 2017
  16. Higher House

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    Higher House

    3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    Nr Taunton, Blackdown Hills

    This spacious airy apartment is on the second floor of a converted barn standing in five acres featuring a lake with wild flower meadow, formal gardens and lawns, as well as fields and woodland areas...

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    Price from £275.00 to £485.00 Per unit per week
  17. Hurstone Nature Reserve

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    Hurstone Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Wiveliscombe

    The Reserve is made up of woodland from the embankments of the approach to the former railway viaduct. The site also adjoins grassland and ancient deciduous hedgerows. The ground flora is dominated...

  18. Jessie J, PINK and Katy Perry Tribute Evening

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    Jessie J, PINK and Katy Perry Tribute Evening

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    Music

    Taunton

    Three of the most popular female solo artists will be featured on this fantastic tribute evening at Oake Manor Golf Club! Tickets for this jam packed night of amazing entertainment are just £12!!...

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    10 Mar 2017 To 10 Mar 2017
  19. Las Vegas Christmas Show

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    Las Vegas Christmas Show

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    Taunton

    Be transported to Las Vegas for the night this Christmas!

    You will be greeted by our fantastic Las Vegas Showgirls, you will then be shown through to your candlelit table for the evening...

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  20. Lavender Barn

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    Lavender Barn

    Taunton

    Lavender Barn is a fabulous six bedroom barn...

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