English Willow Baskets - Visitor Centre
The Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre is the home of P. H. Coate & Son, founded by willow grower and merchant Robert Coate in 1819, and still run by the Coate family today.
The Centre is owned and run by the Coate family, who have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels since 1819. Visitors will find a warm welcome and are invited to learn about the history and art of willow growing and basketmaking. The Centre was opened by David Bellamy in 1987 and has proved a huge tourism success for Somerset.
You will also find a wonderful selection of basketware to buy, handcrafted from Coate's own willow, by their team of skilled basketmakers. Why not call in to our tea rooms to enjoy tea and a homemade cake after your stroll around the centre!
Enjoy free entry into the:
- Video Room, where our short video depicts the way we are keeping the best of this most traditional of industries, whilst also looking towards the future.
- Basket Museum with its large display of both familiar and unusual willow artefacts.
- Levels and Moors Exhibition highlighting the history of both the beautiful countryside and this most traditional of English industries.
- Environmental Interpretation. This display tells the story of the way water has shaped the Somerset Levels and continues to play a major part in life here today.
- Daily Tours of the Basket Works. 11am and 2.30pm Monday - Friday (duration approx 1 hour). Adults & Children over 5 @ £3 per person. Under 5's free (no booking necessary). Group bookings welcome - please call Sam or Jean on 01823 490249 to arrange these.