Once the history and heritage of the city and surrounding area has been explored you may wish to wander around the many interesting and diverse shops or perhaps peruse the twice-weekly markets. The Salisbury City Hall Entertainment Centre regularly hosts national shows, local events, festivals, lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Also, if you are a horse-racing enthusiast, be sure to time your visit to coincide with one of the meetings at the local racecourse. If requiring refreshment, Salisbury has a number of excellent restaurants and pubs to welcome the hungry or thirsty traveler. Salisbury is also an ideal base for exploring this part of the world. The countryside is right on your doorstep - as is Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral.
Wiltshire College was formed in 2000 and, following the merger with Salisbury College in January 2008, is now the main provider of further and higher education in Wiltshire. The College conducts courses from the pre-entry to the degree level, offering Higher Education, responsive Further Education and effective Business, Professional and Skills-based education. Currently over 3,300 full-time students and 6,000 part-time students are enrolled at the College. Courses are offered in the fields of administration, art and design, agriculture, beauty therapy, biology, business, catering, chemistry, childcare, computing, construction, English, engineering and motor vehicle, etc.
Wilton House, 460 year old home to the Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating insight into British history. The House contains many splendid State rooms including the magnificent Double Cube room which houses the world famous collection of Van Dyck paintings. This room, among others, has offered film-makers the perfect setting for films such as, Sense and Sensibility, Mrs. Brown and most recently Pride & Prejudice. Extensive landscaped parkland, water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder, Palladian Bridge and the millenium water feature designed by world famous sculptor William Pye. Exciting adventure playground, Old Riding School Tearoom and gift shop.
This unique 6,509 yard par 72 golf course, on the boundaries of the New Forest National Park, winds its way through ancient woodlands and over the River Blackwater. The birds and wildlife will be your companions as you enjoy the beauty and peace of this totally unspoilt countryside. Your golfing skills will be tested to the full on a course that has already earned itself a reputation among golfers, both professional and amateur for quality design and presentation.The undercover practice range offers a feel for the course with a chipping green, multiple tees and practice bunkers for sand shots. This winter we have totally refurbished the clubhouse and added The Hamptworth Bistro to our already famous 19th Hole Bar.
Peter Allis rates High Post so highly he once said he would include the par 4 ninth hole on his 'Dream 18'. In 1997 Golf Monthly described the course as a 'hidden gem'. High Post has hosted the South West Amateur Championship in 1998, the prestigious Carris Trophy in 1999, the Wiltshire County Championship on countless occasions and more recently, the Girl's British Open Amateur Championship. If further proof were needed of High Post's pedigree, how about some of the past winners/participants of the High Post Open, including Andrew Sherbourne, David Howell, Zane Scotland and Justin Rose, all of whom are now established stars in the world of professional golf.
The Thruxton Motor Sports Centre. This renowned facility (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BARC) is based at Thruxton, and operates three principal activities - a Motor Racing School, a state-of-the-art Karting Centre, and a very demanding 4x4 facility. The School (formerly known as the Ian Taylor Motor Racing School) has a fleet of modern, exciting cars, including Ferrari 355, Ferrari 360, MG ZS Saloons, Mercedes Benz SLK, and Porsche Boxster's, as well as Martini Formula Renault single-seaters and an ex Le Mans SR2 sports racing car. Alternatively, experience an intensive session driving a Lotus Elise sports car.
Upavon Golf Club offers you...Challenge:our natural downland setting has been complimented by creative course design to yeild a challenge for golfers of every ability. Availability:the course's unique free-draining location enables Upavon to be open for play every day of the year. Friendship:welcoming beginners and scratch players, visitors and societies, we are one of Wiltshire's friendliest golf clubs. We are open 365 days a year. We have two practice areas and begginers are welcome.
Founded in 1993, The Hampshire Golf Club is set in 240 acres of rolling Hampshire Countryside in the famous TestValley. The undulating land provides wonderful views and a backdrop for the 35,000 young native hardwood trees and shrubs. The 9 hole Par 3 Academy Course provides an excellent facility to hone your short game. A 10 bay driving range and chipping/bunker area are also available for practice. The Hampshire Golf Club is conveniently located near Andover, 2 minutes drive from the A303 and with easy access from all major road and rail routes. Set in 240 acres of scenic countryside, the Golf Club offers a peaceful, distraction-free environment with ample private parking.
Salisbury Racecourse is one of England's oldest racecourses with racing taking place on the picturesque downland since the sixteenth century. A day at the races is a leisure activity which is great fun for all the family, and at Salisbury Racecourse you can be guaranteed a fabulous day out to remember. Set in the middle of picturesque Wiltshire countryside, within view of stunning Salisbury Cathedral, the Racecourse hosts 14 thoroughbred flat race meetings in 2006, plus a raceday for Arabian horses. And... when we are not racing, we become an ideal venue for business conferences and private banqueting, suitable at any time of the year. For a sit-down meal at Salisbury Racecourse you can book a table in the Members' Restaurant or Conservatory Restaurant. The racecourse is three and a half miles south west of Salisbury on the A3094 and is signposted. From the north, take the A360.