Visit Hillbrush Opening Times (21st July 2017)

Please note that due to a private event taking place at Visit Hillbrush, the visitor centre will be closed to the public between the hours of 10:30am – 12:45pm on Friday 21st July, 2017.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We will be reopening at 12:45pm and business will carry on as usual, so we hope to see you in the afternoon for tea and cake and (hopefully) sunshine!

Free Tennis Giveaway to Celebrate Wimbledon

To celebrate the Wimbledon finals, this weekend we are giving away free kid’s sports packs to the first 10 visitors (with children) to Visit Hillbrush who are interested in signing up to Game Set & Match Tennis Academy. The packs include a branded water bottle, children’s tennis cap, drawstring bag and flyers. We will hand out 10 packs on Saturday 15th July and 10 more packs on Sunday 16th July, so you are in with two chances of collecting one of these super freebies!

Terms & Conditions

Packs will be handed out at staff’s discretion. The decision on who is entitled to a pack is final. One pack per child/person. Please note: this offer is intended for those between the ages 4 – 12, but coaching and sign-ups are also available for teens and adults.

Wine Tasting With Yapp Brothers

Thank you to everyone who attended our first event at Visit Hillbrush. Our Wine Tasting and Live Music evening, in partnership with Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants of Mere was a great success. We had around seventy people in attendance and anyone visiting the centre during the day might have noticed something was afoot, with Yapp’s signature van sitting conspicuously in our car park.


The festivities kicked off at 6:30pm with a wide variety of wines available for tasting, ranging from reds, whites and rosés to cater to different palates. We were lucky to have such a gorgeous evening which meant a lot of the merriment could take place outside on our terrace.


Yapp’s in-house band Ziggurat provided an up-beat backdrop of French inspired music.  Instead of remaining stationary the band weaved among guests from time to time. This versatility meant that their performance was much more personal, and they really felt like part of the crowd.


We look forward to holding many more events in the future. If you missed out this time around or you would like to keep up to date on what we have in the pipelines, you can find our events page here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and announcements.

360° Google Image Tour of Visit Hillbrush

If you’ve been wondering what we have on offer at Visit Hillbrush, or you’ve already been to see us and you simply want to relive your experience, you can now take a sneak peek inside our restaurant, museum and shop via our 360° Google Image Tour!

Andy Fletcher at 360image visited us recently and set up the tour and we are extremely grateful to him for highlighting all the different and fascinating aspects of the centre. You can even step outside onto our terrace or into our car park for a look around.

See the tour below on our blog. Or alternatively click here and then click the images on the Google Maps sidebar (where our Visit Hillbrush details are listed).

You can find Andy at the following places:

@afletchphotoFacebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Google+

Foodie Feature – Macaroni Cheese

Today we are featuring our Ricotta and Butternut Squash Macaroni Cheese served with Garlic Ciabatta. This works great for either lunch or dinner; the macaroni cheese is quite light and creamy, but with the garlic ciabatta this dish becomes rather filling. It’s one of our vegetarian dishes (although carnivores will also enjoy it, as it’s so tasty!). The garlic bread is crispy on the outside and deliciously warm and buttery.

You can find a full menu of our dishes and drinks by clicking here. If there is anything not on the menu, or anything you are unsure of, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The Hillbrush Timeline, Live at Visit Hillbrush

Our Hillbrush timeline has been a long time in progress, with all of the image hunting, composition and design happening behind the scenes in secret. We are utterly delighted to tell you that the timeline is now up in our visitor centre and looking amazing! It features an extensive history of the company, including tidbits of info, dates that directors started working at Hillbrush, how the company has developed along with the rest of the world, and many photos spanning 1922 to the present day.

Each piece was individually printed and placed on the wall by our good friends Freestyle Designs in Bath who do such superb work. You can see a snapshot of the timeline being installed below.

Here is the finished artwork. Of course nothing beats coming to Visit Hillbrush to see it in person!

Great Pit Stop For Glastonbury Festival Goers

Glastonbury festival gates open this evening and it looks like the week is going to be a scorcher. With many of you travelling through the area we imagine you’ll be looking for ways to keep cool, hydrated and well fed! We welcome festival goers to our restaurant where we offer a nice selection of beers, as well as many non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks! Our menu is packed with variety, and all ingredients are locally sourced because we believe in supporting fellow local businesses.

We hope you will drop by on your way either to or from the festival! Find us just off the A303, Gillingham/Mere exit.

Wine Tasting and Live Music at Visit Hillbrush with Yapp Brothers

Date: Thursday 6th July

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Tickets: £15

Venue: Visit Hillbrush, Norwood Park, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6FE

E: events@hillbrush.com

T: 01747 860494 and press option 2 (office hours only)

We are delighted to collaborate with Yapp Brothers wine merchants to host an evening of wine tasting and live music at Visit Hillbrush. This event celebrates the launch of our visitor centre in picturesque Mere, Wiltshire. Guests will be able to browse the brush museum and gift shop, while Jason Yapp and Meirion Williams are on hand to talk you through some of their latest and most delicious wine discoveries. Canapés and aperitifs will be served on arrival, and house band Ziggerat will provide music throughout the evening.

Numbers are limited so book promptly to avoid disappointment! Our booking form is now live. You can purchase tickets any time via an order form on our website here: www.visit.hillbrush.com/events/ or by phoning us during office opening hours.

Mere Flower and Music Festival is Underway

Mere Flower and Music Festival is well underway and we wanted to share some photos of the incredible flower arrangements. Massive thank you to Pammy Coward for putting together this stunning, colourful flower-and-brushes display. It must have taken ages and it’s so eye-catching, a real burst of colour. We are proud to represent Hillbrush and Visit Hillbrush at the festival and we hope people will drop in to see us on their travels.

If you would like to see more photos from the show that we have taken, please click to see more.

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New Sponsor: Game Set & Match Tennis Academy

Visit Hillbrush is delighted to be partnering up with Game Set & Match Tennis Academy in a sponsorship branding exercise to promote our businesses throughout Wiltshire, Dorset, and Somerset. GSMTA has been running for 15 years and specialises in providing professional tennis coaching at Sports Centres, Tennis Clubs, Pre-Schools and Primary schools. GSMTA does amazing work for local sport specifically enabling and inspiring pre-schoolers, primary children and adults to become more confident, involved and active by promoting healthier more active lifestyles. To find out more about GSMTA and their all year round coaching courses, Holiday Camps, Early Years and Primary School programmes, please click onto the following links, email or call for more information.

www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/gsmta | www.facebook.com/dinkytennis | www.facebook.com/gsmta

CALL: 07918 617 950 | EMAIL: gsmta@icloud.com

Visit Hillbrush is proud to partner up with GSMTA and literally “get the ball rolling” with our special brand relationship, so keep an eye out on this blog and on our social media pages in the coming months as we have many exciting ventures in the pipeline.

Review Catch Up

Regardless of the rainy, blustery weather we have been having lately, people have been popping in to see us and try our restaurant. We’ve found a couple of reviews about Visit Hillbrush and wanted to share what others have been saying about our visitor centre.

First, The Dorset Foodie Family posted about a recent visit, encouraging people to give us a try if they haven’t already. They also included some excellent photos of their coffee and cake!

We were also reviewed by Taste of the West, whose aim is to promote fantastic local food and drink in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. You can read their review here.

If you see any write ups or reviews, or if you have written one yourself and would like us to share it on our social media, please get in touch. And if you are in the area, pop in and say hello. We would love to meet you!

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