Wiltshire

Ideas for things to do across Wiltshire

From music and fun to arts and culture: some suggestions of things to do in Wiltshire.

FAMILY

A Grand Medieval Joust where fighting knights do battle in a live action show can be seen over 6-8 August at Old Sarum. Revel in the drama of clashing knights on horseback and cheer on your favourite. Be entertained by the court jester for plenty of laughs too.

Image caption Giffords Circus returns to Marlborough Common from Friday 19 August to Tuesday 30 August

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  • A week of Knight training including fencing, jousting, archery, climbing, medieval games, shield-making and Heraldry is being offered "damsels and squires from 9 years" at Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centre, Marlborough (8 -12 and 15-19 August)
  • The traditional small touring circus Giffords Circus returns with a new show for 2011 'War and Peace at the Circus' on Marlborough Common (19-30 August)

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Fieldview Festival - the intimate summer outdoor event returns to Little Somerford over the weekend of 4-7 August. The eclectic musical line-up includes Ben Howard, Kill it Kid, Beth Rowley and Dub Mafia.

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  • Swindon Pride 2011 Parade, starting at the Averies in Swindon's Town Gardens, has been extended to include even more of Old Town. With Booty Luv and Diva Fever headlining on the Nationwide Main Stage (6 August)
  • The inaugural "mini festival of dance", Swinstock, pitches up in the Black Horse Event Field in Upper Wanborough near Swindon for fans of 'old skool' dance music and rave (26, 27 and 28 August)

EXHIBITIONS & ARTS

The largest exhibition of John Constable's work, ever exhibited in Wiltshire, is heading to Salisbury to mark the 200th anniversary of the artist's first visit to the city. The Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum is hosting a multi-million pound exhibition of his paintings of Salisbury Cathedral, the city and Stonehenge until Sunday, 25 September.

Image caption Contemporary sculptor Sean Henry will be displayed within Salisbury Cathedral from Friday 22 July

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  • From 'Brain-Training' to 'Donkey Kong' the Gaming on The Go Exhibition at the Museum of Computing has over 50 exhibits to try out. The exhibition is open until late summer 2011.
  • Uncannily realistic, clothed and painted human figures by contemporary sculptor Sean Henry will be displayed on original plinths and in unexpected spaces within Salisbury Cathedral from Friday 22 July through Sunday, 30 October.

MUSIC & THEATRE

Welcome to Chapterhouse Theatre Company is staging one of Shakespeare's most controversial comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, in an open-air theatre at The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe in Monday 29 August.

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  • Will Young launches his 23-date nationwide tour at the Oasis in Swindon on Thursday, 27 October.

SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT

"Pre-booking is very strongly advised" for what could be the last chance to view Sir Edward Heath's house Arundells, in Salisbury. Re-opening from Saturday 2 July to Saturday 29 October.

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  • John Lever, Phil Defreitas, Devon Malcolm, Mohammad Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq and Ian Harvey have all been confirmed, in the Lashings World XI line up, to play in a Charity Cricket Match at the Devizes Cricket Club on Wednesday, 24 August.
  • If you have ever fancied taking a hot air balloon flight then you can take one this summer from Lydiard Park near Swindon. Enjoy a great flight and a glass of champers as you take in the breathtaking Wiltshire countryside from the sky.

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