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ith the school holidays just days away, this edition is packed full of ideas for making the most of summer (in the hope that the weather plays ball!). Whether you want to dine out with the kids, or get away from them, you’ll definitely want to take a look at our al fresco dining guide - we have everything covered, from great pub food to a la carte fine dining (p19). We also let you in on which venues are particularly well set up to cater for little ones.

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On the subject of families our annual summer activities guide runs to 14 pages and has ideas on everything from family exhibitions and one off events to great family venues and even a maize maze (p41)! Whatever your interests, and whatever the weather does indeed throw at us, we've got you covered! If you are still planning your holidays then you may want to take a look at our recent visit to Vale do Lobo in Portugal for inspiration (p37), and there are great BBQ recipes to try (p29) if you are staying at home. Whatever you’re up to, make sure you keep this edition to hand, it may well prove useful! Enjoy!

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HOMES & GARDENS

LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in July

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LOCAL NEWS Round up of news & events

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Civil War Re-enactment

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The Elizabethan Evening

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Gardiner Houlgate

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Leekes of Melksham

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Shuttercraft

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Wadswick Green

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LEGAL & FINANCIAL ABD Care

FOOD & DRINK Eat the Seasons

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BATH RUGBY

BBQ recipes

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England call ups

Meet The Chef at The Greyhound

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Food news

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FEATURES

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COMPETITIONS & PUZZLES That’s interesting...

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Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku

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Garden Party - outside dining

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Perfect Portugal

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COMMENT

Summer Activities

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The Last Word

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July 2019

MELKSHAM ASSEMBLY HALL

Following the success of their summer 2018 concert at WMC, the Amadeus Orchestra return with a vibrant programme of Russian greats.

Milton Jones, Wiltshire Music Centre

Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES Box Office: 01225 709887 melkshamassemblyhall.com

ANDRE RIEU (LIVE) 27 July, 7pm Tickets: £15 (Concs £7.50) Livestream concert: André Rieu’s 2019 Maastricht Concert “Shall We Dance?”

THE NEW JERSEY BOYS 5 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £18 Back by public demand comes the music of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons. AXIS ALL AREAS 26 July, 8pm Tickets: £10 Featuring three of the UK’s most highly regarded rock musicians, Axis All Areas provide an evening of faultless professionalism and musicianship of the highest calibre.

TOWN HALL ARTS Trowbridge Town Hall, BA14 8EQ Tel: 01225 774306 trowbridgearts.com

TROWBRIDGE LAUGHS 4 July, 8pm Tickets: £10 A monthly comedy night featuring some of the best comedians on the circuit. TOWN HALL ARTS’ BENEFIT GIG 12 July, 8pm Tickets: £10 A funrasing night to support Town Hall Arts filled with music from local performers including After Aura, Rosie Upton & Pete MacGregor, Westward and more. 6

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POUND ARTS CENTRE WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE

Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ Box Office: 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk MILTON JONES: WORK IN PROGRESS 19 July, 8pm Tickets: £15 Milton Jones reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE (AS LIVE) 20 July, 2pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £8) A thrilling, audacious and witty production of Swan Lake screened as live from the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. AMADEUS ORCHESTRA 25 July, 7pm Tickets: £25 (Concs £10)

Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX Box Office: 01249 701628 poundarts.org.uk PIZZA SHOP HEROES 13 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) Four young men working in your average pizza shop take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they are. THE PAPER MOON 19 July, 11am & 2pm Tickets: £6 A gentle first adventure into theatre for babies, young children and their grown-ups. ONWARDS & UPWARDS 20 July, 2pm Tickets: £8 (Concs £7) Family: £28 When a broken compass clatters into her workshop, Luna’s world is turned upside down as she uncovers the extraordinary real-life adventures of the first woman to cross oceans, skies and to reach the very top of the world.

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events RHYS JAMES & SARAH KEYWORTH 20 July, 8pm Tickets: £10 Edinburgh preview double bill – Rhys and Sarah bring you work-in progress versions of their latest shows. LOU SANDERS & PIERRE NOVELLIE 25 July, 8pm Tickets: £10 Edinburgh preview double bill - Lou and Pierre Novellie return with a new hour of God-knows-what! It’s a work in progress people! VIGIL 27 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (Concs £8) In a wild encounter with the bizarre, colourful, comic, enigmatic hinterlands of life, performer Tom Bailey playfully explores thousands of species.

THE ATHENAEUM CENTRE

18-20 High St, Warminster, BA12 9AE Box Office: 01985 213891 theath.org.uk BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A) 10 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.50 The foot-stomping celebration of Queen, and their extraordinary lead singer, Freddie Mercury. SISTER ACT 24 – 28 July, various times Tickets: £13 (Concs from £11) Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Bohemian Rhapsody (12A), The Athenaeum Centre

THE BOOK SHOP (PG) 31 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.50 Free-spirited widow Florence Green risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town in the 1950s.

NEELD ARTS CENTRE

High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER Tel: 01249 446699 neeld.co.uk JIVE TALKIN’ 5 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £20 Featuring vocalists who’ve performed with The Bee Gees and were described as “fantastic” by Barry Gibb. AN EVENING WITH EDDIE “THE EAGLE” EDWARDS 9 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £19 Although he didn’t win an Olympic medal, he did win a place in the hearts of spectators all around the globe. This was ultimately due to his lack of success, but more importantly his determination and ‘have a go’ attitude. 90S NIGHT 26 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 The night will feature a huge range of 90s music to keep the dancefloor full, from the pop hits of Steps, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC to classic Britpop anthems!

FROME MEMORIAL THEATRE

Christchurch St West, Frome, BA11 1EB Tel: 01373 462795 fmt.website JETHRO - THE COUNT OF CORNWALL 12 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £20.50 Following 60 sold out shows last year, “The Count of Cornwall” is back again with his unique style of comedy. THE DRIFTERS

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19 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £26.50 The Drifters are back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades.

CHEESE & GRAIN

5 The Bridge, Frome BA11 1AR Box Office: 01373 455420 cheeseandgrain.com For full listings go to the website. THE MOSCOW DRUG CLUB 10 July, 8pm Tickets: £14 A curious musical place where elements of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, French Musette and Storytelling meet. WHITE LIES 11 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 White Lies are at The Cheese and Grain for a last UK show before embarking on a campaign of high-profile festival shows across the globe. SCOUTING FOR GIRLS 12 July, 8pm Tickets: £29.50 One of the headline acts for Frome Festival 2019. MAD DOG MCREA 13 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 A unique mix of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass & ‘shake your ass’ music.

WILTSHIRE FARMERS’ MARKETS BRADFORD ON AVON Last Sunday of each month 10.30am-2pm, Lamb’s Yard DEVIZES 1st Saturday of each month 9am – 1pm, Market Place WARMINSTER 1st Friday of each month 9am – 1pm, Central Car Park

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JUDGE JULES LIVE £20 FROME FOOD FEAST FREE ENTRY FROME PUNK FESTIVAL £11.50 MAGPIE MARKET FREE ADMISSION THE CORAL £20 THE MOSCOW DRUG CLUB £14 WHITE LIES £22 SCOUTING FOR GIRLS £29.50 SOMERSET FARMERS MARKET FREE ENTRY MAD DOG MCREA £15 FROME SYMPHONY £12, £5 UNDER 18’S LATER... WITH FROME COLLEGE £7, £5 STUDENT AIRBOURNE £22/£25 DOOR MAKERS MARKET JULY FREE ENTRY LITTLE PICKLES MARKET £1 ENTRY COLDPLACE £17 FROME RECORD FAIR FREE ENTRY HAYSEED DIXIE £19.50 BON GIOVI £16.50

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BRADFORD-ONAVON FOLK CLUB

Cellar Bar, Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon boafolkclub.org.uk

The Moscow Drug Club, Cheese & Grain

AIRBOURNE 17 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 The walking, talking, living, breathing, fist-pumping embodiment of all that hard rock has encompassed since the movement began. COLDPLACE 26 July, 8pm Tickets: £17 The world’s No.1 tribute to Coldplay returns in 2019 for another outstanding show.

SINGAROUND 2, 9, 16 & 23 July, 8pm FREE BERTIE WRIGHT 30 July, 8pm FREE Traditional English and Irish folk music.

VILLAGE PUMP FRIDAY FOLK

The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge BA14 8BN villagepump.org.uk OPEN MIC 26 July, 8pm Tickets: £3

The Close, Warminster, BA12 9AL Tel: 01985 847070 prestburysportsbar.com Bands start at 9pm and entry is FREE GARY NUMAN TRIBUTE + 80’s 6 July All Gary’s greatest hits + 80’s classics.

OTHERS

PALM COURT TRIO CONCERT WITH TRIO PARADIS: “Stage and Screen” Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LW 4 July, 10.45am Free admission with retiring collection. Tel 07595 671116 or email jacquelynbevan@yahoo.co.uk

ACOUSTIC OAK UB40 TRIBUTE The Royal Oak, High St, Corsham 13 July UB40’s classic hits that everybody loves. 4, 11, 18 & 25 July Singers and spotlight nights. Tickets: £2. For more info go to The Acoustic WHO’S NEXT Oak Facebook page. 20 July The UK’s #1 tribute to The Who. BRAKELIGHT 27 July Classic blues & rock. 10

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SONGBIRDS LADIES CHOIR Paxcroft Mead Community Centre, Trowbridge 15 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £6 With a raffle and light refreshments a summer charity concert in aid of Larkrise Special School.

THE THREE HORSESHOES

BRADFORD ON AVON ARTS ASSOCIATION HAYSEED DIXIE Wallington Hall, Bradford on Avon, 31 July, 8pm BA15 1LN Tickets: £19.50 7 July, 7pm Fantastic bluegrass covers of hard rock Tickets: £5 songs in a musical genre the band calls Screening and discussion of films with “rockgrass”. Paul Watson: The Fishing Party and The Home. For details go to boaarts.org.

THE PRESTBURY SPORTS BAR

FREE ENTRY BBQ and cream teas with a tombola and sales table. Joining with Trowbridge In Bloom open gardens for the day. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, The Swift Group and Trowbridge Greening Project will be represented with tables and opportunities to talk about these organisations. For more info call 01225 760636

GLOUCESTER ROAD ALLOTMENTS OPEN DAY AND BBQ Gladstone Road, Trowbridge 13 July, 12 noon

Frome Rd, Bradford on Avon Tel: 01225 865876 All gigs are FREE and start at 9pm THE BOOTHILL ALL-STARS 5 July MUSTARD ALLEGRO + VALENTINA + THE FORGETTING CURVE 6 July THE MODEL FOLK 7 July THIS IS HIP 12 July DERAILER 13 July CANTALOOP 14 July FUNKY HUSKY 19 July RUZZ GUITARS ELECTRIC BLUES REVUE 20 July GROOVELATOR 21 July THE BLUNDERS 26 July THE JAMES OLIVER BAND 28 July

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All the latest news and events from West Wiltshire and beyond!

NATIONAL RUGBY CAMPS AT TROWBRIDGE RFC Zeus Events are delighted to announce the launch of National Rugby Camps at Trowbridge Rugby Club this July. National Rugby Camps are designed for boys and girls from the ages of 6 to 16 and cater for all abilities. Sessions will be led by high-quality coaches and professional players. The National Rugby Camps are an opportunity for players to develop their skills using five pillars of play: Accuracy, Creativity, Continuity, Vision and Enjoyment. All attendees will receive a free gift and there are certificates on the final day of camp for players that have shown great potential and upheld the core values of rugby. National Rugby Camps are taking place at Trowbridge RFC between Monday 29 July and Wednesday 31 July. Adam Clayton, Co-Founder of Zeus Events, rights holders to the National Rugby Programme, said: ‘We’re delighted to be launching the National Rugby Camps across

four locations during the summer holidays. They provide the perfect opportunity to learn from some of the country’s greatest coaches and players. Participants will not just learn technical and tactical aspects of the game but we’ll also instil the values that make rugby the beautiful sport it is.’ National Rugby Camps are part of the National Rugby Programme which includes the National Rugby Roadshow and the National Rugby Awards – rugby’s flagship awards ceremony in England.

NATIONAL RUGBY AWARDS

England. This is the first year Minis, Juniors and Under 18s have been nominated in the awards, including the Spirit of the Game, Outstanding Achiever, Team Mate of the Year, Club Member and School of the Year awards. There is still time to nominate your club, coach, star player or deserving volunteer for the National Rugby Awards, simply fill out the nominations form on the National Rugby Awards website. • nationalrugbyawards.co.uk National Rugby Camps are taking place from 29-31 July at Trowbridge RFC

The National Rugby Awards were created in 2015 to honour the achievements of every rugby club in the country and to celebrate the coaches, players and supporters for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. The National Rugby Awards recognises all those who contribute in so many ways to the great game of rugby in

JOIN SEPTEMBER’S HOSPICE CARE HERO WALK Dorothy House’s Hospice Care Hero Walk takes place on 7 September and is an exciting NEW event in the stunning grounds of the Newton Park, Bath Spa University Campus with lakes, a castle and beautiful views. Participants can choose a 1km, 5km or 10km route that passes through exciting herothemed zones. Dress up as your favourite superhero, use the walk to remember a special hero in your 12

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life or walk to celebrate the heroes providing care at Dorothy House

WHY GET INVOLVED? There’s a myth that hospices are just places to die. In truth, their job is to help everyone live their life to

its fullest potential. By connecting with people earlier after their diagnosis, they can help them achieve their personal goals – no matter how big or small. Sign up today using the exclusive West Wilts Magazine discount code WWHW19 in July and be a Hospice Care Hero! • hospicecareheroes. org.uk


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TROWBRIDGE SOAPBOX DERBY

MITCHEL BROWN AIMING FOR TOKYO Mitchel Brown, a student at Fairfield Farm College, is celebrating a variety of sporting triumphs over the past few months, including ranking highly in a range of competitive athletic events. Mitchel is a keen runner, with the 100m and 200m as his main events. He is currently ranked 7th in UK for the 200m. His talent was spotted by Rachel Bown, his sports teacher, when he joined the college three years ago.

The Soapbox Derby returns on 18 August

This August the Soapbox Derby is returning to the streets of Trowbridge! The event is supported by Tarmac and is part of the Trowbridge Carnival line up of events. It takes place on Sunday 18 August from 10am (registration from 9am), entry is only £3 per driver. So, get busy making your own soap box and head over to Castle Street to join in the fun - there are even prizes to be won!

Head protection, long sleeves and gloves must be worn. Find the event on Facebook or contact Andy via email at lazerlightroadshow@yahoo. com for more information. Also coming up as part of Trowbridge Carnival is Trowbridge Country Fayre on Saturday 7 September and the Carnival Procession on Saturday 19 October. • fb.com/trowbridgecarnival

PINE RIDGE DOG SANCTUARY AUGUST EVENTS

Every year Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary hosts two fundraising events in August. The first is their annual Open Day, which this year takes place on

Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary hosts an Open Day every August

Saturday 3 August from 12noon to 4pm. Visitors will be free to visit the dogs and speak with manageress, Claire, about any dog they may wish to give a home to. The seecond event to pop in your diaries is their Fun Dog Show, which takes place on Sunday, 18 August (entries from 12noon judging from 1.30pm). A barbecue and food bar will be available throughout the afternoons and there will be other stalls and a raffle. There is parking on site too.

Mitchel does not let his Cerebral Palsy and learning difficulties get in the way of his ambitions. He is unfazed by competing against able bodied athletes in mainstream competitions, as well as racing against those with a similar disability as a member of Cerebral Palsy Sport. He currently trains with Deborah Bray to improve his times to meet the qualification standard for next years Paralympics Games in Tokyo. The team at Fairfield Farm College, Lavington Athletics Club and his family are all behind him, giving him the support he needs to break his personal best. Fitting all this sport in around his studies is sometimes difficult, but he’s used to running around! Young Paralympic hopeful Mitchel Brown has his sights set on Tokyo

The proceeds of both events go to fund the work PIne Ridge Dog Sanctuary do; finding happy and secure homes for their dogs for over 60 years. • pineridgedogsanctuary.org.uk THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE 13


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CHAPTERHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY OPEN-AIR GARDEN THEATRE Friends of Great Chalfield is a local association that hosts events to support maintenance & development of the Arts & Crafts gardens

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen Adapted by Laura Turner

10th & 11th August

English Civil War Society (CWS) Re-enactment Weekend The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the English Civil War Society will re-enact the two-day Royalist occupation of the manor house in 1644. Admission: £5 Adults, 16 & under FREE For more info visit www.marquisofwinchesters.co.uk

or www.greatchalfield.co.uk

The Elizabethan Evening

at Manor Farm, Corsley, Warminster BA12 7QE

Saturday 3rd August 2019, 7.30pm

Adults £15 / Child £7 / Sit down supper £10 Gardens open 5.30pm. Pre-booked supper 6-7pm Performance begins at 7.30pm. Picnics welcome.

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CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT

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n Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the English Civil War Society will re-enact the two-day Royalist occupation of Great Chalfield Manor house in 1644 – 375 years ago. The regiment and accompanying civilians will march in at the start of each day and guards will be posted to keep watch. The soldiers will drill and fire muskets and cannon during the day.

Parliamentarian patrol will be driven off in a sharp skirmish. Any prisoners taken will be tried and then marched off under escort.

Learn more about the English Civil War at this fantastic event

“It’s actually bringing history to life; you can really smell gun powder, hear the noise, and for children it gives them a sense of actually being there and makes history more interesting” (visitor comment 2017) Admission is £5 for Adults, 16 years and under go free. Admission charges, including National Trust members, contribute to maintenance and development of the Arts & Crafts gardens at Great Chalfield. For further details see marquisofwinchesters.co.uk or the Great Chalfield website.

In tents in the garden, civilians will show and tell you how people lived in the 17th century. A clerk will also wbe in the Great Hall to replicate the writing of the accounts of September 1644. The Chaplain, musicians and officers will recreate activities in the parish church and around the manor. In the afternoon a • greatchalfield.co.uk

THE ELIZABETHAN EVENING

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he Elizabethan Evening at Manor Farm in Corsley, near Warminster is always one of the highlights of the summer season. The professional open-air touring theatre - with optional pre-booked supper waited by serfs and wenches - and music in theme with the play performed, all make for an exceptional evening. Picnics are welcome at this family event and all proceeds are donated to local charitable causes. This year it takes place on Saturday 3 August, and the play is an adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. This year you are invited to take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When

Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this adaptation has been a favourite of Chapterhouse audiences for years and will be a joy to perform in the company’s 20th year of touring. Join friends and family for an evening of theatre beneath the stars, basking in the glow of this timeless classic.

The Elizabethan Evening is one of the highlights of the summer calendar

Tickets for the event are £15 for adults and £7 for children, with the sit down supper costing £10. The gardens open at 5.30pm. For tickets and further information just call 01373 832113 or email office@theelizabethanevening.com • theelizabethanevening.com THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE 15


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HEAD OUTSIDE AND ENJOY SOME OF THE REGION'S BEST GARDENS & COURTYARDS FOR A SPOT OF AL FRESCO DINING THIS SUMMER...

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The Canal Tavern

Frome Road, Bradford on Avon This newly refurbished pub is well worth a look. It has been taken over recently by Danny and Tara Adams, who also run The George at Sandy Lane and The Greyhound in Bromham, this is a place where you won’t go hungry - the pub serves brilliant burgers, hearty pub classics, daily fish specials, and even superfood salads! What's more, food is served all day, every day. Inside the new decor is bright, welcoming and beautifully finished, but in the summer you'll want to make the most of the sunshine by popping out and sitting in the beautiful canalside garden. 01225 866100 | canaltavern.co.uk

The Longs Arms

High St, Steeple Ashton At The Longs Arms there’s a lovely, sunny, flower filled garden where you and the family can enjoy a long, lazy lunch. The garden is huge, so there’s plenty of room to bring the entire family, along with the dog. The play area at the far end keeps the children entertained, while discerning diners can relax over a delicious meal. There’s something on the menu for everyone – all lovingly prepared by our head chef, Scottie. Fans of ale will also be delighted with the range on offer. Long-term landlady, Caroline

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Quartley, and her dedicated team look forward to welcoming you. 01380 870245 | longsarms.co.uk

The Lock Inn

Frome Road, Bradford on Avon The Lock Inn Café in Bradford on Avon is an institution. Owned and run by the same family since it opened in 1990, the café is open all day every day and ideally situated if you and the family are exploring the Kennet & Avon Canal. Locals flock over for their famous Boatman’s Breakfast, but you can stop by anytime from 8.30am to 11pm (food served ‘til 9pm) and enjoy homemade food made from the finest – locally sourced where possible – produce. What’s more, you can enjoy your food and drink out in their new heated and covered deck! Beautifully situated on the banks of the canal, it allows you to sit and watch life on the canal go by whilst you enjoy good company and some delicious food and drink. As well as the breakfasts, there’s lots more to enjoy on the menu, including fantastic steaks, fish and chips, incredible burgers, pasta, salads and much more, all of which can be enjoyed with a pint or two of cider or beer, or a glass of wine if you prefer – the café is fully licensed. Kids also have their own menu, so they’re taken care of too. After dark the café remains open, and after 6pm you

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can also enjoy full table service. 01225 868068 | thelockinn.co.uk

The Methuen Arms

2 High Street, Corsham Maddy and Leigh run The Methuen Arms, an award-winning inn that enjoys a great reputation for its food, in large part down to the efforts of Head Chef Leigh Evans and his team. Leigh’s love of food vibrates through the kitchen and front of house, ensuring The Methuen is well established on the ‘foodie’ radar. Set beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court, The Methuen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and is open all day for tea, coffee and delicious homemade biscuits and pastries. Despite its town centre location, it also boasts a sun-soaked courtyard in which to escape the hustle and bustle. It’s a lovely space, protected by mature trees and shrubs and lit with strings of fairy lights at night – great for unwinding with a drink after a long day at work, catching up with friends for lunch, or spending a relaxed evening with loved ones. 01249 717060 | themethuenarms.com

"Despite its town centre location, it also boasts a sun-soaked courtyard in which to escape the hustle and bustle." The Methuen Arms

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Situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Steeple Ashton, The Longs Arms is the perfect place for the discerning drinker to enjoy a glass of ale, or for the entire family to sit down and have a meal together. There’s something on the menu to suit everyone, and the atmosphere is welcoming to couples wanting to sit by the open fire or families wanting to enjoy the huge garden with their dog, with play equipment to keep children occupied.

High Street, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire BA14 6EU // 01380 870245 // www.longsarms.co.uk


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The Old Ham Tree

Ham Green, Holt Landlords Steph and Sam run a pub that offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and tasty, fresh good value food. The Old Ham Tree, which has recently enjoyed a refurb inside and out, is a Wadworth pub, so you can expect to find a tasty pint. Their Cask Marque accredited beers include 6X, IPA, Horizon and Swordfish. They also have a range of ciders including Thatchers Gold, Stowford Press and Addlestones (perfect on a warm day) as well as lagers, wines, spirits and a full complement of soft drinks. Over the summer spend time soaking up some rays in the pretty, recently refurbished, garden, it gets the sun from late morning all the way into the evening.

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scrummy selection of homemade light lunches, cakes and scones as well as Brian Wogan coffee, delicious tea and hot chocolate, you really will be spoilt for choice! The large garden is beautifully tranquil and there is some play equipment to keep little ones occupied too. And on the way out be sure to take a look at their lovely selection of local honey, greeting cards and wonderful gifts! 01380 831242 | Find them on Facebook

The Poplars Inn

Shop Lane, Wingfield, Trowbridge A warm welcome awaits you in this quintessential English pub and restaurant. It is a well-established family run business which prides itself on serving great food in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. That is why it has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the last seven years.

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specials board to suit everyone. Follow it up with a scrumptious homemade dessert. Food is served seven days a week. 01225 752426 | poplarsinn.co.uk

The Red Lion

High St, Heytesbury, Warminster This family-friendly pub with B&B is situated in the pretty village of Heytesbury, at the heart of the Wylye Valley and on the edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. You’ll find it just off the A36 and ten minutes from the A303, so it’s an ideal base for visiting the likes of Longleat Safari Park (5 minutes' drive), Stourhead and Stonehenge over the summer holidays.

Food at The Red Lion is freshly prepared and homecooked, and this includes the children's menu, and Everyone is welcome at The Old Ham every children’s meal comes with Tree; those with lighter appetites a free ice cream sundae. There is and children are catered for with the smaller portions menu and the family When the sun shines you can sit in the something on offer for all tastes and garden where you might be lucky to appetites, with snacks, sandwiches pooch is welcome too, so it makes a catch a game of cricket and enjoy the and hearty pub classics all available. great stop off point on a walk. Open every day from 12noon, The Old Ham wonderful sound of leather on willow. At the back of the pub is a large beer Tree is well worth a look for those who Or simply sit and enjoy the tranquillity garden which leads down to the of the countryside with a pint of cask Wylye River and includes a children's like good beer and tasty food that marque accredited real ale or a glass play area. On warmer days you can doesn’t cost the earth. of wine from around the world. The 01225 782581 | theoldhamtree.com ground is available for private hire for "At the back of the pub BBQs, rounders or cricket. Pickleberry Coffee & is a large beer garden

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Head chef Ben uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible to create delicious homecooked food. There is always a choice on the daily

which leads down to the Wylye River and includes a children's play area." The Red Lion Heytesbury


THE POPLARS INN SHOP LANE, WINGFIELD, WILTSHIRE BA14 9LN

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Traditional family run village pub

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We offer home-cooked food using fresh seasonal ingredients, a warm and friendly atmosphere and affordable en-suite B&B accommodation. New Summer Menu, Real Ales, Large Beer Garden, Children’s Play Area, Dog Friendly, Ample Parking, Darts & Pool Table, Great Local Walks, Sunday Roasts T 01985 840315 E info@redlionheytesbury.co.uk W redlionheytesbury.co.uk 42A High Street, Heytesbury, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 0EA

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even grab a blanket, order some food and a bottle of wine and have your own picnic under the shade of a tree or umbrella. What could be better on a summer’s day?! 01985 840315 | redlionheytesbury.co.uk

The Raven Inn

Poulshot, Devizes As of July 2018, The Raven Inn, a traditional country pub, welcomed new owners and a new menu offering good quality, honest pub food. One of this place’s USPs is the fantastic Wadworth beer - served straight from the barrel – there’s not a hand pump in sight.

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route to a day out over the summer. It’s a traditional pub, and over the last 10 years has been extended to offer a larger seating area. There are three garden areas to enjoy including a children’s play area and a patio area that really catches the sun. Dogs are welcome to join the family too, and there are even treats available for them, which always go down well.

As a Wadworth-owned pub, good beers are a given. The Red Lion holds the Cask Marque and serves three Wadworth cask ales 6x, Bishops Tipple and IPA, along with a seasonal guest ale. There is also a comprehensive wine list as well as The walled garden and patio are the usual array of spirits, mixers and perfect for catching the sun and the soft drinks. The food is home cooked, full menu is served outside so you can with choices to suit all appetites, and make the most of the summer rays. they offer a traditional Sunday lunch What’s more, dogs are welcome in every week – book in advance to our bar, garden and patio as long as guarantee a spot though! They also they are on a lead, so it’s a great place have a dedicated gluten free menu. to stop off mid-walk – the pub is less Highlights on the summer menu than a mile from the famous Caen Hill include a cod, tiger prawn and crab lock flight. linguine and a lemon and thyme marinated chicken breast on a mixed The Raven has a function room bean and spinach salad. Another (seating up to 30) that can be used for great option are their stone baked private parties, and the patio can be pizzas – perfect for sunny days spent reserved for get-togethers too. dining outside. 01380 828271 | ravenpoulshot.co.uk

01373 830350 | redlionwoolverton.co.uk

The Red Lion

The Seven Stars

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Winsley, Bradford on Avon The Seven Stars in Winsley is renowned for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, where children and

The Seven Stars

dogs are made to feel welcome, and which has easy access for wheelchairs. As the warmer weather arrives, their large courtyard garden is ideal for whiling away the hours with family and friends. Food is served Monday to Friday lunchtimes and evenings and all day on Saturdays and Sundays – they always advise booking in advance. The Seven Stars is also highly regarded for its gluten free and veggie options, so vegetarians, vegans and those with food intolerances are well looked after. As well as smaller get-togethers, the pub also caters for large bookings, including birthdays, anniversaries and wakes. So, if you are planning a celebration get in touch to discuss your requirements. 01225 722204 | sevenstarswinsley.co.uk

Three Daggers

47 Westbury Road, Edington Open in time for summer is the Low & Slow Shack. It offers slow cooking at its finest to create the best in tender and smoked cuisine including slow smoked meats, wood fired flatbreads and pizzas and many more delights. And what better to wash that all down with than a pint of Dagger’s

"Open in time for summer is the Low & Slow Shack. It offers slow cooking at its finest to create the best in tender and smoked cuisine"


The Red Lion

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Enjoy a refreshing drink in our beer garden with spectacular views over Longleat & Cley Hill

LUNCH DEALS

(12pm-3pm)

pub classic + dessert + coffee = £12.50 baguette/salad + chips + dessert + coffee = £10.50

68 High Street,Chapmanslade, Westbury, Wilts BA13 4AN

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Homecooked food served every lunchtime & evening. We also offer a dedicated gluten free menu. Enjoy great Wadworth beers Unsure what you like? We offer a third of a pint taster. Traditional Sunday roast with a choice of meats for only £11.50 Family friendly with a large beer garden and children’s play area 01373 830350 | www.redlionwoolverton.co.uk Bath Road, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS

WINSLEY, BRADFORD ON AVON BA15 2LQ SEVENSTARSWINSLEY.CO.UK TEL: 01225 722204 ENQUIRIES@SEVENSTARSWINSLEY.CO.UK OPEN: Mon-Thurs: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm Sun: 12pm-10:30pm

A WARM WELCOME AWAITS AT THE SEVEN STARS WINSLEY

With a hardworking team, wonderful locally sourced produce and a great selection of beers, wine and spirits this handsome bustling inn has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where children and dogs are very welcome. It is open all day for food at weekends and can also cater for large bookings.

• QUIZ NIGHTS & FUNDRAISERS • REAL ALES • GLUTEN FREE MENU • DISABLED ACCESS • TAKE AWAYS AVAILABLE • LARGE GARDEN • FAMILY & DOG FRIENDLY


food & drink finest. The shack is open every Saturday and Sunday from 3-7pm and features a frequently changing menu that could include hot smoked beef brisket with red cabbage slaw and potato salad in a wood-fired handmade pitta or slow-cooked shoulder of Edington pork with caramelised apple sauce in a brioche bun. Delicious! 01380 830940 | threedaggers.co.uk

The Three Horseshoes

Chapmanslade, nr Westbury The Three Horseshoes is a charming country pub in the heart of the beautiful village of Chapmanslade between Frome and Westbury. The garden offers stunning views through the valleys of Cley Hill and Longleat and make it well worth a visit on a hot summer’s day. The pub is a popular for locals as well being a destination pub and it also lends itself perfectly to hosting private parties.

Friday, is an absolute winner. And kids aren’t forgotten on the food front either, with a selection of children's meals with homemade and healthier options as well as nice touches like children’s cutlery, a simple idea so often overlooked. Sundays are hugely popular too, with roasts from only £9.50pp – booking essential!

The Westbrook

01380 850418 | westbrookbromham.co.uk

The Wiltshire Yeoman

Chilmark Road, Trowbridge The Wiltshire Yeoman is a family and dog-friendly pub situated on the Broadmead estate in Trowbridge. Previously a farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, The Yeoman is now a vibrant and relaxed place to come and eat and drink with friends and family.

The Wiltshire Yeoman

run establishment in known for a its warm welcome, locally sourced food At the heart if this pub you’ll find great and fine wine selection. value traditional pub food, a variety Owners Tim and Abbie Smith have of local ales and lots of communitybeen running this award-winning pub based fixtures, including darts, quiz for 10 years. Drop in for a drink and Over the years, this freehouse has nights, live music events and more. gained an impressive reputation for its There is a large open garden in which chat to some of the regulars and you will soon realise you have found a very freshly cooked food, carefully selected to soak up the sun and there is also special place indeed. Their well-kept range of beers and wines and its a newly completed children’s play beer garden with a beautiful array of friendly, efficient service. area including a swingset, slide and plants and flowers is the perfect place 01373 832211 | threehorseshoes.uk.com playhouse! to unwind. 01225 765370 | thewiltshireyeoman.co.uk

The Westbrook

Westbrook Road, Bromham If you have young children, you simply won’t find a better place to take them than The Westbrook. With its large, newly refurbished, garden and huge array of children’s play equipment (and bouncy castle on sunny days!), little ones can let off steam whilst you relax with a glass of something chilled. The deck is also seriously comfy, ideal for when you want to decamp for an afternoon! The Westbrook offers great food; keeping the kids happy doesn’t mean compromising on eating well here. The set lunch menu, which offers 2 courses for only £13 Monday to 26 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

The Woolpack

High Street, Sutton Veny, Warminster The Woolpack is a traditional English village pub based just south of Warminster in the quiet village of Sutton Veny, off the A36. This family

Tim and Abbie are both passionate about the food they serve and adhere to the practice of sourcing local fresh produce from some of the region’s best suppliers. 01985 840834 | woolpackpub.co.uk The Woolpack


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WINNER OF PARLIAMENTARY PUB OF THE YEAR FOR THE SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND!! Kevin & Louise invite you to visit The Westbrook. It offers an inviting bar, a beautiful sun deck, and a newly refurbished garden with children’s play area. The menu is bursting with superb value traditional pub classics & top notch specials. • FRESHLY COOKED FOOD • DAILY SPECIALS • FAMILY FRIENDLY • LARGE GARDEN • CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA • REAL ALES • CAR PARK

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Keeping you in the know as to what is coming into season each month is NEIL MORTIMER from Lovejoys Wholesale...

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hat a change from last year ‘s weather which saw all our lawns scorched brown. We have had substantial rainfall during June. This has been very good for our vegetable crops and our livestock and arable farmers. One of our most important crops, potatoes, benefit most if they get a season long supply of water, but most importantly during the 6 - 10 weeks after they are planted when the tubers start to develop. Hopefully

already we should be able to predict a heavier yield than last year. Of course a good soaking once a week during the summer would be ideal. This month brings so many salad crops and vegetables to the table, too many to mention them all. A few of my favourites are heritage beetroots and carrots, broad beans, runner beans, peas, spring greens and new potatoes. Tomatoes, lettuce, reddish and watercress are some of the great salads around. Favourite fruits of the month are gooseberries, strawberries and raspberries. John Hurd, our longstanding watercress grower from near Warminster, produces and supplies us with all of our watercress which we in turn send out to our customers in the area.

“There are many edible flowers GROW YOUR OWN around; they seem to It is not too late to sow a few quick have come back into growing crops like radish, beetroot fashion.” and lettuce. To get ready for the winter plant cabbage, sprouting broccoli, curly kale, leeks and cauli.

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EDIBLE FLOWERS

There are many edible flowers around; they seem to have come back into fashion. They can be enjoyed in salads and used as garnish for other recipes. If you grow edible flowers take a picture of them and email it to me at the address below. The best photo will earn you a fantastic box of local veg and a look round our warehouse! As always, get in touch with me or any member of the team if you have a question about anything in this article, or pass our name on to your local restaurant, care home, pub, school if you think they might like a supplier who will always provide them with produce grown or produced in this area, if seasonal. Talk next month! Neil neil@lovejoyswholesale.com @lovejoysuk • lovejoyswholesale.com


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Expand your BBQ repertoire this summer with these delicious vegetarian offerings courtesy of Tesco.

Carrot, courgette and halloumi burgers

This carrot, courgette and halloumi burger recipe is packed with grated veg and makes a change from bean burgers. Layer up with tangy tzatziki, delicate cucumber ribbons and fresh salad for an easy vegetarian barbecue winner. Serves 4

Ingredients 1 large carrot, grated 1 large courgette, grated 225g halloumi, grated 2 spring onions, finely chopped 90g breadcrumbs 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp ground coriander

½ tsp salt 2 eggs 4 brioche buns, halved 50g baby spinach leaves 1 large tomato, sliced 1 small red onion, sliced ½ cucumber, peeled into ribbons Tzatziki, to serve Method Put the courgette in a clean tea towel and squeeze tightly to remove any liquid. Tip into a large bowl and add the carrot, halloumi, onion, breadcrumbs, cumin, coriander, salt and eggs. Stir well to combine. Put just over half the mixture in a

food processor and pulse until the mixture starts to stick together. Return this back to the reserved mixture and mix well. Divide the mixture into 4 and shape into patties. Heat a barbecue or griddle pan to a medium heat. Cook the burgers for 4-5 mins each side or until golden and cooked through. Add the burger buns to the barbecue until lightly toasted. To assemble, place spinach leaves on the bottom of each bun. Top with the burger, a slice of tomato, a cucumber ribbon and a spoonful of tzatziki. THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE 29


recipes Method Put the asparagus spears in a deep frying pan or wide saucepan (large enough for the asparagus to lie flat in a single layer) with enough water to barely cover. Put over a high heat and boil for 3 mins until the asparagus is nearly tender. Refresh under cold water, drain and tip the asparagus onto a chopping board. Cut each spear in half across the middle.

BBQ ONION STEAKS Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp ketchup ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar 1½ tbsp clear honey 1 tbsp American or Dijon mustard 1 tsp roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus sprigs to garnish oil, for brushing 4 onions Method Soak 4 wooden skewers in cold water for 30 mins. Meanwhile, make the glaze by mixing together the ketchup, vinegar, honey and mustard in a bowl. Stir through the chopped rosemary and set aside.

glaze and place on the grill. Cook for 20-25 mins until charred and tender, turning the skewers and brushing with more glaze regularly. Garnish with the fresh rosemary sprigs and drizzle over any remaining glaze to serve.

asparagus & halloumi skewers Serves 4 Ingredients 12 long asparagus spears 1 x 225g pack light halloumi, cut into 8 long spears 1 tbsp olive oil ½ lemon, zested and juiced 1 small handful mint, finely shredded

Thread an asparagus length onto two skewers horizontally, one skewer sticking through at each end. Follow this with a halloumi spear, then another asparagus length, then halloumi, then asparagus. Repeat with the remaining skewers and ingredients to make four doubleskewers in total. Drizzle with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper (remembering that halloumi is salty). If using a barbecue, make sure the coals are white-hot with no trace of flame. Lay the skewers directly onto the barbecue bars (You may need to work in batches). Leave undisturbed for 2-3 mins, until well-marked with griddle lines. Flip each skewer to cook the other side in the same way. Remove to a platter or serving plates. Find more recipes at: realfood.tesco.com

Peel the onions, but keep them whole. Top and tail, then cut each onion into 1.5cm thick slices. Line up 3-4 of the slices flat on your chopping board then carefully insert a skewer through the centre of the slices (as you would a lollipop or kebab). Repeat with the remaining skewers and onion slices.

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Brush the bars of a preheated barbecue or griddle pan with oil. Coat the onion slices with a little of the


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MEET THE CHEF

DANNY ADAMS, executive chef and landlord at The Greyhound in Bromham, The George at Sandy Lane and The Canal Tavern in Bradford-on-Avon, talks favourite dishes, national awards, memorable events and Scotch eggs! What was your first job in catering? I started out at as a kitchen porter at The Duke William, Ickham, Canterbury, Kent in 1991. Where have you worked before? The White Horse Inn, Compton Bassett for nine years where I gained an AA Rosette. We left and became the landlords of The Greyhound, Bromham in 2016. The Greyhound has recently had some awards success... can you tell us about it? Yes, we were really chuffed to be named as finalists in the BII Licensee of The Year (LOYA) 2019 awards. It was a national award sponsored by Sky and the other finalists were based in London, Essex, Norfolk, Nottingham and Cumbria! It was great to make it to the final, testament to the hard work put in by our whole team. What is the first dish you mastered? A Sunday roast – the BEST! Danny has been at The Greyhound with wife Tara since 2016

Do you have any favourite local suppliers? Our pork is sourced from Padfields Pork very local to us in Seend, all other meat is sourced from Wiltshire and Somerset (where possible) and veg, when available, from our own village of Bromham. What is your favourite dish on the current menu? My favourite dish is my signature dish – 12 hour slow roasted pork belly, with wholegrain mustard mash, spiced red cabbage, crackling and Danny loves cooking and eating fresh seafood pork jus. We use local pork and this Which local pubs and restaurants do dish just melts in your mouth! Our you like visiting on a day off? homemade beef burger comes a We always visit our other two pubs very close second too! – The George and The Canal Tavern, What is the most memorable event – we particularly like sitting in our canalside garden on a sunny day and you have cooked for? watch the world go by! Twelve years ago we lived near (what was formerly known as) RAF Lyneham. We hosted a charity evening in aid of the RAF benevolent fund consisting of a 3-course meal and charity auction where our guest speaker was one of the last Dambusters’ George ‘Johnny’ Johnson. He recounted his memories of the operation and his thoughts, he mesmerized the whole room. You could hear a pin drop; it was an amazing evening.

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When you cook for friends, what’s on the menu? I love cooking and eating fresh seafood - lobster, crab and all shellfish – ‘Fruits de Mer’ is by far my favourite Are you running any special offers? We have a lunchtime offer running Tuesday – Friday (12pm-3pm). It's a lunchtime lite bite special menu of delicious pub classics, only £8.50, you can add a lighter dessert for an extra £3.50. Perfect for a smaller appetite and great value for money too! What is your guilty pleasure? My homemade Scotch Eggs! To make a reservation at The Greyhound call 01380 850241. • thegreyhoundbromham.co.uk


THE GREYHOUND Country pub with restaurant in the heart of Bromham Finalists in the BII Pub of the Year competition 2019, this picturesque pub serves delicious homemade food with an ethos of excellent quality ingredients and good value for money. OPEN: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sat: 12:00 - 23:00, Sun: 12:00 - 17:30 FOOD SERVED: Tue - Sat: 12:00 - 21:00, Sun: 12:00 - 15:00

High St, Bromham, Wiltshire SN15 2HA

01380 850241 | thegreyhoundbromham.co.uk

THE GEORGE INN A beautiful country pub in the idyllic village of Sandy Lane We offer a delicious West Country Carvery, which is served daily alongside a tasty pub classics menu. We also have a great range of quality cask ales and stunning beer garden. A warm welcome awaits you! OPEN: Mon: Closed, Tue - Thu: 11:30 - 22:30, Fri & Sat: 11:30 - 23:00, Sun: 11:30 - 19:00 FOOD SERVED: Tue - Sat: 12:00 - 21:00, Sun: 12:00 - 18:00

Sandy Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2PX

01380 850403 | georgesandylane.co.uk

THE CANAL TAVERN A newly refurbished canal-side pub serving food all day every day This is the latest addition to our group in the delightful town of Bradford on Avon. You won’t go hungry at the Canal Tavern, serving brilliant burgers, hearty pub classics, daily fish specials and superfood salads, there is something for everyone. OPEN: Mon: 10:30 - 22:00, Tue - Sat: 09:00 - 23:00, Sun: 09:30 - 19:00 FOOD SERVED: Mon: 10:30 - 21:00, Tue - Sat: 09:00 - 21:00, Sun: 09:30 - 17:30

49 Frome Rd, Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LE

01225 866100 | canaltavern.co.uk


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THE CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR

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aniel Keene of The Organ Inn, Warminster, has recently been awarded the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) 2019 Pub of the Year award for the Bath & Borders Region. Not only did The Organ Inn receive the award for Pub of the Year 2019, but James Timoney from Plain Ales, based in Sutton Veny, also received an award for the amazing Inncognito Port Stout Ale. receives the award from This won the prestigious title of Gold Dan Denis Rahilly of CAMRA at the Winter CAMRA Great British whole area is a rich haven of real ale Beer Festival (GBBF) 2019. The with over 300 hundred splendid pubs combination of awards, really puts Warminster and real ales on the map. and 17 excellent breweries. This branch of CAMRA encompasses not only Bath but also towns and villages in Wiltshire and Somerset. In Wiltshire these include Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury and Warminster. The

“This award is in recognition of the hard work and dedication Dan and his team have shown over the years, by offering a thriving real ale and cider pub and an asset to the community.” Said CAMRA’s Denis

Rahilly. “The Organ Inn in has also managed to maintain its position in The Good Beer Guide every year it has been open, and is constantly inspected and awarded ‘CaskMarque’ Status for its excellence in Cask conditioned ales. They will also be hosting their 12th Beer & Cider Festival on 6 & 7 September, with free entry. The Organ Inn’s Landlord, Daniel Keene said: “We are very pleased to have got this award. It really is a massive pat on the back, not only for me, but also for my amazing team. They are instrumental in making sure The Organ Inn runs very smoothly, but also my customers. They are what makes a great pub and this award is for the pub as a whole.” • theorganinn.co.uk

WARRENS BAKERY EXPANDS

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arrens Bakery is the oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world and also provides delicious artisan breads and confectionery, some of which are freshly finished in store every morning, as are the sandwiches, paninis and toasties. Warrens was also voted the No1 Craft Bakery in the UK for 2018. Acorn Holdings (SW) Ltd is based in North Devon. In 2018, it was given the opportunity to sign a franchise deal with Warrens Bakery to open a minimum of six stores across the Wiltshire area. The latest store in the group is situated in Borough Parade, Chippenham and is the former premises of Patisserie Valerie. It is the group’s flagship store, with around 70 covers/seats available inside and out – perfect for enjoying some of their

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freshly prepared food in the sunshine. What’s more, there’s a tempting new range of summery options to enjoy in the warmer weather including frappes, milkshakes, salads and, with the holidays in mind, great kids lunch bags too. So next time you’re in Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge or Devizes why not try their Cornish delights? • warrensbakery.co.uk

“The latest store in the group is situated in Borough Parade, Chippenham and is the group’s flagship store, with around 70 covers/seats available inside and out”

Warrens Bakery has a new flagship store in Chippenham


Enjoy The Great Atmosphere At

The Organ Inn After a long day what could be better than a warm welcome, a convivial atmosphere & a glass of something you fancy?

REAL ALES & CIDERS (Find us in The Good Beer Guide)

4 ever changing real ale pumps, ciders and perrys on draught plus lots of bottled options showcasing the best of local and national independent breweries.

Bath & Borders CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019! Plus quality wines, lagers and spirits & traditional bar games. Tel: 01985 211777 | OVER 21s | www.theorganinn.co.uk 49 high st, warminster, wiltshire ba12 9aq (just a 5 minute walk from the railway station) OPEN 4pm-12midnight monday to friday, 12noon-12midnight saturday, 4pm-11pm sunday

Voted the UK’s Top Caft Bakery 2018 and as the world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker, we are devoted to baking. Nothing makes us happier than using fresh ingredients & our hand crafted artisan bread to make delicious sandwiches, toasties & paninis. We also offer a range of tasty confectionery - including our renowned saffron cake and tea treats - in our new Wiltshire stores.

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For all types of picture framing & art materials too. OPEN Mon to Fri 9am-5.30pm Sat 9am - 4pm 20 High Street, Corsham SN13 0ES

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FUN ART CLASSES FOR CREATIVE KIDS!

• Term time & holiday classes & workshops • Qualified art teacher • Small class sizes • Ages 4-7 & 8-11 • Based in Trowbridge Call/text Lise Macdermott on 07505 621858 to view her home studio or to find out more

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travel

Last month we looked at staycation spots. This time round, LISA ROCKLIFFE and family ventured to the Algarve in search of some sun.

Praia de Garrao

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travel La Terrazza restaurant at The Praça

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’ve been to the Algarve many times as a child, but this was the first time I’d been back with a family of my own. Two children in tow, we headed for a villa on the outskirts of Vale Do Lobo, one of the best-known spots in the Algarve along with Vilamoura, Lagos and Albufeira. Vale Do Lobo is less than half an hour from Faro airport, and Faro is just a 2hr 30m plane journey from Bristol. It’s so close you can do the whole journey door to door in a morning – so it’s perfect if you are travelling with young children. Vale Do Lobo and its neighbour Quinta Do Lago are particularly well known for their amazing golf courses, but that was far from our minds as we dotted down. We went in search of some reliable sunshine (the Algarve has one of the best climates in Europe and sees little rainfall from April to October) and some great family fun. Our villa was based next to Dunas Douradas Beach Club and came equipped with a heated pool, excellent WiFi, an outdoor kitchen and BBQ and even a pool table. Inside was a little basic, which was

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"We also paid a visit to The Praça in Vale do Lobo. It’s situated in the heart of the resort, where the beach meets an area dedicated to restaurants, bars and live entertainment." a disappointment, and it wasn’t as child proof as we’d have hoped, but thankfully we spent most of our time enjoying the outdoor space, which the kids absolutely adored. The pool was an instant and constant hit, providing the bulk of daytime entertainment. We did venture over to Praia de Garrão, a golden sandy beach that was lovely and quiet and perfect for building sandcastles and dens, although in June the seas were still on the chilly side it must be said. In the evenings we mixed up self-catering (eating far too many pastel de natas for pudding) with restaurant dining at the likes of Bougainvilea Plaza, which has a range of family friendly dining spots. We also paid a visit to The Praça in Vale do Lobo. It’s situated in the heart of the resort, where the beach meets an area dedicated to restaurants, bars and live entertainment. It is a fantastic place to go as a family, with bouncy castles, face painting and more on

Pastel de natas are a must! Zoomarine focuses on ocean conservation


travel offer for the kids and a range of restaurants where everyone from couples to multi-generational families are accommodated. We dined at La Terrazza, which offers authentic Italian cuisine, and of course, were able to enjoy our meal al fresco too. We left a little early to be honest, just as the live entertainment was starting up, creating a fantastic atmosphere. If our children were a little older it would be ideal to start the evening with a round at the nearby crazy golf course (giant deckchair for taking selfies included) before sitting down on the terrace for dinner.

Aqualand has some of the tallest slides in Portugal

FAMILY FUN

There are some great options when it comes to family entertainment and we were able to check a couple off our list in the course of our week. The first was a water park. There are lots to choose from in this neck of the woods; we opted for Aqualand, which is not far from Alcantarilla, about a 40-minute drive from Vale Do Lobo. It had everything you would expect from a top waterbased attraction including chutes, rapids and slides, the highlight of which was Kamikaze, which goes from 36m in the sky to ground zero in 4 seconds. As well as these adrenaline-fuelled efforts, there’s also a semi-Olympic swimming pool, a surf beach, a Children’s Paradise playground for under

"It had everything you would expect from a top water-based attraction including chutes, rapids and slides, the highlight of which was Kamikaze, which goes from 36m in the sky to ground zero in 4 seconds."

8s, a Rainbow Park for little ones with mini slides, showers and giant crayons and a Congo River ride where you can head slowly downstream in giant rubber rings. Those looking for a rest can find some on the scores of sunbeds, and there are lots of restaurants on site too if you want to refuel and go again. Our second big family day out was to Zoomarine, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Portugal. Based outside of Guia, near Albufeira, the dolphin and sealion shows are the huge draw here (with a firm emphasis on conservation and looking after our oceans) along with a spectacular bird of prey display, pirate acrobatic show, aquarium, 4D cinema, ray feeding and more. There is also a smaller water park on site with water cannons, slides, tubes, an aquatic playground and a wave beach! It’s a great full day’s entertainment. Beyond these two options though there’s lots more to enjoy including horseriding, dolphin watching boat trips, the Fiesa Sand Sculpture

Festival, shopping, beach fun and much more. So, plenty of reasons to return next year too!

TRAVELLER'S TIPS

Average temperatures in summer range from 24ºC to 29ºC, so it’s very much a Goldilocks ‘just right’ climate. The sea in summer gets to around 20ºC, though given its position on the Atlantic coast, the sea can be a little rougher than other Mediterranean destinations. Admittance to Aqualand costs 74€ for a family ticket (2+2). Admittance to Zoomarine costs 71€ for 2 adults, one junior and an under 1m (a rather clever way of working it out we thought). Flights to Faro from Bristol via Easyjet cost from around £250 rtn in August. The flight takes around 2hrs 30.

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IT'S OUR ANNUAL SUMMER ACTIVITIES GUIDE... HELPING PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS GET THROUGH THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SINCE 2009...

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activities

BOWOOD HOUSE & GARDENS

Bowood's Garden Party will help kick start the summer

Derry Hill, Calne We all know Bowood is a great place to take the kids, but you can really kick start the beginning of the summer holidays with Bowood’s Summer Garden Party on Saturday 27 July. This year they will be welcoming Tricky Micky’s Punch & Judy Show and Calne Silver Band for an afternoon of entertainment, alongside a BBQ in the adventure playground. There’ll also be face a momentary break from the painting, flower pot planting, bouncy outdoors too. castles and much more! Entry to this event is complimentary to Season Ticket holders OR included within the purchase of a standard House & Gardens Day Ticket. Face painting will incur an additional charge. • bowood.org/events

CHOLDERTON CHARLIES

Cholderton, Salisbury Enjoy great fun on the farm with a visit Cholderton Charlies. It offers a unique day out located in the beautiful countryside on the Wiltshire / Hampshire border. It is accessible to all and is open from 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week throughout the summer. Get back to nature and enjoy the superb adventure playgrounds and woodland nature walks, in addition to the variety of activities on the farm itself. They offer mini-rides on Charlie the Tractor, small-animal handling sessions and even pig racing! An indoor play barn provides

Look out for their rare breeds as you walk around the farm. Children will love feeding Agnes the Highland cow and her woolly companions and will have great fun spotting fluffy friends in Rabbit Village, seeking out the pygmies on goat mountain and much more. With over 40 different breeds of animals on the farm you’ll be sure to find an animal you love! Visit the onsite café if you are feeling hungry for freshly prepared, delicious seasonal lunches, cream teas and homemade cake. Book your tickets online to save money on your entrance too. • choldertoncharliesfarm.com

COURT FARM COUNTRY PARK

Banwell, Weston-s-Mare Open for more than 30 years as a visitor attraction, Court Farm Country Park is looking forward to another fun filled summer of entertainment for all the family. The park has been voted runners up in the Farm Attraction Of The Year "Get back to nature competition twice in recent years, and enjoy the an accolade that the attraction’s superb adventure owner, Peter Gwyn, puts down playgrounds and to the friendly atmosphere and woodland nature the excellent facilities the farm walks" Cholderton Charlies now boasts. With over 25000sq

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ft of undercover attractions and playgrounds, all visitors can enjoy a day in the countryside whatever the weather. If its animals you want – they have loads, from Shetlands and sheep to piglets and pygmy goats! Budding adventurers will love the Safari Jeep track. There are two large indoor adventure playgrounds, which suit all ages of children and there are lots of friendly animals on show too. With twice daily bottle-feeding shows kids can marvel at the antics Enjoy tractor rides around Cholderton Charlies

Court Farm has lots of animals to meet

Junior karting at Drive-Tech


activities of the farm’s baby animals. Tractor rides, pony rides, and a whole host of other goings on will leave your kids begging to come back soon. Court Farm Country Park is open daily all year round, 10am to 5.30pm. • courtfarmcountrypark.co.uk

Haynes' new summer exhibition is “Are We There Yet?”

DRIVE-TECH LTD

Castle Combe Drive-Tech Ltd are Skid Control, Karting and 4x4 Off Road experts. Based at Castle Combe Circuit (within easy reach of the M4 & M5) their ultimate driving experiences will help you build individual skills, increase your confidence, improve your personal safety, raise your awareness and provide white knuckle tension, all at the same time!

This summer, from 15 July to 18 September, Haynes International Motor Museum invites you and your family to discover more. Share a memorable nostalgic road trip down memory lane and explore their summer exhibition “Are We There Yet?”

Any motorsport fan would love pushing their driving skills to new limits and there are options for everyone aged 10 and over – perfect for entertaining the kids during the school break. Gift vouchers, starting at just £38, open dated and valid for 18 months make great gifts too. For more details see the website or call their team on 01249 783010. • drivetechltd.co.uk

With a range of activities for all ages you’ll be able to compare the traditions of holidaymakers past and present, exploring the why’s, the where’s and the how’s along the way.

"Any motorsport fan would love pushing their driving skills to new limits and there are options for everyone aged 10 and over" Drive-Tech

HAYNES INTERNATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM

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One of Lauren Child's most famous creations is Lola see her exhibitiion at Holburne Museum this summer

There so much to do including posing for selfies in the vintage holiday scene and designing your own postcard, and after exploring the rest of the Museum, with its display of over 400 cars and bikes,, you can enjoy an ice-cream from the Café 750 and head to the outdoor play area with coin operated kids go-karts, soft play area and an interactive garage and mini road system. Say yes to ‘Are We There Yet?’ by adding Haynes International Motor Museum to your holiday to-do list this summer. • himm.co.uk


For boys and girls aged 10-15. Learn top class racing skills, have fun, make new friends and race safely. Gift vouchers available Just the thing for a birthday.


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HOLBURNE MUSEUM

Hope Nature Centre has new attractions and animals in time for summer

Great Pulteney Street, Bath This summer you can step inside the joyfully eclectic world of Lauren Child MBE, award-winning author, illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2017-2019) at the Holburne Museum.

This exhibition, and accompanying family trail, celebrates the art of Child’s illustration, featuring works from her original stories as well as her re-workings of her favourite children’s classics and fairy tales, including The Princess and the Pea, Pippi Longstocking, Mary Poppins and The Secret Garden. Families can enjoy a special family trail around the Holburne Museum and its garden, and the city of Bath. Drawing links between the artefacts in the Holburne’s collection, with those depicted in Child’s works, families can go in search of Charlie and Lola and friends, and discover objects, animals and characters in unusual and surprising places. • holburne.org

HOPE NATURE CENTRE

Southwick, Trowbridge Hope Nature Centre is all ready for the summer season, with an exciting array of summer events, 46 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

new attractions to enjoy and of course some wonderful new arrivals in the animal park. Little ones can enjoy the fantastic new sandpit with diggers, as well as the upgraded mini-golf, perfect for all the family. A special puzzle trail is running throughout the school holidays, and on 27 August (bank holiday weekend) there’s a Bounce & BBQ event with a giant bouncy assault course to look forward to too. The animal park and café are open daily, so why not stop by for an afternoon of fresh air and fun. Opening hours and events can be found on the website. • hopenaturecentre.org.uk

adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights. Bring along a rug and a picnic and settle in for an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Gates open at 6pm for picnics, the performance starts at 7pm. See the website for opening times and for more information. • nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock Lacock Abbey covers all the bases for a family day out

LACOCK ABBEY

Lacock, nr Chippenham With outdoor theatre, summer crafts and acres of space to let off steam or sit in peaceful contemplation, Lacock is a great summer holiday option. Summer holiday activities in return once again to the colourful Botanic garden, more information about each week will be up on the website and Facebook page soon fb.com/LacockNT. On Friday 2 August the Abbey plays host to ‘Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves!’ one of Illyria’s most popular shows,

image © James Dobson

Best loved for her fictional characters Clarice Bean, Hubert Horatio, and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child’s vibrant collage illustrations and witty narratives have charmed and amused children and adults alike for nearly 20 years. Her stories can be found on bookshelves worldwide: they have sold over three million copies globally; been translated into nineteen languages; and won the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal and the Nestlé Gold Smarties Award.

"With outdoor theatre, summer crafts and acres of space to let off steam or sit in peaceful contemplation, Lacock is a great summer holiday option."


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Mill On The Brue run residential and day-only summer camps

MILL ON THE BRUE

Trendle Farm, Bruton It’s not too late to book a summer holiday camp experience at Mill on the Brue. Family run, the team has been offering residential holidays for over 36 years to children from 8 – 15 years, or Adventure day camps for 7- 12 years, so they know a thing or two about keeping kids entertained! The days are packed with exciting and challenging activities set in their beautiful 25 acres of river, woodland and fields, guided by fun, friendly and experienced instructors. And the meals on offer are delicious, homecooked and there are plenty of seconds too!

PLACES LEISURE

Various Centres Active kids are happy kids and there’s plenty of great courses on offer at Places Leisure centres across Wiltshire. Places Leisure has sites in Trowbridge, Melksham, Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury,

Westbury, Warminster, Bradford on Avon and Chippenham, so there’s bound to be something exciting on near you. Swimming intensives are a great way to improve your child’s swimming skills, in a fun and friendly environment. Swimming

Places Leisure offers intensive swimming lessons over the holidays

Residential camps start Sunday 7 July until Saturday 17 August - they only take 72 children in any one week, whilst day camps run Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm from 22 July to 16 August, lunch included. • millonthebrue.co.uk THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE 49


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"Swimming intensives are a great way to improve your child’s swimming skills, in a fun and friendly environment." daily, with friendly instructors, is guaranteed to fast-track your child’s swimming ability – ready for the summer and new term ahead. Many sites offer diving, gymnastics, trampolining and rookie lifeguard courses as well.

Rowdey Cow make their own ice cream!

many different mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and sculpture. The classes cover different artists, styles and movements from graffiti to fine drawing, casting and gilding. At a maximum of 6 children per class, a child’s individual thoughts and ideas may be explored and made.

Remember all children under 16 can swim in some sessions, for free, during the holidays. To register for free swimming, or to find out more about what’s on this summer, simply pop into your local Places Leisure centre. You can also keep up to speed with all their activities by following your favourite leisure centre on Facebook. • wiltshire.placesleisure.org

Five-week term time courses run on Saturdays: 10am-12noon for age 4-7 and 2-4pm for age 8-11 and costs £30 for the 5 weeks. Over summer the 3-day holiday workshop will run from 10-1pm daily from 6-8 August for ages 4-7, 13-15 August for ages 8-12 and costs £30 per child. Lise also runs 5-week Wednesday after school workshops for age 10-13 and is available for one to one tuition. Details and bookings are available on the website and you can call/text Lise on 07505 621858 to discuss, and arrange a visit to the studio. • pocketpicassos.co.uk

POCKET PICASSOS

THE ROWDEY COW

Home studio, Trowbridge Pocket Picassos is for kids who love art and want to expand their knowledge and skill in a fun and friendly environment. Run by art teacher and artist Lise MacDermott (BA, PGCE, MA) children make art in 50 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

cream (made with milk sourced from their own cows that very morning) are hugely popular, with up to 16 different flavours to choose from that change on a daily basis. The café meanwhile also offers scrumptious cooked breakfasts, lunch and teas, all sourced from local produce. You can also enjoy home baked cakes and barista coffees. The animals on site range from the traditional cows, horses and donkeys but also include llamas, pygmy goats, rheas, geese and ducks. All this and spectacular views of surrounding countryside make it a great place to take the kids this summer. • rowdeycow.co.uk

TAFF VALLEY

Cwrt y Celyn Farm, Upperboat, Pontypridd Have you ever thought of taking yourself or the family quad biking or gorge walking or have a go at archery or clay pigeon shooting? If the answers ‘yes’ then Taff Valley Quad Bike and Activity Centre offers all of these set in the beautiful Taff Valleys just outside Cardiff.

Rowde, Devizes The Rowdey Cow, complete with glass fronted café, children’s outdoor and indoor play areas and farm animals is the perfect place to bring This award-winning family business the little ones over the summer. On can arrange a variety of packages for warm days their fresh homemade ice individuals, families, corporate team


activities building, hen and stag weekends as well as customised activity breaks through Wales Activity Breaks. None of the activities require any experience as full training is given by qualified instructors, making it fun for all the family. A recent addition is their Ultimate Woodland Assault Course, a challenge for both mind and body! The obstacles cover running, climbing, jumping, crawling, swimming and balancing elements with the aim of testing teamwork and endurance. Perfect for everything from a family adventure day to a corporate team building exercise. • adventurewales.co.uk

TOWPATH TRAIL

Canoe up the canal with Towpath Trail

solo, or can accommodate mum, dad and two children, the choice is yours! • towpathtrail.co.uk

Frome Road, Bradford on Avon The Kennet & Avon Canal towpath WILTSHIRE offers traffic free and easy cycling for all the family. Stretching from Bristol to OUTDOOR Reading, through and along hills and LEARNING TEAM valleys, the cities and towns along the Various Venues The Wiltshire Outdoor Learning way offer an interesting backdrop to Team provides adventurous the wonderful country path. activities for the whole family Towpath Trail is the original bike and across the Wiltshire and Frome areas. Ranging from regular activity canoe hire on the canal. Operating days in the Trowbridge / Westbury from Frome Road in Bradford areas (archery, canoeing, kayaking on Avon, their bikes are in good for children, and the Tarzan Trail condition – all less than 6 months High Rope Course with 100 metre old – and are ideal if you and the zip-wire) to FREE climbing wall family want to head off to Bath (10 days, zip-wires in Melksham and miles) or Devizes (12 miles), home Chippenham, Stand Up Paddle to the famous Caen Hill lock flight. Boarding in various venues across There are also child trailers, trailer bikes and child seats for hire should the county and so much more! Check out their website and click on you need them. Alternatively, you 'holiday activities' for more info. might want to take to the water in • wolt.org.uk a canoe. Their canoes are very safe and easy to use and can be paddled

WHITEHALL GARDEN CENTRE "This year, visit Lacock, nr Chippenham Whitehall’s Maize Maze, a new attraction Whitehall Garden Centre always offers you lots of events and at the Lacock activities for the whole family to Garden Centre, it’s an enjoy. This year, visit Whitehall’s a-maizing adventure Maize Maze, a new attraction at for the whole family!" the Lacock Garden Centre, it’s an 52

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Taff Valley is an award-winning provider of outdoor activities like quad biking

Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team offers activities like archery and climbinf

a-maizing adventure for the whole family! Opening on Saturday 13 July until Sunday 1 September, it will be open daily from 10am until 5pm, last entry 4pm. As well as the Maize Maze you can also enjoy a Fairyland & Pirate Cove. This new magical world will be opening on Saturday 20 July until Sunday 1 September. As well as that there are children’s arts and crafts (weekdays from 29 July - 30 August) and a summer Family Fun weekend on 20&21 July, complete with Punch & Judy show, children’s entertainer, Chuffy the train, face painting and live jazz music. And don’t forget that Whitehall also has an award-winning gift department, farm shop, restaurants, plants, garden furniture and BBQs – something for every member of the family to enjoy! • whitehallgardencentre.co.uk


house & home

GARDINER HOULGATE:

THE SPECIALIST AUCTIONEERS Gardiner Houlgate, based locally in Corsham, is one of the premier specialist auctioneers in the country. dedicated mailing lists, live internet bidding, targeted advertising and social media marketing, they ensure their clients have access to both the domestic and international markets where they have a strong established presence. Gardiner Houlgates holds regular fine and interesting auctions of guitars and musical instruments; watches and clocks; jewellery and silver; antiques, paintings and decorative arts.

Clavichord by Georg Nicolas Deckert, Gross Breitenbach, circa 1800 - £19,200

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nder the leadership of David Hare and Jamie South there have been some exceptional sale highlights in 2019, most notably the Maton Mastersound guitar played by George Harrison of The Beatles in 1963 selling for £347,000! Gardiner Houlgate offers a personal, efficient, friendly and professional service. Auctioneering is reputed to be one of the oldest professions in

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the world and has been used by countless generations to establish and achieve the true market value of goods. It is a traditional profession based on trust and responsibility for other people’s possessions, a tradition that David, Jamie and their team are proud to uphold. Unlike the archetypal provincial auctioneer, Gardiner Houlgate has developed a range of specialist auctions, aimed at specific markets. With the use of

David says: "Our valuers are always pleased to offer free advice. Our professional approach and competitive charges enable us to offer an unrivalled specialist auction service. Our 15,000sq ft building has four specialist salerooms, high security storage and ample free parking. Call 01225 812912 for further information, look on our website or email us at auctions@gardinerhoulgate.co.uk." • gardinerhoulgate.co.uk Chinese hardwood brush pot - £12,000

Maton Mastersound MS-500 electric guitar - £347,000


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INTERIOR UPDATES Leekes of Melksham offers a wide selection of flooring options that makes updating your home easier than ever. Bright colours and patterns leave a great impression in a hallway

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t may be summer, but with the unpredictable British weather you may be spending an increasing amount of time indoors. If you have noticed your home is in need of some TLC, then your flooring may be the perfect way to update your interior. Leekes offers a wide selection of patterns and prints to suit every style, so reinvigorating your home has never been easier. The comfort of carpet remains popular and with a multitude of designs and possibilities it’s easy to see why. Leekes has a fantastic range of stocked carpets, from soft and subtle to bright and bold so you’ll be sure to find something to complement your interior. For areas with impact, such as hallways and stairs, opt for the latest trends to make a lasting impression. Create a statement with bright colours and bold patterns such as

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polka dots and floral prints (see above). As these are high-traffic areas, ensure your carpet is made to last. Wool carpets offer an unbeatably soft, but hard wearing option that is easy to clean and have incredible bounce back that won’t flatten over time. For areas prone to spillages such as dining rooms, wood flooring is the perfect option. Wood flooring is perfect for adding a statement to a room and it’s neutral characteristics make it the ideal option for those who change their interior regularly. Create a subtle, yet modern look with a white wash finish or add character with a solid wood with distinctive natural graining. Add a style statement to your flooring with the use of patterned layout. This is a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down. Opt for herringbone or chevron designs for feature flooring that is sure to stand the test of time.

Alternatively, add a timeless look to your home with feature flooring tiles. Whether you opt for elegantly English or colourful Moroccan, tiles are the perfect way to add a focal point to any room using colour and pattern. It isn’t always convenient to visit the store so take advantage of Leekes' carpet home consultation service. Their experienced team will carefully guide you through the selection, planning and installation process and can bring a selection of samples for you to view in your home - enabling you to colour match to your décor perfectly. Once the order has been placed you will receive a fitting date that is convenient for you, and they can even arrange to take away your old carpet. For more information call 0333 222 4120 or of course you can shop online. • leekes.co.uk

Wood flooring is perfect for adding a statement to a room

"For areas prone to spillages such as dining rooms, wood flooring is the perfect option."


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hutters are not only a stylish design statement, they are so versatile and can suit any room due to Shuttercraft’s huge range of styles, colours and materials. Their selection of robust ranges are ideal for family spaces – plus they are easy to clean, a quick wipe and you’re away! You will be able to control each panel individually – allowing you to keep the bottom half closed for maximum privacy and open the top panels or louvres to let the sun shine in. Or why not opt for café style shutters that only cover the bottom half of your window, leaving the top half completely open? Perfect for street facing rooms. Bay windows are a beautiful feature in many UK homes, but they can be tricky to dress. Shuttercraft only supply made-to-measure shutters, created just for you, so you can be confident they will fit exactly to your bay windows. Equally, if you are struggling to find a window covering

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for an angled, curved, or shaped window, shutters can be created to practically any shape to enhance your fantastic feature windows. Do you work shifts or maybe this is the home where you start your family? An integrated shutter, with a room darkening blind, can virtually eliminate any external light making it ideal for bedrooms and nurseries. Or perhaps your living room is your own personal home cinema? This could be the perfect solution for you!

"Shuttercraft only supply made-tomeasure shutters, created just for you, so you can be confident they will fit exactly" If your home features an open plan area, why not consider shutters to partition the space? As well as transforming windows, they can also help reshape the spaces you love. Keep them closed to create different rooms, or fold them out of the way,

Conservatories can be a beautiful and airy part of a house. Rather than fabric window coverings, which can move in the wind and knock against your windows, shutters are fitted directly to your conservatory. If your conservatory gets too hot because of a glass ceiling, shutters can also be used in sloped positions, fitted with catches to stop them falling open, keeping your space cool on warm summer days. Equally, they also add a level of insulation from heat loss, making your home feel warmer in the chilly winter months. With Shuttercraft, you will enjoy premium, made-to-measure shutters with the benefit of a local expert surveyor and fitter who will guide you through the whole process, and help you choose the perfect solution for your home. To find out more, or to book a free survey, call Simon on 01749 649171. • shuttercraft-somerset.co.uk


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Wadswick Green retirement village near Corsham is helping to address the nation’s growing demand for assisted living facilities.

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2018 study by Age UK shows that the number of older people with unmet care needs for essential, everyday tasks has soared to a record high of 1.4 million – up nearly 20 per cent in just two years, emphasising the growing need for assisted living facilities. Paving its way as one of the leaders in this sector is Rangeford Villages’ Wadswick Green, the contemporary retirement village for over 60s in the Wiltshire countryside. In addition to the standard services that Wadswick Green provides, its flexible Assisted Living services are designed for those that want to live independently in their own home but may need assistance on daily tasks and companionship. The package includes the following, and is tailored to each residents’ personal requirements: • Daily lunch in the popular Greenhouse restaurant • Companionship in your home,

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Wadswick Green offers flexible assisted living services

accompanied to a social activity or an appointment – helps combat the growing number of people in later life suffering from loneliness • Help with personal care, getting up, going to bed and other daily tasks • Housekeeping & laundry services Wadswick Green’s Assisted Living helps get residents up and about, ready for them to take part in as much or as little as they like. From chauffeur driven trips and concierge services to clubs and hobby groups, there is always something for residents to keep busy, right on their doorstep. All set around the vibrant heart of the village, The Pavilion, which houses The Greenhouse restaurant and coffee shop, swimming pool with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, spa, hair salon and fully equipped gym, Wadswick Green is a place where 60+ year olds want to live, rather than have to.

Christine (73) and Ron (89) Carter moved into a 2 bedroom apartment at Wadswick Green in April 2015 after being impressed by the spacious layouts, lifestyle amenities and care available. Christine comments: “Neither of us needed any care then, although we considered that the option being available was a good safety net to have. It so happens that since our move, Ron is now dependent on a wheelchair and does require basic assistance. I can honestly say moving to Wadswick Green has really enhanced our lives. If we lived where we were living before, our lives would have been impoverished: Ron would have been housebound. The Assisted Living services are available to all residents at Wadswick Green at an additional fee. The Pavilion one bedroom apartments start from £229,950 with a one-year assisted living plan will be included within the price* *Terms and conditions apply. Please ask for details

To arrange an appointment to find out more about assisted living and to view the show-apartments, please call our sales team on 01225 584 500 or email to sales@wadswickgreen.co.uk. • wadswickgreen.co.uk

"Wadswick Green’s Assisted Living helps get residents up and about, ready for them to take part in as much or as little as they like."


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IS LONG TERM ELDERLY CARE FREE AT THE POINT OF DELIVERY? We asked ANDREW DOUGLAS, a partner at Awdry Bailey Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue...

SURELY ELDERLY CARE IS NO DIFFERENT FROM THE NHS? Unfortunately, the system is the exact opposite. 45% of people in long term care homes are private funders. 10% end up with bills in excess of £150,000. The system in England expects everybody to pay something. Those with capital assets in excess of £23,250 have to fully fund their elderly care in a care home or at home.

“45% of people in long term care homes are private funders. 10% end up with bills in excess of £150,000.” IF YOU ARE A SELF FUNDER DO YOU PAY MORE THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE FUNDED BY THEIR LOCAL AUTHORITY?

occupational pensions, dividends and interest on savings. That said earnt income whether you are employed or self-employed is disregarded, as is 50% of a person’s occupational pension income if paid to a spouse or civil partner.

IS YOUR HOME TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT? It is, but it will be disregarded if you are receiving care at home, you are in temporary care intending to return to your home or you leave behind in your home a spouse, civil partner or other qualifying person. Additionally, it is not taken into account for the first twelve weeks that you are in a care home.

If you want to know more, then for a free appointment and to find out the answers to questions that need answering email Andrew Douglas or his team on ajd@awdrys.co.uk or call 0800 072 8636. The firm has offices in Marlborough, Royal Wootton Bassett, Devizes and Chippenham. Alternatively, take a look at their website. • abdcare.co.uk

ARE YOUR SAVINGS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT?

Yes all your savings are taken into account to include bank accounts, shares, unit trusts and In March 2017 a report from premium bonds etc. As with the Commons Committee on Communities and Local Government houses some savings can be disregarded. For example savings found that self funders paid 43% underwritten in full or part by life more for the same bed and services cover such as Investment bonds. compared with their state funded neighbours.

CAN YOU GIVE MONEY

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of the deprivation of asset rule!

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bath rugby

ENGLAND CALL UPS Seven Bath Rugby players have been called up into Eddie Jones’ first training camp ahead of this autumns Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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ngland Rugby head coach Eddie Jones has announced a squad of 29 players to attend training camps at Pennyhill Park including seven of the Blue, Black and White’s.

Ruaridh McConnochie is rewarded for an excellent season with a call up to England senior squad

Ruaridh McConnochie will receive his first England senior XV’s callup alongside Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints) and Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester Rugby). Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Sam Underhill, Joe Cokanasiga, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson join McConnochie in the squad. The week is the first of two training camps, held at Pennyhill Park and the Lensbury (30 June-4 July), before the first official Rugby World Cup training camp begins on 7 July at Lensbury. Players attending the camp at Pennyhill Park will not have featured in the Gallagher Premiership semifinals or final, outside of Ludlam and Rapava Ruskin. Both players and a small number involved in the Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians will be managed to ensure their postseason active rest periods are fulfilled in agreement with Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players Association.

September) in Newcastle as part of the Quilter Internationals as well as an away fixture against Wales (17 August) in Cardiff.

ENGLAND TRAINING SQUAD

Jones said: “The first two England training camps are designed to improve individual players’ fundamentals to allow them to compete for a place in the World Cup squad.”

Forwards Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins) Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers) Joe Launchbury (Wasps) Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints) Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester Rugby) Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors) Brad Shields (Wasps) Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors) Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby) Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

England will play Wales (11 August) and Ireland (24 August) at Twickenham Stadium and Italy (6

Backs Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks) Mike Brown (Harlequins)

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Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby) Elliot Daly (Wasps) George Ford (Leicester Tigers) Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) Jonny May (Leicester Tigers) Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby) Dan Robson (Wasps) Marcus Smith (Harlequins) Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

CHAMPIONS CUP DRAW Bath Rugby have been drawn against 1999 European Cup winners Ulster, fellow Premiership side Harlequins and French Top 14 runners-up Clermont Auvergne in next season’s European Champions Cup - a draw which should see former Bath player Nick Abendanon returning to play at The Rec. The fixtures will be drawn up soon. • bathrugby.com


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Each month ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD, former researcher from ‘QI’ and author of The Meaning of Tingo, poses a vocabulary quiz from our local Wiltshire dialect.

1. Bobbant a) of water: dashing and rebound in waves b) of a girl, romping, forward c) the youngest of a litter of pigs

c) shy, reticent

4. Nineter a) the number nine in shepherd’s counting b) a lean deer not fit to hunt c) a regular scamp

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2. Womble a) to wobble about from weakness b) to move food about on the plate for want of an appetite c) to walk aimlessly up and down with short steps

3. Shuckish

O CO PE FF N EE DA BA IL R Y

a) ill-mannered b) showery

The definition of onomatopoeia is “a word, which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting”. It certainly livens up the way we communicate. It is vivid, expressive and often colourful.

The words can come in combinations, reflecting, as they do, different sounds for a single object. If we look at sounds of water there’s plop, splash, gush, drizzle, etc. And likewise, with all matters windy, we can identify with swish, whiff, whoosh, whisper etc. For the sound of human voices English proper provides us with words like growl, giggle, grunt, blurt and chatter. But for the amazing kingdom of animals the range is naturally wider and more graphic with the well-known moo, neigh, oink and baa. However only English, it seems, thinks that owls go ‘tu-whit, tu-woo’ or a cockerel ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’. So not everyone agrees about the birds and the bees!

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e have just come back from a week long holiday in Portugal (see page 37 for details!) which was brilliant. We had a fantastic time while we were there but, fairly obviously, that means we had to get there in the first place. Driving there was mentioned but when we realized we’d probably have to turn around and head back almost as soon as we got there it was fairly quickly discounted. So we flew, which means we had to brave one of the traditional stress-inducing events of a person’s life…travelling on an aeroplane with a baby!! It certainly can be done, some friends of ours from Australia came over and travelled around Europe with their 6-month old a couple of years ago… they are clearly complete nutters.

consider at the time that the parents would be living through their own private hell). So, having made the decision to ‘take the plunge’ , we started to elicit advice from as many people we could. Preparation, we assumed correctly, would be key. How would we manage the sleeping/ nap arrangements beforehand, for instance, so our little cherub would, hopefully, fall asleep on the plane? If we got it wrong would he then go into a full ‘overtired toddler’ meltdown? The bag we carry around on a day-to-day basis as a changing bag quickly became a flight bag and was filled with all kinds of bits and bobs we thought might come in handy and tbh most of it did get used at least once!! The most important tools in the box would be snacks, and food in general, and not quick ones either. What we needed (my wife took

“So, having made the decision to ‘take the plunge’, we started to elicit advice from as many people we could. Preparation, we assumed correctly, would be key.” We, however, have never braved it and so realized we would have to front up and deal with whatever came our way. I should at this point probably say that, before I had kids, babies on aeroplanes would have been one of my least favourite things IN THE WORLD. I have done quite a bit of travelling in my life and other people’s kids, especially on long haul flights, have invariably been a nightmare (for me, I didn’t even 82 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

detailed notes from her experienced mummy friends) were items that take quite a while to eat but are not easily spilled. We had some small cereal bars (too quick) and some baby -style crisps (they basically taste of air but were also disgarded as they can be consumed far too quickly for our needs). Small, plastic tubs of breakfast cereal are recommended, likewise containers of chopped fruit. Favourite books and, of course, the inescapable

tablet were also used. I have to admit that to try and get our little chap interested in watching TV shows in the lead up to our trip just felt wrong, but an aeroplane journey - when you are cramped for room and have dozens of other people’s comfort to consider as well as your own - is the not the place to be trying for parent of the year. It’s all about keeping them quiet, interested and, hopefully, tiring them out. I think it helped that we had a fairly short flight and there was no turbulence or anything else that might upset the kids, but of the dozen or so youngsters on our flight not one was obnoxious, shouty or crying hysterically. They were all very well behaved; ours even fell asleep for the last twenty minutes or so which was a definite plus. Mind you, when he woke up on the terminal bus after we’d landed he did look very confused for a moment or two. Phil Rockliffe


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