Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

With two Bank Holiday weekends and (fingers crossed) some fine weather, why not plan a visit to Wiltshire during May? There’s plenty to entertain you this month and we’ve selected some of the event highlights you might like to enjoy on a trip here:

1.    See Salisbury come to life with the arrival of the Festival

The annual Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival begins on 26 May. Featuring arts, theatre, talks, exhibitions, family events and much more. This year’s theme is on the French-speaking province of Canada, Quebec. Look out for some of the free outdoor events including the ever-fun street entertainment.

2.    Take a journey to Spain or Morocco

Ok, well we don’t really want to encourage you to leave Wiltshire, however take a culinary journey with Vaughan’s Cookery School at one of their workshops dedicated to Spanish dishes or Moroccan food on 10 May. 

3.    Watch movies under the spire

Salisbury Cathedral will be hosting ‘Movies Under the Spire’ on 10 May, with a screening the thriller, ‘Ashes’. 

Stourhead Triathlon (C) Adrian Kirkup

4.    Get sporty at Stourhead

If you fancy getting active then why not participate in Stourhead’s Immortal Triathlon? If you don’t feel quite so energetic then you can still enjoy walking around the beautiful gardens as a spectator. 

5.    Paint, drink and party in Bradford on Avon

The Boat House in Bradford on Avon will be hosting their second ‘Paint Republic’ event, your opportunity to release your inner creativity and try your hand at painting a classic masterpiece. Have a read of Theresa’s blog on the first Paint Republic event there.

6.    Bounce around Grassacres Park

Westbury’s Grassacres Park will be holding children’s inflatable fun on the weekend of 20-12 May (weather permitting). For just £5 per child, they can come or go as many times as they like during the day and enjoy up to six inflatables and slides as well as garden games. 

7.    Explore the Stonehenge ceremonial landscape

Wiltshire Museum will be running a guided walk from Durrington Walls to Stonehenge on 20 May after a tour of the collections within the museum. Led by the Museum Director, David Dawson this is a great opportunity to get a deeper understanding of this historic landscape. Booking essential. 

8.    Enjoy music and dance at the Chippenham Folk Festival

Chippenham will be buzzing over the Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend as the annual Chippenham Folk Festival takes place. Expect the best in English traditional folk song, music, dance and much more!

Iford Manor, The Peto Garden

9.    Celebrate the arts at the picturesque Iford Manor

Starting on 27 May, the Iford Arts Festival brings with it opera, picnic proms and classical concerts in the beautiful Grade 1 Listed Peto Garden at Iford Manor. Events take place up until 5 August and early booking is strongly recommended. 

10.    Follow the Wylye Valley Art Trail

Also beginning on 27 May, this nine day arts festival gives you the unique opportunity to see paintings, printmaking, sculpture and photography from artists along the Wylye valley. Over 200 artists and craftspeople open their doors of their studios or workshops to visitors and there are opportunities to buy some of the work too. 

Wylye Valley Art Trail

These are just some of the highlights that are taking place in Wiltshire during May. Be sure to check out our what’s on pages for more ideas. For details of places to stay in and around these locations then browse our accommodation pages today. 

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