Looking for things to do here in Wiltshire this month? Many businesses are now reopening after lockdown, and they’ve been busy planning all sorts of events and activities to take place in August! Whether you’re a parent looking to keep the kids happy during the school holidays or you’re keen to get out-and-about again for some socially-distanced fun, there are lots of options to choose from across Wiltshire this August. And if you’re not ready to venture out just yet, there are also some exciting virtual events coming up which you can enjoy from your own home.

Farm School Cookery Pods

Family Fun

The school holidays are here, but summer 2020 is going to be a bit different to what we’re all used to. Luckily, there are still lots of family-friendly events taking place across Wiltshire for you to enjoy with the kids. The Farm Cookery School have installed brand new ‘cookery pods’ to keep you safe while cooking up a storm in their kitchen. They are running lots of classes for children of different ages throughout the holidays. And on 13 August, they’ve got a Parent & Child Cookery Class where you can make Chicken Enchiladas and Mexican Cookies. If you fancy a day outside in the sunshine and fresh air, head over to Picking Patch near Fordingbridge on select dates this August. Young children will love the four-acre maize maze and you can also pick your own sunflowers! Meanwhile, over at Stonehenge, there’s a special Summer Adventure Trail for children running throughout the school holidays. At the end of the month, the Lost Cinema comes to Salisbury with an open-air screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the Cathedral Close on 30 August.


Iford Manor and surrounds

Live Music and Arts Events

It seems a long time since we could go to a concert or gig! If you’ve been missing live music, the Iford Manor Bounceback Festival is for you. The perfect opportunity to enjoy some high-quality music performed live in a safe, socially-distanced setting. Settle down for a relaxed picnic while enjoying live performances in the open-air in beautiful rural surroundings near Iford Manor. The programme includes jazz from Joe Stilgoe on Saturday 1 August and an Opera Gala from Mary Bevan and Friends on Sunday 2 August. Meanwhile, in Salisbury there’s the opportunity to see an art exhibition by Wiltshire-born artist Rob Hames. Taking place at Fisherton Mill from 22 August, #PAUSE - An exhibition by Rob Hames is a reflection of the current situation of an "existence on hold".


The Merchants House

Virtual and Digital Events

The ancient Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury has held a Carnival every summer for nearly 100 years. In 2020, the Carnival is going to look a little different - but the show will go on! The Malmesbury Virtual Carnival will kick off on 1 August and run until 6 September, with a whole array of virtual events to enjoy. The Edington Music Festival is also moving online this year, with a series of streamed services being broadcast every day from 23 to 30 August, showcasing wonderful archived music material from previous festivals. Music lovers will also be pleased to hear that on 5 August, the Merchant's House in Marlborough will be live streaming a concert featuring a special programme of music from the time of Shakespeare.


And if that’s inspired you to visit Wiltshire this August, take a look at our recommendations of things to do and places to stay. Remember to do your research before you set off so you know what to expect – have a look at our visiting guidelines for more information about how to ‘Know Before You Go’.

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