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Stourhead, Wiltshire

As the leaves begin to change and the autumn sets in, make a visit to Wiltshire this October. We’ve put together a handy list of ten reasons why you should come to Wiltshire…

1. Stourhead

Perhaps we need to say no more, if you’ve ever visited Stourhead before in the autumn then you’ll know why this makes the list! Stourhead is one of the most iconic of the National Trust’s gardens and is truly spectacular during the autumn. Make an autumnal walk around the estate and call the leaf line for daily updates on the colours.

2. Bird spotting at the Cotswold Water Park

Head to the Cotswold Water Park, near Cricklade during October to spot the migrating birds. Look out for special bird watching events taking place here in addition to guided walks, workshops and more.

3. Go on an autumnal walk

With the leaves changing, October makes a perfect time for an explore around some of Wiltshire’s 8,200+ footpaths! Check out some of our downloadable walking routes or make time to visit some of our top places for autumn colours.

4. Learn how the bicycle impacted society

Make a trip to the Trowbridge Museum to catch the Re imagined – A Cloth Road exhibition before it closes at the end of October. Artist Patrick Hallissey has painted a variety of artworks depicting sport, recreation and townscapes in this exhibition.

5. Discover Salisbury’s ghosts and ghouls

Ever wondered about the paranormal and the ghostly goings-on in Salisbury? Now’s your chance to discover more as the Salisbury City Guides run their Spooky weekend over Halloween. Walks usually start from outside Salisbury Information Centre and cater for a variety of ages with walks specifically aimed at younger children too.

6. Plan a visit to Great Chalfield Manor

Plan a visit to the National Trust’s Great Chalfield Manor which closes for the 2016 season in October. Explore the pretty gardens and stroll around the small orchard.

7. Take part in a sporting challenge

Whether you fancy taking part in the Cycle Wiltshire Sportive (starting from Five Rivers Community Campus in Salisbury) or perhaps the Salisbury Half Marathon, there are some challenges you can do if you fancy getting active here in Wiltshire.

8. Book onto a tour of a Merchant’s House

Set on Marlborough’s historic High Street, book a tour of the Merchant’s House, the home of Thomas Bayly and see restoration take place.

9. See the season finale at Castle Combe Circuit

Watch all of the action on a visit to Castle Combe Circuit. On 8 October, the circuit will play host to the final motor racing of 2016 in the Grand Finals Race Day. Expect some nail-biting racing before the champions are crowned!

10. Discover the preparation of the winter beers at Wadworth

Book onto a Wadworth Brewery tour and go behind the scenes of this famous Wiltshire brewery. See some of the winter beers being prepared and sample some of the different tipples in the bar after your tour. There’s even a shop here where you can purchase beers and souvenirs, an early Christmas present perhaps?




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