SCORES of art and heritage lovers set out to explore Trowbridge on Saturday as the town opened its doors.

Five venues staged events for the Explore Art Trowbridge event, while the Heritage Open Days organised by Trowbridge Civic Society featured various venues plus a guided walk.

On top of that, the organisers of the Trowbridge Weavers Market staged their third event in Fore Street, Market Street and the Town Hall Arts building.

Trowbridge Mayor, Cllr David Cavill, was looking around the Cloth Road Arts Fair at Emmanuel's Yard and said: "To have the whole of the town centre buzzing on the second Saturday of the month is just fantastic. I am just amazed by what's going on. It's just fabulous."

Among the activities and events were the Cloth Road Arts Fair at Emmanuel's Yard in Church Street, an exhibition by Cath Siswick at the Court Gallery in Court Street, and a West of England Festival of Textiles staged by Trowbridge Museum at Bridge House in Stallard Street.

Bridge House also staged a maker's talk by world-renowned embroider Alice Kettle, and a Shaped Space exhibition by George Meyrick.

The Blind House in Wicker Hill, the Cemetery Chapel at The Down, Holy Trinity Church in Stallard Street, the Masonic Hall in Yerbury Street and St James' Church all opened their doors for the heritage open day.

Sue Riley, 68, and her mum, Peggy Thick, 94, of St Thomas Road, Trowbridge, were having a quiet cup of coffee at Emmanuel's Yard, but said: "The art fair has been absolutely stunning. It's absolutely fantastic."

Janet Butler, 84, from Bradford on Avon, said: "We've been down to Bridge House to see the textiles exhibition.

Her friend Clare Kerin, 83, from Frome, added: "I'm interested in weaving and it's been fascinating."