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Forest of the Sarsens: birthplace of Stonehenge

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An amazing archaeological survey confirms West Woods as ‘the most likely source area for the sarsens at Stonehenge’, a connection long anticipated by 16th Century antiquaries and more recent megalithic investigators.

West Woods, a handsome sweep of beech woods sweeping off of the Marlborough Downs, were originally part of the Royal Hunting Forest of Savernake, until the bounds were altered in 1330. It is bisected by the mysterious Wansdyke earthwork – a ditch which runs to the edge of Bristol and was possibly a demarcation of the southern extremity of the Danelaw. This runs the length of the woods – half hidden beneath the stately canopy of beech trees like Kipling’s ‘Way Through the Woods’. On the southern edge, near Clatford Farm, there stands a long barrow. Bronze Age microliths have been found, and the woods have long been a source of charcoal. These days it is popular with…

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Salisbury features in England Originals marketing campaign.

SALISBURY has been selected as one of 16 destinations to receive a boost to its tourism sector, through further funding and a fresh marketing campaign.

The perfect historic city
On every street corner there is something new to explore. Half-timbered Tudor buildings, quirky streets and alleyways, historic archways, foodie spots, a fantastic creative scene and independent retailers all make for fantastic photo opportunities – enough to make your Instagram followers green with envy.

The city will be featuring in a new promotional initiative for England Originals, supported by additional Discover England funding.

Tourist information company VisitWiltshire helped to secure the funding, administered by VisitEngland’s £5million domestic marketing recovery campaign, and says it will be instrumental in delivering Salisbury-focussed marketing activity over the next six months

Tourism and hospitality businesses that will feature in the campaign include Salisbury Cathedral and attractions within the Close, Milford Hall Hotel, English Heritage and the Stonehenge Tour, Wiltshire Creative, Stonehenge Campsite, Allium Salisbury and The Red Lion Hotel.

Escape the everyday
Discover the timeless natural beauty of the River Avon running through the city, sit back and enjoy a drink at one of the many pubs. Feeling active? Explore the many cycling and walking routes taking you into the surrounding countryside.

VisitWiltshire will also be working with England Originals to develop new travel itineraries and tour programmes featuring Salisbury, to encourage young, international travellers to visit and explore the city.

Andrew Stokes, director at VisitEngland, said: “Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism right across the country and the industry needs all of us to make sure it gets back on its feet.

“This funding will encourage people to get out and discover the outstanding destinations and quality attractions on our doorstep and also keep England’s tourism products and experiences front-of-mind for future international travellers.

“Now in its fifth year the Discover England Fund is all about embedding these amazing tourism products and reaching new audiences to drive visitor growth and boost local economies.”

Fiona Errington, head of marketing at VisitWiltshire, said this was “great news” for Salisbury, adding: “This funding will support marketing activity that will help promote the city.

“Those who are interested in visiting the city can visit our website where we have listed tourism and hospitality businesses that have secured the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark, that helps people plan their trip and travel responsibly.”

Full story: The Salisbury Journal

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Wiltshire has been named Best UK destination.

WILTSHIRE has beaten Birmingham, Bristol, Devon, Isle of Wight and London in being named the ‘Best UK Destination’.

The annual Group Leisure and Travel (GLT) awards, now in its 24th year, took place online on Wednesday, giving a nod to Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Longleat during the ceremony as Wiltshire took the best destination title.

In the lead up to the event finalists in 20 categories were announced in the GLT magazine’s September edition, recognising the best providers, attractions and destinations as voted for by group travel organisers.

Tourism company VisitWiltshire accepted the ‘Best UK Destination’ accolade on behalf of the county.

Florence Wallace, head of travel trade at VisitWiltshire, said: “We’re thrilled that Wiltshire was recognised at the GLT awards and would like to thank all the group organisers and tour operators who voted for our beautiful county as the Best UK Destination.

“In a particularly challenging year, this is a very welcome and we’re honoured to accept the award on behalf of all Wiltshire’s tourism and hospitality businesses.”

The online awards ceremony was presented by magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin, who said: “We’ve had 116 finalists and 20 winners, congratulations to everyone. It was an absolute pleasure to host the awards and it’s great that the GLT team has been able to make it happen.”

Wiltshire has been a special place for centuries. Today, it is the perfect place to find space and time. The Stonehenge Travel Company are considered the Wiltshire touring experts. Book a guided sightseeing tour of Stonehenge and explore this wonderful county for yourself.

Full story: Salisbury Journal

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