What’s on

Our guide to What’s on in Wiltshire (annual events).

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Bradford Roots Music Festival

Acoustic, electric, eclectic: Bradford on Avon’s iconic festival. Money raised goes to local charities. www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk


Snowdrop walks at Heale House

Woodford, near Salisbury. 01722 782504. www.healegarden.co.uk

Pancake races in various locations around the county

On Shrove Tuesday.

Vine & Craven Point-to-Point Races

Barbury Racecourse, Marlborough, SN8 1RS.  The Vine & Craven’s first race meeting stages 7 races beginning at 1130. There’s some archly competitive races to blow away the cobwebs, as well as trade stands to while away the time between races.There’s a fair chance you’ll bump into one of Wiltshire or Lambourn’s many National Hunt trainers, so it’s a good place to get a steer on what’s hot for the following month’s Cheltenham Festival. www.barburyraces.co.uk


Swindon Film Festival

Various locations around Swindon. Fascinating films and film related events led by Swindon Film Society. www.swindonfilmfestival.org

Avon Vale Races

Larkhill Racecourse, Amesbury, SP4 8AT. One of Wiltshire’s premier Point-to-Point Steeplechase meetings, held annually at Larkhill Racecourse, near Amesbury. Over 2,000 horses are trained for racing within 30 minutes drive of Larkhill! The yards of Alan King, Brian Meehan, Neil Mulholland, Seamus Mullins and Roger Charlton, just to name a few, sit within our country and its surrounds. If you follow racing, then this is a great starting point. The annual Point-to-Point has always been a great tradition, a chance to dust down the picnic and watch some competitive racing in the Spring sunshine.  There’s also shopping, a licensed bar, an Easter egg hunt, and race riding tuition from a professional rider. www.avonvaleraces.com


Bowood Rhodedendron Walks

Bowood House. Late April to early June. www.bowood-house.co.uk/rhododendrons

Speed hillclimb season opens at Gurston Down

Near Salisbury. www.gurstondown.org.

St George’s Day celebrations at various locations

23rd April. See George and the Dragon.

Wyle Valley Art Trail

29th April – 8 May 2013 – The Wye Valley Art Trail is a biennial, award winning festival of visual art and craft in South West Wiltshire. www.wvat.co.uk

Bradford on Avon duck race at Westbury Garden

Sponsor a duck and watch it race.

Corsham Sci-Fi Family Funday

Corsham Community Centre. Dr Who, Star Wars and more. www.corshamscifi.co.uk.

Fisherton Street Festival

Street festival in Salisbury started in 2015. Music, food, drink, stalls. www.fishertonfestival.co.uk

Tedworth Point-to-Point Races

Barbury Racecourse, Marlborough, SN8 1RS. The Tedworth concludes the Barbury racing season featuring the £750 Tedworth Gold Cup over 3 3/4 miles in a six race card that provides plenty of opportunity for shopping, children’s activities and all the fun of a country fair. www.barburyraces.co.uk

Bluebells in West Woods

Over two Sundays the woods are open to vehicles to raise money for charity. The dates are usually late April into early may


May Day at Ansty

1st May. Procession of children and the White Horse Morris Men to the Maypole for the crowning of the May Queen followed by Morris dancing.

Bradford on Avon Green Man Festival

In the picturesque riverside town of Bradford on Avon. A family friendly community festival of traditional dance, music, song and folklore led by 10′ giant Jack in the Green. Over 58 dance group, markets, kids funfair, two all day concerts and it’s all free. More info at boagreenmanfest.org/welcome/

Swindon Festival of Literature

Celebrates the written and spoken word. Includes competitions and workshops as well as a wide range of speakers. www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

Urchfont Scarecrow Festival

Bank holiday weekend. 45–50 scarecrows are made by families, groups and individuals in the village and visitors can follow the scarecrow trail. Started in 1997 as a small scale event to raise money for the refurbishment of the village hall, it is now a major local event and attracting thousands of visitors. The Scarecrow Festival was  the very first in Wiltshire.

Downton Cuckoo Fair

Crowning of princess, procession, maypole and Morris dancers, street entertainers, Downton Brass Band and plenty of stalls.www.cuckoofair.co.uk

Bluebell walks at Stourhead

Bowood Estate (Chippenham), Oakfrith Wood (Devizes), West Woods (Marlborough) and Grovely Woods (Salisbury)

Salisbury International Arts Festival

May to June. Free opening event and a party in Salisbury Cathedral Close to close. 0845 241 9651. www.salisburyfestival.co.uk

Rhododendron walks at Stourhead

See the stunning flowers in the grounds of this National Trust property

Oak Apple Day, Great Wishford

Villagers re-assert their right to collect firewood in Grovely Woods. Procession and maypole dancing. 29th May.

Deverills Festival of Performing Arts

Drama, music and dance. First year in 2014. www.deverillsfestival.com

Cycle Wiltshire

The Landmarc Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix.

Rock Against Cancer concert

Kings Arms, All Cannings. www.concertatthekings.co.uk


Chalke Valley History Festival

Bowerchalke. Talks and debates on everything from Ancient Rome to The English at Home. June to July. 01722 781206. www.cvhf.org.uk

Rainscombe Country Show

3 and 4 of June 2023. Set within the stunning Vale of Pewsey the show promotes rural and country life. The Rainscombe Country Show encourages local businesses and craft to exhibit and show off the best of what Wiltshire and the surrounding counties have to offer. A great day out for all the family with everything from vintage tractors to arena displays and rural craft. Rainscombe House and Park is situated in a natural bowl below the Downs to the north of the village of Oare.

Amesbury Community Carnival and Show


Clarendon Way Walk

The biggest annual event for Naomi House children’s hospice. The 26 miles walk starts between 8am and 9am at Winchester Cathedral. It follows the beautiful route of the historic Clarendon Way, finishing at Salisbury Cathedral. The walk encompasses a diverse range of terrain and will take about 9 hours so make sure that you’re physically prepared for the challenge. www.naomihouse.org.uk

Wylye Valley Art Trail

Various locations. www.wvat.co.uk

Warminster Wobble Cycling Festival

Warminster Lakeside Park. Free. www.warminsterwobble.co.uk

Flower Festival

Salisbury Cathedral. 01722 320333. www.salisburycathedral.co.uk

Wiltshire Jazz Festival

Dinton. www.wiltshirejazzfestival.co.uk

Chippenham Folk Festival

Folk music, Morris dancers, children’s festival, workshops. www.chippfolk.co.uk

Summer Solstice


Armed Forces Day

Various events throughout the county. In 2019, Salisbury hosted the national event.

Farley Music Festival

All Saints Church in Farley.

Devizes International Street Festival


Iford Arts Music Festival

Music in the beautiful Grade 1 listed gardens of Iford Manor. www.ifordarts.org.uk

Cactus & Succulent Show by the British Cactus & Succulent Society (Wiltshire branch) at the Melksham Assemble Hall

Melksham. See some fabulous Cacti and Succulents. There will also be a chance to purchase some from the members plant stall. Expert advice on hand. Refreshments & Tombola. Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6ES.


Larmer Tree Festival

Just over the border in Dorset is Larmer Tree Festival – just a few miles from Salisbury – family music festival

Wiltshire County Show

Barbury Estate

Wiltshire superchoir at Dauntseys

Ladies night at Salisbury Racecourse. Great prizes for the best dressed ladies.  01722 326461. www.salisburyracecourse.co.uk/race-days

Barbury Horse Trials

nr Marlborough, SN8 1RS. Set on the Marlborough downs across 4 days in July, the world’s best horses and riders will compete for the winner’s podium in the St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials. From the elegance of dressage through the speed and agility of show jumping to the white knuckle ride that is cross country eventing, the 4th leg of the innovative international Event Rider Masters Series holds centre stage at Barbury mid summer. With over 800 competitors, this is horse heaven. www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk

Frome Festival

Literature, folk, classical music and more. 01373 455420. www.fromefestival.co.uk

The Village Pump Festival

Westbury. Running on the last weekend of July in the festival offers the visitor the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music from all over the UK and beyond. www.villagepumpfolkfestival.co.uk

Stourhead Picnic and Firework Display

Stourhead. Gather family and friends, pack a hamper and enjoy a summer evening lakeside picnic, with classical temples illuminated and a spectacular firework display. NOT HELD EVERY YEAR.

Open Gardens for NGS


Sherston Boules and Carnival

UK’s largest one-day Boules tournament. Teams from far and wide come together to compete. The village’s wide high street is closed to traffic to make room for the 16 Boules pitches (or ‘pistes’) on which the 100+ games are contested throughout the day. Wide selection of stalls, cafés and bars providing plenty of refreshments. sherston.net/boules

Marlborough International Jazz Festival

A music extravaganza over one weekend each July. Music includes Jazz, Blues, African Rhythms, Fusion, Swing, Latin, Bebop and everything in between. Venues are all within easy walking distance of each other. www.marlboroughjazz.com

Rundle Cup Day

Charity polo match followed by the annual army v navy match. Held in Tidworth.


Rowdeford School, Rwode, Devizes, SN10 2QQ.  One day festival to raise funds for Rwodeford Charity Trust’s Eco Learning Project. Inclusive outdoor one day Festival featuring fresh, new and local Wiltshire musicians. Particularly aimed at young people. www.rowdyfest.moonfruit.com

Festival of Archaeology

At various locations including Salisbury Museum. View pics from 2016


Charlton Park, Malmesbury. World music festival.


Malmesbury Carnival


Wilton Horse Trials

Wilton House www.wiltonhorsetrials.co.uk

Devizes International Street Festival

Market Place, Devizes. Held over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Free family event with an all day programme, featuring some of the best in European Street theatre, live music, kids entertainment, festival stalls and food and drink. www.devizescarnival.co.uk

Wessex Country Fair for Salisbury Hospice Charity

On the Wilton House Estate. A celebration of country ways, rural lifestyles and country sports. Attractions include Dressage Camels, Dog Agility, Birds of Prey and Steam and Vintage Vehicles. Try your skills at archery or enter your four-legged friend into the dog show. Buy good quality crafts, delicious foods and beautiful fashion and home accessories. Bar and live music. www.wessexcountryfair.co.uk

Swindon Mela

The Town Gardens, Old Town, Swindon. Celebrating the sights, sounds and tastes of the best that the Indian sub-continent has to offer. www.swindonmela.com

Bowood Family Fun Weekend


Trowbridge Arts Festival


Classic Ibiza at Bowood

Bringing some of the best of the White Island’s dance tunes to orchestral life. View photo gallery


Bradford on Avon Walking Festival

Held on the first weekend in September. Good range of walk lengths. walkbradfordonavon.org/bradford-on-avon-walking-festival

Marlborough Literature Festival

A range of literary events for all ages including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and the annual Big Town Read. The festival aims to champion new, upcoming writers as well as established names and also encourage a love of reading in children and young people with author talks, competitions and LitFest’s community outreach programme. www.marlboroughlitfest.org

Up the Downs

Experience the wonderful views from the top of the Odstock Downs and walk through the Longford Estate past the spectacular Longford Castle. Choice of either 7 miles, 13 miles or the complete 20 mile route there is something for walkers of all abilities. Dogs on leads welcome. Raising money for Salisbury Hospice.

Wiltshire 100 & Big Wheel bike ride

A choice of three exciting routes, all starting and finishing in the historic market town of Devizes. If you’re up for it, there’s the heroic 100 mile route touching nearly every corner of Wiltshire, or opt for the gentler 45 mile route. And for those families with younger children there’s a great 12 mile ride exploring the peaceful Vale of Pewsey. This is an Open Event – raise money for the charity of your choice.

Salisbury Food and Drink Festival

Celebrates everything foodie that’s local and regional, with a bustling Market Day and a week of food events.

Longleat Sky Safari

The skies above Wiltshire are filled with dozens of spectacular hot air balloons. There are also night glows.

Final speed hillclimb meeting at Gurston Down


Berwick St John Country Fayre

Biennial fayre started in 1992. Steam engines, vintage tractors, lorries, cars, and bikes, military vehicle display, fair ground rides, produce,tea tent and trade stands. Free entry but donations to the nominated charity are appreciated. www.berwickstjohncountryfayre.co.uk

Wiltshire Game & County Fair

Bowood Estate

Swindon Railway Festival


Westbury Music and Arts Festival

30+ events. wmafestival.co.uk


Mere literary Festival

Second Monday of October. Literary festival to support the Linkscheme charity. Local and international writers and performers put on a variety of talks, workshops and shows. www.merelitfest.co.uk

Marlborough Apple Day

In and around the town hall. Free.

Salisbury Charter Fair

Held on the third Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Salisbury Market Square.

Salisbury Carnival

An evening carnival around the streets of Salisbury. www.salisburycarnival.co.uk

Trowbridge Carnival Procession

Illuminated floats and masqueraders wind their way through the town centre.

Swindon & North Wilts CAMRA Annual Beer Festival


Salisbury half marathon


Calne Music and Arts Festival



Tidworth 10k and 3k Fun Run

Charity run starting at Tedworth House and crossing usually restricted areas of Salisbury Plain.Organised by the Army to raise money for the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal. 01722 429005.  www.tidworth10k.co.uk

Flaxlands Charity Christmas Craft Fayre

On Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 10:30 – 3:30 at Flaxlands Manor Farm Royal Wootton Bassett SN15 5BB. All proceeds to Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire. Amazing homemade food and wonderful handcrafted gifts. Activities for the children and plenty of free parking.

Salisbury Christmas Market


Firework displays throughout the county

Christian Malford Bonfire and Fireworks night – charity event at Christian Malford Meadow 6 November 2022 christianmalford.org.uk/fireworks-bonfire-night


Salisbury Lantern Procession

Hundreds of lanterns paraded through Salisbury city centre.

Devizes Christmas Festival

All day long Christmas markets in the Market Place and Corn Exchange, live music, street theatre  and parade of lanterns. The parade circles the town and returns to the Market Place in time for Father Christmas to switch on the Christmas Lights and start the firework display.

Darkness to Light Advent Procession

Salisbury Cathedral

Bowood House Christmas Extravaganza

Raises funds for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.  Shoppers will have the chance to seek out upscale items from a wealth of gift stalls spreading out from the House Restaurant, through to the Sculpture Gallery and on into the Orangery.

The Festival of Light at Longleat



Christmas Art Fair in Chippenham

High quality local art for sale at this year’s Christmas Art Fair in Chippenham. Paintings, jewellery, textiles, sculpture, ceramics at affordable prices. The fair takes place across four beautiful historic buildings in the Market Place at the top of the high street; the King Alfred Hall, Platinum House, the Yelde Hall and the Museum. 10am to 4pm Saturday 3 December 2022 Www.chippenhamart.com

Christmas light switch-on events around the county


Winter solstice at Stonehenge