If you’re heading on down to Wiltshire in the near future, you’re probably busy researching all that this wonderful part of the country has to offer. There is a lot of variety when it comes to what to see and do in Wiltshire – to find out more about the area and what’s on offer you can head to the Visit Wiltshire website – but perhaps something that doesn’t always come to mind is the area’s outdoor activity scene. It absolutely should, however, as there are plenty of adrenaline-filled antics to be had, and in order to give you a taste of what’s on offer, we’ve put together a few highlights you should be sure to check out.
If you want to partake in something truly special during your trip to a holiday cottage in Wiltshire, then booking yourself some flying lessons with Go Fly is surely the way to go. Offering a wide range of lessons to suit a variety of budgets and needs, Go Fly in Salisbury are able to provide visitors with an experience you won’t forget anytime soon. Their standard trial lessons are a perfect option for beginners, and allow would-be aviators a wonderful insight into this exciting world.
The Army Parachute Association
The Army Parachute Association is another fabulous venue for fulfilling your adrenaline-filled high-flying desires. The association welcomes civilians at their centre between Salisbury and Marlborough, and can get you sky diving with no previous experience! The APA will have you jumping out two miles above the gorgeous Wiltshire countryside in the safe hands of a trained expert after just 30 minutes of training. It’s certainly not a dull way to spend your Wiltshire afternoon.
Operating out of their Owl Lodge venue in Wiltshire, Team Pursuits is a family-run outdoor activity company that is destined to show you an exciting time. With some rather stunning views of the surrounding countryside, visitors will be in the care of a dedicated team of instructors, guiding you through a wide range of motorised or country sport activities. Whether you want to try your hand at quad biking or clay pigeon shooting, or fancy getting behind the wheel of some seriously fast off-road buggies, there is plenty of adrenaline-soaked fun to be had at Team Pursuits.
Heading back into the clouds, at perhaps a little slower pace but in no less exhilarating fashion, a trip in a hot air balloon with Aerosaurus Balloons is an ideal way to see the beautiful land of Wiltshire. Their Wiltshire balloon flights offer some breath-taking views of the county’s winding rivers, ancient woodlands, and picturesque market towns, and flights can be arranged from a number of Wiltshire locations. Aerosaurus have flown over 80,000 passengers over the years so you can rest assured that there are no safer hands to be in for this truly liberating experience.
Castle Combe Circuit
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, however, but still want to enjoy an action-packed time while visiting Wiltshire, then Castle Combe Circuit should certainly be high on your to-do list. Being the home of West Country motorsport, fans have been coming to Castle Combe for 65 years. As well as top races to witness, visitors can also choose their own driving experiences, such as getting behind the wheel of a rally car for 10 whole laps, or the ability to drive a real single seat racing car like the Formula Ford 1600. Castle Combe Circuit truly is a petrol-head’s dream come true.
As you can see, there are many ways to stay active in Wiltshire and participate in some truly exciting activities. Staying active is important, even while on holiday, and Active Wiltshire is an organisation that is dedicated to such a cause. As part of Wiltshire Council, they have the goal of providing the local community with access to a wide range of sporting and recreational activities, and their efforts only further demonstrate the commitment the county has to promoting fun and beneficial outdoor experiences.