Please note that postcodes given for venues are approximate. Using the postcode in your car GPS will not necessarily get you exactly to the venue. Look out for signs.

STEP 1, 8 July to 17 October
Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC) – Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU See Google map link or copy these coordinates into Google maps: 51.210466, -2.487618
01749 840156
Open every Wednesday 9.00am to 4.00pm and for Special Events

SESCDuck on Diatom Duncan Elliott's Age of StoneLichen by Fiona Campbell at Somerset Earth Science CentreTessa Farmer

List of artworks at SESC and location map, click to enlarge:
SESC map

SESC list of work

STEP 2, 15 August to 18 October
SESC plus…
Halecombe Quarry – Leigh on Mendip, BA11 3RD
OS Map ref: ST702475
See Google Map link or copy these coordinates into Google maps:  51.227542, -2.430431  Parking here (start of trail) is in a layby with space for about 4 cars. You can also access the trail from Leigh on Mendip village where roadside parking is quite easy or you may use the village hall car park.
Open 7days a week, daylight hours

Christina WhiteCastle School led by Suzie GutteridgeFiona Campbell - Vertical (detail)Nick Weaver n collaboration with Fiona Campbell

List of artworks at Halecombe and location map, click to enlarge:

HALECOMBE MAP WITH NUMBERSHalecombe Outdoor prices-map

Westdown/Asham Quarry – near Chantry, BA11 3LY – this postcode is not at the quarry, just nearby in Chantry. Look out for signs to the quarry from Chantry village. This is a fairly long walk in a remote area, about 30 minutes from the entrance to the furthest artwork, so we recommend you enjoy it with a companion.

If you plan to visit Westdown/Asham, do download Ralph Hoyte’s GPS activated poetry app to your smartphone.

OS Map ref: ST716461
See google map link or copy these coordinates into Google maps:  51.213867, -2.406549
Open 7days a week, daylight hours

Sign at WestdownStuart Frost - PavimentumBunker circa 1970's Westdown Quarry grid ref ST717456 pigment inks on Somerset enhanced paperSally Kidall - Lest we Forget: is enough enough?

List of artworks at Westdown/Asham and location map, click to enlarge:

WESTDOWN MAP WITH NUMBERSWestdown Outdoor pricesmap


STEP 3, 3 to 18 October – Finale fortnight tying in with Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015 Momentum programme.

Preview Friday 2 October 6.00 – 8.00pm, Black Swan Arts (free event, all welcome)

SESC, Halecombe and Westdown/Asham, plus…
Fairy Cave Quarry – Limekiln Lane, Near Oakhill, BA3 5JG
Map ref: ST656476
See Google map link or copy these coordinates into Google maps: 51.227899, -2.493892
Open 11.00am to 6.00pm daily. Fairy Cave Quarry is definitely not to be missed but be aware that parking near the quarry is very limited. Please park considerately and if possible car-share, cycle, walk or use the bus. The Cerberus Speleological Society has kindly agreed to let us use their nearby lodge for overflow parking. It is on Fosse Road, 100m west of the Limekiln Lane crossroads. The walk back to the quarry is 1km (about 12 minutes). Please park with consideration for the cavers. The area is very popular with cavers particularly at weekends.

Tessa Famer 'The Emergence' tufa, plant roots, insect wingsFairy Cave QuarrySuzie GutteridgeCath BloomfieldBron Bradshaw

List of artworks at Fairy Cave Quarry and location map, click to enlarge:

Fairy CaveFairy Cave Outdoor price-map

Black Swan Arts Centre (BSA) – 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB
01373 473980
Open 10.00am to 4.00pm Mon-Sat and Sun 4 Oct, Closed Sun 11 and 18 Oct

Black Swan ArtsDuncan Cameron sketchbookscarolinesharp pioneer seeds 2015Cath BloomfieldRalph Hoyte

Frome Museum – North Parade, Frome, BA11 1AT
01373 454611
Open 10.00am to 2.00pm Tues to Sat and Sun 4 Oct, Closed Sun 11 and 18 Oct

Frome MuseumRim

Finale Friday 16 October 7.00 – 9.00pm, Somerset Earth Science Centre (free event, all welcome)


Visiting by Public Transport – information, links and directions

Visiting by Car – directions, look for signs with the step in stone logo at turnings.

Walking – suggested walks and directions


Forthcoming Events

Artmusic Performances and Ralph Hoyte’s Soundwalk

Family Day


Quarries are dangerous places!

–  please keep to the trails and adhere to guidelines
–  no toilets at Halecombe & Westdown/Asham quarry venues
–  limited parking facilities
–  limited mobile phone signal
–  stay away from rock faces and cliff edges
–  keep children supervised –  no climbing on rocks or sculptures
–  rough paths, so wear stout footwear
–  paths may be slippery or muddy.  If wet, please take care
–  limited wheelchair access at some venues
–  please report any damage

Information sheets available at each venue


SIS Ad 2 (93mm x 136mm)

TRAIL LEAFLET – Limited edition prints of the map in this leaflet are on sale at several outlets (Black Swan Arts, Frome Library/Tourist Information, East Somerset Railway, SESC, Shepton Mallet Tourist Information). If you would like to buy but can’t find one please ask.

SIS Leaflet Final, Finalpage 1

SIS Leaflet Final, Final page 2


Guide to venues, artists and dates

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