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Hauser & Wirth Somerset
With galleries in London, New York, LA and Zurich, Iwan and Manuela Wirth made headlines in 2014 when they opened Hauser & Wirth Somerset, and subsequently catapulted Bruton to international fame. The farmstead turned futuristic exhibition space has since showcased some of the world’s most expensive art from the likes of Alexander Calder and Martin Creed. Outside, a perennial meadow and landscaped garden designed by Piet Oudolf is crowned by Smiljan Radić’s shell-like pavilion.
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Explore the countryside
The great thing about Bruton is that, beyond all the art and food and cider, the sprawling Somerset countryside is prime territory for a gander. The Macmillan Way and Leland Trail are popular among hikers, but if you fancy something shorter, stomp up to the 16th-century dovecot, cross the Packhorse Bridge or aim for the Stourhead Estate where King Alfred’s Tower has stood since 1772 – the views from the top are great. Bruton sits on the National Cycle Route too, so bring a set of wheels if you fancy a spin.
Bruton Art Factory
Heading to Bean Shot Coffee? Swing in next door where curator Suzanne Bisset’s Bruton Art Factory supports local and visiting artists. It’s a friendly, unpretentious place, where past exhibits include installations from Banksy’s Dismaland and an adjoining room recalls the Soho’s hedonistic Colony Room Club, frequented by the likes of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst in the 90s.
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Day trips and events
With Bruton as your base, many of Somerset’s chocolate-box villages are within a 20-minute drive. Take an excursion to on-trend Frome, the pretty market towns of Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet or Wincanton, home of Messums Wiltshire Art Gallery. Do check out Bruton’s events calendar, too – the annual Bruton Festival of Arts pulls in a lot of visitors.
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