As nights draw in and the breathtaking autumnal colours begin to show, Wiltshire becomes a magical place. To make the most out of it here are our Top 12 things to do this October! 

Ghoulish Events  

Of course, the main annual event in October is Halloween! Wiltshire never disappoints with its array of events, ghastly ghost trains and haunted houses. Pick your own pumpkin at Cholderton Charlies Halloween Half Term Spectacular, turn ghost hunter at Swindon and Cricklade Railway Halloween Ghost Train and test your courage at Fairwood Lakes Hidden Haunted House, an abandoned barn in the woods! 

Go organic 

It’s hardly surprising that with vast amount of countryside and farms, Wiltshire has a fantastic selection of organic produce. Do your bit for the environment and experience the wonderful tastes of home grown produce at Neston Farm Shop, Helen Browning’s Royal Oak and Pythouse Kitchen Garden. You can also stay and experience and organic farm at Rushall’s Organic Glamping and Mill Farm Glamping, or at a very Wiltshire farm stay.

Experience the outdoors

Watch the changing colours this autumn at the magnificent Stourhead. Discover the mystery of Stonehenge for yourself and wander around the beautiful landscape. Plus, get together as a family for half term at Bowoods autumn animal trail!

Indulge in award-winning food

After exploring the delights of Stonehenge stop off at Michelin-starred pub Red Lion Freehouse, here you can relax by the warm cosy fire and taste local, hand-pumped beer and carefully selected dishes from the best producers possible.

Feel the heat at a Chilli Fest

Bring some heat to the start of the autumn with this year's Chippenham’s Chilli Fest! Perfect way to brighten and warm up a cold autumn day!

Soak up the atmosphere at the theatre

Celebrate Swindon’s history at the Wyvern Theatre for Uncelebrated Journey which throws a spotlight on Swindon's finest talent and celebrates the 'hidden jewels' of the Town's performing arts community. Other places showing fabulous shows and have a fantastic arts scene include the Salisbury Playhouse and the Pound Arts Centre

Grab your lederhosen and dirndls for Oktoberfest

Get in the festive spirit at Oktoberfest in Swindon on 12 - 13 October and Salisbury on Saturday 20 October. Chug back a stein of beer, taste the world famous Bratwurst and enjoy the party atmosphere with friends and family.

Step into the world of books at Salisbury Literary Festival

Salisbury Literary Festival will be in full swing from the 17 – 22 October, the 2018 programme will feature bestselling and award-winning authors for both adults and children. Headliners include Val McDermin, Matt Haig and Jonathan Coe. 

Take a walk on the wild side

Meet the cast (the furry ones!) from Animal Park at Longleat on a safari, and immerse yourselves in all things autumnal with the captivating Great British Autumn event including adorable owl displays, inspiring workshops on apple pressing and willow weaving!

Enjoy some retail therapy 

Before the Christmas shopping starts treat yourself at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet! Explore the indie shops in Salisbury like Regent Tailoring, a fabulous tailors that even holds a wine and liquor club, and Marlborough for a well-known high street brand!  

Discover our chocolate-box towns and villages 

Travelling through Wiltshire you will discover the most quintessentially English towns and villages, many of which have been used for filming just for that reason! Corsham in the North of the county was used for the filming of Poldark and you can see why with the photogenic buildings!

Relax at a spa

Let time slip away on a spa day or long week weekend, from old manor houses to contemporary designed hotels experience luxury, heated swimming pools and heavenly saunas, steam rooms and therapies. Discover places to unwind and enjoy some well earned rest. 

This is only a glimpse of what’s on, from exhibitions to outdoor adventures there’s plenty to explore Wiltshire this autumn. Make Time for Wiltshire and book a stay today. Don’t forget to use #timeforwiltshire on social posts, we love to see what you’re getting up to in our beautiful county. 




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