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The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9HX
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POSTED: 17/05/2017 10:51:37
What makes a great bank holiday? Good food and drink, fresh air and beautiful countryside, some entertainment, art and culture, great shopping, some history and heritage in breath-taking settings, group experiences, laughter, a bit relaxation and self-reflection?

Often we have to choose between the aforementioned list of possible bank holiday experiences, but not this coming Bank Holiday weekend! In a little historic market town on the fringe of the Cotswolds you can experience it all. Whether you are local or planning a visit to Corsham between 26th – 29th May, we’ve got a list of 10 not-to-miss activities to make your weekend an absolute belter!

1) Start your weekend off with some laughter with Mark Thomas at The Pound – in a time when none of us are sure whether to laugh or cry, Mark sets out to find what the future has in store for us by asking the audience what their predictions for the future are, creating a fantastical, hilarious and sometimes accurate vision of the world.
Laughter is great for the mind and the body and in the intimate auditorium of an old restored school house, you’ll get an experience with Mark few other venues can top.  
Friday 26 May, 7.30pm, tickets: £12 Book online or call 01249 701628

2) Corsham Court – visit this privately owned historic house with its significant art collection, you may even see the local Peacocks roaming around! The earliest known records of a house at Corsham date back to 978 when the house was a summer palace for the Kings of Wessex. It still stands as grand as ever in central Corsham.
A set of four pier-glasses and side tables and a unique suite of seat furniture upholstered in crimson silk damask, along with other great works, are on display in the Picture Gallery and Cabinet Room, where little has changed since the time of the Napoleonic wars.

3) Corsham Park – a great place to step into the wide open air in the lush green expanse of grass and monumental trees, one of which has branches spreading over an area larger than a football field! Take the dogs for a walk (keep an eye out for grazing sheep), picnic by the lake, shelter under a very old oak tree. Bliss!

4) Hit the shops! You’ll love the array of independent shops that inspire creativity such as        All the Pretty Things craft emporium and tearoom and The Corsham Bookshop - you won’t be able to leave without a book! You’ll find unique homewares, a traditional hardware shop, art, fashion… There’s also a couple of second-hand and charity shops where you can have a rummage and find some treasure. Wander along Pickwick Road, along the historic High Street and in the Martingate Centre.

5) Pub lunch – there’s a great range of pubs in Corsham including the Flemish Weaver, The Royal Oak and The Hare and Hounds. The Methuen Arms occupies an elegant Georgian House set immediately beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court. In Tudor times this was the site of an impressive house, known as Winters Court, and in 1463 it was owned by the ‘Nott family’, he was a Bailiff of Corsham. It became a public house in 1608. The menu is described as ‘simple, seasonal, free-range ingredient led food with proud British routes and strong Italian influences.’ Yum!

6) Visit the Almshouses - an attractive and unique complex of 17th Century Almhouse, Schoolroom, Warden's House and Stables. The Almshouse was founded by Lady Margaret Hungerford, who lived with her husband Sir Edward Hungerford in nearby Corsham House (now known as Corsham Court). Sir Edward commanded Oliver Cromwell's Wiltshire forces during the English Civil War. The Almshouses are open during the afternoons Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays, 1.30 - 4pm.

7) Enjoy a wood-fired sourdough pizza from Mother & Wild - a neighbourhood cafe, restaurant and bar in Corsham.
Their pizza dough is proofed for 36 hours making it easy to digest and giving it depth of flavour with a mouth-watering selection of toppings. It’s cosy and quirky with a great outdoor space for warmer weather.  

8) Don’t miss Shakespeare’s greatest play, Hamlet, performed by the cast of Discard Nut Theatre at The Pound. In this intimate, 100 seat auditorium you’re bound to feel closer to the story than ever before.
Hamlet is still relevant in a modern world in its commentary about humans and society through the exploration of our deepest thoughts, the breakdown of institutions and the contemplation of life’s most challenging experiences.
“Ed Morris as Hamlet was nothing short of mesmerising, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly terrifying all in one.” – We Are Winchester
Saturday 27 May, 7pm. Book online or call 01249 701628.

9) Take Part in the Corsham in Focus Treasure Hunt - Identify the subjects of Andy Rose’s atmospheric photographs and you could win £500 in a Corsham-wide treasure hunt that runs from March to October 2017. Corsham in Focus will soon have you gripped as you track down architectural details, decorative ironwork, signs and inscriptions, all within a mile of Corsham’s elegant town hall. Pick up your copy of the book from The Corsham Bookshop (£7.99), identify the subjects and send in your answers.

10) Do the Corsham Walk – a great way to take in the full beauty of Corsham. Architectural historians, Nikolaus Pevsner, declared it had ‘no match in Wiltshire for its wealth of good houses’, John Betjeman thought its High Street ‘one of the best left in England.’ Details of this walk can be found here: http://thebristolmag.co.uk/discover-one-of-wiltshires-best-kept-secrets-the-corsham-walk/

Bonus Activity:
Art Exhibition at The Pound. Make a pit-stop into The Pound Café Bar for an aromatic coffee and sweet gooey cake followed by a wander around the current, free art exhibition You’ll See Glimpses by Carole Pearson and Neill Fuller. Find meticulous sculptures complemented with contemporary still life paintings that co-opt objects more often found in supporting roles - plastic trees, dolls house stairs-to-nowhere and a miniature orange slide. Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm.
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The Pound arts centre is undergoing a much needed makeover which will result in some disruption to our normal opening hours and the facilities available. We will keep this page updated with the latest news on these changes, so please check back often.
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