Christmas Markets in Wiltshire 2017

Christmas markets in Wiltshire

It’s nearly the end of October – and that means Christmas is almost here! Whether you’re an Xmas fanatic or a bit of a Grinch (no offense intended!), you can’t deny that the sight of a Christmas market with mulled wine and other delights is welcome in the winter.

Here’s a brief run-down of the Christmas markets and other events running in Wiltshire this year.

Salisbury Christmas Market

As always, Salisbury is hosting the annual Christmas market which takes place in the Guildhall Square. With a variety of festive stalls set to a historic backdrop, we think it’s one of the best markets in the area (although we’re biased).

The Christmas market runs from the 23rd November to 22nd December this year. It opens at 10am everyday during that time, although the closing times vary throughout the week.

Tip: Try the mulled wine stand – it’s delicious!

Warminster Christmas Festival Of Lights

Once again, Longleat will host the largest display of Chinese lanterns from the 5th November to 2nd January. If you haven’t had a chance to see these lights yet, they are an amazing spectacle and well worth a visit.

There are also some new scenes this year, so even if you’ve been before you might want to plan another visit.

Traditional Father Christmas at Trowbridge

If you’re looking for a traditional father christmas experience for your children, the Trowbridge Town Hal is hosting one from the 25th November to 23rd December. The cost is £10 per child and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Every child will get the chance to hear a story from father christmas and go away with a gift. This is a wonderful experience for many children and well worth booking if possible.

Christmas Wreath Workshop at Upavon

For those that want to get creative over the christmas period My Flower Patch is hosting a workshop to show you how to create a wreath. You’ll make it using a combination of wire, moss and evergreen foliage, and have the chance to decorate it as you wish.

This is sure to be a fantastic experience that you don’t want to miss! There are a number of classes taking place in the lead-up to Christmas, but make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. You also don’t need any experience with art for this course, so it’s great for beginners and experienced craft-lovers alike.

Trowbridge Christmas Market

While the market at Trowbridge isn’t quite as big as Salisbury, it’s still a great way to get into the christmas spirit.

The market is only running for one day on the 25th November. The Christmas lights will also be turned on during this date, so an evening trip is well worth the effort.

Have we missed any important christmas events in Wiltshire this year? Or have you visited one of these events and want to give feedback? Let us know in the comments.

 

How to Choose a Vacuum for Christmas 2016

Air Reach Vacuum

With Christmas fast approaching and the Salisbury Christmas markets in full swing, a new vacuum is probably the last thing on your mind. We’ve received a request from Pauline Higgins asking how to choose a new vacuum though, and as we haven’t posted in a while we thought it would be a good idea! And the great thing is you’ve still got time to buy one before you need to clean up the inevitable mess on Christmas day!

First things first: price. While we completely understand wanting to get value for money, there’s little point trying to save money by buying a poor quality vacuum. We recommend spending at least £100, and in this we are backed up by experts such as Which and Spotless Vacuum. If you do decide to get a vacuum for cheaper than this, be aware that it will likely have poor suction power and be difficult to move around the home.

Aside from price, there are a number of other things to think about such as:

  • Suction. The main purpose of a vacuum is to suck up dirt, so it’s probably not a surprise that suction power is probably the most important factor when choosing. The best models can pull dirt and dust out of carpets with a combination of brush bar and strong engine. There is such a thing as TOO MUCH suction though, which can cause the vacuum to stick to carpets. A setting to change the height of the floor head is the best solution for this.
  • Type. The two most common type of vacuums are upright and cylinder, but which is the best? There is no easy answer to that, as it depends on your home. Cylinders are great for stairs, as you can use the regular floor head without needing to balance it on a step. Uprights are better for pushing around large areas of carpet. Cordless models, which run entirely on battery power, are often lighter and more convenient, but can’t match corded models in terms of raw power.
  • Dust Capacity. Every vacuum retailer should tell you the capacity of a vacuum in litres. The bigger it is, the more dust it can suck up before needing to be emptied. Many vacuums also struggle for suction when they are close to full, which means they need to be emptied more often.
  • Wattage. The EU has banned vacuums with more than 1600W of power and in 2017 this will be reduced even further to 900W. This was a bad thing in the short term for buyers, as it meant vacuums were less powerful. But the good news is that vacuum companies have been forced to find new and innovative ways to increase suction without using up more power. This means that the wattage of a vacuum isn’t anywhere near as important as it used to be.
  • Bagged or bagless. The rise of Dyson has led many people to believe that bagless vacuums are always better, but this isn’t necessarily true. Bagless vacuums are more convenient and allow you to save money on bags, but the downside is that they are difficult to empty without allowing dust to escape. This is especially bad if you have allergies.

As a bonus tip: we don’t recommend looking for robot vacuums at the current time. The technology is getting better every year, but for most people the amount of time saved isn’t worth the money, as you’ll still need to do a more thorough clean at least once a week.

We hope that helps you Pauline! If you have any questions, just let us know. For extra information, check out the video below:

Why is There No Lawnmower Racing in Wiltshire?

Lawnmower racing has become all-the-rage in counties such as Surrey, mainly due its fun and laid back participants (especially compared to traditional racing). So why are there no lawnmower races going on in the Wiltshire area?

The sport dates back to 1973, and was originally started as drunken fun in a West Sussex pub. Since then it’s grown a lot, with a number of competitive leagues – but the focus is always on having fun.

If you’re not sure why lawnmower racing actually is, check out the short video below.

As you can see, the racing doesn’t use your typical lawnmower that cuts grass, such as your typical garden mower. Instead, these are ride-on mowers with specific standards that must be adhered to. It’s a laid back race, but that doesn’t mean it’s not taken seriously.

While it might look easy, learning how to race lawnmowers takes time and practice. As one racer mentions in the video, it can take up to four years to really get the hang of how to lean when going around corners, how much to brake on different surfaces and how to become an expert racer.

You might be wondering why people bother racing lawn mowers instead of bikes or cars. The simple reason is cost – racing is a fantastic sport but is very expensive to get into. Buying a lawnmower is much cheaper, and allows you to start taking part in races almost straight away. Plus it’s a more chilled out environment where people want to have fun, without the intense focus on winning.

If you want to learn more about lawnmower racing, including where the next races are (there won’t be any until next year unfortunately), we highly recommend checking out the British Lawn Mower Racing Association’s website.

Have you ever been to a lawnmower race? Would you like to see one of these events going on in Wiltshire? Or is there a race that happens on a regular basis in the county that we’re not aware of? Let us know in the comments!

Swindon Theatre: Al Murray “Lets Go Backwards Together”

Al Murray is coming back to Swindon.

Show Info:

The Pub Landlord is back at Swindon!

Al Murray is appearing at the Wyvern Theatre Main Auditorium on the 6th November for a show that promises to be a treat for comedy fans.

With his combination of witty humour and “on-trend” jokes, this is sure to be a night out that won’t be forgotten quickly. Tickets cost £30.50 each and can be bought from the theatre directly. If you’re a member of Wyvern Friends you’ll also get the booking fee-free.

So what is he going to talk about during the show? We can’t say for sure, but we think topics such as the NHS, Brexit and the Middle East are almost certainly going to be on the agenda.

It’s going to be a great night out – and tickets will sell out first. Make sure you get them ASAP.

And if you need something to wet your appetite, here’s a clip of the man in action: