Each week via our social feeds we share five interesting businesses or organisations to check out and follow on social media. We then choose our favourites to give some extra coverage in our magazines. This week we have a Malmesbury theme.
Drea MacMillan is a social media marketing specialist and photographer based in Malmesbury. She is passionate about the town she calls home and regularly posts encouraging people to visit Malmesbury and explore all that it has to offer.
In 2020, Drea worked with Malmesbury Town Team and Malmesbury Town Council to create a series of images to promote a ‘Discover Malmesbury’ campaign, supporting the town’s many independent retailers as they opened up from the first lockdown.
The Old Bell Hotel is thought to be England’s oldest hotel, established in 1220. Situated in the town centre and next to Malmesbury Abbey it’s one of Wiltshire’s historical gems. The hotel is under new ownership and is currently getting a bit of a refresh. Follow the hotel’s social feeds to be dazzled by its lavish interiors including a new hand painted starry ceiling in the restaurant.
Athelstan Museum is in the heart of Malmesbury and tells the town’s tale over the centuries. Its collection includes art, coins, textiles, agricultural equipment and more. Learn about Malmesbury’s flying monk, Eilmer, and Thomas Hobbes an internationally renowned philosopher.
Thanks to significant grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Art Fund, the museum has been able to purchase a fine watercolour of Malmesbury Abbey by J M W Turner which is currently on display.
Malmesbury is home to The Wild Food Company, an independent, family run health and whole food store located on the town’s high street. It stocks a wide range of artisan products, organic and free from foods, supplements, body care, cosmetics and environmentally friendly household products.