If you are holidaying in the UK, it is quite possible that you are going to experience the odd day when the weather is being unkind and you need to find alternative things to do instead of the walking or cycling you had planned, or pursuing other outdoor activities.
So, we’ve put together a few ideas for you, for all ages when you are in the Pewsey Vale to make the most of your visit.
Have a go at Arts and Crafts
Over in Woodborough Yard, Paper and Smiles has a generously sized, bright and airy studio and runs regular workshops which can be found here, as well as selling crafting gifts and cards.
An eclectic mix at Woodborough Yard in Woodborough
Woodborough Yard in Woodborough is a diverse collection of small businesses set in a collection of converted barns and farm buildings, with plenty of free parking. You can easily spend a few hours here.
If you fancy a bit of a pamper and relaxation, then call the Equilibrium Clinic and book one of the many health, beauty and wellbeing treatments on offer to help you unwind and reenergise.
And a browse around the collectibles shop, Just the Thing, is always worthwhile – there is just so much to see in the showroom and it’s packed with interesting objects. Always worth a visit, regardless of the weather.
Refreshments and the most wonderful kitchenalia are on offer at Sticks and Stones.
Paper and Smiles (see above) is a crafter's dream studio, with workshops, craft kits, gifts and cards.
Whitehall Garden Centre is also located at Woodborough Yard and has an extensive range of gifts and homeware, gardening equipment and plants and a lovely, bright and airy café.
When lunch beckons, then you have the choice of the café in Whitehall Garden Centre, or stop off for at JW Fine Foods eelicatessen or a short walk or drive down the lane to Bottlesford will take you to The Seven Stars – a beautiful, quintessentially English, thatched pub which serves delicious food and local beers and a warm welcome.
Let off steam at Crofton Beam Engines
A guided tour of the Crofton Beam Engines is a must if you are staying in the Vale of Pewsey. The imposing building houses two beam engines, the Boulton & Watt engine is the oldest working beam engine in the world! It’s all under cover so you won’t get wet. The engines are not normally in steam, but check our events calendar to see whether they are in steam when you plan to visit.
Once you’ve done the tour, then you can always stop for a cup of tea, lunch or afternoon tea in the busy little café – The Engineman’s Rest, which offers home-made dishes and delicious cakes.
Visit the Heritage Centre in Pewsey
This old engineering works in the High Street in Pewsey is now home to the Pewsey Heritage Centre. It has lots of really interesting artefacts as well as story boards telling you all about the history of the Vale. It is very accessible and so many of the items on display can be touched and walked around. You can spend a good hour here, particularly if you engage with the volunteers who are always able to elaborate on the stories!
Just across the road is the Pewsey Vale Community Craft & Tea Rooms, serving light refreshments all day and scrumptious cakes as well as having locally produced art and crafts to buy.
The Pewsey Vale is also ideally placed for a visit to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, Avebury and Old Sarum – have a look here for a day’s trip to see the sites.
And as you are in the Vale of Pewsey, you are well located to visit the local market towns of Devizes, Marlborough and Hungerford where you can find lots of independent shops and outdoor weekly markets. You are also only about half an hour from the large town of Swindon and with such easy access to mainline rail (at Bedwyn and Pewsey stations) and the main east/west routes of the M4 and A303, the south west of England and London are not very far away.
So don't despair if the weather isn't perfect whilst you are here, there is still plenty to do!