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Woodborough Hill in the distance
Image courtesy of David White Wildlife Photography
The Vale of Pewsey is at the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We're looking forward to welcoming you back to the
Vale of Pewsey!

Explore - Stay - Eat - Drink - Shop

As lockdown restrictions ease, the Vale of Pewsey businesses are preparing to reopen and we are looking forward to welcoming you back, or perhaps welcoming you for the first time, over the next few months.

We anticipate that holidays in the UK are going to be very popular this year, so make sure you book your accommodation well in advance. To help you, in this issue we've included a short video on where to stay, as well as features on Honeybee Glamping, Farm Stays including camping at Suddene Park Farm and how you might be able to win a stay at the Crown & Anchor in Ham!


Our latest video invites you to Imagine a place with spectacular views, heritage to visit, footpaths to explore, unique places to stay and lots more!  For anyone planning their 2021 break in the Vale of Pewsey, this will give you ideas on what to do and where to stay.  We hope you enjoy it!
Itineraries for the Vale of Pewsey
Later this year, we will be launching itinerary holidays in the Vale of Pewsey.  All based on walking or cycling routes, with places to stay, eat, shop and visit, as well as things to do, these will help you plan your visit to the Vale.
Keep up to date by following us on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter and by subscribing to this newsletter.

Visit Woodborough Yard's Foodie Outdoor Market - on the first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 2pm - and find those locally-produced products from the Pewsey Vale and surrounds. 
Best of all you can speak to the people behind the products, get their expert advice and perhaps taste before you buy!

Breathe, Variations No.11” Oil on Canvas - Lorna Wilson MA

Lorna Wilson  MA - Solo Exhibition 'Transient Landscapes’ A Retrospective
At McNeill Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2 Market Place, Pewsey, SN9 5AA
Opening day Friday 16th April  & continuing until  24th April 2021. 

Lorna Wilson's fine art at postgraduate level at the Royal Academy Schools in London under the tutorship of Norman Adams RA, Anthony Eyton RA & Jennifer Durrant RA, brings together a portfolio of her unique art works over the past 20 years.

View the exhibition online.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 11am – 4pm
Saturday               – 11am – 2pm
Closed Sunday & Monday



Make a beeline for Honeybee Glamping!
The perfect getaway in the pretty village of Horton, close to the Kennet & Avon Canal, these safari lodges are not only luxurious, but are eco-friendly too.
There's a reason it's called Honeybee Glamping.  Owners, Mel and Rick, have 3 hives located in a wild area at the top of the field,  in amongst the trees and nettles - all provided for the benefit of the wildlife. If you are staying when the hives are being checked, then you are more than welcome to get involved and learn more about the bees.  And middle daughter Bea also gets involved, attending the local Kennet Beekeepers' Club with her dad and caring for the bees.  However Percy the dog and Betty the cat prefer to keep their distance!

Sunrise at Martinsell
Image courtesy of WALX Wessex Nordic Walking

 
Walking & Cycling in the Vale of Pewsey
We have a fabulous collection of walks and bike rides (on-road and off-road) for you to enjoy when you visit. 
Download them to your mobile or print them out - it's up to you.  

Emergency First Aid at Work or Basic Life Support course
at Devizes Town Hall
Tuesday 18th May at 9.30am

Louise Worsley from Worsley Training is a brilliant teacher.  Would you like to know basic first aid including the use of a defibrillator? Or are you a small business owner who needs the full 1 day accredited certificate to fulfil your service to your clients? 
Louise will be running the 4 hour emergency course concurrently with the full 6 hour accredited Emergency First Aid at Work.
Click here for full details, including how to book and how the course will be Covid-safe.


Discover Woodborough Yard & Enter a Free Prize Draw
A fabulous collection of independent shops and cafes in the heart of the Vale of Pewsey.  Keep up to date with news and offers and follow Woodborough Yard on Facebook.

Every month Woodborough Yard runs a Free Prize Draw, announced on the Woodborough Yard Facebook page.
To enter the Prize Draw, all you have to do is like the post at the top of the Woodborough Yard Facebook page each month and you will be entered into the draw, with the winner being chosen at random at the end of every month.
The Vale of Pewsey is at the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The Landscape Trust - the charitable arm of the North Wessex Downs - is running an online raffle for one fabulous prize - a stay at the Crown and Anchor in Ham, a visit to Crofton Beam Engines and a tour of Wilton Windmill, plus a book of Walks from The Crown & Anchor by Ron Forbes and some Windmill goodies. 
The Landscape Trust does fabulous work across the North Wessex Downs, supporting community and conservation projects, including bat box installations, an infra-red camera for a local bird group, providing improvements to footpaths and village halls and installing barn owl boxes.

 

The Equilibrium Clinic will be reopening on April 12th!
Lorraine and the team can’t wait to get back to helping you look and feel your best with their range of beauty, health and holistic treatments. You can view the full range of services on their website, and to celebrate their reopening they are offering all Visit Pewsey Vale readers 10% off their first treatment at the clinic.
Call 01672 851212 and quote ‘reopening offer’.
They look forward to seeing you very soon!

Farm Stays in the Vale of Pewsey
Meet Sarah from Suddene Park Farm in the heart of the Vale of Pewsey.  Sarah runs a livery on the farm and also has a beautifully situated camping and caravan site.  Well-behaved dogs and horses are welcome and because the livery horses ride out every day, there is always someone to show you the local riding routes.

We have lots of farm stays in the Vale offering unique accommodation and of course a variety of animals - including emus and llamas at Lyde Cottage and Pots & Pigs, both of which are on Manor Farm in Wilton.
Eggs-tra Help for Bruce Accessible Boats
Bruce Accessible Boats - a charity that runs boats on the Kennet & Avon Canal which have fully accessible facilities - has had eggs-tra help from a local family who are raising money for this worthwhile charity.  Patrick writes:
One of my pleasures in life - apart from a good Rioja - is to meet positive young people.  Recently, on a beautiful sunny morning, I walked up the hill from Great Bedwyn to meet Daisy (aged 11) and her brother Jago (aged 9) on their family farm.
Daisy and Jago have four chickens – Henniker Lopez, Snowy, Pepper and Blue. They have very generously decided to donate all the money that they take from egg sales to the Bruce Boats - £50 so far and rising. They have become our youngest donors by a country mile!  I was so impressed with Daisy and Jago that we have invited them to be our youngest Ambassadors, positions which they have kindly accepted.
I met them to thank them personally for their support and exchange eggs. They very kindly gave me a Special Edition Box of Fresh Eggs and in return they each received a chocolate Easter Egg.  
I also got to meet the chickens in their beautifully clean pen. They are four very happy chickens thanks to the tender, loving care that they receive from Daisy and Jago. 
Six eggs can be purchased for a suggested donation of  £2 and all donations go to Bruce Boats.  If you are lucky you get a Special Edition Box with two of each colour. 
If you would like to purchase eggs please email gbilderbeck@gmail.com  or telephone 07768 344056.

Bruce Accessible Boats hope to be opening for business on 21st June when they will have these delicious eggs available at the Wharf,

Wilton Windmill - Open in 2021
Wilton Windmill is run entirely by volunteers and, because social distancing cannot be maintained as the building is too narrow, they are adopting a flexible approach to the opening of the windmill to the public in 2021. 
The grounds of the windmill will continue to be open to the public to enjoy on any day of the week (Covid restrictions permitting) - the views are well worth a visit.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and picnics - there are tables in the grounds for you to use. 
During the summer, a number of volunteers will occasionally be on hand (on an un-booked, ad-hoc basis) to provide information and open the granary and mill for self-guided tours by individuals within the same household or bubble.  
As social distancing restrictions are removed, the mill will be opened more formally and details will be posted on the Wilton Windmill website
2021 is the Windmill's 200th anniversary and hopefully this wonderful milestone will be celebrated in some way at the end of the summer.
A Very Personal Pilgrimage
In December 2020, Laurence of Oldbury Tours fulfilled an ambition by walking from his home in Calne to Stonehenge for the winter solstice.  He spent much of the day crossing the Pewsey Vale and had lunch in The Millstream at Marden. Find out more about his pilgrimage.
Laurence provides bespoke guided tours of the Vale of Pewsey, Stonehenge, Avebury and beyond.  His expert guidance will ensure you don't miss a thing!  A perfect day out for locals and visitors alike - find out more.
               
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