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Outdoor Events Larmer Tree Gardens Open
The gardens and Coffee Grove Cafe are open from 26th March SUNDAY TO THURSDAY each week 11am to 4.30pm until Sunday 20th August when the End of The Road Festival moves in.

We re-open on Sunday 17th September for the Autumn season until Thursday 26th October.

PLEASE NOTE the gardens are always closed on Friday's & Saturday's for weddings and private events. Do check our website for other occasional closures.

On: 11.00am Sun 26th Mar 2017
Until: 16.30pm Thu 26th Oct 2017
Address: Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, SP5 5PY
Contact name: Larmer Tree
Phone number: 01725 516971
Contact email: email
Website: http://www.larmertree.co.uk
Exhibitions Discovering Britain: the Shell Heritage Art Collection exhibition
Iconic landscape images that promoted escape and adventure from the 1920s to the 1950s. On show will be posters and original paintings by artists such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Vanessa Bell, some of whom feature in Mottisfont's collection.

The works reflect a diversity of artistic styles emerging in Britain after the First World War and explore the British countryside through images of inspiring landscapes and historic landmarks. The exhibition also includes some of the famous Shell guides, valentine cards and film.

On: 11am Sat 6th May 2017
Until: 5pm Sun 2nd Jul 2017
Address: Mottisfont, National Trust, Nr Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP
Contact name: Mottisfont
Phone number: 01794 340757
Contact email: email
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/features/discovering-britain-exhibition-at-mottisfont
Exhibitions Men At Work – The Tentmakers of Cairo
Although the demand for the opulent tented palaces of past Sultans has long gone, the skills needed to decorate these tents live on and are now being used by Egyptian craftsmen to create stunning works of textile art, a selection of which go on show at Salisbury’s Fisherton Mill this spring.

Ranging in size from an eye-catching 2-metre-tall wall hanging to a series of smaller panels, these textiles are worked with dramatic designs in applied blocks of cotton. Many depict the geometric patterns often associated with Islamic art, but the use of brilliant new colours and ever more complex designs have given them a decidedly contemporary twist.

Originally these hangings were made to decorate the inside of tents used for special occasions such as weddings and other ceremonial events. Gradually such tents fell out of fashion and the demand for the hangings declined accordingly, with the growing tourist market replacing the domestic market. The number of craftsmen or tentmakers declined too and now there are less than 100 working in Cairo, all based in the old tentmaking street Chariah El-Khiamiah. These remaining craftsmen – and following tradition they are all men rather than women – still work using the traditional techniques of handstitched appliqué, but have increasingly felt free to experiment with new designs and update their craft for the 21st century. The result is a series of textiles which retain their traditional handmade aesthetic while looking very much at home either in a contemporary house or gallery space.

In recent years the Tentmakers have built up an international reputation, with their breakthrough coming in 2011 at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Since then they have exhibited in Europe, Australia and the USA and later on this year their work will go on show in South Africa, but before then art lovers in Wiltshire have a chance to view their extraordinary examples of textile art. (And there will even be a chance to learn some of the skills and techniques involved in their creation as some of the Tentmakers will visit Fisherton Mill to host a series workshops on their craft)

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9.30am-5.30pm

On: Tue 9th May 2017
Until: Tue 30th May 2017
Address: Fisherton Mill, 108 Fisherton Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7QY
Website: http://www.fishertonmill.co.uk
Salisbury Tri Club's INTRO TO TRI course
STC Intro to Tri Programme
Swim, cycle or run a little?

We can help you get up to speed and take on your first triathlon.

Done a triathlon before and would like to know more? There always lots to learn and our friendly team of experienced coaches can help you reach the next level.

Our 8 week course starts on the 17th May 2017 and includes swim, bike and run coaching.
Working from 5 Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury we will also cover bike mechanics and transition training.

Sign up at www.salisburytriclub.com or email at salisiburytriclub@gmail.com for more information.

£45 for new members and £20 for existing members.

Every week there will be a range of training sessions to take part in, including swimming, cycling, transition training and running. All sessions will be run by qualified and experienced British Triathlon coaches. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Kemp at headcoach@salisburytriclub.com

To book a place please go to Join & Pay tab http://www.salisburytriclub.com/public/pay/subscription/.

On: Wed 17th May 2017
Until: Wed 5th Jul 2017
Address: Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Hulse Rd, Salisbury SP1 3NR
Website: http://www.salisburytriclub.com/pages/stc-intro-to-tri-programme
Exhibitions LIFE
Visit Beaumont Gallery to see a fabulous exhibition of Mikki Rain’s caricature artwork portraits created for the satirical TV news quiz 'Have I Got News for You' together with original ceramics and beautiful sculptures of people past and present by Jitka Palmer,

The exhibition is a real celebration of ‘larger than life’ characters with Mikki Rain’s caricature portraits with their satirical take on politicians from around the globe and celebrities and stars from the worlds of film, TV, pop, sport, arts and literature, plus the Royal Family. They’ll form a perfect juxtaposition with Jitka Palmer’s vibrantly coloured ceramics which capture facial expressions and body language reflecting the spontaneity of everyday life, and her thought-provoking stone sculptures. Both artists’ works are immediately accessible and mirror their exuberant creative personalities.

On: 10.00am Sat 20th May 2017
Until: 4.00pm Sun 11th Jun 2017
Address: Beaumont Gallery, Woodlands Road, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6BT
Contact name: Andrew Walworth
Phone number: 07855 650964
Contact email: email
Website: http://www.beaumontgallery.co.uk
Outdoor Events "Beyond the Garden Gate"
Hale and Woodgreen Horticultural Society in the New Forest is opening its beautiful gardens on Sunday 21 May (Hale) and on Sunday 18 June (Woodgreen).

We choose the two dates to reflect the differing soil conditions in the 2 villages and to give you more gardens to visit overall, with 2 full days of gardening enjoyment. There will be at least 10 lovely gardens open on each day. Hale gardens mostly have acid soils and so grow lovely early rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and many other garden shrubs and flowers. Woodgreen gardens have more varied soils and exhibit great early summer flowering beauty.

With so many gardens open on both days, you are guaranteed lots to see. Tickets from the Woodgreen Community Shop in advance or any garden on the trail on the day. Refreshments will be available and we expect to make significant contributions to a number of local charities: Stars Appeal, The Salisbury Hospice, The Cherry Tree and Furzey Gardens. In 2015 we raised £4,000!

On: 10.00 Sun 21st May 2017
Until: 17.00 Sun 18th Jun 2017
Address: Hale and Woodgreen villages, SP6 2AJ
Contact name: David Mussell
Phone number: 01725514592
Contact email: email
Website: http://haleandwoodgreenhorticulturalsociety.org
Salisbury Live 2017
Salisbury Live 2017 May 26th ,27th & 28th June 2nd ,3rd , 9th, 10th Select venues in and around the City
This year’s Salisbury Live is as exciting as ever with over 80 acts appearing in venues in and around the City over the three weekends of the 2017 Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. All the events are free and we are thrilled to once again feature’ Live in the Square’ on Friday June 9th. This event is headlined by Salisbury legends; Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, expect all those great 60’s hits. The bill is also bang up to date with the likes of The Neighbourhood Strange and up and coming artists from the Wiltshire College Salisbury BTEC music courses also performing. There will even be a marching band courtesy of the Band of the Royal Artillery!
The pubs and clubs are the mainstay of Salisbury Live and the Friday and Saturday of May 26th, 27th and June 2nd,3rd will be buzzing with top local and regional talent, performing everything from classic covers to folk, rock, indie, punk and jazz.
Don forget Live @ the Farm on Bank Holiday Sunday 28th. There’s something for all the family with kiddies amusements a selection of food stalls, real ale and cider bar and music from the Deloreons, Hightown Crows and Saints of Sin to name but a few.
On June 10th it’s the end of Salisbury Live 2017 party at The Salisbury & South Wilts Sports Club with The Interceptuers and Blackwater Void.
Please visit the Salisbury Live Facebook and Twitter sites for up-to-date info. You can also pick up a Salisbury Live leaflet available from pubs, shops and businesses across Salisbury.

On: see partisipating venues Fri 26th May 2017
Until: see partisipating venues Sat 10th Jun 2017
Address: Various venues,
Real Ale & Music Festival
This weekend is the Winchester Gate bank holiday Real Ale and Music Festival and this time we are raising money for the Salisbury Hospice Charity!
We have over 10 ales and a selection of ciders for you to try and music all weekend.
Friday night we have sets from the awesome Idestroy plus support from Sinful Maggie then Saturday we have live music all day starting at 3pm which concludes with Porstmouth based ska outfit The Silhouettes.
Our Real Ale bar opens at 2pm on Friday and entry is FREE all weekend.

On: 2pm Fri 26th May 2017
Until: 10pm Sun 28th May 2017
Address: The Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Contact name: Robb Blake
Phone number: 01722411529
Contact email: email
May half-term at Mottisfont: My Great Day Out!
Inspired by travel posters in the gallery, take a 'journey' through Mottisfont’s grounds and write your own adventure story in a half-term activity trail.

On: 10am Sat 27th May 2017
Until: 5pm Sun 4th Jun 2017
Address: Mottisfont, National Trust, Nr Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP
Contact name: Mottisfont
Phone number: 01794 340757
Contact email: email
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont
Swimming for teenage mental health
I am a science teacher at the Trafalgar School. at Downton. I have been swimming twice a week in an unheated outdoors, pond since August 2016. Records/evidence is on my facebook page "swimming for teenage mental health". So far I have raised £2800 and I am hoping to get to £5000 by August. I was hoping Spire fm might promote my cause by interviewing me or mentioning my fundraising. I am fundraising for the Family Counselling Trust, a local charity which underwrites the cost of counselling for teenagers with mental health difficulties.. On May 21st I am having an event in Alderbury where many people will swim with me, and there will also be irish set dancing! My (second) justgiving crowdfunding page is called "rachel-eveling-3". Please contact me if you think Spire FM can help me to help teenagers with mental health difficulties. Best Regards, Rachel Eveling

On: August 2016 Sun 28th May 2017
Repeating: Every Sunday
Address: Hand House, Castle Lane, Alderbury, Wilts SP5 3EQ
Website: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rachel-eveling-3
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