Take time out in Wiltshire this Bank Holiday weekend

By Jamie Hill - 10 August 2018


The August Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore what Wiltshire has to offer visitors.

  • Great British Food Festival at Bowood

    Great British Food Festival at Bowood

VisitWiltshire has put together a selection of great events, fun festivals and amazing places to stay to ensure you can make the most of the last Bank Holiday before Christmas.


Join Wiltshire Creative for Lift Off! (24-27 August). A four-day celebration of the arts across the city of Salisbury including music, fireworks, street theatre, storytelling, a Family Fiesta, visual arts trail and more.


Bowood House is hosting the Great British Food Festival on 25-27 August. Guest demos will run alongside kids’ cookery lessons while over 80 top local producers, real ale, wine bars and live music will also be featured among the great range of foodie delights across this three-day event.


The county is also staging a fabulous fiesta of other festivals over the Bank Holiday including the Devizes International Street Festival & Carnival (26-27 August) featuring some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from Europe and the UK.


There’s the Malmesbury Carnival and Festival with activities taking place throughout August including the popular Petticoat Lane Street Market on 26 August and the Edington Music Festival which takes place the following day.


Lacock Village Fair on 27 August will feature stalls in the High Street, a children’s fair and entertainment in the Playing Field, street entertainers, plenty of refreshments and enough children’s fun events, sports and enjoyable challenges to keep everyone entertained.


Common Hill in Cricklade is the venue for the Cricklade Summer Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday with plenty of fun activities for all the family including bouncy castles, sweets and treats, as well as a BBQ and hog roast.


Crofton Beam Engine just outside Marlborough is holding its Steaming Weekend (25-27 August).  See the world’s oldest working beam engine running on steam pumping water to the top of the Kennet and Avon Canal. A great day out for the family. Freshly prepared food available from the Engineman's Rest Cafe.


Salisbury Cathedral is playing host to the Organ Prom (26 August 7pm-9pm) featuring Last Night of the Proms and film favourites played on their extraordinary Father Willis Organ by David Halls and John Challenger.


Castle Combe Circuit is the venue for the Countdown Race Day on 27 August. It’s the penultimate meeting in the circuit’s own championship and will feature a series of races including saloon cars, hot hatches, MGs, Sprites and Midgets which are likely to decide the championships.


As well as its world famous safari animals Longleat, star of the new BBC Animal Park Summer Specials with Ben Fogle and Kate Humble, is also playing host to a selection of awesome creatures from prehistory with its T. Rex: The Killer Question exhibition featuring life-sized and animatronic dinosaurs (until 3 September).


Wiltshire also has a huge range of accommodation options from glamping to spa breaks to choose from with some great offers and discounts available over the Bank Holiday weekend. Check out www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/accommodation.


  • For further information on things to do, special offers and what’s on this summer across Wiltshire go to www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

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