Wiltshire event guide: October 2014

With October half term on the horizon there has never been a better time to take the kids away for an active English holiday cottage break, especially with the fantastic programme of events that Wiltshire has lined up. From LEGO sculptures to Halloween delights for both adults and the young ones, everyone will be dreading the jingle of the school bell.

Great Western LEGO Show

First up is an event adored by both children and grown-ups; the Great Western LEGO Show will be held over the 4th and 5th October at the STEAM Museum of The Great Western Railway in Swindon. There will be unique models created exclusively for the show, classic LEGO model train layouts that come complete with steam and diesel locomotives, and competitions with lots of fantastic LEGO prizes to be won. With so much going on, and further details available via their website, it is a must for any LEGO fan, big or small.

See this video for a sneaky peak at what’s in store for this year’s event.

Halloween at Longleat

Everyone loves Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire; it is one of the main reasons that so many families choose child-friendly Wiltshire holiday cottages for their holidays, but October means even more fun. Halloween at Longleat runs from the 11th October until the 3rd November and has plenty to keep the kids entertained this half term. With all the usual wild attractions as well as some spooky additions, Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is the place to be this Halloween.

History Weekend

To round off a fantastic month of Wiltshire events, BBC History Magazine is coming to Malmesbury between the 16th and 19th October for BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend. The event sold out last year so be sure to book ahead, especially considering that this year’s festival will play host to twice as many speakers and two extra venues compared to last year’s offering. With the likes of bestselling author Hilary Mantel and television presenter Sam Willis making an appearance, it is one that both history fans and visitors to Wiltshire alike will enjoy.

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