News and events

Celebrate voice with Christmas Nights at the Opera

08 December 2019

Preparations are in full swing for our delectable Christmas Nights at the Opera, on Thursday & Friday 12th and 13th December at 7.30pm. There are just a few tickets left. The Medieval Hall is festooned with festive greenery and fairy lights, the choir is rehearsing, the soloists are packing their sparkliest Christmas jumpers and are on their way to Salisbury!

A Celebration of Christmas at Marlborough College with Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Chris Tarrant and more

06 December 2019

​The committee of ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ are delighted to announce the celebrity readers taking part Marlborough’s inaugural carol service in aid of the Stroke Association, on 19th December in Marlborough College Chapel.

Winners of the VisitWiltshire photography competition revealed

27 November 2019

The winner and runners-up of this year’s VisitWiltshire photography competition in partnership with Newsquest and sponsored by Castle Cameras, have been revealed. The winner was presented with a £200 gift voucher on Saturday, 16 November, with runners-up receiving a £50 voucher each.

VisitWiltshire wins best UK tourist board website at national travel awards

26 November 2019

VisitWiltshire’s website www.visitwiltshire.co.uk has been named the Best UK Tourist Board Website in the TravelMole UK Awards, which also recognises its channel website, Visit Salisbury.

Paint the planet green this Christmas with Leighton’s

20 November 2019

Wiltshire residents will have the chance to plant trees every time they have their eyes or ears tested at Leighton’s 33 Wood St, Swindon. Leighton’s Opticians and Hearing Care are dreaming of a green Christmas. The family run group has teamed up with The Woodland Trust in a bid to help them plant a million trees by the end of 2019 as part of The Big Climate Fightback.

A long way home: an illustrated talk by Charlie Walker

14 November 2019

​Charlie Walker will present an illustrated talk at Broad Chalke Village Hall on Saturday, 23rd November at 7.30pm titled, A Long Walk Home. In 2010, Charlie set off from the Chalke Valley by bicycle and returned 4.5 years later with 43,000 miles behind him.

Children in Need: Stuff the Bustard

11 November 2019

BBC Wiltshire staff will be attempting to pull a giant Great Bustard bird around five Wiltshire towns and cities - Trowbridge, Swindon, Chippenham, Malmesbury and Salisbury – in the run up to the 2019 appeal.

Mary Howard Christmas Fair set for Tuesday 12th-15th November at Cotswold Airport

07 November 2019

With around 150 stalls, the Mary Howard Fair provides a variety of Christmas gifts and treats, festive decorations, home accessories, luxury clothing and seasonal food and drink, baby and child clothes, toys and accessories, and food and drink, available from a selection of thoughtfully handpicked retailers. Visitors to Mary Howard Fairs are promised a day of festive fun and seasonal shopping.​

Horatio's Garden Salisbury wins the Nation's Favourite Garden in south west

06 November 2019

Horatio’s Garden Salisbury has been voted by members of the British public as the National Garden Scheme’s ‘Nation’s Favourite Garden’ in the competition’s South West category. The award was collected by both Head Gardener Stephen Hackett and Horatio’s Garden founder and Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, who on Monday, 4th November attended the awards ceremony at the Garden Museum in London. The event was hosted by the National Garden Scheme and The English Garden magazine who teamed up for the competition.

Video: Ashton Keynes

05 November 2019

In the December issue we visit the picturesque north of the county, to get a flavour of life in the village.