Events at The Castle Hotel in Taunton  Supporting Arts Taunton

The Castle Hotel has been hosting events in Taunton for more than 40 years.

From chamber music weekend concerts to comedy nights, arts & crafts workshops to the Castle art talks, you are sure to find some of the best entertainment in Somerset on our events calendar. 

Tickets can be purchased online below. If you have any questions, our Box Office team are happy to help and are available between 10.30am and 4.30pm Monday-Saturday.

Please ring 01823 328303 or email us at events@the-castle-hotel.com.

Business Networking

25 May 2016 – 30 Nov 2016

Business Networking

From 08:15 - 10:00 

Breakfast, coffee and networking

 

Wednesday, 27 July at 6PM - BBQ £20 per person

Let’s Talk Networking with Tanya Mann Rennick

A motivational talk on networking - Tanya discovered that following certain principles, there are proven shortcuts to harness success in any area of business and personal life, even in the face of extreme adversity.

Tanya is an international motivational speaker, exclusive life coach, author and presentation skills trainer.

Tanya's Black Pearl Club dinner guests have included founder of the Big Issue John Bird, founder of Kid's Club Company Camila Batmanghelidjh, Paralympic Gold Medalist Marc Colborne CBE and Lord Jeffrey Archer. tanyamannrennick.com

You are invited to join us for a business networking evening BBQ.

18:00 - Welcome drink & networking

18:30 - Let's talk networking - Tanya

19:15 - BBQ in the gardens weather permitting

20:30 - Finish or carry on

Download flyer here 

Contact kevin.smith1@santander.co.uk or 07912 977995


Ticket Prices

  • General Admission   £15.00
  • General Admittance - BBQ   £20.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Wednesday 25 May 2016 8:15 am 2 General Admission   £15.00
Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 6:00 pm 35 General Admittance - BBQ   £20.00
Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 6:01 pm 35 General Admittance - BBQ   £20.00
Wednesday 28 Sep 2016 8:15 am 35 General Admission   £15.00
Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 8:15 am 35 General Admission   £15.00

Talks at the Museum

10 Mar 2016 – 8 Jun 2016

Talks at the Museum

 

The Changing Face of Taunton 

Wednesday, 4th May at 7.30pm

The Changing Face of Taunton 1750-2015

A special talk by Tom Mayberry to coincide with Captured in Time: The Art of Harry Frier

 

James, Duke of Monmouth

 

Wednesday, 8th June at 7.30pm

The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth

Talk by Anna Keay

 


Two-course, pre-talk dinner in BRAZZ* & ticket: £26 per person

Price includes free parking at The Castle Hotel!



THE MENU

 

Soup of the Day

or

Salmon and Haddock Fish Cake with Leeks and Lemon Butter Sauce

or

Chicken Liver Parfait with Brioche and Cumberland sauce

* * *

Seasonal Risotto

or

Salmon, Pomme Puree, Spinich and Chive Butter Sause

or 

Lamb Shoulder Ragu and Pecorino Cheese 

* * *

Lemon tart

or

Ice Cream

or

Cheese £3 supplement


* Select from the above reduced menu.  You may select either a starter & main course, or a main and pudding.  If you choose 3 courses, there will be an additional £6 charge.

Ticket Prices

  • 2-course dinner & ticket   £26.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Wednesday 8 Jun 2016 7:30 pm 20 2-course dinner & ticket   £26.00

Painting with Light

28 Jul 2016

Painting with Light

Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age

From 11 May until 25 September 2016, Tate Britain presents the first major exhibition to celebrate the spirited conversation between early photography and British art. It brings together photographs and paintings including Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic and British impressionist works.

Spanning 75 years across the Victorian and Edwardian ages, the exhibition opens with the experimental beginnings of photography in dialogue with painters such as Turner and concludes with its flowering as an independent international art form.

Stunning works by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Whistler, John Singer Sargent, John William Waterhouse and others will, for the first time, be shown alongside ravishing photographs by pivotal early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron.  

‘From today, painting is dead’ said painter Delaroche on seeing the first daguerreotype. However, Trish Jones would like us to consider the vital association between early photography and painting of the period and debate whether the two mediums were mutually dependent, generating a creative charge.

Ticket Prices

  • Admittance with Wine & Nibbles   £21.50

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 28 Jul 2016 6:00 pm 49 Admittance with Wine & Nibbles   £21.50

Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice

15 Sep 2016

Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice

Castle Literary Talk with David Coubrough

Each summer a group of families holiday together in St Ives, Cornwall.  The parents eat, drink, play sport, shop and frequently argue, while their teenage children hang out and enjoy the odd holiday romance. Then, in 1972 their lives are shattered and they never meet up again.

In a lane near the village a night porter is found fatally poisoned. Later that day the body of a man is washed ashore under mysterious circumstances, apparently drowned.  All five fathers are questioned but released, and no-one was ever charged. 

For Grant Morrison, then aged seventeen, it was the last family holiday, the last golden summer.  The devastating events troubled him for decades and finally, nearly forty years later, he decides it’s time to find out the truth, revisiting the Cornish places of his youth.

It could cost him his life, but he had to find out…

 

Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice by David Coubrough

ABOUT DAVID COUBROUGH

David Coubrough David spent 35 years in the hospitality industry so a hotel in St Ives was the natural location for his first crime novel.  After starting as a trainee manager at the Goring Hotel in London, he founded the specialist hospitality firm Portfolio Recruitment in partnership with two others in the 1980s, where he became chief executive, and has been company director and member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and chairman of Bespoke Hotels. He has also been a director at Maldon Sea Salt and is on the board of Bloomsbury Properties. He is co-owner of the Beehive pub and restaurant in Berkshire and is now working on his second novel.






Ticket Prices

  • General Admittance with Coffee (please arrive by 10.45)   £15.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 15 Sep 2016 11:00 am 70 General Admittance with Coffee (please arrive by 10.45)   £15.00

Experiencing Egypt

13 Oct 2016

Experiencing Egypt

3 Years in Cairo During the Early 1980s

Experiencing Egypt is a personal and visual record during what was perhaps one of the most pivotal moments in modern history. 

Janet Diamond lived in Cairo during three years which spanned the civil uprising and subsequent assassination of President Anwar Sadat.  Her personal experience and photographs paint an intimate portrait of daily life and struggle within the Egyptian capital that is rarely seen through mainstream media accounts.

She’ll also touch on a personal guided tour of the oldest boat in the world - the 4600 year-old Solar Barque of Khufu - with Kamel El-Mallakh, the very Egyptologist who discovered it.  And an unusual visit to the Valley of the Kings, including some lesser-known, but very important pyramids - and more.

Janet's personal experience of day-to-day life and sheer enthusiasm for both the people and culture will keep you captivated from beginning to end. We do hope that you can join us for what, we believe, will be an interesting and highly entertaining morning.

ARRIVAL FROM 10.15 AM FOR COFFEE, TALK BEGINS AT 10.30 AM.

Large groups (10+) can book on discounted rate of £10 per person.  Please ring 01823 328303 or email events@the-castle-hotel.com to book group discount.


JANET DIAMOND...

Travel has always been a big part of my life, and I consider myself fortunate indeed to have lived in Germany, the Far East (Singapore and Hong Kong), Egypt and South Africa.

This life of travel has fostered in me a fascination of the world at large and a love of learning about new lands, their people and cultures.  And it was Egypt above all that impacted on me and my life.  

History has always fascinated me and, during my time in Cairo, Egyptology became my focus, developing a fascination for the subject which has never left me.

My home is now in the West Country – where I worked in the worlds of teaching and training, and now as a speaker delivering talks on my time in Egypt and on Egyptology.

My presentations have been written from a personal experience of living in Egypt and the realization of how vast, complex and unique is the history of this ancient land.

I was overawed to discover the empire of ancient Egypt lasted an incredible 3000 years.  My talks have evolved from my own attempts to make sense and understanding of this complex and enduring history.

Ticket Prices

  • Ticket including pre-talk coffee   £15.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Thursday 13 Oct 2016 10:30 am 65 Ticket including pre-talk coffee   £15.00

Ladies' Indulgence Evening

8 Nov 2016

Ladies' Indulgence Evening

Admission at 6pm or 7pm

A fun and decadent evening for the ladies. 

  • Live Music
  • Cupcake Decorating, Cocktail Making, Cookery, Beauty & Floristry Demonstrations
  • Mini Spa Treatments
  • Craft, Gifts, Fashion Stalls and Much More

Tickets just £10, include a welcome drink with canapés. 

Ticket Prices

  • General Admittance   £10.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Tuesday 8 Nov 2016 6:00 pm 100 General Admittance   £10.00
Tuesday 8 Nov 2016 7:00 pm 98 General Admittance   £10.00

The Schubert Ensemble

18 Nov 2016 – 20 Nov 2016

The Schubert Ensemble

Great Piano Quintets

18–20 November 2016

The Schubert Ensemble
William Howard piano
Simon Blendis violin
Alexandra Wood violin
Jane Salmon cello
Douglas Paterson viola
Peter Buckoke double bass

With musically-illustrated talks by members of the Ensemble.


The Schubert Ensemble is one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Their programme concentrates on piano quintet repertoire, taking us on a journey of just over a century, from the early works with double bass to the rich repertoire of Romantic quintets for piano and string quartet.

The Schubert Ensemble, formed in 1983, is established as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. It has performed worldwide and has recorded over thirty critically-acclaimed CDs. The group appears regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, and has an established relationship with King’s Place which has resulted in a number of concert series. This is the ensemble’s third music weekend at The Castle Hotel in Taunton.

Their programme includes some of the most important works for piano quintet, including Robert Schumann’s Quintet in E flat, written in 1842, the first notable work written for piano and string quartet. Widely acclaimed at the time, it inspired many later Romantic composers to write in the genre, including Brahms, whose monumental F minor Quintet is one of the most frequently performed of all, and Dvořák, whose contribution is infused with Czech folk song and dance.

We also hear Franck’s passionate Piano Quintet, Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite First Piano Quintet (Op.89) and a rarely heard but gorgeously lyrical work by Bruch. The final concert of the weekend returns to the early nineteenth century with Hummel’s Quintet in E flat Op.87 (1802) and Schubert’s much loved Trout Quintet, which both feature double bass in the line-up.

Members of the ensemble give talks and demonstrations before the performances, a feature of their concerts for which they are famed and which they do brilliantly.


The Programme


Concert 1

Friday 18 November 2016, 6.00pm

Musical introduction & talk at 5.30pm

Bruch, Piano Quintet in G minor Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Concert 2

Saturday 19 November 2016, 11.00am

Musical introduction & talk at 10.30am

Schumann, Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 Franck, Piano Quintet in F minor

Concert 3

Saturday 19 November 2016, 6.00pm

Musical introduction & talk at 5.30pm

Fauré, Piano Quintet No.1 in D minor, Op.89 Dvořák, Piano Quintet in A, Op.81

Concert 4

Sunday 20 November 2016, 11.00am

Musical introduction & talk at 10.30am

Hummel, Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.87 Schubert, Piano Quintet in A, D667, The Trout

Ticket Prices

  • Morning Concert (Concerts start at 10.30am)   £24.00
  • Evening Concert with Interval Drink (Concerts start at 5.30pm)   £25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 18 Nov 2016 5:30 pm 60
Saturday 19 Nov 2016 10:30 am 58
Saturday 19 Nov 2016 5:30 pm 55
Sunday 20 Nov 2016 10:30 am 60

Christmas Party Nights

16 Dec 2016 – 22 Dec 2016

Christmas Party Nights

Friday, 16th December & Thursday, 22th December from 7.00pm

Join us on one of our two party nights this Christmas!  

You'll enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival at 7.00, followed by a 3-course dinner at 7.20pm  and then you can dance the night away at your private disco.  




The Menu

Starters

Spiced Carrot & Orange Soup, Coriander Cream and Croutons

Smoked Salmon with Beetroot and Horseradish

Ham Hock Terrine with Castle Orchard Apple Chutney and Toasted Brioche  

 

Main Course

Roast Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage and Mozzarella Cheese

Pan Fried Fillet Cod with New Potatoes, Spinach, Chive and Lemon Butter Sauce

Roast Somerset Turkey with Apricot Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes, Sprouts, Root Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce and Gravy

 

Desserts  

Chocolate, Chestnut and Cranberry Roulade

Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Apple, Pear and Golden Raisin Crumble with Custard

Selection of British Cheeses with Grapes, Chutney and Biscuits    


Ticket Prices

  • Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   £45.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 16 Dec 2016 7:00 pm 76 Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   £45.00
Thursday 22 Dec 2016 7:00 pm 140 Glass of Fizz, Dinner & Disco   £45.00

The Wihan Quartet

13 Jan 2017 – 15 Jan 2017

The Wihan Quartet

Concert 1: Friday 13 January, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Dvořák Cypresses for String Quartet (selection)
  • Mozart String Quintet No.4 in G minor, K.516
  • Dvořák String Sextet in A, Op.48

Concert 2: Saturday 14 January, 11.00am  Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

  • Dvořák Cypresses for String Quartet (selection)
  • Beethoven String Quintet in C, Op.29
  • Schubert String Quintet in C, D956

Concert 3: Saturday 14 January, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Dvořák Cypresses for String Quartet (selection)
  • Dvořák String Quintet in E flat, Op.97, American
  • Brahms String Sextet No.1 in B flat, Op.18

Concert 4: Sunday 15 January, 11.00am  Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

  • Dvořák Cypresses for String Quartet (selection)
  • Mozart String Quintet No.3 in C, K.515
  • Brahms String Sextet No.2 in G, Op.36

Ticket Prices

  • Morning Tickets (CONCERT STARTS AT 11AM)   £24.00
  • Evening Tickets (CONCERT STARTS AT 6PM)   £25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 13 Jan 2017 5:30 pm 64
Saturday 14 Jan 2017 10:30 am 64
Saturday 14 Jan 2017 5:30 pm 64
Sunday 15 Jan 2017 10:30 am 64

London Bridge Trio & Friends

3 Mar 2017 – 5 Mar 2017

London Bridge Trio & Friends

Concert 1: Friday 3 March, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op.17
  • Robert Schumann Piano Trio No.2 in F

Concert 2: Saturday 4 March, 11.00am  Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

  • Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat
  • Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66

Concert 3: Saturday 4 March, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Mendelssohn Lieder (selection to be confirmed)
  • Schumann Liederkreis Op.24 & Dichterliebe Op.48

Concert 4: Sunday 5 March, 11.00am  Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

  • Mendelssohn String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13
  • Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat

Ticket Prices

  • Morning Concerts   £24.00
  • Evening Concerts   £25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 3 Mar 2017 5:30 pm 64
Saturday 4 Mar 2017 10:30 am 62
Saturday 4 Mar 2017 5:30 pm 64
Sunday 5 Mar 2017 10:30 am 64

The Vienna Piano Trio

14 Apr 2017 – 17 Apr 2017

The Vienna Piano Trio

Concert 1: Friday 14 April, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Mozart Piano Trio No.6 in G, K.564
  • Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 (1899)
  • Schubert Piano Trio No.1 in B flat, D898

Concert 2: Saturday 15 April, 11.00am  Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

  • Haydn Piano Trio in B flat, Hob.XV:20
  • Herzogenberg Piano Trio No.2 in D minor, Op.36 

Concert 3: Saturday 15 April, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Schubert Sonata for cello & piano in A minor, D821
  • Schubert Fantasy in C for violin & piano, D934
  • Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8

Concert 4: Sunday 16 April, 6.00pm  Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm

  • Haydn Piano Trio in G, Hob.XV:25, Gypsy Rondo
  • Schubert Piano Trio No.2 in E flat, D929

Concert 5: Monday 17 April, 11.00am  Pre-concert talk at 10.30am

  • Schubert Sonata Movement in B flat for piano trio, D28
  • Schubert Notturno in E flat for piano trio, D897
  • Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97, Archduke

Ticket Prices

  • Morning Concert   £24.00
  • Evening Concert   £25.00

Performances

Date Time Available Tickets Purchase Online
Friday 14 Apr 2017 5:30 pm 64
Saturday 15 Apr 2017 10:30 am 64
Saturday 15 Apr 2017 5:30 pm 64
Sunday 16 Apr 2017 5:30 pm 64
Monday 17 Apr 2017 10:30 am 64