Wellbeing at the Palace

Wellbeing at the Palace

At The Bishop’s Palace, we value physical and mental wellbeing. Throughout the year, we offer a range of events and activities designed to encourage visitors to experience the many benefits of exercising in our open spaces and finding solace in our tranquil gardens.


Silent Space in the Quiet Garden

Silent Space is a registered charity that encourages gardens, open to the public, to set aside a quiet place for people to enjoy the restorative benefits of connecting with nature.

For the last hour of each day we are encouraging visitors to the Palace’s Quiet Garden to turn off their phones, put down their cameras and enjoy the benefits of silence as part of this initiative, starting from 10th October 2022 – World Mental Health Day.

Visit their website HERE

Tai Chi For Wellbeing

We’re delighted to be continuing to host weekly Tai Chi for Wellbeing classes in our magnificent gardens throughout 2024 (Thursdays, 11am-12pm).

Led by local practitioner John Beasley, who has over 20 years of Tai Chi experience, the sessions are suitable for all regardless of age or ability and run every Thursday from 11am to 12pm. Tai Chi is a non-competitive martial art known for both its defence techniques and its health benefits.  As an exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.

Booking is not required but attendees will require a valid entrance ticket to the Palace. There is no additional cost for the sessions although an optional £5 donation in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice can be made. This event is included with any general admission ticket to The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, including The Bishop’s Palace Admission Ticket and Membership.

So, take control of your wellbeing this Spring and join John and others in the beautiful surroundings of the Palace Gardens (or occasionally inside in bad weather).

Wellbeing Walks

From January 2024…

Monthly Wellbeing Walks take place on the first Tuesday of every month, at 11am – from January 2024 (rolling event).

The Wellbeing Walks will include a 30-minute walk within the local area.

These walks are free to Bishop’s Palace Admission Ticket holders.

Meeting Point: Just past the Lodge by the entrance gate

The Syrens Cycling/Walking Trail

Boost your wellbeing with a mindful walk or cycle from The Bishop’s Palace as part of the Syrens Walking/Cycling Trail to Glastonbury Tor. This 10 mile round trip weaves through the beautiful Somerset countryside and guides you to several syren bells which all play a slightly different note when you ring them.

The entire trail follows a section of the National Cycle Route 3 so keep an eye out for the blue signs which will help to guide your way.

This trail offers a fantastic opportunity to discover new insights about the stunning scenery of Wells and beyond while reaping the benefits of physical exercise for your wellbeing.

Click the link to download a copy of the Syrens Walking/Cycling Trail map.