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Blog (December 2016) - Visit Wiltshire

Charity Colbourne

A spotlight on... Charity Colborne, Pound Arts

I’ve been working at Pound Arts for just over four years now and I truly love it. The small team here achieve so much, producing a year round artistic programme of events from The Pound arts centre, two festivals a year (The Blue Sky Festival in June and Magic & Mayhem Festival in November), as well as a Rural Arts Touring programme for Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. My role is to oversee and manage all marketing for these three creative strands, helping to raise our profile as an arts organisation as well as give marketing support to the many artists that come all year round.


10 reasons to visit Wiltshire this January

Once the mayhem of Christmas and New Year’s Eve passes, it’s sometimes hard to think of ideas for what to do during the colder time of year. We’ve put together this handy guide for you giving you ten reasons to visit Wiltshire in January 2017.

Museum of Army Flying

Flying across the Wiltshire border

Just a few miles from the Wiltshire border, into Hampshire, you’ll find the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop.

The museum is dedicated to the Army’s involvement in flight and includes gliders, planes and helicopters and on a grey December’s day I made a visit to see what there was on offer.

Louise Tunnard (C) Vicky Slater

A spotlight on... Louise Tunnard, The Salisbury Museum

I am Marketing & Admin Offer at the museum, which means I have the pleasure of promoting The Salisbury Museum, planning and running the events we stage throughout the year, and welcoming group visitors to the museum. The museum is housed in The King’s House, which dates from the early 13th century. Part of my role is to look after this beautiful building, the site and the team. My background is in Economics and Fine Art, which is a very unlikely combination of interests, but strangely perfect for the job I do.

Longleat Festival of Lights

Longleat Festival of Lights, a magical start to Christmas

On an unseasonably warm and clear December evening I was delighted to have an opportunity to visit the Longleat Festival of Lights. Having visited and loved it last year there was a concern that they couldn’t possibly improve on that… but I should have known, being their 50th anniversary year that Longleat would do something even more impressive!



A pre-Christmas visit to Calne

As I arrived in Calne on a cold but sunny November’s day, armed with a GoPro, smart phone and SLR camera I was keen to explore some of the town’s historic quarter on such a pretty day.


Walking in the footsteps of Poldark in Corsham

If you’ve watched any of the BBC’s most recent adaptations of Poldark then you may see a familiar street scene make an appearance, Wiltshire’s very own Corsham.

I headed to the town on a glorious winter’s day. The sun was beaming down and the frost was sparkling on the grass as I began my walk through some of Corsham Court’s parkland towards the Pound Arts Centre.

Caen Hill Locks

Top places for winter walks in Wiltshire

Don’t let the colder months stop you visiting Wiltshire. Some of our attractions keep their doors (or gates) open over the winter months – making a great choice for a walk after any festive excesses. Here are some of our suggestions for great places for a Wiltshire walk this winter.