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Detectorists add to archaeological knowledge as finds go on display in The Wessex Gallery

A new temporary exhibition is coming to the Wessex Gallery of Archaeology. From 18th November to the end of February, a special case displays some exceptional objects discovered by members of the public in the Salisbury area. A husband and wife team, detecting in the Deverill valley near Warminster, have discovered many of the treasured pieces. […]



Festival of Light at Longleat

Europe’s largest display of giant Chinese illuminations is at Longleat this winter. A total of around 7,000 individual lanterns, 15km of silk and a dazzling 40km of LED lights are being used in a series of stunning tableaux for the Festival of Light. The highlights of the spectacular event include a 70m long dragon made up of […]



Celebratory pear trees presented to Bowood

Six pear trees have been presented to Lord and Lady Lansdowne by Peter Cooper, Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers in recognition of Bowood winning The Historic Houses Association/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year 2014’. The trees have been planted in the Walled Garden behind Bowood House, with a further two pear trees due to […]



Halloween Festival at Longleat

Enjoy a haunting host of thrills and chills as Longleat’s infamous Halloween Festival (Saturday, October 11th – Monday, November 3rd). Following its sell-out run last year, the frightfully popular Ghost Tours are back with a vengeance. Taking place six times a day, the tours provide a frightfully exciting experience (Oct 11th-12th, 18th-19th and Oct 25th […]



First World War Commemoration Event to remember fallen Wiltshire Soldiers

People are being invited to attend a special county-wide event to commemorate the sacrifice made by 10,000 Wiltshire soldiers during the First World War. The Wiltshire Council and Ministry of Defence-organised First World War Commemoration Event, which takes place on July 30 at 10am at Tidworth Military Cemetery, will give communities across the county the […]



Mystery of Princess Mary gift boxes

On June 28th at the Chalke Valley History Festival, Lady Emma Kitchener will be opening a sealed packing case which has remained untouched since the start of the First World War. The unopened carton, contains eighty new and unused brass Princess Mary gift boxes, to be sent as gifts to the soldiers on the Western Front […]



Lord Pembroke to make hillclimb competition debut at Gurston Down Midsummer Speed Fest

The Spire FM Midsummer Speed Fest surges into action on Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd with two packed days of competition at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb, Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, the country’s most copiously-awarded speed venue. And on Sunday June 22nd we will see the Gurston Down competition debut of one of the […]



Big Machines weekend at Tractor Ted’s Little Farm at Bowood: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May

Tractor Ted’s Little Farm at Bowood will be enhanced this Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May with the return of the popular ‘Big Machines’ weekend.  Over a million pounds worth of new farm machinery will be demonstrated and displayed to visitors on both days from 12-4pm.  During the event, not only can Bowood visitors enjoy the Little […]



Michael Morpurgo at Bowood charity evening

The acclaimed author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo was the Guest Speaker at a  special gala dinner hosted by Bowood House near Calne – home to the descendants of the 1st Earl of Shelburne and the 1st Marquess of Lansdowne since 1754. The  fund-raising dinner was in aid of Michael and Clare Morpurgo’s charity, […]



Improvements to A350 Chippenham

People should see improved journey times on the A350 north of Chippenham as Wiltshire Council starts £2.7m improvement work at the end of April. Work to improve traffic flow is due to start on April 28, 2014, and although there will inevitably be disruption on what is a very busy route, the council is doing […]