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Drop In Jigsaw @ Lions Bookshop
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm

Are you a closet jigsaw puzzler?  Then drop by the Westbury Lions’ Bookshop during the three weekends of the festival and while away some time puzzling your way through the three 2000-piece jigsaws on display – each one an iconic view of our town.  Children are very welcome too – they can help with the puzzles or try their hand at some colouring in some of the giant posters.

Call in any time from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Saturday – no charge!  Enjoy!

Artist’s Open Studio @ Andrew Cottrell Art Studio,
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm

Once again, local landscape artist Andrew Cottrell is opening up his studio at 158 Eden Vale Road, Westbury for anyone to drop by and see how an artist works.  No appointment is needed during these days so pop in and take a look!

Andrew is a local artist and illustrator inspired by colour, light and texture taken from where the UK and abroad.  He works in acrylics and his work is influenced by N.C. and Andrew Wyeth as well as Anthony Green RA.



French Country Dancing @ Westbury Leigh Community Hall
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

French Dance Instruments

An opportunity to take part in traditional French Country dancing accompanied by La Vieille Rue and led by experts.  Beginners Welcome

La Vieille Rue is a Wiltshire based band of musicians  who play the traditional evocative dance music of the Bourbonnais region of Central France, using instruments such as the Vielle a Roue (hurdy gurdy), grande cornemuse (French bagpipes), diatonic and chromatic accordions, concertina, violin and guitar.

The traditional dances of Central France, the Bourrée, Schottish, Valse, Mazurka and Polka will be taught in this session.  We will teach you the steps and walk you through the dances.  Beginners and more experienced dancers are welcome.  Our aim is pleasure and enjoyment in music and dance for both adults and children.

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Magical Tea @ Fairfield Farm College
Sep 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Afternoon Tea at Fairfield Farm College, in Dilton Marsh has become something of a festival tradition.

Each year the young people and staff lay on a generous and impressive buffet tea. [Some regulars at this event advise that you should not only skip lunch on the day but perhaps breakfast as well!].

This year we have something a little different: as you sit at your tables and enjoy your tea selections, professional magician, Jayne Corrigan will be passing amongst you with her baffling close-up magic.

Jayne is a full member of Equity and one of fewer than seventy women worldwide to be elected to the prestigious, world famous ,Magic Circle

“Quality, Fun Close Up Magic” – The Stage


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Leighton House Walks @ Leighton House
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


11am Sunday 1st of October – click Book now below and choose the active tour

Two years ago we sold out, when Lt Col Andrew Field led select tours around Leighton House, the Army Officer Selection Board.

Lt. Col Andrew Field MBE has once again offered to lead small parties around his fascinating site. If you have always wondered what was behind those very high grey stone walls, then now is another chance to have a peek!

The first two tours of the day also include a chance to visit and learn more about the unique apple orchard at Leighton House with local apple experts, Mike Pearce and Warren Harding.  The orchard has a tree of every apple variety available at the time when the Laverton family lived in the house. This tour will take part after the main tour so tours 1 & 2 will be longer

We expect this event to be very popular, book early.

YOU MUST PROVIDE CONTACT DETAILS AND NAMES OF PARTICIPANTS WHEN YOU BOOK – this applies at the Box Office as well. Failure to do so may result in you or members of your party being refused entry by the Army on the day.

The Tour

The ground at Leighton House is not very flat (it is an assault course in places!) and the house is not ideal for disabled access (it is a working military facility not a public venue). If you are disabled, we will do our best to accommodate you but we hope that you understand that some areas might not be accessible.

All visors should be reasonably fit as the tour involves quite a bit of walking, and will last about 1 hour; we’d advise “sensible shoes”.




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Jonathan the Jester – Circus Show @ The Laverton
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Jonathan the Jester, ringmaster of the Wessex Community Circus introduces a fun packed family show.

Voted Jester of the year in 1999, Jonathan has been performing for over 20 years with a uniquely spectacular style. His original patter and banter delights audiences of all ages.

He was huge hit in a Festival family show a few year’s back .

His family shows are age appropriate and he can work his magic with children from preschool to teens, adult comedy clubs and folk of all ages out and about on the streets.

Jonathan is a former runner up in the Interational Jester Tournament and still holds the world record for the longest ever street show, holding a crowd for an astonishing 26 hours in 2005.

Jonathan runs the Salisbury Community Circus and loves to get people involved. Inspirational,experienced and professional, Jonathan is still doing his thing and still loves his work.

He even still loves his audiences!

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Young people from Circus Wessex will be taking part in this specially prepared show and the event will feature lots of audience participation and lots of Daring Do!

Wessex Community Circus CIC is a Community Interest Company.

We are proud to be funded by the Big Lottery Fund.


Contact Details

Wessex Community Circus, Unit 2b, Minton Distribution Park, Amesbury, SP4 7RT

01722 340440

Knitting for Beginners (workshop) @ EJ Crafts
Oct 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Emma of EJ Crafts if a professional knitter. Indeed, her shop has a large range of knitting supplies amongst its other products.

If you have always wondered about taking up knitting this would be a fun way to get started with this fascinating hobby. Equipment provided or bring your own.

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Starting Crochet (workshop) @ EJ Crafts
Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

This workshop, led by Katie, will be a fun way of getting started in this fascinating hobby you’d always meant to try.  All materials are provided (but you may bring your own).

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Westbury Art & Natter Group – Open Afternoon @ Methodist Church
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come along to an open meeting of this friendly group. Take a look at some of the work they have produced. And of course, have a natter.

Ghostly Film Night @ Westbury Alley Film Club
Oct 4 @ 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm

End a delightfully ghoulish evening watching Noel Coward’s sprightly supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit.

This David Lean 1945 classic will raise a few spirits as novelist Rex Harrison cheekily invites a medium to his house to conduct a seance hoping it will inspire a book he’s working on. Things go decidedly awry when she summons the spirit of his dead first wife much to the dismay of his current one.

Tickets are limited for both this event and the ghost walk so book early. Hosted by Westbury’s Alley Film Club at the Horse & Groom.

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