10 Activities for Groups

It's always great fun to travel with friends and the Vale of Pewsey offers plenty for groups to do.

Of course, for anyone planning to travel as a group, it's really important to have the activities organised in advance.  Here are 10 ideas for things to do whilst you and your friends or family are in the Vale of Pewsey.

Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre

Honeystreet Mill Wiltshire SN9 5PS

01672 851155

Investigate Crop Circles

Wiltshire is the crop circle capital of the world and the Vale of Pewsey is at the centre of alot of the activity.  

The Crop Circle Exhibition and Information Centre includes interesting and amazing stories of crop circles, really fantastic photography as well as all the latest circles and access information.

It's a really lovely exhibition and great for a group visit.  Particularly as it is located next door to the wonderful Honeystreet Mill Cafe, The India Shop and Honeystreet Handmade - so a good location for lunch or afternoon tea and a bit of shopping.

Open from 11am to 5pm every day between end of April and end of December.

Learn or hone your cooking skills

The Farm Cookery School at Netherstreet has plenty of very varied courses for you to learn new or improve existing cookery skills.

From curries to baking to picnics, Gretchen and her team will show you how to make it.

Demonstrations, guest chefs, take home or eat in - the options are endless for a wonderful day time or evening group activity.

The Farm Cookery School

Netherstreet Farm Bromham Wiltshire SN15 2DS

01380 859478

Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton Wiltshire SN8 3DW

01672 870300

Find out about the power of steam

On the edge of the Kennet & Avon Canal and in the most glorious of settings, you can book group guided tours of the famous Crofton Beam Engines where the Boulton & Watt engine is the oldest working beam engine in the world.  Learn about the lives of the people who worked here and marvel at the wonders of Victorian engineering.

If you book here, you may also want to book a group tour of Wilton Windmill which is close by.  You could also walk from Crofton Beam Engines to Wilton Windmill which takes about half an hour, possibly a bit less.

Arrange your own bespoke guided tour

This is a great way to explore this part of the world!

Laurence Davies at Oldbury Tours is an expert in guided tours and will create a bespoke tour for you based on your interests - with helpful recommendations along the way.

During the tour, Laurence will keep you updated on what you are looking at and the history of the sites you visit.

Tours can be half day or whole day - the choice is yours!

Oldbury Tours

07714 146978

The Craft Studio

12 High Street Pewsey Wiltshire SN9 5AQ

07469 175195

Learn a craft

Take some time out of your busy schedule to slow down and do some crafting!  This isn't just for the ladies - as with cooking, men are just as involved in this sort of activity nowadays and it is an excellent way to find your inner creativity and relax.

Karen at The Craft Studio in the middle of the village of Pewsey can run just about any craft course you might want to do, including  needle felting, origami, paper cutting, sewing, hand embroidery, lampshade making, macrame, bath bombs, jewellery and cards.  If there's something you'd like to try that's not on the list, then just give Karen a call.

Over at Woodborough Yard, Kirsty from Paper and Smiles Studio can also run bespoke workshops as well as birthday parties, retirement parties, hen parties - whatever the occasion, there is something for you.  

Paper and Smiles Studio

Unit 8, Woodborough Yard Woodborough Wiltshire SN9 5PF

07880 733141

01672 851941

Discover the past

The Pewsey Heritage Centre, itself housed in the old Whatley's Engineering Works, is home to a really interesting collection of items from local rural history.

Find out about how the mechanisation of farming and other technical revolutions affected the local way of life and have a look the mystery items and work out what they were used for.

Groups are always welcome by arrangement and you may even be lucky enough to get one of their walking guided tours of Pewsey village.

Pewsey Heritage Centre

High Street Pewsey Wiltshire SN9 5AF

01672 562617

Honeystreet Mill Cafe

Honeystreet Wiltshire SN9 5PS

01672 851853

Sticks & Stones

Woodborough Yard Wiltshire SN9 5PF

01672 852268

Indulge in afternoon tea

On the banks of the Kennet & Avon Canal, you will find the Honeystreet Mill Cafe which is the perfect setting for enjoying afternoon tea and eating their amazing cakes.  The outdoor seating area on the terrace allows you to watch the boats go by on the canal while you dine, relax and chat.  A very much slower pace than everyday life!

Breakfast and lunch are also available.

Dogs are welcome.

And it isn't just afternoon tea that can be booked at The Charlton Cat - brunch, lunch and afternoon tea are all available.  Why not organise your group to do the Upavon, North Newnton, Charlton & Rushall walk and stop off en route for refreshment?  

For any group bookings involving food and drink, it is always best to book in advance.

Or venture over to Woodborough Yard - with a range of independent shops and plenty of fabulous walking, it's a popular destination for Vale of Pewsey visitors.  Here you will find the wonderful Sticks & Stones cafe and kitchenalia shop, as well as Strawberry Fields Tea Room & Bistro at Whitehall Garden Centre.


The Charlton Cat

Charlton St Peter Wiltshire SN9 6EZ

01980 630103

Whitehall Garden Centre

Woodborough Yard Wiltshire SN9 5PF

01672 851249

Feel the exhilaration of Nordic Walking

A perfect activity for any group, Nordic Walking with Ashley from WALX Wessex mixes exercise, beautiful countryside, amazing views and socialising - sometimes with a drink or tea and cake as well!

Ashley caters for all levels of ability and is able to provide you with the nordic sticks that enable you to get a really good work out.  You can book your own group session and either select the area you would like to explore, or leave the route entirely up to Ashley instead.  It's alot of fun!

Offering walks to the east of the Vale of Pewsey, contact Janine and her team and WALX With Sole - lots of interesting routes and great guides.

WALX Wessex

Brunton Wiltshire

07540 784 959

WALX With Sole

Reading Berkshire

07792 550 191

The Merchant's House

132 High Street Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1HN

01672 511 491

Delve into the life of a 17th Century Merchant

Just north of the Vale of Pewsey is the historic market town of Marlborough.  Perfectly restored in the High Street, you will find The Merchant's House which was built by Thomas Bayly - a prosperous silk merchant - after the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653.

The house is beautiful and full of original features and the guides really bring their way of life to life.  Behind the house are the fully restored gardens where you can walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.

Step over the threshold, away from the bustle of the 21st century and into a real haven of history.

You can organise your own group guided tour and afterwards have a browse around the shop for gifts and homewares.

Take time out from the daily grind

Set high above the village of Wilton is Wilton Windmill, built in 1821 and still producing flour today.  A group guided tour of the windmill will take you through the history of the mill, why it was built and what the day to day life of a miller, and his wife and children, would have been like.  Believe us, you will count your blessings once you've heard the stories!  Understand the mechanics of the windmill and how gravity is used in every step of the process.  You can also buy Wilton Windmill flour at the shepherd's hut shop and have a cup of tea and cake.

It's a beautiful location with far-reaching views across the downs.

Groups are always welcome by arrangement to suit your itinerary.

If you are visiting Wilton Windmill, then you may also want to organise a group visit to Crofton Beam Engines which is close by.  You can also do the lovely walk between Wilton Windmill and Crofton, either via Wilton Water or via the Roman Road - it takes about half an hour.

Wilton Windmill

Wilton (Near Marlborough) Wiltshire SN8 3SW

01672 870594

And of course, in addition to these activities, there is plenty of walking and cycling to be done as well.

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