Spring is very much in action here in Wiltshire, May makes a perfect time to come and visit our beautiful county, with the Early May Bank Holiday weekend this weekend and the May half term starting on 27 May. If you need an excuse for why you should add Wiltshire to your plans, here are some of our top things to do during May…

Bowood's Woodland Gardens

Discover our spring flowers

From bluebell carpeted glades through to woodland walks. May is a great time to see spring flowers in their glory. Bowood’s Woodland Gardens will be open throughout May offering you a colourful display of rhododendrons, azaleas and native bluebells. Take a woodland walk through West Woods, near Marlborough or check out some of our other top bluebell spots for those Insta-worthy photos.

The Peto Gardens at Iford Manor will also be looking fine during May and there’ll be a keen eye on the wisteria beginning to bud on the manor house itself. On 13 and 27 May, you can also book onto an Evening Garden Champagne Tour with Iford Manor’s owner. 

Continuing with the floral theme, Salisbury Cathedral will be seeing the return of their ever-popular flower festival. Titled ‘Celebration: A Festival of Flowers’ see the building be transformed by floral displays. Running 10-15 May, pre-booking is strongly advised. 

Salisbury Cathedral Flower Festival


Find out more about Wiltshire’s traditions

Salisbury Museum will be holding a Spring Fayre on 2 May bringing together all the traditions, festivities and fun that Wiltshire has been associated with at this time of year. Expect dancing, music, crafts, games and much more in this family-friendly event. 

Later on in the month, the museum will also be staging a brand-new exhibition, Hardy’s Wessex, the largest collection of Thomas Hardy objects ever displayed at one time.


Festival season returns

After a quiet few years of festivals, festival season is back in full swing with the return of the Swindon Festival of Literature, 3-9 May and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, 27 May-19 June. Find a wide-range of events coming up including talks, concerts and much more. 

Enjoy music across the county

If you love music then you are in for a treat this month. There are concerts and gigs taking place at venues across the county this month. Some of the highlights include:

Trio Paradis: Music in May, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, 5 May
Feast of Fiddles, Neeld Community & Arts Centre, Chippenham, 6 May
Charm of Finches, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 7 May
The Scribes + Mac Lloyd, Trowbridge Town Hall, 7 May
The Delorians, Salisbury Arts Centre, 13 May
Stone Songs, Salisbury Cathedral, 27 May 

This is just a sample of what’s on offer, take a look at our what’s on listings for details of other events taking place during May. 

Bluebells

Make a break of it

As you can see, there’s a lot to see and do here in Wiltshire this month so why not book a short break and make the most of it? Browse our accommodation listings for details of places to stay to suit all budgets and tastes. Be sure to also check out our special offers pages for last-minute deals and added extras you can enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you to our county soon! 

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