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City of Wells

The City of Wells is a beautiful destination, rich in culture and history. It boasts magnificent architecture, including the 13th century Cathedral and the uniquely moated Bishop’s Palace.

Famous as England’s ‘smallest city’, the many attractions are within easy walking distance of each other, and there are plenty of places to eat, and to stay, close to the Festival venue. The area around the city is also worth a visit with the Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Kilver Court Gardens and Glastonbury Tor all a short drive away.

Wells Tourist Information
Visit the Wells Tourist Information website

Tourist information for the City of Wells and the surrounding area including maps, plus places to eat, drink, visit and stay. Telephone: 01749 671770

City of Festivals

Wells boasts a range of festivals which showcase a wealth of local and national talent: in addition to our own Festival of Literature there are festivals of Music, Art, and Food during a spectacularly festive autumn! At other times of the year the city plays host to a Drama festival, a Comedy festival and a brilliantly illuminated carnival. Wells may be small, but it holds a proud place in the festival world… The city also boasts highly popular bi-weekly markets, regular craft fairs and a full season of events hosted by both the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace.

Wells Comedy Festival 27-29 May 2022

Wells Comedy Festival

England’s Smallest City Hosts a Big Weekend of Stand Up.

Featuring Harry Hill, Al Murray The Pub Landlord, Reginald D Hunter, Shaparak Khorsandi, Phil Wang, Lou Sanders, Mark Thomas, Isy Suttie, Jamali Maddix, Mark Watson, Mike Wozniak, Nick Helm, Spencer Jones, Sophie Duker, Dane Baptiste, Rhys James, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Paul Foot and many more.

Wells Theatre Festival 7-10 July 2022

Wells Theatre Festival

Complementing the current Wells Literary, Arts, Comedy and Food festivals, the Wells Theatre Festival aims to attract a theatre-going public of all ages, whilst also encouraging young people to participate in theatre practice. Oscar winning actress, Dame Judi Dench and renowned director, Sir Richard Eyre are patrons for the festival.

WAC – Wells Art Contemporary 30 July – 28 August 2022

WAC - Wells Art Contemporary

WAC provides two ways for artists to exhibit their work: artworks in the gallery around the Cathedral cloisters; and installations within the Cathedral and its grounds. A highlight of the city’s cultural life, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 24 September – 9 October 2022

saw somerset arts festival

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2022 will feature new and exhilarating commissions, group shows, participatory activities and film screenings. The Festival encourages collaboration and an artist-led approach to create exciting new works, reflecting the vibrant and diverse arts and culture of Somerset that can be enjoyed by all.

Wells Food Festival 9 October 2022

Nearly 200 local traders will be showcasing and selling artisan food and drinks, street food and homewares in the Market Place, the Town Hall, along the moat and in the recreation ground. Also included will be a selection of South West artisan food and drink producers from beyond Somerset.

The festival is free to enter and family friendly.