In 2020

Wondering where to go for an English staycation for summer 2020? As we ease out of the COVID-19 lockdown, many people are itching to get away for a holiday without travelling too far. We think Wiltshire is the perfect destination for an English staycation this year. Here’s why…

Stonehenge

You can tick LOTS off your bucket-list…

If you’re based in England but normally head abroad for your holidays, you might be surprised to find out how many bucket-list worthy items you’ve missed from near your own front door! Here in Wiltshire you can walk amongst the ancient and iconic standing stones at Stonehenge; a mysterious site famous around the world. Or explore the majesty of Salisbury Cathedral, one of England’s most beautiful buildings. Just over the Wiltshire border, you’ll find more bucket-list worthy sites like the Roman Baths and the dramatic landscape of Cheddar Gorge.


Village of Dinton in Wiltshire

…Or discover hidden gems

If you’ve never visited Wiltshire before, you might be in for a surprise. It’s a county filled with unexpected little treasures. Picture-perfect villages nestle in idyllic green valleys. Strange ancient structures litter the landscape, hinting at the lives of the people who lived here thousands of years ago. Rivers meander through sleepy towns. A working windmill perches on the side of a hill. Crop circles appear overnight. Giant white horses stand guard over ancient landscapes. What treasures will you discover during your Wiltshire staycation? 


Wiltshire landscape

There’s so much space to enjoy

After an unprecedented year of lockdown, social distancing and new rules to get our heads around, we are all searching for space to relax and are probably keen to avoid the crowds. In Wiltshire, you’ll find rolling open countryside and expansive views. With over 8,000 footpaths around the county there’s always somewhere to stretch your legs off the beaten track! Get the most out of our spacious landscapes by going for a walk, exploring by bike or trying out horseriding. You can even hire a classic car to enjoy a scenic drive in style.


Wiltshire village

It's easy to reach

As the ‘Gateway to the West Country’, Wiltshire offers all the charms of South West England (think delicious local cider, rolling green countryside and picturesque villages) without the long drive. With the drive from London taking around two hours, Wiltshire is extremely easy to reach from the capital – not to mention that it’s just a short drive from both Bristol and Bath. You’ll be here in no time!


Mill Farm Treehouse

There are incredible places to stay

We’ve all had a tough year – you deserve an indulgent break this summer. Whatever that means to you, you’ll find it on a staycation in Wiltshire! Perhaps you’re after a luxury hotel with fine dining and sumptuous rooms. Or an isolated self-catering cottage with incredible views where you can enjoy peace and quiet away from the crowds. Or an apartment within walking distance of all the sites in the centre of Salisbury. Maybe a cosy glamping pod, a cabin overlooking a lake, or even a gorgeous treehouse. Wiltshire has a huge array of comfortable accommodation to choose from.


Narrowboats in Pewsey Vale

You can have a relaxed and lazy break…

Take a leisurely stroll around a beautiful landscaped garden. Enjoy a picnic amongst the wildflowers on an isolated hillside. Spend a few days floating down the canal aboard a pretty narrowboat. Settle down for a beer or two in a spacious pub garden. Walk through a nature reserve and spot the wildlife, or sit by the river bank and fish. Make time for yourself here in Wiltshire. Recoup, relax and enjoy.


Castle Combe Circuit

…Or an exciting adventure!

If you’re on the lookout for more adventurous activities, use your staycation for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and go skydiving above the stunning Wiltshire countryside with GoSkydive or Skydive Netheravon (that’s one more thing to tick off the bucket-list!) Or, if you love the idea of those views but don’t fancy jumping out of a plane, take a hot air balloon ride with Aerosaurus Balloons. While you’re here, why not take your car for a spin around a professional racetrack at Castle Combe Circuit? You can also go for an adventure on the water at Cotswold Water Park where there are lots and lots of activities on offer, including sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding. Phew!


If you’re planning a staycation here in Wiltshire this summer, you’ll be pleased to know that businesses across the county have been working hard to keep their staff and visitors safe. Keep an eye out for the “We’re Good to Go” logo which shows that a business has implemented all the relevant government and industry guidance in relation to COVID-19. You can also take a look at our time to enjoy Wiltshire pages to find out more about what to expect and how to make sure you have a safe visit to Wiltshire in 2020.

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