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12 quirky and cool things to do this week in Wiltshire

With cabaret, burlesque art classes and silent discos, there's no time to get bored in Wiltshire this week!

ART: Linescapes Exhibition, 9 November – 18 December, Salisbury Arts Centre

This just-landed exhibition explores the line of the landscape and how it changes, with photography, glass work, jewellery and sculptures by contemporary artists in the mix. It’s free to attend, plus the Arts Centre café will be open for drinks and cakes after you’ve soaked up the culture. Find out more.

MINDFULNESS: Time to Think 90 minute guided conversation, 10 Nov 7:30 pm, Nimble and Wild, Malmesbury

This airy pilates studio is always hosting events we jot down in our diary immediately and this workshop was no different. It’s a 90 minute guided and supported conversation, led by professionally qualified executive coach Fi Craig to hep untangle the knots in your head, help you solve problems and make a decision. Fi aims to help you leave the session having decided on a course of action to unmuddle your mind. Find out more, or for more information contact Fi on craigfi@gmail.com.

COMEDY: Sara Barron – Enemies Closer, 10 Nov 8 pm, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Comedian Sara Barron is visiting Corsham on her first ever UK tour, bringing all the LOLs with her with this hilarious routine that examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her twelve enemies. £14, Book here.

FOR KIDS: Drag Queen Story Hour, 10 Nov 11 am, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Introduce children to the world of gender fluidity with glamorous queer role models at this storytelling event, where ultra-fabulous drag queens regale little ones with fairy tales and storybooks. Free, but booking is essential.

ART: Burlesque Life Drawing, 11 Nov 7 pm, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Flex your creative muscles at this all-abilities art class as part of Corsham’s Magic & Mayhem Festival. You’ll be drawing burlesque artist Charlie Bouquett, as she poses up a storm during the session. £10, book here.

FOOD HEAVEN: Sri Lankan Curry Night, 12 Nov 7:30 pm, Malmesbury Town Hall

Spice up your week at this Sri Lankan curry evening, held in honour of Maggie’s cancer charity. Tuck into delicious cuisine, knowing you’re doing your bit for charity at the same time. £25 per person, book at Jackdaws Coffee House or via the Malmesbury Tourist Information Centre.

DANCING: Magic and Mayhem silent disco, 12 Nov 8:30 pm, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Bop away til your heart’s content at this silent disco where you can listen to whatever you like, because it’s only playing in your headphones and nobody else can hear it. No need to book, just pop along!

THEATRE: The Mayhem Cabaret, 12 Nov 9:30 pm, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

This late-night performance is the highlight of Corsham’s Magic and Mayhem festival if you ask us, with burlesque performances and hula hoop dancers among the many acts that make up the lineup. Ages 18+, £22 per person. Book here.

ARTISAN SHOPPING: The Atworth Artisan Market Christmas Spectacular, 13 Nov, various locations Atworth village

Three Atworth residents (a florist, a designer maker and a gallerist) teamed up in 2020 to launch this market and it’s gone from strength to strength. This Christmas event sees over 85 traders spread out across three locations through out Atworth Village and you can buy everything from candles to jewellery. Read more.

CRAFTS: Malmesbury Artisan Quarter Christmas Open Studios, Foundry Road, Malmesbury, 13 Nov 5 – 9 pm

Get into the festive feeling with Malmesbury’s Christmas open studios this weekend, with makes including pottery, paintings, leather good, textiles, traditional rocking horses and more, all on offer with a side of mince pies and mulled wine.

FAMILY: Spooky Fireside Stories, 13 Nov 5 pm, Corsham Almshouses

We know Halloween is long past, but we still can’t get enough spooky vibes and this sates our need for the scary. The stories are told around a firepit by Katy Cawkwell and are just the right mix of creepy and funny to keep it lighthearted. £5 each, 1 hour long, bring blankets and warm drinks to snuggle up in, suitable for ages 7+. Book here.

MUSIC: Jazz Brunch, 14 Nov 11 am – 1:30 pm, Iford Manor Estate

Jazz musician David Newton (who happens to have won the Best Pianist accolade in The British Jazz Awards 16 times), is joined by guitarist Denny Ilett and together they provide the best musical accompaniment to brunch that you can imagine. Tickets cost £10, plus the food you order from the brunch menu. Book now.

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