Fire up those Vespas and Lambrettas, because we’re revving into August scooter style! If last weekend in Devizes was all about beer, this one’s all about scooters….and beer! See our editor’s picks section for more details about that, otherwise, here’s the lowdown on everything we’ve found to do this coming week and weekend.….
As usual I’ve left links out, the one link you need for further details on all events is our event calendar, here for July, here for August. School holiday activates are building up, I’ll add some new ones on this article, as this list needs updating, but there’s still lots of great ideas to keep those nippers from nipping at your patience levels, HERE for god’s sake, pass the wine!
The Wiltshire Air Ambulance Roadshow comes to Hillworth Park, Devizes on Wednesday 27th, from 10-2pm, suitable for ages 7 and up; ha, 7-Up! No? Lost you now, have I? It’s been a long morning. Updated: sorry, event has been cancelled.
Staying with kid’s activities; Wednesday & Thursday also sees a Devizes Tennis Club Summer Camp session, the ongoing Multi Sports Programme at Hardenhuish School also starts, there’s art and play summer sessions at the Cause, Chippenham. And you can learn how to produce your own mini-movie, with an Introduction to Stop Motion Animation at Pound Arts, Corsham with resident artist and animator Caroline Rudge.
For grownups, there’s also a Lunchtime Recital with Matthew Taylor (violin) & Peter French (piano) at Pound Arts on Wednesday.
Of course, it’s Womad’s 40th weekend, and we wish all you lucky ticketholders a great time there. STOP THE PRESS, there are still tickets
And it’s a family day in space at the Weston Hub, Bath; see poster!
We say happy 1st anniversary to the Condado Lounge in Devizes, where you’ll find Mr Finley Trusler handling the entertainment.
For outdoor theatre picnic, try The Sensory Garden, just behind Trowbridge Town Hall, where the Apricity Theatre presents As You Like It, a rollicking romp through the Forest of Arden, celebrating love, life, and human nature. Staying in Trowbridge, but more fiery, post-punk, find duo Deux Furieuses hitting the Pump!
TaleGate Theatre Productions, producers of ‘Father Christmas Needs A Wee!’ and ‘The Giant’s Loo Roll’ comes to Swindon Arts Centre for another children’s musical full of songs and silliness, and a corgi or two, with The Queen’s Knickers! Older Swindon comedy seekers need to head for MECA for a Chuckles Comedy Club night.
Film Club night at Melksham Assembly Hall, they’re showing John Carpenter’s The Thing. Meanwhile it’s going to steam your glasses up at The Vic, Swindon, with The Soap Girls, and Krooked Tongue in support. More causally, there’s the Bowie Experience at The Wyvern. Another tribute in the other direction, Guns & Roses Experience play The Cheese & Grain, Frome.
Clubbers head for Club Nomah, Bath, where the Shindig Festival head inside for the evening; see poster.
But bikers are left very much outside, which is likely how they like it, as it’s both Calne Bike Meet Weekend, where Siren play The Talbot, and of course, if we’ve had the rockers we also need the mods, our pick of the week….
Editor’s Pick of the Week: Devizes Scooter Rally 2022
Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, yeah, get your cherry-red dockers and trilbies on, snap those braces, it’s time for Devizes Scooter Rally 2022. I’m not going to repeat myself, it’s all gone Blue Peter; here’s a preview I prepared earlier!
It was a shame to hear M for 2022 at Lydiard Park, was cancelled due to “the cost-of-living crisis” they claim. Paul Jones Live in Concert at Christ Church, in Swindon, though, Sack Sabbath play The Vic, and break a leg, students of Fitzgraham, on a journey into Wonderland at The Wyvern, where children as young as four years old through to adults will perform ballet, modern, tap, contemporary, lyrical, acro and musical theatre.
If you loved the reggae at Devizes Beer Festival last weekend, and noted I did, and may/may not have attained a small bruise to the elbow by falling backwards into the flower bed, you’ll only need to travel the A4 east, where Knati and Nick have a Reggae Garden Party at the Pelican near Froxfield; again, see the poster below.
Further Pewsey way, find another Bottfest Hog Roast session at the Seven Stars, Bottlesford, where Mick O’Toole provides the music. In Marlborough town, expect vintage blues with a hard-edged groove; yes, Barrelhouse play The Lamb.
Siren move across to Melksham, to play the Pilot.
Non-scooterists in Devizes, choose between the sublime sound of Illingworth, who plays The Three Crowns, or the more punker, Navajo Dogs, who do their thing at The Southgate Inn; both more than worthy, my jury is out on this and I remain undecided at the time of going to press!
For the horizontal, nineties ambient dub masters, The Orb celebrate the 30th Anniversary of UF-Orb at The Cheese & Grain, and oh, like, what a blissful trip that was!
Trowbridge Rugby Football Club Summer Camps go off every Sunday from now, with girls’ and boys’ teams for all ages. Great club, needing some players!
Calne Biker Weekend continues, with The Voodoo Penguins at The Bug & Spider, and The Cheese & Grain have Frome Record Fair.
Monday 1st August
Pinch, punch; maybe take the little ones to the Rock the Tots Seaside Show at Trowbridge Town Hall, perhaps?
Wednesday sees the start of a series of Crafty Kids in the Café at Hillworth Park, Devizes, and a second art and play summer session at the Cause, Chippenham. For grownup artists, The Lawrence Society of Art are in Marden, thatching harvest and stooks.
That’s all I’ve got for you, but keep updated via our event calendar, as more may well be added soon; have a great weekend, I’m soooo out of here….as soon as I grow up!
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