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What’s on in Wiltshire this month? Your need to know

November’s not all about the festive build up (though there is a lot of that…) The penultimate month also has indie craft fayres, pop-up shops and mindfulness workshops to help you keep your cool when things (inevitably) get hectic

SUPPORT LOCAL: Swindie Makers Market, 1-6 pm 6 Nov, Christ Church Community Centre Swindon, SN1 3HB 

Forget what you think you know about craft markets (chilly village halls with people selling knitted toilet roll covers). This brand new event celebrates contemporary crafters, making everything from boujie scrunchies, to playful prints to artisan soaps. There will also be tasty food on offer from local vendors (pizza and coffee, to name but two) and pop-up workshops to throw yourself into. We’re particularly looking forward to snapping up some of Ember and Tide’s handcrafted jesmonite and brass jewellery (pictured above). Find out more.

LIGHTS SPECTACULAR: Christmas at Longleat, from 6 Nov until 3 Jan

It wouldn’t be a Wiltshire round-up without a shout out to Longleat. This year the safari park hosts the UK’s biggest singing Christmas tree and invites us to get lost in the iconic maze but this time lit by magical lights to guide the way (like a modern-day wise men and the north star, don’t you think?) There’s also a festive train for little visitors and a theatre show too. Book now

FAMILY FUN: Diwali clay light-holder activity, 11 am – 3 pm 6 Nov, Old Farmyard, Avebury

Head over to Avebury in celebration of Diwali and create your own beaded clay dish in honour of the Festival of Light, adorned with Indian-inspired embellishments. £3, for ages 3+. Find out more.

FEELING FESTIVE: Cricklade Leisure Centre Christmas Fayre, 7 Nov, all-day

If you want to get ahead on your Christmas shopping, make your way to Cricklade Leisure Centre, where all manner of festive treats await. It costs £1 to attend, or if you want to sell your own creations, it’s £20 per stall.

MINDFULNESS: Time to Think 90 minute guided conversation, 9:30 – 11 am, 8 Nov and 7:30 pm 10 Nov, 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.

FESTIVAL: Magic & Mayhem Festival, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 8 – 14 November 

Following a virtual festival in 2020, Corsham’s annual celebration of all things deliciously decedent and mysteriously macabre is back in real life, with a combination of talks, film screenings and workshops as well as silent discos and burlesque life drawing. For little ones, we recommend the extremely glam Drag Queen Story Hour – which is exactly what it sounds like. For grown ups, comedian Jayde Adams’ stand up show, The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, is unmissable. It’s a satirical takedown of social media and self-promotion and just the kind of fun-poking we need in our lives. Tickets for all events can be purchased in person at The Pound, online at www.magicandmayhem.org.uk or from the box office on 01249 701 628.

FOOD HEAVEN: Sri Lankan Curry Night, 7:30 pm 12 Nov, 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.

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.

LIGHT UP:  Marlborough Christmas light switch on, 19 Nov, from 10 am

The first light switch on in our calendar, this all day event kicks off with a Christmas market and street entertainment. Father Christmas himself has deemed it worthy to visit from the North Pole for this shindig, holing up in his grotto in the town hall before riding his sleigh through the high street. The light switch on itself happens at 6:30 pm.

FESTIVE FEELS: Avebury Manor Christmas in Colours, 19 Nov – 2 January, Thursday to Sundays

All ten rooms inside Avebury’s majestic manor are getting dressed up in their festive finery this month, with each room decorated in a different colour. If this isn’t interiors inspo, we don’t know what is! Find out more.

POP UP SHOP: Copper Bee Pop Up Shop, 20 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm, Nimble and Wild, Malmesbury 

For one of a kind, handmade jewellery, you can’t go wrong with Copper Bee’s geometric, fashion-forward creations. Think stylish hoops colour drip studs and pendant necklaces and you’ll be along the right lines. For one day only the jewellery will be on sale in Malmesbury’s Pilates studio Nimble and Wild. See you there

FESTIVE FUN: The Salisbury Christmas Tree Trail, 19 Nov – 2 January, starting at Salisbury Cathedral

Starting at the majestic cathedral and winding around the city until finishing at the Market Place, this enchanting walk invites you to traverse the medieval streets of Salisbury in search of 12 Christmas trees. It’s a festive way to see the city and get some tree-decorating inspiration for your own home. Find out more.

BRUSH UP: Christmas Brush Lettering, 21 Nov, 2-6 pm, The Town Pantry, Royal Wootton Bassett

Impress everyone this Christmas with present tags written in pretty brush lettering. Even if you have no experience in the art, you’ll enjoy this relaxed session, complete with festive refreshments. Book now.

GET WRITING: Christmas Calligraphy Workshop, 26 Nov 10am -12 pm, The Creative School, Marlborough 

Give your Christmas cards a glow up this year by writing them in calligraphy. During this two hour workshop you’ll learn the beautiful art of modern calligraphy using dip pen and ink in a chilled out environment (there’s mulled wine and mince pies on hand for when you struggle!) Book here.

SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING: Dot and Doug pop up shop, 27 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm, Nimble and Wild, Malmesbury 

Dot and Doug was one of our Muddy Stilettos awards finalists this year and for good reason. Founder Emma makes some of the most adorable kids clothes we’ve ever seen (thikn sumptuous bloomers and cute dungarees). She’ll be sharing her creations at this pop up shop – they’re normally exclusively available online, so this is a great opportunity to see them up close and personal IRL. Find out more.

LANTERN FUN: Trowbridge Christmas Lantern festival, 27 Nov, 5 pm – 7 pm, Trowbridge park

Led by a samba band (festive!) this parade invites you to walk through the town, accompanied by beautiful, handcrafted willow lanterns. The jolly music makes it feel like a carnival and for a touch of Christmas cheer, the parade ends in carols by lantern light around the town Christmas tree. Heartwarming stuff. 

MORE LANTERN FUN: Calne Christmas Festival of Lights, 27 Nov from 12 noon

Help Calne get into the Christmas spirit with this jolly event, complete with local vendors and a lantern parade in the evening – who knew as a county we were so found of light up walks?!

WREATH MAKING: Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, 29 Nov, 10 am – 2:30 pm, Old Farmyard Avebury

The first of many wreath-making classes, adorn your door with a handcrafted wreath and let everyone know you’re not a scrooge! This small friendly workshop will guide you through creating a wreath and even the most inexperienced among us (guilty!) can expect to go home with something impressive. Booking essential.

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