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The top autumn activities to do in Wiltshire

Posted on 02nd November 2015

Pumpkins, conkers and early sunsets mean that autumn has officially arrived, and there is nowhere better to celebrate this time of the year than in Wiltshire.

Over half of the county is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with World Heritage Sites Stonehenge and Avebury also in the county, there are a range of outdoor activities for people to do this autumn.

If you and your family want a break just before winter comes, there are plenty of Wiltshire holiday cottages available this autumn and there are lots of activities to do as well. Here we give you some ideas of the activities you could do this autumn in Wiltshire.


If getting outdoors is your thing, then you can explore Wiltshire’s stunning countryside on foot this autumn. Spot fungi and get up close to beautiful trees and their vibrantly coloured leaves as you walk local trails across the county.

There are a number of great walking trails in Wiltshire, such as a five-mile walk by Barbury Castle and the Ridgeway. According to Visit Wiltshire another great walk to try this autumn is a 2.5-mile walk at Lacock.


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Visit Stonehenge

Stonehenge is great to visit any time of the year, but visiting the World Heritage Site this autumn will be extra special.

From Monday 26th October to Sunday 1st November there will be a fun theatrical performance taking place at this historical monument between 10am and 4pm. The Stonehenge News and Information blog says the play, which is being run by theatre company Time Will Tell, is in two parts and will be taking place outside the visitor centre by the Neolithic Houses.

If you miss it, there is plenty more to enjoy before the end of the year, see this event guide for more details.

Bird watching

Autumn is a great time of the year to go bird watching as many birds head to the UK ahead of the winter months.

One of the best places to enjoy bird watching in Wiltshire is the Langford Lakes Nature Reserve and there are a number of bird tours available for people to go on. These guided tours not only help visitors spot birds, but also look at local fauna and flora.


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Take in some art

If you are interested in art then why not go and check out the Trowbridge Arts Festival, taking place from now until Sunday 1st November?

The event has a number of events scheduled and on November 1st household name, pop icon, actress and TV presenter Toyah will be heading to the arts festival as part of her ‘Acoustic, Up Close and Personal’ show.

There will also be an art and craft fair where visitors can enjoy folk sessions, comedy shows, poetry, dances and more.

Do a spot of shopping

With Christmas just around the corner, autumn is a great time to pick up some presents before the festive season arrives.

Salisbury, Swindon, Marlborough, Bradford on Avon, Devizes and Corsham are renowned for being popular destinations for shoppers in Wiltshire. These towns have a range of large, national retailers and local, independent shops on their high streets.

If you prefer shopping centres, then Wiltshire will not let you down. The Cross Keys Shopping Centre, the Old George Mall and the Maltings shopping centres in Salisbury, and the Brunel Centre and the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Swindon, all boast a number of great shops.