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Avebury Day

Sam Bertram

6 September 2018

Avebury Day happens very two years and is back for 2018 on Saturday 8th September.  A fabulous fair set against the backdrop of the historical Avebury stones. Fun for all the family. Find the action at Avebury Sports Field, Beckhampton Road, Avebury, SN8 1RD (Between the monument and the visitor car park). There is a marquee lunch from midday (re-booking essential as limited seating - email yesplease@aveburyday.org.uk) with the main action kicking off at 1.00pm. Highlights include the Beer tent and Cheeky Dog Show at 3.00pm.   You can also find: - Ferret Racing - Chariot Racing - Bar - BBQ - Mobile animal farm - Handmade Cakes - Ice Cream - Live Music - Freshly ground coffee - Magic tricks & games - Morris Dancing - Classic Cars - Vintage Steam Engine - Vintage Fire Engine - Pony Rides - Traditional and Ancient Crafts - Crafts (flint knapping, wool spinning, leather and metal working) - Face Painting - Tractor Rides - The Wiltshire Bee Centre - Outdoor Skittles - Splat the Rat - Coconut Shy - The Stocks - Human Fruit Machine - Tombola - Raffle - Traditional Village Fete Games - Tarot Reading - Toy Stalls - Bouncy Castle - Mega Slide - Assault Course - Balloon Modelling - Toy Tractors - Giant Garden Games And More.....    

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Full Flavour Behaviour

Sam Bertram

6 September 2018

Recently voted UK’s most authentic pub by Alastair Sawday, it’s fitting that The Three Tuns Great Bedwyn chef & owner James Wilsey along with good friend Tamara have just set-up a catering arm ‘Full Flavour Behaviour” serving upmarket but casual food. We spoke to business partner Tamara Spencer to hear all about it.   Love the name, tell us a bit about it ‘It’s all about family style feasting and Full Flavour Behaviour reflects the fact that there are lots of different elements to the sharing meal.  We wanted to set-up a different style of catering company, something much more casual. It’s all about sharing plates and minimal service as everyone just tucks in. It’s a much more social way of eating - getting a caterer doesn’t have to mean everything is formal.  The inspiration comes from community eating where everyone chats and laughs and there’s an easier atmosphere. It’s taking what people enjoy in the pub to people’s houses and is most suited to gathering of up to 30 people’.   What sort of food do you serve? ‘We can do anything but as an example we’ve done an event where a beautiful plate of slow cooked smoked lamb shoulder took pride of place in the middle of the table. It was served with peas a la francaise (peas cooked in bacon and onions) along with the most delicious garlic aioli and gremolata. It was absolutely delicious with a lovely jus and exploded with flavour. We’ve also done a table filled with lots of smoked meats and fish and James’ homemade pickled cucumber, slaws and cornichons. For one event our puddings were meringues and strawberries, raspberries, mint and pistachio. It’s a more rustic style of catering – an upmarket street food.’   How do you work? ‘When a client wants to work with us we come up with a whole solution of things that might be suitable. We can also do as much or as little service as the client wants us to. Our first job in June was for a 70th birthday.  Everyone loved it and there were empty plates and smiles all round!    And plans for the future? ‘James’ ultimate goal is to have a food truck so watch this space…. But in the meantime, please do get in touch – we’d love to make your party one that your friends will remember.’   Please call Tamara on 07900 788440 or email fullflavour@tunsfreehouse.com  

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Summer Holiday fun for kids

Sam Bertram

6 July 2018

School’s out for some and not far off for others so time to start planning how to fill those long summer holidays. Here’s a roundup on what’s on in Wiltshire for kids this summer.   Theatre, Circus & the arts Kick off the summer with some open air theatre at Marlborough College Summer School on Tuesday 17th July.  Illyria presents The Adventures of Dr Doolittle (also at Lacock on 27th July). A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment.  If you miss that there’s more open theatre later in the summer. Peter Pan at Lydiard Park on Friday 24th August & Alice Adventures in Wonderland at Lacock on Thursday 30th August. Devizes International street festival on 26th and 27th August has lots of street acts to keep the kids entertained.  Head to the Ragroof Players workshop to learn Charleston, Tango, Hand Jive, Night Fever, Salsa, Gangnam or Floss or watch them do 100 years of dance crazes in 100 minutes. The fabulous Giffords Circus returns to Marlborough Common from 31st August to 10th September – a firm family favourite. Don’t miss getting tickets for David Walliams at the Marlborough Literature festival at end of September. Tickets will sell out fast for this one.   Keen cooks in the family? The Farm Cookery School in Bromham is absolutely fabulous and they’ve got courses for kids throughout the summer. If you’re children are keen bakers why not get in touch with The Baking Chambers to see what bread and pizza making courses they’ve got planned?   Summer School Keep the kids entertained at Marlborough College Summer School, there’s something for everyone– on for the next four weeks until 3rd August. There are still some spaces so not too late to book.   Explore some of our national treasures As always both National Trust and English Heritage have plenty of fun for the family. Visit the magnificent Stourhead and, from 26th July, pick up a game pack so you and your family can play this life size version of a classic board game to 'get rich quick' around the house and garden. Families will have to get silly to earn the money to buy their favourite parts of Stourhead. Find out what medicines the abbey nuns grew 800 years ago on Healing Herbs Family Trail at Lacock until 2nd September. The ever popular Joust! Tournament & Melee returns to Old Sarum on Sunday 26th to Monday 27th August. Avebury has lots of fun planned for the summer with trails and spotter sheets, archaeology afternoons where kids can take part in a mini dig and a West Kennet Long Barrow burial or curate their own miniature museum.  For sporty types they’re holding Sports Day weekends throughout August or pop in for one of their Children’s yoga sessions. The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes has lots of fun with Prehistoric sea monsters on Wednesday 8th August, Snakes and the Rainforest on Wednesday 15th August, Tudor crafts on Wednesday 22nd August and Pirates and the Sea on Wednesday 29th August.   Outdoor Fun Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has scavenger hunts at Widbrook Wood, Bradford on Avon on 8th August and Lower Moor Farm, Oaksey on 9th August. There’s also lots of fun by the lake at Lower Moor Farm for the w/c 20th August. The adventure playground at Bowood House is a firm family favourite or head to Wilton House for their equally good playground & paddle in the river when the heat gets too much. Westbury has some Inflatable fun dayz on 21st and 22nd July. There’s a picnic in the park and a free family fun day in Victoria Park Salisbury on Wednesday 29th August & family fun days at Lydiard Park on 14th and 15th July.  If your kids are animal lovers there’s also the Dog Bark Show on 5th August.   Fairs & Festivals For a lovely family friendly festival head to Festival on the Farm in Purton from 3rd to 5th August or Figgle Fest – a free day of family fun held in Fighledean on 7th July. For some classic countryside - stunt shows and sheepdog displays pop in to The Wessex Country Fair on Sunday 5th August. Little kids will be over the moon to visit Tractor Ted digger & dumpers weekend at Bowood on 17th and 18th August.

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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 hello@localuncovered.com and we’ll add them in. Looking for a useful resource? http://www.wild-swimming.com/  

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