Whether you’re ready or not, Christmas seems to be well and truly on the way. The John Lewis advert is out, shops are playing Christmas music as well as displaying Christmas goodies, and everyone’s rushing to find gifts to buy. 

We’ve gathered some ideas to help you relax and enjoy the festive season in Wiltshire, because for many, the run up to Christmas can be an unnecessarily stressful time. 

Getting out and about and exploring the Wiltshire countryside is an excellent way of lifting the weight off your shoulders. Whatever your choice of transport and wherever you go you can be sure to find some spectacular views. Hundreds of miles of footpaths, rolling hills, frosty fields, wintery woods and an abundance of wildlife are all part of our beautiful countryside. To make it fun for the family find treasure on a treasure trail or why not try some of our favourite walks here


Don’t worry about whether your order will arrive on time, or dodging people on the pavements. This year why not make a gift of one of our timeless pleasures in Wiltshire. A visit to the Halcyon Spa at Bishopstrow, a golf day at Bowood, a trip to see the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park, or a visit to the Neolithic Stonehenge. There are limitless ideas for memorable moments in Wiltshire. For more ideas see here.


Photo credit: English Heritage

Get into the Christmas spirit and sit back and enjoy a glass of mulled wine at one of the Christmas markets and fairs. They all offer unique and artisan gifts, and plenty of Christmas joy. One to look out for is the Bradford on Avon floating market, on 2-3 December; a market with a difference. 

Bradford on Avon Markets

Top it off with a trip to one of our country pubs. Cosy up, toast the New Year, enjoy some local produce and catch up with family friends. They all have a superb range of food and Christmas meals for you to enjoy.  

The Lamb Hindon

We hope this has given you some options on how to enjoy the festive season in Wiltshire. Don’t forget to check out our what’s on pages as well for forthcoming events. If you fancy a winter break, have a browse through our special offers on places to stay.




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