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Becak Bar Gin Festival, Bradford on Avon - 20 May 2017

Join the Becak Bar in Bradford on Avon for an evening of tasting the best local gins in the South West, including gins from a number of local, artisan and craft distilleries. Music and food also available

Saturday 20 May 2017
7pm to 11pm
St Margaret's Hall
Bradford on Avon
BA15 1DE

Tickets £15 each available from Eventbrite

Your ticket includes a free city gin balloon glass and complimentary gin and tonic. As ever the Becak Bar will be serving its fabulous G&Ts, in style from their converted rickshaw bar!

Bradford on Avon Elf Trail

Find the elves displayed around the town and note down their names for a chance to win a prize!

Draw takes place at 11am on 24th December 2016 at Piha.

Running from Friday 25th November to 24th December 2016


Entry Forms available at any particpating business listed below or

 All forms should be handed in to Piha by 11am on 24th December and all correct entried will be entered into a prize draw to win great prizes!!

Piha - 8 Lamb Yard, Kingston Rd

The Swan Hotel - Church Street

Travels Options For U - Frome Road

Wrap - Silver Street

Fat Fowl - Silver Street

Strawberry Blue - The Shambles

Cobb Farr - Silver Street

Coffee Etc - Lamb Yard

Stone Paper Scissors - Tithe Barn Workshops

Fetch - The Shambles

The Bear Inn - Silver Street

Made in Bradford on Avon - Lamb Yard

Bread & Butter - Silver Street

Granary Pine - Tithe barn

Jorden & Whyte - Market Street

Art is in the Name - Silver Street

Ortons Jewellers - Market Street

By the Way - The Canal

The Teapot - Silver Street

Town Council Office - St Margaret's Car Park

Browns Hardware - Silver Street

Silver Street Studio - Silver Street

BLB Solicitors - Church Street

The Beauty Spot - Market Street

Cheese Shop - Market Street

Holidays and Cruises - Silver Street

Secondhand Rose - Market Street

Courtyard Hairdressers - Church Street

Ex Libris Bookshop - The Shambles 

Library - Bridge Street

Bradford on Avon Photography Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Bradford on Avon Competition 2016 are as follows:

Overall Winner - A Roland-Price

Young Photographer Winner - R Bainbridge

Mayor's Christmas Card - E Brown

Bradford on Avon Calendar Winners

A Gould

S Pugh

P Allen

W Hiscock 

D Weiss

S Nacmanson

N Cowling

A Rowland-Price

E Brown

J Lay

Civil War Re-enactment Weekend - Daily Orders

Bradford on Avon Civil War Re-enactment Weekend

Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016

It is all very busy here at the Town Council as we prepare for the opening of the Civil War re-enactment which is FREE to all.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and want you to have a great time with us and make the most of your visit. Here's what you need to know!

Getting Here
Parking in the area is very limited and we encourage you to travel to the event via public transport or if you live in the town via foot or bike.

By Bus
The two main bus routes around the town are bus No.98 and route 265 linking Bradford on Avon, Winsley and Limpley Stoke to Bath, Trowbridge and Warminster.  Other villages in the area are served by bus.  For full details please visit

By Train
Bradford on Avon is situated on the Wessex Main Line.  There are regular direct trains to and from London Paddington and Waterloo, Portsmouth, Southampton and Cardiff.  Bath and Bristol are just a short train ride.  The main trains serving the station are Great Western and South West Trains.  Timetables are available at

By Car
Bradford on Avon lies on the A363 Trowbridge to Bath road, which runs through the town from south to north, and crossed over by the B3109 linking Bradford on Avon with Melksham and Frome.

From M4 East (London) Exit J17 - A350 to Chippenham (20 minutes) Follow the ring road and take A4 towards Bath.  After Corsham, bear left - B3109 to Bradford on Avon.
From M4 West (Bristol) Exit J18 - A46 to Bath for approx. 10 miles (25 minutes) Do not take exit for Bath - stay on A46 and continue through underpass.  As the next roundabout take A363 to Bradford on Avon.
From South (A361) From Eastbound A303 take A350 turn off north signposted Warminster.  From westbound A303 take A36 turn off signposted Warminster.  On reaching Warminster bypass take A36.  At Beckington roundabout take A361 and B3019 to Bradford on Avon.

Car Parking
There is an event car park in Culver Close - £5 per vehicle.  This opens at 9.30am, please do not arrive before this time, the show opens at 10.00am.

There are a number of pay and display car parks in and around the town and details can be found at

Please note that the car park Barton Farm is not open to the public as this is being used for event vehicles.  The Town Council are also requesting that people refrain from parking along Pound Lane so that large vehicles can access the area for deliveries.

Key Timings
The following event programme is the same for both days of the re-enactment

10am to 5pm  Living History Site Open
11:40am to 11:55am Skirmish on Town Bridge
12.30pm to 1pm Artillery Display at Victory Field
1pm Lunch for soldiers in Living History Site
2pm to 2:30pm Infantry Display at Victory Field
3:15pm to 4pm Battle at Poulton

What should I bring?
Be prepared for changing weather; ensure you bring sun cream, hats, comfortable shoes and waterproofs to cover all eventualities!

Food and Drink
Stay hydrated - especially if the weather is warm. Bring bottles with you or purchase them from the vendors.

Bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic drink or buy it on-site.  PLEASE NO GLASS, barbeques, candles or flaming torches.  There will be a wide range of catering and refreshments stalls in Victory Field.

There is an on-site bar and designated drinking area at the event.  No alcohol is permitted to be brought on to the Civil War Re-enactment site.  Alcohol will be confiscated and destroyed on entry by security staff.

Much like a 'Proms in the Park' event, we would love you to sit on rugs or bring your own low level seating. We will not be providing any seating or ground cover so do bring your own and please show consideration in their placing. No gazebos or tables will be permitted.

Smoking is permitted only in designated areas.  Please take particular care not to smoke outside these areas because of the enhanced fire risk.

Ask our highly visible and friendly Event Staff any questions you may have about the show or visit the English Civil War Society Information tent situated near the Tithe Barn.

Spectators are advised to comply at all time with regulations and the advice of the stewards and marshals in attendance with regard to personal safety.

Programmes are available to buy from the Town Council Offices and Tourist Information Centre for £2.  Military historian Jonathan Falconer looks at the causes and effects of the English Civil War, and recounts the events that took place in and around Bradford on Avon in July 1643. Full event details and maps included.

Advanced Notice - Civil War

Bradford on Avon Civil War Re-enactment Weekend
Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016

Please be advised that Bradford on Avon Town Council are organising a Civil War Re-enactment weekend with the English Civil War Society on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016.

The event will take place between 10:00am and 5:00pm on both days and include a 15 minute road closure on the Town Bridge at 11:40am until 11:55am also on both days.  Short stop and go managed road crossings are scheduled as shown below to see troops safely across the roads:

2:30pm and 4:30pm   Trowbridge Road/Moulton Drive
2:35pm Frome Road by The Lock Inn
2:45pm and 4:15pm Baileys Barn/Moulton Drive

The timetable of events for both days is as follows:

10:00am to 5:00pm Living History Site Open in Barton Farm/Tithe Barn
10:30am to 11:30am Drill/Rehearsal on Poulton Playing Fields
11:40am to 11:55am Skirmish on Town Bridge 
12:30pm to 1pm Artillery Display at Victory Field
1:00pm Lunch for soldiers in Living History Site
2:00pm to 2:30pm Infantry Display at Victory Field
3:15pm to 4pm Battle at Poulton Playing Fields

The elements generating the most noise during this event are the drill/rehearsal and the main battle, which both contain cannon and musket fire.  The drill/rehearsal will be limited to an hour each morning (10:30am to 11:30am) and the main battle will be from 3:00pm to 4.00pm each day. There will be no loud noises after 4:10pm and the event will finish and close to the public at 6:30pm each day.

The English Civil War Society will be using the Beehive Field on Trowbridge Road as their campsite from Wednesday 27th July until Monday 1st August.

The Town Council would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience, and will do our very best to keep the noise to a respectable level and ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

If you do have any concerns during the weekend please call myself or a member of the Event Staff on 07712 206614.  Please be aware that this mobile number is a temporary number only available from Friday 29th July til Monday 1st August.  If you have any enquiries before or after the weekend please direct them to the Town Council offices on 01225 864240.

The Town Council are pleased to have been able to work with the English Civil War Society, to stage this free family event for the benefit of the community.  We look forward to welcoming you to this spectacular weekend.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and we apologise again for any disturbances, and assure you that this will not be a regular occurrence.

Bradford on Avon Town Council

Avon Valley Runners Present 20th Over The Hills Race


Sunday 6th November 2016
Start at 10am

20th year of very popular off-road out race for up to 330 runners of all abilities. 
Running thru mud, rain, up and down hills and fording the waist deep Frome river at Iford Manor
Fastest competitors 45 mins, slowest 2 hrs.

Start and finish at Barton Grange, West Barn.

Run Barton Farm Country Park.
Along Kennet & Avon canal to Avoncliff.
Along River Avon via Avoncliff to Freshford.
Via Sharpstone and Friary Woods.
Fording River Frome at Iford Manor.
Via Upper Westwood and Avoncliff. 
Along Kennet & Avon canal to Barton Grange.

Entry fees raise money for Alzheimers Support and Trowbridge Lions.

Avon Valley Runners 
Mr. J P Crawford
Spring Cottage, 148 Upper Westwood, Bradford on Avon, BA15 2DE
07850 175431

Battle of Bradford

The Battle of Bradford is a major Civil War re-enactment event, organised by Bradford on Avon Town Council in conjunction with the English Civil War Society (ECWS). It re-enacts the real events of 2 and 3 July 1643.

This FREE event will be held over 2 days. Each day will consist of 

- A drill field for the demonstration of muskets, pikes and military procedure
- A showground arena for canon demonstrations and a full scale re-created battle
- A living history area with canvas tents and historic activities
- A skirmish on the Town Bridge 

These events will take place throughout the whole town on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July from 10am til 5pm.

Bradford on Avon Easter Events

We've got it all going on in Bradford on Avon this Easter!!

Duck Race
Town Bridge

2pm Easter Monday

Ducks £1 each in aid of Town's Christmas Lights

Buy on 28th March from 11am in Westbury Gardens
or in advance from the following places:

Tillions, Fetch,
Art is in the Name,
The New Inn, Westwood

For more information please click here.


Easter Egg Hunt
Christ Church School
1 - 3pm Saturday
26th March 2016

Collect your entry form in Berryfield Hall. 

Find the clues & solve the Easter phrase!

Further information

Egg Contest
The Bunch of Grapes

Decorate a hard boiled hen's egg
Choose comedy or decorative
Adult Prizes 
1st £50 voucher
2nd £30 voucher
3rd £20 voucher
Junior Prize
A tray of Chocolate Eggs

Drop your eggs in on Easter Sunday by 11.30am or during the week.

Judging at midday Easter Sunday

Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Bonnet Competition
Victory Field
10.30am Easter Monday 28th March

Hunt for tokens to exchange for cream eggs

Open to all children under 12

Egg Decorating Workshops
The Bunch of Grapes
from 10am on Good Friday and Easter Saturday 

Eggs and paint provided, you supply the artistic inspiration!

Hot Chocolate and Buns will be on sale

Sponsored by The Good Egg Company at Paxcroft Farm


Save The Children Coffee Morning 
Masonic Hall, Church Street
10am - 12noon
Saturday 9th April 

Do go along for cake, coffee and a chat!

There will be a few books and other items for sale and a raffle!

How The Koala Learnt to Hug
St Margaret's Hall
Saturday 9th April  

Doors open at 2pm, show starts at 2:30pm

Live Stage Show 1 hour
For ages 3 - 103!!

All tickets £7.50 

01225 860100

The Monday Group Annual Painting Exhibition
West Barn
10am - 4pm Fri 25 - Mon 28 March 2016

"The Monday Group" which began in the 1970s is Bradford on Avon's oldest art group. During the Easter Weekend, ten of its members will be displaying their works in The West Barn in the group's popular Annual Exhibition. These will include local landscapes, portraits, still-life, abstract, ceramics and prints.
All in a variety of media and all for sale.
The exhibition will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm 
Good Friday to Easter Monday. Entrance is free.

Bradford on Avon Duck Race

 Hundreds of ducks have been through a very vigorous medical & training session today!

They are now waiting to be adopted for the Duck Race.



2pm from the Town Bridge on Easter Monday

Ducks available to buy on 28th March from 11am in Westbury Gardens 

or in advance from the following places:



Art is in the Name

The New Inn, Westwood 

Ducks £1 Each

Wiltshire Town of the Year

We have just been voted Wiltshire Town of the Year by Wiltshire Life Magazine readers.

Photo credit @woodygems
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