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  • Red Lion Freehouse

    Michelin starred The Red Lion at East Chisenbury has been nominated The Good Pub Guide's dining pub of the year 2017. ...»

  • Sticks & Stones

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

  • The Merchant's House

    In 1653 the Great Fire of Marlborough almost destroyed the whole town. Over the next 40 years a house was built ...»

  • Troutbeck Guest House

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

  • Marlborough Literature Festival

    Founded in 2010 by volunteers keen to celebrate fine writing, Marlborough Literature festival is held annually in the last week of September...»

  • 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...»

  • Clementine's Shop

    Clementine always dreamed of having her own shop, and when she returned from London to her family home in Tisbury in 2006, she realised she could make it a reality. ...»

A wild swim in Wiltshire?

Sam Bertram

22 June 2018

Things are hotting up so we thought we'd dig up our blog from 2016 on people’s favourite wild swimming spots in Wiltshire. Brace yourself it can be cold…   1. Lots of people voted for Farleigh Hungerford near Trowbridge and it’s no wonder.  Founded in 1932 the Farleigh & District Swimming Club is believed to be the oldest river swimming club in the world. Many have memories of glorious summer days spent in this beautiful spot - a deep but narrow stretch of the River Frome above a weir. There are lawns and steps into the water, changing huts and even a portaloo. You can find them on Facebook – Farleigh and District Swimming Club   2. Slightly south of Farleigh Hungerford there’s a large weir pool set amongst the trees at Tellisford.  Park at the top of Vaggs Hill and access it from there.   3. Lake 32 in the Cotswold Water Park near Swindon is great for those who want to stretch out and have more than a paddle.  They also hold triathlons there for those up for a challenge.   4. Near the Oxfordshire border is Buscot Weir – a large deep pool with tree swings and lawns.    5. A little beyond the borders in Lechlade there’s a good swimming spot in the Thames, upstream from the town.   6. Just near the abbey in Lacock is Bide Brook Weir which is popular for a summer splash. There is a large deep pool and some rope swings. Park at the NT car park and walk down the road past the river before turning left into a field via a stile in the wall.   7. Closer to Warminster in the village of Heytesbury there’s a lovely spot to cool off in the River Wylye. Take the path at the back of Mill Street.   8. Another spot in the River Wylye can be found between Hanging Langford and Steeple Langford - perfect for families and kids. It’s a little on the cold side but you can always warm up on the grass verge which is also perfect for picnics. There’s a small car park off Duck Street directly opposite the swimming spot.   9. Dip into the River Avon in Fighledean near Amesbury. It’s extremely popular so try to go at non-peak times if you can. The water is fairly deep so you get a decent swim but brace yourself – it can be cold! Look out for the long stone wall of Figheldean House and turn down the cul-de-sac opposite.   10. Ten minutes’ walk from Salisbury centre is the Old Mill at Harnham. There’s a paddling part which is great for small kids and a deeper stream for swimming.   11. There’s also a swimming spot in the River Nadder in Teffont Evias. It’s a small secret pool but it is on a fishing beat so don’t swim if fishermen are there.   12. Near the Hampshire / Berkshire border in Great Bedwyn you can find the ‘Dog Hole’ pronounced ‘dogole’ which is a small pool fed by the river.  Only really deep enough for kids it’s much loved by children in the area. Just head down Frog Lane and past the village hall and you can find it after about 500 yards. The River Dun is also great for paddling – it’s cold so will definitely cool you down!   13. Heading back towards Marlborough someone mentioned enjoying swimming in the river by Axford.   14. Closer to Malmesbury swimming in the river at Little Somerford seems to be a favourite.   Got some more suggestions? Contact us on Twitter or Facebook or email us on and we’ll add them in. Looking for a useful resource?  


Summer Cocktails

Sam Bertram

23 May 2018

Tiffinie Pride from Wiltshire Liqueur Company loves a cocktail so we asked her for her favourite summer recipes.   Sloe Gin Negroni Ingredients  1 part Sloe Gin 1 part gin 1 part sweet Vermouth  1 part Campari  Method  Combine all the ingredients and serve over ice garnished with a slice of orange   Wild Strawberry Daiquiri  Celebrate the best of British Summer. Ingredients 1 part Wild Strawberry Liqueur 1 part white rum 2 teaspoons of white sugar Juice of 1 lime Method Mix all the ingredients together and serve in a martini glass garnished with half a strawberry.      Maiden’s Prayer A beautifully coloured and refreshingly cooling cocktail. Ingredients 2 parts Sloe Gin 2 parts Blood Orange Liqueur 1 part orange juice Method Shake all ingredients together and strain into a chilled martini glass.      Strawberry Crush A lusciously long and cooling cocktail.  Ingredients 1 part Wild Strawberry Liqueur 2 lime wedges Chilled champagne to top up 2 strawberries plus extra to decorate  Method Muddle the strawberries and lime wedges at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the Wild Strawberry Liqueur and some ice cubes. Shake and strain into a chilled champagne flute, top up with champagne and decorate the glass with a slice of strawberry.    For more inspiring cocktails recipes visit    


Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Summer is really kicking off so don't forget to have a look at our events calendar to see what's on.