What’s on in Wiltshire in June?
Suddenly it feels like proper summer in Wiltshire, and time to book that yoga retreat. We've also got theatre, markets, outdoor cinema & music. Go-Go-Go!
Workshop: Pod and Pip Floristry, 12th & 24th June
We think you’re going to love the pretty, relaxed style of this workshop outside Salisbury. Most flowers are locally grown, and many are sourced from their very own cutting garden. Workshops sell out fast, but there are still a couple available in June: Flowers for Summer Entertaining on 12th June, and Seasonal Table Arrangements on 24th June. Go forth and create something lovely.
Outdoor Cinema: Summer Screens at Swindon Old Town Bowl, 17-19th June
Summer Screens offer a luxe version of outdoor cinema, with optional deck chair seating, gazebos and gourmet snacks a-plenty. And they choose beautiful locations – no dusty car parks here. Screening this month, The Shining (17th), Bohemian Rhapsody (18th) and Dirty Dancing (19th). They’ll be at Bowood in September if that’s your manor.
Open Garden: Urchfont Manor, Devizes, 19th June, 11am-5.30pm
Open as a one-off as part of the National Open Garden Scheme, this 17th Century Manor in 10 acres is considered one of the best in Wiltshire. The formal gardens with a modern twist feature maze-like beech spiral, cloud box and an extensive kitchen garden that supplies St John Bread & Wine Restaurant in Spitalfields.
Music: Bollywood Brass Band at Salisbury Playhouse, Sat 19th June
Throw yourself back into live music with this irrepressible bunch, and their overview of a century of Bollywood movies through brass, percussion and projections. It’s a lot of fun, and good for all ages.
Get away: Bellorama Solstice Yoga Retreat, 20th-21st June, South Wilts
Now this is why we live in the country! The two day line up features cyanotype workshops, meditation, plenty of feasting (now that’s my kind of retreat), and yoga, natch. And it’s all on a luxe glamping site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Celebrate: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Sunday 20th June
One thing Wiltshire does have is standing stones, and when in Rome, as they say….Get in touch with your inner druid at Stonehenge, where English Heritage are planning for celebrations to go ahead this year.
Father’s Day: Lunch at The George at Woolley, Sunday 20th June
If you’re lucky the kids will make breakfast (tea made with water from the hot water bottle anyone? Yes, this did happen), but by lunchtime you might need some real food. Treat the Dad in your life to a traditional roast at The George at Woolley in Bradford on avon. Locals like to keep this gem of a pub to themselves, but sometimes you just gotta share the love.
Open Garden: Middlewick House 26th & 27th June, 11am-4.30pm
Nick Mason, ex-Pink Floyd, and his wife Annette are opening their gorgeous garden in Corsham in aid of charities Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance. There will be stalls and farm animals to visit, so a good day out for the kids. Don’t expect Nick to play the drums, but he might appear at the BBQ.
Music Festival: Bounce Back at Iford Manor, 2-5th July
Not strictly June, but if we wait til July all the tickets will be sold out for cert, and you don’t want to miss this excuse to go out-out, after a year of in-in. You won’t find a more stunning setting for a summer evening concert than Iford Manor’s archery ground. Manor residents Marianne and William are passionate about live music, and excited to bring some top flight artists to their second year of Bounce Back. The Academy of Ancient music play Handel, Bach & Vivaldi on the 2nd; jazz singer Claire Martin is on the 3rd; the legendary a capella group the King Singers on the 4th; and the 5th sees Jazz singer/pianist Joe Stilgoe and his band. Brand new on-site restaurant Jaq at Iford will be supplying picnic hampers, and, having had lunch there this weekend, I can safely say you’ll want to bag one of these.