Winter in Wiltshire is all about frosty mornings, scenic villages awash with Christmas decorations, tea shops to warm up in, and lazy nights sitting beside a roaring log fire in a cosy pub. It’s the ideal county to escape the winter drudgery and chill and exchange it for vast countryside, time to reconnect with loved ones and discover hidden Wiltshire gems that genuinely shine at this time of year. We’ve listed a few ideas to help you on your next winter escape. Read below for our guide to Wiltshire this winter.
Cosy Up Somewhere Warm
Luxurious accommodation is a Wiltshire staple, with many sumptuous spas, comfortable hotels, cosy cottages, or B&Bs that offer snug and enticing places to stay. Beechfield House Hotel in Beanacre is an excellent option for a winter break close to many Wiltshire delights and set on beautifully expansive grounds. The Beechfield Restaurant serves tasty food and wine across several warm and inviting dining rooms, making it the perfect country house to relax in.
Wiltshire has a landscape and landmarks that are timeless and magnificent no matter the weather and include ancient monuments, fields, stark winter woods, lakes, rivers and canals. So why not escape the crowded towns and enjoy a peaceful stroll – there are many to choose from things to do. We’d recommend ending your walk at a traditional village pub for a warming meal or a drink next to an open fire.
Fun Times Are Everywhere
No matter the weather, there are plenty of exciting attractions to visit inside and out that will let you escape the cold, from intriguing museums such as The Holburne to heritage and history trails like Stonehenge or perhaps follow a festive trail in Longleat or Sailsbury this season. For specifically festive ideas, take a look at Wiltshire Live’s list festive events for everything from meeting Santa to Christmas light switch-ons. With so much on, you’ll find something to please everyone.
Discover Local Villages and Towns
Wander quiet – and sometimes chaotic – Wiltshire streets brimming with history and surrounded by frosty green landscapes in picturesque market towns and quaint villages. Each has its own stories and history, making every town you stop in perfect for exploring and taking a few festive selfies as you wander winding streets, take in historic stone buildings and marvel at the lovely green spaces.
Get Shopping at the Christmas Markets
Get into the festive spirit with the whole host of Christmas markets in Wiltshire this December for a dazzling array of inspired gifts for others, or take the opportunity to treat yourself. Why not get along to the Bath Christmas Market to really get into the festive spirit with rows of vendors selling seasonal fare, mulled wine and cider, and unique gifts to warm you up this winter?
Dine The Cold-Weather Blues Away
Wiltshire is home to delicious food and drinks, including tearooms and cafes, pubs and inns, all the way to Michelin-starred dining establishments. So gather your loved ones and treat yourself to a special meal – after all, there’s nothing better than treating yourself with people who matter most.