Places of Interest

Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire.  Visitors to Trowbridge are within easy travelling distance of Westbury, Bradford-on-Avon, Lacock, Chippenham and BathSouthwick and the Country Park are also nearby.  Bristol, Swindon and Salisbury are within an hours travelling.  Day trips that take 2 hours plus include Southampton, Poole, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Sidmouth.

Other places that we visit each year for the bluebells, snowdrops or rhododendrons are Stourhead, Bowood and Kingston Lacey.

Several of the nearby villages of North Bradley, Lacock, Urchfont, Bulkington, Edington, Keevil, Kington Langley and Norton St. Philip have annual Scarecrow Trail weekends.

National Trust properties in the area include Stourhead, Dyrham Park, The Courts, Great Chalfield Manor, Prior Park,Westwood Manor and Lytes Cary Manor.

English Heritage properties in the area include Old Wardour Castle, Old Sherbourne Castle and Farleigh Hungerford Castle.

Historic Houses Association properties include Wilton House and Lydiard Park.

Muriel comes for an annual visit each September for a few days and I take her to visit some nearby places.

Longleat, situated near Warminster, is one of the local tourist sites. Longleat House is the home of Lord Bath. It has extensive grounds and has a safari park and other attractions. They host numerous events including The Festival of Light, which we visted in both 2015 and 2017.

The local garden centre, Whitehalls, has a beautiful Christmas display durring December each year.

Although Wiltshire is some way away from the sea, we always enjoy day trips to various seaside locations. During the year we take short breaks to Sussex, Dorset, Devon or Wales. We also regularly drive to the Medway towns in Kent to visit relatives. Whilst there, we occasionally visit Rochester. In 2018 we visited Upnor.

We use to go to London each September for James to go to an annual medal fair. While he is there, I have the opportunity to sight-see.

In 2008 painted Pigs made of fibreglass were displayed around the City of Bath. These are some of the ones that we saw when we walked around. Approximately 100 Lions were displayed around Bath in 2010. In 2013 we saw Gromits in Bristol and Rhinos in Southampton and in 2014 we saw Hares in Cirencester. In 2015 we have seen Barons in Salisbury and Shaun in the City in both Bristol and London. On my birthday in 2016 we went to Southampton to walk the Zebra trail. In 2018, we saw some of the Penguins that were displayed in Dundee, some of the Minerva Owls in Bath and some Robins in Nottingham. In 2021, we saw some Elephants in Southampton and Kingfishers in the Cotswolds.

I recently revisited the site where the TV soap Coronation Street was filmed until the beginning of 2014. I have also taken the opportunity whilst on holidays to visit other locations used for filming other TV programmes, including Heartbeat, Emmerdale and The Royal.

The coach took us to Harrogate after our Emmerdale trip.

In 2016, we went to Lytham St. Annes, Blackpool, Southport and Liverpool (June), Worcester (September), Stratford Upon Avon (September) and Blackpool again (October).

In 2017, we visited Lytham St. Annes, Blackpool and Derbyshire (June) and Stratford Upon Avon (September).

In 2018 I went to Southsea (March), Cambridge and London (May), Scotland (June/July), Nottingham (September) and Torquay (November).

In 2019 I went to Wareham, Kent, Sussex and Nottingham.