About Melksham| Melksham Town Council
Melksham is an historic market town located in beautiful rural Wiltshire. With a growing population, some exciting new developments and lots of thriving clubs and annual events, Melksham is the ideal location for living, working, and visiting.
In a beautiful pocket of rural Wiltshire, Melksham is a lovely market town situated on the banks of the Bristol River Avon. It was once part of a vast royal forest - a favourite hunting ground of Tudor kings.
Melksham appears in the Domesday (Doomsday) Book and its prosperity was founded on agriculture and the woollen cloth making industry. Today the population is around 23,000 and it is the home of Cooper Tires and many other modern businesses based on new technology. The town centre has a beautiful historic quarter where St Michael & All Angels Church, Canon Square and Church Walk are located. The town also has an interesting blue plaque trail.
Nearby are the historic villages of Lacock and Castle Combe with the Cotswolds in striking distance. The attractive and friendly town centre has many independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and a regular Tuesday Market.
What goes on in Melksham?
Compact and easily accessible, Melksham's library, gym, swimming pool, tourist information centre and parks are all within walking distance of the centre. Melksham has a wealth of clubs and societies for all ages and tastes. PHOTO GALLERY
The strong and vibrant community spirit ensures a busy calendar of events, including the annual Food and River Festival in September, the Melksham Music Festival incorporating Party in the Park, weekly Parkruns and the annual Melksham Carnival.
Melksham at its best
Melksham residents take great pride in their town. Their dedication in adorning the town with fantastic floral displays throughout the summer has resulted in 'Gold' success in the Britain in Bloom competition.
The town's passion for floral displays is matched by the effort and creativity invested in the town's Christmas lights' display. The highly anticipated switching on of the Melksham Christmas Lights, a spectacular display created entirely by volunteers, takes place during the annual Christmas Fayre.
Walks around Melksham
There are some beautiful walks in and around Melksham, including the Riverside Walk along the River Avon and trails along Clackers Brook. The Conigre Mead Nature Reserve is a fascinating and tranquil space hidden just a few minutes' walk from the town centre. Managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, it is home to dragonflies, butterflies and the occasional kingfisher. The Kennet and Avon Canal also passes through Melksham, offering a great bike ride or walk to the famous Devizes Caen Hill Locks to the east and Bradford on Avon and Bath to the west.
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Melksham is continuing to expand due to its ideal location on the A350, a main north - south gateway through Wiltshire, its proximity to several leading independent schools and its accessibility to the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.
Melksham is well-served by several bus routes, including the National Express route between Bristol and London. An increased train service is now available from Melksham station with connections to Bristol and London. Melksham also provides an excellent location for exploring nearby Lacock and Avebury, the historic towns of Devizes and Bradford on Avon and the City of Bath.