• Visit3
  • Visit6
  • VISIT banner 1
  • Visit5
  • VISIT banner 6
  • Visit4
  • Visit2
  • Visit1
  • VISIT banner 3

Consider a holiday in Wiltshire during the art season...less than 2hrs from London 

Art events within reach during the summer 2017

visit6

MOS Open Studios, July 1st 4 weekends. Click Here
Peacock Arts trail, 30 Sept-8 Oct. Click Here
Marlborough Jazz Festival, July. Click Here
Pound Arts Center. Click Here
Hungerford Arts Festival, July. Click Here
Wylye Valley Art Trail, 27 May-4 June. Click Here
Newbury Open Studios, May. Click Here
Bath Open Studios, May. Click Here
Marlborough Lit Fest, September. Click Here
Calne Music & Arts Festival, October. Click Here


Other activities

visit7

Historic Houses Association, Wiltshire. Click Here
National Garden Scheme, Wiltsire. Click Here
Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts. Click here
Pewsey Illuminated Carnival. Click Here


Notable Destinations

visit8
Hauser Wirth Gallery, Somerset.

Caen Hill Locks, Devizes. Click here
Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton. Click Here
Hauser Wirth Gallery, Bruton Somerset. Click Here
Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes. Click Here
Avebury Manor, Avebury. Click Here
Avebury Stone Circle, Avebury. Click here
Silbury Hill, Marlborough. Click here
Savernake Forest, Marlborough. Click here
The Merchant House Marlborough. Click here 
Lacock Village & Abbey, Lacock. Click here


Where to stay in our Open Studios area

visit5
Crofton Lodge, Crofton, Great Bedwyn, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Wiltshire’s Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses vary from small rural residences in the depths of the countryside to larger hotel styles in bustling locations like Swindon or Salisbury, offering something for all ages, budgets and tastes, showing you all there is on offer in Wiltshire.
Click Here

Whether a flat for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries.
Click here 


Two useful websites for further information: 
Visit North Wessex Downs and Visit Wiltshire

visit1
Seend summer fete, Wiltshire.

 

Secret places off the beaten track - recommended by the artists

visit2
The abondoned village of Imber.

Two tiny churches within 1/2 mile of each other. Roughly half way between Pewsey and Devizes, in the vale of Pewsey: All Saints Church, Alton Priors: A redundant church, open during daylight hours, set in the middle of a field.  There is an ancient yew tree in its churchyard split down the middle and said to be 1700 years old. St Mary’s Church, Alton Barnes: Saxon origins with long and short quoin stones, box pews and a little gallery inside. Some glass engraving by Laurence and Simon Whistler.

Another lovely tiny church - St Thomas’ Church, East Shefford, NE of Hungerford:
Stands beside a water meadow by the River Lambourn. Medieval wall paintings, alabaster recumbent statues of a 14th century nobleman and his wife, beautiful clay tiled roof.
 
St John the Baptist Church, Mildenhall, East of Marlborough:
A small medieval parish church, with early 19th century Gothic box pews,  unusually a pair of pulpits, one eother side of the chancel opening). Rated by Benjamin as the best church in Wiltshire.
 
St Mary’s, Great Bedwyn, South of A4, between Pewsey and Hungerford:
A grander medieval parish church, with transepts. It contains the tomb (another recumbent effigy) of Sir John Seymour, father of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third queen. Several miles away, south of Savernake forest is Wolf Hall, near Burbage, the site of the Seymour's ancestral home, which gave the name to Mantel’s book and the BBC drama. Wolf Hall is not open to the public.  It is split into several dwellings, some tudor internal parts, but much altered up to the 19th century. One can peer at the outside only.
 
Wonderful walk along the south escarpment of the Marlborough Downs, with views across the Pewsey Vale to Salisbury Plain. With binoculars on a clear day you can see the spire of Salisbury Cathedral 26 miles to the south.  Drive less than a mile up from Alton Priors on the little back road towards  Lockeridge, passing below Adam’s Grave long barrow. Then at the top is a parking area on your right, near Knapp Hill.  Walk up to Knapp Hill and walk eastwards along the top. You can also see in the distance below in the Vale an octagonal glass pavilion designed by I M Pei about 15 years ago, floating above the meadows.
 
AdamsGrave 01
Adam’s Grave Walk.
 
Adam’s Grave long barrow: You can cross the road from Knapp Hill car park and walk west up to Adam’s Grave long barrow, and you can walk even further west and find yourself at the  Alton White Horse, carved in the chalk, and stand in it’s eye…
 
Imber village is an ancient settlement that was evacuated in 1943 and remains deserted until today. It is a ghost village, opened to the public for Christmas and Easter services at the Church of St Giles and other days of the year.
 

Enjoy nature in the vale and chalk downland

visit3

Grazed for centuries by sheep and rabbits, the grassland of the downs supports a wide array of wildlife including rare butterflies such the Marsh Fritillary, Chalkhill Blue and Red Admiral. Chalk grassland is one of the most biologically rich and diverse habitats in the UK with over 40 species of flowering plants recorded in a single square metre. This includes rare orchids and wonderfully named plants like the Devil’s-bit Scabious, Lady’s Bedstraw or Kidney Vetch. In the vast open skies above the downs, skylarks, lapwings and majestic birds of prey can be seen.

The extensive woodlands of Savernake and West Woods provide peacefulness and seclusion in contrast to the remoteness of the nearby open chalk downs. Savernake is ancient woodland of oak and beech established in the 11thcentury as a royal hunting forest and now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Seymour family regularly welcomed King Henry VIII to the forest for hunting and he met his later wife Jane Seymour at nearby Littlecote House.

The chalk downs form an imposing backdrop to the flat, low-lying vales. The Vale of Pewsey separates the two main chalk upland blocks. Belts of willow, alder and scrub line the watercourses that thread across the vales, the streams, waterside pastures and woodlands forming a lush wetland landscape of considerable ecological value. For more information click here: Visit North Wessex Downs  

visit4
Savernake Forest, Wiltshire.

    

Twitter

@MarlboroughOS

There is a very credible proposal to get a new Museum Gallery into Swindon. Meet the architects on October 6th.... fb.me/CLcZCNaY

Read more