When can I go on holiday in Wiltshire? When are pubs, restaurants and cafes reopening in Wiltshire? What will be allowed during the holidays in 2021? If you've got questions about your upcoming visit to Wiltshire, we've got the answers! We've put together a handy FAQ guide to when different things will be reopening here in Wiltshire, so you can start planning for a spring or summer holiday to our timeless county.

Take a look at the roadmap for reopening in Wiltshire to see the four steps laid out by the government for moving out of lockdown, or find out more below.


A field of bright flowers in front of one of Wiltshire's white horses

When can I go on holiday in Wiltshire?

The first time you will be able to stay overnight in Wiltshire will be in Step Two of the COVID-19 roadmap. This begins on 12 April at the earliest, when one household will be able to stay overnight in self-catering accommodation. Before this, you will be able to visit Wiltshire briefly to walk, cycle or enjoy our landscapes after travel restrictions are lifted on 29 March, but you will not be able to stay overnight. From Step Three (17 May at the earliest) all other holiday accommodation will be open, including hotels, and you will also be able to book self-catering accommodation for a holiday for up to 6 people or two households. And from 21 June at the earliest, all restrictions on your Wiltshire holiday will be lifted.


When are self-catering accommodation reopening in Wiltshire?

Wiltshire’s self-catering accommodation will be able to open from 12 April at the earliest, for stays by single households. Two households (or up to 6 people) will be able to book self-catering accommodation in Wiltshire from 17 May at the earliest.


When are hotels reopening in Wiltshire?

Hotels in England can currently offer accommodation to keyworkers travelling for work. They will be able to reopen to the general public from Step Three of the government COVID-19 roadmap, which will be in place from 17 May at the earliest. Wiltshire’s lovely hotels – which range from sprawling country houses to historic coaching inns – have put in place extensive hygiene regimes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure they will be ready to welcome you safely back when the time comes.


When are campsites reopening in Wiltshire?

Wiltshire campsites with indoor shared facilities will be able to reopen in Step Three of the roadmap, from 17 May at the earliest. However, some campsites in Wiltshire may be able to open earlier; if a campsite or glamping pod offers private indoor facilities, they will be able to open alongside other self-catering accommodation from Step Two of the roadmap, beginning on 12 April at the earliest. We recommend checking with individual campsites to find out when they will reopen. 


When are pubs, restaurants and cafes reopening in Wiltshire?

Hospitality venues (which includes pubs, restaurants and cafes) will be able to reopen to serve food and drink outside from Step Two of the government COVID-19 roadmap, no earlier than 12 April. At this point, hospitality venues will be able to serve food and drink outside – for example at tables in beer gardens or courtyards. People will be able to meet up in groups of six people, or two households, in these outdoor hospitality settings. There will be no curfews in place and customers will not be required to have a substantial meal to accompany their drinks. From Step Three, which will come into play from 17 May at the earliest, indoor hospitality venues will be able to open as well. This means you will be able to have a sit-down meal or a drink inside in a pub, restaurant or café. At this stage, you will be able to meet in a group of 6 people, or two households, at indoor hospitality venues. 


When are attractions and things to do reopening in Wiltshire?

From 29 March, some outdoor activities such as water sports, horse riding, outdoor gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, and golf courses will be allowed to reopen. Step Two, beginning on 12 April at the earliest, will be the time that outdoor attractions in Wiltshire (such as zoos and gardens) are allowed to open. You will be able to visit outdoor venues in groups of up to 6 people, or two households. At the same time, all shops will also be allowed to reopen, as will some limited indoor leisure facilities like spas. From Step Three, indoor attractions like museums and galleries will also be allowed to reopen. This step will take place from 17 May at the earliest. You will be able to visit indoor venues in groups of up to 6 people, or two households. At this point, outdoor entertainment will be allowed to take place with a limit of 30 people. From Step 4, beginning no sooner than 21 June, all remaining attractions and things to do - including nightclubs and large-scale events like festivals will also be able to reopen.


Sign about social distancing outside a hotel

What will be allowed during the Easter Holidays 2021?

This year, Easter Sunday takes place on 4 April. There is a bank holiday on Friday 2 April for Good Friday and another on Monday 5 April for Easter Monday. This long bank holiday Easter weekend will be during Step One of the COVID-19 recovery roadmap. The legal requirement to stay at home will have been lifted but overnight stays will not yet be allowed. You will be able to meet up with six people or two households to socialise together outside during this phase. This means that you could take a walk, go for a cycle ride or have a picnic with a small group of family or friends here in Wiltshire during the Easter weekend, but you should not stay away from home overnight or socialise indoors with another household. The Easter school holidays for Wiltshire run until Friday 16 April, which means that the final week of the holidays should take place within Step Two of the roadmap, which is expected to begin on 12 April. At this point, one household can stay overnight in self-catering accommodation, and outdoor attractions such as zoos and gardens will be able to open.


What will be allowed during the May Bank Holidays?

The Early May Bank Holiday will fall on Monday 3 May this year. This will likely be within Step Two of the roadmap - which will begin on 12 April at the earliest. Outdoor attractions, shops and outdoor hospitality will be able to open at this point. One household will be able to stay overnight in self-catering accommodation.

The second May Bank Holiday – often called the Spring Bank Holiday – will fall on Monday 31 May 2021. This will probably be within Step Three, which is expected to begin on 17 May. Indoor attractions, indoor hospitality and all holiday accommodation will be open at this point. 6 people or two households will be able to meet indoors.


What will be allowed by the summer solstice in Wiltshire?

In 2021, the Summer Solstice will take place on 21 June. This is the projected date for England to move into Step Four of the government’s roadmap for reopening from the COVID-19 lockdowns. During Step Four, all legal restrictions will be raised. This means that if everything goes according to plan, by the summer solstice all COVID-19 restrictions will have been removed. All things to do, places to visit and accommodation in Wiltshire will be able to open once again. However, remember that some attractions or businesses may choose to reopen at a slower pace and not all annual summer solstice events may take place this year. It is always best to check with the individual business before you travel.


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