​The summer months are always busy in Marlborough and there is a real vibrancy about the place, with so much to do, see and take part in. It is worth getting a plan together and booking a few dates in the diary. Start in the heart of the town, possibly with a morning coffee or a bit of lunch. There are new restaurants to try out, alongside old favourites, and they cater for just about all tastes.

The town has at long last got a museum. It is based in The Merchant’s House and a huge amount of work and fundraising has culminated in its opening this year. This 17th century building, situated on the High Street, was the home of silk merchant Thomas Bayly and is the perfect place to discover more about the town’s history. Check in advance for opening times but make a note to visit.

July is also the perfect month to discover the work of dozens of talented artists in the area with Marlborough Open Studios, an annual event which was established more than 20 years ago. On each weekend throughout July, creative practitioners from professionals to amateurs open their studios to visitors.

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