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  • Marlborough College Summer School

    Now celebrating its 44th year, Marlborough College Summer School will run from 8th July to 4th August 2018 and host an amazing array of more than 500 courses. The popularity of Summer School is undoubtedly underpinned by the phrase “something for everyone”. Catering for students from 3 years old through to 90 years young, it is this blend spanning the generations and accommodating all combinations of family groups and individuals that creates a unique holiday atmosphere in the prestigious setting of Marlborough College in Wiltshire. The eclectic course programme of art, culture and sport is refreshed and developed annually, and this year is no exception. Traditional favourites will run alongside a wide range of inspiring new titles including Needle Felting, Millinery, Latin Dancing, Sustainability in Daily Life, Astronomy, Wine Appreciation and Taoist Yoga. For students wishing to really make the most of their time at Summer School, booking a stay in one of the College Boarding Houses is thoroughly recommended. The College’s historic grounds are conveniently located to enjoy Marlborough’s famous High Street and the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Plus, as a resident you can take advantage of the excellent cuisine on offer and free admission to all lectures, recitals and entertainments. Gala Performances are open to Summer School customers plus the general public and take place every Tuesday and Friday evening. This year’s superb line-up features An Evening with Lord Robert Winston, a photographic lecture with Chris Packham, Illyria’s outdoor production of Dr Dolittle, Liza Pulman's musical tribute to Barbra Streisand, the award-winning Blake and much more. For further information and to request a brochure, phone the Summer School team on 01672 892388 or visit www.summerschool.co.uk....»

  • 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.  “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.”  There are two rooms of unusual items and gifts; one for children up to 10 and the other has something for everyone including a range of lamps, boxfiles and books using the unique hand marbled papers made by Clementine’s mother.  “My mother and I decide what to buy, that way we cover the tastes and interests of two generations. Our family has an age range from 6 months to 71 and we like to make sure there is something a little different and unusual to suit them all. “  “There is plenty of space to park outside, a toy box to keep children happy and absolutely no pressure. We welcome visitors as guests and with our new pop-up cafe there's even more opportunity to take your time, have a cup of tea or coffee and relax. ”...»

  • The Wheatsheaf

    Masterchef semi-finalist Ollie Hunter and singer / songwriter wife Lauren bought The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton Foliat in November 2015 to create a centre for food, drink, art and music. The potential to restore the historical thatched pub and its proximity to his parent’s farm Hungerford Park were all part of its appeal. ‘We serve upmarket peasant food – unpretentious but full of flavour. When you travel you remember the taste of simple local dishes long after you’ve left. We aim to emulate that with our food. We can confidently say we’re local, organic and sustainable - my parents are just down the road rearing lambs, pigs and geese, curing their own meats and growing fruit and veg. We feel incredibly lucky to source so much produce from them.’ The menu changes every two weeks and Ollie’s always looking to combine local ingredients in an imaginative way. Their unique and popular woodfired pizza works on the same principles. Local sourcing is everywhere from the ales through to artisan spirits and coffee. This is a pub with a difference. The shop upstairs has unique vintage furniture, accessories and village essentials and the private dining room seats up to 16. An art gallery and indoor cinema are in the plans and they regularly host quality live music. Ollie also offers cookery classes. ‘Every decision has been made with a lot of thought behind it. With our arts programme we want to give upcoming artists the wings to fly.’...»

  • Marlborough Downs Space for Nature

    Marlborough Downs Space for Nature formed in 2011 when a group of farmers successfully bid for funding for a project to work together to improve nature conservation in the countryside on a big scale - making their own decisions on what they wanted to do on their land to support wildlife and the landscape. Since then, some incredible initiatives have been put in place. One priority was to create a necklace of new and restored dew ponds across the Downs - re-watering what had become an essentially arid landscape. Increasing the tree sparrow population - from single figures to over 300 on one farm - has been particularly successful and nationally recognised. Farmers from 29 farms provide year-round food and shelter for birds, planting up seed mixes for birds to eat over winter, providing suitable habitats, and installing nestboxes. Wildflower corridors have been created, and habitats managed for invertebrates and small mammals also support birds of prey and owls. A key part of the project is to involve the wider community and reconnect people with their local landscape. Events and workshops are held regularly and are extremely popular. In addition, tracks have been upgraded to improve disabled access. ‘We’ve created a template for farmers to work together which is now being used across England. Most of our work is done on a voluntary basis, and we hope to engage many more people in our projects. Next up is working together to provide food and habitats for bees and other pollinators.’ ...»

  • The Farm Cookery School & Netherstreet Beef

    Gretchen Winter’s lifelong dream of a cookery school at the farm where she grew up became a reality in 2016. The impressive result can be put down to her combined experience of running restaurants & events plus teaching children to cook in schools through her company Jack & Maddie. Located at Netherstreet Farm, home to her family since 1889, it’s a beautiful space in a rural setting. ‘I want to make cookery classes affordable – a place for people rather than chefs. It’s all about demystifying cooking and using ingredients that are readily available locally.’ The spacious cookery school has 8 stations fitted with domestic appliances, so it feels like a home from home. There’s a dedicated demo room and two conference rooms with a smaller breakout room. Perfect for off-site meetings, team building or large parties. ‘We have classes focusing on global flavours like Indian, Moroccan, Spanish, Italian or Korean and ‘Cook from Scratch’ is perfect for beginners. A popular event is ‘Cook & Dine’ where people get help cooking their meal & then stay and enjoy it without needing to wash up. Holiday clubs and Birthday Parties are also in demand.’ At £25 for a demo and starting from £35 for a class including your meal it’s a steal! Gretchen and her husband Matthew are also focusing on Galloway Beef Production and the meat is now available at www.netherstreetfarm.co.uk...»

  • Marlborough Food Assembly

    The Marlborough Food Assembly puts local consumers in touch with local food. As a food assembly member, you can shop local produce online and go to the same venue every week to meet the producers and pick up your pre-ordered local produce. Producers from within 25 miles will be offering their produce online. Find local milk, eggs, cheese, organic vegetables, fish, ciders, cakes, honey, preserves and healthy home cooked meals. Shop at your convenience from home and then head to the Rugby Club, Marlborough every Thursday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm to pick it up. ‘Food Assemblies started in France and there are no more than 700 assemblies across Europe. If you’re interested in the quality of food and its provenance then the Food Assembly is for you. Community is at the heart of The Food Assembly connecting neighbours to farmers and neighbours to each other. We’re hoping the assemblies will be an event you look forward to’. Reducing waste is key as farmers and food makers know exactly how much to deliver in advance and food miles are decreased. You’re also supporting your local economy. In a world that needs us to act in a more sustainable way this is one of the first steps towards that. Sign-up at The Food Assembly to start shopping. ...»

  • Deborah Husk

    Deborah Husk is a commercial photographer who also creates photography as fine art, exhibiting every July in the Marlborough Open Studios from her base in Alton Priors. Her work is stunning. ‘I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years and love the process of studying the subject and defining how best to take the shot. Styling and lighting is key, and the output must appear effortlessly gorgeous and desirable.’ Commercially, Deborah primarily works with lifestyle products. Clients include British fabric and accessories designer Fermoie through to fashion and a high-end artisan tea company. She works hard to create the right environment paying attention to craftmanship and detail, helping create memorable images that connect with customers. ‘My fine art pieces are inspired by my environment. I love my garden and choose plants and vegetables that, not only taste good, but that I ultimately want to photograph. I also create images that are unique, photographing antique collectibles such as watches or hip flasks, so they almost look real. Many items we hold on to have no purpose but lots of sentiment. By photographing these pieces, you can bring them to life in another way.’ Deborah’s studio is fabulous and most of her commissions are created there, although she can travel to your premises if required. Don’t miss The Open Studios, an opportunity to see Deborah at work and have a go at photographing like a pro! ...»

  • 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 and has evolved into a much admired and popular event. ‘Famous authors and poets have roots in Marlborough so it made sense to establish a festival here. William Golding’s childhood home was on the Green and Siegfried Sassoon and John Betjeman attended Marlborough College. Local author Mavis Cheek was one of the main driving forces behind it.’ The focus is on good writing and supporting the unknown - they rarely feature politicians or celebrities. A more well-known author, The Golding speaker, opens the festival and past speakers have included Louis de Bernieres and Sally Vickers. There are street events, a translation duel and poetry in the pub and gleeful children take part in school events and listen to some of their favourite authors. ‘The best part of the festival is being surprised - you never know what to expect but authors are normal people like us, experiencing the ups and downs of life. I’ve been to talks where I’ve laughed and cried and really connected with the author’s story. The perception can be that literary festivals are highbrow but, that’s not the case at all, they’re really accessible and fun.’ The festival wouldn’t be possible without it’s fabulous sponsors, especially their headline sponsor Brewin Dolphin, and tickets go on sale in July. Don’t miss it! ...»

Melksham Food & River Festival

Location Melksham, SN12 6ES

Saturday 1st September to Sunday 2nd September

Manton Fest

Location Manton Grange Watermeadow, Near St George Church, Preshute Lane, Manton, Nr Marlborough

Saturday 30th June, 12.00pm to 11.30pm