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Alongside the beautiful countryside and quintessential villages and towns, those staying in Wiltshire holiday cottages in Salisbury can also take advantage of a number of events that will both entertain and educate during February.

Teresa Whitfield – Drawing Museum Lace: An Unexpected Look

The first week in February will present the last opportunity for visitors to witness this charming art exhibition at the Salisbury Museum. The impressive lace collection tells the story of the once-thriving industry, and also explores how the craft skill has become lost in the modern digital age. Most of the exhibition’s textile collection was produced by the Old Downton Lace Industry, which existed in a small village outside of Salisbury before closing down in 1966, which has since been researched by Theresa Whitfield.

Devizes Festival of Winter Ales 2015

Treat your taste buds with a variety of warming ales and ciders at the Devizes Festival of Winter Ales. Featuring a number of local favourites, alongside traditional winter ales, the specially sourced beverage can be enjoyed as part of the charity event, which aims to raise money for the Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts. Taking place on 13th and 14th February, there will also be entertainment in the form of street theatre, circus shows and live acoustic music, with tickets costing just £5.

If you fancy a good pint, but happen to be staying in one of our Dorset cottages instead, check out our article on 5 ways to discover Dorset through beer.

Magna Carta Lectures with Lesley Smith

On 20th February, Professor Lesley Smith will be leading a lecture in Salisbury Cathedral, which will take a look at the life of Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207-1228. As the key influencer behind the Magna Carta, the lecture will explore his education and teaching career in Paris, as well as the intellectual circle in which he belonged. The Magna Carta will this year celebrate its 800th anniversary, so this lecture offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about its fascinating history for just £7 per ticket.