Autumnal Activities in Wiltshire
Are you looking for things to do in Wiltshire this autumn? Not to worry – the team at Bishopstrow House have compiled this handy list so you can pick and choose the activities that suit you best.
Stourhead’s Autumn Display is the perfect opportunity to see nature in all its glory during the changing of seasons. Throughout the season volunteers lead daily autumn walks at 11am and 1.30pm, each lasting an hour. They will give you an incredible insight into the lifespan of the foliage as well as breath-taking views of the gardens, home and lake. The National Trust recommends repeat visits during autumn, and we couldn’t agree more. Doing so will allow you to see how the season progresses – both in colours, wildlife and density. Dogs are welcome at certain times and Head Gardener Alan makes sure he records a leaf line each week to show what the garden is looking like. You can reach Stourhead in just 25 minute when travelling by car from our hotel.
The Great British Autumn is making a return to Longleat from the 20th October until the 4th November. The epitome of all things autumn, a trip to Longleat during this time guarantees pumpkins, owls, workshops and plenty of fun. With pumpkin carving, access to barn flight displays, tractor driving and ferret racing, your family can get into the autumnal spirit whatever their ages. Enjoy apple pressing and live music and for a truly epic Halloween experience you can take a tour of Longleat House. With expert wood sculptors and the famous animals around, what more could you want this half term? Longleat is just 10 minutes away by car.
Are you brave enough to experience the Halloween Half Term Spectacular? From the 20th October until the 4th November you can head to Cholderton Charlie’s Rare Breed Farm for some spooky fun. With pumpkin picking, witch trails, scary quizzes and indoor arts and crafts, whatever your little one’s interest they can make friends and have fun this half term. Don’t forget your fancy dress costumes, as if you wear them you can get half price entry (there will also be a parade!) and for those who aren’t as keen on All Hallows Eve you can still meet the animals and participate in the regular activity calendar. The farm can be visited in half an hour by car from Bishopstrow House.
Reachable in around 40 minutes by car, Lacock Abbey truly comes into its own during autumn. Apples fill the trees in the orchard and the Abbey grounds and gardens beckon all who visit to take a walk beneath the leafy canopy and woodland paths. If you want to get closer to nature this season, then Lacock is the place to visit. Immerse your senses in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of nature as you go at your own pace around the Wiltshire landscape. With impressive foliage, woodland and even a stream, it is utter bliss whatever the season – not to mention a feast for the senses during autumn.
Centenary Celebrations will take place at Stonehenge on the 26th October. It all stems back to 1918 when Cecil Chubb and his wife decided to gift Stonehenge to the nation. To mark the 100th anniversary of this incredible gift, Stonehenge is hosting a special day of celebrations that will be further enhanced by witnessing the stones during the transition from summer to winter. Just as the ownership of the stones and site changed hands, so too is the season changing and when the nation took ownership of Stonehenge conservation became a vital part of its future. There’s plenty of fun and surprises to be had – not much is being revealed yet! You are able to reach the heritage site in just 20 mins by car.
No other hotels in Warminster are as conveniently located as Bishopstrow House. Join us for a night, a weekend or a week – the choice is yours. One thing that is for certain, you’ll look forward to staying with us again…Our exclusive autumn offer means that when you stay with us midweek, you can enjoy a two-course dinner with our compliments.