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Meare Green Court, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, TA3 6HY
The Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre is the home of P. H. Coate & Son, founded by willow grower and merchant Robert Coate in 1819, and still run by the Coate family today.
Come and see the willow industry … from the Withy Bed to the Basket at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre … the Centre is owned and run by the Coate family, who have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels since 1819. Entry to the Visitor Centre is free to include Basket Museum, Willows & Wetlands DVD, Willow Walks, and Retail Courtyard - you will find a warm welcome and are invited to learn about the history and art of willow growing and basket making.
We offer guided tours which are conducted by our experienced staff and include all aspects of willow growing, processing and basket making.
Our free Willow Walks leaflet is available in the shop. There is a gentle walk through our withy beds, or a longer circular walk along the River Tone and up to the viewpoint on the top of Windmill Hill. Here you can sit and take a rest and enjoy the view across Hay Moor and Curry Moor to the far distance.
In our shop you will find an enormous range of baskets, from the unusual and decorative to the traditional and practical. There are baskets for shopping, logs, and storage together with willow furniture, bird feeders, fencing hurdles, plant climbers, sculptures and much more. If you can’t find what you are looking for please discuss your needs with a member of staff as we do offer a bespoke service and can make to your own measurements or replicate basket styles.
Onsite retail businesses include The Lemon Tree cafe, Withies Delicatessan, Edwina's Flowers, Hatty's Attic and Pallker Art Glass.
Dogs on leads are welcome to all areas.
Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 5pm
Monday to Friday: 11am and 2.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
Approx. 1 hour
**Check times with venue before visiting**
Children (5-14 years) - £3.50
Under 5's FREE
No need to book in advance for these tours, just call into the shop and purchase a ticket.
**Prices correct at time of publication**
Coates English Willow
Meare Green CourtStoke St GregoryTauntonSomersetTA3 6HY
T: 01823 490249
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