There is so much to do and see!

Great Ashley Farm is located in an ideal area. With so many places and attractions to visit in the area it will make you reluctant to leave but keen to return. We think we have a bit of everything the West of England has to offer right on our doorstep, so you never run out of things to do and see…

Bradford-on-Avon is just 5 minutes away and is packed with restaurants, cafes, excellent antique shops, the 7th Century Saxon church, the Tithe Barn, Kennet and Avon canal, to mention a few. Why not learn a little of the town’s history in the museum?

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath is a few short miles away, and we’re sure you’ll want to explore The Roman Baths, Thermae Spa, The Royal Cresent, The Circus, Bath Abbey, or Beckford’s Tower. Architecture not your thing? How about a picnic in one of the many parks? Watch Bath Rugby play at the recreation ground, right in the heart of the city! You won’t find yourself short of places to eat, drink or shop either…If you run out of inspiration on Bath’s elegant Georgian streets, why not visit the Neolithic sites of Avebury, Stonehenge or Cheddar Caves?

Soak up the atmosphere in the many National Trust houses and gardens that are so close to Great Ashley Farm… A National Trust members paradise with The Courts, Holt, Great Chalfield Manor and Westwood Manor in our neighbouring villages, not to mention Lacock with it’s Abbey and Fox Talbot Photography museum,  the beautiful quintessential English Village famed for the filming of Jane Austen’s well known novels, ‘Emma’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The Cranford Chronicles & the interior sequences of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed at Lacock.  The breath taking Stourhead isn’t too far either!  Of course there are miles of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes to explore just out of the front door. Plenty of pubs and restaurants to! Within 5 minutes drive you can have quality English, Italian, Thai, Chinese or Indian cuisine.

We have many parents and visitors of students attending The University of Bath stay with us.  We are perfectly located for the campus.

2014 Events Guide

Just some of the many events and things to do taking place in and around Wiltshire.

Wiltshire is a county with incredible variety, with so much to see and do for all age groups, that you will need to return time and time again.


 Christmas tree Festival

Venue: Lacock

Follow the self-led trail to see the beautifully decorated trees from local groups.

From: 1Jan 2014 to 7 Jan 2014

Ghost walk

Venue: Corsham

Prepare to be scared as you discover the legends of old haunted Corsham. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from Corsham Area Heritage and Information Centre.

From: 11 Jan 2014


Stonehenge Landscape – Neolithic New Year Walk

Venue: Stonehenge

Welcome in 2013 with a walk around the ancient monuments of the Stonehenge Landscape. Booking is essential.

From: 18 Jan 2014 to 18 Jan 2014


London Calling

Venue: Salisbury

London Calling

London Calling is an affectionate celebration of the city in all its guises. From the stillness of dawn, to the excesses of its nightlife – the sights and sounds, style and romance – all told through words and music.

From: 18 Jan 2014 to 18 Jan 2014




European Union Chamber Orchestra / Laura Van Der HeijdenEuropean Union Chamber Orchestra / Laura Van Der Heijden

Venue: Wiltshire Music Festival

From: 7 Feb 2013 to 7 Feb 2014


Jazz Brunch

Venue: Salisbury

A Valentine’s Day special set four course dinner with coffee and handmade petit fours priced at £44.50 per person.

Venue: Fisherton Mill Salisbury

From: 14 Feb 2014 to 14 Feb 2014

Roves Farm Gingerbread Race

Venue: Roves Farm Swindon

Bringing the classic story to life!’ Drive, drive as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man’.

From: 15Feb 2014 to 23Feb 2014




Bath Literature Festival

Venue: Central Bath

A brilliant festival for stimulating debate and fascinating authors insights.

From: 28 Feb to 9 Mar 2014


Walk with an archaeologist: The Stonehenge Landscape

Venue: Stonehenge

Join Neolithic expert and National Trust archaeologist Dr. Nick Snashall on this half day exploration of the Stonehenge landscape and find out about the latest exciting discoveries.

From: 1 Mar 2014 to 1 Mar 2014


Bath Half Marathon

Venue: Central Bath

A two lap, 13.1 mile course through stunning surroundings in the heart of Bath.

From: 2 March 2014


Chippenham Pancake Race

Venue: Chippenham

Come and take part in the town’s annual pancake race. Times TBC

From: 4 Mar 2014


Swindon Music Festival 2014

Venue: Swindon

From: 20 Mar 2014 to 29 Mar 2014


Stonehenge Spring Wildlife Walk

Venue: Stonehenge

A ranger-led wildlife walks on the downs at Stonehenge to look for spring wildlife such as Hares. Join the ranger for this morning
From: 23 Mar 2014


Swindon German Beer Fest

Venue: Swindon

This is a fabulous night out not to be missed. Join in the great atmosphere of the German beer fest.

From: 22 Mar 2014


Spirthill Trail Run

Venue: Calne

12km True Cross Country, 6km True Cross Country and 1.5km Children’s True Cross Country Fun Run.

From: 23 Mar 2014


Bath Comedy Festival

Venue: Central Bath

 A colourful, vibrant, inclusive and dedicated mix of comedy

From: 28 Mar 2014 – 6 Apr 2014



Easter Bunny Hunt

Venue: Roves Farm, Swindon.

From: 5 Apr 2014 to 21 Apr 2014


Abbeyfield 10km & Fun Run

Venue: Chippenham

Abbeyfield 10km run and fun run.

From: 6 Apr 2014


Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2014

Venue: Devizes

The annual Canoe Race from Devizes to Westminster. This event takes place over the Easter weekend, starting in Devizes on Good Friday.

From: 18 April 2014 to 21 Apr 2014


Gurston Down Hill Climb

Venue: Salisbury

Head to Gurston Down for their 300th  annual speed event.

From: 27 Apr 2014



Bath in Fashion

Venue: Central Bath

Bath in Fashion 2014 celebrates fashion, textiles and art.

From: 3 May 2014 to 10 May 2014


Peppa Pig Big Bank Holiday Funday at Bath Racecourse

Venue: Bath Racecourse

A thrilling afternoon of racing fun for the whole family set in beautiful countryside.

From: 5 May 2014

Badminton Horse Trails

Venue: Badminton Glos

From: 7 May 2014  to 11 May 2014

Bath International Music Festival

Venue: Central Bath

A dynamic mix of world-class performances taking place throughout the city.

From: 22 May – 2 Jun 2014

Chippenham Folk Festival

Venue: Chippenham

The festival produces one of the most exciting programmes boasting well over 200 individual events. Whether you are a seasoned dancer or a novice at the Ceilidh, a singer or just a listener, an expert or just beginner we will have something for you

From: 23May 2014 to 26 May 2014

Salisbury International Arts Festival

Venue: Salisbury

The 2013 Festival programme was inspired by the themes of Brazilian culture, fire and celebration. Classical and world music share the limelight with international theatre, dance, film, visual arts and outdoor events.

From: 23 May 2014 to 7 Jun 2014


Oldbury White Horse Triathlon, Children’s Tri Star Triathlon & Fun Run

Venue: Calne

Oldbury White Horse Triathlon, Children’s Tri Star Triathlon and Fun Run.

From: 4 May 2014 to 4 May 2014


Swindon Festival of Literature 2014

Venue: Swindon

In Swindon, during the first fortnight of May, let’s celebrate things well thought, well written, and well said!

From: 5 May 2014 to 17 May 2014


Devizes Food and Drink Festival 2014

Venue: Devizes

Devizes hosts its annual food and drink festival. For a full programme of events will be announced soon. Please visit website for more details.

From: 17 May 2014 to 25 May 2014


The Royal Bath & West Show

Venue: Shepton Mallet

A fun day out for the whole family this June featuring some of the country’s finest livestock, farming demonstrations, local produce and much more.

From: 28 May 2014 to 31 May 2014


Castle Combe Cycling Festival

Venue:Castle Combe Circuit

Castle Combe Cycling Festival is set to be one of the most exciting events in the 2014 calendar. From Youth Racing and Family Cycling around the circuit to arena events, stunt cycling and a trade village.

From: 1 June 2014


Bath Symphony Orchestra

Venue: Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford On Avon

Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5

From: 6 June 2014


Wadworth Beer Festival

Venue: Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre, Kennet Devizes

A selection of Wadworth and guest ales, ciders and perrys.
Live entertainment form Train to Skaville and Purple Fish.

From: 7 Jun 2014

  Cricklade Town Festival 2014

Venue: Cricklade

The festival has a diverse and exciting range of arts events, with something on offer for all tastes and all ages.

From: 14 June 2014



Nunney Horse Trials

Venue: Whatley Somerset

The event takes place near Frome in Somerset with an array of trade stands, a dressage demonstration, plenty of action over the fixed fences and show jumping in the main arena on the final day attracts a wealth of visitors

From: 14 June 2014 -16 June 2014


Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2014

Venue: Stonehenge, Nr Amesbury

Managed access to the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice.

From: 21 Jun 2014

Bike Bath 2014

Venue: Central Bath

Bike Bath 2014 is a unique opportunity for anyone to train for and complete a cycle ride in and around the beautiful city of Bath.

From: 28 Jun 2014 to 29 June 2014


Marlborough Food Festival

Venue: Marlborough

Run by the popular twice monthly Marlborough Communities Market, the Food Festival will feature the best producers in the West and shall be holding workshops, activities and talks.

From: 29 Jun 2014






White Horse Challenge

Venue: Devizes

The White Horse Challenge is a 55 mile walk taking in the white horses of Wiltshire. You can choose to walk all of it over two days or half over one. Take part in the Relay Challenge, Family Challenge or the One Day Challenge.

From:  5 July 2014 to 6 July 2014

Royal International Air Tattoo


Held annually each July at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s largest military airshow, has gained the well-earned reputation as one of the UK’s top outdoor family events.

From: 11 July 2014 to 13 July 2014

Marlborough Jazz Festival

Venue: Marlborough

Bands range from famous touring stars and many of the home-grown variety to young up-and-coming groups. Free events in the streets add to the carnival atmosphere that pervades the town over the weekend.

From: 18 July 2014 to 20 July 2014

WOMAD Festival

Venue: Malmesbury

An outdoor festival celebrating the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and that is, quite literally, what WOMAD is. WOMAD Charlton Park is one of the most unique festivals of the UK season pro

From: 24 July 2014 to 27 July 2014 



Cider Festival with The Wurzels

Venue: Bath Race Course

A festival full of Live racing, live music and great cider.

From: 1 August 2014.


Supercars at Wilton House

Venue: Wilton, Salisbury

More supercars, more classic cars, more entertainment! A great day out for the whole family!

From: 10 Aug 2014

Family Bat Watch at Lacock Abbey

Venue: Lacock

Have you ever seen bats appear from a gargoyles mouth? Here is your chance! Join our expert, Tony Brazier, on a watch for bats living in and around the abbey. This watch is aimed at a family audience.

From: TBC

Begins: 7.30pm



Venue: Westonbirt Arboretum

Tree-discovering family activities, expert carvers, local music, great food and over 100 exhibitors make up Treefest, Westonbirt Arboretum’s signature summer event.

Frome: 23 Aug 2014 – 24 Aug 2014


Wiltshire 100 and Big Wheel Bike Ride

Venue: Devizes

A choice of three exciting routes, all starting and finishing in the historic market town of Devizes.If you’re up for it, there’s the heroic 100 mile route touching nearly every corner of Wiltshire, or opt for the gentler 50 mile route.

From: 7 Sept 2014

Swindon Railway Festival

Venue: Rodbourne, Swindon

This event is popular with both families and rail enthusiasts! The Festival is an annual celebration of steam railways and there’s always plenty to see and do, whatever your age.

From: 11 Sept 2014 – 12 Sept 2014


The Jane Austen Festival

Venue: Central Bath

A selection of events will take place to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen

From: 12 Sept 2014 to 21 Sept 2014.


The Wiltshire Game and Country Fair

Venue:Bowood House and Gardens

The Wiltshire Game and Country Fair graces the magnificent grounds of the Bowood Estate.

From: 27 Sept 2014 – 28 Sept 2014


Gatcombe Horse Trials

Venue: Gatcombe Park,Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

Set in the heart of the Cotswolds Gatcombe regularly hosts international riders from all over the world for a great eventing competition.

From: 19 Sept 2014  – 21 Sept 2014



The Gardener’s Secrets at Stourhead

Venue: Stourton, Warminster

A special chance to go behind the scenes with the team who work to keep Stourhead beautiful. Learn about our tree surgery techniques, composting systems and see the array of garden and estate machinery and hand tools.

From: TBC

Apple Day

Venue: Lacock

Celebrate the changing of the season and the falling of leaves and fruit at our’apeeling’ event for all ages.Enjoy music, dancing, refreshments, hog roast, craft activities, apple tastings, orchard tours and more at our ever popular annual event.

From: 21 Oct 2014




November & December

Christmas at Longleat

Venue: Warminster

Give the family a truly unforgettable day out this Christmas.

From: 15 Nov 2014 to 9 Dec 2014

Begins: Fri – Sun only, exact times TBC


Bath Christmas Market

Venue: Central Bath

A unique shopping experience in the heart of Baths city centre.

From: 22 Nov 2014 – 9 Dec 2014


Salisbury Christmas Market


An exciting new Christmas Market which will feature 55 delightful little wooden chalets all beautifully decorated and prettily arranged.

From: 27 Nov 2014 to 19 Dec 2014


Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt

Venue: Tetbury

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (5 – 8.30pm) from Friday 29 November to Sunday 22 December 2013, visitors to Westonbirt Arboretum can explore the famous trail of magical illuminated trees, visit a children’s winter wonderland and enjoy warmin

From: Dates TBC for 2014

Begins: 5pm


Christmas at Claverton

Venue: Greater Bath, the American Museum

Christmas at Claverton at the American Museum in Britain is a wonderful event to start the festive season, and get the family into the spirit of things

From: Dates TBC






Saxon Town Of Bradford-on-Avon

Kennet and Avon Canal
Saxon Church
Tithe Barn
Walking Tour of Bradford-on-Avon
Bradford-on-Avon Museum

World Heritage City Of Bath

Roman Baths
Jane Austen Museum
City Tour Buses
The Abbey
Pump Rooms
Walking Tour Of Bath
Sally Lunns
Thermae Bath Spa

Market Towns To Visit


Gardens / Historical Places

Iford Gardens – Italianate Gardens
Corsham Court
Farleigh Castle – English Heritage
Great Chalfield – National Trust
The Courts, Holt – National Trust
Westwood Manor – National Trust
Lacock Abbey – National Trust
Prior Park – National Trust
Stourhead – National Trust
Westonbirt Arboretum
Avebury – Stone Circles
Stonehenge – World Heritage Site
Wells Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

Family Attractions

Riding – Wellow Trekking Centre
Kennet and Avon Canal – Boat hire, Cycle hire, cayaks
Wookey Hole – neolithic caves
Bristol Imax
Bristol Exploritary
Norwood Farm

For The Active

Castle Combe – Skid Pan
Castle Combe Race Circuit
Horse Riding  – Wellow Trekking Centre
Kennet and Avon Canal – Boat, Cycle, and Kayak Hire
Cumberwell Park Golf Course
Wiltshire Cycleway County Route
Bradford-on-Avon Swimming Pool
Bristol Multiplex

For the Walker and Stroller

Macmillan Way
The Ridgeway
Cotswold Way
Kennet and Avon Canal
Walking Tour Of Bradford-on-Avon
Walking Tour Of Bath
Flight of Locks at Devizes

Antique Trails


Websites To Visit