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Events, festivals and concerts

Events, Festivals and Concerts

There's a thriving arts scene in and around Marlborough. For music lovers, the Marlborough College Concert Series brings classical performances to the recently-refurbished Memorial Hall throughout the year. Since 1999 Marlborough Folk Roots has been presenting the finest folk and roots music at venues as diverse as the Town Hall, churches, church halls, schools and theatres, and independent record store Sound Knowledge puts on occasional concerts too. Mantonfest and Avebury Rocks are annual outdoor music fixtures, while St Peter's Church plays host to occasional music recitals, talks and art exhibitions. Local pubs often have live music at the weekend too.
Art exhibitions as well as hands-on workshops take place at the gallery at the White Horse Bookshop, and there are occasional exhibitions at the Mount House Gallery at Marlborough College, modern art at Katharine House Gallery and the Town Hall. During July a host of local artists open up their studios as part of the Open Studios art trail, a wonderful way to explore the area.
Book lovers aren't forgotten either, with the Marlborough Literature Festival held every autumn. We've listed the major events here, but please do check our online calendar for details of all events taking place at the Town Hall and other venues in and around the town.

8-23 June - Walking Festival

8-23 June - Walking Festival
Top class walking country - big skies, wooded valleys, stunning landscape – we have it all here in the North Wessex Downs!

There's even a walk right here in Marlborough

24 June - Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

24 June - Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
At the Town Hall presented by Marlborough Folk Roots

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today

Saturday 29 June - Mantonfest

Saturday 29 June - Mantonfest
Outdoor, family friendly music festival right on our doorstep

29-30 June - Motorcycle Festival

29-30 June - Motorcycle Festival
Crofton Beam Engines is hosting a Festival of Motorcycling alongside its steaming of the historic beam engines

Weekends in July - Open Studios Art Trail

Weekends in July - Open Studios Art Trail
Different artists open at different times - check the website for details

4-7 July - Barbury Horse Trials

4-7 July - Barbury Horse Trials
Equestrian sport at its very best, located in the heart of Wiltshire. Set on the stunning Marlborough Downs, the world’s best riders and horses will be competing in the sport of eventing at the Barbury International Horse Trials

14 July to 10 August - Marlborough College Summer School

14 July to 10 August - Marlborough College Summer School
Something for everyone. Summer School offers an inspirational mix of lifelong learning opportunities and entertainment for all ages

27 & 28 July - Civil War Re-enactment

27 & 28 July - Civil War Re-enactment
Re-enactment of the 1642 English Civil War Battle of Marlborough

Living history displays, artillery batteries and battles

9-11 August - Marlborough Rising

9-11 August - Marlborough Rising
Run by music lovers, for music lovers. Marlborough Rising will be once again filling the town with music this summer

30 August to 9 September - Giffords Circus at Marlborough Common

30 August to 9 September - Giffords Circus at Marlborough Common
Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England throughout the summer

26-29 September - Marlborough Literature Festival

26-29 September - Marlborough Literature Festival
Marlborough has a strong literary tradition with the heritage of Siegfried Sassoon, John Betjeman, Bruce Chatwin, William Golding and many others.

Established in 2010, Marlborough LitFest has had a clear focus on writing and events include author talks, workshops, performances, visits and competitions

5 October - Mop Fair

5 October - Mop Fair
'Little Mop' is the first of two High Street Mop Fairs run by the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain

The fun starts at 12 noon

12 October - Mop Fair

12 October - Mop Fair
'Big Mop' is the second Mop Fair held in the High Street and operated by the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain

The fun starts at 12 noon

22 November - Christmas Lights Switch-on

22 November - Christmas Lights Switch-on
Christmas market, children's funfair, Santa's grotto and live entertainment on the main stage

What's on?

What's on?
Please see our calendar for more options

27 November 2020 - Christmas Lights Switch-on

27 November 2020 - Christmas Lights Switch-on
Save the date for the 2020 switch-on event

26 November 2021 - Christmas Lights Switch-on

26 November 2021 - Christmas Lights Switch-on
Save the date for the 2021 switch-on event

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