Marlborough annual calendar of events
On any given week there are dozens of small but fascinating events happening in Marlborough. The Town Council website will have the most up to date, day by day listings of what's going on in the town. Below are the major events which happen every year and which you might wish to make the focus of your visit.
MARLBOROUGH SPRING FAIR. Held every year in April, the Spring Fair is another Cancer Research UK fundraiser which hosts some fabulous exhibits from the world of homes and gardens. The perfect opportunity to get inspiration for your home and garden improvements.
BARBURY INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS. A big fixture on the local calendar, Barbury Horse Trials offer top class horses and riders from the worlds of eventing and showjumping as well as a host of exhibits and equine related retail opportunities! This year's event is from 7th-10th July.
MARLBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL. For one weekend every July, the town gives itself over to the celebration of first rate music, drawing internationally renowned figures from the world of jazz. Staged in a series of venues all over Marlborough, the festival is highly acclaimed and offers the chance to hear world class music without having to travel to the big cities. This year's event is held on 15th-17th July, 2016.
MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL. Each year for four weeks, Marlborough College throws open its doors and gives outsiders access to its impressive facilities through a diverse programme of courses. They describe their schedule as having 'something for everyone' and you can learn everything from tennis and fly fishing to Argentine Tango and learning to play the accordion.
MARLBOROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL. Well organised and always with a fascinating programme of speakers, the Marlborough Literature Festival is committed to celebrating the best in writing, drawing fascinating figures from the world of history, politics, fiction, biography, poetry and fiction to speak about their work. Unlike some of the more tight-fisted literary festivals which have sprung up all over the country, Marlborough believes in paying its authors for their trouble. This year's event is from 30th September to 2nd October.
MOP FAIR. Originally held as hiring fairs where farm and rural craft workers came to find jobs, Marlborough's Mop Fair is over 250 years old. The focus moved from employment to leisure in the 1800s and these days the event is a two day fun fair which fills the broad High Street. The event is held on the closest Saturday to St Michaelmas Day on 11th October.
FEAST OF FOOD Described as 'the best food and drink festival in the West of England', Marlborough's Feast of Food is an annual event organised by Cancer Research UK which takes over the town for a day to showcase some of the best local producers of food and drink and includes lots of free tasting! This year's event will be held on Saturday 23rd October, 2016.
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