News and events

Why Warminster is out of this world

05 September 2017

BENEATH THE chalk downland, with its abundant flora and fauna, you’ll find Warminster, which lies on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bromham: Eden with pumpkins

05 September 2017

​We’re approaching the only time of year when many people think about pumpkins, not for culinary purposes but for carving out Halloween lanterns.

Marlborough, my home

01 September 2017

I HAVE LIVED in Marlborough since 2002, but the first time I felt part of the place was at my citizenship ceremony in the town hall in 2005. I had been a British taxpayer for 18 years by that point, and in the style of my colonial countrymen, decided it was time to have a say in how they were spent. (And, by the way, I loved the place and the people.)

Why I'm not the only Viking in Ludgershall

01 September 2017

'Vikings for all occasions, no raid too small' read the small ad on a website listing resources for the organisers of fetes. I had to find out more.

Desperately seeking biscuits and guides

01 September 2017

A ​FEW SUNDAYS ago a ripple ran through the cathedral community after the biscuits laid out for congregational tea and coffee went walkabout, snaffled by a group of visiting Italian language students. ‘Biscuitgate’, as it has since become known, confirms the universally acknowledged truth, that no biscuit left out in the open is safe around teenagers, and the that those who ‘work’ the cathedral floor have to be prepared for literally anything.

A spotter's guide to clouds

01 September 2017

In Britain the changing seasons, by which I mean spring and autumn, are the better ones for cloud spotting. The reason is because there’s more activity happening.

BBC’s Animal Park returns to Longleat

28 July 2017

A brand new BBC Animal Park series from Longleat begins on Monday, July 31. Filmed at the Wiltshire estate and in Kenya, the 10-part series stars presenters Kate Humble, Ben Fogle and Jean Johansson and will be broadcast at 9.15am every weekday until August 11 on BBC1.

There's a buzz about this city bee trail

28 July 2017

​The Secret Garden Salisbury launches its City Bee Trail at the end of July. The trail is the first of its kind in the country, and combines great fun with good education that will help the community to help bees.

Theatre inspired by ancient landscapes

28 July 2017

Salisbury Playhouse’s Stage 65 Youth Theatre will perform its latest production in the beautiful surroundings of the garden at Salisbury Museum, inspired by the museum’s current exhibition British Art: Ancient Landscapes. The production which runs from August 17 to 19 is inspired by Wiltshire landscapes, including Stonehenge.

Dressage camels at Wessex Country Fair

28 July 2017

Salisbury Hospice Charity is delighted to be hosting its fifth annual Wessex Country Fair on August 6 on the Wilton House Estate.