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The Bath Christmas Market offers 18 days of magical festive shopping, as the areas between the stunning Bath Abbey and the renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland. Right in the heart of Bath’s main shopping district, more than 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets; each one offering handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and food to toys and festive tipples; everything you need for the perfect Christmas.

Bath Christmas MarketOnce in Bath this Christmas, you’ll find that there is a lot to explore and experience beyond the market too. The city centre is a shopper’s haven, plus there are many festive experiences for all the family to enjoy. It’s simply a question of what to do first: ice-skating in the crisp winter air, bathing in the warm spa water overlooking the twinkling city or enjoying a mulled wine in the Après Ski Bar. More family fun can be found at the beautiful Victorian Carousel in Stall Street, perfect for creating unforgettable festive memories.

Visit the Christmas market website here

Why not combine a visit to Bath with a private guided tour to nearby Stonehenge and Wiltshire. You could always take the train from London and enjoy the Christmas market, The Roman Baths and City and then join a guided private tour through ancient Wiltshire and then be dropped off for Salisbury Cathedral and Christmas market for your return to London via train from Salisbury.

Touring Wiltshire

The sweeping landscape of high chalk downs is a fitting backdrop to the great stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge. From the intimacy of villages such as Castle Combe and Lacock, there are the stately homes of Longleat, Stourhead and Wilton, not to mention Salisbury Cathedral and more.

Wessex Guided Tours
Private Guided Tours of Bath and the West Country
http://www.Histouries.co.uk

 

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The Heritage Journal

Have you been keeping an eye on our Events Diary (see the link on the left)? You should. Here are a couple of things you could have missed this month if you haven’t ….

Tuesday, October 7   8:00pm

 Talk: Excavations in the Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester and the origins of towns in Britain
When Tue, October 7, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Where Letchworth Free Church, Gernon Road, Letchworth, Herts (map)
Description ‘Excavations in the Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester and the origins of towns in Britain’, by Professor Michael Fulford, CBE, FBA, FSA, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. This will be a public lecture for which an admission charge will be made, with a reduced rate for NHAS members. http://www.nharchsoc.org/?p=467

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The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project

Stonehenge News and Information

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project is an unprecedented initiative to survey a vast tract of land around the iconic stones. Now that the bulk of the practical work is complete, Carly Hilts spoke to Vince Gaffney and Chris Gaffney to find out more.

An ambitious programme of geophysical survey, covering 12 square kilometres around Stonehenge, has revealed a landscape scattered with previously-unknown features. Credit: All images courtesy of the University of Birmingham and LBI ArchPro An ambitious programme of geophysical survey, covering 12 square kilometres around Stonehenge, has revealed a landscape scattered with previously-unknown features. Credit: All images courtesy of the University of Birmingham and LBI ArchPro

Stonehenge could confidently claim to be one of the most-studied, and certainly most hotly debated, prehistoric sites in Britain. However, much of the local landscape, so important to any interpretation or understanding of the site, was largely terra incognita – until the launch of The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, the largest geophysical mapping survey of its kind yet undertaken.

Begun in July 2010, and headed by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for…

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Wedgwood Collection saved for the Nation

The Heritage Trust

 
The £15.75 million needed to save the 80,000-piece Wedgwood Collection for the Nation has been achieved
 
At the beginning of last month we highlighted the Appeal to save the Wedgwood Museum. Today BBC News Stoke & Staffordshire reports that –
 
The Wedgwood Museum collection has been “saved for the nation” after reaching its £15.75m target in a month. The collection features 80,000 works of art, ceramics, manuscripts, letters and photographs. It faced being sold to help pay off the pottery firm’s pension bill, inherited by Wedgwood Museum after Waterford Wedgwood plc collapsed in 2009.
 
The collection is expected to remain on display at the museum in Barlaston, Staffordshire.
 
More here, and well done to all involved in raising the £15.75 million target in a month!
 

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Daytripper – Maiden Castle…

Exploring London

Maiden-Castle

Located just outside the town of Dorchester in southern Dorset to the south-west of London, Maiden Castle is the largest extant Iron Age hillfort known to have been built in Britain and among the largest and most complex in all of Europe.

Featuring multiple earthen ramparts (pictured above is the ditch between two of them) – from the top of which you can see spectacular views of the surrounding countryside – and well-defended entrances, it would have once been home to several hundred people. It’s been speculated the name may come from the Celtic word “mai-dun”, meaning a great hill.

Maiden-Castle2The first archaeological excavations were carried out here in the 1930s by Mortimer Wheeler and then later in the 1980s.

Initially built between 800 and 550 BC, the first Iron Age hillfort – built on the site of an earlier Neolithic enclosure with settlement dating back some 6000 years – was enclosed by a single…

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