News and events

Video: At home with Wiltshire based carriage driver Karen Scott-Barrett

06 June 2018

Wiltshire based, Karen Scott-Barrett is a familiar face on the driving trials circuit, she inherited her love of horses from her parents and this summer is hoping to be a part of Team GB. Georgie Green met up with Karen at her yard in the south of the county, to discover how her family first became involved with the sport.

What's on in July?

29 May 2018

Sip champagne and enjoy the thrill of polo or camp at an eclectic music festival.

Marlborough: blooming marvellous

29 May 2018

​The summer months are always busy in Marlborough and there is a real vibrancy about the place, with so much to do, see and take part in. It is worth getting a plan together and booking a few dates in the diary. Start in the heart of the town, possibly with a morning coffee or a bit of lunch. There are new restaurants to try out, alongside old favourites, and they cater for just about all tastes.

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy

29 May 2018

Simon Heptinstall puts on his trilby to meet spy expert Professor Andrew. It’s early evening. A forbidding mist hangs over west Wiltshire. An unfamiliar dark car screeches away on the wet cobbles. Under the streetlight, a tall figure appears from the gloom, wearing a trilby and dark overcoat. The stranger hands me a briefcase. “The rabbit is in the haystack,” he says, confirming the secret password...

The secret life of chalk streams

29 May 2018

​Sam Stork from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Water Team reveals what lies beneath. To the inexperienced eye a river seems a simple thing. The elegant sweep of the channel with banks lined with reeds, water forget-me-not and purple loosestrife; otter and water vole peeping out of the vegetation and wild brown trout leaving ripples on the surface. However, dig a bit deeper and scoop up a handful of the river bed and you will discover an entirely different world.

What's on in May

06 April 2018

Specialist plant fairs and open gardens beckon, plus the chance to meet Paul Martin of Flog It!

News from Around the County

06 April 2018

Would ewe baa-lieve over 1,000 lambs born? THE ARRIVAL of hundreds of single lambs, twins and triplets made for an exciting and successful first Lambing Weekend at Wiltshire College. Mothering Sunday also saw the arrival of one set of quads, which was a treat for those visiting the lambing sheds. The cold weather and snow at the end of February, saw lambs start to arrive a little earlier than planned, with more than 600 being born ahead of the event.

Singing the praises of Salisbury in spring

06 April 2018

​Over recent weeks the eyes of the world have been focused on Salisbury, as it finds itself at the centre of an international incident, with a former Russian spy and his daughter being mysteriously poisoned by a nerve agent.

Adoring bold, bad and beautiful Diana Dors

06 April 2018

WHEN SWINDON Siren Diana Dors was young she would close her eyes and dream of owning a mansion, a swimming pool and a beige telephone. She was to grow up a superstar who had all those things, becoming the youngest person to own a Rolls-Royce. ‘Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe’ died young at the age of 52 and perhaps never reached her full potential, but she left behind some valuable films, and warm sentiments among her legion of fans. One of those is artist Anna Mazzotta. The two women are inextricably linked as we will find out.