Malmesbury Today

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Malmesbury is in the north-west of the county of Wiltshire in England.

It sits about 95 miles west of London, 30 miles north-east of Bristol, and is situated five miles north of junction 17 of the M4 motorway.

Malmesbury is one of the oldest continously inhabited sites in Britain and much of Malmesbury's visible character is retained naturally, through its location as an ancient hilltop town, surrounded by rivers on three sides.

The town centre serves a population of around 6000, with many of the town's restaurants and shops serving fantastic, local produce. Unusual, independent retail outlets such as HJ Knee and E&S, both of which have graced the High Street for generations, sit alongside a variety of national chains such as Co-op, Boots, WHSmith and some of the major High Street banks.

A varied range of events take place in the town, from the Philosophy Town festival and the BBC History Weekend to a fantastic range of locally organised Carnival events throughout July and August. There are frequent concerts in the wonderful surroundings of the Abbey and a diverse array of local groups, such as the ever popular Athelstan Players putting on regular performances and also Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions, with monthly live music at The Kings Arms in the High Street.

Like many places throughout the country, Malmesbury is experiencing growth and the change, which that entails. More houses are being planned, a new Waitrose store is about to open and Dyson's HQ on the edge of town is planning significant expansion in its R&D too. This has prompted a variety of local community groups to work together on a 'Neighbourhood Plan' with Front Runner status, to ensure that Malmesbury develops a clear vision for a sustainable future and is able to work towards it with the developers, when the time comes.

Malmesbury's two primary schools, plus a 'high performing academy' comprehensive school can only add to Malmesbury's bright future!

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