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Canon Square, Melksham

In a beautiful pocket of rural Wiltshire, Melksham is a lovely market town situated on the banks of the Bristol Avon. It was once part of a vast royal forest; a favourite hunting ground of Tudor kings.

Melksham appears in the Domesday (Doomsday) Book and its prosperity was founded on agriculture and the woollen cloth making industry. Today the population is around 23,000 and it is the home of Cooper Tires and modern businesses based on new technology.

A beautiful historic quarter in the Town Centre features St Michael and All Angel's Church, Canon Square and Church Walk. Nearby are the historic villages of Lacock and Castle Combe and the splendour of the Cotswolds. The friendly Town Centre is full of independent shops and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants, with a regular Tuesday Market. Compact and easily accessible, Melksham's library, gym, swimming pool, tourist information centre and parks are all in easy walking distance of the centre.

Melksham has a wealth of clubs and societies for all ages and tastes. The strong and vibrant community spirit ensures a busy calendar of events, including the Scarecrow Trail at Easter, the Food and Drink Festival in May, and the summer highlights of Melksham Music Festival, Carnival, Party in the Park and Melksham Comic Convention. The popular Christmas Fayre features the highly anticipated switching on of the Melksham Christmas Lights, a spectacular display put on entirely by volunteers.

Melksham people take great pride in their town, and the effort and creativity invested in the Christmas Lights is matched by the dedication in adorning the town with fantastic flowers in summer.

There are some beautiful walks in and around Melksham, including the Riverside Walk along the Avon. The Conigre Mead Nature Reserve is a fascinating and tranquil space hidden just a few minutes' walk along the river. Managed by a voluntary team of enthusiasts, it is home to dragonflies, butterflies and the occasional kingfisher.

The Kennet and Avon Canal also passes through Melksham, offering a great bike ride or walk to the famous Devizes Caen Hill Locks to the east and Bradford on Avon and Bath to the west.

Melksham is gaining in popularity due to its ideal location on the A350, a main gateway to the magnificent Wiltshire countryside. Several bus routes serve Melksham, including the National Express from London, and Melksham trains connect to Bristol, London and Swindon. Melksham is the ideal satellite base for visitors seeking reasonable, inexpensive accommodation and good eating-out facilities. Its position 10 miles south of junction 17 of the M4 on the A350 provides an excellent centre to explore nearby Lacock and Avebury and the attractive towns of Devizes, Bradford on Avon and the City of Bath.

With its accessible and friendly welcome, you are sure to have an enjoyable and memorable visit.

Melksham Assembly Hall

14Dec
Jethro: The Bull and Bonkers Tour
Melksham Assembly Hall
Thu Dec 14 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
15Dec
Back to the 80's Christmas Party
Melksham Assembly Hall
Fri Dec 15 @ 8:00PM -
16Dec
Melksham Rock & Roll: Class of '58
Melksham Assembly Hall
Sat Dec 16 @ 8:00PM - 12:00AM
19Dec
Pantomime 'Jack & The Beanstalk'
Melksham Assembly Hall
Tue Dec 19 @ 4:00PM -
19Dec
Pantomime 'Jack & The Beanstalk'
Melksham Assembly Hall
Tue Dec 19 @ 7:00PM -

What's on in Melksham

13Dec
Xercise
Melksham Town Hall
Wed Dec 13 @ 9:30AM -
13Dec
Hot Tap
Rachel Fowler Centre
Wed Dec 13 @ 1:30PM - 02:15PM
13Dec
'That Thing' Youth Cafe
Queensway Hall, Melksham
Wed Dec 13 @ 3:00PM - 05:30PM
13Dec
West Wilts Model Car Club
Melksham Assembly Hall
Wed Dec 13 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
13Dec
Archery
Christie Miller
Wed Dec 13 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
13Dec
Macapello Choir
Aloeric School
Wed Dec 13 @ 7:30PM -
13Dec
Slimming World
Melksham Town Hall
Wed Dec 13 @ 7:30PM -
13Dec
Aero Badminton Club
Melksham Oak School
Wed Dec 13 @ 8:00PM - 10:00PM
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