A Guided Tour of Wessex and its Treasures

A weekend expert-guided trip around Salisbury, the Avebury and Stonehenge landscapes and the hidden areas of Salisbury Plain, visits to museums and much more besides

Date:Fri, 05 June 2015 - Sun, 07 June 2015
Pricing:CBA/CBA Wessex Members £100, Non-Members £120, Optional inside Stonehenge circle visit £10
Time:5pm on Friday through to 5pm on Sunday
Contact:General enquiries to Andy Manning - events@cba-wessex.org.uk

The event commences with an informal guided tour of the city of Salisbury, followed by a visit to the new museum at Amesbury which houses finds from the significant Mesolithic Blick Mead site recently featured in the May/June issue of British Archaeology.  The evening continues with a light meal and talk, highlighting the archaeology of the Wessex region.

Saturday starts with a visit to Avebury and an expert led guided tour of the monument and key sites in the Avebury landscape.  The day concludes with a viewing of the new archaeological gallery at Salisbury Museum.  This exciting redeveloped gallery was only opened to the public last year and is a fantastic chance to see the results of this multi-million pound project.  The evening will end with a hot meal and expert talks on further interesting archaeology in the Wessex area.

Sunday starts with a limited numbers (max 29 persons on a first people to book basis) to Stonehenge with access to the stone circle with Julian Richards as guide.  The later morning will be spent exploring a range of sites within the MoD controlled Salisbury Plain Training Area which contains a wealth of well-preserved prehistoric, Roman and WW1 sites usually unavailable to the general public.  The weekend finishes with a visit to Larkhill, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls.

Costs include transport between events, entrance fees and evening meals.  Note a £4 discount should be taken for English Heritage and National Trust members as they have free entry to the Avebury Museum.

Detailed programme (approximate timings and subject to change):

Start Finish Event
5.00pm 6.15pm Short tour in Salisbury
6.45pm 8.30pm Amesbury Museum
8.30pm 9.30pm Light meal at Antrobus House
9.30pm 10.15pm Talk by Mike Pitts at Antrobus House
9.00am 10.00am Coach to Avebury
10.00am 11.30am Guided tour of Avebury stone circle
11.30am 12.30pm Avebury Museum
12.30pm 1.30pm Lunch at Avebury
1.30pm 4.30pm Guided walk/trip of Avebury landscape with Julian Richards
4.30pm 5.30pm Coach to Salisbury
5.30pm 7.30pm Guided viewing of Salisbury Museum new Wessex Gallery
7.30pm 8.30pm Buffet meal at Salisbury Museum
8.30pm 10.00pm Talks on Wessex archaeological topics
7.00am 9.30am Optional tour inside Stonehenge circle with Julian Richards
10.00am 2.00pm Coach trip to Salisbury Plain Training Area
2.00pm 3.00pm Pub lunch
3.00pm 4.30pm Guided walk/trip of Larkhill, Durrington Henge etc.
4.30pm Return to Salisbury


See ‘Bookings’ instructions below for details on how to book this event


Avebury from the Air - Lo Res


Each event can be booked online. Once we receive your initial booking we will check the available spaces and send you a confirmation email (this may take a day or two). Book online here

If you are unable to book online then you should contact our Events Secretary at , giving your name, contact telephone number and email address together with your choice of events you wish to book. It is important you let us know how many member and/or non-member places you require for each event.


Please do not pay until you have received a confirmation email from our Secretary. If you have access to internet banking then after you have made a booking and received your confirmation it is easiest to pay CBA Wessex by direct payment to Sort code 20-75-01 Account number 43040208. You MUST quote your surname and event date(s) in the payment reference field in order that we can match your payment to your booking(s).

If you are unable to pay through internet banking then you should make a cheque payable to CBA Wessex and send it to our Treasurer at 8 Newstead Court, 41 Newstead Road, Bournemouth BH6 3HL. Please accompany your cheque with a note to let our Treasurer know who you are and the date of the event(s) you are paying for, also whether you booked online or through our Events Secretary.

It is OK to make one payment for multiple bookings. We simply need to know what your payment is for in order that we can match it against your booking(s). Unfortunately your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received by CBA Wessex.