Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm. Closed Sundays.

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. Visitors will find a warm welcome and are invited to learn about the history and art of willow growing and basketmaking.

You will find a wonderful selection of basketware to buy, handcrafted from Coate's own willow, by their team of skilled basketmakers.

 

Enjoy free entry into the:
  • The Shop

The Shop stocks an enormous range of baskets, from the unusual and decorative to the practical, all made from our willow grown within 3 miles of the farm. Willow Furniture and garden items, as well as smaller willow to suit most pockets, are also displayed. If you cannot find the basket you want, a custom made service is available - browse our Gallery for examples.

A 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. Wildlife abounds here, so keep a watchful eye on the ditches, woods, fields and willow beds, you may find some real treats.

Willow is also sold, both for basket-making or as a living willow (in season), or green willow for garden structures. DIY kits for borders and climbers are also obtainable for those gardeners who enjoy a "hands-on" approach.

Video Room,  This 40 minute video tells our full story,  explaining the way we are keeping the best of this most traditional of industries, whilst also looking towards the future. To view our Visitor Centre film click here.

Basket Museum with its large display of both familiar and unusual willow artefacts. From busbys and bushel baskets to tricycles and traps, this museum is full of fascinating willow items from the past.
Just imagine a world without plastic....


Guided Tours
We  offer guided tours, these are conducted by our experienced staff and show all aspects of willow growing and processing and basket-making. Guided tours take place twice a day at 11am and 2.30pm Monday - Friday and take approximately 1 hour. There is no need to book in advance for these tours, just call into the shop and purchase a ticket. There are no guided tours on bank holidays.

Price  Adults £4.50 per person 
           Children (5-14 years) - £3 per person.
           Under 5's are welcomed free of charge. 

Group bookings and educational visits are very welcome, but by appointment only. Please contact Ellie Tee to discuss what your group requires and to arrange a booking.
Tel: 01823 490249 
Email: ellie@englishwillowbaskets.co.uk

  
 
 

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Our Willow Museum

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Willow Drying

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Tearooms and Wildlife!

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Willow basketmakers at work

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Over-looking Haymoor from Windmill Hill

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