Events, festivals, art shows 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. Just outside Marlborough and in a stunning setting, Rabley Gallery and Drawing Centre also holds exhibitions. 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
Catch a movie at Marlborough's state of the art cinema with licensed bar and cafe
Welcome back to these fantastic open days where you can witness Crofton Beam Engines in full steam besides the Kennet & Avon canal!Click the link for info and to book a tour
Street parties, beacon lighting, picnics, bake-offs, exhibitions - celebrating The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the NWD AONB is holding its second Walking Festival with 28 guided walks to suit all abilities and interests. Bookings are now OPEN!
Part of the North Wessex Downs AONB Walking Festival, this leisurely circular walk – including time for a packed lunch (bring your own) – explores the ancient tracks, flower-studded downlands and scenic panoramas around Barbury Castle and Burderop Downs. Click the link to book a place
Part of the North Wessex Downs AONB Walking Festival, join Forestry England ranger, Nikki Morgans, for a relaxed 1-2 mile guided walk for the whole family at Savernake Forest
Part of the North Wessex Downs Walking Festival, join Action for River Kennet Project officer Anna Forbes for a walk along the riverbanks of the Kennet and the adjoining water meadow. Stonebridge Wild River Reserve is a multi-award-winning site and is home to water vole, otter and kingfisher; as well as many lesser well known but equally fascinating creatures
Part of the North Wessex Downs Walking Festival, this gentle walk of around three quarters of a mile around the High Street with local historian Nick Baxter, the Wiltshire History Man will reveal the town’s fascinating and dramatic past, from its beginnings, King John’s charter, Civil War sacking by a Royalist army, the 1653 great fire, the golden age of coaching, and the more recent quest for the picturesque
Part of the North Wessex Downs Walking Festival, local historian Nick Baxter, the Wiltshire History Man, guides you along the River Kennet to explore water meadows, connecting Marlborough’s history within its chalk downland setting
RMT Music Live present...
NICK HARPER - PHANTASTES - LIVE AT MARLBOROUGH TOWN HALL
Phantastes inhabits an ethereal realm and explores the parallels of the seminal C19th fantasy novel of the same name by George MacDonald and the beginnings of Nick's own love story from 1982.
Family Friendly festival in a day, in a glorious setting and with surplus proceeds donated to charity
In July each year artists across north Wiltshire open up their studios for you to visit, meet them and enjoy their artwork
Across four days, hundreds of horse and rider combinations, featuring some of the best in the world, will be competing in the sport of eventing
Something for everyone: Marlborough College Summer School offers an inspirational mix of lifelong learning opportunities and entertainment for all ages
At Marlborough Common Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter
Bringing great writing to our beautiful town
8 October - Mop Fair
The Showmen's Guild return to the High Street with "Little Mop" fair from midday
15 October - Mop Fair
The Showmen's Guild return to the High Street with "Big Mop" from midday
18 November - Christmas Lights
Save the date for the 2022 switch-on event
Please see our calendar for more options
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