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Blog post updated 30 March 2021. Please note information may be subject to change.

Some open spaces and gardens remain open during the January-February 2021 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, you may be local to some of these wonderful open spaces which you can enjoy for your daily exercise. Please do not travel far to exercise, and remember to abide by all government guidance. 

In addition to our timeless countryside, there are nature reserves, outdoor areas at historic sites, beautiful gardens, and more for local people to enjoy. See below for a short list of places that remain open during the new lockdown. We are all being asked to avoid unnecessary journeys, so please stay local and visit the outdoor attractions near to home. 

Green parkland and lake at Lydiard Park

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.

Iford Manor Garden

The beautiful gardens at Iford Manor just outside Bradford on Avon are reopening for local visitors from 1 April 2021, with a one-way system around the terraced, Italianate garden. You will need to reserve your tickets online before you visit. 

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 locals to enjoy outdoor recreation and exercise during the new lockdown. You will need to pre-book tickets online for a specific time slot. 

Roves Farm

During lockdown, Roves Farm near Swindon is open daily for walks. 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.

Bowood House

Bowood House is set in the middle of Capability' Brown's grade 1 park, with terraces, pleasure grounds and more to explore. Bowood’s Gardens & Grounds will reopen from 1 April, with the Bowood BIG Spring Adventure Trail running until 18 April.

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 lockdown, with members parking for free.

Lake in winter




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