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Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
With the summer holidays in full swing and the sun finally shining, it’s time to make the most of the last bank holiday weekend of the year! VisitWiltshire has put together their top picks for family things to do and places to stay. So why wait – book your visit now and make time for Wiltshire this summer!
Great British Food Festival, Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August
Back by popular demand, at the stunning Bowood House and Gardens, this event promises to get your taste buds tingling with over 50 artisan producers, a big serving of hot food, real ale and wine bars. There will be top chef demos from Great British Bake Off finalists, craft and gift stalls and new for this year a ‘plant your own’ area for kids and ‘cooking in a camper’ demonstration. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family. Tickets are only £25 for a family (2 adults and 3 children).
Devizes International Street Festival, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August
Devizes welcomes some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from across the UK and Europe to amaze, entertain and inspire visitors.
Grand Medieval Joust, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August, 11am – 5pm.
Experience a spectacle of speed and skill as four masterful knights battle for good or evil. Choose your champion in this colourful display of chivalry and courage. Visitors will be surrounded by pageantry, where they can marvel at falcons in flight, immerse themselves in living history encampments and test their bravery in the hobby-horse jousting tournaments. Family tickets from only £19.65.
Crofton Beam Engines In Steam, near Marlborough, Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August, 10.30am – 5pm
Experience the power of the world’s oldest working steam powered beam engines still capable of pumping water to the highest point of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Visitors can learn about the 200 year old history, take a stroll along the canal or enjoy a snack in the Engineman’s Rest café. Adults £8, children (under 16) free.
St Giles’ Church, Imber, Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August. Opening times are Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday and Monday 11am – 4pm.
A rare opportunity to access this amazing church in the heart of Salisbury Plain as it is only open on a few days every year. Visitors can learn about the unique history of the church and village which was evacuated in 1943 and remains deserted to this day. Free of charge but donations welcome.
Superheroes at Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 August, 10am – 5pm.
Great family fun where you can duck, dive and dodge your way through this elite training course using your chosen superpower! Fancy dress encouraged. In addition to the usual daily farm activities visitors can also make and create their own superhero to take home. Tickets £9.50 per adult/child.
August Bank Holiday Race Day, Castle Combe, Monday 28 August, 8am – 6pm.
If its speed you’re after check out the spectacular racing including the new Hot Hatch Challenge which will be eclectic and exhilarating. Advance tickets £15 adult and £10 senior which include Paddock Pass.
Other popular events in Wiltshire include Gurston Downs Speed Hill Climb, near Salisbury on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August and the Corsley Show, near Warminster on Monday 28 August.