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8th July - 4th August 2018

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 Sixth Selection

Hidden Landscapes Hidden Treasures: A Sixth Selection

New for 2018

COURSE No. 88

TUTOR: Mike Hope

Following on from the previous five years, 2018 will see yet another entirely new set of 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, monuments,...

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Wiltshire Walks

Wiltshire Walks

COURSE No. 89-92

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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Gardens to Inspire

Gardens to Inspire

New for 2018

COURSE No. 93

TUTOR: Patricia Rowell

Discover a new selection of interesting and inspiring private gardens. You will travel around the scenic Wiltshire countryside to find lovely gardens that are rarely open to the public. In the company of the owner or head gardener, you will discover the ideas behind the planning and planting of each garden. You will learn what grows well in the particular conditions of...

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Churches Great and Small

Churches Great and Small

COURSE No. 94

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. The tutor 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...

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White Horses, Hill Forts and Ridgeway Walks

White Horses, Hill Forts and Ridgeway Walks

COURSE No. 95,96

TUTOR: Isobel Geddes

Explore hilltop sites on ancient trackways with magnificent views, including nine white horse hill figures 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 one to four miles. Be prepared for walking up...

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Visiting Wiltshire Nature Reserves

Visiting Wiltshire Nature Reserves

COURSE No. 97

TUTOR: Sean Dempster

You will visit five different nature reserves in Wiltshire that show the range of habitats in the county. All are classified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and some are European Special Areas of Conservation. You will learn how they are managed for both wildlife and people, plus see some of the special flora and fauna that live there. The visits...

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More Glorious Gardens

More Glorious Gardens

New for 2018

COURSE No. 98

TUTOR: Patricia Rowell

Some of the finest gardens in the country can be found in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. On this course, you will visit a new 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...

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Art Deco

Art Deco

New for 2018

COURSE No. 99

TUTOR: Mike Hope

Art Deco burst upon the world for an unforgettable, but brief existence. From the famous Paris 1925 International Exhibition to the 1939 New York World's Fair, Art Deco took hold around the world, embracing new media such as the cinema and radio, new forms of transport and the associated buildings and, above all, brought a sense of luxury, fun and escapism...

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The Prehistoric Landscape from Avebury to Stonehenge

The Prehistoric Landscape from Avebury to Stonehenge

COURSE No. 100,101

TUTOR: Isobel Geddes

Wiltshire is remarkably rich in relics of prehistory. A different aspect of our 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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Saxon Art, Architecture and Design

Saxon Art, Architecture and Design

New for 2018

COURSE No. 102

TUTOR: Mike Hope

Between the departure of the Romans in the early 5th century and the arrival of the Normans in the second half of the 11th century, this country underwent a series of waves of invasion, the development of tribal kingdoms and the creation of a series of ever more powerful and larger kingdoms. From this political and social melting pot came a culture...

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