Chalke Valley History Festival

June makes a great time of year to make a Wiltshire escape and with some fantastic events taking place this month, there are even more reasons to visit.

Here are some of the highlights you can expect:

•    Devizes Open Gardens Weekend

Eighteen of Devizes’ gardens will be opening up in the historic town of Devizes over the weekend of 3-4 June. Why not make a break of it and not only explore these gardens but also the many attractions Devizes has to offer including the famous Wadworth Brewery and the Kennet & Avon Canal. 

•    Corsham Walking Festival

Walking enthusiasts should check out Corsham’s fourth Walking Festival taking place from 9-11 June. A range of walks are on offer with distances varying from 1.5 miles to 19 miles. 

•    Shirley Valentine

The classic 1980s comedy film, Shirley Valentine is brought to the stage at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre between 12-17 June. Jodie Prenger stars in the first major revival of this national treasure. 

•    Blue Sky Festival

This quirky festival of the arts features performances, exhibitions and workshops from 13-18 June. Organised by the Pound arts centre, this festival has events for all ages, with some events also being free. 

•    Amesbury Carnival and Show

There’s lots of family fun to be had at the Amesbury Carnival and Show on 17 June. Head to Holder’s Field for Stone Age Games, a fun fair, marching bands and much more. 

•    Rare breed farm tour and tasting

Take a tour of Buttle Farm, near Calne on 18 June for their Slow Pig day. Meet the six different breeds of pig, tast the charcuterie made on the farm and find out about the Slow Food Movement and the Rare Breed Survival Trust. 

•    Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year will be celebrated at Stonehenge with free Managed Open Access being provided by English Heritage. Car parking charges apply and visitors are encouraged to visit by public transport or car share. 

•    Chalke Valley History Festival

This year in a new location in the Chalke Valley, the Chalke Valley History Festival offers an unique blend of talks, discussions and debates plus re-enactments, air displays and lots more. The festival begins on 26 June and runs until 2 July. 

•    Adult Stone Carving Course

If you’ve ever fancied giving stone masonry a try then this is your opportunity. This two-day course will be run on 29-30 June in the Works Department of Salisbury Cathedral and includes a workshop tour be either the Clerk of Works or Head Mason and an optional Tower Tour. 

Want to know what else is on this month? Check out our what’s on pages for details and plan your June break to Wiltshire.

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