Wiltshire's annual programme of festivals and events showcases the county's outstanding creativity and inventiveness.
Often based on stories drawn from the history of England, these are authentic and entertaining experiences, perfectly designed to help you escape the everyday in 2019. Find out our 22 things to do in Wiltshire below and whatever your plans are for 2019, add Wiltshire to your list!
- Discover the history of Salisbury at Mompesson House and Salisbury Museum new for 2019 exhibitions. Mompesson House's 'Standing by my darling's side: A Victorian experience of life, love and loss' is a representation of Jinny Townsend's life who used once lived at Mompesson House. Jinny kept an almost daily diary from the age of 15 in 1859 until 1882, writing up to just a couple of months before her death. Jinny's diaries provide a valuable description of the daily lives of the young ladies who lived in Salisbury at that time. The origins of photography exhibition at Salisbury Museum was also highlight the historical city of Salisbury through a series of photographs.
- Calling all horse fans, Wilton Horse Trials will be back on the 27 - 28 July. The first Wilton Horse Trial was run in 1976 and it has always been a well renowned and popular event. One of Britain's greatest motorcycle racers, the legendary Barry Sheene, will be commemorated at the Castle Combe Circuit's biggest motorcycle race meeting, the Castle Combe Grand National, which takes place at the Wiltshire track on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2019.
- After the roaring success of the Salisbury pantomime Beauty and the Beast (which has been extended for an extra week in January) you would have thought that the Salisbury Playhouse might need a break, but they won't be stopping there! The fantastic list of performances for the New Year will keep you entertained, including Ultimate Bublé on 19 January and the Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir on 24 January.
- Trowbridge is a town with a strong textile heritage, this can be seen at the West of England Festival of Textiles in September 2019.
- For all you foodies head to Taste of Corsham Food Festival in June (alongside Pound Arts' Blue-Sky Festival).
- In May Fisherton Mill will be hosting Hey! Clay, which involves free clay workshops that will run throughout two days. Time to release your inner creative side!