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January 2022: What’s on in Wiltshire

Happy New Year! Once you're over the post-festivities fatigue, these are the events to add to your diary. Let's jump into 2022 full-steam ahead!

SPOOKY: The Christmas Classic Ghost Walk, 1 and 3 January, 6–7:30 pm

If New Year’s Eve hasn’t left you feeling too fragile, getting scared silly seems a fun way to ring in the new year! Creep around Salisbury’s streets hearing all about the local ghosts and the city’s spooky past.

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MUSIC: Jazz Sunday at Whatley Manor, 2 Jan, 12:15 – 4 pm

Enjoy your three-course Sunday lunch with a soundtrack of jazz in Whatley Manor’s ever-impressive Grey’s Brasserie – what a classy way to start off 2022!

£65, book now

ANIMALS: Lambing at Roves Farm, 7 – 10 Jan

Hotfoot it over to Roves Farm for lambing season to see the cute new arrivals and maybe even see some being born, if that’s something you’re interested in. We prefer to see them frolicking about – adorable!

BRUNCH: Iford Manor Jazz Brunches, 9, 16 and 23 Jan

If you like your brunch with a side of award-winning jazz, be it on the piano, double-bass, guitar or saxophone, played by Alex Clarke, one of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year 2021 finalists, these are the events to book in for. Do book quickly though; the last set of events was a complete sell-out and we’re expecting the same again! Tickets are £10 per person, plus whatever delicious food and drink you order.

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ART: Same Sea, Different Boat exhibition, Salisbury Arts Centre, from 11 Jan – 4 March

Born out of the phrase ‘we’re all in the same boat’, this impressive, moving tapestry consists of hundreds of hand printed and stitched stories, created during the pandemic, when we were all in the same sea, but not necessarily the same boat!

Sue Brown, the project founder said: “The quilt is a metaphor for how the effects of the quarantine have isolated us, yet we have all been part of it. Making the piece open-ended also illustrates that Covid-19 will continue to shape our lives – everyone has their own isolation story, and we will help tell it”.

To muse on how the past few years have changed us all, we can’t recommend a visit to this piece of art enough.

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ART: Charles Poulsen Meditations in a Square, Messums, Salisbury, 15 Jan – 27 Feb

Working with limited materials (think just pencils, wax and gouache (an opaque, water-soluble pigment) Poulsen’s artwork somehow soothes the soul just by looking at it. If you’re in the need of some downtime in the near year, a visit to this exhibition is a must.

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FUN: The Dreamboys, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 15 Jan

Sometimes you just need a bit of silly fun in January, and that’s exactly what this is. Physically fit specimens dancing around in an ultra-camp performance. Just what you need on a Saturday evening

From £22, book here

SELF-CARE: A Sisterhood Sunday to Welcome in the New Year & Full Wolf Moon, Uptown Yoga, Swindon, Sun 16 Jan 10:30 am – 1 pm

Get in touch with your spiritual side at this meditation event, designed to help you work out your goals for the year and how to manifest them. It ends with an extra-long savasana (our favourite part of yoga practice) to help you start the year with clear intentions.

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FILM: Another Round (12A), The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Tuesday 18 Jan, 11 am & 7.30 pm

Sidestep the multiplex in 2022 and instead head to this indie film screening of black comedy Another Round instead. It plays like a coming-of-age tale in reverse, as four middle-aged teachers deal with their collective mid-life crisis by putting a questionable academic theory to the test. They decided to see if maintaining a blood alcohol level of around 5% will increase productivity and improve well-being and happiness.

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CRAFT: Knit a bobble hat, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wed 19 Jan

This art gallery, cafe and indie shopping heaven regularly hosts crafts events, but this is the one that piqued our interest the most. Because no winter outfit is complete without a bobble hat, right? 

Attendees will learn how to knit in the round to make a bespoke bobble hat, with a faux fur pom pom for extra style points. Whether you’ve never picked up a knitting needle before (me) or are accomplished in the art, all are welcome.

£40, including materials. Book now

SELF-CARE: YFP Swindon Crystal Reiki and Spirituality, Thursday 20 Jan, Mackenzies, Swindon

YFP (it stands for Young, Female, Professional) puts on monthly events to help women in Swindon connect with one another and this is the latest gathering in the calendar, inviting you to learn more about crystal reiki and spirituality.

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COMEDY: How To Live A Jellicle Life, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Fri 21 Jan

If you’re in the market for a laugh in what is arguably the driest month of the year, get yourself down to the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham where comedian Linus Karp celebrates the film adaptation of Cats. It’s a ridiculous show, which is sometimes just what you need at this time of year, right?

£12, book now

THEATRE: Circus Of Horrors, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sun 23 Jan

Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Circus of Horrors are coming to Swindon to keep you on the edge of your seat, with a series of stunts all set to a rock and roll soundtrack.

From £22, book now

FAMILY: Rock the Tots, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Mon 24 Jan, 11 am and 2 pm

Introduce little ones in your life to the joy of the 90s with this fun, live music session for families, complete with Brit-pop, classic RnB, love songs and a healthy dose of cheesy pop. £7 per person.

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