Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm. Closed Sundays.

Come and see the willow industry … from the Withy Bed to the Basket at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre … the Centre is owned and run by the Coate family, who have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels since 1819.  Entry to the Visitor Centre is free to include Basket Museum, Willows & Wetlands DVD, Willow Walks, and Retail Courtyard - you will find a warm welcome and are invited to learn about the history and art of willow growing and basket making. Dogs on leads are welcome to all areas.   

Guided Tours

We offer guided tours, these are conducted by our experienced staff and include all aspects of willow growing, processing and basket making.

Guided tours lasting approximately one hour take place twice a day at 11am and 2.30pm Monday - Friday. There is no need to book in advance for these tours, just call into the shop and purchase a ticket. There are no guided tours on bank holidays.

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst circumstances surrounding the Corona Virus are so uncertain, we are remaining open until further advice is issued by the Government.   In order to protect our staff we have decided to suspend guided tours but visitors are still welcome to come and look around, view the museum and shops and use the cafe.

Price Adults £5.50 per person
Children (5-14 years) - £3.50 per person.
Under 5's are welcomed free of charge.

Groups and educational visits are very welcome, but by appointment only. Please contact Ellie Tee to discuss what your group requires and to arrange a booking - Tel: 01823 490249 or email: info@coatesenglishwillow.co.uk

Basket Museum and Willows & Wetlands Film

This unique private collection of willow baskets and related items was started by Chris and Anne Coate in the early 1970's and continues to grow today.   Browse through our rare collection of baskets dating from the 1850s to the present time.  There is something to amaze, amuse and inspire all ages.

Willows & Wetlands Film

You can watch our film "The Heart of the English Willow Industry" in the comfort of the museum.  This 40 minute film takes you through the almost 200 year history of this family business and the fascinating story of the annual willow growing cycle.  It explains the way we are keeping the best of this most traditional of industries, whilst also looking towards the future.

Willow Walks

Our free Willow Walks leaflet is available in the shop. There is a gentle walk through our withy beds, or a longer circular walk along the River Tone and up to the viewpoint on the top of Windmill Hill. Here you can sit and take a rest and enjoy the view across Hay Moor and Curry Moor to the far distance.

The Shop

In our shop you will find an enormous range of baskets, from the unusual and decorative to the traditional and practical. There are baskets for shopping, logs, and storage together with willow furniture, bird feeders, fencing hurdles, plant climbers, sculptures and much more. If you can’t find what you are looking for please discuss your needs with a member of staff as we do offer a bespoke service and can make to your own measurements or replicate basket styles.

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