What’s on in Wiltshire in August – updated!
We've got plenty of ideas for summer time easy living in Wiltshire. From surfing and outdoor music to fine dining and garden tours, we've got it covered.
PARTY Pikes at Martson Park Somerset 13-15 August
Famous Ibiza party hotel Pikes is bringing their festival vibe to Somerset, between Frome and Bruton. A three-day lakeside party with rustic-chic glamping, cocktails, holistic and creative workshops, music and djs? We’re in. And would you believe it, Muddy have free tickets to give away!
SINGALONG CINEMA Nightflix Gin Cinema, Bradford-on-avon 13-15 August
We reckon Nightflix may be onto something: a gin festival at an outdoor musical singalong, together with massive squishy beanbags or deckchairs, all in the gorge setting of Bradford’s Victory Fields. Mamma Mia – 17:15 on 13 August, A Star is Born – 20:30 on 13 August, The Greatest Showman – 15:00 on 14 August, Grease – 15:00 on 15 August, Dirty Dancing – 19:30 on 15 August.
OUTDOOR THEATRE Romeo & Juliet at Stourhead 13 August
Brought to Stourhead’s National Trust South Lawn by Three Inch Fools, it’s destined to be a youthful, riotous version of the classic. The five players are a physical, musical bunch.
Sounds of the Caribbean Arundells Garden, Salisbury, 20 August
The Pantasy Steel Band play traditional pans in the lush surroundings of Ted Heath’s old place at the heart of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. Here’s hoping for a tropical evening.
Messtival, Tisbury, 20 August
A musical summer celebration at Messums Wiltshire with the Talking Spirit Quartet and the lively Saloon Star Band, all served up with South American street food. Book in advance.
Fulltone Festival, Devizes, 28 & 29 August
The Fulltone orchestra are a 65-strong orchestra of seriously good musicians, who play lively orchestral versions of pretty much anything, from pop to classical and film soundtracks and everything in between. This two-day annual event on Devizes green is sure to be popular and entertaining. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t seen them before, but let’s just say spirits will be high, and dancing will be happening. Tickets in advance £35 for the two days.
BALLOON RACE Charlton Park Estate, Malmesbury, 13-15 August
Postponed and moved from Bowood to allow for more space, this event promises to be fun for all the family worth waiting for. There will be a whole host of entertainment from 4pm, culminating with a firework finale.
INLAND SURFING The Wave, Bristol
Yes, you read that right, and it’s not just for kids. This purpose-built reef produces perfect surf, making learning a whole lot easier (trust us, as lifelong beginners). Book expert lessons, or just sessions if you’re a pro. It’s a pretty cool place, even if you’re just spectating, with funky clubhouse cafe and even on-site tents if you fancy turning it into a mini-break (see what we did there?).
WORKSHOPS Make Well, The Guild, Wilton, 14 & 15 August
Putting the cool into craft, Somerset people Hole & Corner (see their mags if you want an idea), are nipping over the border to Wilts beauty The Guild for these expert-led workshops. Try your hand at a potter’s wheel, macramé, silver jewellery-making and more; as well as yoga, breathwork and the like from Verve Festival, including a session with personal trainer, and Muddy Award winner, Angie Bell. Get 10% off any workshop with the exclusive code MUDDY10. See you there.
GARDEN Tour of Bowood Private Walled Garden 20 August
Lord and Lady Landsdowne’s award-winning garden is currently closed to the public, so these individual tours are the only way in baby. And what a lovely way it is too – we seem to be doing quite a line in extremely fancy garden tours, and reckon we could get used to it.
CARNIVAL Malmesbury August
There is various fun stuff going on for the whole month in this pretty market town, culminating in the town procession on 4 Sept. In a dark moment The Bat Walk caught our eye (13 August), in a lighter one the Historic Pub Crawl (22 August), and the Bow in the Cloud open vineyard (28 August).
ART TRAIL Windows on Nature Trowbridge, August
An imaginative use of empty shop windows sees this creative safari on themes of nature and climate change. Both local professional artists and school children exhibit art & photography – naturalistic and abstract. Collect a map from Trowbridge Town Hall or download one before you go.
OUTDOOR CINEMA The Lost Cinema at Salisbury Cathedral 27-29 August
Pack a posh picnic and settle down for your favourite flick in the dreamy environs of Salisbury Cathedral gardens. Bridesmaids on 27 Aug; Moulin Rouge on 28 Aug and Jurassic Park on 29 Aug, so pretty much something for everyone. Turns out that checky rug was a good buy. Buy tix here.
EAT OUT Jaq at Iford Supper Club Fridays until 27 August
We’re big fans of Head Chef Jaq, and recommend booking into one of these at Iford Manor before word gets out. Cuisine will vary week-to-week, from North African to Italian or Spanish, and will be accompanied by a glass of Bluestone Wiltshire fizz. Now, we don’t want to boast (yeh, right) but we’re feeling like the proud godparents of this heavenly marriage of food & drink. For a super-special evening, book into a pre-dinner tour of the glorious garden.
FESTIVAL Devizes Street Festival Mon 30 August
The marketplace will be bustling with street performers, contemporary circus acts, musicians and dancers, as well as market stalls. Make a lively bank holiday of it, with lunch at the outdoor food court. No Wiltshire outdoor event is complete without Black Rat Cider, which will of course be in attendance, as well as a Pimms stall for those who’d really rather be at Henley Regatta (more fool them).
CAR BOOT Wilton Rotary at Wilton House 30 August
Where some see jumble, we see vintage treasure. It’s what we missed in lockdown (buying crazy tut on line just isn’t the same) and the perfect way to spend a bank holiday. This massive annual event has thousands of sellers; that it’s in the grounds of a stately home doesn’t hurt either. Happy rummaging people.
WINE TASTING A Cru Wines event at Church Farm, Winsley, 4 September
Not August, but we like to give you the heads up on cool stuff that will sell out. That the wine-tasting will be amazing is a given – Cru Wines boss Leanne really knows her stuff, and will bring you delicious and unusual sips from around the world. This event isn’t in their usual shop, but in a beautiful big old barn on the outskirts of Bradford-on-avon, where samples and nibbles will be followed up by an after party with live music and bar. Can’t wait. Buy £35 tickets in advance.