PUBLISHED: 11:33 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:04 20 February 2013
There's more to do in Wiltshire than you can shake a stick at this spring, wherever you live, never mind visiting some of the world-class attractions that will be shaking off the winter cobwebs, so here's just a selection of some of the major even...
Children Activities in the County over the Easter break.
Easter wouldn't be Easter without chocolate, and there will be a lot of it to be collected on the children's Easter Trail at Avebury which runs over the holiday weekend, with more to be uncovered on bank holiday Monday at Lacock Abbey where a series clues will be followed to find the secret password to unlock seasonal goodies.
At Devizes Library, dinosaur stories will be told and prehistoric eggs and head dresses made, while at Salisbury there will be pirate adventures and deep sea monster making. Still on the wild side at Marlborough Library's Really Wild Wildlife session there will be stories, crafts and creatures for four to nine year olds, whilst Westbury Library will be decorating Easter eggs and making flower filled Easter baskets, and for budding writers there will be a poetry workshop at Bradford on Avon library with Australian poet Mike Leigh.
Throughout the Easter break Salisbury Playhouse are running a full programme of
entertainment for young people. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the first of six
plays over a two week period. The programme also includes There's an Alien in My
Dustbin, Wedding Story and Petrushka and storytelling workshop using mime and
movement with Krazy Kat Theatre Co.
Hands on History at Old Sarum will give children a chance to learn more about this ancient monument's past through examining real bones and roman coins found on the site and trying on chain mail helmets and shields.
Zooming forward to medieval times, Old Wardour Castle will be inviting dragon hunters to help St George to find all the dragons before they distress the damsels. Also at Old Wardour Castle there will be a medieval knights' trail to take part in where the challenge will be to find the English Heritage knights and deliver their invitations to the Queen's banquet.
Wiltshire Library Events
Salisbury Library 01722 324145
Devizes library 01380 726878
Westbury Library 01373 822294
Marlborough Library 01672 512663
Old Wardour Castle, nr Tisbury (01747) 870487
Old Sarum, Avebury (01722) 335398
Lacock Abbey (01249) 730459
Avebury (01672) 539250
Salisbury Cathedral 750 Year celebrations On 26 April there will be a rare chance to see behind the scenes of Salisbury Cathedral as part of its 750th anniversary celebrations. The Cathedral's musicians, flower arrangers and embroiderers will be offering visitors a chance to join them in their work, and you can find out what it's like to be a verger, stonemason, conservator or chorister. Also on the day there will be privileged views of The Vestry, medieval Song Room, the magnificent Library and the former Bishop's Palace - places normally closed to the public. There will also be free entry to Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, The Rifle's Museum, Wren Hall, Sarum College and the gardens of Mompesson House and Arundells.
For more information on the Open Day visit www.salisbury750.co.uk
On 4 and 5 May, there will be fun for all at the Medieval Fair with falconry, medieval music, hog roasts, court entertainers, and at the Wadworth Beer tent in Marsh Close, there will be a chance to sup the famous Bishop's Tipple. Elgar's Dream of Gerontius will be performed by Salisbury Musical Society with the Berlin Philarmonic Choir on 17 May and A Vaughan Williams concert will be performed by Salisbury Musical Society with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra on 5 July.
Don your walking boots for Wiltshire's wildlife
There's still time to get into shape for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon, on Sunday 4th May. The event is a unique sponsored walk and run between the two World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge. The route offers some of the most spectacular scenery across Wiltshire's undulating landscape and a chance to experience parts of Salisbury Plain that are usually closed to the public. The full distance is 26-miles, although shorter courses are available to cater for different abilities. But the event is not just for keen walkers or runners, it is also a real treat for anyone with a passion for nature or history. Part of the route traces the approximate trail along which the Sarsen stones were dragged to build Stonehenge in Neolithic times, and other significant historical monuments are dotted along the way, like Silbury Hill - the oldest man-made mound in the country currently undergoing major conservation work, the Wansdyke and Rybury Camp. Bird aficionados will delight in spotting skylarks, kestrels, yellowhammers and lapwings. Sedge warblers and kingfishers are sometimes spotted when crossing the Kennet and Avon Canal. Butterflies are also on the wing this time of year with green hairstreaks, dingy skippers, Duke of Burgundy, marsh fritillary and the common and Adonis blue often putting on a fluttering display on the Plain. For plant enthusiasts the chalk downlands offer a feast for eyes with a number of different orchids found together with cowslips, milkworts, scabious, knapweed, and many grasses, especially the fine-bladed fescues.
This year the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Sarsen Trail and to mark this milestone people are invited take part in the Walk for Wildlife Week Saturday 26 April to Sunday 4 May where there will be a range of walks to suit all abilities.
For more information on these events or to request a fundraising pack to stage your own sponsored walk, visit the Trust's website at www.wiltshirewildlife.org or contact Kirsten on (01380) 725670, ext. 281.