In 2020At Home

Open spaces and gardens have been allowed to remain open during the November 2020 lockdown, allowing us all to enjoy our local beautiful outdoor areas for recreation and exercise. If you're based in Wiltshire and are wondering which outdoor attractions and glorious gardens have decided to stay open across Wiltshire, there are lots of wonderful options to choose from. In addition to our timeless countryside, there are nature reserves, outdoor areas at historic sites, beautiful gardens, and more for local people to enjoy.

If you are planning a visit to these open spaces during the November lockdown, make sure you Know Before You Go - you may need to book in advance and arrive for a particular time slot. We are all being asked to avoid unnecessary journeys, so please stay local and visit the outdoor attractions near to home. 

the view over Old Sarum and surrounding countryside

Old Sarum

The open spaces at the Iron Age hill fort Old Sarum near Salisbury remain open to local visitors this November. There are additional safety measures in place, and all the interior spaces are now closed. You will need to book a ticket in advance, even if you are an English Heritage member.

Lydiard Park

Enjoy the natural beauty of the tranquil lake, rolling lawns and woodlands at Lydiard Park just outside Swindon. The parkland is open for you to enjoy, and the cafes are offering takeaway food and drink.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust maintain many nature reserves across the county, which are open for visitors during lockdown. Lower Moor reserve near Cricklade contains lakes, wetland, woodland and meadows. Langford Lakes nature reserve near Salisbury is ideal for bird-watching, with three lakes that attract a host of wild birds. The Kingfisher cafe and the bird hides at the Langford Lakes reserve will be closed throughout the November lockdown.

The Grounds at Lacock Abbey

Located in the historic and picturesque Wiltshire village of Lacock, the peaceful grounds at Lacock Abbey are open for local visitors. You will need to book your visit in advance, even if you are a National Trust member.

Avebury standing stones in the winter

Avebury Stone Circle

Take a walk around the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle in the Wiltshire village of Avebury. The National Trust visitor car park at Avebury is open and there is no need to book. However, there are a limited number of parking spaces available, so please be prepared to come back another time if the car park is full.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is located just over the Wiltshire border and is home to 15,000 remarkable trees from all over the globe. This magical tree garden remains open for outdoor recreation and exercise this November. You will need to pre-book tickets online for a specific time slot. Tickets are also now on sale for Westonbirt’s spectacular Enchanted Christmas event in December.

Roves Farm

During November, Roves Farm near Swindon is open daily for walks from 9am until 5pm. Park in the carpark for £3 and choose from a selection of one-way circular walks ranging in length from 1 to 3 miles. All routes pass the paddocks giving you a chance to meet the farm's alpacas, goats, donkeys and sheep.

Cotswold Water Park

Set in 40 square miles of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire countryside, there are wonderful walks to be enjoyed at Cotswold Water Park. All of the Cotswold Water Park Trust’s car parks will remain open during the November lockdown, with members parking for free.

Lake in winter

And if you're looking for more inspiration for things to do here in Wiltshire during the November 2020 lockdown, take a look at the options for food and drink takeaways or support your local shops and get started on your Christmas shopping




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    Brilliant so helpful when we can go out again will visit keep up the good work
    Thank you

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