views surround you, forever changing. In one area of the garden,
you can view the four churches, Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Tor,
St Cuthbert's and St Thomas's, with the Vale of Avalon stretched
out before you. We use this wonderful setting to display works of
art and sculpture for you to enjoy while wandering around the garden
during our charity functions.
Our wish is to give people
pleasure, allow you to see sculptures in a setting that they relate
so well to. We aim to change our exhibitions several times during
the year to enable you to enjoy the changing seasons within the
garden, and stimulate your imagination.
six acres blend wild life ponds, formal ponds, walled garden, sunken
garden, small orchard, and the large variety of interesting plants
add to the enjoyment of this garden.
overlooking Wells Cathedral: St
Cuthbert's majestic tower, and St Thomas's spire, with Glastonbury
Tor as a background: you will understand when one says how lucky
I am to garden in such outstanding surroundings; everywhere one
turns a different vista appears.
Art in the Garden, and on other exhibition days, works of art
are displayed within the garden, supporting charities and many
of our local Somerset artists.
garden season starts with daffodils giving way to iris's, clematis,
roses, grasses, etc. This is a garden that everyone can aspire
to. The garden design is not based around the usual rooms, but
around vistas, with sculpture being used as accents. A garden
with your every day plants and also some special little gems.
house and gardens are situated at the top of Stoberry Park, overlooking
the historic City of Wells.
ponds, water features, sculpture and art for garden gourmets who
enjoy magnificent views, with easy access to a lovely arboretum,
and where accommodation is offered in one self contained studio
to the garden is only permitted by prior arrangement: see booking
form. We welcome groups and individuals who have pre-booked their
date. The Park is Private, and no entry is allowed without a confirmed
Stoberry House and Garden Bring your own Picnic
a Reception followed by a Taunton Thespians’
Open-Air Production of ‘London Assurance’
Stoberry Park, Wells
On Saturday the 27th June 2009
£18 if purchased by 13th June or £20 thereafter, including at Stoberry Park on the day of the performance
Tickets available from:
St John Ambulance, St John House, 60 Staplegrove Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1DH. Tel: 0182334592
LONDON Assurance, written by a young Irishman, Dion Boucicault in the 1840s, harks back to an earlier age. It is, in effect, a pastiche Sheridan comedy which had a strong influence on subsequent playwrights and, in particular, Oscar Wilde who was allegedly influenced by it when writing “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Sir Harcourt Courtly is a middle aged, somewhat overblown dandy and his son, Charles is a dissolute young man who sneaks out at night to gamble whilst his father assumes he is in bed.
Sir Harcourt has set his sights on a country girl, Grace, an heiress, as his second wife, and he sets off to the country to woo her. Charles secretly follows, under an assumed name, in order to evade his creditors; this he does at the suggestion of Dazzle, an enigmatic character who wheedles his way into the proceedings having brought Charles home from a night out, and who turns out to be the
deus ex machina for the resolution of the play.
In the country, Charles meets Grace who falls in love with him; his father becomes involved with a venal lawyer, Meddle, and the gloriously hearty larger-than-life Lady Gay Spanker, who flirts with him while sparring with her diminutive husband, ‘Dolly’.
After a series of misunderstandings and farcical occurrences, all is resolved – Charles wins Grace and everybody is happy.
Other characters include an urbane valet, Cool and Grace’s genial father, Harkaway