Historic buildings open their doors for free in annual festival
On Thursday, September 12, an exhibition of pre-Raphaelite related pictures is on show at Chivers Farm, Stoke St Michael.
This is a chance to view a collection of pictures owned by the family of Sir Edward Burne Jones.
Tours run at 10am to 2pm for around 45 minutes.
The Dimmer landfill site and Carymoor Environmental Centre will both be open to the public to visit on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, with wildlife walks at 11am and 1pm.
There will be a range of activities to take part in at Carymoor, including a wildlife trail and some activities at the main centre.
Wildlife walks must be pre-booked in advance.
Meanwhile, a chance to see the Alfred Gillette Archive Office, at The Grange, Street, is offered on Saturday, with tours from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Join a talk and guided tour of the office housing Clarks' extensive shoe collection, business records and advertising memorabilia as well as family archives. Not suitable for under 16.
A talk on Quakerism is being given at Strode Theatre, in Street on Friday, September 13, at 7.30pm.
Lytes Cary Manor is opening with free entry on Saturday, from 10.30am to 5pm.
Pilton Tithe Barn is opening on Sunday, from 1pm to 4pm giving visitors the chance to view and be told about the repair and restoration of a 14th century barn, which lost its roof to fire in the 1960s.
Wells Cathedral is hosting a wide variety of events on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14.
A children's trail will run from 10am to 4pm each day as will embroidery talks in the quire at 11.10am and 11.40am on Friday and an hour earlier on Saturday.
A session on the Jesse Window is being held at 3.10pm and 3.40pm each day and the Chain Bridge, Vicars' Hall and Treasury Block will be open from 2pm to 4pm each day.
In addition to this, on Friday people can see the cathedral flower arrangers at work from 9.30am to 11am and can meet the artists from Timsbury Art Group in the Chapter House where their exhibition is being staged from 10am to 2pm.
There's also a chance to see the clock in the north transept and then follow a guide into the walls and up to the triforium to see the workings behind – tours are at 12.10pm and 12.40pm.
On Saturday a window of the month talk runs at 11.15pm.
A chance to visit the nave's west gallery is offered at 12.10pm and again at 12.40pm.
Finally people can sit in on choir practice from 4.15pm to 5.05pm in the quire.
The Grade I listed Bishop's Barn, in Wells is opening on Friday and Sunday, September 13 and 15, from noon to 4pm and on Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 4pm.
Some of the barn's more recent history will be on display in the form of old photos. maps and documents.
The Old Deanery in Wells is Grade I listed and will be opening from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 14.
Tours will be available with a member of deanery staff including seeing some medieval graffiti, an ancient fireplace and the grounds.
St Cuthbert's Church in Wells will be opening from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, and from 11.30am to 4pm on Sunday, September 15.
A special display will focus on the medieval reredos rediscovered in 1848.
Explore Wells and Mendip Museum, set in a Grade II listed building, founded by Herbert Balch in 1893.
The museum will open each day from 10am to 5pm apart from Sunday, September 15, when opening times are 1.30pm to 4pm.
Features include exhibits on caving and mining, the archaeology of Mendip, geology, local history, Victorian samplers, curiosities and special exhibitions.
Guided tours around exhibits and behind the scenes will be available along with a children's quiz.
Built in 1779 and Grade II listed, Wells Town Hall will be open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, September 15.
Most rooms in the town hall will be open and there will be films of local interest and displays from the city archives including several of the medieval city charters as well as exhibitions on Wells city police force (1836-1856), mace-bearers and railways in Wells. Films will be shown at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
All the tours of the former Shepton Mallet Prison are fully booked.
For more and booking information see the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk.