Accreditation for Wiltshire and Swindon Archive service

Wiltshire and Swindon Archive service, based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham, has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status […]



Chalke Valley History Festival 2017

The 2017 Chalke Valley History Festival will be moving site to Church Bottom in Broad Chalke – a hidden gem lying amidst ancient chalk pasture and narrow coombes. The new site is now closer to the City of Salisbury than the previous location and it has better access routes. Festival Programme Director, James Holland, said: […]



Salisbury peregrine is spotted in the Midlands

One of the two peregrine chicks that hatched on Salisbury Cathedral Tower last year has been spotted 81 miles (as the crow flies) away from home. The female peregrine, named Aveline by Cathedral staff, was caught on camera in Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, Old Wolverton near Milton Keynes, by wildlife photographer and blogger Ashley Beolens, […]



First phase of hundreds of new Service Family homes complete at Tidworth

The first tranche of hundreds of new Service family homes being built in Tidworth has been completed. A total of 322 homes are being delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) working with contractor Hills, as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP). The £73M project at the Ashdown Estate is ahead of schedule with […]



Bowood to host two-night music extravanganza

Classic Ibiza and The Great British Prom to visit one of Wiltshire’s best loved stately homes on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. Early Bird tickets now on sale: www.revival-productions.co.uk Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire will be hosting two not-to-be-missed nights of live classical music next summer that cater for very different tastes. […]



Photos of Jason Donovan at Salisbury City Hall



A new star has risen over the Cathedral Spire Crossing

Salisbury Cathedral has launched its new Christmas art installation, Star of Bethlehem, created by coding artist Jayson Haebich. The Star, made by projecting light onto a transparent screen, appears as a morphing geometrical shape, moving slowly and gracefully above the Cathedral’s Spire crossing. Viewers can interact with it, changing its shape and colour via an […]



Bowood House Christmas Extravaganza

While Bowood House and Gardens are now closed for the winter season (re-opening for spring on 1st April 2017), the House will open up to the public for just three days at the end of this month for some very special Christmas shopping that’s well away from the hustle-and-bustle of the high street! Bowood House […]



Beatrix Potter adds sparkle to Longleat’s Festival of Light

Giant illuminated versions of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved characters, and a 20-metre-tall multi-coloured birthday cake, with over two kilometres of lighting, will be among the highlights of Longleat’s Festival of Light this winter (November 11th – January 2nd and additional dates of 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th January 2017). There will be glowing tableaux of Peter […]



Julia’s House hosts Carols by Candlelight at Marlborough College

A magical evening of Carols by Candlelight is being held in Marlborough College chapel on Thursday, 8th December in aid of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity. Royal biographer Penny Junor will be among the guest readers along with performances by the Salisbury Plain Military Wives’ Choir and Marlborough Rock Choir, plus, […]