7 things to do in Corsham

Corsham High Street

Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds and surrounded by countryside, Corsham is a historic market town renowned for its architecture and vibrant community. Affectionately known as Wiltshire’s ‘hidden gem,’ Corsham’s high street is home to an array of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, many of which are housed in traditional Georgian stone buildings.

There’s never a lack of things to see or do in Corsham, due to its many historic sites and busy calendar of markets, festival and exhibitions. The town is only a 20-minute drive from Bath; so why not escape the bustle of the city and while away an afternoon walking its cobbled streets?

Here are some suggestions for how to spend your time in this charming town:

1. Stock up on goodies at the Corsham Creative Market

Showcasing the talent of local artisans and craftspeople, the Corsham Creative Market takes place on the first Saturday of each month from 11-3pm, at the town’s Community Campus. It’s free to browse the 35+ stalls, with locals selling everything from homemade accessories and clothing, to food and home furnishings. It’s the perfect place to pick up a present for a loved one – and to treat yourself, of course!

2. Discover fresh talent at the Pound

The Pound is Corsham’s arts venue and vibrant community hub – boogie on down to a band, have your funny bones tickled, engross yourself in a theatre performance or take part in a workshop with your family. The Café Bar serves a good range of fresh, vegetarian and locally-sourced dishes as well as teas, coffees and homemade snacks – making it the ideal pit stop for elevenses.

3. Lose yourself in Corsham Court

As grand as it is beautiful, Corsham Court is an English country house built on the site of a former Saxon royal manor. Spend an hour or two walking around the striking state rooms, not forgetting to admire the expansive collection of fine art in the picture gallery, designed by Capability Brown. Then, head out to explore the impressive gardens and parkland, where you’ll find a lily pond, young arboretum and 13-acre lake.

4. Go on a peacock hunt

Do you know what makes Corsham so special (aside from the fact that it was used as a set for BBC’s Poldark)? It’s our resident peacocks! Our fine-feathered friends can usually be found wandering the town’s streets, as though they are official residents of Corsham Court. If you can’t see them, you’ll definitely hear them!

5. Enjoy a Sunday roast at The Methuen Arms

After admiring Corsham Court and perusing the parklands, rest your weary legs in the cosy ambience of The Methuen Arms. This award-winning Inn is conveniently set beside the stately home and is celebrated for its Sunday roast, which makes the very most of locally-sourced ingredients.

6. Satisfy your inner foodie at the Taste of Corsham Food Festival

Discover great food and drink from Corsham and its surroundings at the town’s first Taste of Corsham Food Festival, held on the 17th of June. This event is taking place as part of Festival Fortnight, alongside the Blue Sky and Walking Festival; as well as great grub, expect music and cooking masterclasses. There’s free parking in the town all day, too – just be sure to arrive hungry!

7. Go jewellery shopping at Coppins

Of course, we had to mention ourselves on a list of things to do in Corsham! Situated on a quiet cobbled street, we have been designing and creating exquisite pieces of jewellery for more than 30 years. As a family-run business, you can expect fantastic service and intricate pieces made to an exceptionally high standard.

Our extensive collection has something to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you’re searching for a watch for a friend, a pair of earrings for yourself or a ring to propose to the special person in your life with. The gems and metals we use are sourced from across the world; and it’s this, combined with our fine attention to detail, that’s earned us a reputation of being one of Wiltshire’s top jewellers.