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  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks and Stones is a stylish, lifestyle shop wrapped around a cosy and relaxed café alongside the Woodborough Garden Centre, ...»

  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks and Stones is a stylish, lifestyle shop wrapped around a cosy and relaxed café alongside the Woodborough Garden Centre, ...»

  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

    Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has existed since the 60s with the aim of reconnecting people with their local wildlife and landscape....»

  • Troutbeck Guest House

    Troutbeck is a stunning guesthouse located opposite the Michelin starred Red Lion at East Chisenbury. ...»

  • Marlborough College Summer School

    In 1978, thanks to an air traffic controller’s strike, the presenters from the BBC “Holiday” programme had to cancel their planned trip to Spain ...»

  • Marlborough College Summer School

    In 1978, thanks to an air traffic controller’s strike, the presenters from the BBC “Holiday” programme had to cancel their planned trip to Spain...»

  • Nordic Walking with Ashley

    Ashley Sandy learnt to Nordic walk when living in Switzerland in 2006, and has always been interested in improving her own health. ...»

Healthy Spring Food

Lucinda Bevan

28 March 2018

Longer days at last, spring is springing we hope although there is a threat of more snow to come. Fear not regardless of freezing temperatures the buds are bursting through, the sun is giving out some warmth, we will soon have the first crop of delicious spring vegetables.  At this time of year we crave lighter fresher foods, our need for heavier warming foods diminish. Typically we want to spring clean our houses equally we feel the need to cleanse our bodies.  Spring is the natural time to cleanse, to rid the body of impurities built up over the winter months, you can do this simply and gently yourselves by eating the ‘right’ foods.  • Wild foods like dandelion, nettles, wild garlic and wild sorrel support the liver, that amazing organ that has so many functions particularly that of detoxification. Pick the young fresh leaves, steam, blanch or eat raw. Pestos and dressings are fantastic. • Include lots of fresh vibrant greens including kale, watercress, purple sprouting broccoli and spring greens all stuffed full of vitamin C helping to support the immune system. • Eat good quality proteins, it’s worth spending a little more on meat and fish knowing they come from sustainable sources. • Include grains such as spelt, amaranth, wild rice and quinoa avoiding refined foods.    Pesto Good bunch wild garlic 60g cashews – lightly roasted Dijon mustard Rapeseed oil Extra virgin olive oil Lemon juice   Simply whiz all the pesto ingredients together, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. So good served with roasted vegetables, drizzled over steamed fresh greens. Lucinda Bevan is a nutritional therapist & chef with a keen interest in the brain. She provides one to one consultation, advises businesses & restaurants on nutrition and runs lively and informative nutritional cookery demonstrations. Next course is Super Veg on Wednesday 19th April  www.lovefood.uk.com  

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Cycling with kids

Sam Bertram

4 April 2017

It’s the holidays and often the best fun is discovering the countryside on foot or by bike. A family cycle ride gives lasting memories. We’ve asked around and here are some top tips on places to cycle with the kids this holiday. 1. The Learners Some trails are just too bumpy for beginners so an easy cycle path is what you’re after. Lydiard Park in Swindon gives plenty of space to practice with the added bonus of an ice cream at the end.  If ice cream is a good incentive there’s another easy trail from Devizes along the canal to the café at Caen Hill locks. Cycling around Coate Water Park in Swindon is also easy fun. 2. Fun but not too challenging Cycling along the Kennet & Avon Canal is easy, peaceful and beautiful. Start at All Cannings bridge car park and cycle towards Pewsey. Salisbury plain has lots of trails as does Savernake Forest and can provide endless fun for all the family. There are lots of off road quieter paths in the Cotswold Water Park, and being flat it’s a breeze. National cycle route 24 and 25 go through the Longleat Estate so pick it up there for a family bike ride. Brinkworth, near Malmesbury has a market with coffee shop every Wednesday morning so a reward awaits after a cycle on one of the many surrounding rural paths. The Ridgeway is great for cycling with sweeping views but can be bumpy in parts. Pick up the trail at Hackpen hill and cycle towards Avebury or from Bishopstone to the Uffington White Horse. The Marlborough Downs byway to Barbury Castle is also great fun. 3. Keen to stretch your legs a little more? There’s a great cycle trail from Salisbury Cathedral to Stonehenge. Mostly off road along the river and bridleways it skirts around Old Sarum castle remains with the grand finale being the approach to Stonehenge as you cycle up the hill. The North Wiltshire Rivers route is part of National Cycle Route 4 and links Melksham, Lacock, Chippenham, Calne, Cherhill and Avebury. The route is mostly traffic free part of which goes along the River Avon and Wilts & Berks canal as well as taking in lots of sites of historic interest. 4. The experienced who want to take it up a level Mountain biking on the Stourhead Estate – an annual permit will let you cycle at any time of the year. Tidworth free ride bike park has lots of jump and stunts.  It’s got 6 downhill tracks a progressive jump area and BMX dirt trails. No Bikes? Head to the Cotswold Water Park where you can hire bikes for all the family. Pick up a bike in Bradford on Avon and head along the Kennet and Avon Canal towards Bath or Devizes.      

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Easter Holidays

Easter Holidays

Easter Holidays are nearly here. Spring can be a fabulous time of year for getting out and enjoying the countryside.

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