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    The death knell had sounded for Great Bedwyn’s village pub when James and Ashley Wilsey saved it from closure. After years of cooking in London and USA ...»

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    After a long career at Soho House, Chippy Day craved a better life in the country so bought the George and Dragon in Rowde in 2004....»

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    Racehorses have been trained around Barbury for over a century & the wider area is a haven for lovers of fast horses. Holding four Point to Point meetings a year, ...»

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

Open Air Theatre

Sam Bertram

5 June 2019

Long summer nights picnicking while watching open air theatre is a perfect way to spend the evening. Fingers crossed there's no rain! Here's a roundup of Wiltshire's best.   Ilford Arts Festival - L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court – 31st August and 3rd, 6th and 7th of September 18th Century Belcombe Court near Bradford on Avon is rarely open to the public. Gates open for picnics at 5.30pm. This is one not to be missed.   The Handlebards at The Courts Gardens in Holt  Set against a backdrop of colourful borders and beautiful trees, The Handlebards are back with Much Ado about Nothing on Tuesday 18th June and The Tempest on Friday 28th June. The Three Inch fools are also performing Macbeth on Thursday 15th August. Bring your picnic and soak up the atmosphere.    Illyria's production of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves at Marlborough College Summer School - Tuesday 30th July Back for the 5th year running the year's production is packed with larger than life characters, cliffhangers and laughs. Suitable for age 5 and over. Kids under 18 go free. There's also open air cinema with Bohemian Rhapsody on Friday 12th July and Mamma Mia Here we go Again! on Saturday 13th.   A Midsummer Nights Dream and Alice in Wonderland at Lydiard Park - 12th July and 2nd August. Immersion theatre presents the magical and romantic Midsummer Night's Dream on Friday 12th July and Imagination's production of Alice in wonderland on 2nd August is a musical with fun for all the family. Picnics at usual! Lydiard Park also have open air cinema with Mama Mia Here we go Again! on 10th August and The Greatest Showman on 11th August.   Ballet under the stars at Hatch House, Tisbury - Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July To celebrate 10 years performing at Hatch House, The Covent Garden Company are putting on a show to remember.    As you like it - East Knoyle, Friday 26th July The Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be performing this classic at Upper Leigh Farm. Pack your picnic, rugs & chairs.   Pride and Prejudice - Corsley, Saturday 3rd August Join The Chaperhouse Company at Manor Farm with optional supper served by serfs and wenches. Picnics also welcome.   Theatre under the stars in the fabulous setting of Lacock Abbey Join the Chapterhouse Theatre for Pride and Prejudice on Thursday 11th July and Illyria's Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves on Friday 2nd August.        


Music Festival Round up

Sam Bertram

2 May 2019

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 2019.   Avebury Rocks Music Festival – Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 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: Showhawk Duo, Billy in the Lowground, Atari Pilot, Eric Walker, Platform 1, Strange Folk, The Shudders and more.   Manton Fest – Saturday 29th 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: Mercury, T.Rextasy, The Troggs, Barrelhouse, Clive Collective, Straight Six, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Skedaddle & more. Child friendly and under 7s go free.   Minety Festival – 5th to 7th July In its 3rd 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, Naomi House & Jacksplace Hospice & Minety primary school and pre-school. A taste of the Line-up: Republica, Arcadia Roots, Erica, The Dirty Smooth, The Vooz, Revival, Aren E, North Wiltshire Rock Choir, Homer, Six O'Clock Circus Kid zone with free caving, Slacklining, bouncy castle, circus skills, inflatable slide & assault course as well as Grafitti workshops. New for 2019 is the Treehouse teen tent.   Once upon a time in the west – 12th to 14th July – nr Trowbridge and Westbury An extremely friendly small festival with the Djin Palace for late night dj'ing and gin and cocktails and Cider Sabbath on Sunday featuring many local ciders. More details are still to be released, It’s a great space for kids with a climbing wall for all ages, cardboard creations and trapeze skills. There's a quiet area for camping for families.  A taste of the line-up: Hum Fuzze, Funk and the Two Tone Baby, Zip Heads, Dave Acari, Soeur, The King Dukes, Dakka Skanks, Goldwater & more..     Larmer Tree festival- Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st 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! As well as winning a Greener Festival Award to recognise the work they've put in to reduce their impact on the environment. They also offer some of the coolest boutique camping around. There's the 'Larmer Spa in the wilds' nestled deep in the woods complete with wood fired hot tub, therapists and gong bathing! A taste of the Line-up: Kate Tempest, The Cat Empire, Jack Savoretti, The Shires, KT Tunstall Gomez, Let's Eat Grandma, Go Go Penguin & more. Also watch out for the comedy, theatre talks, workshops, family stuff and cinema.    WOMAD – 25th to 28th 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: Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray, Anna Calvi, Salif Keita, Orbital, Saving Grace Feat, Suzy Dian and Robert Plant        Festival on the farm, Purton – Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th 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: Get Carter, The Berries, The Wurzels, Buswell Rulez, Rage against the regime, Pink Mac, Superseed, The Blind Lemon Blues band and more. A review: Superb little festival with amazing talents and friendly people...good vibes all round.     End of the road – 29th August to 1st September – Larmer Tree Gardens 'A truly special musical celebration' The Guardian. Best medium sized festival – UK festival Awards 2017.  An eco-friendly festival with Music, comedy & Literature. A taste of the Line-up: Beirut, Metronomy, Michael Kiwanuka, Spirtualized, Courtney Barnett, Jarvis Cocker, Sleaford Mods, Low, Deerhunter & more.   Fieldview, Cock and Bull and Boondocks festivals are all taking a rest for 2019.     


Marlborough Rising

Music Festival

Run by music lovers, for music lovers, Marlborough Rising will be, once again, ‘filling the town with music’ this summer.