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Philip Tonkyn’s “Ancient Landscapes” exhibition to open at the Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palacein Wells will be holding a new exhibition of works by artist and photographer Philip Tonkyn. Entitled “Ancient Landscapes”, the exhibition will feature stunning images of famous landscapes and landmarks from around the Glastonbury and Wells area.

Tonkyn’s long-held interest in visionary art now underlies his photography. He captures tangible images of sacred landscape by merging up to forty-nine photographs into detailed and luminous panoramas. These often cover a greater than a 270 degree angle of view, far wider than that which may be seen in a single glance. Their intensity of detail, extreme wide angle of view and liminal locations creates the dreamlike sensation of moving through landscapes which are both close to and distant from one’s viewpoint.

Philip Tonkyn is a life-long practising artist, illustrator, photographer and art teacher. His work has been widely published and exhibited, including works hung at the Royal West Academy Open Exhibitions 156, 158 and 165 and the Open Photography 2 Exhibition.   Brought up in Glastonbury, Philip Tonkyn attended Wells Cathedral Junior School and Crewkerne Grammar School. In 2007 Philip Tonkyn returned to live in Glastonbury with his wife Caroline. They produce prints and cards celebrating their love of Glastonbury, the ancient Avalon.

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Philip Tonkyn’s “Ancient Landscapes”

3 July – 23 September10:00am – 5:00pm

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells, BA5 2PD

A family building their tent at the campsite during the South West Outdoor Festival at Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Fancy camping at Cheddar Gorge?  Book your tickets for the Top of the Gorge Festival!

Launching on the weekend of the Summer Solstice (22-24 June), the inaugural Top of the Gorge Festival will be a weekend-long carnival of outdoor activity attracting adventurers, outdoor lovers, campers and day visitors from across the South West and well beyond. The festival features everything from large competitive events (trail running and mountain biking) and small-group activities (climbing, caving, kayaking and walking) through to stargazing, wild-food foraging, campfire cooking, bushcraft, barefoot walking, archery and axe throwing.

The event will also have a strong epicurean element, celebrating the local produce and quality food scene, from dairy delights to strawberries, ales and cider. And when they’re not out working up a sweat, or sating a well-earned appetite, festival-goers will enjoy a range of excellent entertainment, including inspirational speakers, adventure films, campfire storytelling sessions and live bands. The line-up includes sets from Sam Green and the Midnight Heist (a surfy roots and rock band from Devon’s Atlantic Coast), Crinkle Cuts (a 7-piece funk/ska band from Bristol), Windslide (an Americana trio from Exeter) and Priddy’s folk sensations, The Drystones.  For more information, please see:  

*Glamping venue of the week*

Middle Stone Farm, Brompton Ralph, Somerset, TA4 2RT

Middle Stone Farm is a 32 acre working farm on the eastern edge of Exmoor in the Brendon Hills.  With panoramic views towards the hills there are six luxury glamping lodges, a bespoke cabin and a holiday cottage each with their own wood fired hot tub.  Five of the safari lodges sleep up to 6 people and the 6th is a very large lodge which sleeps up to 8 people.  Two of the safari lodges are dog friendly.  Outside along with the hot tubs are barbecues, outdoor seating, hammocks and swing ball.  There is a farm shop on site open to guests during the glamping season, it is well stocked with plenty of local products, free range meat and eggs from the farm, local beers and ciders (and Exmoor Gin) along with lots of basics you might need for your holiday too.  SPECIAL OFFER: Middle Stone Farm is offering £100 OFF mid-week stays to couples staying outside school holidays, a child under the age of two may also stay for free.  For more information, please visit

Have you seen the Somerset and Exmoor Images Gallery?  For magnificent images of Somerset and Exmoor, click here:, then let us know which ones you’d like for publication.

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