Things to do in Wiltshire this Christmas

There are always plenty of lovely things going on at Christmas time, but aren’t you bored of Santa’s grottos and pantomimes? Here at Bishopstrow, we’ve had a nose around and found some more interesting and unusual events that you could get involved with this festive season. And what better reason to spend a cosy Christmas in Wiltshire than stopping over at our luxury hotel in Wiltshire before heading out to enjoy the wonders of Wiltshire.

But before joining us for a magical country house Christmas experience, indulge in all other festive activities which are going on in the rest of Wiltshire…

Longleat Festival of Light

11th November – 2nd January

Kick off the festive season in style with Longleat’s breath-taking Festival of Light. The festival will feature hundreds of illuminated designs (some measuring up to 20 metres in height, and 70 metres in length) as part of Europe’s largest ever display of Chinese lanterns. The world-famous Longleat estate will be transformed into a magical glowing wonderland for you to feast your eyes on. This year’s festival will feature several breath-taking new illuminations, including a Beatrix Potter themed delight.

A Georgian Christmas at Mompesson House

26th November – 18th December

Mompesson House is an 18th-century house located in the Cathedral Close in Salisbury. The Grade I listed building with beautiful Georgian gardens is stunning all year round, but particularly magical at Christmas. This Christmas the National Trust (who own the property) are giving visitors a chance to explore the downstairs rooms and discover how the different families who resided at Mompesson during the 18th century would have celebrated Christmas. There is also the opportunity to grab a tasty mince pie and a cheeky cup of mulled wine in the garden tea room. For younger visitors, there will be a fun festive trail to explore!

Larmer Tree Christmas Fair

2nd – 4th December

The Larmer Tree Christmas Fair will offer a delightful range of locally crafted gifts for you to wow your friends and family with the festive season. Not only that but the fair takes place in the stunning Larmer Tree Gardens. The gardens were established in 1880 by General Pitt Rivers and were so wildly popular that by 1899 the then named Larmer Tree Pleasure Grounds were attracting over 44,000 visitors a year. How can you pass up the opportunity to visit the gardens dubbed “Quite the prettiest sight I ever saw in my life” by Thomas Hardy himself?

The Night Before Christmas at Salisbury Playhouse

5th – 31st December

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… Join the team at the Salisbury Playhouse for a magical interpretation of the classic Christmas poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’. The intimate setting of the theatre and the feeling of Christmas magic in the air provides the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Christmas with Noctis at the American Museum, Bath

7.30pm – 9.30pm, 10th December

Join Bath’s award-winning chamber choir for a selection of festive carols by Lauridsen, Todd, Rutter, Nordqvist, Ives and Jonathan Lane. What better way to usher in the yuletide festivities than with some ethereal evensong? A wonderfully calming and spiritual experience to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and turkey cooking.

Midwinter Archaeology Walk at Stone Henge

1.00pm – 4.00pm, 21st December

For those of you craving something a little more educational, this exciting opportunity might pique your interest. The event consists of an afternoon walk up on the downs learning about the ancient archaeology of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. The three mile walk, with views of the stone circle, will include stops at ancient earthworks which have helped to uncover a lot about the people who once lived and celebrated at Stone Henge. It is sure to make an interesting talking point when you’re sat around the Christmas dinner table!

With all of these amazing events happening on the doorstep, there’s really is nowhere else you should be spending Christmas other than in Wiltshire.

If you’d like to pay Wiltshire a visit this Christmas and need somewhere relaxing and luxurious to rest you head, book you stay here or call us today on 01985 878769.

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