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9th July - 5th August 2017

Adult Courses

Landscape and Architecture

From Wiltshire's Neolithic landscape to exploring the region's churches and everything in between, this year's courses have something to suit all lovers of the natural and man-made landscape and the architecture therein. Where applicable, all entry fees and transport costs are included in the course price.

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Hidden Landscapes Hidden Treasures: A Fifth Selection

Hidden Landscapes Hidden Treasures: A Fifth Selection

COURSE No. 118

TUTOR: Mike Hope

Following on from the previous four years, this 2017 edition will see yet another five entirely new destinations. As before, you will be taken off the beaten track to areas defined by, or possessing, a unique set of characteristics and a wealth of evidence of human occupation over the last five thousand years. Each day, you will hear about events, places, buildings,...

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Wiltshire Walks

Wiltshire Walks

COURSE No. 119-122

TUTOR: Sean Dempster

During the week, you will enjoy five different walks across the beautiful Wiltshire countryside around Marlborough. From the chalk grassland of the highest parts of the Wiltshire Downs to the lush valley of the River Kennet and through the ancient oak forest of Savernake, the scenery is varied and stunning. Along the way, we will pass a number of ancient sites and...

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Churches Great and Small

Churches Great and Small

COURSE No. 123

TUTOR: John Osborne

The medieval parish churches of England are easy to visit and study. Most of the churches around Marlborough are not grand, but have a lot of charm and much historical and architectural interest. John will acquaint you with the chief features of these buildings and their different architectural styles. This course should interest anyone who enjoys looking at old buildings. No previous...

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Walking Wansdyke

Walking Wansdyke

New for 2017

COURSE No. 124

TUTOR: Adrian Woodford

In the largely undocumented days between the departure of the Romans and the settlement of England by Saxons, Angles and Jutes, a dyke, with its ditch facing north, was constructed across the Wiltshire Downs. Long stretches of the eastern bank of this wall, named by the Saxons 'Woden's Dyke' or 'Wansdyke' survive, running across the open expanses of the Marlborough Downs.During the...

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The Pre-historic Landscape from Avebury to Stonehenge

The Pre-historic Landscape from Avebury to Stonehenge

COURSE No. 125,126

TUTOR: Isobel Geddes

Wiltshire is remarkably rich in relics of pre-history. A different aspect of the past will be explored each day following brief introductory slide presentations. You will look at earthworks, tombs and the remains of temples from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age within a 20 mile radius of Marlborough and speculate on the mysteries of these ancient cultures and the...

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Glorious Gardens

Glorious Gardens

COURSE No. 127

TUTOR: Patricia Rowell

Some of the finest gardens in the country can be found in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. With Patricia, you will be visiting a selection of these Glorious Gardens, some open to the public, others private and little known, but all with wonderful design and planting. On the way, you will drive through the beautiful countryside of the Marlborough Downs, the Vale of Pewsey...

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A Further Ten Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers

A Further Ten Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers

COURSE No. 128

TUTOR: Mike Hope

This is now the third year of introducing you to more outstanding and possibly unknown artists, architects, designers and photographers. With the art world showing little change in its policy of peddling the same artists and designers with exhibitions and books, it is timely to once again push to the fore another ten names of individuals, who are at the very least...

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White Horses, Hillforts and Ridgeway Walks

White Horses, Hillforts and Ridgeway Walks

COURSE No. 129,130

TUTOR: Isobel Geddes

This course will explore hilltop sites on ancient trackways with magnificent views, including nine of the twelve white horse hill figures in England and half a dozen hill forts dating from the Iron Age. Discover their history amid lovely scenery and summer wildflowers, with maybe the bonus of some wildlife too. Travel will be by minibus followed by a walk of up...

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The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

New for 2017

COURSE No. 131

TUTOR: Mike Hope

The Grand Tour was one of the most influential events, which shaped and changed the course of artistic, literary, visual and cultural history of Britain and, therefore, the English speaking world. Its influence has permeated throughout our history for the last 300 years. The legacy of classically inspired houses, landscapes, painting and design in general has left its stamp across this nation....

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Five Hundred years of Country Houses and Gardens, Private and Public

Five Hundred years of Country Houses and Gardens, Private and Public

COURSE No. 132

TUTOR: Mike Hope

The Country House, its gardens and estates are, along with the parish church, one of England's great contributions to the World's cultural heritage. The very landscape has been shaped by the creation of these estates, which at one time numbered nearly six thousand. Despite the loss and break up of approximately one third of these properties, there are still some fourteen hundred...

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