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 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 Crescent, The Circus, Bath Abbey, or Beckford’s Tower. Architecture not your thing?Watch Bath Rugby play at the recreation ground right in the heart of the city? How about a picnic in one of the many parks? 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? Or soak up the atmosphere in the many National Trust houses and gardens. 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,  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 fabulous 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.

2013 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.


 • Reindeers on holiday: A family trail
Venue: Lacock
Follow the self-led trail to discover lots of reindeer facts and jokes. From: 7 Jan 2013 to 31 Jan 2013

• 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 cost £4 per person (under 16s tickets are £2.50).
From: 12th Jan

• 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: 13 Jan 2013 to 13 Jan 2013

• Animal Farm by George Orwell
Venue: Salisbury
Guy Masterson’s magnificent solo performance of Orwell’s classic satire has to be seen to be believed. Hilariously comic and powerfully poignant.
From: 18 Jan 2013 to 18 Jan 2013


• Trees in Winter Walk
Venue: Lydiard Park, Swindon.

From: 3 Feb 2013 to 3 Feb 2013

• 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: 16 Feb 2013 to 16 Feb 2013

• Soldier’s Wives by Sarah Daniels
Venue: Malthouse Lane, Salisbury

Performed by Cathy Shipton (best known as Duffy in BBC TV’s Casualty), Soldiers’ Wives was described as ‘a quietly assured tour-de-force’ (Daily Telegraph) at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.
From: 26 Feb 2013 to 3 Mar 2013


• 36th Annual Antiques Fair
Venue: Wilton Salisbury

2013 starts with the 35th Wilton House Antiques Fair which will be held 1st – 3rd March. With a format similar to previous years, over 40 stands will sell a wide range of antiques from furniture and paintings, to silver and jewellery.
From: 1 Mar 2013 to 3 Mar 2013

• Bath Half Marathon
Venue: Central Bath
A two lap, 13.1 mile course through stunning surroundings in the heart of Bath.
From: 3rd March

• Bath Literature Festival
Venue: Central Bath

A brilliant festival for stimulating debate and fascinating authors insights.
From: 1-11 Mar 2013
• Jewellery, Beads and Findings Fair – Wiltshire Air Ambulance Fundraiser
Venue: Bradford- On- Avon

Come along and find that unique gift you have been searching for or why not create your own hand made piece of jewellery.
From: 9 Mar 2013 to 10 Mar 2013

• 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: 12 Mar 2013 to 12 Mar 2013

• Swindon Music Festival 2013
Venue: Swindon

From: 14 Mar 2013 to 23 Mar 2013

• Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
Venue: City Hall, Salisbury.
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra returns to the City Hall for their Spring Concert.
From: 16 Mar 2013 to 16 Mar 2013

• Night Walk Adventure
Venue: King Barrow Ridge Amesbury

Storytelling, stars, games, and more! Family fun around the monuments of King Barrow Ridge. Bring a torch. Ideal for ages 6 to 11, all ages invited to join in!
From: 22 Mar 2013 to 22 Mar 2013

• 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: 23 Mar 2013

• 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 2013 to 24 Mar 2013

• Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2013
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: 29 Mar 2013 to 1 Apr 2013

• Bath Comedy Festival
Venue: Central Bath

A colourful, vibrant, inclusive and dedicated mix of comedy
From: 29 Mar – 7 Apr 2013

• Yes, Prime Minister by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
Venue: Malthouse Lane, Salisbury

Following three sell-out West End seasons and rave reviews, Yes, Prime Minister comes to Salisbury for ONE WEEK ONLY.
From: 2 Apr 2013 to 6 Apr 2013

• Make a Bird Feeder
Venue: Lydiard Park, Swindon.

From: 9 Apr 2013 to 9 Apr 2013

• Abbeyfield 10km & Fun Run
Venue: Chippenham

Abbeyfield 10km run and fun run.
From: 14 Apr 2013 to 14 Apr 2013

• Bath in Fashion

Venue: Central Bath
Bath in Fashion 2013 celebrates fashion, textiles and art.
From: 15-21 April 2013

• Wings over Stonehenge
Venue: Larkhill

Walk in the slipstream of the early pioneer military aviators at Larkhill. See where the Bristol Boxkite made its first flight in 1910 and where the first British military aeroplane unit was formed in 1911.
From: 17 Apr 2013 to 17 Apr 2013

• Aled Jones in Concert
Venue: Salisbury Cathedral

Aled Jones will be performing in Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 20 April 2013 at 7.30pm as part of his Spring Cathedral Tour.
From: 20 Apr 2013 to 20 Apr 2013

• Gurston Down Hill Climb
Venue: Salisbury

Head to Gurston Down for their annual speed event.
From: 20 Apr 2013 to 21 Apr 2013
• 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: 6th May

• Badminton Horse Trails
Venue: Badminton Glos

From: 2nd to 6th of May
• Bath International Music Festival
Venue: Central Bath

A dynamic mix of world-class performances taking place throughout the city.
From: 22 May – 2 Jun 2013

• 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: 24 May-27 May 2013

• Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 2013
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: 24 May 2013 to 8 Jun 2013

• 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: 5 May 2013 to 5 May 2013

• Swindon Festival of Literature 2013
Venue: Swindon

In Swindon, during the first fortnight of May, let’s celebrate things well thought, well written, and well said!
From: 6 May 2013 to 18 May 2013

• Devizes Food and Drink Festival 2013
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 2013 to 25 May 2013

• Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival
Venue: Swindon

Come and see Royal Wootton Bassett’s carnival with events on the High Street from 12 noon and the procession starting from Marlowe Way at 4.30pm. A copy of the procession route can be found on the website.
From: 18 May 2013 to 18 May 2013
• 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: 29 May – 1 June 2013

• Amesbury Carnival & Show 2013
Venue: Amesbury

Come down to Holder’s Field for lots of family entertainment including cycle stunt team, dog display team, Stone Age games, a fun fair plus much more!
From: 1 Jun 2013 to 1 Jun 2013

• Castle Combe Cycling Festival
Venue:Chippenham Venue:Castle Combe Circuit

Castle Combe Cycling Festival is set to be one of the most exciting events in the 2013 calendar. From Youth Racing and Family Cycling around the circuit to arena events, stunt cycling and a trade village.
From: 2/06/2013
• 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: 7 Jun 2013 to 7 Jun 2013

• 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: 8 Jun 2013 to 8 Jun 2013

• Cricklade Town Festival 2013
Venue: Cricklade

The festival has a diverse and exciting range of arts events, with something on offer for all tastes and all ages.
From: 13 Jun 2013 to 13 Jun 2013

• Alice by Laura Wade
Venue: Malthouse Lane, Salisbury

Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice breathes fresh life into a much-loved story about rabbit holes, pocket watches and talking caterpillars.
From: 17 Jun 2013 to 22 Jun 2013

• 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: 15-17 June 2013

• Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2013
Venue: Stonehenge, Nr Amesbury

Managed access to the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice.
From: 20 Jun 2013 to 21 Jun 2013
• Bike Bath 2013
Venue: Central Bath

Bike Bath 2013 is a unique opportunity for anyone to train for and complete in a cycle ride in and around the beautiful city of Bath.
From: 22-23 Jun 2013

• Bowood Triathlon
Venue: Calne on the beautiful Bowood estate.

From: 30 Jun 2013 to 30 Jun 2013

• 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: 30 Jun 2013 to 30 Jun 2013


• Wiltshire County Show 2013
Venue: Barbury Castle Estate, Marlborough
Held at the Barbury Castle Horse trials, the Wiltshire County Show offers something for all the family with a huge range of displays and demonstrations from Wiltshire’s agricultural, craft and food industries.
From: 06/07/2013 to 07/07/2013
• Royal International Air Tattoo 2013
Venue: Fairford

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: 20/07/2013 to 21/07/2013
• Marlborough Jazz Festival 2013
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: 19/07/2013 to 21/07/2013
• WOMAD Festival 2013
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 in the UK.
From: 25/07/2013 to 28/07/2013

• White Horse Challenge 2013
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: 06/07/2013 to 07/07/2013
Begins: 7am

• StarRide
Venue: Greater Bath

Join the National Autistic Society and cycle 80km (50 miles) by night around two of Britain’s most iconic cities – Bath and Bristol.
From: 14 / 07 /2013

 Kids Go Free at Westonbirt
Venue: Westonbirt, Tetbury

Kids Go Free
From: 20/07/2013 to 13/09/2013

• The Roman Baths by Torchlight
Venue: Central Bath

Relax and enjoy the romantic torch-lit ambience of the Great Baths.
From: 1 Jul – 31 Aug 2013

• Cider Festival with The Wurzels
Venue: Bath Race Course

A festival full of Live racing, live music and great cider.
From: 2 August 2013.

• Supercars at Wilton House
Venue: Wilton, Salisbury

For many, the highlight of the calendar is the Classic and Supercar Day. For 2012. Please check back in due course for more information.
From: 04/08/2013 to 04/08/2013
• Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Trail Marathon 2013
Venue: Salisbury

The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Trail Marathon is so-called because the 50K race includes 5 rivers, 4 hills, 3 large country estates, 2 castles, and 1 cathedral.
From: TBC

• 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

• Treefest
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: 24 – 26 August 2013
• 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: 08/09/2013 to 08/09/2013
• Salisbury Food and Drink Festival
Venue: Salisbury

A showcase for the very best of local fare. Salisbury’s Food and Drink Festival promises a range of foodie treats for all the family! The main event takes place in the city’s Market Place and there will be plenty on the menu.
From: 09/09/2013 to 16/09/2013
• 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: 14/09/2013 to 15/09/13
Begins: 10am

• The Jane Austen Festival
Venue: Central Bath

A selection of events will take place to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen
From: 13-21 Sep 2013.

• 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, for the sixth time in succession.
From: 21/09/2013 to 22/09/2013
Begins: 10am

• 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: 20 Sept – 23 Sept


• 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: 20/10/2013 to 20/10/2013
Begins: 10:30am

• Night Walk Adventure
Venue: King Barrow Ridge Amesbury
Storytelling, stars, games, and more! Family fun around the monumnets of King Barrow Ridge. Bring a torch. Ideal for ages 6 to 11, all ages invited to join in!
From: 25 Oct To 25 Oct 2013

• Christmas at Longleat
Venue: Warminster

Give the family a truly unforgettable day out this Christmas.
From: 16/11/2013 to 08/12/2013
Begins: Fri – Sun only, exact times TBC

• Bath Christmas Market
Venue: Central Bath

A unique shopping experience in the heart of Bath’s city centre.
From: 21 Nov – 8 Dec 2013

• Salisbury Christmas Market 2013
Venue: Salisbury

An exciting new Christmas Market which will feature 55 delightful little wooden chalets all beautifully decorated and prettily arranged.
From: 28/11/2013 to 15/12/2013
Begins: 10am

• Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt 2013
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 and visit a children’s winter wonderland.
From: 29/11/2013 to 22/12/2013
Begins: 5pm
• Devizes Christmas Festival 2013
Venue: Devizes

The night that Devizes turns on the Christmas Lights is now a day long festival of fun and music! There are Christmas markets, live music, street theatre shows, a gigantic parade of lanterns and a firework display.
From: 29/11/2013 to 29/11/2013

• 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: 22/11/2013 to 15/12/2013

Held at the Barbury Castle Horse trials, the Wiltshire County Show offers something for all the family with a huge range of displays and demonstrations from Wiltshire’s agricultural, craft and food industries. From: 06/07/2013 to 07/07/2013

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

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