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Open season! Shops, cafés, pubs and businesses back in action

Shops, cafes, pubs and local businesses are reopening as we speak (I'll take a flat white and a croissant to go, please). Here's the lowdown for Wilts.

I’ve scoured Wilts to find out which shops, cafés and restaurants are set to reopen (with social distancing measures, of course), but if I’ve missed anyone off please do let me know in the comments below and I will add them to the list pronto.

And now, roll call, please!

Muddy favourite Woolley Grange just outside Bradford on Avon have some VERY exciting plans around their re-opening on 4 July, including the (social distanced) Woolley Country Festival for hotel residents. Make garden pesto with the chef, create flower crowns, learn how to willow weave, design your own mocktail recipe (and then drink the results), have a go at soft archery, toast marshmallows in the copse, or try a kids’ yoga class. It’s the perfect place for a summer staycation with luxury spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tip top restaurant and divine Kids’ Club. You can also now visit Longleat and go on safari, or Canadian Canoes can be hired from the Lock Inn in Bradford on Avon. Woolley We have also teamed up with the award winning adventure company Original Wild to offer paddleboarding, kayaking and climbing guided tours. Woolley is only open for hotel residents at this time.

The Dog and Gun – Book now to make the most of their Eat Out to Help Out scheme! They also have an amazing competition running on their Facebook page to win a £50 gift voucher (winner being drawn 16th August). Plus, a loyalty card has been launched, allowing you to stamp your way through to win discounts and freebies, all the way to their 10th stamp where you will win a free main meal and a bottle of wine. Book in one of their five wonderful rooms above the pub (if you can – they are busier than ever!). Booking a wedding or event? The Barn, their onsite events venue, is already looking forward to a very busy 2021!

The Cricklade Club – have reopened! Watch this space for more news!

Luna Boutiques – these four fab stores are all open now. Their Marlborough and Newbury stores will be open from mid June, Monday – Saturday 10.30-4.30, their Devizes store will open Wednesday – Saturday 10-4, and the Hungerford store Tuesday – Thursday 10.30-4.30. Check out their gorgeous range of floaty summer dresses, super cool jumpsuits and the latest dude shades. They’re our faves in Wilts.

Luna Marlborough, 139a High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1HN. Tel:01672 288 901

Luna For You, 5 Old Swan Yard, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1AT,. Tel: 01380 721 993

Lucy Tom Interiors – Offering delivery within Sherston Village. They also sell ecover refillables, Who Gives a Crap loo paper, tissues and kitchen roll and lots of craft items for children. Pick up your much-needed daily coffee and cake from their fab outdoor take-away horsebox (dogs and cyclists welcome in their large yard)!

The Bowood Estate now welcomes back visitors to its Adventure Playground and 100 acres of Pleasure Grounds.  With advance booking of entrance tickets, this first phase of re-opening Bowood House & Gardens to the general public will see visitors enjoying summer days outdoors once more at Wiltshire’s landmark family attraction. Within the surrounding ‘Capability’ Brown parkland there will be plenty to delight children and adults alike at Bowood as lockdown restrictions relax. Adventurous playtime will extend across the life-size Pirates’ Galleon, dare-devil slides and aerial walkways while more sedate pursuits will include picnicking; enjoying the rose garden on the Italianate Terraces fronting Bowood House; discovering the parkland that appeared in Poldark and the lake where Sanditon’s regatta scenes were filmed; strolling past the Cascade and on to the lakeside Doric Temple and marvelling at the historic trees within the Arboretum.

Iris and Olive specialises in lifestyle and luxury gifting, offering thoughtful and beautiful products for everyone.  Nestled in the heart of Warminster high street, the store offers personalised shopping, gift wrapping and our popular gift box combinations, whether it is for a special occasion or a little something to brighten someone’s day.  Unit 2, 1 Market place, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9AY 

Under the Stairs – Choose from a fab range of linen tea towels, aprons, table runners, napkins, hob covers and cushions, all in gorgeous bucolic designs, all available online. All creations are made by Lorna at home and she is very aware of hand hygiene during production and packaging – she is currently using Royal Mail to deliver items. Those items that usually require a signature are trackable but do not need to be signed for.

Studio Zest are offering online classes for just £5 per class (all fees go directly to the instructors). Choose from strength and conditioning classes using either your bodyweight, hand weights or resistance band, as well as yoga classes. 
These are all on Zoom and can be booked on easily through their home landing page

Sarsens Restaurant – This Marlborough venture is running as a social enterprise for as long as restaurants are shut and the government permits them to do so. The idea is you buy a “ready to cook” meal from them and they will donate one to a food bank/charity/vulnerable person/anyone who needs it. The menu is small and different from their normal offerings. Please support if you can.

Suzanne Ball Jewellery – Open for business for online sales. We love her new collection – these deckchairs are created using thin, hand cut copper strips, and the shells were collected from the beach at St Mawes last summer.

From You To Me – Purchase journals and get the kids to keep a diary during this time.

The Equilibrium Clinic

The Equilibrium Clinic – Open for a full range of treatments, including facials and brow and lash enhancements. If you need any of those, or a massage, a manicure or a make-up lesson, you’ll find your Equilibrium in Woodborough Yard near Pewsey. Call 01672 851212 to order products or vouchers or to book an appointment. Follow their Facebook page for special offers.

Vaughan’s KitchenBook now for Vaughan’s fabulous courses in their friendly professional kitchen on the outskirts of the historic town of Devizes. Take a look on line for their next courses.

Also, they are running a 3 week Professional Kitchen Essentials, Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills course 10th to 28th August. The course will be run in a small group to allow for social distancing and any other requirements that are necessary for everyone’s safety. To find out more call: 01380 530203 or email or see website

The Tranquil Moment – Purchase their retail stock Decleor and Epionce skincare with 20% off. Payment will be by BACs and if you are local they can deliver. Also gift vouchers are available to purchase for future you, plus they are offering 10% off any courses of treatments pre bought ready for re opening.

The Pink Pheasant – Their online shop is full of lovely gift ideas, which can be sent directly to the recipient. Gifts can be wrapped and sent with a special message on a card or gift tag. Lovely gift ideas include friendship bracelets, hair accessories, earrings and necklaces. They also have gift vouchers available which can be emailed, and are valid for 12 months.

Kalm n’ Kind Yoga – Will be running yoga classes online for you to continue your home practice. Book online.

Alexandra Robins Pet Photography – not taking bookings at present but gift vouchers are available for future use. Buy now for this fantastic offer – One hour, on-location photography session for one pet (location must be within 20 miles of the studio SN12 or travel costs may be added. They also have a list of our favourite locations to choose from. Home sessions may not be possible depending on the current circumstances). – Viewing & ordering session of your final images via video call if still necessary or at the studio.- One digital image of your choice, perfect for sharing online. – Fine Art Print 12 x 8″ with mount. – Plus 10% off any additional products bought. Cost £95.

Bite Me Burger Co and Get Plucked in Marlborough is delivering and accepting orders for restaurant pick-up. Call 01672 514776 or email, open Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 10pm. Here is Bite Me’s delivery page for more information, and Get Plucked’s is here.

The King John Inn – Offering a takeaway service for both food and drink.

Fabulous Functions – Offering consultations via video conferencing. They also have some incredible offers for any clients booking with them – email them to find out more.

Howard’s House Hotel – Launching a new take away and delivery service, with freshly cooked ready-meals. Email or 01722 716 392 to find out more.

Saffron Knight Art Prints – If you can, please continue to shop online for these gorgeous prints.

Heliotrope – Tamzin offers Skype or FaceTime consultations and will be continuing to work with remote design advice throughout.

Bird & Carter – Open as usual.

Watling Goldsmiths of Lacock – Online sales only, offering FREE next day delivery when you purchase either from the website or their FB Posts or Instagram posts. They are also taking bookings for FaceTime or ZOOM appointments for commissions. Shop now for gorgeous bespoke designs – we love this Silver Multi-Heart Heavy Fused bracelet. Hearts widths range from 9mm-18mm £289.

Edelweiss HR have been very busy with advising clients on wellbeing, the furlough scheme, managing teams working from home and how they can manage to hold on to their businesses until things get better. They have been advising businesses and individuals and everyone from a micro-business with one employee to those with 500 on the books. Get in touch now!

6 comments on “Open season! Shops, cafés, pubs and businesses back in action”

  • Sara March 19, 2020

    My Flower Patch in Upavon, a florist specialising in British Flowers and Best Florist in WIltshire Muddy Awards Winner 2019 is open for business. I will need a little longer notice than normal to organise flower deliveries and collections.

  • Karen April 12, 2020

    Hi – Tiny Toes Mementoes is still open for personalised gifts & keepsakes, please allow a little longer for deliveries to arrive as our village post office has reduced opening times 😊

  • Justina Pettifer April 22, 2020

    We are open as well.
    The Healthy Life Co devizes – Open for essential like flour and Pasta. Click and collect website and local deliveries, further afield by courier.
    Also doing our refills so people can still be planet conscious consumers even at this difficult time.
    3 staff down to 1. Could do with being included but not at a price 🙂

    Hope you are all doing well.

  • Lucy July 6, 2020

    Ball and Chalk’s online shop is freshly stocked with lots of lovely homewares and gift ideas. A curated collection of treasures from all over the world, ethically sourced and fair-trade their products have a happy provenance.
    Collection is possible if you’re local to Salisbury/Wilton otherwise items can be sent to you or your intended recipient.

  • Clare Herring July 8, 2020

    Dear Joanna,
    Have you discovered Compton Mc Crae , in Semley ………..?
    I went this week , incredible Larder and Kitchen, deli , and outdoor cafe.
    Take a peek ……………..Very “Muddy ” ! All quite new , smart , modern and imaginative salads, quiches, and a cheese cave !……………And more ………………

  • Sam Kelly July 25, 2020

    The White Horse Inn at Compton Bassett is now fully re-open!

    We look forward to seeing everyone soon 🙂


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