What’s on

Our guide to What’s on in Wiltshire (annual events). If there is something you think should be listed please let us know by contacting us with details.



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.


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


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.

Corsham Sci-Fi (Family Funday, Corsham Community Centre. Dr Who, Star Wars and more.www.corshamscifi.co.uk.

Bluebells in West Woods

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


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.

There will be a Day of Morris Dance in the picturesque riverside town of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire on 20th May 2017. 200+ dancers and 80+ musicians dancing at six pub/restaurant/riverside venues around the town including the historic Tithe Barn. There are also different nationality music sessions in local pubs and a food/street market. Full details at www.boamorrisday.org.

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. www.urchfont-pc.gov.uk/News_and_Events/Scarecrow_Festival.aspx

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/things-to-see-and-do/events

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.Sunday 8 May, 2016 sees the return of the Landmarc Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix. Venue: Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NR. Provisional start time 8am – 10.30am.

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

Amesbury Community Carnival and Show. amesburycarnival.webeden.co.uk

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 please make sure that you are 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, Stonehenge.

Armed Forces Day – various events throughout the county.

Farley Music Festival – All Saints Church in Farley.

Devizes International StreetFestival. www.devizesfestival.co.uk

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

Saturday 24th June 2017. The Wiltshire Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society will be holding their annual Cactus & Succulent Show 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. Also in attendance will be the Warminster Bonsai Club and Parham Bungalow Speciality Plants.
The show will be open to the public from 11:00am til 3:30pm. Admission £1 (Children free). Expert advice on hand. Refreshments & Tombola. Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6ES.


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

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/things-to-see-and-do/events

Open Gardens for NGS. www.ngs.org.uk/gardens-to-visit/visit-wiltshire-gardens.aspx

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.

RowdyFest. 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

WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury. World music festival.


Malmesbury Carnival. www.malmesburycarnival.co.uk

Wilton Horse Trials, Wilton House www.wiltonhorsetrials.co.uk

Wilton Classic and Supercar Show, Wilton House near Salisbury. Plenty of cars, live music and an air display. www.wiltonclassicsupercar.co.uk Photos of Wilton Classic and Supercar 

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. The Wessex Country Fair is a celebration of country ways, rural lifestyles and country sports. Attractions include Dressage Camels, Dog Agility, Birds of Prey and Steam and Vintage Vehicles.  In addition to the main ring attractions there will be plenty to keep you and the family entertained throughout the day.  Try your skills at archery or enter your four-legged friend into the dog show.A wide range of trade and catering stands will provide visitors with the opportunity to buy good quality crafts, delicious foods and beautiful fashion and home accessories. There will also be a bar and live music to keep you entertained. All monies raised at the Fair will support the work of Salisbury Hospice.

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 www.trowbridgeartsfestival.co.uk


Up the Downs. Sunday 17 September. Up the Downs is a fantastic opportunity to experience the wonderful views from the top of the Odstock Downs and walk through the Longford Estate past the spectacular Longford Castle. The Wiltshire countryside is steeped in history with many fascinating landmarks so why not join us on a walk through history and support your local hospice? With a choice of either 7 miles, 13 miles or the complete 20 mile route there is something for walkers of all abilities. Dogs on leads are also welcome. Have a go at our very own nature quiz and identify the many different types of wildlife that live on the Odstock downs. Challenge yourself to find all the items on our list and win a special prize! A great way for little ones to interact with nature. Registration is £10 for adults and £5 for children 16 and under which includes your exclusive Up the Downs t-shirt. This year we are encouraging you to raise at least £30 in sponsorship to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of 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. For more details and to sign up online, visit: http://www.bike-events.com/wiltshire100  /  http://www.bike-events.com/wiltshirebigwheel Contact:  Bike Events– 01179 897080, alan@bike-events.co.uk

Salisbury Food and Drink Festi val. 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. www.gurstondown.org.

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. www.steam-museum.org.uk

Westbury Music and Arts Festival. 30+ events. List of events at: www.wmafestival.co.uk/index.php/events/at-a-glance. Main site: 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 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. www.swindoncamra.org.uk

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

Firework displays throughout the county.

Salisbury Lantern Procession. Hundreds of lanterns paraded through Salisbury city centre. www.salisburychristmasmarket.co.uk/lantern.html

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.

Christmas light switch-ons around the county.

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 light switch-on events around the county.

Winter solstice at Stonehenge.