Bowood Proms Concert

Whether you are planning days out and activities with the family or would like some alone time, there are lots of options for fun-filled days here in Wiltshire this August. Here we’ve put together a selection of some of the top highlights for you to enjoy. 

1. Salisbury Spire – The Last 70 years exhibition

Salisbury Cathedral will be hosting a special exhibition from 2 August showcasing the Cathedral Spire over the last 70 years. Come and see original photos and documents from the archive and find out more about restoration of the spire over the years. 

Alton Barnes White Horse

2. An Evening walk taking in Adams Grave and Alton Barnes White Horse

Wiltshire Museum Director, David Dawson will lead this evening walk taking in Adam’s Grave and Alton Barnes White Horse. A fascinating insight into some of the geology and unique history of this area. Booking strongly advised. 

3. Victorian Cream Teas in Trowbridge

Trowbridge Museum will be hosting a charming Victorian Cream Tea Party on 4 August in Trowbridge Park. Tea and scones will be served by staff in traditional Victorian costume plus there will be Victorian games to keep the children entertained. 

4. Cheese and Chilli Festival 

Lovers of anything spicy or cheesy will enjoy this festival in Swindon’s Lydiard Park. Look out for the chilli eating competition, cooking demonstrations plus live music and family activities. 

5. Soak up the atmosphere at two Open air concerts at Bowood

Whether you fancy the iconic beats of Classic Ibiza or the more traditional atmosphere of the Great British Proms, these two open-air concerts at Bowood are sure to keep you entertained. 

6. Flora and Fauna Identification Workshop

Help identify and recognise flora and fauna in this workshop run by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust at Lower Moor Farm, near Cricklade. 

7. Chippenham Carnival

For the first time in 16 years the Chippenham Carnival will return. See the Island in Monkton Park become the centre of colourful fun on Saturday 12 August. 

8. Swindon & Cricklade Railway Steam and Vintage Weekend

Cars, bikes, agricultural bygones will gather alongside vintage steam and other road vehicles at Swindon & Cricklade Railway’s Steam and Vintage Weekend

9. Cooking for Students

Do you have a child heading off to uni soon? Or are you leaving home for the first time then the Cooking for Students course on 18 August at Vaughan’s Cookery School could be perfect for you!

10. Family Bushcraft at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

A short drive from Wiltshire, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will be holding an array of family events throughout the summer holidays including Family Bushcraft events ‘Cooking around the fire’ and ‘Herbs and their uses’.

Edington Music Festival

11. Edington Music Festival

90 of the UK’s top choral singers and organists will come to the small Wiltshire village of Edington from 20-27 August for the annual Edington Music Festival. Events are free. 

12. Evening Racing – Spire FM does the 90s

Enjoy a night of horse racing followed by the sounds of the 90s at Salisbury Racecourse on 25 August. 

13. Avebury Art – sculpture in the garden

Tucked away in nooks and crannies of Avebury Manor’s garden rooms, you’ll find glassworks to bronzes, ceramics and wood (many of which are for sale). Running from 26 August. 

14. The Great British Food Festival

This three day festival will be running over the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Bowood bringing with it over 50 artisan producers, cooking demonstrations as well as seasonal and speciality produce.

15. Imber church open days

The church of St Giles will be open to access from 26-28 August. This church sits in the heart of Salisbury Plain Training Area and is not often open to the general public. A fascinating insight into the history of not only the church, but the village too can be discovered on a visit to St Giles’.

Want to know more? 

Don’t forget to also check out our ideas for school holidays blog post for more family-friendly activities taking place over the summer. 

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