News and events

Lost treasures of Stourhead to be revealed

Emily Utgren loves the idea of time travel. The gardener/arborist’s dream destination would be Stourhead in the 1700s, which would afford her a glimpse of long lost features. “I wouldn’t want to live back then, but I really like the thought of visiting. Wouldn’t it be fascinating,” beams Emily, a Stourhead employee for the last 12 years who is now working with volunteer Julia Mottershaw on preliminary research into forgotten treasures before the 10-year Genius of the Place project begins in earnest next year​.

My Wiltshire: Sebastian Salt, Director of historic W Carter and Son Jewellers

Wiltshire has been my home for 39 years, all of my life, in fact. We can trace our family history back 250 years in Great Durnford, in the Woodford Valley where I was born. When Charlotte and I got married in 2016, we held our wedding at St Andrew’s church in the village and it was lovely to be able to do that. When I was young my family moved from Great Durnford to Salisbury to live in my great-great-grandparents’ home, so my memories of my time there are hazy. Probably my only clear recollection is of my brother taking me to see the great bustards on the land at the back of our house.

Marlborough: Proud to be independent

There are so many ways to approach Marlborough, and even more ways to describe this unspoilt but vibrant market town. Which ever direction you do arrive from, it will involve narrow roads bending and twisting, travelling over hills and through valleys and then before you know it you are in the High Street, allegedly Britain’s second widest or one of the largest in Europe, however guide books choose to describe it, there is no doubt it is wide and spacious. Even on busy market days (Wednesday and Saturday) there is still an air of calm and room to breathe and roam.

What's on in Wiltshire in March

Plan your diary for March - there is so much to do, see and take part in across the whole county. Enjoy eye-popping abstracts, thrilling adventure films or the new Genius walks at Stourhead.

Marlborough College Concert Series

The concert in Marlborough will offer a new experience to a wide range of music lovers and provide a very special finale for the 2017/18 season

Marc Allum book signing

BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist and author, Marc Allum will be signing copies of his new book at Digger and Mojo’s Christmas event on Saturday, December 9.

Julia’s House Carols by Candlelight

Royal biographer Penny Junor and actress Stephanie Cole will be among guest readers at Julia’s House Carols by Candlelight, at St John’s Church in Devizes on Tuesday, December 5 (not December 11, as advertised in the current issue of Wiltshire Life).

Charity Christmas fair

A charity Christmas fair at Wilton Shopping Village promises gifts for all.

Christmas at Cross Keys Arcade

Near Salisbury Christmas Market in Guildhall Square, Cross Keys Arcade is set to begin its festive celebrations with a spectacular line up of magical activities which run up to Christmas and throughout the school holidays.

Christmas shopping at Bowood

​The Marchioness of Lansdowne’s festive shopping celebration will play to the splendour of Robert Adam’s Orangery at Bowood House (between Calne and Chippenham). Her family home will be decorated for the Christmas Extravaganza, from Wednesday to Friday, November 22-24, while also raising funds for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.