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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
Wells Comedy Festival

After two years away, the team behind the Wells Comedy Festival present two nights of outstanding outdoor stand-up in Somerset in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.

On Wednesday 8 September catch Father Ted star and Irish stand-up superstar ARDAL O’HANLON. Plus Live at the Apollo and Taskmaster star PHIL WANG and Have I Got News For You’s KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN.

On Thursday 9 September catch QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You regular REGINALD D HUNTER. Plus fellow Live at the Apollo star FERN BRADY and West Country superstar and Snackmasters host JAYDE ADAMS.

Wells Theatre Festival
Wells Theatre Festival

July 2018 saw the first ever Wells Theatre Festival which brought an exciting programme of theatre and workshops to Wells. The Festival is the brainchild of Artistic Director Rosalind Johnson, former assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

WAC – Wells Art Contemporary
WAC - Wells Art Contemporary

WAC is an international visual arts competition and selling exhibition with a rising reputation. Originally set up to support emerging young artists, it now attracts work from across the globe.

Somerset Art Weeks Festival
saw somerset arts festival

To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, Somerset Art Weeks will host a diverse programme of inspiring exhibitions, events, films and installations in over 100 locations across Somerset, alongside exciting new commissions, group shows and education projects involving over 300 artists.
This showcase of contemporary arts and craft includes: ‘County of Contrasts’, SAW Craft Residency at Somerset Rural Life Museum; a special exhibition at Taunton Brewhouse; Creative Pathway and Project Development Bursaries; education programme plus family-friendly activities; specially-invited guest artists, curators and partner venues taking part; workshops, talks and guided visits.

Wells Food Festival
Wells Food Festival

A fun day out in October for all the family, celebrating Somerset’s rich farming and culinary heritage with over 150 local food stalls in the Artisan Market

nmw – new music wells

forty years of music: a celebration
Founded in 2008 by Matthew Owens, this innovative festival is a retrospective of sacred choral and organ music during all services since 1979. 2019 welcomed back Jonathan Dove CBE as our distinguished Composer-in-Residence.