The Somerset Poppies

11th - 25th November 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Somerset Poppies is a public installation of artificial poppies, currently being displayed at The Bishop’s Palace until 25th November. The installation features 7986 poppies made by children at schools in and around Wells. Each poppy represents a serviceman from Somerset, or who served in a Somerset regiment, who lost his life in World War One.

The poppies will be on public display for two weeks, during which time the aim is to engage members of the public from across the county in the appreciation of collaborative artwork and county-specific heritage.

This collaborative art piece commemorates 100 years since the end of the conflict. Inspired by the Blood Stained Lands and Seas of Red display by Paul Cummings, and Rob Heard’s Shrouds of the Somme, the project has also engaged children in the appreciation of current artwork by contemporary artists.

Poppies can be purchased for £5 at All proceeds will be donated to the Wells branch of the Royal British Legion, and SSAFA, the armed forces charity.

The exhibition (11th - 25th November) is free to view, on the Croquet Lawn, and began with the ceremonial planting of the final poppy at 11am on 11th November.

Purchasing a poppy:
If you are unable to use Paypal to buy online, it is possible to pre-order a poppy by paying CASH between 10am and 4pm on the following dates: Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November 2018. Please speak to Dan Vidler or another member of the Somerset Poppies Team when you visit The Somerset Poppies at The Bishop’s Palace.

Collection arrangements:
All purchased poppies must be collected from the gazebo in the Free Area at The Bishop’s Palace on one of the following dates:

Sunday 25th November 10-4
Monday 26th – Friday 30th (inclusive) 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 10-4.