The 2016 Wilton Community Carnival was held at the Wilton Shopping Village on Saturday, 2 July


Wilton, the ancient capital of Wessex, is a quintessential English market town with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The town gave its name not only to Wiltshire but also to the famous Wilton Carpets, which are still made there today. Click here to read about the town’s history.

Wilton lies three miles west of Salisbury, nestling in the junction of the Wylye and Nadder river valleys. Market day is Thursday and, with cash points and free parking, you have easy access to the wide range of traditional, family-owned shops, pubs, cafés and other services. Within a short walk of the Market Square and St Mary’s Ruin you will find the famous Italianate Church (above) and a delightful river walk along the Wylye, running from St John’s Square through the Flouse Hole conservation area to Castle Meadow. Combine this with Wilton House and the factory outlets of Wilton Shopping Village and you have a unique and varied day out for families of all ages.

Wilton House, a major English country house is also situated at Wilton. The house has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. The house is renowned for its gardens — Isaac de Caus began a project to landscape them in 1632, laying out one of the first French parterres seen in England. Wilton House is often described as England’s most beautiful country house.

Ten miles west of Salisbury at Fovant, the famous regimental badges can be viewed from lay-bys on the A30. Travel further west and you will find Tisbury, with its own railway station, situated on a steep slope beside the River Nadder. From here you can discover the bloodthirsty past of Old Wardour Castle, as well as simply taking time to explore some of Wiltshire’s loveliest villages and footpaths that surround it.

Finally, seven miles to the north is The World Heritage site Stonehenge, one of the most famous sites in the world.