There’s much more than just the stunning stones to enjoy at the National Trust heritage site in Wiltshire
Visit National Trust place Avebury in Wiltshire, home to museums, a manor house and a World Heritage-listed neolithic site.
The main visitor offering includes the manor where you can step back in time to rooms furnished in a different time period, reflecting the lives of those who have lived there over the last 500 years. Why not take a guided tour around the largest stone circle in the world? Expert guides can tell you about the people who built it and find out all about the archaeology of the Avebury World Heritage Site. The small Alexander Keiller Museum is filled with fascinating artefacts that have been discovered through past excavations.
In addition to the usual delights, this summer, you can also enjoy:
Sentinels of Stone’ by Tony Galuidi
Until 11 June, normal opening hours, free
An exhibition of 35 painting of standing stones, painted in acrylic on canvas, by Tony Galuidi, displayed in the atmospheric threshing barn.
In Stitches – women and needlecraft in Avebury Manor
Until 5 November, 11am-5pm, free with normal admission
Explore the lives of some of Avebury Manor’s female residents through the lens of needlecraft. Find out more about the women of Avebury’s historic crafts from Tudor times to the 1920s and the role they played, at Avebury and beyond, in this new exhibition.
Avebury Trust 10
23 Jul, 9am-11am, free
Enjoy a challenging 10k trail run with stunning views across the wider Avebury landscape. Registration is from 8.30am at the Coach house (on Avebury high street, next to the Red Lion pub). The Trust10 run will begin at 9am.
May Half Term Activities
Until 4 June, 10am-5pm, £2 per trail, £2 per craft pack
A family adventure around the gardens of Avebury Manor, with sensory activities. Learn about the pollinators that help turn the apple blossom the garden into delicious fruit
Avebury landscape walk – Waden Hill
10 June, 1.30pm-4pm, £8 per person, booking essential
Explore some of the Neolithic monuments which make up this ancient and intriguing landscape. The volunteer guide will help you to unlock the past by explaining the history of the landscape as you walk. Avebury | Wiltshire | National Trust
Relax with yoga on the lawn – Church Garden on Avebury Manor
10, 17, 24 June & 1, 8, 15 July, 9.45am-11am, £12.50 per person, booking essential
Relax in the stunning setting of Avebury Manor Garden as you take part in a rejuvenating outdoor yoga session with local instructors. Suitable for beginners or experienced yoga lovers.
An exhibition of work by William Stukeley
William Stukeley was an eighteenth-century antiquarian who had wide and varied interests, one of which was the study of prehistoric monuments. He made detailed drawings of these, including many of the Avebury landscape. Images of his work will be on display in the Great Barn at Avebury from 24 June. Free to enter.
Glow worm walk at Figsbury Ring, near Salisbury
Fri 30 June & Fri 14 July 9.45pm-11pm £8 per person. Booking essential.
Is a glow worm really a worm? Why do they shine? How can an insect produce light? Learn the answers to these questions and more by joining the rangers for a nocturnal promenade and talk under the moon and stars at Figsbury Ring.
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