Great West Way Travel Magazine | Issue 08

Combining expansive countryside views surrounding Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with vibrant cities and thriving towns, the Great West Way welcomes you to explore its exciting route this spring and summer. This issue has everything from sporting events, summer music festivals to best days out with the kids. Learn about the Great West Way’s vast history as you visit some of the wonderful museums found along the path – including brand new exhibitions and events and treat yourself to a hot brew and freshly baked scone at one of the routes quintessential teashops. Discover star-studded celebrities born along the way from royalty to internationally acclaimed actors and authors and don’t miss our interview with Graham Dillamore, deputy head of gardens and estates at Historic Royal Palaces. We hope this latest edition with its range of experiences will help inspire you to make the most of a season full of unforgettable memories .

Combining expansive countryside views surrounding Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with vibrant cities and thriving towns, the Great West Way welcomes you to explore its exciting route this spring and summer. This issue has everything from sporting events, summer music festivals to best days out with the kids. Learn about the Great West Way’s vast history as you visit some of the wonderful museums found along the path – including brand new exhibitions and events and treat yourself to a hot brew and freshly baked scone at one of the routes quintessential teashops. Discover star-studded celebrities born along the way from royalty to internationally acclaimed actors and authors and don’t miss our interview with Graham Dillamore, deputy head of gardens and estates at Historic Royal Palaces. We hope this latest edition with its range of experiences will help inspire you to make the most of a season full of unforgettable memories .


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SPRING/SUMMER 2023<br />

TRAVEL MAGAZINE | ISSUE <strong>08</strong><br />

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Summer Festivals, Sporting Events,<br />

Picnic Spots, Tea Shops and more...<br />

Follow the paths through England’s idyllic countryside, quaint villages and elegant<br />

towns, where our best kept secrets from the past meet twenty-first-century hospitality



20-24 JUNE<br />







Combining expansive countryside<br />

views surrounding Areas of<br />

Outstanding Natural Beauty,<br />

with vibrant cities and thriving<br />

towns, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> welcomes you<br />

to explore its exciting route this spring and<br />

summer.<br />

This issue has everything from sporting events<br />

(page 56), summer music festivals (page 74) to best days out with<br />

the kids (page 62). Learn about the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>’s vast history<br />

as you visit some of the wonderful museums found along the path<br />

– including brand new exhibitions and events (page 24) and treat<br />

yourself to a hot brew and freshly baked scone at one of the routes<br />

quintessential teashops, (page 40).<br />

Discover star-studded celebrities born along the way from<br />

royalty to internationally acclaimed actors and authors (page 18)<br />

and don’t miss our interview with Graham Dillamore, deputy head<br />

of gardens and estates at Historic Royal Palaces (page 9).<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> offers a taste of quintessential England<br />

at every turn, and we hope this latest edition with its range of<br />

experiences will help inspire you to make the most of a season full<br />

of unforgettable memories when travelling the route.<br />

Cover Image: Reading on Thames Festival, photo credit<br />

Stuart Turkington. Pictured Above: Summertime in<br />

Jessica<br />

Newbury; Malmesbury Abbey<br />

England’s <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is one of the world’s<br />

premier touring routes, bringing together many of<br />

England’s most famous destinations and attractions<br />

along a corridor between London and Bristol<br />

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<strong>08</strong> Interview with <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> local, Graham<br />

Dillamore, deputy head of gardens and estates at<br />

Historic Royal Palaces, sharing his highlights of living on<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />


12 From the UK’s first CO2-neutral venue on the River<br />

Thames to a brand new dining concept in Bristol and<br />

delicious new artisan gelato in Malmesbury, we take a<br />

look at what’s new and exciting on the route<br />



Discover some of our special royalty and internationally<br />

acclaimed actors and authors who were born along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route<br />


24 We bring you the lowdown on some of the<br />

many wonderful museums with upcoming exhibitions<br />

and events you won't want to miss<br />


34 The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> offers countless choices<br />

for an al fresco lunch stop, with the opportunity to sit<br />

and enjoy stunning views with a glass of fizz enjoying<br />

delicately cut sandwiches atop a gingham rug. We hope<br />

you enjoy our eight best picnic spots<br />


40 From traditional British-style tearooms to modern,<br />

hipster coffeehouses, the vast array of quaint independent<br />

shops along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is an absolute delight for<br />

tea aficionados<br />

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With 3 of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the<br />

longest cycling and walking tunnel and the largest<br />

public park in the UK, and Britain’s only naturally<br />

warm waters, do you need a better reason to visit –<br />

paragliding above the Wiltshire Downs perhaps?<br />


56 From cricket to motor racing, rugby to<br />

athletics, mountain biking to rowing, there are plenty<br />

of opportunities to get active or inspire your sporting<br />

break on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />


62 From splish-splashy water parks to wonderfully<br />

wild safari parks there’s plenty of choice along the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> for family days out<br />


74 Don't miss out on the incredible music festivals<br />

kicking off on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> this summer. From<br />

dance fests like Glastonbury and Boomtown to groovy<br />

jazz at Cheltenham Jazz Festival<br />


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82 The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is known for its many special<br />

events – don't miss our cultural calendar highlights<br />


88 The route has been designed to be travelled in a<br />

variety of different ways: by road, by rail, on water via the<br />

Kennet and Avon Canal and River Thames, by bike or on foot<br />


92 There are many ways to enjoy food and drink on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> from fine dining and cookery schools to<br />

vineyard tours and quaint tea rooms and cafés<br />


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MY GREAT<br />

WEST WAY<br />

Having looked after royal gardens for over 40 years,<br />

Graham Dillamore, deputy head of gardens and estates at<br />

Historic Royal Palaces, is now responsible for some of the<br />

most magnificent palace gardens in the country<br />

Please start by telling us about your journey<br />

in becoming head gardener of the worldfamous<br />

gardens at Hampton Court Palace?<br />

I knew I had to be outdoors no matter what.<br />

Gardening seemed to be something I was<br />

good at and I was happy, relaxed and always<br />

comfortable to be in a Garden. People talk about<br />

Gardens having profound effects on people<br />

and its true. So, when I was 16 years old and at<br />

the very earliest opportunity, I began looking<br />

for a job in gardening where I could also gain<br />

some training. I got rejected a few times but I<br />

kept going and eventually began working as an<br />

apprentice in London’s Royal Parks. Later on in<br />

1985, I became head gardener at Kensington<br />

Palace before going to work for The Royal<br />

Household, where I took on the responsibility of<br />

tending to the then-Prince Charles and Diana,<br />

Princess of Wales’ private garden. Around 5 years<br />

later I made the exciting move to Hampton<br />

Court Palace as the ‘Foreman’ now there’s a<br />

word you don’t hear anymore! My job title<br />

changed a few times and I was given different<br />

roles from time to time but I stayed at Hampton<br />

Court and now here I am, still gardening.<br />

What does your role involve, and what is a<br />

typical day like for you?<br />

My role involves coordinating and overseeing<br />

everything that goes on in the gardens not only<br />

on a day-to-day basis, but also week-to-week,<br />

month-to-month, and year-to-year. I work<br />

closely with a few team leaders and we usually<br />

get to together to talk about what we need to<br />

do that week, what is coming up next and how<br />

we can make things better for our visitors. I<br />

sometimes take the dogs with me - we might<br />

chase off a few geese before our visitors arrive<br />

and it’s time for a cup of tea. We like a lot of<br />

cake with our tea at Hampton Court and that<br />

suits me fine. Its then on to the keyboard and<br />

like any other manager in any other business I<br />

have emails, meetings, invoices and planning to<br />

work on.<br />

Do you work with a wider team and what<br />

achievements are you most proud of?<br />

I head up the Gardens team and our<br />

responsibility is to take care of the formal<br />

gardens around the Palace here at Hampton<br />

Court and at Kensington. We try to create a<br />

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memorable visitor experience and present the Gardens to<br />

the highest possible standard. I also provide advice and<br />

professional guidance to other lead managers within the<br />

organisation on conservation projects, commercial activity<br />

and strategic development.<br />

There are a number of achievements that I look back<br />

on proudly with my team. Recreating King William III’s Privy<br />

Garden, a magnificent private garden for the Stuart monarch,<br />

to look exactly as it was in 1702 was something very special,<br />

and a real highlight of my career. The transformation of this<br />

formal garden took place in 1995, and is still recognised as<br />

a major milestone with regard to the history and care of<br />

the gardens. It has also been especially rewarding to see the<br />

gardens at Kensington Palace transform over the past fifteen<br />

years, as they have opened up and become more accessible.<br />

I understand you recently oversaw the transformation of<br />

The Sunken Garden at London’s Kensington Palace, which<br />

Diana, Princess of Wales was particularly fond of?<br />

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess<br />

of Wales, in 2017 we transformed the White Garden in<br />

her memory – a real highlight for me. We then went on to<br />

develop the garden further in 2021 to create a relaxing setting<br />

for the statue of the late Princess. To be a part of that, and to<br />

be there at the moment when the statue was unveiled – gosh,<br />

that was very special.<br />

What do you find most inspiring day-to-day?<br />

I really like gardens with history and heritage. Working in<br />

a garden that has been there for hundreds of years and<br />

following in the footsteps of other gardeners has always been<br />

very appealing to me. I’ve never been the kind of gardener<br />

who wants to change everything, instead I’ve always been<br />

interested in conservation and preserving what we already<br />

have, as well as going back in time to understand what went<br />

on before.<br />

Can you recommend any hidden jewels for visitors to the<br />

gardens to ensure they don't miss?<br />

Yes, the <strong>Great</strong> Vine! It is a staggering 255 years old and the<br />

largest in the world. In the summer, its grapes are sold in<br />

the palace giftshop, giving visitors the rare opportunity to<br />

try its historic fruit, which was once a favourite of Queen<br />

Victoria, no less. The grapes are a very old variety called Black<br />

Hamburg, they are a really tasty dessert grape. Just imagine<br />

eating fruit from a plant that was planted in 1768. And what<br />

a taste!<br />

What are you most looking forward to for the summer<br />

ahead?<br />

Yes, this springs Tulip Festival. Towards the end of 17th<br />

century, William III and Mary II began importing tulip bulbs<br />

from the Netherlands, and by the time Queen Victoria<br />

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opened the gardens to the public in the 1820s, people would<br />

come from miles around to see the palace’s splendid tulip<br />

displays. It became a real destination for a day out, and we<br />

want to celebrate that again. Last winter, the gardening team<br />

worked tirelessly to plant a whopping 110,000 tulip bulbs<br />

throughout the gardens, including some rare and historic<br />

varieties, and in April this year Hampton Court Palace is<br />

hosting a truly glorious tulip festival. We’ve planted the bulbs<br />

in flowerbeds all around the gardens, and each area has a<br />

different theme and story as to why we’ve chosen that bulb<br />

and that colour scheme. We’ve got traditional mass planting<br />

and I am also bringing more tulips into the courtyards as well,<br />

much to the housekeeper’s disdain. I’ve been planting bulbs in<br />

all sorts of things – wheelbarrows, pots, troughs. We want to<br />

offer visitors something a bit different. For example, as part<br />

of the event we will be giving the palace’s famous 14ft wine<br />

fountain a fabulous floral makeover. We’re going to cover it<br />

in tulips, and we’ve gone for deep red wine colours – maroons<br />

and burgundies, even jet black. We’ve also got a tulip variety<br />

called Merlot, and a few rosé colours too.<br />

Are you a city, town or country person?<br />

I think I’m a mixture of all three. I find it humorous that I had<br />

to move away from leafy Hampshire and travel to central<br />

London for my career as a gardener, but the fact remains that<br />

some of the best gardens are in the middle of cities.<br />

What do you think makes the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> special?<br />

The countryside, landscapes and of course the gardens make<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> special. The further west you travel the<br />

better they get! For me, Stourhead is a particular favourite,<br />

although Longleat is also very special – prior to its current<br />

layout it was a formal Baroque Garden like Hampton Court<br />

Palace. It is fascinating to see how the gardens have changed<br />

if you find an old print. I’d recommend investigating which<br />

private gardens on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> are open for free as<br />

part of the National Garden Scheme each year.<br />

Please describe your perfect adventure on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong>?<br />

I think I have an in-built compass in my head that has been<br />

passed down by my father. He used to say “<strong>West</strong> is always<br />

best!” as we prepared for our camping holidays, and I’ll<br />

always remember camping with Dad during a thunderstorm<br />

at a little place near Marlborough.<br />

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A look at the highlights and what’s new on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />


The release of Bridgerton Season 3<br />

Season 3 breaks rank with the order of the<br />

novels to focus instead on the fourth Bridgerton<br />

book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. The story<br />

focuses on the romance between Penelope and<br />

Colin, who have been on our screens throughout<br />

the first two seasons. Expect more of Bath’s<br />

beautiful architecture to feature.<br />

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2023 marks the 60th anniversary of<br />

the Bristol Bus Boycott<br />

In 1963, Bristolians chose to boycott the Bristol<br />

Omnibus Company in protest of its refusal to<br />

employ Black or Asian bus crews. The boycott<br />

lasted four months before the company backed<br />

down. Events to mark the boycott will be taking<br />

place across the city.<br />

Malmesbury’s very own Artisan Gelato!<br />

The Cosy Cone in Malmesbury, Wiltshire has opened after<br />

eight months of renovations. The shop in the Triangle sells<br />

a range of delicious flavours of Abygail's Artisan Gelato,<br />

ranging from vanilla and pistachio to dark chocolate sorbet,<br />

Nutella and mint choc chip.<br />

Oceandiva, London<br />

The UK’s first CO2-neutral venue and a stateof-the-art<br />

vessel, Oceandiva on the River<br />

Thames will span three decks and be powered<br />

by renewable energy. When it launches, the<br />

1,500-capacity venue will become the largest<br />

floating events space on the river. Aside from the<br />

glamour, sustainability will remain as the Vessel’s<br />

core focus, with fast-charging shore-based green<br />

electricity and smart technology to support<br />

carbon emission tracking.<br />

Don't miss... Bristol 650<br />

events, where you can join<br />

the celebrations across<br />

the city with Bristol marking<br />

its 650th anniversary of<br />

becoming a city and county<br />

in 2023, and look out for<br />

unicorn sculptures, painted<br />

by Bristol artists on display at<br />

several famous landmarks<br />

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Beckford Canteen Bath<br />

Just opened on Bartlett St just down the road<br />

from its sister restaurant Beckford Bottle Shop,<br />

Beckford Canteen is overseen by George Barson<br />

(Ex River Cottage). The knockout food puts a<br />

modern twist on British favourites and sharing<br />

plates of Wagu beef.<br />

BoxHall Bristol<br />

A brand-new destination dining hub and<br />

event space is coming to Bristol’s Welshback<br />

Waterfront this summer. BoxHall is from the<br />

same team behind BoxPark, the hugely successful<br />

dining and drinking spaces in London. BoxHall is<br />

a new concept offering a food hall with a host of<br />

independent restaurants, street food traders and<br />

pop-ups for all-day dining, live music and events<br />

including art shows, film screenings and gaming.<br />

The Mutton at Hazeley Heath<br />

A short detour from the main <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route<br />

Hampshire’s exciting new family-run pub has opened.<br />

Located in the idyllic village of Hartley Wintney,<br />

the lovingly restored 19th century public house and<br />

former post office will be offering up reimagined pub<br />

classics that champion local producers.<br />

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Reading Walks Festival<br />

The first Reading Walks Festival launches this<br />

year (10-14 May) with over 40 guided walks<br />

ranging in length from an hour’s gentle walk to<br />

40 km along the St James’ <strong>Way</strong>. Taking place<br />

across five days, the festival brings to life the<br />

stories, heritage, wildlife and landscapes of<br />

Reading and the surrounding countryside.<br />

5 great ways to... travel the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> sustainably<br />

1 <strong>Travel</strong> By Public Transport<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway runs throughout<br />

the route and there's many convenient rail links<br />

2 Explore on Foot or by Bike<br />

Arrive at any of <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>’s cities by train,<br />

and get your bearings with a walk or a bike ride<br />

3 Sample Local Produce<br />

Cut down on your food miles with a<br />

delicious meal created with local produce<br />

Ashton Gate stadium, Bristol<br />

Phase one of an exciting 3,626 seater Sports and<br />

Convention Centre next to Ashton Gate Stadium in south<br />

Bristol is now in progress! The Sporting Quarter will provide<br />

a new home for the Bristol Flyers basketball team, there<br />

will be a hotel, shops and a multi-storey car park. The first<br />

phase of the Sporting Quarter development will be the<br />

Sports and Convention Centre alongside the hotel, with<br />

hopes to be on site in late Summer 2023.<br />

4 Discover Exciting Eco Initiatives<br />

As you travel through our cities you will<br />

discover all kinds of exciting eco initiatives<br />

5 Get Back to Nature<br />

If you’re a lover of nature, you’ll be keen to<br />

discover some of the conservation charities<br />

and nature reserves along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

Click here to find out more<br />

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inster<br />

ern edge of Salisbury Plain, Warminster is a busy market town<br />

rgian buildings and a wide variety of independent shops, cafés,<br />

nd inns. The Lake Pleasure Grounds provide a free splash pad,<br />

a boating lake, children’s playground, putting green, café and<br />

rby, Smallbrook Meadows Nature Reserve is a lovely mosaic<br />

ws between the Were and Wylye rivers. The surrounding<br />

ides numerous opportunities for walking, cycling and horse<br />

leat – with its historic house, safari park and more – is<br />

Annual events in Warminster include Spring in the Park, a<br />

(May), and Carnival (October).<br />

A bustling market town surrounded by<br />

beautiful countryside and local<br />

attractions such as Longleat and<br />

Stonehenge within easy reach.<br />

Browse the variety of independent<br />

shops and cafes nestled in amongst<br />

historic buildings.<br />

Enjoy the award-winning Warminster<br />

Lake Pleasure Grounds with its free<br />

splash pad, skate park and nature<br />

reserve.<br />

For further information visit our<br />

website www.warminster-tc.gov.uk/<br />

Wonderful Warminster<br />

The ancient market town that packs a postcard-perfect punch<br />

Wilton Windmill (Near Marlborough)<br />

Wilton, Near Marlborough, SN8 3SW T: 01672 870594 E: enquiry@wiltonwindmi l.co.uk<br />

Find out how a Victorian mi ler lived and how the windmi l works. Built in 1821 and set high in the<br />

North Wessex Downs, this is the only working windmi l in Wessex. Picnic area and site accessible<br />

a l year round. Guided tours, refreshments and stone ground flour available during opening times.<br />

Fabulous walking and great views.<br />

Admission: A £5, Ch FREE<br />

Map Ref D5<br />

Wiltshire Towns and<br />

Villages map<br />

Wiltshire's towns and villages<br />

are the perfect places to<br />

connect with the past whilst<br />

enjoying the present. With our<br />

new map you can escape to<br />

Wiltshire and experience the<br />

gentler pace of life on your<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> journey.<br />

s and villages connected by the rail network include<br />

adford on Avon, Chippenham, Dean, Dilton Marsh,<br />

Open: From Easter to end Sep, Sun and Bank Hol Mon 2pm-5pm<br />

www.wiltonwindmill.co.uk www.facebook.com/WiltonWindmill<br />

alisbury, Swindon, Tisbury, Trowbridge and <strong>West</strong>bury.<br />

erful Warminster<br />

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ver Pewsey Vale<br />

day or multi-day<br />

& cycling itineraries<br />

the heart of the<br />

rth wessex downs<br />

rink ~ shop ~ stay<br />

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il ~ spiritual ~ ancient<br />

Wilton Windmill (Near Marlborough)<br />



Waterways, too, were vital to the Wiltshire economy in years gone by<br />

and the Kennet & Avon Canal runs right across the centre of the county.<br />

During the Industrial Revolution it was a key means of transport for goods<br />

and materials. Now it makes a peaceful way to enjoy Wiltshire’s timeless<br />

scenery.<br />

In the east of the county the Canal runs through the lush meadows and<br />

downland of the Vale of Pewsey. This tranquil area makes a great base<br />

for walking, cycling and horse riding. At the heart of the Vale is the village<br />

of Pewsey with its Heritage Centre and statue of Alfred the <strong>Great</strong>, while<br />

Crofton Beam Engines and Wilton Windmill can be visited nearby<br />

The historic market town of Devizes also stands on the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal, at the top of Caen Hill Locks. Rising 237 feet over two miles, this<br />

continuous flight of 29 locks is one of the longest in the country. Home to<br />

both Wiltshire Museum and Wadworth Brewery, the town has kept its<br />

character, with many small, family-run businesses and a traditional market.<br />

Wiltshire’s history has been thousands of years in the making<br />

and our museums showcase outstanding exhibits of national<br />

importance. Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Roman, Norman<br />

and Saxon. These and later civilisations have all left their mark,<br />

bequeathing tangible connections with the past.<br />

The friendly market town of Highworth stands on a hill at the<br />

gateway to the Cotswolds, its picturesque streets and alleyways<br />

lined with bustling shops and places to eat and drink. With its<br />

origins in medieval times, Highworth is particularly noted for its<br />

fine Queen Anne and Georgian architecture. There is a wealth of<br />

history to discover, and a Town Crier to keep you up to date with<br />

what is going on.<br />

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edge of Salisbury Plain. Dating from the late 11th century,<br />

Ludgershall Castle was originally a royal hunting lodge; today<br />

the Castle’s ruins are in the care of English Heritage. From the<br />

castle grounds there are splendid views, and local walks to<br />

nearby Collingbourne Woods.<br />

Swindon was a small market town mentioned in the Domesday<br />

Book. This original settlement is now known as Old Town. Here<br />

you can take time to wander through its quiet courtyards and<br />

alleyways, stroll around the Town Gardens, or enjoy a vibrant mix<br />

of traditional shops, pubs, bars, and cafes. The arrival of the<br />

GWR in 1840 led to great expansion and the creation of the town<br />

as it is today. There’s plenty to keep you busy including shopping<br />

at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, a visit to Lydiard House<br />

an elegant Georgian abode set in rolling parkland and you can<br />

also discover the history of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway at STEAM<br />

Museum. There is also a buzzing arts scene with many events<br />

taking place throughout the year at venues including the Wyvern<br />

Theatre, Arts Centre and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.<br />

Annual events include Swindon Fringe Festival (April) Swindon<br />

Spring Festival of Literature and Arts (May).<br />

The picturesque village of Tisbury has been a settlement for over<br />

2,000 years. With an excellent choice of independent shops and<br />

places to eat and drink, it also makes a superb base for walking,<br />

riding and cycling. Annual events include the Village Fête (June),<br />

Carnival (September) and ‘Tis the Season’ Christmas Fayre. Visit<br />

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Waterways, too, were vital to the Wiltshire economy in years gone by<br />

and the Kennet & Avon Canal runs right across the centre of the county.<br />

During the Industrial Revolution it was a key means of transport for goods<br />

and materials. Now it makes a peaceful way to enjoy Wiltshire’s timeless<br />

scenery.<br />

In the east of the county the Canal runs through the lush meadows and<br />

downland of the Vale of Pewsey. This tranquil area makes a great base<br />

for walking, cycling and horse riding. At the heart of the Vale is the village<br />

of Pewsey with its Heritage Centre and statue of Alfred the <strong>Great</strong>, while<br />

Crofton Beam Engines and Wilton Windmill can be visited nearby<br />

The historic market town of Devizes also stands on the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal, at the top of Caen Hill Locks. Rising 237 feet over two miles, this<br />

continuous flight of 29 locks is one of the longest in the country. Home to<br />

both Wiltshire Museum and Wadworth Brewery, the town has kept its<br />

character, with many small, family-run businesses and a traditional market.<br />

Wiltshire’s history has been thousands of years in the making<br />

and our museums showcase outstanding exhibits of national<br />

importance. Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Roman, Norman<br />

and Saxon. These and later civilisations have all left their mark,<br />

bequeathing tangible connections with the past.<br />

The friendly market town of Highworth stands on a hill at the<br />

gateway to the Cotswolds, its picturesque streets and alleyways<br />

lined with bustling shops and places to eat and drink. With its<br />

origins in medieval times, Highworth is particularly noted for its<br />

fine Queen Anne and Georgian architecture. There is a wealth of<br />

history to discover, and a Town Crier to keep you up to date with<br />

what is going on.<br />

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find a listing for Ludgershall, a small town on the eastern<br />

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Ludgershall Castle was originally a royal hunting lodge; today<br />

the Castle’s ruins are in the care of English Heritage. From the<br />

castle grounds there are splendid views, and local walks to<br />

nearby Collingbourne Woods.<br />

Swindon was a small market town mentioned in the Domesday<br />

Book. This original settlement is now known as Old Town. Here<br />

you can take time to wander through its quiet courtyards and<br />

alleyways, stroll around the Town Gardens, or enjoy a vibrant mix<br />

of traditional shops, pubs, bars, and cafes. The arrival of the<br />

GWR in 1840 led to great expansion and the creation of the town<br />

as it is today. There’s plenty to keep you busy including shopping<br />

at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, a visit to Lydiard House<br />

an elegant Georgian abode set in rolling parkland and you can<br />

also discover the history of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway at STEAM<br />

Museum. There is also a buzzing arts scene with many events<br />

taking place throughout the year at venues including the Wyvern<br />

Theatre, Arts Centre and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.<br />

Annual events include Swindon Fringe Festival (April) Swindon<br />

Spring Festival of Literature and Arts (May).<br />

The picturesque village of Tisbury has been a settlement for over<br />

2,000 years. With an excellent choice of independent shops and<br />

places to eat and drink, it also makes a superb base for walking,<br />

riding and cycling. Annual events include the Village Fête (June),<br />

Carnival (September) and ‘Tis the Season’ Christmas Fayre. Visit<br />

Old Wardour Castle nearby and the medieval tithe barn at Place<br />

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Many Wiltshire towns owe their modern-day prosperity to the production of<br />

woollen broadcloth in centuries past. With the exception of Wilton Carpets,<br />

the textile industry is long gone, but outstanding examples of industrial<br />

architecture remain. Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds is the charming<br />

honey-coloured gem of Bradford on Avon, renowned for its stylish shops<br />

and restaurants. Evidence of its textile heritage can be found in the 19th<br />

century cloth mills flanking the river bank, and former weavers’ cottages lining<br />

the hill above. Visit the Saxon Church, the 14th century Tithe Barn and the<br />

ancient Town Bridge. Then take a relaxing narrowboat trip on the Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal. With events taking place all year round you can take part in the<br />

Walking Festival (September), check out the Food & Drink Festival (June) or<br />

enjoy an outstanding performance at Wiltshire Music Centre. Alex Moulton<br />

Charitable Trust (The Hall) is a hidden gem in central Bradford on Avon.<br />

Historically significant for its connection to the industrial trade, it has had a<br />

variety of purposes including that of a family home, a storage space for wool,<br />

accommodation for factory workers, and an officer’s mess.<br />

Just outside Bradford on Avon is Iford Manor Gardens, featuring romantic<br />

Italianate terraces cut into the hillside, evokes an Edwardian version of<br />

Tuscany.<br />

Thanks to the wool trade and the quarrying of golden Bath stone, Corsham<br />

developed from Saxon<br />

origins into a prosperous<br />

town. The historic High<br />

Street is lined with<br />

properties from the<br />

16th, 17th and 18th<br />

centuries, many of which<br />

are now home to quirky,<br />

independent shops.<br />

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Wiltshire has been a special place for a very long time and our World<br />

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you can understand the appeal this sacred place held for our ancestors. Here,<br />

a massive outer bank and ditch surround the world’s largest prehistoric stone<br />

circle which, in turn, encloses two smaller stone circles and part of the village.<br />

Just a few miles away, set in the beautiful countryside of the North Wessex<br />

Downs, lies the market town of Marlborough. Today, this handsome former<br />

staging post has evolved into a stylish and cosmopolitan town. The wide High<br />

Street is lined with characterful old buildings housing an array of high quality<br />

shops, pubs and restaurants, and there are plenty of riverside parks and green<br />

spaces to enjoy. The town’s busy events calendar includes the ever-popular<br />

Marlborough College Summer School (July-August) and colourful Music<br />

and Literature Festivals (September). Don’t miss The Merchant’s House,<br />

a glorious restoration dating from 1653.<br />

If you stand on Salisbury Plain at sunrise or sunset it’s easy to see why the<br />

ancient Britons believed Stonehenge was special. Even today, visitors from<br />

around the world make the pilgrimage here to marvel at one of the most iconic<br />

wonders in the world. Among its many unique features is its orientation on<br />

the rising and setting sun, but why it was built in this way remains a mystery<br />

to this day.<br />

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Many Wiltshire towns owe their modern-day prosperity to the production of<br />

woollen broadcloth in centuries past. With the exception of Wilton Carpets,<br />

the textile industry is long gone, but outstanding examples of industrial<br />

architecture remain. Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds is the charming<br />

honey-coloured gem of Bradford on Avon, renowned for its stylish shops<br />

visitwiltshire.co.uk<br />

and restaurants. Evidence of its textile heritage can be found in the 19th<br />

century cloth mills flanking the river bank, and former weavers’ cottages lining<br />

the hill above. Visit the Saxon Church, the 14th century Tithe Barn and the<br />

ancient Town Bridge. Then take a relaxing narrowboat trip on the Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal. With events taking place all year round you can take part in the<br />

Walking Festival (September), check out the Food & Drink Festival (June) or<br />

enjoy an outstanding performance at Wiltshire Music Centre. Alex Moulton<br />

Charitable Trust (The Hall) is a hidden gem in central Bradford on Avon.<br />

Historically significant for its connection to the industrial trade, it has had a<br />

variety of purposes including that of a family home, a storage space for wool,<br />

accommodation for factory workers, and an officer’s mess.<br />

Just outside Bradford on Avon is Iford Manor Gardens, featuring romantic<br />

Italianate terraces cut into the hillside, evokes an Edwardian version of<br />

Tuscany.<br />

Thanks to the wool trade and the quarrying of golden Bath stone, Corsham<br />

developed from Saxon<br />

origins into a prosperous<br />

town. The historic High<br />

Street is lined with<br />

properties from the<br />

16th, 17th and 18th<br />

centuries, many of which<br />

are now home to quirky,<br />

independent shops.<br />

Taste of Corsham Food Festival<br />

Front Cover Photo: Marlborough High Street<br />

Additional Photography: Anna Stowe, English Heritage, Jody Photography,<br />

Neville Stanikk.<br />

For more inspiration go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/what’s-on<br />

You’ll find a choice of<br />

characterful places to<br />

eat and drink, as well as<br />

Towns and Villages Map<br />

attractions including the<br />

350-year-old Almshouses<br />

and stately Corsham<br />

Court. Popular events<br />

include the Walking<br />

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Festivals (June) and<br />

the Peacock Arts Trail<br />

(October) while<br />

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The Pound arts centre<br />

is a thriving venue with<br />

a year-round programme<br />

of performances, exhibitions and films. In recent years the town has<br />

achieved fame thanks to its starring role – as Truro – in the first series<br />

of BBC One’s Poldark.<br />

Trowbridge<br />

Trowbridge – Wiltshire’s county town and a Magna Carta baron town –<br />

has a history of weaving dating back over 1,000 years. The result is a rich<br />

architectural legacy ranging from the late-16th to the mid-19th century.<br />

Trowbridge Museum contains a fascinating collection relating to <strong>West</strong><br />

Country woollen cloth production, including working looms. Today Trowbridge<br />

also boasts many independent retailers, quality markets, an Odeon cinema<br />

and family restaurants, as well as a vibrant heritage and arts scene. Annual<br />

highlights include the Active Festival (July), Country Fayre (September) and<br />

Carnival Procession (October).<br />


Wiltshire has been a special place for a very long time and our World<br />

Heritage Site stands testament to the ages. On a misty morning at Avebury<br />

you can understand the appeal this sacred place held for our ancestors. Here,<br />

a massive outer bank and ditch surround the world’s largest prehistoric stone<br />

circle which, in turn, encloses two smaller stone circles and part of the village.<br />

Just a few miles away, set in the beautiful countryside of the North Wessex<br />

Downs, lies the market town of Marlborough. Today, this handsome former<br />

staging post has evolved into a stylish and cosmopolitan town. The wide High<br />

Street is lined with characterful old buildings housing an array of high quality<br />

shops, pubs and restaurants, and there are plenty of riverside parks and green<br />

spaces to enjoy. The town’s busy events calendar includes the ever-popular<br />

Marlborough College Summer School (July-August) and colourful Music<br />

and Literature Festivals (September). Don’t miss The Merchant’s House,<br />

a glorious restoration dating from 1653.<br />

If you stand on Salisbury Plain at sunrise or sunset it’s easy to see why the<br />

ancient Britons believed Stonehenge was special. Even today, visitors from<br />

around the world make the pilgrimage here to marvel at one of the most iconic<br />

wonders in the world. Among its many unique features is its orientation on<br />

the rising and setting sun, but why it was built in this way remains a mystery<br />

to this day.<br />

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Nestling in a loop of the<br />

meandering River Avon is the<br />

small town of Amesbury, just<br />

three miles from Stonehenge<br />

and close to the Neolithic sites of<br />

Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.<br />

Amesbury has a history dating<br />

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then find out more at Amesbury History Centre (opening in 2023). The grave<br />

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2002. Today visitors can enjoy a range of events, including the Carnival (June),<br />

Scarecrow Trail (September) and Christmas Market (December).<br />

Nestling in a loop of the<br />

meandering River Avon is the<br />

small town of Amesbury, just<br />

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Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.<br />

Amesbury has a history dating<br />

back to 8,820BC. Imagine what<br />

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thousands of years ago… think of<br />

the stories this place has to tell…<br />

then find out more at Amesbury History Centre (opening in 2023). The grave<br />

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2002. Today visitors can enjoy a range of events, including the Carnival (June),<br />

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Famous for her portrayal of Rose in Titanic amongst<br />

other big titles, Kate Winslet is a Reading girl at heart. Born in the<br />

town in 1975, Kate grew up in <strong>West</strong> Berkshire where her parents<br />

still live today, and went to school in Redroofs Theatre School<br />

in Maidenhead. Kate has also appeared in the Divergent films,<br />

Finding Neverland, The Reader and Steve Jobs. She has been<br />

commemorated by the town with a recycling lorry named after her<br />

called ‘Kate Binslet’, a name suggest by local people who recognise<br />

her as a local treasure.<br />


Born in 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, Cary Grant moved to<br />

the US and became a Broadway actor and later on, signed to<br />

Paramount Pictures. Grant was the first actor to be asked to play<br />

James Bond on screen but turned it down, however the bond<br />

franchise did use 3 other Bristolians – Caroline Bliss, Samantha<br />

Bond and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny. You will find a<br />

life-sized statue of Cary Grant in Millennium Square in Bristol and<br />

street art to commemorate him on Gloucester Road.<br />


Bill Bailey is a British comedian, musician, actor<br />

and author born in Bath in 1965. He spent most of his<br />

childhood growing up in Keynsham between Bath and<br />

Bristol. Bill’s works include Never Mind the Buzzcocks, a<br />

global tour of Bewilderness, multiple appearances in QI<br />

and Have I Got News for You. Bill often returns to the<br />

area performing at gigs and was awarded an honorary<br />

doctorate from the University of Bath in 2018.<br />


Famous on Britain’s television screens for her<br />

love of nature and wildlife, Kate Humble is <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> born and bred. Born in Wimbledon in 1968, Kate<br />

grew up around Bray spending most of her time outdoors<br />

with horses and in the countryside. She attended school<br />

in Reading and then married husband Ludo Graham, a<br />

television producer, in Newbury in 1992. Kate has filmed<br />

many programs along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> including<br />

Animal Park with Ben Fogle at Longleat.<br />

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The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is familiar with<br />

England’s royalty particularly with King<br />

Charles residing in the Cotswolds and<br />

Henry VIII’s former home Hampton<br />

Court Palace on the River Thames. The<br />

Duchess of Cambridge is no exception<br />

as she is a <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> resident<br />

through and through. She was born in<br />

Reading in 1982 and lived in Bucklebury<br />

near Newbury where her family still live.<br />

Catherine attended Marlborough College<br />

in Wiltshire whilst she was growing up, as<br />

did HRH Princess Eugenie.<br />


The baking phenomenon that is<br />

Mary Berry is another lady who is <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> through and through. Born<br />

in Bath is 1935, Mary moved to France<br />

to train at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and<br />

then returned to the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

to live in Henley on Thames. Mary has<br />

received may accolades in her time but<br />

our favourite ones include Freedom of the<br />

City of Bath and an Honorary Graduate of<br />

Bath Spa University.<br />



Michael Bond, the author of the<br />

international sensation Paddington Bear<br />

was born in Newbury in 1926 and moved<br />

to Reading as a young child. The story<br />

of a bear from deepest darkest Peru was<br />

first published in 1958 and since then has<br />

sold a staggering 35 million copies, been<br />

translated into over 40 languages and later<br />

turned into a television series and a film.<br />


Jane Seymour was the ‘fairest of<br />

all the king’s wives’ as she became Henry<br />

VIII’s wife on 30th May 1536. She gave<br />

the king a long awaited son but sadly died<br />

from ‘childbed fever’. Born at Wolfhall in<br />

Marlborough, Jane grew up in Wiltshire<br />

then moved to Hampton Court Palace<br />

to be with the King. After her death, she<br />

was the only one of Henry’s 6 wives to be<br />

given a queen’s funeral, and you can find<br />

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‘Bristol girl Maisie<br />

Williams nightclub<br />

of choice in Bristol<br />

is Motion and if she<br />

was going to the<br />

theatre anywhere<br />

in the city, her top<br />

choice is Bedminster.’<br />


The famous author of the Harry Potter series injects an<br />

element of mystery into the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. Born in Yate on the<br />

outskirts of Bristol in 1965, she used elements of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> to inspire her writing and the settings for scenes in the movies.<br />

Locations used during filming include Lacock Abbey which stood in<br />

as Hogwarts and Professor Snape’s classroom during potion class<br />

for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and<br />

the Chamber of Secrets. Virginia Water outside Windsor was used to<br />

portray Hogwart’s Lake in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban<br />

and Harry Potter of the Goblet of Fire. You can take a look at other<br />

locations used in our recommendation – The Best: Places to pretend<br />

you’re Harry Potter.<br />






Bristol girl Maisie Williams shot to fame for her role as Ayra<br />

Stark in Games of Thrones. Born in the city in 1997, Maisie grew up in<br />

Clutton and attended Bath Dance College studying performing arts. As<br />

well as Game of Thrones, Maisie has gone on to appear in Doctor Who<br />

with 4 guest appearances. Her nightclub of choice in Bristol is Motion<br />

and if she was going to the theatre anywhere in the city, her top choice<br />

is Bedminster.<br />

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<strong>Travel</strong>ling along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is an incredible experience with<br />

so much fascinating history and culture. Here’s a look at some of the<br />

many wonderful museums that can be found along the path – including<br />

the upcoming exhibitions and events you won't want to miss<br />

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There are some really big, world-famous attractions<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, as well as magnificent<br />

ancient abbeys and cathedrals, stately homes,<br />

arboretums and nature reserves, interactive art<br />

galleries and immersive museums. We take a look at what’s<br />

new and exciting for you to see and experiences this summer:<br />



The British Museum was the first national public museum in<br />

the world, and today is home to eight million objects. Here<br />

you can discover the vast diversity of human cultures from the<br />

dawn of human history to the present. Located in London, at<br />

one end of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route it is a great museum to<br />

begin or end your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> journey. Visit between the<br />

4 May -13 Aug 2023 to see Luxury and power Persia to Greece,<br />

an exhibition drawing on dazzling objects from Afghanistan to<br />

Greece, exploring the story of luxury as a political tool in the<br />

Middle East and southeast Europe from 550–30 BC.<br />


Founded in 1824, the National Gallery tells the story of<br />

European art, masterpiece by masterpiece. From its home<br />

in London’s Trafalgar Square, the gallery collects and cares<br />

for more than 2,600 of the world’s greatest paintings, from<br />

Renaissance Italy and by the French Impressionists. The<br />

National Gallery welcomes groups to explore over 700 years<br />

of wall-to-wall masterpieces. Visit to discover the history and<br />

stories from their collection which is open all year round, or<br />

join them for a one-hour, intimate expert-led tour of their<br />

world-renowned collection.<br />



Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival<br />

architecture, Strawberry Hill House and Garden was<br />

Horace Walpole’s 18th Century masterpiece. The property<br />

is breathtaking both inside and out. Be sure to explore its<br />

decorated corridors and furnished rooms before settling into<br />

the garden café for a light treat. There are often book clubs,<br />

heritage and twilight tours, quizes and more - plus you might<br />

even like to get involved, volunteering as a sewing bee, choir<br />

singer, community gardener or by becoming a member of the<br />

book club.<br />



Before leaving behind the Thames-side delights of Henry<br />

VIII’s Hampton Court, historic Runnymeade, notorious<br />

Cliveden and Royal Windsor, seek out the Windsor & Royal<br />

Borough Museum, unassuming but full of interesting exhibits<br />

illustrating the thousands of years of the settlement’s<br />

existence and Royal patronage. Exhibitions include A Lost<br />

Generation from Eton Wick, documenting a whole generation<br />

who came of age in the early 20th century and had their lives<br />

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Sandycombe Lodge was where J.M.W. Turner went as his<br />

retreat away from the London art world. The architecture of<br />

this little building is quirky, reflecting Turner’s own designs but<br />

also the influence of his good friend, John Soane. Many rich<br />

stories have emerged during research into the years Turner<br />

spent at Sandycombe, such as those relating to the Napoleonic<br />

wars. Visit the museum to see the beautiful etchings from his<br />

Liber Studiorum on display, several of them of them responding<br />

to those troubled years when England was under threat of<br />

invasion, along with beautifully crafted models of ships,<br />

variations on those which Turner had here.<br />



You will find an absorbing, privately-owned collection of civilian<br />

and military motor vehicles and militaria at The History on<br />

Wheels Museum. As a bonus, there’s also an all-encompassing<br />

exhibition of Princess Diana memorabilia, painstakingly<br />

assembled and, reputedly, second only to the Althorp<br />

collection. Plus don’t miss the Air Raid Shelter from 1943.<br />



At the Maidenhead Heritage Centre you can both trace the<br />

two thousand years of the town’s history and, unforgettably<br />

for enthusiasts of all ages, ‘fly’ in a WWII Spitfire simulator.<br />

In its permanent and temporary exhibitions, Maidenhead<br />

Heritage Centre tells the story of the town and its<br />

relationships to older nearby villages and towns (there was<br />

a Roman villa at Cox Green and Cookham and Bray were<br />

recorded in the Domesday Book).<br />


The Reading Museum is full of fascinating regional history<br />

and artefacts, a 70-metre long, woven replica of the famous<br />

Bayeux Tapestry and the Huntley & Palmer exhibition,<br />

reflecting on the 150 years of local biscuit manufacture.<br />

Highlight for 2023 is the Discovering Untold Histories<br />

exhibition showing until 10 June 2023. Created by<br />

communities participating in Reading's High Street Heritage<br />

Action Zone, this display showcases some of their creative<br />

collaborations, telling the story of how local people and<br />

artists are responding to the vibrant everyday life, rich cultural<br />

diversity and fascinating untold stories of our streets.<br />


The Museum of English Rural Life is where agriculture, through<br />

the ages, is brilliantly brought to life with interactive exhibits<br />

as well as comprehensive displays of implements, machinery<br />

and vehicles, and the Abbey Galleries are a great introduction<br />

to exploring the ruins of Reading Abbey and finding out more<br />

about Henry I, England’s last ‘unfound’ king. Don’t miss the<br />

Country Crafts Weekend 3 June - 4 June 2023 where you can<br />

explore the museum and see demonstrations of rural, rare and<br />

disappearing crafts demonstrated by their volunteers.<br />


The <strong>West</strong> Berkshire Museum is a treasure trove of information<br />

and exhibits illustrating the origins of the county and its<br />

people. Housed in two of Newbury’s best loved historic<br />

buildings - the 17th century Cloth Hall and the old Granary/<br />

Corn Stores in the Wharf. The permanent exhibition ‘Lives and<br />

Landscapes’ tells the story of <strong>West</strong> Berkshire. The second floor<br />

galleries host a series of special exhibitions so there is always<br />

something new to see along with a year round program of<br />

events and family activities.<br />


Moving forward in time, the history of 19th and 20th-century<br />

steam railways is retold at STEAM, the Museum of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong>ern Railway. Be sure not to miss the Swindon Railway<br />

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Festival returning to STEAM on the 9 and 10 September 2023.<br />

Here you can experience the amazing detail of over 20 of<br />

the UK’s finest model railway layouts that will be uniquely<br />

displayed alongside iconic Swindon-built locomotives. You’ll<br />

also see new special exhibitions, unique trade stands and<br />

modelling demos.<br />


Shaw House was built by a Newbury clothier in 1581 and<br />

retains much of its original Tudor architecture - it is one of<br />

the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England. Over<br />

the centuries Shaw House has welcomed royalty, seen action<br />

during the Civil War, housed soldiers during World War II and<br />

schooled generations of local children. The House offers a year<br />

round programme of events and family activities including the<br />

Spring Food and Craft Fair on the 2 April 2023. Visit on this<br />

day and you can explore the house and browse over 60 stalls<br />

offering artisan food, drink and locally produced crafts, giving<br />

you the perfect opportunity to shop for unique gifts and treats.<br />


This stunning museum is situated in the picturesque town of<br />

Henley on Thames and housed in an award-winning building,<br />

designed by the acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield.<br />

Located on the banks of the river, the museum explores<br />

the River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the<br />

town of Henley. The Museum hosts a lively programme of<br />

temporary and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such<br />

as the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Hayward<br />

Gallery in London. The constantly evolving calendar of<br />

temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round<br />

calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days,<br />

ensures there is always something new to see and do.<br />



Starting with the world-famous, it could be argued that a trip<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> isn’t complete without visiting the<br />

world-famous Stonehenge. And, new for 2023 is the Circles of<br />

Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan exhibition. Standing<br />

impressively amongst the Salisbury Plain, this prehistoric<br />

monument welcomes visitors from all around the globe and<br />

has done for centuries. For a more personal experience of the<br />

monstrous stones visit between the months of December and<br />

August to see them up close with a Stone Circle Experience.<br />

Available outside regular visiting hours, here you will get the<br />

unique opportunity to capture the fascinating statues within a<br />

much quieter setting. Plus, don’t miss the nearby secret stones<br />

of Avebury - 4,000 years of history you never knew existed.<br />


Negotiating the pretty lanes of the Vale of Pewsey brings the<br />

happy traveller to Devizes, home of the Wiltshire Museum,<br />

telling the 500,000 years story of the county through its<br />

award-winning galleries, exhibits, high-quality graphics and<br />

striking reconstructions. Take part in a day course of Stone<br />

Carving with Andrew Ziminski on Saturday 27 May and<br />

23 September 2023. This one-day workshop is perfect for<br />

beginners looking to pick up the basic skills required to carve<br />

stone. The Bath stone used is easy to carve, and you will be<br />

able to take it home with you. Take some time here to also<br />

stop in at the independent craft brewers, Wadworth Brewery.<br />



If you have ever wanted to learn about crop circles or to<br />

meet crop circle enthusiasts to share thoughts with then The<br />

Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre based at the<br />

Honeystreet Mill Café in the Vale of Pewsey is the place to go.<br />

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the Wiltshire Museum, features key facts about the crop circle<br />

phenomenon and mixes it with stunning photography. At the<br />

attached Crop Circle Information Centre, be sure to read the<br />

latest up-to-date crop circle reports and visit between 15 June<br />

- 15 August 2023 to enjoy a personal guided exhibition Tour &<br />

High Tea.<br />


In Wiltshire’s county town, 1000 years of the town’s history<br />

comes to life at the Trowbridge Museum, which recently<br />

underwent a multi-million-pound expansion, which saw the<br />

museum double in size for its re-opening! The museum offers<br />

an insight into the rich textile-related heritage in the heart of<br />

the town including how Trowbridge was shaped by the scale<br />

of production and quality of its <strong>West</strong> of England woollen cloth<br />

and became the county town of Wiltshire. Visit before the 29<br />

April 2023 to see the In Focus Photography Showcase of work<br />

by award winning photographers Sheri O’Reilly, Sue McDine<br />

and Roy McDine.<br />


In the picture-perfect village of Lacock you will find National<br />

Trust’s Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum and Village.<br />

Here, in 1835, William Fox Talbot created the world’s first<br />

photographic negative, and so it is only proper that the<br />

Museum of Photography is established here. New for 2023<br />

the Fox Talbot Museum is holding Mandy Barker's Plastic Soup:<br />

Photography Exhibition until 23 April 2023 where the work of<br />

award-winning photographer, Mandy Barker, created to raise<br />

awareness of marine plastic pollution will be on display. You<br />

might also enjoy combining your trip to the nearby market<br />

town of Corsham, home to two more museums, a moving<br />

historical experience in the original 17th century Corsham<br />

Schoolroom and Almshouse and The Pound Arts Centre, a<br />

North Wiltshire hub for the performing and visual arts.<br />


Discover a pair of remarkable survivors from the early days<br />

of the Industrial Revolution. The Crofton Beam Engines were<br />

built over 200 years ago to maintain water levels in the nearby<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal and, amazingly, those great steam<br />

engines are still in working order, doing the job for which they<br />

were designed!<br />



If historic aeroplanes are a ‘must-see’ for you or your children,<br />

you need look no further than the Boscombe Down Aviation<br />

Collection, where cockpits are mostly open, and you can sit in<br />

and use the controls. Exhibits of national importance including<br />

the unique Sea Harrier XZ 457 and the rare Comit C Mk 2<br />

Sagittarius, and the museum is proud to have the most fast jet<br />

cockpits available to sit in than anywhere else in the UK.<br />


Since its formation in 1942, the Corps of Royal Electrical and<br />

Mechanical Engineers has been the driving force of the British<br />

Army and the inspiring story of the unit is told at the REME<br />

Museum through its collections of armoured vehicles and<br />

weaponry and child-friendly interactive displays. Don’t miss<br />

Wartime Britain between the 13-14 May 2023 - an amazing<br />

weekend exploring the vehicles, weapons and military life<br />

experienced by many during World War II.<br />

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Set in an immaculate 18th-century townhouse and relating<br />

the story of the town’s development since the prehistoric era<br />

Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre is well worth a visit<br />

when exploring the charming Georgian town of Chippenham.<br />


From unique classic cars and motorcycles to the rarer gems<br />

of vintage racecars, visitors can expect an assortment of<br />

remarkable vehicles that are simply oozing with nostalgia. It'll<br />

be a chance to marvel at some truly remarkable relics from<br />

motoring's illustrious past. Plus, don’t miss their annual Classic<br />

Vehicle Show on the 9 July 2023.<br />



Housed in a fine Georgian manor house with outstanding<br />

views over the Limpley Stoke Valley on the edge of Bath<br />

next to the University, the American Museum takes you on<br />

a journey through American history, with its remarkable<br />

collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects. The only<br />

museum of Americana outside of the United States, it was<br />

founded to bring American history and cultures to the people<br />

of Britain and Europe. Each year, special temporary exhibitions<br />

are on display in their Exhibition Gallery. Don’t miss America In<br />

Crisis showing from 11 March – 4 July 2023, a major American<br />

photography exhibition exploring social change in the US<br />

through the lens of a diverse group of artists. This captivating<br />

exhibition features over 80 photographs by 39 top American<br />

artists, from the 1960s till today.<br />


There’s a superb collection of fine and decorative arts to<br />

be viewed at the Grade 1-listed The Holburne Museum,<br />

who describe themselves as 'Changing Lives through Art',<br />

by bringing the enjoyment of art to people of all ages and<br />

from every walk of life. The Holburne was founded in 1882<br />

with the gift of Sir William Holburne’s collection of 16th and<br />

17th century Italian and Dutch paintings, silver, sculpture,<br />

furniture, porcelain and diverse objets d’art of national<br />

and international significance. That founding gift has been<br />

augmented with a collection of 18th century paintings by<br />

such artists as Gainsborough, Lawrence, Ramsay, Stubbs<br />

and Zoffany. Set within the historic Sydney Pleasure<br />

Gardens, The Holburne has secured a national reputation<br />

as an outstanding museum which holds critically acclaimed<br />

exhibitions. Don’t miss exhibitions for 2023 include a new<br />

major exhibition looking at the role of portraiture in the<br />

process of marriage in the Renaissance of Northern and<br />

Southern Europe, Painted Love: Renaissance Marriage<br />

Portraits at The Holburne, from 26 May – 1 October 2023<br />


Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident, The Jane Austen<br />

Centre offers a snapshot of life during Regency times and<br />

explores how living in this magnificent city affected Jane<br />

Austen’s life and writing. ‘Live’ Guides, costume, film, superb<br />

giftshop and an authentic period atmosphere await you,<br />

and don't forget to visit the Regency themed Tea Rooms on<br />

the 2nd floor for a pot of real leaf tea and a slice of home<br />

made cake with splendid rooftop views over the city. Plus<br />

don't miss the Jane Austen Festival taking place from the<br />

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Take a look beyond the Crescent's famous Palladian facade<br />

and see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants<br />

in eighteenth-century Bath with a wander inside No. 1 Royal<br />

Crescent. Built between 1767 and 1774 to the designs of the<br />

architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent is justly<br />

considered one of the finest achievements of eighteenthcentury<br />

urban architecture, and represents the highest point<br />

of Palladian architecture in Bath. No. 1 was the first house<br />

to be built in the Crescent, and originally provided luxury<br />

accommodation for the aristocratic visitors who came to<br />

take the waters and enjoy the social season. Each room is an<br />

exquisite example of Georgian interior design with authentic<br />

furniture, paintings, textiles and carpets.<br />


Incongruously placed just a stone’s throw from two of Bath’s<br />

iconic attractions, The Circus and The Royal Crescent, the<br />

Museum of East Asian Art is a hidden gem of a museum,<br />

and the only museum in the UK solely dedicate to arts and<br />

culture from East and South East Asia, with a collection of<br />

over 2,000 objects. Spread over three floors of a converted<br />

Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, the Museum is a<br />

sanctuary of tranquillity in a busting World Heritage city:<br />

ceremonial jade objects as luminous today as they were over<br />

thousands of years ago sit alongside imperial household<br />

items, Ming vases, bronze Buddhas, Chinese Blue and White<br />

porcelain and other artefacts representing over 7,000<br />

years of artistry and craftsmanship. Don’t miss Artists’<br />

Reinventions: War, Revolution and the Art of New China on<br />

the 4 May 2023. This illustrated talk highlights the career<br />

transformations of some great wartime printmakers, from<br />

the late 1930s, into the 1990s.<br />


In 1816, Mary Shelley wrote the world’s first science fiction<br />

novel, Frankenstein, whilst resident in Bath. This new museum<br />

is a world-first visitor attraction to explore the dark world<br />

of Mary Shelley, bluring the lines between museum and<br />

immersive visitor experience. The attraction is set in a Grade<br />

II listed property, extending over four atmospheric floors<br />

including a dank foreboding basement. One of the floors is<br />

dedicated to uncovering her history and tragic life events and,<br />

confront the formidable 8ft monster recreated exactly as Mary<br />

imagined. Plus, don’t miss attempting to flee to your safety<br />

with a nail-biting Victor’s Lair Escape Room experience.<br />



Aesthete’s will ove popping their head into the Victoria Art<br />

Gallery in the centre of Bath. Don’t miss exhibitions for 2023<br />

include Capturing Life: A Century of the New English Art Club<br />

at Victoria Art Gallery from 21 January – 11 April 2023. The<br />

exhibition showcases work by past and present members of<br />

the New English Art Club, an elected society of contemporary<br />

painters inspired by the visual world.<br />


Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the<br />

steaming water playing a key role throughout its history.<br />

Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were<br />

constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising<br />

complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains<br />

in the world. 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water<br />

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eaching 46 °C still fill the bathing site every single day. The<br />

Romans believed that this was the mystical work of the Gods<br />

but we now know that the water source, which comes from<br />

the King’s Spring, fell as rain water around 10,000 BC. Visit<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> Bath, the magnificent epicentre to the complex<br />

and walk on the ancient pavements as the Romans did 2,000<br />

years ago. The <strong>Great</strong> Bath that lies below street level can also<br />

be viewed from the Terrace, which is adorned with statues<br />

and shadowed by the great Abbey. Other chambers to<br />

explore include the remains of the ancient heated rooms and<br />

changing rooms as well as tepid and plunge pools.<br />


2023 marks the 200th year of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery<br />

and the bi-centenary of their forerunner, The Bristol Institution<br />

for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts. 200<br />

years of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be celebrated by<br />

bringing together amazing objects and stories from their<br />

collections through a series of themed seasons throughout the<br />

year. As well as displays and interventions, the programme will<br />

feature a number of high-profile events highlighting significant<br />

objects and milestones in the museum’s history.<br />


Aerospace Bristol tells the incredible story of Bristol’s amazing<br />

aviation achievements and offers the chance to step aboard<br />

Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last of the supersonic jets<br />

ever to fly. Learn about the earliest days of powered flight,<br />

through to today’s cutting-edge aerospace technology. There's<br />

aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and<br />

interactive exhibits for all ages. The highlight of your day will<br />

surely be the iconic Concorde, the world's fastest passenger<br />

jet, where you can the step aboard inside, glimpse into the<br />

cockpit, and walk through the passenger cabin.<br />


Due to a fire in April 2022 We the Curious has been closed,<br />

however, the museum is hoping to re-open in 2023/2024.<br />

Once it does there will be all sorts of different experiences and<br />

exhibits for you to interact with, and experiments you can take<br />

part in – a science centre and interactive space where everyone<br />

can ask questions, play and test ideas out together. You will<br />

lose yourself in over 200 hands-on exhibits, science shows and<br />

activities and don’t miss contributing to scientific research and<br />

journey to the stars in the UK’s first 3D Planetarium.<br />


Housed in the old Llanthony Warehouse in the heart of what<br />

once was the bustling Gloucester Docks, the museum charts<br />

the 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester and<br />

Sharpness Canal. The Grade II listed grain warehouse has<br />

been renovated with fun, interactive exhibits, café and a<br />

lovely tea room with a fantastic selection of picnic benches,<br />

funded by the Friends of the National Waterways Museum.<br />

Plus, during the spring and summer season, 45-minute boat<br />

trips are available along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal<br />

on Queen Boadicea II, a Dunkirk Little Ship.<br />

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The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> offers countless choices for an al fresco<br />

lunch stop, with the opportunity to sit and enjoy stunning views<br />

with a glass of fizz enjoying delicately cut sandwiches atop a<br />

gingham rug. We hope you enjoy our eight best picnic spots for<br />

experiencing that most English of pastimes in some of the<br />

most scenic, historic and evocative places in England.<br />

Words | Jules Mittra<br />

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Starting at the eastern end of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong>, and with the iconic Windsor Castle as a<br />

backdrop, Windsor’s <strong>Great</strong> Park is essentially the<br />

extensive grounds that make up King Charles’<br />

back garden. And, in a coronation year, there can be few<br />

better choices for a picnic stop in 2023. The grounds<br />

are beautifully maintained, and as with all grand English<br />

estates, are made up of various elements and features<br />

making this a great place to spend a day or part thereof.<br />

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‘Long Walk’ – a wide, grassy avenue guarded by trees,<br />

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Richmond Riverside is an open space that overlooks the<br />

River Thames in the centre of Richmond Town Centre.<br />

With many seats and terraced lawns, and in close<br />

proximity to bars, restaurants and cafes, this is an ideal place<br />

to relax on a summer day or evening. Watch the boats sail pass,<br />

people watch while enjoying your picnic. Afterwards why not hire<br />

a canoe or if you are feeling more adventurous go paddleboarding<br />

under the oldest bridge, Richmond Bridge that spans the River<br />

Thames.<br />

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The bucolic Kennet and Avon Canal opened in 1810 to<br />

provide the cities of Bristol and London with a costeffective<br />

method of transporting large quantities of<br />

goods between England’s two largest ports at the<br />

time. The canal winds through exquisite countryside, providing<br />

numerous idyllic picnic stops as well as incredible walking routes<br />

with some amazing pubs on the way. With so many spots<br />

too choose from, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but at least one<br />

contender would have to include the stretch around the villages of<br />

<strong>Great</strong> and Little Bedwyn. Set in classic English countryside, dotted<br />

with small yet striking settlements, sitting alongside the canal’s<br />

banks, it’s easy to imagine oneself transported back to a bygone<br />

time, well before the frenetic pace of the modern world was even<br />

a thought.<br />

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LACOCK<br />

The village of Lacock is iconic in its own right. A<br />

medieval village set in the very southernmost part of the<br />

Cotswolds, the village has been owned, maintained and<br />

preserved by the National Trust since the 1950s. Having<br />

featured in countless TV shows and films, including Harry Potter,<br />

as well as almost every period drama you care to name over the<br />

last 30 years, Lacock, and it’s grand house, Lacock Abbey, attracts<br />

large numbers of visitors keen to connect with the past and the<br />

screen. Head east to the footpaths that follow the River Avon as<br />

it winds its way alongside the village and house, and you’ll not<br />

only escape from any crowds present, but discover some stunning<br />

picnicking and paddling spots with views across to the historic<br />

house beyond.<br />

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DOWNS<br />

This hilltop location provides stunning views of the North<br />

Wessex Downs countryside for miles around, and is an<br />

ideal picnic stop. The name refers to a gibbet erected<br />

on the site in 1676 to hang two locals, George Broomham and<br />

Dorothy Newman. The two were having an affair and were hanged<br />

for murdering Broomham's wife Martha, and their son Robert,<br />

after the two discovered the lovers together on the downs. The<br />

gibbet was erected there for the execution as a warning to others,<br />

and a replica gibbet has remained there ever since. Ignoring its<br />

dark past, the spot offers incredible views in all directions, and<br />

is as popular with hang-gliders and para-gliders today as well as<br />

walkers and beauty lovers.<br />

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Set high above the village<br />

of Wilton, Wilton Windmill<br />

has the most fantastic views.<br />

The grounds are open all year round<br />

and there are picnic tables you can<br />

use or of course you can have a picnic<br />

blanket on the grass. Plenty of space<br />

for playing games!<br />

It's ideal for families with children<br />

or those with dogs as the site is very<br />

secure with a fence all the way round.<br />

And the views are just breathtaking.<br />


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<strong>West</strong> of London, beyond the belt of satellite towns that<br />

orbit the capital, lies the relatively unknown remains of<br />

Silchester. This walled Roman city flourished during the<br />

Roman occupation of Britain from the 1st century on, but<br />

was abandoned in the 5th or 6th centuries, once the Romans left.<br />

Unlike other Roman cities, it was never reoccupied, and much of<br />

the Roman walls, along with an evocative amphitheatre remain.<br />

Walk along the walls to find your ideal picnic spot, then sit down<br />

to enjoy the tranquil ambiance as sheep or cattle gently graze in<br />

within the grounds of the once great city.<br />

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The grand country house of Dyrham Park sits nestled in a<br />

valley just north of Bath. Built in the Baroque style in the<br />

late 18th century, the house is managed by the National<br />

Trust and preserved as it would have looked in the 19th<br />

century. The grounds are just as alluring as the house however,<br />

and its deer park spreads along the edge of the escarpment that<br />

defines the western boundary of the Cotswolds, providing views<br />

down to the city of Bristol sprawled out in the distance, and across<br />

the Severn Estuary to the hills of Wales beyond. The view alone<br />

would be worth a picnic stop, but sitting amongst the well tended,<br />

undulating estate grounds make it utterly irresistible.<br />

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The World Heritage site of Avebury is one of the most<br />

remarkable prehistoric wonders of ancient Britain. Set<br />

just off the King’s Road linking Bristol to London (the<br />

modern A4), Avebury and adjacent prehistoric remnants combine<br />

to provide some of the most fascinating and inspiring prehistoric<br />

remains anywhere in northern Europe. Climb atop the giant<br />

earthen banks carved out using deer antlers 5000 years ago and<br />

set your picnic down overlooking the stones and picturesque<br />

village that has encroached into the circle over the centuries. Or,<br />

make your way to Kennett Long Barrow, a large, prehistoric burial<br />

chamber that rests on a nearby hill overlooking the prehistoric,<br />

pyramid-like, Silbury Hill, in the valley below, to commune with<br />

the ancients over pimms and sausage rolls.<br />

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Ending our list at the western end of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, in Bristol, is this gem of a spot. Sitting<br />

atop the eastern edge of the Avon gorge, this<br />

stunning park was established in the 1800s to<br />

provide the well-to-do of nearby Clifton with a space to ‘take the<br />

airs’. Clifton, a suburb of the the city of Bristol below, became the<br />

residential district of choice for merchants and slave traders in the<br />

18th century as Britain’s trade empire and its wealth exploded.<br />

The suburb, set atop a hill close to town, but not in it, allowed its<br />

occupants the space and elegance to enjoy the good life without<br />

becoming caught up in the squalor and unpleasantness of the port<br />

below. Today, Clifton Down affords views of the river and gorge,<br />

as well as Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension<br />

Bridge, the first suspension bridge in the world, and is framed by<br />

stunning Georgian architecture along its other sides making it a<br />

remarkable spot for a picnic in a remarkable city.<br />

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The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is an absolute delight for tea aficionados.<br />

From traditional British-style tearooms to modern, hipster<br />

coffeehouses, the vast array of quaint independent shops<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is certain not to disappoint<br />

A<br />

great way to experience the sights and sounds<br />

of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is to take a tour of its<br />

many delightful tea shops. Whether you are<br />

looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or a cozy<br />

evening hangout, these establishments offer something<br />

for everyone. From traditional Victorian tearooms with<br />

freshly baked scones to modern cafés serving locally<br />

sourced artisanal teas, these fabulous tea shops will<br />

definitely satisfy your cravings.<br />

One such example is the charming 7 Flowers &<br />

Tea in central Reading, located on Cross Street. With<br />

its homey atmosphere and colourful interior, one can<br />

quickly immerse themselves in a delightful afternoon<br />

tea session here, sharing a pot of speciality tea and a<br />

scrummy cake, while taking in the tranquil atmosphere<br />

and fresh floral aroma.<br />

Those who prefer their cuppa with a side of artsy<br />

vibes should check out the Total Health Cafe on Eastcott<br />

Hill. This is an eclectic cafe and art gallery serving freshly<br />

baked pastries and cakes, freshly roasted coffee, teas<br />

and plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food<br />

options. There’s an incredibly friendly atmosphere and<br />

plenty of seating options, including a garden courtyard<br />

– perfect for those sunny summer days when you want<br />

to soak up some sun whilst sipping your brew. They hold<br />

art classes for adults and kids and for those looking for<br />

something a bit different, they even sell CBD cookies<br />

and chocolates, and stock a large range of CBD retail<br />

products including balms, oils, vapes and even bath<br />

bombs! If you’re in the mood for a spot of retail therapy<br />

head to the nearby Designer Outlet Swindon give your<br />

legs a rest at the wildly modern SOHO Coffee Co.<br />

On the way out of London you’ll pass through<br />

Richmond, which has all the cosmopolitan kudos of<br />

the capital but in a more serene setting. Vegan and<br />

vegetarian café Tide Tables is the epitome of this<br />

gratifying fusion. Hidden under an arch of Richmond<br />

Bridge, it leads out onto a garden with superlative views<br />

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Newens Maids of Honour charts its beginnings back to<br />

the early 18th century. It still sells its eponymous tarts -<br />

apparently first made by Anne Boleyn for King Henry VIII<br />

when she was a Maid of Honour. The cheese-curd-filled<br />

puff pastry treats go down very well indeed with a hot<br />

pot of tea.<br />

Set in a unique grade II listed building by the Kennet<br />

& Avon waterway in The Wharf, Newbury, The Teashop<br />

by the Canal is a must-visit, blending the warmth of<br />

Italian culture, with fine and splendid rituals of English<br />

Cream Teas. There is plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy<br />

the view, and watch The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust<br />

boat trips on their lovely canal boat 'Jubilee' leaving<br />

from the wharf next door.<br />

Head north towards Lechlade and the River Thames<br />

and enjoy a hot beverage at The Tearoom of Kelmscott<br />

Manor, the iconic Grade I listed country home of poet<br />

William Morris. The Tearoom is in an attractive old<br />

stable barn adjacent to a tranquil tea lawn with plenty<br />

of seating.<br />

‘Bradford on Avon is a very pretty town making it a<br />

perfect cuppa-lovers rest stop, with its canalside cafés<br />

and eccentric tea rooms.’<br />

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Further west, Bradford on Avon is a very pretty town making it a<br />

perfect cuppa-lovers rest stop, with its canalside cafés and eccentric<br />

tea rooms. There are some lovely options along the towpath, ideal if<br />

you’re mid-hike or bike ride and want something as you go. On a sunny<br />

day sit outside the Canal Trust Café with a made-in-the-<strong>West</strong>-Country<br />

Marshfield Farm ice cream (try the salted caramel). On a less sunny<br />

day, treat yourself to a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate at the<br />

quirky, curios-filled café The Lock Inn. You’ll find lots of options amid the<br />

alleyways in town, too, including Mr Salvat’s Coffee Room which, down<br />

to the quill used to take your order, is happily ensconced in the 17th<br />

century.<br />

The Bridge Tea Rooms, meanwhile, are an ode to the Victorian era<br />

complete with costumed staff. If you’re visiting with the kids, Woolley<br />

Grange Hotel keeps everyone happy, serving both children’s and<br />

champagne teas.<br />

Walking the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath you’ll arrive in Pewsey.<br />

A quiet, mystical sort of place with its own Wiltshire White Horse.<br />

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conversations. The Apple Cart Café is a warm, welcoming place on the High Street,<br />

while The Charlton Cat has a seriously tasty selection of cakes (try the rhubarb and<br />

custard) and an outdoor courtyard with fabulous countryside views. And make sure you<br />

pop into Marshalls Bakery to sample their legendary Wiltshire Lardy Cake.<br />

Thanks to its handy location on the route from London to Bristol, the ancient town<br />

of Marlborough has always attracted tired travellers (and their thirsty horses) in need of<br />

a pick-me-up. Today it continues to cater to passing visitors with all sorts of interesting<br />

cafés. The Polly Tea Rooms is perhaps the most well-known. First opened in 1912, it has<br />

been ranked one of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK by The Telegraph.<br />

It’s also had some very high-profile visitors over the years, from John Betjeman to<br />

the Duchess of Cambridge, who used to pop in with her friends while a student at<br />

Marlborough College. Go all out with Polly’s Luxury High Tea, which is everything you’d<br />

imagined afternoon tea could be.<br />

Add a touch of romance to your tea break in beautiful Bath. Have a dreamy Tea<br />

with Mr. Darcy or perhaps some Crawfords Crumpets at The Regency Tea Room, part<br />

of the Jane Austen Centre. Or try some of the city’s famous Bath Buns at Sally Lunn’s -<br />

soft, sweet rolls created by a Frenchwoman attempting to create a treat reminiscent of<br />

the brioche she missed from home. For a more contemporary experience, there are lots<br />

of speciality coffee shops frequented by hip locals - Colonna & Small’s, Society Café<br />

and Picnic Coffee are current favourites.<br />

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One of the newest tea shops to open in Bath is<br />

Sweet Little Things tea room and bakery, centrally<br />

located, just next to Southgate. Hard to miss, the café's<br />

'instagrammable' window is bedecked with pink flowers,<br />

and is decorated inside with even more blooms, making<br />

for lots of aesthetically pleasing corners perfect in which<br />

to sit with a coffee and slice of cake. Take your pick from<br />

their extensive menu, including brunch options such as<br />

pancakes with a variety of toppings and acai smoothie<br />

bowls, quiches and toasted sandwiches for lunch,<br />

afternoon tea options ranging from classic to prosecco<br />

and gin, and plenty of hot drinks, from coffee to their<br />

own signature pink hot chocolates.<br />

This atmospheric village of Castle Combe is a<br />

destination in itself but also makes a lovely stop-off<br />

point for a cup of tea as you explore the velvety hills of<br />

the Cotswolds. The Old Stables, with its super spacious<br />

lawn, is popular among cyclists and ramblers looking for<br />

a place to stretch out and rest. Well-behaved pups are<br />

very welcome too. Elsewhere, Sweetapples Teashop is<br />

another perfect stop for cyclists located in the centre of<br />

the beautiful historic Cotswold village of Marshfield.<br />

Goring-on-Thames and Streatley are two places<br />

that sit on opposite sides of the River Thames, scenically<br />

linked by a bridge where many like to stop and soak<br />

up the view. Both have some wonderful tea options.<br />

Pierreponts Café is a favourite, serving up both a Goring<br />

and a Streatley themed afternoon tea. The Village<br />

Chocolate Cafe has a warm, community feel and was<br />

a favourite of the late pop star George Michael, who<br />

had a house nearby. Try The Royal Goring Cream Tea<br />

- a traditional high tea with hearty scones, strawberry<br />

jam and clouds of rich clotted cream and over on the<br />

Streatley side, by the water, The Swan and its Boathouse<br />

Deli & Cafe.<br />

Head to the charming Wiltshire town of Malmesbury<br />

on the edge of the Cotswolds for a relaxed break. This<br />

lovely town has plenty of welcoming cafes, alongside<br />

many independent shops and the stunning 12th<br />

Century Abbey. For a sumptuous, 3-tiered afternoon tea<br />

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place to go. Nearby, <strong>West</strong>onbirt, the National Arboretum<br />

is a lovely option; a magical garden of trees where you<br />

can recharge your batteries amongst the greenery before<br />

enjoying a refreshing cuppa at the cafe.<br />

For a truly unique tea break, stop at Avebury, which<br />

has the unusual honour of being the only village within<br />

a prehistoric stone circle. There are several places to<br />

pause here, as you explore the largest stone circle in the<br />

world. The Coach House café is right in the middle of all<br />

the action, perfect for a quick cuppa and an energising<br />

flapjack, while Avebury Manor tea room is more of a<br />

sit-down-and-savour affair, where nothing but a full<br />

cream tea will do. Avebury is also a fine spot for a picnic<br />

if you want to sit outside and behold the mysteries of<br />

the stones. Over at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, you<br />

can try Wiltshire’s very own blend of tea made by The<br />

Wiltshire Tea Company.<br />

Due to Hungerford’s relatively central location along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, it’s an especially convenient place<br />

to stop and replenish your energy. The Tutti Pole is a cosy<br />

hideaway for a cup of tea and a toasted teacake. While<br />

the health-conscious café, Elaine, serves up colourful<br />

salads and green juices. Then there’s Honesty Hungerford,<br />

a bright and breezy space with onsite parking. Cobbs<br />

Farm Shop and Kitchen is also nice to visit if you’d like<br />

to sample some fresh, seasonal produce after your cup<br />

of tea or coffee. It also has a pleasing garden terrace -<br />

and a log burner inside for chilly days. Or why not treat<br />

yourself and someone special to an Afternoon Tea at the<br />

Peppermill Town House Hotel restaurant? Afternoon<br />

Tea includes a traditional selection of finger sandwiches,<br />

home-baked scones, colourful cakes and pâtisserie,<br />

accompanied by freshly brewed tea or coffee and the<br />

option to add some fizz to your afternoon tea with a glass<br />

of Botter Prosecco or Collet Champagne to make the<br />

occasion sparkle.<br />

Not far from the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, amid the natural<br />

splendour of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty, you’ll find Tetbury. With its cobbled steps,<br />

listed buildings and elegant spire, the small town is<br />

an enchanting place to spend some time. Café 53 has<br />

a secret garden, and is close to the Prince of Wales’s<br />

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Highgrove Shop where you can buy organic teas, including his own blend<br />

of black tea. Meanwhile, Hobbs House Bakery is great for a coffee and a<br />

sourdough sandwich.<br />

These are just some of the many delightful tea spots on the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, there are plenty more family-run establishments serving<br />

traditional varieties to modern cafes selling novelty infusions and exotic<br />

oolong blends to discover, so be sure to brew yourself some nostalgia<br />

and include these heavenly tea shops into your next journey.<br />

Click here to find out more about<br />

exploring the cafes and tea rooms<br />

on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

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Experience a range of exciting adventures when you<br />

embark on a <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> journey in 2023<br />

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From family-friendly woodland paths to long distance<br />

routes, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> offers a wealth of landscapes<br />

for you to embark on your own cycling adventure. Whether<br />

you have your own bike or are looking to hire, there are<br />

plenty of places to help you make the most of your journey. Escape<br />

to the rural parts of our touring route to capture picturesque views<br />

from one of 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the perfect way<br />

to explore quintessential England at its prime!<br />

Even our cities are two-wheel friendly, for example in<br />

Bath there's the relatively new Two Tunnel path to discover.<br />

This is a mostly flat walking and cycling route that gives you a<br />

wonderful view of Bath's Georgian crescents before it leaves the<br />

city behind. The path is a four-mile stretch of disused railway<br />

line running through the Linear Park on the south side, to the<br />

disused Devonshire tunnel at Bloomfield. The railway closed as a<br />

through route in 1966 and physical work started on the new path<br />

at Devonshire tunnel in 2010. The Two Tunnels route eventually<br />

opened in 2013. Once out of the Devonshire tunnel you emerge<br />

into a deep, wooded valley as the route leaves Lyncombe Vale and<br />

heads underground into Combe Down Tunnel, and then over the<br />

renovated Tucking Mill viaduct. At over one mile long, the Combe<br />

Down tunnel is the longest cycling and walking tunnel in Britain and<br />

features an interactive light and sound installation.<br />

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THAMES<br />

At nearly 30 square kilometres, Windsor <strong>Great</strong><br />

Park is the largest public park in the whole<br />

of the UK. From ancient forests to formal gardens, as<br />

well as the spectacular Virginia Water, there’s plenty<br />

to discover. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest<br />

inhabited castle in the world and welcomes visitors<br />

from all around the world each year! Discover the<br />

state apartments, furnished with some of the greatest<br />

works from the Royal Collection, or explore St George’s<br />

Chapel, one of the most beautiful buildings in England.<br />

Embark on a river cruise with Thames Rivercruise this<br />

year and discover the picture-perfect surroundings<br />

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Did you know?<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

route passes through<br />

three Areas of<br />

Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty. In London,<br />

the southern section<br />

of The Chilterns’<br />

324-miles makes a<br />

great start to the<br />

route, The Wiltshire<br />

White Horses and<br />

the White Horse at<br />

Uffington will be a<br />

joy to spot ambling<br />

in the North Wessex<br />

Downs, or start your<br />

tour from Bath and<br />

follow The Cotswold<br />

<strong>Way</strong> north, for 102<br />

more, glorious miles.<br />

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Imagine running as fast as your legs will carry you and<br />

then jumping straight off a hillside. In Wiltshire you can<br />

do just that, on a paragliding session above the beautiful<br />

Wiltshire Downs. Conditions here are perfect for paragliding, with<br />

reliable thermals above the undulating hills, and taking a tandem<br />

flight with an instructor is the closest thing to flying like a bird you<br />

can experience. You don’t even need to learn how to operate the<br />

controls if you don’t want to, though taking the reins while mid-air<br />

is the real thrill.<br />

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The city of Bath was founded upon natural hot springs<br />

which have continued to play a key role throughout its<br />

history. Be sure to visit Thermae Bath Spa in the heart of<br />

the city, where you can experience Britain’s only naturally warm<br />

waters. Relax in the indoor Minerva Bath or enjoy breathtaking<br />

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If you're looking for a unique experience, why not<br />

consider dining on one of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>'s floating<br />

restaurants? From the Glass Room, which offers incredible<br />

views over the picturesque Thames, to the Grain Barge, located on<br />

Bristol's iconic Floating Harbour – you can savour a selection of<br />

dishes whilst sailing along. You could also try Thames Rivercruise<br />

for its popular afternoon tea cruises through Henley and Sonning<br />

up to Goring and Streatley. Whichever one you choose, it'll be sure<br />

to provide an unparalleled dining experience!<br />

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Standing within the medieval city for over 800 years,<br />

Salisbury Cathedral offers worship, welcome and<br />

hospitality to all its visitors. Telling the tale of defiance<br />

dating back to the early 13th Century and with a Spire<br />

stretching to 404ft, Salisbury Cathedral is a masterpiece of its<br />

time. Capture the true height when embarking on a behindthe-scenes<br />

tour of the ancient roof spaces and base of the spire<br />

where you will find incredible views of the city and surrounding<br />

countryside.<br />

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Alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal, the<br />

largest town in <strong>West</strong> Berkshire, Newbury, has<br />

a bustling high street with many interesting<br />

shops, which include unique stores such as familyrun<br />

department store Camp Hopson. Once you have<br />

investigated by foot why not step onto a paddleboard<br />

with a qualified Wild Paddle Berkshire instructor to<br />

enjoy the picturesque views from the water, setting off<br />

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If you’re feeling brave this year, why not step into the<br />

shoes of a Victorian sailor and climb the huge mainmast<br />

of Brunel’s SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain! Secure yourself in the harness<br />

provided before heading up the rigging to a viewing platform,<br />

26 metres from ground level. Challenge yourself even further by<br />

stepping out onto the main yard, 9 metres across from the ship<br />

below. Once you’re up there, be sure to take in the incredible views<br />

of Bristol’s harbour.<br />


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Run the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> in this non-stop 145 mile race<br />

takes you from London into the heart of Bristol. The<br />

race route follows easy to navigate canal, river and<br />

railway paths. Competitors receive comprehensive maps of the<br />

entire route which passes through some of the best of English<br />

countryside. On the way runners descend the magnificent Caen<br />

Hill flight of 29 locks, a drop of 237 feet in 2 miles, one of the<br />

Seven Wonders of the Waterways and well worth seeing.<br />

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SWING<br />



Make like a monkey at Go Ape where the Tree Top<br />

Adventure high ropes course runs for 704 metres<br />

(770yds) through the tall trees of Swinley Forest,<br />

reaching stomach-churning heights of up to 13 metres (42ft)<br />

above the forest floor. Strap on a harness (you can’t fall off) and<br />

test that head for heights as you cross gaps several metres wide on<br />

challenging crossings made up of swinging logs and rope bridges<br />

– you’ll even get to fly like Tarzan on a rope swing. Each stage<br />

ends with a zip wire – the longest is 160 metres (175yds) – and<br />

a massive smile. See if you can make it all the way to black, the<br />

most challenging stage of the course.<br />

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EVENTS 2023<br />

It’s a bumper year for Events in Malmesbury, so be sure to visit www.discovermalmesbury.life/events<br />

for details of these and even more events!<br />

April 7 to 9 - Easter at Malmesbury Abbey<br />

April 22 - St George’s Day celebration<br />

May 6 to 8 - King Charles III Coronation<br />

May 27 to 29 - St Aldhelm’s Fair<br />

July - Arts Festival (4 weekends)<br />

July - Malmesbury in Bloom<br />

27 to 30 July - WOMAD Festival<br />

August 6 - Carnival Open Gardens<br />

August 20 - Carnival Petticoat Lane<br />

August 28 - Carnival Music in the Cloisters<br />

September 2 - Carnival Procession<br />

September 23 & 24 - Flying Monk Arts Trail<br />

October 14 to 21 - Wessex Week<br />

December 1 - Late Night Xmas Shopping<br />

Plus walks, talks, family trails, art competitions, Abbey events, gallery exhibitions, craft fairs, markets, heritage days, cinema, wine tastings, cocktail<br />

masterclasses, Malmesbury Live Arts – www.malmesbury-live-arts.org.uk Stay in touch here www.discovermalmesbury.life/events<br />

For more information contact:<br />

hello@discovermalmesbury.life<br />

Malmesbury Town Council<br />

Charter 880ad<br />

@malmesburylife<br />

Step back in time with a traditional horse<br />

drawn boat trip or self-drive traditional narrow boat<br />

hire on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Berkshire<br />

Plus, new for 2023... Delightful Shepherds Hut!<br />

Sitting pretty on a 10-acre Berkshire field near<br />

Newbury, our Shepherds Hut offers cosy accommodation,<br />

beautifully kitted out with stylish furnishings and a<br />

wood burner to keep warm on cooler days




The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is bustling with activity this Spring and Summer, with<br />

some of the best sporting events on offer. From cricket to motor racing,<br />

rugby to athletics, mountain biking to rowing. And as well as all these<br />

special spectator experiences, there are plenty of opportunities to get<br />

active yourself too. Here are a few ideas to inspire your sporting break<br />

Football in England is not just a game but a national<br />

obsession. Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s hard not<br />

to get swept away by the atmosphere at a good match.<br />

See what all the fuss is about at a game in Bristol,<br />

which has multiple teams.<br />

Catch a nerve-racking game of scrums and tries watching<br />

Bath Rugby play at The Rec by the River Avon. The team’s<br />

been going strong for more than 150 years, making it one of<br />

the oldest teams in the world – and enjoy the 2023 Guinness<br />

Six Nations England matches at Twickenham Stadium.<br />

If you prefer your sport a little less boisterous, you could<br />

go and see the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, located<br />

in Bristol to the north of the City Centre. They are proud<br />

to be hosting both England Men and England Women's<br />

international matches at the Seat Unique Stadium in 2023!<br />

The Women’s Ashes Series (12 July 2023) is a highlyanticipated<br />

home Ashes series with England Women taking<br />

on Australia – two of the world's best teams going head-tohead.<br />

England Men return to the Seat Unique Stadium 26<br />

September 2023 to play Ireland. The mouth-watering fixture<br />

is part of a three-match series which represents the last<br />

chance for Jos Buttler's side to fine-tune their skills ahead of<br />

their ODI World Cup title defence in October 2023.<br />

You can also get ready for an action-packed match of<br />

stumps and boundaries at Lord's Cricket Ground, London.<br />

They will be hosting four international fixtures in 2023;<br />

Australia, Ireland and New Zealand will face England,<br />

including matches that form part of both the men’s and<br />

women’s Ashes Series.<br />

If you like high-octane sport, you can watch petrol heads<br />

tackle high-speed laps and time trials, as well as experience<br />

a white-knuckle passenger ride with a pro driver at the<br />

wheel at Castle Combe Circuit, incongruously located in<br />

‘the prettiest village in England’. Experience the thrill of<br />

the engine roar as professionals battle it out on the circuit<br />

throughout the 2023 race season. →<br />

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‘At the UIPM Modern Pentathlon and Laser Run World<br />

Championships not only do they compete in the five traditional<br />

events – fencing, swimming, equestrian showjumping, running<br />

and shooting – but there's a thrilling laser run finale.’<br />

Pick a date in the calendar such as May Day Madness (1 May<br />

2023), the Summer Spectacular Race Weekend (10-11 June<br />

2023) and Carnival Race Day (15 July 2023). It will be a day<br />

of exhilarating high-speed action!<br />

Athletics fans will be delighted to hear the University of<br />

Bath is hosting the 2023 UIPM Modern Pentathlon and Laser<br />

Run World Championships (a Paris 2024 Olympic qualifying<br />

event), between 21-29 August 2023. The UIPM Modern<br />

Pentathlon and Laser Run World Championships are the<br />

pinnacle of modern pentathlon competitions, showcasing<br />

the amazing athleticism and courage of participants<br />

from all over the world. Not only do they compete in the<br />

five traditional events – fencing, swimming, equestrian<br />

showjumping, running and shooting – but also in a thrilling<br />

laser run finale, where athletes battle it out on an obstacle<br />

course that combines elements of each sport into one<br />

exhilarating challenge. It's truly remarkable to witness these<br />

incredible athletes push themselves to their physical and<br />

mental limits as they strive for greatness! Spectators can<br />

expect to be taken on a captivating journey full of suspense<br />

and emotion as champions are crowned.<br />

Cyclists will love the annual Cotswolds 200 race taking<br />

place on 1st September 2023. Cheer participants on from the<br />

startline in Bath, or perhaps take part, joining them on the<br />

epic ride yourself. The route heads north into the stunning<br />

Cotswolds AONB, which as many mountain bikers know, is a<br />

wonderful area to ride – created with the purpose of linking<br />

the many fun descents this area offers. There are incredibly<br />

over twenty-five significant downhill sections on this route<br />

which of course means a lot of uphill too! The 200-mile<br />

route covers the full length of The Cotswolds area there and<br />

back. This isn’t a regular ‘there n back’ route, however – the<br />

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eturn leg is on an entirely different route, you have been<br />

warned! Riding through Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire,<br />

Worcestershire, Warwickshire and back again, the many<br />

highlights will include some of the best mountain biking<br />

trails found in England. Not only is the riding superb, but the<br />

views from The Cotswolds escarpment are also fantastic too<br />

– especially looking west across The Severn Valley towards<br />

The Black Mountains and The Malvern Hills.<br />

There’s also the UKCE Wiltshire Classic cycling event<br />

taking place on 18 March 2023. The route starts from<br />

Salisbury Racecourse in Wiltshire, and crisscrosses through<br />

the rolling countryside of Cranborne Chase AONB, an area<br />

rich in history, passing through numerous Saxon villages<br />

including Rockbourne, which is home to an Ancient Roman<br />

villa dating as far back as the Iron Age to the 5th century.<br />

There’s a strong horse riding heritage running through<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, and many tracks where you can watch<br />

races and put money on your favourite horses. Ascot is of<br />

course the most famous, hosting Royal Ascot on 22 June<br />

2023. There are many other racecourses in the region too,<br />

including those at Newbury, Windsor and Bath. And don’t<br />

miss Barbury International Horse Trials in July, set against the<br />

beautiful backdrop of the Marlborough Downs.<br />

Henley-on-Thames is world-renowned for Henley Royal<br />

Regatta, which takes place from 27 June-2 July.<br />

You’ll find various other rowing events throughout the<br />

year along the River Thames like Henley Women’s Regatta,<br />

Marley Regatta (now at Dorney Lake near Eton) and Marlow<br />

Town Regatta - a great one for kids with its family fun day,<br />

Dragon Boat Festival and dog show.<br />

If you’re inspired to have a go yourself, there are multiple<br />

companies along the touring route offering horse riding and<br />

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This <strong>Way</strong> for<br />

a Journey<br />

Through Time<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> weaves through<br />

the timeless county of Wiltshire.<br />

The Ancient Briton, Romans, Normans and<br />

Saxons have all left their mark.<br />

Now it’s time for you to follow in<br />

their footsteps.<br />

It’s Time for Wiltshire<br />


stopping for a nice cup of tea and a biscuit<br />

while you take in the scenery (see Salisbury<br />

Plain Safaris). Or for an unforgettable time<br />

on the water, have a gold, silver or bronze<br />

rowing session in Henley-on-Thames with<br />

Olympic rower Toby Garbett.<br />

For something a little different, be<br />

sure not to miss the World Shin-Kicking<br />

Championships, 2nd June 2023, at the<br />

Cotswold Olimpick Games in Chipping<br />

Campden, just a short detour off the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route. You might also like to<br />

sign-up yourself for an event, there’s the<br />

traditional King of the Hill games – this<br />

involves a series of challenges including<br />

jumping as far as possible from a standstill,<br />

Spurning the Barre (an old English version<br />

of the Scottish tossing the caber), Hammer<br />

Throw and Putting the Shot. There’s also Tug<br />

‘O War, a former Olympic sport, and back<br />

in 2023 after a few years’ absence running<br />

races.<br />

For sporting matches you won’t be able<br />

to experience live on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>,<br />

including the 2023 Women’s FIFA World<br />

Cup (taking place 20 July to 20 August<br />

2023 in Australia & New Zealand), head to<br />

Clifton sports bar Racks, a favourite Bristol<br />

hangout for watching live sport – or soak up<br />

the atmosphere at the Ashton Gate Stadium<br />

Sports Bar – the biggest indoor pub screen<br />

in the UK!<br />

Did you know?<br />

In 1971, Mollie<br />

Gerrard became<br />

the first woman<br />

president of Bath<br />

Rugby, and indeed<br />

any rugby club<br />

There are plans for a<br />

new Rugby stadium<br />

in Bath, with an<br />

exceptional design<br />

due to be completed<br />

by 2025<br />

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TOP 10 DAYS OUT<br />


There’s plenty of choice along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> for family<br />

days out, from splish-splashy water parks to wonderfully wild<br />

safari parks. Here’s a look at some of the best attractions for some<br />

unforgettable family fun

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At Longleat, a little south of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, you can take your little<br />

lions on a wild drive through a safari<br />

park. From the madness of the monkey drivethrough<br />

to the awe-inspiring sight of real-life<br />

rhinos in the Big Game Park – it’s sure to be a<br />

lasting memory. Buckle them in to see their<br />

faces light up over those enigmatic macaques,<br />

who aren’t shy, so make sure you wind up the<br />

windows – unless you want an extra cheeky<br />

monkey in the backseat. Elsewhere there<br />

are lions, tigers, a pack of wolves, zebras,<br />

ostriches and much more. For those that<br />

want to get hands-on with the animals, there<br />

are various feeding opportunities – extend a<br />

branch off the pier for the giraffe, hand-feed<br />

deer from your car window, throw fish to the<br />

sea lions from the boat on the lake, hold cups<br />

of nectar for rainbow lorikeets. Cute!<br />


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A castle always goes down well<br />

with children excited to explore the<br />

turrets and to look out at the view,<br />

feeling like a king or queen. Windsor Castle<br />

is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in<br />

the world. It has been the family home of<br />

British royalty for almost 1,000 years. Visit<br />

the magnificent State Apartments and St<br />

George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful<br />

ecclesiastical buildings in England. The<br />

Castle's State Apartments are furnished with<br />

some of the greatest works from the Royal<br />

Collection including paintings by Holbein,<br />

Rubens and Van Dyck.<br />

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Step on board an<br />

extraordinary iconic<br />

steamship – Brunel’s SS <strong>Great</strong><br />

Britain is the world’s first great<br />

ocean liner, and the brainchild<br />

of the most famous honorary<br />

Bristolian, Isambard Kingdom<br />

Brunel. Rescued from rust<br />

and wreckage in 1970, and<br />

since lovingly restored to her<br />

Victorian hey-day, a visit to the<br />

ss <strong>Great</strong> Britain allows you to<br />

step back in time and explore<br />

true stories from the opulent<br />

First-Class to the cramped and<br />

quarrelsome Steerage.<br />

Each kitchen and cabin, dining<br />

room and doctor’s surgery<br />

emanates authentic sounds and<br />

smells which bring the ship and<br />

its history to life.<br />

You can even step<br />

‘underwater’ for a unique and<br />

magnificent view of the ship<br />

below the beautiful glass sea.<br />

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Of all the wow-worthy family<br />

attractions, there are a few big<br />

ones you should be aware of,<br />

and Legoland is one of them. The<br />

colourful block-built land dreams are made<br />

of. This is probably one all kids everywhere<br />

will enjoy. In fact, it may well bring back<br />

happy memories for adults, too. You can<br />

visit just for the day to explore the amazing<br />

attractions, from Miniland – a lego replica of<br />

the world – to a Lego reef where you can build<br />

your own digital fish. There are some great<br />

rides sure to ramp up excitement too, like<br />

the Pirate Falls Treasure Quest, the Spinning<br />

Spider and the Vikings’ River Splash. You<br />

can also stay overnight in one of the resort’s<br />

fantastical hotels – check out The Castle with<br />

its fairytale-themed rooms.<br />

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Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife<br />

Park is full of farmyard favourites<br />

including a zoo, children's playground, mini<br />

train and go-karts. Make your visit extra<br />

special with a VIP Animal Encounter and<br />

watch the delight on your little ones' faces<br />

as they get up close with the meerkats and<br />

ponies. The Raptor encounter is a ‘roarsome’<br />

experience for any velociraptor fan! Plus don’t<br />

miss their end-of-season family water fight!<br />

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For an unforgettable horticultural<br />

experience, make a beeline for Kew<br />

Gardens. For a quick and easy way<br />

to see the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site<br />

and save the children’s legs, hop aboard the<br />

Kew Explorer Land Train, which will whizz you<br />

around the main sites in around 40 minutes.<br />

Current highlights of any tour include the<br />

Palm House, built with a rainforest climate<br />

to nurture the plant life brought back by<br />

Victorian botanists; The Hive, an immersive<br />

experience that echoes the life going on<br />

inside a real beehive; and The Princess of<br />

Wales Conservatory, which is packed with<br />

all sorts of prickly curiosities from cacti to<br />

carnivorous plants.<br />

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Kids will love a day<br />

out at Hampton Court Palace<br />

during their five-day joust in<br />

the gardens which takes places<br />

between the 2-6 August 2023.<br />

Hampton Court Palace is one of<br />

Britain’s most famous buildings,<br />

and a surviving Tudor treasure<br />

that was at the centre of court<br />

and political life for over two<br />

hundred years. Built to house<br />

monarchs, their courtiers and an<br />

army of servants, and designed<br />

to impress powerful visitors,<br />

this vast complex of buildings<br />

contains over a thousand rooms<br />

and is set within many acres of<br />

stunning gardens and parkland.<br />

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The term ‘water park’ doesn’t convey<br />

the magnitude of this place, a short<br />

detour from the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> –<br />

it’s a complete holiday destination<br />

with lots of lovely lakeside accommodation<br />

ranging from camping to swish self-catering<br />

villas. The park encompasses a whopping<br />

150 lakes – and there’s even a beach, not<br />

quite what you’d expect in the Cotswolds<br />

countryside! There’s plenty to keep kids and<br />

grown-ups busy including archery, fishing,<br />

golf, horse riding, kayaking, wakeboarding,<br />

bird watching and lovely off road cycle<br />

routes. In fact, National Cycle Route 45 going<br />

right through the Cotswold Water Park, on its<br />

way from Salisbury to Cirencester. And when<br />

you’re not picnicking on cheese and pickle<br />

sandwiches by one of the lakes, there are<br />

family-friendly places to eat and drink.<br />

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Just north of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, <strong>West</strong>onbirt<br />

is well set up for young naturalists. The nice<br />

clear paths and Treetop Walkway make<br />

arboretum adventures easy, whatever the<br />

season and there are 15,000 different species of trees<br />

from around the globe. Keep an eye out for special<br />

events and activities, too. Spring and summer are<br />

natural highlights, with a confetti of pink blossoms<br />

bound to put a bounce in your tiny tot’s steps.<br />

Did you know...<br />

There is access to all<br />

on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> with accessible<br />

accommodation and<br />

accessible things to<br />

do along the route.<br />

Click here to find<br />

out more<br />

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Visit Janu the elephant and over<br />

100 species of big zoo animals,<br />

including giraffe, lions, rhinos,<br />

tigers and spectacled bears at this familyowned<br />

zoo set on a working farm in 100 acres<br />

of beautiful, peaceful countryside. Founded by<br />

Anthony and Christina Bush, who have lived<br />

and worked here together as dairy farmers<br />

since 1962 when the original Moat House<br />

Farm was part of the Tyntesfield Estate. Get<br />

hands-on with giant tortoises, bottle-feeding<br />

lambs and up close to the farm animals and<br />

exotic animals, including llamas, camels<br />

and wallabies. The children will also love the<br />

tractor rides and playing in the hay barn!<br />

Click here to book experiences!<br />

Now is the perfect time to plan<br />

your escape through real England on an<br />

adventure along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>...<br />

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Against the backdrop<br />

of a renowned collection<br />

experience critically acclaimed<br />

exhibitions of historical and<br />

contemporary art, lectures,<br />

concerts, workshops and<br />

events or indulge in our<br />

Garden Café.<br />

DON’T MISS<br />

Alberta Whittle: Dipping below a waxing<br />

moon, the dance claims us for release<br />

Until 8 May 2023<br />

Painted Love: Renaissance Marriage Portraits<br />

26 May to 1 October 2023<br />

Michael Simpson: Drawing towards Painting<br />

6 May to 17 September 2023<br />

Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery<br />

14 July 2023 George to 7 Shaw January 2024<br />

A Corner of a Foreign Field<br />

‘Without Hands’ The Art of Sarah Biffin<br />

Édouard Vuillard<br />

29 September 2023 to 14 January 2024<br />

The Poetry of the Everyday<br />

Gwen John:<br />

Lauren<br />

Art<br />

Child<br />

and Life in London and Paris<br />

27 October The 2023 Art of to Illustration 14 April 2024<br />

2019 HIGHLIGHTS<br />

Against Rembrandt<br />

the backdrop of a renowned collection<br />

experience A Life critically in Print acclaimed exhibitions<br />

of historical Henri and Matisse contemporary art, lectures,<br />

concerts, Master workshops of Line and events or indulge in<br />

our Garden Café<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney Pulteney Street, Street, Bath Bath BA2 BA2 4DB 4DB<br />

www.holburne.org<br />

Experience the new<br />

menus by Executive Chef<br />

Ricki <strong>West</strong>on and his team<br />

Bursting with flavour. Choose either the<br />

Michelin-starred restaurant ‘The Dining Room’,<br />

or Grey’s Brasserie.<br />

Enjoy a one-night break with dinner in<br />

Grey’s Brasserie from £449.<br />

Or the Michelin star experience with<br />

dinner in The Dining Room from £784.<br />

Book online whatleymanor.com<br />

or call reservations on 01666 822 888<br />

Escape to the Cotswolds this Summer<br />

Food bursts with flavour. Choose either the Michelin starred restaurant ‘The Dining Room’, or for a more relaxed experience<br />

Grey’s Brasserie. Unwind in Aquarias Spa, and take a leisurely stroll around the 12 acres of English country gardens.<br />

Whatley Manor welcomes children from the age of 12 and is dog friendly.<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa Easton Grey Malmesbury SN16 0RB<br />


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Don't miss out on the incredible music festivals kicking off on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> this summer. From dance fests like Glastonbury and<br />

Boomtown to groovy jazz at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and folk legends<br />

at End of the Road, you won't want to miss these festival gems...<br />

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APRIL 2023<br />



15 APRIL 2023<br />

Following the success of the<br />

last two years the Swindon<br />

Jazz & Soul Festival is back<br />

for its third consecutive<br />

performance in 2023 - and<br />

it is an absolute mustvisit<br />

for anyone who loves<br />

to get their groove on! It<br />

offers a tremendous variety<br />

of musical performances<br />

and, the lineup changes<br />

every year, so there's<br />

always something new to<br />

discover. Be sure to mark<br />

your calendar now – with<br />

last year’s acts featuring<br />

British Jazz award winners,<br />

and established soul<br />

acts. Headliners included<br />

international swing kings<br />

from Ray Gelato and the<br />

Giants, to The Soul Strutters<br />

and Jonny Henderson.<br />




28-30 APRIL 2023<br />

For nearly 50 years, Bristol<br />

Folk Festival has been<br />

enlivening this picturesque<br />

city with its vibrant beats<br />

and diverse sounds from<br />

around the world. From<br />

melodic folk tunes to<br />

rowdy bluegrass, there’s<br />

an exceptional line-up for<br />

2023 that includes Lady<br />

Maisery, The Eliza Carthy<br />

Trio, Fay Hield, Angeline<br />

Morrison and Nick Hart. The<br />

opening night is on Friday<br />

at Bristol Cathedral, College<br />

Green, while St George’s,<br />

Bristol forms the heart of<br />

the festival over the rest<br />

of the weekend, with the<br />

nearby Bristol Folk House<br />

hosting dance sessions and<br />

upbeat sets. Keep your eyes<br />

peeled for dance, singrounds,<br />

sessions and live<br />

interviews.<br />




26 APRIL-1 MAY 2023<br />

Within easy reach of the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> you<br />

can enjoy 6 days of live<br />

music from international<br />

stars at the Cheltenham<br />

Jazz Festival, one of the<br />

country’s best-loved jazz<br />

festivals!<br />

Featuring a bevvy of<br />

talented jazz musicians,<br />

the Cheltenham Jazz<br />

Festival 2023 is sure to be<br />

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an exhilarating experience<br />

with boisterous bluesy<br />

improvisations to sultry<br />

swing sounds. Adding to the<br />

auditory stimulation, visuals<br />

and theatricals abound<br />

with stylishly dressed<br />

performers, stunning light<br />

displays and captivating<br />

dance numbers.<br />

MAY 2023<br />



CITY<br />

12-21 MAY 2023<br />

Bath Festival is one of<br />

the most renowned<br />

music festivals in the<br />

country, with a storied<br />

history and an unbeatable<br />

atmosphere. From rock<br />

to pop to classical, Bath<br />

Festival ensures an array<br />

of music and celebrates<br />

books too - whether you're<br />

an aficionado, bookworm<br />

or simply looking to<br />

experience some great<br />

tunes. You'll be able to<br />

witness amazing live<br />

performances in unique<br />

venues like hot air balloons,<br />

historic Georgian mansions,<br />

and open-air events under<br />

the stars.<br />




26-28 MAY 2023<br />

Set in the beautiful<br />

Cotswolds, a short detour<br />

from the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

route, this multi-day<br />

event is an unforgettable<br />

experience and a must-see<br />

for any music lover. From<br />

live acts ranging from folk<br />

to rock, there's something<br />

to suit everyone’s taste.<br />

The atmosphere is lively yet<br />

welcoming, with delicious<br />

food and drinks available<br />

to enjoy while soaking up<br />

the melodious sounds.<br />

Venture into the beautiful<br />

surrounding countryside<br />

and explore serene riverside<br />

paths - blissful tranquillity<br />

perfect for soaking up<br />

some much-needed<br />

downtime. Then end<br />

your day with a party<br />

under starlit skies; with<br />

such prodigal panache,<br />

it promises to be one<br />

heckuva razzle-dazzle<br />

weekend!<br />

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CITY<br />

27 MAY 2023<br />

Dot to Dot has been<br />

known to bring<br />

the hottest new<br />

emerging artists to the<br />

spotlight, previously<br />

spotting the talents<br />

of The xx, Ed Sheeran<br />

and Florence + The<br />

Machine. The lineup<br />

for 2023 includes<br />

Yard Act, Alvvays, Beka,<br />

Cryalot, Finn Foxell, High<br />

Vis, Kofi Stone, Opus Kink,<br />

and Yunè Pinku - and if<br />

you’ve not heard of them<br />

yet, the chances are they<br />

will go on to be famous<br />

around the globe. See them<br />

first at this award-winning,<br />

metropolitan festival.<br />




27-28 MAY 2023<br />

Championing local acts as<br />

well as attracting worldclass<br />

artists, Love Saves<br />

the Day is back in May.<br />

Acts are to be announced,<br />

but previous years have<br />

seen the likes of Chase and<br />

Status, Bicep and Kurupt FM<br />

take to its stages.<br />




26-29 MAY 2023<br />

2023 marks 50 years of<br />

the amazing Chippenham<br />

Folk Festival – a community<br />

celebration of folk music,<br />

song, dance and arts. From<br />

local talent to renowned<br />

artists, this vibrant music<br />

event provides a feast<br />

for every musical palate,<br />

whether that’s traditional<br />

folk or cutting-edge<br />

contemporary sounds.<br />

And with its inclusive<br />

atmosphere and charmingly<br />

bucolic surroundings,<br />

visitors often feel as though<br />

they've stepped into<br />

another world – one filled<br />

with artistry, conviviality<br />

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JUNE 2023<br />





8-11 JUNE 2023<br />

Held in beautiful forest<br />

locations, Forest Live is a<br />

major live music series of<br />

summer concerts across the<br />

country. At <strong>West</strong>onbirt you<br />

have everything required for<br />

a great night out, a relaxed<br />

atmosphere, spectacular<br />

backdrops and great music<br />

from artists including Jack<br />

Savoretti and Tom Grennan.<br />



16-18 JUNE 2023<br />

Bath's Royal Victoria Park<br />

is the perfect setting<br />

for Pub in the Park, an<br />

unforgettable musical<br />

extravaganza where you<br />

can enjoy toe-tapping tunes<br />

against an idyllic backdrop<br />

of stunning scenery. With<br />

a plethora of top-notch<br />

acts gracing the stage<br />

and delectable food from<br />

some of the UK's leading<br />

chefs, the atmosphere will<br />

be electric with vendors<br />

hawking their wares and<br />

families picnicking on the<br />

grassy knolls. Its vibrant<br />

energy is palpable and<br />

captivating. Witness<br />

up-and-coming talent or<br />

throwback classics from<br />

renowned artists – it’s truly<br />

an idyllic way to spend an<br />

afternoon.<br />



21-25 JUNE 2023<br />

It is set to be as special<br />

as ever this year with<br />

Elton John headlining,<br />

for what will be the final<br />

UK show of his last-ever<br />

tour. The Glastonbury<br />

Festival is renowned for<br />

its kaleidoscope of vibrant<br />

music, art and cultural<br />

experiences. From the<br />

thundering basslines of<br />

the Pyramid Stage to<br />

the eclectic array of acts<br />

performing at Shangri-<br />

La, every year presents a<br />

bewitching atmosphere.<br />

But it's not just the music<br />

and performances that<br />

make this event so alluring<br />

– there's also a palpable<br />

camaraderie between<br />

attendees that can't be<br />

replicated anywhere else.<br />

People come from near<br />

and far to revel in this<br />

ephemeral escapade,<br />

forming lasting friendships<br />

with those they share<br />

their experiences with. To<br />

immerse yourself in the<br />

captivating spectacle of<br />

Glastonbury is truly an<br />

incomparable experience.<br />



21-25 JUNE 2023<br />

Another iconic set of dates<br />

for Bristol live music, set<br />

on the Harbourside is<br />

Bristol Sounds in June.<br />

Jacob Collier, James, and<br />

The Levellers have been<br />

announced so far, with<br />

more hotly anticipated acts<br />

to be confirmed soon.<br />



30 JUNE - 1 JULY 2023<br />

Music lovers rejoice!<br />

WrdeUppers will be able<br />

to “Rock the Rec” again<br />

in their own unique style<br />

in 2023. Kicking off on<br />

Friday evening as a warmup<br />

before the one-day<br />

festival with music and<br />

entertainment. With bands<br />

playing across multiple<br />

stages throughout the day,<br />

festivalgoers will be able<br />

to hear a mix of sounds.<br />

For those who prefer more<br />

than just music, there'll also<br />

be plenty of activities and<br />

entertainment happening<br />

at WrdeUp; from face<br />

painting to impromptu<br />

performances. There's even<br />

a special kids' area where<br />

younger guests can have<br />

their own little slice of<br />

festival heaven.<br />

JULY 2023<br />



8-15 JULY 2023<br />

Cheltenham Music Festival<br />

brings eight days of<br />

performances and events by<br />

leading international artists,<br />

new talent and innovators.<br />

Celebrating the very best<br />

contemporary composition<br />

alongside a feast of popular<br />

classics. Celebrated since<br />

its inception in 1945 for<br />

championing new music,<br />

Cheltenham Music Festival<br />

is all about high-calibre<br />

performances, magnificent<br />

venues and a huge variety<br />

of music – from symphonic<br />

grandeur to the intimacy of<br />

chamber music, and from<br />

sublime choral experiences<br />

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to brand new musical<br />

adventures. With excursions<br />

into world music, film,<br />

dance, the visual arts and<br />

the spoken word, it’s a<br />

musically-centred cultural<br />

banquet that has few equals<br />

in the UK.<br />




15-16 JULY 2023<br />

A distinctive and<br />

unmissable spectacle, the<br />

Bristol Harbour Festival<br />

is a renowned event in<br />

the cultural calendar of<br />

Britain's beautiful port city.<br />

Taking place annually since<br />

1971, this music festival<br />

brings together thrilling<br />

performances from around<br />

the world against the<br />

stunning backdrop of the<br />

historic harbour. From live<br />

bands to DJs and buskers on<br />

every corner, expect reggae,<br />

jazz, hip-hop, folk, rock and<br />

electronic. It's easy to see<br />

why the Bristol Harbour<br />

Festival has become such<br />

a beloved tradition for<br />

locals and tourists alike,<br />

aside from musical acts,<br />

the festival also features<br />

theatrical shows, street art<br />

installations, interactive<br />

activities and educational<br />

talks from renowned<br />

speakers. What makes<br />

the experience even more<br />

special is the inclusive<br />

atmosphere created by its<br />

organisers. All visitors are<br />

encouraged to get involved,<br />

with many donning<br />

traditional costumes to<br />

celebrate their culture<br />

alongside others.<br />



27-30 JULY 2023<br />

WOMAD is a cacophony of<br />

music, art, and culture that<br />

makes for an unforgettable<br />

experience. Every year<br />

the festival invites locals<br />

and visitors from around<br />

the world to indulge in<br />

its unique blend of artists<br />

and genres - from reggae<br />

and folk, to drum and bass<br />

and hip hop. Alongside<br />

live performances, there<br />

are workshops and familyfriendly<br />

activities too.<br />

You'll hear stories being<br />

told, rhythms resounding,<br />

melodies meandering, and<br />

beats bouncing off each<br />

other. Get ready to explore<br />

new cultures, be inspired<br />

by creative expression,<br />

and have your taste buds<br />

tantalised by delicious food.<br />

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JULY 2023 DATES YET TO<br />


Celebrating its 6th<br />

anniversary this Summer<br />

this new festival takes<br />

place by the banks<br />

of the River Thames<br />

in Christchurch<br />

Meadows. This<br />

vibrant event has<br />

been a mainstay<br />

of the local<br />

community and<br />

is showing no<br />

signs of slowing<br />

down! From<br />

obscure local acts<br />

to internationally<br />

renowned headliners,<br />

the lineup always<br />

offers something fresh<br />

and exciting. The venue<br />

itself is top notch too;<br />

sprawling grounds with<br />

plenty of shade provide a<br />

pleasant setting for all day<br />

dancing and merriment.<br />

Even when the sun isn't<br />

shining, the undying<br />

energy of the crowd keeps<br />

things pumping until late<br />

into the night. Previously<br />

featuring stars and charttoppers<br />

including The Orb,<br />

Sleeper, Audio Bullys and<br />

Cassetteboy.<br />



DORSET<br />

JULY 2023 DATES YET TO<br />


Larmer Tree Festival is an<br />

annual music extravaganza<br />

held in the rolling hills of<br />

Dorset, just a short detour<br />

from the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

It's a unique experience,<br />

combining diverse musical<br />

genres, delicious food<br />

and drink and plenty of<br />

activities for adults and<br />

children alike. There is a<br />

vibrant atmosphere with<br />

folk singers to DJs playing<br />

eclectic beats, there's<br />

something for everyone<br />

to enjoy. The main arena<br />

features headliners that<br />

attract crowds from all<br />

around, while smaller stages<br />

showcase up-and-coming<br />

artists with local and<br />

international flavour. What<br />

really sets Larmer Tree apart<br />

is its combination of artistry<br />

and entertainment; it has<br />

a variety of quirky stalls<br />

selling handmade crafts,<br />

street performers capturing<br />

attention, colourful parades<br />

and interactive workshops -<br />

it’s a utopia of both culture<br />

and fun!<br />

AUGUST 2023<br />




3-6 AUGUST 2023<br />

Not far from the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, the Wilderness<br />

Festival is a magical event<br />

held in the Oxfordshire<br />

countryside every summer.<br />

It's an oasis of eclectic<br />

music, inspired talks and<br />

discussions, luxurious feasts<br />

and activities for all ages.<br />

From enlightening panel<br />

debates to lively disco<br />

dances, there's something<br />

unique and captivating<br />

around every corner. With<br />

its diverse lineup of acts<br />

and attractions, Wilderness<br />

Festival offers something<br />

truly special – it feels like<br />

being lost in a land of<br />

enchantment. In the 2023<br />

line-up, you can get excited<br />

to see world-class acts<br />

including The Chemical<br />

Brothers, Fat Boy Slim and<br />

Sugarbabes.<br />





9-13 AUGUST<br />

A short stretch from<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>,<br />

Boomtown 2023, is set to<br />

be an electrifying music<br />

festival that will bring<br />

together some of the best<br />

musicians from around the<br />

world. With a diverse range<br />

of genres from punk to jazz<br />

and renowned artists like<br />

Cardi B and The Strokes, it's<br />

sure to please any music<br />

fan. For those who want<br />

to experience something<br />

truly unique, there'll be<br />

immersive performances<br />

and interactive activities in<br />

the Boomtronix area - this<br />

year's most cutting-edge<br />

spot for electronic music.<br />

And if you're looking to<br />

take a break from the<br />

action, look no further than<br />

the campgrounds where<br />

attendees can relax by fire<br />

pits or catch up on their<br />

favourite podcasts while<br />

exploring nearby trails.<br />

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THAMES<br />

18-20 AUGUST 2023<br />

Rewind Festival Henley-on-<br />

Thames is the perfect place<br />

to revel in nostalgia and<br />

recapture those glorious<br />

sounds of the 80s and<br />

beyond. From petulant<br />

pop classics to new-wave<br />

anthems, this annual event<br />

provides a melodious oasis<br />

for those seeking musical<br />

euphoria. There are plenty<br />

of awesomely iconic acts<br />

- including Boy George &<br />

Culture Club, Bananarama<br />

and Duran Duran. It's the<br />

perfect opportunity to don<br />

your brightest neon, party<br />

like it's 1985, and relive<br />

those special memories of<br />

a bygone era. The eclectic<br />

lineup features over forty<br />

artists performing across<br />

four stages, plus, every<br />

day starts off with an<br />

invigorating yoga session so<br />

you can get limber before<br />

grooving along to the sweet<br />

sounds of synthpop. Step<br />

into the time machine and<br />

prepare yourself for the<br />

ultimate nostalgia trip.<br />






2023<br />

Larmer Tree Gardens is<br />

the perfect place for an<br />

epic End of the World<br />

Festival! Nothing quite<br />

compares to a day spent<br />

enjoying amazing music<br />

and performances in<br />

this stunningly beautiful<br />

location. With its lush<br />

trees, rolling hills, and<br />

idyllic views, Larmer Tree<br />

Gardens offers visitors a<br />

unique experience that's<br />

sure to be remembered.<br />

The festival features top<br />

musical acts from around<br />

the world, and you'll<br />

definitely find something<br />

to please everyone's taste.<br />

From up-and-coming indie<br />

bands to household names,<br />

the lineup has something<br />

for everyone. Plus, with<br />

plenty of food stands and<br />

craft beer gardens, it's<br />

easy to have a great time<br />

all day long. This festival<br />

also includes plenty of<br />

activities like workshops,<br />

interactive experiences,<br />

art installations and more.<br />

So you can discover new<br />

things while having lots of<br />

fun! There's even a special<br />

area devoted to kids, so<br />

they won't miss out on the<br />

festivities either.<br />

SEPTEMBER 2023<br />





After its hugely successful<br />

inaugural event in 2022<br />

on Clifton Downs (with<br />

acts such as Little Simz,<br />

Self Esteem, Chemical<br />

Brothers and Charlie XCX)<br />

FORWARDS festival is<br />

returning in 2023 to bring<br />

together music, social<br />

action initiatives, discussion<br />

and debate to inspire<br />

positive change.<br />

OCTOBER 2023<br />



OCTOBER 2023 DATES<br />


Calne Music and Arts<br />

Festival (CMAF) is a<br />

community celebration of<br />

music and the arts, which<br />

takes place during a ten-day<br />

period at the beginning<br />

of October each year. The<br />

Festival aims not only to<br />

provide entertainment<br />

for the people of Calne<br />

and surrounding villages<br />

but also to promote<br />

local musical and artistic<br />

talent. The Festival was<br />

inaugurated in 1974 and has<br />

grown substantially over<br />

the years, showcasing some<br />

exceptional talent, whilst<br />

reaching a wide crosssection<br />

of the community.<br />

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Arts and Events<br />

Cultural Calendar<br />

As well as its natural scenery, cultural scene and lovely locals, the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is known for its many festivals and events<br />


10<br />

APRIL<br />

Howard’s Day at Castle Combe<br />

Easter Monday is the traditional start<br />

to the motor racing season at Castle<br />

Combe circuit, marked by this race<br />

25 March 2023 – 13<br />

August 2023<br />

After Impressionism:<br />

Inventing Modern Art,<br />

National Gallery, London<br />

Spring’s art season<br />

explodes with this<br />

colour-drenched modern<br />

art show. Spanning 1884<br />

to 1914, there's iconic<br />

works by Cézanne, Van<br />

Gogh and other French<br />

masters alongside equally<br />

avant garde paintings by<br />

artists from Barcelona<br />

to Berlin<br />

15-16<br />

APRIL<br />

Newbury Garden Show,<br />

Newbury Showground<br />

Celebrate the very best of<br />

gardening home and lifestyle<br />

7-10<br />

APRIL<br />

The Devizes to <strong>West</strong>minster Canoe Race<br />

The world’s longest non-stop canoe<br />

race, 125 miles, following the Kennet<br />

& Avon Canal and The Thames<br />

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MAY<br />

11-14<br />

MAY<br />

Royal Windsor Horse Show,<br />

Windsor, Berkshire<br />

Join the royal razzamatazz<br />

at the Royal Windsor Horse<br />

Show, where royals attend<br />

and compete. Watch show<br />

jumping and don’t miss<br />

the military spectaculars<br />

as the Household Cavalry<br />

performs to music<br />

27-29<br />

MAY<br />

Blenheim Palace Food<br />

Festival<br />

A gastronomic<br />

weekend guaranteed<br />

to satisfy your taste<br />

buds and indulge<br />

your passion for great<br />

food and drink with a<br />

host of top chefs and<br />

producers<br />

28-29<br />

MAY<br />

Highclere Country Show<br />

For some half-term fun<br />

head to the estate better<br />

known as Downton<br />

Abbey. Highclere Castle<br />

hosts one of England’s<br />

best country shows, The<br />

Highclere Show, with<br />

falconry, gundog displays<br />

and the chance to have a<br />

go at clay shooting<br />

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15-16<br />

JULY<br />

Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol<br />

The Bristol Harbour Festival, the city’s<br />

prime, maritime event attracting around<br />

250,000 visitors each year, returns in<br />

July 2023 with its popular mix of attractions.<br />

There's a world-class circus and<br />

on-water activities, music, family<br />

entertainment, food stalls and of course,<br />

the many ships which come into the<br />

harbour for the event<br />

20-24 JUNE<br />

Royal Ascot, Berkshire<br />

Arguably England’s most famous – and<br />

grandest – horse racing event, with four<br />

days of races each kicked off by a royal<br />

carriage parade. Revered across the<br />

globe, Royal Ascot plays host to the<br />

finest horse racing, spectacular fashion<br />

and delicious food and drink. Steeped in<br />

elegance, the atmosphere found across<br />

the Royal Meeting's five-days creates the<br />

perfect canvas for a drama that cannot<br />

be written<br />

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JULY 8Bath Carnival, Bath<br />

Bath’s biggest party<br />

features a procession<br />

of more than 1,000<br />

dancers and musicians<br />

through the city plus<br />

plenty of world music<br />

on the sound systems<br />

and at Party in the Park<br />

in Sydney Gardens<br />

JUNE<br />

Malmesbury in Bloom<br />

There's a competition as<br />

floral displays enhance<br />

the beautiful town of<br />

Malmesbury<br />

27<br />

JUNE<br />

UNTIL 2 JULY<br />

Henley Royal Regatta, Henley<br />

Established in 1839, this annual<br />

regatta attracts rowing crews<br />

from around the world<br />

2-11<br />

JUNE<br />

North Wessex Downs Walking Festival<br />

A celebration of the stunning<br />

landscapes, gorgeous scenery and<br />

top-class walking country AONB<br />

8-17 June<br />

Hampton Court Palace<br />

Festival<br />

Two weeks of top artists<br />

including Grace Jones,<br />

Kaiser Chiefs, Björn Again<br />

and Rick Astley<br />

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■ A small, friendly museum just off the A4 in Calne<br />

■ 100+ exhibits – many are vehicles from the 1920s onwards<br />

■ Apr-Oct (Tues-Sun11-5) Nov, Feb-March (Thurs-Sun 11-4) Dec-Jan (closed)<br />

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Chauffeur driven tours with a Blue Badge Guide<br />





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Arts and Events Cultural Calendar<br />


JULY<br />

1Battle Proms Picnic<br />

Concert<br />

The Battle Proms is a<br />

quintessentially British<br />

open-air picnic concert:<br />

the perfect opportunity<br />

to celebrate the summer<br />

in style, in a stunning<br />

setting at Blenheim<br />

Palace!<br />

11-12<br />

AUGUST<br />

Highworth Art & Literature Festival<br />

Talks and workshops by authors<br />

such as Jasper Fforde, fringe events<br />

and an art exhibition<br />

27<br />

AUGUST<br />

The Joust! Berkeley Castle<br />

Knights and horses combine for<br />

medieval Jousting displays, filled with<br />

sword swinging, gut punching thrills<br />

11-13 August<br />

Bristol International<br />

Balloon Fiesta, Bristol<br />

The jam-packed fiesta<br />

returns with over 100 hot<br />

air balloons, live music,<br />

food and activities in the<br />

grounds of the Ashton<br />

Court Estate<br />

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<strong>Way</strong>s to travel the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

It’s fun to travel under your own steam. Welcome to a journey<br />

through time – an adventure across England by car, rail, boat, foot, bike<br />

or a combination of all. Start planning your journey of discovery here...<br />

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Hiring a bike and cycling along the canal, countryside<br />

paths and trails, taking a walk through picturesque<br />

villages and visiting our three Areas of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty and three UNESCO World Heritage<br />

sites by foot is a beautifully scenic experience.<br />

Whether you’re up for a lengthy hike in the<br />

Cotswolds, a cycle ride racing down the 13.7km (8.5<br />

miles) steeply twisting Swinley Red trail with its<br />

berms, drops and white-knuckle descents, or just<br />

fancy a potter around some village antique shops,<br />

walking and cycling is a wonderful way to explore.<br />

You can cycle the entire length of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> via National Cycle Route 4, which links up<br />

regional cycle routes such as the Thames Valley Cycle<br />

Route and the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route.<br />

The National Trails website gives details of longdistance<br />

walking trails along the route: The Cotswold<br />

<strong>Way</strong>, The Ridgeway and the Thames Path.<br />

Go to Sustrans for more (shorter) cycle routes on the<br />

National Cycle Network, in and around the touring<br />

route. There are also some excellent routes along the<br />

Wiltshire Cycleway, including a picturesque 15.3k<br />

between Corsham and Bradford on Avon.<br />

Be sure to read the Information Points page to find<br />

out where to pick up local maps and walking trails.<br />

Plus, download our <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> map before you<br />

set off.<br />

Did you know? Bristol was officially Britain’s first<br />

cycling city. Join the locals with a ride on a<br />

pay-as-you-go YoBike, hire a tandem or go on a<br />

Cycle the City tour of Bristol's best landmarks.<br />


The Kennet & Avon Canal is a wonderful way to<br />

travel along part of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. This ribbon<br />

of beauty and history stretches between Reading and<br />

Bristol and is looked after by the Canal & River Trust.<br />

Slow down and enjoy all 87 miles of the Kennet<br />

& Avon Canal as part of your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

adventure, using our Kennet & Avon Canal map.<br />

Hire a boat or hop on a barge tour for the ultimate<br />

experience in slow travel. Multiple companies<br />

operate along the River Thames and the Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal. Visit Thames and The Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal Trust are useful places to start.<br />

You can canoe, kayak or book one of the numerous<br />

boat trips. Passing through countryside, market<br />

towns and picturesque villages, the canal offers an<br />

abundance of natural beauty, fascinating wildlife,<br />

outstanding canal structures, fabulous vistas and<br />

heritage galore. The lazy pop pop pop of the engine<br />

while you travel slowly through attractive towns like<br />

Hungerford, quaint villages such as Wootton Rivers<br />

and architectural masterpieces like Bath.<br />

Of course, the famous Caen Hill Lock Flight in<br />

Devizes is a real wow – look up from the bottom of<br />

the 16 locks that form the main ‘staircase’ – now<br />

that’s one way to get boats to travel uphill.<br />

Take a look at our Marina page for hire boats and<br />

boat tours and find details of river transport options<br />

in the capital on the Transport for London website.<br />

Did you know? Queen Elizabeth II reopened the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal in 1990 after a passionate<br />

band of volunteers gave it an impressive revamp.<br />

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BY CAR<br />

A road trip adventure along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

allows you to linger as long as you want in each<br />

destination, and even venture off on a complete<br />

tangent if the mood takes you – take a look at our<br />

suggested itineraries to help you make a start.<br />

The main road between London and Bristol is the A4<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Road, based on an ancient horse track<br />

and later, one of King Charles I’s <strong>Great</strong> Roads, which<br />

facilitated the establishment of the British postal<br />

service – The Royal Mail.<br />

The A4 cuts a fairly direct path between the two<br />

cities, allowing you to travel the distance in less than<br />

2 hours 30 minutes if you wanted to. Of course, if<br />

you’re travelling by car, half the pleasure is being<br />

able to pull off and explore whenever you like.<br />

Wherever you decide to base yourself along the<br />

touring route, there’ll also be charming country lanes<br />

and winding rural roads to enjoy. Jump in the car and<br />

see where you end up.<br />

You may find the AA’s Route Planner tool useful for<br />

planning your road trip. Also, our pages on car hire<br />

and travel tips could be of interest – especially if this<br />

is your first time driving in the UK.<br />

If you want to hire a car for your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

adventure, you’ll find plenty of car hire companies<br />

in just the places you’d expect – airports, larger train<br />

stations, cities and towns, for example Auto Europe<br />

and Practical Car & Van Rental.<br />

Did you know? The first mail coach was introduced<br />

between Bristol and London in 1784.<br />

BY TRAIN<br />

Making tracks on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> can point you<br />

at endless amounts of history and fun facts to be<br />

discovered along its length from London to Bristol. In<br />

one go the journey is just 1hr 40min, but by stopping<br />

off you can explore the route in your own time<br />

turning it into a holiday adventure of a lifetime.<br />

Relax and journey along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> using<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer pass. It includes<br />

unlimited Off-Peak train travel from London<br />

Paddington with <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway along the<br />

route to Bristol Temple Meads via Reading and<br />

Swindon, or Newbury and Pewsey, with options<br />

to branch off towards Salisbury via <strong>West</strong>bury (or<br />

London Waterloo to Salisbury with South <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Railway). It also includes unlimited travel on listed<br />

bus services along the routes. The rail route is<br />

marked on the map with a green line. Choose from<br />

an East, <strong>West</strong> or Global one-day or seven-day ticket<br />

to enjoy your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> adventure.<br />

You can purchase the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer<br />

pass online at GWR.com or from your local station.<br />

They come in the form of a standard orange ticket,<br />

clearly showing the route you have purchased<br />

and whether it is valid for one day or seven. If you<br />

are travelling from overseas, international passes<br />

(similar to a BritRail pass) can be purchased online<br />

at ACPRail.com or via your travel agent, where<br />

discounted international rates apply and with no offpeak<br />

travel time restrictions.<br />

Did you know? The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway runs<br />

along the full distance of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

– from London’s Paddington station to Bristol<br />

Temple Meads.<br />

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If you’d rather someone else was driving, or aren’t able<br />

to drive, the extensive bus and coach services along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> will come as a relief. They can also be a<br />

very cost effective choice, useful for budget travel.<br />

There are multiple coach services between London and<br />

Bristol by companies including National Express, Megabus,<br />

Stagecoach and Eurolines. Once you’ve reached your<br />

destination, you can access various local bus services -<br />

some travelling to fairly remote rural locations. Download<br />

the Tootbus app and enjoy hop-on hop-off flexibility in<br />

Bath and Windsor.<br />




North Wessex Downs<br />

Marvel at the prehistoric stones of<br />

Stonehenge and Avebury, the Wiltshire<br />

White Horses and the White Horse<br />

at Uffington. Take time to visit<br />

Highclere Castle, where Downton<br />

Abbey was filmed, and get lost in the<br />

mysterious hillforts, neolithic burial<br />

mounds and genteel country houses.<br />

The Chilterns<br />

Characterised by neat farmland,<br />

ancient woodland and chalk downland.<br />

The Chilterns is a haven for wildlife<br />

including red kites. Explore the<br />

fabulous trails of The Ridgeway and<br />

the Chiltern <strong>Way</strong> Circular passing<br />

sparkling-clear chalk streams.<br />

The Cotswolds<br />

The Cotswolds <strong>Way</strong> starts in Bath<br />

and follows north for 102 miles,<br />

to the well-to-do market town of<br />

Chipping Campden. Explore Corsham,<br />

Castle Combe and Dyrham Park,<br />

or just take in the views: gentle<br />

hills, sweeping valleys and summer<br />

wildflower meadows dotted with<br />

warm limestone homes. This is<br />

England at its prettiest.<br />

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Gourmet Guide to<br />

Food and Drink<br />

From the wild creativity of Bristol’s street food scene, to the glamour of<br />

London’s high profile restaurants, there’s a tantalising buffet of food and<br />

drink experiences along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

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Michelin Starred and Fine Dining<br />

Sit down to a meal of gastronomical delights at one<br />

of the award-winning fine-dining establishments<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. Sample sumptuous<br />

tasting menus created by Michelin-starred chefs,<br />

innovative dishes featuring local produce, and<br />

traditional English delicacies cooked to perfection.<br />

The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire<br />

Not only is The Vineyard a luxury five-star hotel<br />

and spa, it also has a fine dining restaurant and<br />

30,000-bottle wine cellar. Head chef Robby Jenks is<br />

at the helm of this 3AA Rosette restaurant. Diners can<br />

choose from an à la carte or tasting menu where they<br />

can enjoy dishes such as veal sweetbread ravioli with<br />

pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin and brown butter sauce<br />

or roast brill, brassicas, caper berries and almond.<br />

Stockcross, Newbury<br />

Bulrush, Bristol<br />

One of the recent additions to the Michelin Guide,<br />

Bristol-based restaurant Bulrush is certainly on many<br />

a foodie’s ‘must visit’ list. Chef Proprietor George<br />

Livesey’s imaginative and well-balanced menu is<br />

chock-full of seasonal ingredients which are either<br />

organic or have been foraged.<br />

21 Cotham Rd S, Bristol<br />

THE PIG-near Bath<br />

You don't have to be staying at THE-PIG-near Bath<br />

to book a table at their impressive Kitchen Garden<br />

restaurant. Home to quite a few four-legged and<br />

feathered friends, it is the farm to fork experience<br />

that has made the PIGs so successful. THE-PIG-near<br />

Bath rear their our own chickens and pigs for eggs<br />

and pork meaning they can be sure of their quality<br />

and provenance, ensuring they lead happy lives.<br />

Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath<br />

Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath<br />

Located in the renowned Queensberry Hotel, Olive<br />

Tree is a 3 AA Rosette restaurant in the heart of the<br />

beautiful city of Bath. It is a contemporary British<br />

restaurant offering informal fine dining under the<br />

direction of award-winning head chef, Chris Cleghorn.<br />

This is the only restaurant in the city to be awarded a<br />

Michelin Star. Chris’ menu is quintessentially British<br />

with Mediterranean influences.<br />

4-7 Russell St, Bath<br />

The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire<br />

If you love theatre, Heston Blumenthal’s renowned<br />

eatery in Bray offers the perfect destination, serving<br />

innovative modern British cuisine in the most<br />

spectacular of settings. Heston has previously been<br />

described as the ‘Willy Wonka of British gastronomy’<br />

and diners who would like to eat at his three-Michelinstarred<br />

wonderland pay £325 up front for a ‘ticket’ –<br />

providing them with access to the 17-courses on offer<br />

that showcase his multi sensory cuisine.<br />

High St, Bray<br />

The Dining Room, Malmesbury, Wiltshire<br />

Michelin’s European Young Chef of the Year Niall<br />

Keating showcases his skills as Executive Chef at this<br />

one Michelin star dining room restaurant at Whatley<br />

Manor Hotel. Serving seasonal British produce<br />

influenced by his world wide travels.<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Easton Grey,<br />

Malmesbury, Wiltshire<br />

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons,<br />

South Oxfordshire<br />

Described as ‘Oxfordshire heritage meets French<br />

flair’, Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred chic<br />

restaurant has earned itself a global reputation<br />

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Gourmet Guide to Food and Drink<br />

for fine gastronomy and creative cooking. Diners<br />

continue to be charmed by both the setting<br />

(country-house luxe) and the delicious treats on<br />

offer which includes the likes of spiced monkfish,<br />

ravioli of pumpkin and smoked trout amongst others.<br />

Church Road, <strong>Great</strong> Milton, South Oxfordshire<br />

The Miller of Mansfield, Berkshire<br />

Despite its intriguing name, the Miller of Mansfield<br />

is situated in the sweet village of Goring-on-Thames.<br />

This 18th-century country pub has been given a<br />

contemporary twist and can be defined as ‘Modern<br />

European’ which has earned two AA Rosettes<br />

and offers refined modern British dishes from the<br />

freshest seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.<br />

High Street, Goring on Thames, Reading<br />

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Nr. Marlborough<br />

Owned and run by Sue and Roger Jones, this Michelin<br />

Star gem has received worldwide accolades for its<br />

food and has also been critically acclaimed for its<br />

900 bin Wine List. Offering three menus, to include<br />

an eight course evening gourmet which changes daily<br />

to reflect the best seasonal ingredients.<br />

Little Bedwyn, Nr. Marlborough, Wiltshire<br />

The Hand and Flowers, Marlow<br />

The Hand and Flowers is the only pub in the UK<br />

with two Michelin stars and with celebrated chef<br />

Tom Kerridge at the helm it is easy to see why. The<br />

restaurant has a rustic feel which is complemented<br />

by the refined British cuisine on offer.<br />

126 <strong>West</strong> St, Marlow<br />

Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire<br />

Chef André Garrett’s innovative dishes, meticulous<br />

preparation and elaborate finishes showcase his<br />

exquisitely crafted creation. Produce is locally sourced<br />

and is highly seasonal – guests can choose between an<br />

à la carte menu or an eight-course tasting menu.<br />

Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Berkshire<br />

Paco Tapas, Bristol<br />

An ever changing menu combining traditional tapas<br />

with personal interpretations from Michelin starred<br />

Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. Staying true to the<br />

vibrant and comforting flavours of his heritage, with<br />

jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over<br />

the wood fire and sherry straight from the barrel.<br />

3a Lower Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6FU<br />

Queens Arms, East Garston, Berkshire<br />

Perfectly placed as a stop-over destination within<br />

an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This award<br />

winning, pub, restaurant and hotel (with its own<br />

private lodge) serves seasonal British cuisine.<br />

East Garston, Berkshire<br />

The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire<br />

Bray is the place for foodies to be! The Waterside Inn<br />

which is under the leadership of chef patron Alain<br />

Roux has held three Michelin stars for over thirty<br />

years. Expect the most exquisite Classic French<br />

cooking coupled with the most impeccable service.<br />

Ferry Rd, Bray, Berkshire<br />

Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury<br />

Husband and wife team, Guy and Brittany Manning<br />

modestly describe themselves as “just a couple<br />

of chefs working to create a place with real soul”.<br />

Sourcing from the best possible producers, talent and<br />

hard work has earned the duo, and their team, one<br />

Michelin star status and a restaurant “where the food<br />

has personality, the surroundings are relaxed and the<br />

hospitality is warm and sincere”.<br />

East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire<br />

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The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is the only place<br />

where you can experience all five of the<br />

UK's Three Michelin Starred restaurants.<br />

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay<br />

Royal Hospital Road, London<br />

gordonramsayrestaurants.com/<br />

restaurant-gordon-ramsay<br />

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester<br />

Park Lane, London<br />

alainducasse-dorchester.com<br />

Sketch – the Lecture Room & Library<br />

9 Conduit Street, London<br />

sketch.london/the-lecture-room<br />

The Waterside Inn<br />

Ferry Rd, Bray<br />

waterside-inn.co.uk<br />

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck<br />

High Street, Bray<br />

thefatduck.co.uk<br />


The Dining Room, Whatley Manor<br />

Easton Grey, Malmesbury<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />

Red Lion Freehouse<br />

East Chisenbury, Pewsey<br />

redlionfreehouse.com<br />

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Gourmet Guide to Food and Drink<br />

Dining Restaurants<br />

You’ll find many of the restaurants along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> are dining rooms within our<br />

Ambassador hotels. You’ll also find several celebrity<br />

chefs including Rick Stein, Pierre Koffmann and<br />

Marco Pierre White.<br />

Abbey Hotel Kitchen, The Abbey Hotel Bath<br />

Under the helm of Head Chef Marcus Bradley, Abbey<br />

Hotel Kitchen is in the perfect central Bath location.<br />

This relaxing and vibrant space offers high energy,<br />

attentive service and delicious fresh food and drinks<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

The Orange Artichoke, Apex Hotel, Bath<br />

Perfectly placed in the heart of Bath, you’ll never<br />

be far from the action when you eat at The Orange<br />

Artichoke. Allow them to curb your cravings with<br />

locally sourced food, drink and delicious delicacies in<br />

contemporary, chic surroundings.<br />

apexhotels.co.uk<br />

Beau’s Bar and Restaurant at Donnington<br />

Grove Hotel & Country Club<br />

Set amidst beautiful parkland with the River<br />

Lambourn winding through the grounds, this<br />

Newbury restaurant has large picture windows to<br />

make the most of the picturesque river views.<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

The Brasserie at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel<br />

With glorious river views and a stunning bar and<br />

terrace, The Brasserie offers upscale dining in the<br />

heart of Windsor. Large windows let you watch boats<br />

and swans glide down the Thames as you enjoy the<br />

delicious all day menu and fine wines.<br />

sirchristopherwren.co.uk<br />

Cedar at the Langley<br />

Dining experiences here are inspired by the bountiful<br />

English countryside. Savour delicious cuisine in<br />

our elevated restaurant overlooking the grounds,<br />

featuring sumptuous meals crafted with natural<br />

ingredients.<br />

marriott.com<br />

Clayton’s Kitchen<br />

Uncomplicated dishes that explore and showcase<br />

the freshest and very best ingredients. Chef Patron,<br />

Robert Clayton ensures that every dish is prepared,<br />

cooked and presented to perfection.<br />

claytonskitchen.com<br />

Cloisters Restaurant, Bailbrook House Hotel<br />

Tucked away in the historic mansion is Cloisters<br />

restaurant where the heritage of this country house<br />

hotel in Bath really comes into its own, with original<br />

archways made from traditional Bath stone.<br />

handpickedhotels.co.uk<br />

Cricklade House & Spa<br />

The chefs at Crickdale are passionate about using<br />

great local produce and change their menu monthly.<br />

Enjoy a three course meal, a traditional Sunday Roast<br />

or Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches, homemade<br />

scones with jam and cream and a selection of cakes.<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

The Gainsborough Brasserie<br />

The Restaurant with its Georgian architecture,<br />

original artwork and impressive wine wall is open to<br />

hotel guests and non-residents. Enjoy contemporary<br />

British cuisine inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients<br />

in a stylish and relaxed environment.<br />

thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk<br />

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There are many ways to sample the best<br />

local cuisine on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>,<br />

from city tours and hands-on cookery<br />

classes to nostalgic river cruising.<br />


A Taste of England<br />

atasteofenglandtours.com<br />

Around and about Bath<br />

alainducasse-dorchester.com<br />

Savouring Bath<br />

savouringbath.com<br />


Vaughan’s Kitchen<br />

White Horse Business Centre, Devizes<br />

vaughanskitchen.co.uk<br />


Hobbs of Henley<br />

hobbsofhenley.com<br />

Bristol Packet Boat Trips<br />

bristolpacket.co.uk<br />

Thames Rivercruise<br />

thamesrivercruise.co.uk<br />

French Brothers<br />

frenchbrothers.co.uk<br />

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The Restaurant, No 15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

Open for a show-stopping supper or lovely lunch<br />

while you’re exploring the city of Bath. Seasonal<br />

local meat, fresh fruit and veg are sourced from<br />

Buxton Butchers and family-run grocers, Lovejoys,<br />

and as for bread and baked goodies, there’s nowhere<br />

better than beloved Bath institution, Bertinet Bakery.<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk<br />

The Dower House Restaurant, The Royal<br />

Crescent Hotel & Spa<br />

Award winning dishes are created with passion and<br />

served with pride by award-winning Head Chef<br />

Martin Blake and his team.<br />

royalcrescent.co.uk<br />

Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant, Chippenham<br />

Set in a lovely old house with its own kitchen garden<br />

and orchard the pretty dining room restaurant offers<br />

a menu of finely cooked modern British cuisine.<br />

guyershouse.com<br />

Heyworth Restaurant, Henley<br />

Greenland’s Hotel<br />

Here you can enjoy an evening meal prepared by<br />

passionate chefs with menus designed using seasonal<br />

produce and locally sourced ingredients.<br />

hospitalityuor.co.uk<br />

Windsor & Eton Brewery, Leaf<br />

at The Castle Hotel<br />

From comforting classics to light bites and<br />

delectable vegan options, British artisan cheeses and<br />

local beers visit Leaf, serves dishes made from the<br />

finest locally sourced produce with a wide-ranging,<br />

modern menu.<br />

castlehotelwindsor.com/dining/<br />

The Moonraker Hotel Brasserie<br />

Like the seasons, menus change as Xavier and his<br />

team use fresh local produce to create and showcase<br />

some old-fashioned classics, putting the hotel<br />

Brasserie firmly on the culinary map. They have a<br />

walled garden used as the setting for their smokery<br />

which they use to smoke their meat and fish.<br />

moonrakerhotel.com<br />

The Old Bell Hotel, Saints & Sinners<br />

Home to some of the most delicious food in the<br />

Cotswolds serveing a menu of dishes made from<br />

deliciously fresh, locally sourced ingredients.<br />

The Old Bell Hotel is a Grade I listed hotel, rumoured<br />

to be England’s oldest hotel, located next door to<br />

Malmesbury Abbey.<br />

oldbellhotel.co.uk<br />

Plum + Spilt Milk, <strong>Great</strong> Northern Hotel<br />

An award-winning restaurant in the heart of King's<br />

Cross, offering a beautiful seasonal modern-British<br />

menu, with locally sourced ingredients. In an elegant<br />

yet cosy atmosphere, surrounded by the views of<br />

King’s Cross and St Pancras.<br />

plumandspiltmilk.com<br />

Rick Stein, Marlborough<br />

Rick Stein’s Marlborough restaurant brings a taste<br />

of Cornwall to the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. Located on<br />

Marlborough High Street, serving a combination<br />

of classic seafood dishes, excellent wines and with<br />

plenty of coastal charm.<br />

rickstein.com<br />

The Roseate Hotels, London, Reading and Bath<br />

All three of The Roseate Hotels, Roseate House in<br />

London, near Hyde Park, The Roseate in Reading and<br />

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Discover crisp, white, award-winning<br />

bubbly varieties<br />

Alder Ridge Vineyard<br />

Between Hungerford and Marlborough<br />

alderridge.co.uk<br />

Aldwick Estate Vineyard<br />

Nestled beneath the famous Mendip Hills<br />

aldwickestate.co.uk<br />

Bluestone Vineyards at Cholderton<br />

Rare Breeds Farm<br />

10 acre on-site boutique vineyard on the<br />

McConnell family farm in Wiltshire<br />

bluestonevineyards.co.uk<br />


Enjoy wine tastings, taprooms and tours<br />

Bristol Brewery Tours<br />

Mardyke Wharf, Bristol<br />

bristolbrewerytours.com<br />

Bristol Hoppers<br />

Walking Tours of Bristol's Craft Beer Scene<br />

bristolhoppers.co.uk<br />

The Bath Brew House<br />

14 James Street <strong>West</strong>, Bath<br />

thebathbrewhouse.com<br />

Wadworth Brewery<br />

Northgate Brewery, Devizes, Wiltshire<br />

wadworth.co.uk<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire Brewery<br />

The Old Dairy, Yattendon<br />

wbbrew.com<br />

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Gourmet Guide to Food and Drink<br />

The Roseate Villa in Bath, located in a quiet corner of<br />

the city, offer exceptional dining in their restaurants.<br />

roseatehotels.com<br />

Shelburne Restaurant, Bowood Hotel, Spa &<br />

Golf Resort<br />

Laid-back, countryside dining with picture perfect<br />

views. The Two AA Rosette Shelburne Restaurant<br />

serves delicious food from seasonal menus every day.<br />

From long, lazy lunches to romantic moments over<br />

cocktails, you will enjoy a range of mouth-watering<br />

dishes prepared with passion and served with flair.<br />

bowood.org<br />

The Swan Bradford On Avon<br />

Locally sourced produce, beautifully prepared and<br />

cooked to perfection.Open for breakfast, lunch,<br />

dinner, Sunday carvery, coffee, or a light snack and a<br />

glass of wine or pint of local ale.<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk<br />

Woolley Grange Hotel<br />

With so many ingredients plucked from their own<br />

kitchen garden, it’s more about wheelbarrow yards<br />

than food miles at Woolley Grange. Visit for fine<br />

dining or family dining.<br />

woolleygrangehotel.co.uk<br />

Mark’s Bar, Riverside Hotel, Salisbury<br />

Mark’s Bar is truly a fabulous place to enjoy a<br />

relaxing drink, lunch or dinner with friends. Opening<br />

out on to a terrace overlooking the river and<br />

Salisbury Cathedral, on a summers day, it certainly<br />

will be the place to be - with a great choice of wines,<br />

Champagnes, premium spirits and cocktails.<br />

riversidesalisbury.co.uk/salisbury-food-and-drink/<br />

Pubs and Inns<br />

From traditional thatched village inns to modern<br />

gastropubs with spacious beer gardens perfect for<br />

families to enjoy the summer sunshine<br />

Red Lion Freehouse<br />

East Chisenbury, Pewsey<br />

redlionfreehouse.com<br />

The Bear Hotel, Devizes<br />

2-3 The Market Pl, Devizes<br />

thebearhoteldevizes.co.uk<br />

The Black Swan in Devizes<br />

The Market Place, Devizes<br />

blackswandevizes.co.uk<br />

The Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill<br />

Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Reading<br />

butcombe.com<br />

Crown & Anchor Inn<br />

Ham, Wiltshire<br />

crownandanchorham.co.uk<br />

The Crown, Tolldown<br />

Toll Down <strong>Way</strong>, Dyrham, Chippenham<br />

butcombe.com<br />

The George Inn, Norton St Philip<br />

High Street, Norton St Philip, Bath<br />

butcombe.com<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire Brewery Taproom and Kitchen<br />

The Old Dairy Frilsham Farm, Yattendon<br />

wbbrew.com<br />

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Helen Browning’s Royal Oak<br />

Cues Ln, Bishopstone, Swindon<br />

helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk<br />

The Newbury<br />

137 Bartholomew St, Newbury<br />

thenewburypub.co.uk<br />

The Prince Street Social<br />

Crown House, 37-41 Prince St, Bristol<br />

princestreetsocial.com<br />

Queens Arms, East Garston<br />

Newbury Rd, East Garston, Hungerford<br />

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk<br />

The Royal Oak Yattendon<br />

The Square, Yattendon RG18 0UG<br />

royaloakyattendon.co.uk<br />

The Royal Windsor Pub<br />

Datchet Rd, Windsor<br />

theroyalwindsor.co.uk<br />

The Swan Bradford On Avon<br />

1 Church St, Bradford-on-Avon<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk<br />

Three Tuns Freehouse<br />

1 High St, <strong>Great</strong> Bedwyn, Marlborough<br />

tunsfreehouse.com<br />

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Gourmet Guide to Food and Drink<br />

Tea Rooms & Cafés<br />

Whether it’s a quick cuppa with breakfast or a<br />

full-blown afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches,<br />

indulgent cakes and tasty scones, you'll find plenty<br />

of lovely cafes and tea rooms to enjoy along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

The Six Bells Walborough<br />

Traditional Tea Rooms in a lovely setting by the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal. Leaf tea, cream teas, apple pie,<br />

canalman's lunch, whippy ice cream and more.<br />

facebook.com/aldermastontearooms<br />

Canal Trust Café<br />

A beautiful tea rooms and licensed cafe situated in<br />

Bradford on Avon along the Kennet & Avon Canal.<br />

with lovely gardens and delicious food and cakes.<br />

facebook.com/Canal-Trust-Cafe<br />

Tea Shop by the Canal<br />

Set in a unique grade II listed building by the Kennet<br />

& Avon Canal, blending the warmth of Italian culture,<br />

with fine and splendid rituals of English Cream Teas.<br />

teashopbythecanal.co.uk<br />

The Bridge Tea Rooms<br />

Housed in a former blacksmith's cottage dating<br />

from 1502, this quintessentially English tea room<br />

offers the very best in traditionally British afternoon<br />

tea. With delicate bone china, the finest leaf teas,<br />

and friendly staff in Victorian costumes serving<br />

homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches.<br />

thebridgetearooms.co.uk<br />

Honeystreet Mill Cafe<br />

Situated in Pewsey Vale, Honeystreet Mill Cafe offers<br />

a range of delicious fresh and local food open for<br />

breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Treat yourself to<br />

a chilled glass of prosecco on the terrace, and watch<br />

the world go by Wiltshire-style.<br />

honeystreetboats.co.uk<br />

Spring's Café and Restaurant<br />

Located at Thermae Bath Spa, Springs Café and<br />

Restaurant combines beautiful Georgian architecture<br />

with classic, contemporary style. Throughout the day<br />

and evening, spa users can enjoy delicious dishes and<br />

interesting drinks from an extensive menu.<br />

thermaebathspa.com/springs-cafe-and-restaurant<br />

The Tutti Pole<br />

A family run restaurant close to the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal in a grade ll listed building, serving quality<br />

homemade food and luxury afternoon teas.<br />

thetuttipole.co.uk<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt, The National Arboretum<br />

During your visit to <strong>West</strong>onbirt The National<br />

Arboretum stop off at the restaurant for freshly<br />

prepared hot and cold refreshments including soups,<br />

sandwiches, savoury snacks, cakes and pastries.<br />

forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/restaurant<br />

Windsor Castle Undercroft Café<br />

The first café for visitors to Windsor Castle has<br />

opened in Edward III’s medieval Undercroft, which<br />

for centuries served as the Castle’s main wine cellar<br />

and is one of the oldest surviving spaces in the<br />

1,000-year-old royal residence.<br />

windsor.gov.uk/food-and-drink<br />

Lido Spa & Restaurant, Bristol Lido<br />

Spanish and Mediterranean menus, open kitchen<br />

with hot blazing Italian clay oven and bespoke<br />

charcoal grill by the grade 2 listed outdoor pool.<br />

lidobristol.com/restaurant-and-tapas-bar<br />

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Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

North Parade, Bath<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

Cricklade House<br />

Common Hill, Cricklade, Swindon<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

The Bridge Tea Rooms<br />

Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon<br />

thebridgetearooms.co.uk<br />

No15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney, Bath<br />

15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney Street, Bath<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk<br />

The Pump Room Restaurant<br />

Searcys at the Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath<br />

thepumproombath.co.uk<br />

The Roseate Hotel, Reading<br />

26 The Forbury, Reading<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate<br />

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa<br />

16 Royal Crescent, Bath<br />

royalcrescent.co.uk<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa<br />

Easton Grey, Malmesbury<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />

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Where to Stay on<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

Staying overnight on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> makes for a wonderful trip,<br />

whether on a romantic weekend away or a week-long adventure<br />

BATH<br />

Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

Abbey Hotel is located perfectly central in the city of<br />

Bath, making it an ideal place to stay to when exploring<br />

the city. Independantly owned, this unique hotel offers<br />

an intriguing blend of stylish comfort, vibrant and<br />

eccentric contemporary art, and historic character.<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

Dukes Hotel<br />

One of Bath’s most prestigious streets, this beautiful,<br />

boutique, guest house stands on <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

Street. Whether it is the high ceilings, sash windows<br />

or hand crafted Sanitan bathroom suites, each room<br />

uniquely reflects an era of Georgian elegance and charm.<br />

dukesbath.co.uk<br />

The Apartment Bath<br />

From Nespresso to Nintendo, The Apartment, Bath<br />

is a two-bedroom apartment in central Bath on<br />

Widcombe Parade, and the perfect home from home<br />

for guests exploring the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

apartmentbath.com<br />

The Roseate Villa Bath<br />

The Roseate Villa Bath occupies a quiet corner of<br />

the city, overlooking the tranquil Henrietta Park.<br />

Encompassing two characterful converted Victorian<br />

houses, the Villa offers 21 rooms with exclusive<br />

features. The Villa also has a private garden where<br />

you can relax and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea.<br />

roseatehotels.com/bath/theroseatevilla/<br />

Tucking Mill, Bath Apartments and Cottages<br />

Family owned range of award-winning luxurious<br />

properties including three cottages at Tucking Mill<br />

with outstanding views, and two apartments just 10<br />

minutes’ walk from Bath city centre.<br />

bathselfcatering.net<br />

YMCA Bath Hostel<br />

YMCA Bath Hostel is a city centre hostel with all<br />

the attractions located within walking distance;<br />

The Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Bath Rugby<br />

Ground, The Circus and Bath Abbey to name a few.<br />

Affordable, clean accommodation ideal for families,<br />

couples, and backpackers on a budget.<br />

ymcabath.org.uk<br />

Bath Apartment Breaks<br />

Two luxurious self-catering apartments in Bath, each<br />

perfect for four guests. One apartment is on the<br />

ground floor and has its own sun-trap patio area with<br />

outside seating, whilst the other is on the first floor<br />

and has two small balconies off the living area.<br />

bathapartmentbreaks.co.uk<br />

Bath Area Self Catering<br />

High quality, luxury self-catering holiday cottages<br />

and apartments in Bath and the surrounding areas<br />

of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. These<br />

properties are ideal for exploring the <strong>West</strong>ern part<br />

of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> including Wiltshire, the<br />

Cotswolds, Bath and Bristol<br />

bathselfcatering.com<br />

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No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

To be found at the heart of Bath’s<br />

fashionable society, No.15 <strong>Great</strong><br />

Pulteney is an elegant and vivacious<br />

townhouse hotel on the very grandest<br />

street in Bath. Comprising 40 bedrooms,<br />

a cocktail bar, restaurant and boutique<br />

spa, No.15 exudes understated<br />

sophistication and luxury.<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk/no-15-bath<br />

Brooks Guesthouse B&B<br />

Brooks Guesthouse Bath is an award winning four<br />

star boutique guesthouse in Bath city centre with 22<br />

uniquely furnished bedrooms with an eclectic mix of<br />

antiques, modern pieces and designer wallpapers.<br />

brooksguesthouse.com<br />

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa<br />

Where dapper country house hotel meets hospitality<br />

with imagination, charm and spirit, surrounded by<br />

private gardens and set in glorious, rural Wiltshire.<br />

You might also enjoy a visit to sister hotels , The Bird<br />

& Homewood<br />

bishopstrowhotel.com<br />

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Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two historic<br />

buildings with Georgian and Victorian facades in<br />

the heart of Bath. Named after the artist Thomas<br />

Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is welcoming and<br />

elegant. there are 99 berooms and suites with views<br />

across the city to surrounding countryside.<br />

thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bath City<br />

Located in the heart of Bath, Hampton by Hilton<br />

Bath City is less than 10 minutes from dozens of<br />

parks, museums, and historic sites, just a quarter<br />

mile from the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa,<br />

and half-mile from Bath Spa Railway Station.<br />

hilton.com/en/hotels<br />


Royal Berkshire – Exclusive Collection<br />

Royal Berkshire is a country house located in the<br />

heart of Ascot, perfect for overnight stays, with 66<br />

luxury bedrooms. The grounds are charming, perfect<br />

for a wedding location or event, with a private walled<br />

garden and a beautiful fountain plaza.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/royal-berkshire<br />


Brooks Guesthouse B&B and Rooftop Retro<br />

Rocket Caravans, Bristol<br />

A boutique contemporary guesthouse situated<br />

smack bang in the heart of Bristol's old town next<br />

to St Nicholas Market and just a short stroll to the<br />

vibrant Harbourside.<br />

The caravans are British built and capturing the<br />

glamour of the timeless vintage aluminium design<br />

with all the lux of a modern hotel room and beautiful<br />

rooftop views of Bristol City Centre.<br />

brooksguesthousebristol.com<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport<br />

This is the ultimate hotel in terms of design, comfort<br />

and convenience, being on the doorstep of Bristol<br />

Airport – the only hotel within walking distance of<br />

the terminal. Spend a day exploring Noah's Ark Zoo<br />

Farm, Cheddar Caves and Gorge or Cabot Tower.<br />

Relax at the restaurant and bar, and enjoy free hot<br />

breakfast and free WiFi.<br />

hilton.com<br />

The Bristol Wing part of YMCA<br />

The Bristol Wing is a boutique hostel in Bristol city<br />

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centre in the Grade II listed old Police Headquarters.<br />

Since the first lockdown it has been repurposed and<br />

provided a safe place for people at risk of homelessness<br />

– it is now being fully refurbished with plans to re-open<br />

Spring 2023. Located only a short walk from some of<br />

the best bits of Bristol including Bristol’s harbourside,<br />

Bristol Shopping Quarter and the Old City.<br />

thebristolwing.co.uk<br />


The Manor House – Exclusive Collection<br />

This 14th century luxury hotel and golf club is<br />

perfect for romantic nights away, with Michelin<br />

starred dining and a dedicated gin bar. Head into the<br />

picturesque village of Castle Combe or play a round<br />

at the championship 18-hole golf course. Situated in<br />

365 acres of rich parkland and widely regarded as a<br />

real hidden golfing gem in the Cotswolds.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/the-manor-house<br />


Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

From its lofty position near Priddy, the highest<br />

village in the Mendip Hills, Cheddar Club Site is<br />

surrounded by spectacular landscapes, great for<br />

walking, cycling, caving and rock climbing. Less than<br />

five miles from the campsite is Cheddar Gorge, one<br />

of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks.<br />

Explore its extraordinary subterranean stalactite<br />

show caves and spectacular panoramic views.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />


Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

Perched on the banks of the River Thames, this lovely<br />

campsite has a rural feel. Walkers will enjoy the Thames<br />

Path Nature Trail – a long-distance towpath trail that<br />

starts in the Cotswolds and meanders through Chertsey<br />

towards the heart of London. It’s a peaceful and scenic<br />

trail that’s ideal for people of all ages and abilities.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />

Mill Farm Glamping<br />

Enjoy the best of the beautiful British countryside<br />

from the comfort of a luxurious canvas lodge on this<br />

family-run, organic farm. Meet the ducks, dairy cattle<br />

and donkeys. Have fun on Farmer Joe's organic farm<br />


Pythouse Kitchen Garden<br />

You’ve heard of restaurants with rooms – now we<br />

bring you the restaurant with a glamping village.<br />

Six bell tents and a cosy shepherds’ hut sit in an<br />

orchard near this lunchtime-only restaurant.<br />

They share showers, a cocktail area, kitchen and<br />

dining area.<br />

pythousekitchengarden.co.uk<br />

tour. Walk, ride, paddle, fish – or just soak up the sun<br />

and the tranquil scenery. It all adds up to a unique<br />

break that you will treasure for a lifetime.<br />

millfarmglamping.co.uk<br />


The Greenlands Hotel<br />

Set within the 30-acre Henley Business School estate<br />

in the Oxfordshire countryside, this magnificent Grade<br />

II Listed Building is steeped in history dating as far<br />

back as 1480. There are 100 bedrooms including eight<br />

luxury balcony rooms with views across the Chiltern<br />

Valley and the grounds leading to the River Thames.<br />

There's a fitness centre, tennis courts, giant lawn chess<br />

and footpaths leading into the Chiltern Hills. Located<br />

less than three miles from the centre of Henley-on-<br />

Thames home to the famous annual Henley Royal<br />

Regatta, five miles from the riverside Georgian market<br />

town of Marlow and a short car journey to Windsor<br />

and Oxford.<br />

hospitalityuor.co.uk/accommodation<br />

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Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa<br />

Whatley Manor is a grown-up getaway in the<br />

heart of the Cotswolds set in 12 acres of gardens.<br />

Try Grey’s Brasserie for a leisurely lunch, dinner<br />

or chilled glass of wine. Or the innovative tasting<br />

menu with specially selected wines in The Dining<br />

Room. There's also The Green Room where chefs<br />

prepare small plates of expertly crafted food in<br />

front of you, Aquarias Spa and even a cinema.<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />


Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club<br />

Donnington Grove, a three star country-house hotel<br />

in Newbury, is situated in 500 acres of beautiful<br />

grounds that include an 18 hole championship golf<br />

course, beauty and treatment rooms at Avalon<br />

Retreat, Clay Shooting and the New Beau's Bar<br />

and Restaurant. It is a fascinating destination with<br />

more than a whiff of English decadence. Built in<br />

'Strawberry Hill Gothic' style, this 250 year old,<br />

charming building has a unique heritage.<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

The Chequers Hotel<br />

This former 18th Century Coaching Inn comprises<br />

56 bedrooms and an intimate restaurant serving<br />

modern British and European cuisine. Situated<br />

within distance of outstanding natural beauty and<br />

attractions from the grounds and Castle of Highclere<br />

Castle (Downton Abbey), to sports events at the<br />

Newbury Racecourse.<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />


Herongate Apartments<br />

A collection of four purpose built self serviced/<br />

serviced apartments conveniently located just<br />

minutes walk from Hungerford High Street and the<br />

beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal. The apartments are<br />

situated next door to Herongate Club and all guests<br />

over the age of 16 years can enjoy complimentary<br />

access to the gym and pool there.<br />

herongateservicedapartments.com<br />

LONDON<br />

Roseate House London<br />

Located on a street steeped in history with stunning<br />

views over leafy <strong>West</strong>bourne Terrace. John Constable,<br />

son of the famous landscape artist, once lived here,<br />

and Oscar Wilde married at St James’ Church opposite.<br />

The hotel comprises of three restored, mid-19th<br />

century, Grade II listed townhouses originally built<br />

in 1842 which still retain the grace and charm of the<br />

original Victorian architecture.<br />

roseatehotels.com<br />


The Chilterns View<br />

The Chilterns View offers luxury lodge<br />

accommodation overlooking the beautiful Chiltern<br />

Hills. Guests love the privacy and seclusion of these<br />

lodges with wonderful south-facing views and hot<br />

tubs. Sit around the fire pit with a glass of fizz to<br />

watch the sun set over the hills, and in the daytime<br />

you can relax by the pond or take a walk to one of<br />

the many fine pubs and eateries in the area.<br />

thechilternsview.co.uk<br />


Hilton Reading<br />

Ideally located off junction 11 of the M4, the<br />

Hilton Hotel in Reading offers a warm and inviting<br />

atmosphere. Bedrooms feature air conditioning,<br />

wired and wireless Internet access, laptop safes, mini<br />

bar, on-demand movies, a spacious workdesk and<br />

famous Hilton Serenity bed system. Access to the<br />

24-hour LivingWell Health Club is included.<br />

hilton.com<br />

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Whately Manor Hotel & Spa, Malmesbury<br />

Novotel Reading Centre<br />

Perfectly suited in the heart of the town. Many of<br />

Reading's best restaurants, bars and shops are just<br />

a stone's throw from the hotel, and you are close<br />

to Windsor and Oxford, and family attractions like<br />

Legoland, Reading Museum, Reading Abbey Ruins<br />

and Forbury Gardens Public Park. Reading train<br />

station is a two-minute walk away and Thames<br />

Valley Park is just a shuttle bus away.<br />

all.accor.com/hotel<br />

The Roseate Reading<br />

Described as 'The UK's Sexiest Townhouse Hotel' by<br />

The Evening Standard, The Roseate Reading is also<br />

recognised for its artful conception and luxury.<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate<br />

SURREY<br />

Pennyhill Park – Exclusive Collection<br />

There are only a few places able to offer such a<br />

diverse range of experiences as Pennyhill Park.<br />

Set in 123 acres of Surrey countryside with a host<br />

of individual experiences, they offer exceptional<br />

overnight breaks, Michelin starred dining, bespoke<br />

weddings, distinctive meetings and events, family<br />

celebrations and an award-winning spa. There are<br />

two award-winning restaurants, The Ascot Bar, and<br />

The Spa including a state-of-the-art fitness suite,<br />

treatment rooms, nail bar, hot tubs and indoor and<br />

outdoor pools.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park<br />

Walton on Thames Camping and Caravanning<br />

Club Site<br />

Tucked away in rural Surrey, you’d hardly know<br />

Walton on Thames Club Site is just half an hour from<br />

Central London. For a hearty dose of adrenaline,<br />

head to the much-loved theme parks of Thorpe Park,<br />

Chessington World of Adventures, and Legoland,<br />

where kids (and big kids too) can go wild on wacky<br />

rides and looping rollercoasters. For something a little<br />

more sedate, head to Hampton Court Palace, once<br />

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The Kingsbury @ No7 & No8, Marlborough<br />

the palatial home of King Henry VIII and his six wives,<br />

to experience Royal life by exploring the splendid<br />

interiors and wandering around the magnificent estate<br />

with its rich variety of gardens and plants.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />


The Queens Arms Hotel<br />

The Queens Arms is an award-winning hotel, pub and<br />

restaurant with its own private lodge.<br />

Situated in the beautiful village of East Garston,<br />

between London and the <strong>West</strong> Country yet in the<br />

heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The<br />

Queens Arms features 12 bespoke bedrooms, a large<br />

friendly bar with log fire that leads into the dining<br />

room, a south facing patio and a large enclosed<br />

garden. Children and dogs welcome.<br />

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk<br />


Salisbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

Within easy reach of some of the most famous sites<br />

in England. The historic centre of Salisbury, known<br />

as ‘the city in the countryside’, is an easy two mile<br />

walk from the campsite and offers many must-see<br />

attractions including the famous cathedral.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />

The Merchant’s House Hotel, Salisbury<br />

37 newly and beautifully refurbished en suite<br />

rooms located in the city centre. A must visit is The<br />

Merchant’s Bar with open fire and wonderful choice<br />

of wines, beers and spirits.<br />

themerchantshousehotel.co.uk<br />

Riverside Hotel, Salisbury<br />

Set in beautiful grounds leading down to the River<br />

Nadder and just a short stroll from the historic<br />

Salisbury city centre, this charming and newly<br />

renovated hotel consists of 38 beautifully restored<br />

bedrooms, some that enjoy stunning views over<br />

the river to Salisbury Cathedral. In 2022 the hotel<br />

and grounds underwent a major yet sympathetic<br />

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efurbishment to restore and bring back to life<br />

this charming contemporary manor house hotel –<br />

previously it was the Grasmere House Hotel. Built<br />

in the 1800s by the Wort family the Riverside Hotel<br />

was one of the first houses built in Harnham.<br />

riversidesalisbury.co.uk<br />


Church Farm Country Cottages<br />

Enjoy a rural location on a working sheep farm<br />

staying in award-winning single storey cottages and<br />

barn conversions with exposed beams and vaulted<br />

ceilings. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty you can enjoy walking and cycling from your<br />

doorstep or it is a short journey to Bradford on Avon,<br />

Longleat and the World Heritage City of Bath.<br />

churchfarmcottages.com<br />


The Kingsbury @ No7 & No8<br />

Boutique hotel come Airbnb with modern,<br />

keyless entry system allowing you to come<br />

and go as you please. All rooms have been<br />

lovingly and individually designed to offer<br />

quality, comfort and style, for you to relax and<br />

enjoy your stay. Fun dining concept including<br />

fabulous afternoon teas and cocktail making in<br />

the restaurant (book in advance).<br />

thekingsbury.co.uk<br />

Cumberwell Country Cottages<br />

Set in a peaceful, rural location, these seven unique,<br />

luxurious and spacious self-catering cottages are set<br />

in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside on the edge<br />

of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just five<br />

miles from the World Heritage city of Bath and one<br />

mile from the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon.<br />

cumberwellcountrycottages.com<br />

Timbrells Yard<br />

Timbrells Yard is a stylishly revamped riverside inn<br />

at the heart of beautiful Bradford-on-Avon. It has<br />

award-winning food and 17 super stylish bedrooms.<br />

Grade II listed, it is family and dog-friendly, and has a<br />

wonderful terrace on the banks of the River Avon.<br />

timbrellsyard.com<br />

Woolley Grange Hotel<br />

Surrounded by 14 acres of stunning grounds, Woolley<br />

Grange is a Jacobean manor house offering a warm<br />

welcome to families, with award-winning children's<br />

facilities, a beautiful spa, and great food using<br />

fresh produce from the walled kitchen garden. For<br />

a stargazing evening stay in one of the new Luxury<br />

Glamping Suites, you also have access to the historic<br />

hotel and its facilities, including heated indoor and<br />

outdoor swimming pools, spa, OFSTED-registered<br />

childcare and The Hideout Pizza Cafe.<br />

woolleygrangehotel.co.uk<br />


Best <strong>West</strong>ern Plus Angel Hotel, Chippenham<br />

This 400-year-old coaching inn has been<br />

sympathetically extended to include a gym, indoor<br />

pool, courtyard garden and bedroom wing. The<br />

addition of a stylish new brasserie, bar and lounge<br />

create the ideal surroundings to relax. A perfect<br />

base for enjoying motor racing at Castle Combe, the<br />

Badminton Horse Trials, Longleat Safari Park and<br />

Swindon designer shopping village.<br />

angel-hotel-chippenham.com<br />


Cliffe Farm Dairy<br />

Self-catering accommodation in the heart of<br />

Wiltshire; ideal for families looking for that quiet<br />

escape. A secluded and unique cottage on a working<br />

farm. This special place offers uninterrupted views<br />

and wonderful walking opportunities.<br />

cliffefarmdairy.co.uk<br />

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Rowley Cottage at Iford Manor<br />

Surrounded by nature in the beautiful Iford<br />

Valley and set within the Grade 1 listed<br />

Iford Manor Gardens, this luxury, self-catering<br />

period cottage is in an idyllic setting. Recently<br />

renovated, with three en-suite bedrooms,<br />

sleeping six it is the perfect base to explore<br />

from. Just 15 minutes from Bath.<br />

ifordmanor.co.uk/stay<br />


The Old Bell Hotel<br />

A comfortable, country hotel full of character and<br />

charm, reputed to be the oldest purpose built hotel<br />

in England (c.1220) and Grade I Listed. The hotel<br />

nestles in the beautiful medieval Cotswold town of<br />

Malmesbury and is 75 yards from the famous Abbey<br />

House Gardens with over 2000 roses.<br />

With crackling log fires, cosy corners, squashy sofas,<br />

plump duvets, fine linen and fabulous food and wine<br />

– this is pure indulgence.<br />

oldbellhotel.co.uk<br />

Pettifers Hotel<br />

Pettifers Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind<br />

and explore. You've got the fabulous Cotswold Water<br />

Park, Highgrove, <strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum, Tetbury,<br />

Malmesbury and Cirencester all on the door step –<br />

perfect for family stays and mini breaks, plus they are<br />

super dog friendly too so no need to leave your four<br />

legged friends behind!<br />

pettifershotel.co.uk<br />

Devizes Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

This peaceful campsite beside the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal is perfect for walking, cycling, and exploring<br />

the region’s many historic attractions.<br />

Head out on a scenic walk to the historic market<br />

town of Devizes along the towpath, passing the Caen<br />

Hill flight of 29 locks – one of the longest continuous<br />

flight of locks in the country, rising 237 feet over<br />

two miles. In the bustling market town of Devizes,<br />

visit the Wiltshire Museum with its award-winning<br />

galleries and ancient gold collection, pop into the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Museum to learn more<br />

about the local waterways.<br />

Head to Wadworth’s Brewery to take a tour and<br />

sample ales at the visitor centre, and see the famous<br />

shire horses making deliveries. If you fancy stretching<br />

your legs, take the five-mile circular walk from<br />

Devizes to Roundway Hill, taking in stretches of the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal, with opportunities to take<br />

longer walks by joining the Mid Wilts <strong>Way</strong>, Wessex<br />

Ridgeway or the White Horse Trail.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />


Holiday Inn, Salisbury – Stonehenge<br />

This modern friendly hotel has over 100 air<br />

conditioned bedrooms and is the nearest hotel<br />

to Stonehenge, offering a stylish, contemporary<br />

gateway to the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> and to the<br />

picturesque county of Wiltshire and beyond.<br />

Enjoy easy access to the colourful landscape of sights<br />

and attractions dotting the English countryside.<br />

hisalisbury-stonehenge.co.uk<br />


Cricklade House Hotel<br />

Standing in over 30 acres of peaceful, secluded<br />

grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cricklade<br />

House Hotel offers a traditional, warm and friendly<br />

welcome. This beautiful and dignified country<br />

house, built at the turn of the last century, has been<br />

tastefully restored and carefully extended.<br />

Perhaps the most impressive addition is the<br />

magnificent Victorian-style glass conservatory<br />

which runs the full length of the original building,<br />

making the most of the hotel's elevated position,<br />

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Rowley Cottage at Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon<br />

with wonderful panoramic views over the Wiltshire<br />

countryside. The ideal location for exploring the<br />

wonders Wiltshire and the surrounding area have to<br />

offer – with brilliant links to both the M4 and M5 and<br />

through to Oxford.<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton, Swindon<br />

<strong>West</strong> of Swindon, this relaxing hotel is an excellent<br />

base for touring the beautiful <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

countryside including the Wiltshire Downs and<br />

the Cotswolds, visiting pretty villages such as<br />

Chippenham and Marlborough, and, for a truly<br />

memorable experience, you'll find the World<br />

Heritage Site of Avebury nearby too.<br />

The accommodation comprises 171 bedrooms with<br />

61 Deluxe rooms and eight Suites and for food and<br />

drink head to The Larder Restaurant and Bar.<br />

hilton.com<br />

Village Hotel Swindon<br />

A great spot for exploring Wiltshire’s many beauty<br />

spots with the world-famous Cotswolds a short drive<br />

north and the breathtaking North Wessex Downs to<br />

your south. The hotel has everything you need for<br />

a great stay including a swimming pool and buzzing<br />

Pub & Grill and even a Starbucks coffee shop.<br />

hilton.com<br />

Rose & Crown Inn, Ashbury<br />

Located in a charming ‘off the beaten track’ village at<br />

the foot of the rolling countryside of the Lambourn<br />

Downs and historic sites of the Vale of the White<br />

Horse. This village inn boasts an exceptional menu<br />

and very comfortable rooms. It has a unique<br />

atmosphere and very much reflects the gentle pace<br />

of a friendly and welcoming ‘unspoiled’ village inn.<br />

roseandcrownatashbury.co.uk<br />


Totteridge Farm Camping Pods<br />

Totteridge Farm Camping Pods offer a wonderful<br />

English countryside experience, for those who<br />

want to be close to nature without giving up home<br />

comforts. Step out of your timber lodge into the<br />

fresh calm of a rural Wiltshire morning, explore the<br />

towns, villages and trails of the Vale of Pewsey, or sit<br />

out under the stars around a wood fire with a glass<br />

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Adventures into authentic<br />

England for the curious &<br />

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The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> caters to the desires of<br />

all travellers, with its mix of quirky glamping<br />

and camping sites, pretty countryside B&Bs,<br />

cool city hotels, traditional village pubs and<br />

even fancy castles and stately homes<br />

of farm-grown English wine. There are five luxury<br />

log pods in total, and they are exclusively for adults<br />

(for ages 18 and above), with fantastic views over<br />

the Pewsey Vale, and with the home comforts of a<br />

hot shower and a King Size bed in a double-glazed,<br />

underfloor-heated. There is plenty of choice for<br />

walking, cycling or even kayaking, with many dog<br />

friendly pubs nearby. Come home to your own firepit,<br />

spectacular sunsets and dark skies. There is also an<br />

all-weather shelter and BBQ area.<br />

totteridge-farm.website/camping-and-holidays<br />

Troutbeck Guest House<br />

The Red Lion Freehouse and Troutbeck Guest House<br />

at East Chisenbury have gained quite a reputation<br />

for providing the best of Wiltshire's food, drink<br />

and accommodation in a truly beautiful setting.<br />

The thatched pub now holds a Michelin star for<br />

its outstanding food, but has never changed its<br />

relaxed, distinctively 'pubby' atmosphere. If there<br />

were any improvements to be made to the Red<br />

Lion experience, it could only be the addition of a<br />

cozy, classy guest house to go back to after a lovely<br />

meal. In December 2012 the Red Lion opened a<br />

newly converted bungalow to its loyal following – a<br />

gorgeously polished accommodation sat right on the<br />

bank of the River Avon.<br />

redlionfreehouse.com<br />


Lainston House – Exclusive Collection<br />

Lainston House is a 17th century luxury hotel,<br />

offering luxurious stays, award-winning dining,<br />

bespoke meetings and memorable weddings. It is<br />

also home to the Season cookery school with awardwinning<br />

chefs and renowned external experts.<br />

Tucked away in 63 acres of rural Hampshire<br />

countryside, you can enjoy both a remote and<br />

Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages<br />

Luxuriously-appointed self-catering cottages<br />

situated in glorious Berkshire countryside.<br />

These 17th century former barns and stables,<br />

renovated by the Betts family farm, provide<br />

everything you need for a luxurious stay on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> and with a village community<br />

shop and café next door for fresh food.<br />

stayatmanorfarm.co.uk<br />

relaxing escape in the country or a more activity<br />

filled getaway with lots to do on site, as well as so<br />

many attractions on your doorstep. Individually<br />

designed rooms and suites with beautiful walks and<br />

bike rides in the grounds, inspiring cookery classes<br />

in Season and delicious dining in The Avenue or<br />

their brand new restaurant, The Wellhouse. Not to<br />

mention outstanding afternoon teas in the drawing<br />

room and casual dining in The Cedar Bar. Head out<br />

to explore local attractions, with the historic city of<br />

Winchester, Bombay Sapphire distillery, Marwell Zoo<br />

and Paultons Park all within 15 miles.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/lainston-house<br />

Plan your complete trip<br />

One of the most exciting ways to<br />

travel the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is to<br />

stop somewhere new each night.<br />

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venture out to explore the mysteries of the North<br />

Wessex Downs? Make a summer solstice pilgrimage<br />

to Stonehenge? Or set off to photograph the pretty<br />

villages of the Cotswolds?<br />

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Aerospace Bristol<br />

Alder Ridge Vineyard<br />

Aldermaston Tea Rooms, Visitor<br />

Centre, & Shop<br />

Aldwick Estate<br />

All Saints Church<br />

American Museum & Garden<br />

Apex Hotel<br />

Apsley House<br />

Ascot Racecourse<br />

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum<br />

Auto Europe<br />

Avebury<br />

Bailey Balloons<br />

Barrington Court<br />

Bath Apartment Breaks<br />

Bath Area Self Catering<br />

Bath Bus Company<br />

Bath Insider Tours<br />

Berkeley Castle<br />

Best <strong>West</strong>ern Plus Angel Hotel<br />

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa<br />

Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve<br />

Blenheim Palace<br />

Bluestone Vineyard<br />

Bombay Sapphire<br />

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection<br />

Bowood House & Garden<br />

Bozedown Alpacas<br />

Bradford on Avon Town<br />

Bristol Airport<br />

Bristol Cathedral<br />

Bristol Community Ferry Boats<br />

Bristol Packet Boats<br />

Bristol Tandem Hire<br />

Britains Best Heritage Tours<br />

British Museum<br />

Brooks Guest House Bath<br />

Brooks Guest House Bristol<br />

Bruce Branch Boats<br />

Brunel’s SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain<br />

Calne Town<br />

Canal & River Trust<br />

Canal Trust Café<br />

Castle Combe Circuit<br />

Cheddar Camping and Caravanning<br />

Club Site<br />

Cheddar Caves<br />

Cheddar Gorge<br />

Chippenham Museum and Heritage<br />

Centre<br />

Chippenham Town<br />

Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm<br />

Church Farm Country Cottages<br />

Clayton’s Kitchen<br />

Cliffe Farm Dairy<br />

Clifton Suspension Bridge<br />

Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen<br />

Corsham Town<br />

Cotswold Water Park<br />

Cricklade House Hotel<br />

Crofton Beam Engines<br />

Crop Circle Visitors Centre & Exhibition<br />

Crown & Anchor<br />

Cumberwell Country Cottages<br />

Devizes Camping and Caravanning<br />

Club Site<br />

Devizes Town<br />

Devizes Wharf Tea Room<br />

Donnington Grove Hotel & Country<br />

Club<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton, Swindon<br />

Dukes Hotel<br />

Dyrham Park<br />

Exclusive Collection<br />

Fashion Museum Bath<br />

First <strong>Travel</strong> Solutions<br />

Fisherton Mill<br />

French Brothers<br />

Galahad Tours<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway<br />

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Operators<br />

Hampton Court Palace<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bath City<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport<br />

Henley Greenlands Hotel<br />

Henley Rowing Association<br />

Henley on Thames<br />

Herongate Apartments<br />

Hilton Reading<br />

Hobbs of Henley<br />

Holiday Inn, Salisbury - Stonehenge<br />

Honey Street Boats<br />

Hungerford Town<br />

Iford Manor Gardens<br />

Jones’s Mill at The Vera Jeans Reserve<br />

Kelmscott Manor<br />

Kennet & Avon Trade Association<br />

Kennet Horse Boat Company<br />

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum &<br />

Village<br />

Lainston House<br />

Live Escape Salisbury<br />

WWT London Wetland Centre<br />

Longleat<br />

Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve<br />

Lytes Cary Manor<br />

Mad Max Tours<br />

Maidenhead Heritage Centre<br />

Malmesbury Town<br />

Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages<br />

Marlborough College Summer School<br />

Marlborough Town<br />

Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein<br />

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet<br />

Swindon<br />

Merchants House<br />

Mill Farm Glamping<br />

Mompesson House<br />

Monkey Island Estate<br />

Montacute House<br />

Museum of East Asian Art<br />

MV Barbara McLellan<br />

MV Jubilee<br />

National Garden Scheme<br />

National Trust<br />

National Waterways Museum<br />

Newark Park, Ozleworth<br />

Newbury Racecourse<br />

No. 1 Royal Crescent<br />

No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

North Wessex Downs AONB<br />

Novotel Reading Centre<br />

Old Sarum<br />

Oldbury Tours<br />

Original Wild<br />

Parkway Shopping Centre<br />

Pennyhill Park<br />

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Pewsey Vale of Tourism Partnership<br />

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Reading UK<br />

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Studley Grange<br />

Sulis Guides<br />

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Thames Lido<br />

Thames Rivercruise<br />

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The Chequers Hotel<br />

The Courts Garden<br />

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The Museum of English Rural Life<br />

The National Gallery<br />

The Old Bell Hotel<br />

The Pound Arts Centre<br />

The Queens Arms Hotel<br />

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The Rose of Hungerford<br />

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The Royal Windsor Pub<br />

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The Swan Hotel<br />

The Tutti Pole<br />

The Watermill Theatre<br />

The Wave<br />

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University Of Bristol Botanic Gardens<br />

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We The Curious<br />

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Whitchurch Silk Mill<br />

Wilton Shopping Village - The Guild<br />

White Horse Inn<br />

Wilton Windmill<br />

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Wiltshire Stonehenge landscape<br />

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