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About Melksham

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Melksham is a town on the River Avon in Wiltshire, England, about 4 1⁄2 miles (7 km) northeast of Trowbridge and 6 mi (10 km) south of Chippenham it is, luckily, in the area covered by DarkStar Discos, the Melksham marquee hire experts. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 19,357, making it Wiltshire's fifth-largest town after Swindon, Salisbury, Chippenham and Trowbridge. Melksham developed at a ford across the River Avon and the name is presumed to derive from "meolc", the Old English for milk, and "ham", a village. On John Speed's map of Wiltshire (1611), the name is spelt both Melkesam (for the hundred) and Milsham (for the town itself). Melksham was a royal estate at the time of the Norman Conquest. The civil parish of Melksham includes Melksham Forest, formerly a separate settlement 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to the northeast and now a suburb of the town. It has an Anglican church (St Andrew's, 1876)[30] and had a Methodist chapel (1905 to before 2010).



Melksham Travel Links

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Rail -
The town is served by Melksham railway station, on the branch of the Wessex Main Line from Chippenham to Trowbridge, with nine trains in each direction on weekdays. Trains are operated by Great Western Railway, with services marketed as the 'TransWilts line' between Westbury and Swindon.

Road -
Melksham is on the north-south A350 main road from the M4 motorway (Junction 17, near Chippenham) to Poole on the south coast. The A350 stretch directly to the south of the town has been designed to allow for possible future expansion to dual-carriageway status if required.

Bus -
It is served by bus companies including Faresaver and First West of England.

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Taxi Firms in Melksham

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With so much to do within Melksham and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Melksham is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as A & P Taxis, Melksham Taxis and Forest Taxis.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Melksham

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Widbrook Grange Bradford on Avon, near Melksham -
The name Widbrook dates from 1279 and relates to the brook that runs through the hotel’s grounds. Widbrook Grange was originally built as a model farm during the early 1700’s and consisted then, as it does today, of a large and impressive main house with its comfortable lounges and log fires. Surrounded by stables and barns which now house many bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool. On both sides of the house, reflecting its agricultural heritage, are some fine examples of bee bowls and extensive lawns sweep down to the brook. Located in 11 acres of the Wiltshire countryside, just outside the historic market town of Bradford on Avon, Widbrook Grange is the perfect base to explore nearby Bath, Longleat and Stonehenge. You may be lucky enough to see deer walking through, doves flying around, rabbits, pheasant and squirrels happily feeding. Fresh and inviting with a touch of country chic, each of the 19 boutique bedrooms is decked out in restful palettes, influenced by the Cotswolds’ countryside. The bedrooms are all individual, but they share some common traits that you’ll love, namely: 400 thread Egyptian cotton sheets, luxurious goose down feather duvets, sumptuous pillows, excellent mattresses and fabulous bathrooms. Each visit includes a full English breakfast plus a choice of pastries, cereals and fruit, tea and coffee, and use of the pool and gym. They also offer beauty treatments which take place in the comfort of your own room.


The Shaw Country Hotel Shaw, near Melksham -
The Shaw Country Hotel is situated at Shaw in the county of Wiltshire less than 9 miles from Bath, the best-preserved Roman city in the country and 16 miles from Bristol, the capital of the Southwest. The hotel is privately owned and managed by Nick & Paul Lewis. This typical country hotel, reputed to be built during the late 16th century, offers superb first-class accommodation, with twelve well-appointed bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. All bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, colour television with radio, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and trouser press. Internet access is available in all rooms. The spacious rooms are fully centrally heated and furnished to a very high standard with views overlooking open countryside. The luxury suite is ideal for honeymoons or that special weekend break. Nick & Paul provide the finest English and European cuisine for the restaurant. Together with the rest of the hand-picked staff they provide a warm and friendly atmosphere and unparalleled service for all. Finally, it’s not just a coincidence that the wine cellar is stocked with fine wines from around the globe to please the palate and complement the English and European Cuisine.  The à la Carte menu is changed to reflect the best available produce in the relevant season. There is also a 3 Course Residents' Menu alongside the Bar Menu.


The Conigre Melksham -
A 17th Century Grade II listed former farmhouse, The Conigre is a small family-run hotel full of rustic charm and character. It is just a short stroll to the pubs, restaurants and other local amenities in the bustling market town of Melksham. It has eight individually styled en-suite guest rooms and is home to local couple Paul and Cynthia Watts and their family. he Watts family have owned The Conigre since April 2015 and want to make every stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Business and leisure guests alike are invited to enjoy the relaxing spaces created within the house. Whether your preference is to settle down with a good book in the snug, enjoy a nightcap in the bar or meet friends for coffee in the conservatory, they want you to feel at home. The guest rooms are unique, warm and charming, and are either in the main house or in the converted stable block. Whether you are after a room full of rustic character, a more functional business room, or a family room to share with the little ones, they will always recommend the best room for you. They want all of their guests to have a great night’s sleep and their aim is to exceed expectations.  All rooms are en-suite with fluffy towels, luxury toiletries and crisp cotton linen that has been locally sourced.



Places to Get Married in Melksham

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The Owl Lodge, near Melksham -
The Owl Lodge is the ideal venue to hold your wedding or special celebration, set in the spectacular Wiltshire countryside of Lacock, seven miles from the M4 located between the market towns of Chippenham and Melksham. There’s plenty of car parking space for your guests within the private grounds of the Owl Lodge. They boast an extensive cobbled yard that’s just perfect for al fresco speeches, above this you can enjoy celebratory drinks from the veranda while taking in the panoramic views of the Wiltshire countryside. Dine under oak beams, and by the evening dance the night away in the specially made Orchard Room where there’s a chance of catching the sun as it sets over your wedding day. Historically, the Owl Lodge was once part of a large farmstead, Selves Farm, the original farm house was a replica of The Red Lion Inn found in the nearby National Trust village of Lacock. Unfortunately, the farm was abandoned way back and the house along with other farm buildings left derelict or pulled down. The land and buildings were acquired by the present farming family, Christopher and Anthony Doel.


Cleeve House Seend, near Melksham -
With Exclusive Hire you and your guests are free to wander through the historic house and gardens, which provide beautiful photo opportunities, all the while with the knowledge that Cleeve House is yours for your entire wedding day. From accommodation to decoration, the team are happy to work together with you to create your perfectly personal and beautifully memorable wedding. With their Exclusive Hire you are free to make use of any combination of the rooms available for your very special day. The Great Hall, Salisbury Room, and Library are all ideal locations for you to create the event of your dreams. The Library and the Great Hall are both licensed for civil ceremonies. Also, the Library is perfect for drinks receptions.  The Salisbury Room is a lovely room for dining, with fine views across miles of countryside and, for the evening, the Great Hall is a wonderful grand space for dining, dancing and celebrating late into the night. Cleeve House also has eight bedrooms to accommodate guests who have travelled far for your wedding. They have contact with an extensive range of wedding service providers including caterers, florists, photographers, entertainers and party decorators whom they can recommend, and you are free to find and organise all the aspects of your day by yourselves if you so wish. The flexibility of the venue means you can design your wedding to be as creative and original a day as you have always dreamed.

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Event Planning in Melksham

Complete your event in Melksham with DarkStar Discos. We are a Melksham marquee hire that offers the following service which can greatly remove any event planning stress from you: bars - You don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - No need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - Let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. Contact DarkStar Discos, the Melksham marquee hire experts.


Top Restaurants in Melksham

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The Milk Churn Melksham - A traditional country pub just outside Melksham. Situated on the edge of the market town of Melksham, just off the A350 and surrounded by lush, green Wiltshire countryside, the Milk Churn, built in 2014 in the style of a Wiltshire farmhouse with attached barn, is the perfect example of a proper country pub at the heart of its local community. The Milk Churn’s hand-painted pictorial sign reflects the town’s dairy farming heritage on one side and on the other side also tells a story, as it was painted by 95-year-old ex-local farmer Victor Steel, after he won a competition at Dorset Arts Weeks. Convenient for Chippenham, Trowbridge and Warminster, with a beautiful garden and outside children’s play area ideal for summer, as well as roaring log fires and oak beams inside, perfect for the shorter and colder winter nights, the Milk Churn really is the perfect pub all year round. Rest and relax as they take care of you while you discover the delicious dishes. 

Beechfield House Beanacre, near Melksham – Beechfield’s owners are particularly keen always to use only the very best ingredients, whether it's for a candlelit dinner, a full English breakfast, a delicious snack by the swimming pool, or a Wiltshire afternoon tea. Many of the vegetables and salads are home grown and other produce, including meat and poultry, is sourced from nearby farms in Wiltshire and Somerset with strict animal welfare policies. They select their food suppliers with great care. Given the popularity of Beechfield House as a family hotel, Chef is keen to please younger guests with a healthy children's menu. The restaurant at Beechfield House is also a popular venue for distinctive private parties and celebrations; whether for friends and relatives or for business executives. It's also one of the loveliest wedding reception venues in Wiltshire. In fact, there are four private dining rooms at Beechfield House; each one capable of bestowing a large degree of exclusivity to any occasion. The excellent food is complemented by an enviable wine list, created with great care and expertise.

The Kings Arms Melksham - The Kings Arms is an 18th Century building steeped in history such as tales of Dick Turpin and other notorious highwaymen. It is situated in the centre of the bustling market town of Melksham in the beautiful county of Wiltshire and has 13 en-suite rooms, parking and two private function rooms. The menu offers bar snacks to full restaurant dining, served every day. There’s also daily specials and a gluten free menu. Lunches are popular with locals and visitors alike and the Sunday roasts are a real treat.  There is a large selection of New and Old-World wines, a new gin menu and locally brewed beers including real ales from the nearby Wadworth brewery in Devizes.  There is free Wi-Fi, 3 new large en-suite rooms in the old stables, a great range of teas and artisan roasted coffee (and hot chocolate!) available and an outside courtyard to the front of this historic pub for the Spring and summer and open log fires guaranteed inside during the winter. The pub also has a wedding licence and private function rooms that can cater for intimate wedding receptions or business meetings, conferences or private parties and functions.

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Top Things to do in Melksham

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Hope Nature Centre Southwick, near Melksham - The Hope Nature Centre is a fun family day out, set in 15 acres of Southwick Country Park near Trowbridge. Come and join them for a spot of Breakfast or Lunch in the Cafe, before exploring the Animal Park. Come and see a variety of animals including; Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Donkeys and much more. Open 7 days a week! The Hope Nature Centre is a registered charity that helps those with learning disabilities. 

The Roman Baths Bath, near Melksham - The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council. The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water. The Roman Baths attracts over one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom. In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years. This is the first phase of an on-going programme of development that will take place over the next seven years.

Wadworth Brewery Devises, near Melksham – This Victorian brewery, located in Devizes, Wiltshire, is the iconic part of the area’s heritage. The tower brewery, built in 1885, is a real landmark in the town and no trip to the South West of England would be complete without a visit. The award-winning Visitor Centre is open Monday to Saturday, from 9am – 5pm, all year round (excluding Bank Holidays).  Visitors can take part in a tour around the brewery (fees apply), check out brewing memorabilia in the free Brewseum, and much more. Learn about the history of brewing and how the brewery combines traditional techniques with modern brewery skills. During your visit you can enjoy a beer tasting in the Harness Room Bar, with the details behind each ale, talked through by one of our in house beer experts. When you’ve decided which beer is your favourite, you can finish off your trip in the Brewery Shop. Stock up on everything from beer gift sets, branded T-shirts and hoodies, to vintage style posters for the most popular beer brands.

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Melksham Today

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The Shell Guide to Wiltshire, published in 1968, characterised the town as "with the exception of Swindon the most industrialized in the county". Today, Melksham has many varied industries including Avon Rubber, which previously owned the Avon Tyre plant in the town centre. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company now owns the plant, and is still a major employer in the town, producing Cooper Avon and Avon Tyres brands. In 2000, Avon Rubber plc moved to a large purpose-built facility 3 km (1.9 mi) to the south of the town near Semington, employing over 300 on products such as gasmasks. Melksham is also home to Knorr-Bremse, a designer and manufacturer of railway braking systems, at a purpose-built facility in south Bowerhill. The town has a thriving business district and is also close to the retail centres of Bath, Bristol, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Swindon and is surrounded by attractive villages such as Lacock, Holt, Seend and Semington. . Melksham has a number of pharmacies, high street clothes shops, charity shops and privately run individual stores. It has five supermarkets: Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Lidl and Aldi.

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