Wiltshire Summer

PUBLISHED: 15:10 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:13 20 February 2013

All's Well that Ends Well

All's Well that Ends Well

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.

What's On


16 August until 1 November

Contemporary Textile Artists' Work at Trowbridge Museum

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 Somerset and Wiltshire Woollen industry at the Arc Theatre, Trowbridge on Tuesday 26 August, 7.30pm-9pm.

Trowbridge Museum (01225 751339 for all festival details

8-16 August

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

Wedding Belles

A display of stunning wedding gowns specially created for recent TV and film productions by Cosprop including BBC's Cranford and ITV's Mansfield Park, starring Billie Piper. See how wedding dress designs have changed over the centuries from the very elaborate 18th-century gown worn by Helena Bonham Carter in Frankenstein to the simple elegance of Elizabeth Hurley's 1940s dress from Christobel.

Lydiard House and Park, Swindon (01793 770401

Until 28 September

Millstream Sculpture Garden

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. Millstream Sculpture Garden, Bishopstrow, Warminster (01985 213360


12-15 August

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

16 August

Shakespeare on the Lawn - Much Ado About Nothing

Part of Stourhead's open-air performance season.

Gates open at 6pm. Stourhead Gardens, Stourton (0871 527 1885

24 August

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' Parish Church, Great Chalfield.

7pm (picnics from 5.30pm - bring your own rug). Great Chalfield Manor, near Melksham (01225 782239

26-27 August

Shakespeare in the Park - A Winter's Tale

An outdoor, open-air performance by the Globe Theatre Touring Company.

Gates open 6.30pm. Lydiard Park, Swindon (01793 466454

4-27 September

Drowning on Dry Land - Alan Ayckbourn

A wry look at our fascination with the famous, hilariously demonstrating the transience of celebrity.

Salisbury Playhouse (01722 320333

9-13 September

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, Swindon (01793 524481


9 August

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

13 August

Organ Recital - Salisbury Cathedral

A recital by Daniel Cook, Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral.

7.30pm. Salisbury Cathedral (01722 555120

16 August

Proms at Bowood House

A specially tailored musical programme featuring all your classical and Proms favourites, together with a few special surprises. Featuring The London Gala Orchestra.

Gates open at 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 812102

10 September

Organ Recital - Salisbury Cathedral

Keith Wright, sub-organist at Durham Cathedral. Innovative programming, coupled with a unique sense of style will make this a brilliant recital.

7.30pm, Salisbury Cathedral (01722 555120

12 September

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

12 September

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

13 September


Live in concert and performing all their hits.

Gates open at 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 665970

14 September

Girls Aloud

Join Girls Aloud on their sell-out UK tour.

Gates open 6pm. Bowood House, Calne (01249 665970

Country Shows

9-10 August

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 Falconry Village and the visually stunning Chainsaw Carving Arena, featuring eight of the country's top chainsaw artists. Other attractions include a craft village, a food hall, shopping arcades and children's amusements.

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

2-3 August

The Wroughton Classic Car and Bike Show

Classic vehicle exhibits, club display stands, trade, craft and autojumble stalls.

10am-5pm. Science Museum, Wroughton, Swindon (07747 804487

3 August

Wootton Basset High Street Festival

A fun-filled day for all the family.

Wootton Bassett (01793 850222

14-31 August

Malmesbury Carnival

Carnival fun for the summer.

Malmesbury (01249 822003, www.malmesburycarnival.co.uk

30 August

Great Western Community Forest - Forest Festival and Woodland Games

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, Old Town, Swindon (01793 466324

17 - 30 August

Devizes Carnival

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 Hillworth Park, a well-established family event with live music, bar, children's entertainment, Punch and Judy, trampolines, circus skills and much more. And what's more, it's all free. 12noon-4pm

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 UK, and starts just as soon as the confetti cannon have fired a salvo at 8pm prompt. That is the signal for half-an-hour of good-natured mayhem before a firework display. 7.30pm-9pm (approx)

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

31 August

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

13-14 September

Wroughton Science Museum Festival: Heritage Open Days

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 Swindon town centre to and around the festival site... and much, much more.

Wroughton Science Museum, Red Barn Gate, Wroughton (01793 846221

20 September

Pewsey and District Feast and Carnival

An illuminated carnival with lots of events throughout the day.

9am-5pm. Pewsey (01672 563719

21 September

Salisbury Food and Drink Festival

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.

10am-5pm. Salisbury and other venues (01722 332241

Best of the Rest

16-17 August

Whitehall Dig for Victory Weekend

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

18-22 August

Roman Activity Week

Get a taster of Roman life at Old Sarum, with hands-on activities.

10am-7pm. Old Sarum Castle, Salisbury (01722 335398

24-25 August

Roman Festival

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.

10am-5pm. Old Sarum Castle, Salisbury (01722 335398

3 September

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

11-12 September

French Market

A chance to stock up on Christmas presents from the Continent.

10am-6pm. Market Square, Salisbury (01722 334956

28 September

750th Anniversary Service

A special celebratory service, attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

3pm. Salisbury Cathedral (01722 555120

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