Things to see and do
Whether you are visiting Calne or live in the town, there is plenty for all to see and do.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Calne:
1 > Historic architecture and an interesting past - the home of world-famous Wiltshire Cured Ham and Joseph Priestley who discovered oxygen and photosynthesis. Get a feel for the town's history by visiting Calne Heritage Quater and Heritage Centre.
2 > Vibrant community events such as the Summer Festival that bring the town to life. Find out what's coming up here.
3 > An award-winning town centre with beautiful green spaces to relax and unwind such as Castlefields Canal & River Park.
4 > Thriving independent shops and cafes.
5 > Well located on the A4, Calne neighbours world-class attractions including Avebury World Heritage Site and Cherhill White Horse.
Listed below is a selection of places to visit nearby. To find a wider selection of what the surrounding area has to offer visit www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
Calne Heritage Centre - www.calneheritage.co.uk
Calne Heritage Centre tells the story of the town through displays of objects, memories and photographs. Discover the historic events, pioneering and famous people, important trade developments and significant buildings that have shaped Calne over the centuries. The centre is free to visit, located on New Road and open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 2pm to 4pm.
Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum - www.atwellwilson.org.uk
01249 813119 Stockley Lane, Calne, SN11 0NF
For opening hours and admission prices vist the museum's website.
Enjoy a day of motoring memories and explore the museum’s vast collection of vehicles.
The museum was founded by Richard and Hasell Atwell in the 1960s and has grown considerably since then to a collection of about 100 vehicles and bikes ranging from rare cars and lorries to everyday classics and motorcycles; notable of which are a 1934 Alvis Speed 20, 1938 Daimler EL24, 1936 Rover 14hp Sports/Saloon and a 1951 Dennis Fire Engine.
Avebury Stone Circle, Manor House and Gardens - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury Stone Circle, the largest stone circle in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue.
Bowood House & Gardens - www.bowood.org
01249 812102 Derry Hill, SN11 0LZ
Bowood truly has something for all the family, with picturesque grounds spanning 100 acres, house with notable collection, adventure playground and Tractor Ted's Little Farm.
Cherhill White Horse - www.wiltshirewhitehorses.org.uk/cherhill.html
The Cherhill white horse is the second oldest of the Wiltshire horses. It is situated on the edge of Cherhill Down, off the A4 Calne to Marlborough road just east of the village of Cherhill, and is just below the earthwork known as Oldbury Castle. Nearby is the obelisk known as the Lansdowne Monument. Very well placed high on a steep slope, the horse is easily visible from below and from a distance.
Penn Wood Nature Reserve - https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/penn-wood-calne
A wildflower meadow has been planted at the entrance of this 7.7 hectares reserve, which also contains a private lake and wood planted in 2010 with 10,000 young blackthorn, oak, ash, lime, black poplar, downy birch and a few Norway spruce and Scots pine trees. Kestrel, Buzzard, Owls and Bats can be seen, plus Roe deer and badgers. Look up to see skylarks, lapwings and red kite.
Morgans Hill Nature Reserve - www.wiltshirewildlife.org/morgans-hill
Morgan’s Hill between Devizes and Calne offers incredible views of Cherhill Down and the plains of north Wiltshire. The reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its orchids, butterflies and for the general quality of chalk grassland and wildflowers. Click here to download a reseve leaflet.