PUBLISHED: 15:10 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:13 20 February 2013
Stuck for things to do this summer? This will give you some ideas.
From Exhibitions to Performance, from Music to Clairvoyance, there's something on offer somewhere in Wiltshire to suit every taste this summer.
16 August until 1 November
Contemporary Textile Artists' Work at
Part of the Trowbridge Weaving Festival. Events will include Dobcross loom demonstrations and the chance to buy a rug made on the loom, Weaving Walks with Ken Rogers and a lecture on the
Wiltshire Artists 36th Annual Art Exhibition
The Wiltshire Artists 36th Annual Art Exhibition takes place in the historic setting of St Peter's Church, Marlborough. There will be approximately 50 exhibiting artists, all resident in Wiltshire, each displaying up to four recent paintings in wide-ranging styles, media and subject matter. All works will be for sale.
10am-5pm (11am-4pm Sun 10 August). Free entry. Private view 7 August (01672 512771 for invitations. St Peter's Church, Marlborough
Until 31 August
A display of stunning wedding gowns specially created for recent TV and film productions by Cosprop including BBC's Cranford and ITV's
Lydiard House and Park,
Until 28 September
A great mix of award-winning modern architecture, garden design and sculpture in a residential setting of less than half an acre. Acclaimed sculptors Peter Burke and Richard Kindersley are among 14 contemporary artists exhibiting this year. Also on show are two plaster heads by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
12noon-5pm weekends and bank holidays.
Street Dance Summer Festival
An exciting four-day summer school exploring many styles of street dance, which will get even the shyest person up and dancing. Aimed at youngsters aged 12+.
10.30am-3.30pm. The Pound, Corsham (01249 701628
Shakespeare on the Lawn - Much
Part of Stourhead's open-air performance season.
Gates open at 6pm. Stourhead Gardens, Stourton (0871 527 1885
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Vivacious, energetic re-telling from Chapterhouse Theatre Company of some of the great tales of heroics and romance, set in the beautiful gardens at Great Chalfield Manor. Perfect for families. In aid of All Saints'
7pm (picnics from 5.30pm - bring your own rug). Great Chalfield Manor, near Melksham (01225 782239
Shakespeare in the Park - A Winter's Tale
An outdoor, open-air performance by the Globe Theatre Touring Company.
Gates open 6.30pm.
Drowning on Dry Land - Alan Ayckbourn
A wry look at our fascination with the famous, hilariously demonstrating the transience of celebrity.
Run for Your Wife
Ian Dickens' Productions present a national tour of Ray Cooney's hilarious farce, with an all-star cast including Melvyn Hayes (It Ain't Half Hot Mum) and Barry Howard (Hi-De-Hi).
7pm. Wyvern Theatre,
Blues in the Barn
An evening of high-voltage British Blues, featuring Paul Jones Blues Band, Eddie Martin Band, No Mean Feat, Oli Brown Band plus Just Fim and Hip Route. All proceeds to MacMillan Cancer Support.
4pm-12.30am. Swerves Farm, Ratford, Calne (01249 665970
Organ Recital -
A recital by Daniel Cook, Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral.
Proms at Bowood House
A specially tailored musical programme featuring all your classical and Proms favourites, together with a few special surprises. Featuring The
Gates open at 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 812102
Organ Recital -
Keith Wright, sub-organist at Durham Cathedral. Innovative programming, coupled with a unique sense of style will make this a brilliant recital.
The Levellers with Seth Lakeman
Celebrating their 20th anniversary, The Levellers are live in concert with Seth Lakeman.
Gates open at 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 665970
Ocean FM Breamore Concerts - Elaine Page
Your chance to celebrate with Elaine Page her 40 years in the theatre, in a show that includes plenty of showstopping songs from the musicals.
Gates open at 5.30pm. Breamore House, Ringwood (023 8071 1818
Live in concert and performing all their hits.
Gates open at 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 665970
Join Girls Aloud on their sell-out
Gates open 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 665970
The Wiltshire Game and Country Show
A large country show with two main show arenas of country sports and pursuits, including falconry, scurry racing, gundog and sheepdog displays. Major new attractions are the
10am-6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 812102
30 and 31 August
Rare Breed Survival Trust Festival and Brinkworth Show
See separate articles for details of these two shows.
Brinkworth House Showground, Brinkworth (01666 511359
Fairs, Fêtes and Festivals
The Wroughton Classic Car and Bike Show
Classic vehicle exhibits, club display stands, trade, craft and autojumble stalls.
A fun-filled day for all the family.
Wootton Bassett (01793 850222
Carnival fun for the summer.
Malmesbury (01249 822003, www.malmesburycarnival.co.uk
This is the festival's tenth year, with local musicians, regular festival bands, dance workshops, fair-trade and alternative stalls, woodcraft displays, children's activities and local organic food in the Forest Café. Visit the festival on your cycle and claim a free cyclometer.
10am-5pm. The Lawn,
17 - 30 August
Between 17 and 30 August, Devizes takes to the streets in fine style with a series of events during the annual Devizes Carnival
17 August sees the Carnival Picnic in
25 August and the streets will come alive with the seventh Devizes Street Festival, one of the most exciting and popular events in the area. The marketplace is closed to traffic and is transformed into a vibrant area for street performers and skilled artistes who have performed worldwide. Another day of unique and free entertainment. 10am-6pm
27 August sees sides drawn up in the Confetti Battle. Popular on the continent (and in early English carnivals). Preceded by a marching band, this is now believed to be the only such event of its type in the
30 August is the culmination of the carnival, with the Carnival Procession, when the whole of Devizes turns out to watch and visit the fairground on the small green and the marketplace. 6pm
www.devizescarnival.co.uk for further information
Wiltshire Crimestoppers' Family Fun Day
Top artists live on stage, including Jason Donovan. Funfair, quad bikes, go-karts, arena displays, helicopter rides, trade stands, craft fair, circus school, Punch and Judy, tallest magic show in the world!
10am-6pm. Bowood House, Calne. www.wiltshirecrimestoppers.co.uk
A mega event demonstrating the best of the past, present and future of science and technology. Join Johnny Ball and other celebrities as they describe their favourite inventions of the past and future. See the Top Gear presenters' own creations. Make your own energy. Experience the wonder of the heavens in an overnight 'Star Cam' with the Astronomical Society. Ride a vintage double-decker bus from
Pewsey and District Feast and Carnival
An illuminated carnival with lots of events throughout the day.
9am-5pm. Pewsey (01672 563719
A showcase for the very best in local fare, where there is guaranteed to be a range of foodie treats for all the family. There's plenty on the menu, including the hotly contested Waiters' and Bar Tenders' Race, to wine and beer tents, cookery demonstrations, barbecues, and special food festival menus.
Best of the Rest
Go back to the 1940s, see historic military vehicles, trade stands and the NAFFI, listen to music, take dance lessons and, at 8pm on 16 August, put them into practice to a programme of 1940s dance music by the Steve Rodgers Quartet. Pig roast and burlesque entertainment.
Lacock (01249 730204
Roman Activity Week
Get a taster of Roman life at Old Sarum, with hands-on activities.
Old Sarum goes back to its roots with this fantastic Roman Festival, where you can join the Ermine Street Guard for military displays in the arena, and see an authentic recreated Roman chariot! Find out about the lifestyle and customs of the period, including cookery, weaving, stone-carving, fashion and games. Also see Romano British Cavalry with The Troop, a duo of mounted cavalry soldiers demonstrating a variety of weapons.
An Evening at Stourhead House
Dress in your finest evening wear for an exclusive event at the magnificent Stourhead House. Experience the house as never before, with curtains drawn and by lamplight, just as the Hoare family would have done. Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés in the entrance hall and musical entertainment. Booking essential.
7pm-9.30pm. Stourhead House, Stourton (0871 527 1885
A chance to stock up on Christmas presents from the Continent.
750th Anniversary Service
A special celebratory service, attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.