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  • The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn

    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 James was keen to have his own pub; and a long 3 year hunt brought them to The Three Tuns. 6 months after closing, the doors re-opened in September 2012. “We put our heart and soul into giving it new life and respecting its heritage as a village pub. It’s important it feels like home and has high quality food while being affordable.” Customers have responded well to the relaxed atmosphere and food is homemade and full of flavour. The menu and wine list are deliberately tight with an emphasis on local sourcing. There’s an a la carte for more sophisticated dishes and a bar menu – the sea bream with Mexican twist is an explosion of flavours, you can always get a good burger and their pulled pork with jalapeno coleslaw is pretty spectacular. And with their eldest being born a month after opening it’s child-friendly, with a kids menu, and they always welcome furry friends. There are BBQs and Jazz in the garden in summer and plenty more in the pipeline. ...»

  • Little Dan Designs

    Despite coming from a family of sewers, Danielle Seatter only discovered the joys of making when her children were at school. Firstly sewing for family and friends, she found it so therapeutic and well received that she set-up Little Dan Designs in 2012. Danielle now makes handmade products from her home in Minety and sells through Etsy and at Cotswold Creative Fairs which she launched in 2016. Her best sellers are her fabric covered noticeboards but other items include sewing craft kits, bunting, aprons, peg bags to name a few. She can make to order, match with colour schemes and fabrics and is particularly proud of her new waterproof beach bags. She’s also recently added crochet to her range. A regular seller at fairs she identified an opportunity to create community fairs that give local groups an outlet for fundraising, while providing crafters a place to showcase and sell their wares to locals, and Cotswold Creative Fairs was borne. Mostly North Wiltshire, they’ve so far been a great success. By involving community groups the word spreads quickly about the fairs and Danielle ensures they are properly marketed. The quality of stalls is kept to a high standard as all sellers have to be proper established businesses. Danielle is also always present with Little Dan Designs and her fabulous range of homewares. ...»

  • 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. The joy of exercising while walking through beautiful countryside has remained with her, so in 2015 she decided to qualify as a Nordic walking instructor. ‘I love Nordic Walking – you get great exercise, while exploring new places & views, and loads of fresh air. Nordic walking makes you stand tall, you use more muscles and have better posture. Add a gorgeous view to that and you feel like you’re on top of the world.’ Living near Marlborough, Ashley runs her Nordic Walking classes at some fabulous locations including the Marlborough Downs & Pewsey Vale. It’s a low impact cardiovascular exercise that by adding poles uses 90% of the muscles in your body. It’s fabulous for general fitness & can help people with high blood pressure, stress or those recovering from injuries. ‘Nordic walking is great fun as it’s so sociable. Beginners can start with a taster session to see if it appeals and after that they can do 4 x 1 hour lessons spread over four weeks. This helps you build up the techniques and your fitness and at £35 is a steal.’ Once you’ve learnt how it’s done you can join Ashley for her more easy going walks, workout walks with intervals and drills or adventure walks to discover new parts of Wiltshire. ...»

  • 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. ”...»

  • Indigo Antiques & Interiors

    Inspired by a love of travel Marion and Richard Lightbown set up Indigo Antiques & Interiors in the early 1970s to introduce beautiful hand crafted Asian furniture to the UK. ‘After meeting in Australia Richard & I returned overland to the UK in a van we bought in Kathmandu. While in Delhi we met a lovely couple whose home was furnished with a fabulous mix of European antiques & Indian pieces. Enthused by what we saw we started importing furniture from Asia, first selling it from a market stall in Camden.’ Since then they’ve had shops in London & Bath – they’ve been at their showroom in Manningford Bruce near Pewsey for 15 years. Brimming with beautifully preserved original painted furniture, they also stock collectibles such as mirrors, Rajasthani bedspreads & handmade paper products. Their shop is an eclectic mix of restored antiques & quirky pieces. ‘We love the original painted furniture from Tibet and Mongolia but that’s high end, so we also sell a more affordable custom made range from China. Like the UK the Chinese use walnut & elm, so the furniture is as comfortable in country homes & cottages as in its native home. Many of the pieces have stunning intricate patterns & our showroom is constantly changing as antiques are so unique’. It’s an unexpected treasure trove that’s a little bit different from the mainstream. Pop in next time you’re passing & you won’t regret it. ...»

  • The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

    The Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn opened in December 1998 following a chance remark from friends which led Sue and Roger Jones to view a sad and empty pub in Little Bedwyn.  Within two months, they had sold up in London, made swift repairs and The Harrow was open for business. In 2006, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, an award it has continued to receive every year since. Sue and Roger’s original vision for The Harrow has been key to their remarkable journey:  fresh, honest food with authentic ingredients, all served beautifully, combined with a warm, genuine welcome and professional yet discrete service. For every dish, there are recommended wines. Sue has her own favourite combinations. “ We currently have a lovely Sancerre that grows on flint giving it a very mineral character, it matches beautifully the acidity of the Ceviche. The two become one, almost like soul mates.” The Harrow offers a range of tasting menus all with fresh ingredients and the same attention to detail. The Lunch Menu is 5 courses for £40, the 6 course Tasting Menu is £50 and there is an 8 course Gourmet Menu for £75. All menus come with an optional range of matched wines to complement the food perfectly....»

  • Marlborough College Summer School

    Now celebrating its 43rd year, Marlborough College Summer School will run from 9th July to 5th August 2017 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 Willow Sculpture, Creative Felt Making, Performing Victorian Music Hall, Iyengar Yoga, Low Maintenance Gardening and even Wine and Cheese Matching! 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 Ann Widdecombe, Illyria’s outdoor production of The Lost World, The Overtures musical tribute to the 1960s 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. ...»

  • The Swan

    Head chef Pete and his wife Emma lived in Enford for 12 years before the run down, village-owned pub came up for tenancy. With a move closer to their jobs in Hampshire on the cards, they were stopped in their tracks. This was their dream come true. Following extensive refurbishment they opened in July 2014 as a proper community pub. “We’re not trying to be a gastro pub. We just want to be a pub that serves tasty homemade local food where people go if they don’t want to cook themselves, or just fancy an inexpensive meal out with family or friends.” From all accounts they’re doing something right. Regulars love their favourites board with Chilli, proper pie, The Swan’s Burger and cheesecake amongst others – their chips are legendary. Their menu is dictated by their customers and a specials board features dishes such as wild sea bass with parsley cream, poached samphire and new potatoes. They’re busy 7 days a week. It’s a cosy beamed pub with a roaring fire from autumn through to late spring. They do outside catering, there’s a shop facility where locals can order groceries and Hub in the Pub on Thursdays means villagers can get together over coffee and cake with all proceeds going to charity. Their dogs Digger & Pickle welcome other pooches and there are toy baskets for children of all ages. They’ve recently opened a beer garden, held their first beer festival and have plans for a B&B. ...»

  • GyiDance - Dance Movement Psychotherapy

    Dance has always brought joy and been an integral part of human societies - a way for individuals and groups to express themselves. It’s ability to bring health benefits to body and mind inspired dance artist Hannah Creighton to qualify as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) in 2009. ‘Your body stores memories and dance and movement helps release these held emotions. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, where individuals are expected to talk, it’s a gentler and more positive way of expressing oneself and accesses places that words can't reach. DMP, either with groups or individuals, has enormous benefits for those who need a way to channel negative energy. If you’re not feeling physically or emotionally well or experiencing stress, it can help. More specific issues include Dementia, Loss, Anxiety, Depression and Autism. ‘It’s a creative process – we use dance, music, colour and props like hoops and balls and even stillness, finding the method that best suits the individual. We work on building trust so that the relationship can be explored.’ Based in Box, Hannah has also recently qualified as a Creative Clinical Supervisor. This means she can help fellow practitioners improve their offers while continuing to assist people and their wellbeing through dance. ...»

  • Love Food

    Lucinda Bevan is a nutritional therapist & chef with a keen interest in the brain. She provides one to one consultation, advises businesses & restaurants on nutrition and can come to your home to run lively and informative nutritional cookery demonstrations with your friends. Her latest venture is 'Love Food at home' making home cooked food for people local to Marlborough. Her popular Christmas hampers are a treat - beautiful seagrass hampers filled with delicious homemade goodies. As a nutritionist, the real difference with Lucinda’s approach is that she understands the link between eating well and feeling good. “At my cooking demonstrations some people come to learn recipes that will help them with depression or anxiety whilst others may have seen ingredients in the shops in the “healthy eating” aisle, such as spelt, quinoa or buckwheat but they don’t know what to do with them. Quinoa can end up as revolting mess or wonderfully delicious depending on how it’s cooked. I show how to do it well while explaining about the ingredients and the benefits for a healthy lifestyle.” Those who've attended Lucinda's nutrition workshops or cooking demonstrations comment on how friendly and sociable those events are. Those who've tried her food love it - it always disappears very quickly!...»

  • Radish Loves

    Discover a children’s shop that’s a little bit different from the mainstream, just off the High Street in Marlborough. After years as a buyer for Harrods and ASOS, owner Amy is now using that expertise to put together some more unusual collections in her own shop. ‘I moved to Marlborough with my husband in 2010 and 3 children later, and the challenges of commuting, I’ve decided to do something for myself. We’re a childrenswear, party & gift shop for 0-8 years. We’re focused on finding quality brands that you wouldn’t ordinarily find on the High Street.’ And it’s certainly brimming with beautiful things. There’s a wide variety of clothing including some fabulous party wear with tutus in all shades. Pop in to find the perfect newborn gift, bedroom accessories such as wall stickers and lighting, and a lovely cosmetics range and handmade hair accessories for little girls who love to be pampered. ‘This is a one stop shop where there’s something for everyone. We can help with themed parties right through from invites to balloons, cupcakes and party wear. If you’re after something specific and we don’t have it, we’ll order it in for you. Just ask.’ Situated in Hughenden Yard it’s got everything you need and stock is also available online. Reward yourself with a little detour from the High Street - you’ll love it! ...»

  • Barbury Races

    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, Barbury racecourse is set within a natural amphitheatre in picturesque countryside. A well established and much loved Point to Point track, it’s an enjoyable & inexpensive day out for all the family. Bring a picnic, enjoy good quality sport and have a laugh with friends.There’s plenty of space for the children to run around & if it’s bad weather you can watch the racing from your car – no grandstands here! The racecourse is popular with riders, and, for spectators, it’s a chance to see young riders coming up the ranks or old favourites returning to the track. There’s plenty of room around the paddock & winner’s enclosure & unlike other professional sports, both the jockeys & trainers are very approachable & happy to autograph. Situated just moments from Swindon and the M4, the incredibly welcoming community means you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy your day. It’s easy to see all the action and there’s plenty of time to wander around, have a drink or bite to eat, or browse some of the stalls. With meetings held from December to April it’s a fun day out for anyone who loves sport and the outdoors. ...»

  • 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 that became the home of a prosperous merchant and his family. The Merchant's House Trust leased the house from the town council in 1991 and is carefully restoring it and providing the public with a rare opportunity to view a 17th century house of this type. There are guided tours around the house and award-winning garden throughout the week, when you can take a fascinating glimpse into the home life of a wealthy merchant in the 17th century. The pretty shop on the ground floor raises funds to help the upkeep of the house and is full of lovely china and glassware, items for the home, some really unusual gift ideas for all ages as well as toys and greeting cards. The shop is full of colour with lamps, throws and rugs that make it feel warm and welcoming. In November and December the paneled room on the first floor becomes the traditional setting for the Christmas room, full of colour and nostalgia, a truly magical wonderland. The aim is to offer quality items that customers won’t see elsewhere and yet are still good value. There is always someone on hand to give advice but it’s also the perfect shop for browsers, there is so much to discover. ...»

  • 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.’ ...»