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  • The Wheatsheaf

    Masterchef semi-finalist Ollie Hunter and wife Lauren bought The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton Foliat in November 2015...»

  • Sticks & Stones

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

  • 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 ...»

  • Buckerfields Barn & Sonia's Plants

    Buckerfields Barn Apartments in Ogbourne St George adjoin The Ridgeway, Europe’s oldest thoroughfare,...»

  • Clementine's Shop

    “My mother ran Compton Marbling for over 35 years and organized gift fairs in the courtyard of our family home. When I moved back, I realised it was the perfect opportunity to create exactly the shop I’d always wanted.”...»

  • 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. ...»

Music Festival Round up

Sam Bertram

5 May 2018

A music festival is the perfect excuse to listen to great music, camp out, dress up and dance like no-one is watching. We’ve put together a list of Wiltshire’s best in 2018.   Manton Fest – Saturday 30th June – Marlborough A small one-day charity fundraising music festival held annually in the village of Manton in beautiful surroundings. Perfect if looking for a fun afternoon and evening out with the family. A taste of the line-up: Katrina of the waves, John Coghlan’s quo, Whole Lotta Led, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Barrelhouse, Empty Gestures, Skedaddle & more. Child friendly and under 7s go free.   Once upon a time in the west – 13th to 15th July – nr Trowbridge and Westbury An extremely friendly small festival with fun features like ‘Universally Challenge – The Gameshow’. 2018 has a medieval dress theme and the Djin Palace returns for late night dj'ing and gin and cocktails. It’s a great space for kids with a climbing wall for all ages, cardboard creations and trapeze skills. New for 2018 is a quiet area for camping for families.  A taste of the line-up: The Showhawk Duo, The Swinghoppers, Swing, Funky house, Electro Beats and Phat Sam.   Boondocks Festival Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July – Malmesbury A chilled, family friendly event offering music, food, local beers and ciders. Camping & day passes available. 2 outdoor stages and a small fairground and outdoor skate park. A taste of the Line-up: Confirmed acts include Imperial Leisure, 3 Daft Monkeys, Jeramiah Ferrari, Normanton Street, Wasabi, The Drystones, Will Lawton and Weasel Howlett, Circus VIII, Felix Hagan and The Family, Caro, and more. There's many more still to be announced.   Larmer Tree festival- Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July – Tollard Royal Known for its fabulous location and range of things to do with its outdoor theatre and international street eats. They’ve also been awarded the UK Festival Awards for ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Toilets’ by festival goers for the coolest, cleanest loos! This year they’re introducing their new 'Larmer Spa in the wilds' nestled deep in the woods complete with wood fired hot tub, therapists and gong bathing! Camping & Glamping. A taste of the Line-up: Tune Yards, Nick Mulvey, Sonhoy Blues, Nadine Shah, The Barr Brothers, Hudson Taylor & more.   WOMAD – 26th to 29th July – Malmesbury A global fiesta of music, food, dance & art. Visit The World of Art, World of Children, World of Words, The Physics Pavilion, Taste the World or escape from festival craziness in the World of Wellbeing. Take a workshop – try anything from African drumming to acapella singing, from Beatboxing to Brazilian dance. There’s also a WOMAD spa. Camping & Glamping. A taste of the Line-up: Amadou & Mariam, Mr Jukes, The Original Gypsies of Camargue, Amparanoia, Camille, Django, Daara J Family.    Avebury Rocks Music Festival – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July See performers in a field near to the famous standing stones of Avebury – all proceeds go towards supporting the care and services provided by local charity Prospect Hospice. Camping & day passes available. A taste of the Line-up: Chloe Mogg, Lottie Jenkins and Burbank, Natalie Shay, Ministry of Samba and more.   Fieldview festival – 2nd to 5th August – Little Sommerford A reputation as being Wiltshire’s biggest little festival raising money for good causes since 2009. 2017 saw the introduction of their beautiful new woodland chill out area. Camping & Glamping. Line up still to be announced.   Festival on the farm, Purton – Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August A small festival on an organic family farm. So while you can drink from the licensed bar you can counteract your alcohol intake with some lovely organic produce!  Children are welcome and under 10s go free. Paintball, face painters, Bouncy Castle, Rodeo Ride. Camping & day passes available. A taste of the line-up: Binomial, The Go Go Five, Vice Versa, Penfold and Hooch, The Blind Lemon Blues band and more. A review: Superb little festival with amazing talents and friendly people...good vibes all round.   Cock & Bull Festival, Jamie’s Farm – Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August - Corsham A festival for mind, body and soul – an intimate event with a social purpose at the heart of the party. Special in the fact it's run by and for local charity Jamie's Farm.  Mediation, yoga, Thai chi, farmer Olympics & community feasting (all food sourced from Jamie’s Farm) at the food barn. Dedicated kid’s space with lots of activities. Camping & day passes available. A taste of the Line Up: Brooke Sharkey, Double Bass Dan, The Embers Collection, Don’t tell your mother, Nkomba and more.   End of the road – 30th August to 2nd September – Larmer Tree Gardens Best medium sized festival – UK festival Awards 2017.  Music, comedy & Literature. A taste of the Line-up: Vampire Weekend, St Vincent, Feist, Yo La Tengo, Ezra Furman, Jeff Tweedy, John Cale & More.   Minety Festival – 29th June to 1st July In its 2nd year it was shortlisted for the UK Festival Awards in the Best New Festival Category. Raising money for raise funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Combat Stress and Naomi House & Jacksplace Hospice. A taste of the Line-up: Chesney Hawkes, The Dirty Smooth, The Hallows, Tom Forbes, The Shadow Monkeys. Kid zone with free caving, Slacklining, bouncy castle, circus skills, inflatable slide & assault course.    


Top Bluebell Spots

Sam Bertram

25 April 2018

Startling, bright colours are one of the wonders of nature and no more than the carpet of blue flowers in our woodlands in spring.   We asked around for people’s favourite bluebell spots in Wiltshire and it’s no surprise we got an overwhelming response. So here  are our recommendations from Wiltshire locals…   1. The top spot goes to West Woods which the majority of people named as their favourite. Situated just outside Marlborough near the village of Lockeridge it’s a beautiful plantation of beech trees on a former ancient woodland site and the bluebells are magnificent. Note for dog owners:  If you want to avoid the crowds Nordic Walking with Ashley have found some lovely ones on foot. Gopher Woods has some bluebells - on the walk from Knap Hill to Oare.   2. Closer to the Dorset border and Tisbury? Try the Larmer Tree or one local described a magical bluebell wood you can see from the road. Leave Clementine’s Shop, and continue to the Bath / Shaftesbury road. Just before the road there is a hump back bridge and to the right a stunning bluebell wood with a stream running through it. (Please note: unknown if on private or public land so please check if investigating!). Win Green near Ludwell is also good as well as Ashmore just over the border in Dorset.   3. On the Wiltshire / Oxon Border you’ll find Badbury Hill near picture perfect Coleshill with its secret Second World War history. Overlooking the Vale of the White Horse it’s an Iron Age fort with a stunning bluebell woodland.   4. Devizes locals love the bluebells that grow alongside white wild garlic at Wheelers Wood on the road between Sandy lane (with its well preserved thatch cottages) & Lacock. Erlestoke wood is also a favourite and Potterne wood.   The 32 acre Oakfrith Woodland in Urchfont dates back to the 18th Century and is one of the few remaining areas of significant woodland in the Pewsey Vale. In early spring bluebells cover the woodland floor.   5. If you live a little nearer Bath, Quarry Hill Woodland on Devizes Road in Box has some lovely displays.   6. Closer to Warminster the woods around Longleat are a must visit & if you head to Heaven’s Gate at the top of Prospect Hill you’ll see more while enjoying the views across the parkland of Longleat and Longleat House.   7. Malmesbury locals recommended Sommerford Common as a good spot. Go to Brinkworth and turn up Stoppers Hill towards Minety. It’s an extensive mixed woodland run by The Forestry Commission.    8. On the Wiltshire / Berkshire border the Littlecote grounds have lovely bluebells and a beautiful Roman mosaic and the remains of a Roman Villa, so get your history fix while you’re there.   9. It’s important not to forget our treasured National Trust Properties - Lacock & Stourhead both have displays of bluebells alongside other spectacular spring flowers.   10. Closer to Swindon are Ashen Copse in Wroughton & Pinkcombe wood in Hodson. Quidhampton Woods near Wroughton are on the slopes up to Bincknoll Castle, a hill fort overlooking Swindon. Take in the panoramic views while you get your fix of blue. There's also Hagbourne Copse right in the middle of Swindon.   11. Three years ago 7000 bluebell bulbs were planted by residents and the council in Milford Hollow near Laverstock in Salisbury so fingers crossed they produce a beautiful display.   12. Around Calne & Chippenham Bowood House opens it’s Woodland Garden from 28th April where you can see Rhododendrons amongst the bluebells. Mortimers Wood is just south of Chippenham near Pewsham Way – a small area of ancient woodland with recorded history dating back over 800 years.   13. Jubilee Lake in Royal Wootton Bassett has lovely bluebells in its woodlands. Complete with children’s playground and tea rooms you can stay for a bite to eat or enjoy a picnic by the lake.    14. Grovely Wood in Great Wishford is the largest tract of private woodland in Southern Wiltshire straddling the Wyle and Nadder vallies. The carpet of bluebells are stunning.   TAKE NOTE: Hopefully it’ll be dry and the sun beating down but if not don’t forget your umbrella!   Got some more suggestions? Contact us on Twitter or Facebook or email us on and we’ll add them in.


Easter Holidays

Easter Holidays

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