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South West Region Trip to The Newt, Somerset

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


July visit to the Japanese Garden at the Newt


South West Region Event

Back by popular demand


We are delighted to invite you to visit the gardens at The Newt in Somerset, including their fantastic Japanese Garden. The Newt is a country estate with magnificent woodlands and gardens located in Castle Cary, Somerset. South West Japanese Garden Society members had an excellent visit in 2023, and we are returning by popular demand.

The visit will be led by Maiko Ishida, the designer and gardener responsible for looking after the Japanese Garden completed in November 2021 (see Shakkei Winter 2022-23 Issue). Maiko is also a Trustee of the Japanese Garden Society. The tour will include a lunch break at the Garden Cafe. Please see the itinerary below.

The invitation is open to South West Japanese Garden members only in the first instance and is limited to 20 members maximum.

Please note that as the gardens at The Newt are on a sloping site, and there are some steps in the Japanese Garden, this visit might not be suitable for people with mobility issues.



Only for JGS members. Non-members will need to sign up to the Japanese Garden Society.
Priority booking is given to members in the South West region, email southwest@jgs.org.uk if you would like to join from another region.

Normally, entrance to the gardens is for members of The Newt in Somerset only, at a membership cost of £68.00 per person. In this instance, entrance will be free for Japanese Garden Society members registering for this visit. You will be asked to cover the costs of your lunch.

Note the form needs to be completed once per attendee.


  • 9:15 am Arrival to visitor car park and start walking to college room.
  • 9:30 am  Guided tour of the Japanese Garden, followed by refreshments and Q&A
  • 11:00 am Free time to explore the garden
  • 1:00 pm Lunch (options will be shared following booking)
  • 2:30 pm The Story of Gardening (Garden Museum tour)
  • 4:00 pm Depart

Please note, Hauser and Wirth Somerset is a short drive from the Newt. It closes at 5 pm. We advise that those wishing to visit, omit the Story of Gardening.


Bamboo gate entrance to the Japanese Garden at the Newt in Somerset
Entrance to the Japanese Garden at the Newt in Somerset
Japanese Garden Society Members visiting the Japanese Garden at the Newt
Japanese Garden Society Members visiting the Japanese Garden at the Newt in 2023



July 13
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Newt
Castle Cary, BA7 7NG United Kingdom
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