In Pewsey

McNeill Gallery, Pewsey

By Emma Kirkup

In central Wiltshire, you’ll find the large village of Pewsey, surrounded by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is well-known for the Kennet & Avon Canal and the Pewsey White Horse but the village itself is also worth stopping off for.

McNeill Gallery

My starting point of the day was to the relatively new McNeill Gallery, in the heart of the Market Place, right by the statue of King Alfred. The gallery sells paintings, sculpture and prints from artists across the UK and has been open for around six months. Whether you prefer classical scenes or more contemporary work, there was a variety of styles on offer here. There are changing exhibitions too so it’s worth keeping an eye out for their forthcoming exhibitions, including one of Stonehenge later on in the season.

Pewsey Heritage Centre

After my visit to the McNeill Gallery, I then took a stroll around the rest of Pewsey and made a quick stop in the Heritage Centre where you can see various artefacts belonging to the area’s rich agricultural past. It’s a volunteer-led centre and costs just a few pounds to visit.

Strolling up the High Street, I also came across another art gallery. This one was more of a community art gallery and featured local arts and crafts which you can buy. They are also looking to run some arts and crafts events here too.

There are a couple of coffee shops for a spot of lunch, or like me you could pick something up from the local bakery… all very tempting!

Keen cyclists will also like the bike shop right in the heart of Pewsey. The area is a popular spot for both road cycling and mountain biking. It makes me think that I really should get on my bike and explore more of the Vale of Pewsey that way too!

To find out more about the Vale of Pewsey and what there is to offer click here.

Pewsey, Wiltshire

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