Christmas miscellany

A cosy Christmas at Lacock

ESCAPE the festive crowds at one of the country’s prettiest villages, the National Trust-owned Lacock in Wiltshire, where the Great Hall at Lacock Abbey is decked out for the season and visitors can enjoy a stroll in frosty winter gardens or peaceful cloister walks. Christmas trees decorated by local community groups and charities on the…

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Festive glow at Brimsmore Gardens

THE Garden Centre Association’s annual Christmas competition once again brought an award for the Gardens Group, this time for Brimsmore Gardens at Yeovil, which was awarded third place in national judging. Up against garden centres from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including big names within the industry, Brimsmore Gardens was recognised as one…

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A yuletide truckle from Quicke’s,

CHRISTMAS is a time when most cheese-lovers enjoy some special treats, whether it’s a great Stilton (with or without port) or one of the country’s finest traditional Cheddars, for which we are spoiled for choice! Among the best are the three great Somerset traditional farmhouse Cheddars, from Keens near Wincanton, Montgomerys of North Cadbury and…

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Jazzing it up at Fisherton Mill

FISHERTON Mill’s popular Jazz Brunch makes a special appearance this Christmas, with a festive feast on Christmas Eve morning, after you’ve done your shopping among the colourful crafts and gifts by some of the region’s finest makers. The Victorian mill off Fisherton Street at Salisbury, includes a gallery and studios, with work by contemporary artists…

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Festive shopping at Ilminster Arts Centre

IF you are looking for interesting, original gifts for Christmas (or even for yourself), pop into Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House, where the Christmas Collection selling exhibition continues to Saturday 21st December. On show is an array  of jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, decorative art and home accessories by leading local makers, selected by…

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Let there be light at Sladers Yard

RADIANCE is a theme to which Sladers Yard, the gallery and arts venue in West Bay, regularly returns. This year’s winter show, running to 12th January, features paintings by Fred Cuming, Michael Fairclough, Rachel Fenner, Jeremy Gardiner, David Inshaw, Alfred Stockham, Petter Southall furniture and work by two new exhibitors, ceramicist Franny Owen ceramics and…

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A hand-made Christmas at Avebury Manor

THIS year Christmas at Avebury Manor gives visitors a chance to discover handmade decorations based on traditional carols and escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season. The decorations throughout Avebury Manor have been hand made by the skilled National Trust volunteer Christmas team, with more than 5,000 hours of work going into the…

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Drawn to Craft at Salisbury Arts Centre

SALISBURY Arts Centre always has one of the most interesting and high quality of the winter/Christmas exhibitions. This year’s, Drawn to Craft, until 18th January, features work by some of the top contemporary British Craft practitioners. Drawn to Craft is inspired by drawing and reflects on the drawn line. The exhibition is an opportunity to…

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Bruce Munro lights up Messums

THE art of light is taken to magical heights by the Wiltshire-based artist Bruce Munro who has an exhibition of light installations and works on paper, running from 7th December to 26th January 2020 at Messums Wiltshire, at the Tisbury tithe barn. The exhibition is called Time and Place, and there will be an artist’s…

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