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Our ear is always firmly to the ground across this great county of Wiltshire – if it’s cool, hip and happening we are ON IT!

 

New addition to spa

Forget bikini body ready, are your hands summer ready? Take a sneaky peak at Whatley Manor’s brand new Polishing Room in their Aquarias Spa, opening next week. Jessica Geleration Manicure, I’m coming for you!

 

Return of the Rectory

Stand by and hold fire for The Rectory Hotel‘s new face lift – and I can tell you it ain’t too shabby. Exact dates to follow but rumour has it it will be opening late spring. Rooms start at a mere £150, there are 15 in the house itself plus a separate three bed cottage with its own private garden. Their aim is to be elegant but relaxed, like you are staying in someone’s house – that wealthy aunt who won’t part with her cash just yet. But but but…most importantly there’s going to be an outside pool with a pizza oven (not in it obviously. On the side). Oh, the pool parties we shall have…

Last chance for Echo’s End

OK, it’s not really breaking news but you can’t miss this one – Echo’s End is a new play for Wiltshire, about Wiltshire, in Wiltshire. Award-winning playwright Barney Norris has been heralded as one of our most exciting young writers and his debut novel Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain became a Times bestseller. Here he brings us two families living in Wiltshire under the shadow of war, exploring how the seismic changes alter their lives and the identity of their county forever. It’s a true Wiltshire love story. Altogether now…aaaaahhhh.

 

WOMAD line up announced

Hot news! More artists have just been announced for WOMAD 2017, including the mysterious masked men who create a psychedelic mix of rock, Afrobeat, funk, chants and tribal drums under the name Goat. Despite releasing a second album, still nobody knows who they are, except that they are Swedish and are not ABBA. Also announced is folk singer and fiddler Eliza Carthy, continuing on her mission to take British traditional song to places it has never been before. More hot news is that this year’s festival goers get to chill out in style at the WOMAD Spa. Have you got your hands on those tix yet?

 

Restaurant Hywel Jones reopens

This Friday heralds the reopening of Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, known not only for its extremely long name but as an exceptionally fine dining experience. The Michelin-star restaurant will offer a new selection of three eight-course tasting menus, in addition to a three-course à la carte menu and as always, focussing on seasonal ingredients and local produce. Worth the price of a second mortgage? Hell, yeah!

 

Imber Village opens

If you don’t know this place – and you need to be seriously in the know to have stumbled over it. It’s new to me! – it is seriously spooky. The villagers of Imber were ousted from their homes in 1943 to make way for American troops training for the liberation of Europe. Unbelievably, they were never allowed back. The village is only open for a handful of days each year – spot the ghosts from 6pm 13th April to 8am 18th April. Woooooo…..

 

Piggy news

Hot off the press – this year The Pig will be taking the tastes of the countryside to Wilderness Festival, OXON on 3rd–6th Aug, serving up its renowned Piggy Bits and a three-course menu, using only the best, freshest and most authentic ingredients. What is super cool is that the menus will change by the minute, depending on what the forager supplies and what the kitchen garden team deems to be in perfect condition. Tickets are £55 per person – get ’em on the Wilderness Festival site.

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