Things to do
Warminster is a most suitable base for those who wish to visit the West Country's best known landmarks and places including Avebury, Stonehenge, Woodhenge, Silbury Hill, the Roman Baths at Bath, Glastonbury Tor, Salisbury Cathedral, Lacock and the Fox Talbot Museum, Cheddar Caves, the Kennet & Avon Canal, the East Somerset Steam Railway, Savernake Forest, and the Science Museum at Wroughton, to name but a few.


Shopping
Warminster, harking back to its former days as a thriving market town, still retains many small shops. There are also three well-known supermarkets represented locally, as well as an out-of-town shopping and garden centre at Crockerton. The Three Horseshoes Mall is convenient for the public library and the main post office, while most of the banks and building societies are situated in the Market Place and the High Street. The weekly open-air market is held on Fridays at the northern end of the Central Car Park. For those who enjoy collecting old things and quality furniture a visit to Silver Street is a must with its many antique shops. Warminster has two large car parks and limited on-street parking is available elsewhere including George Street and Weymouth Street.


Leisure
The Athenaeum, at the High Street, combines theatre, cinema, art gallery, coffee lounge and bar. The programme features not only local amateur talent but also top name stars from the entertainment world.


The Dewey Museum
Situated inside Warminster Library. Changing displays of local history, geological specimens, enquiry service, shop and monthly guest speakers.


The Lake Pleasure Grounds
Within a few minutes walk of the town centre. Boating lake, putting green, hard tennis courts, and children's playing field with swings, roundabouts, slide and climbing frames.


Walking
The Warminster district is abundant with public footpaths including the Imber Range Perimeter Path. For those who prefer an organised walk in the company of others, the Warminster Walkers hold regular strolls along the area's right of ways, and the County Council publishes a calendar of guided walks.


Horse Riding
Catering for both the novice and the experienced rider, there are several stables in the Warminster area, including those at Codford and Corton. American western style riding through Longleat Woods is also available.


Cycling
Warminster and the Wylye Valley are situated on the Wiltshire Cycleway, and the town has two cycle shops to cater for the needs of all cyclists.


Angling
Permits are available for fishing on the River Wylye, and angling is also available at local trout farms, Shearwater, the lakes at Westbury, and at Woodland Park.


Sailing
The Shearwater Sailing Club (centre board dinghies only) meets at Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate.


UFO Spotting
Warminster became world famous in the 1960s when unidentified flying objects were seen hovering over the town and the "Warminster Thing" mystery, as it became known, remains unsolved and the area still plays host to those who come sky- watching. Cradle Hill and Cley Hill are favourite vantage points.


Clubs And Societies
A wide range of leisure activities, as diverse as bonsai growing, creative writing, martial arts, painting, photography, and stamp collecting, are catered for by the area's clubs and societies, many of whom welcome guests to their meetings and events.


Sport
All types of sports are represented by local clubs (bowls, cricket, football, rugby, running, swimming, tennis, etc.) and the Warminster Sports Centre at Woodcock Road has a wide range of facilities including swimming, badminton, aerobics, squash, judo and gym activities. The Wessex Club at Three Horseshoes Mall, Warminster, offers snooker and keep fit, and the town also boasts two dance studios. There is also a sports club for the disabled. Elm Hill is the location of the West Wilts Golf Club, and Thoulstone Park Golf Club at nearby Chapmanslade boasts a 20 bay floodlit driving range. Both have well-equipped pro shops.


Events
There are many popular events in the Warminster and district calendar including a street fayre, a carnival, a half-marathon, a flower show, and a bi-annual festival, as well as the usual fetes and attractions. For those who visit in late December the town's Christmas lights display is particular popular. The surrounding villages also provide many events for residents and visitors alike. These include the Oak Apple Day celebrations at Great Wishford, Corsley Show, and the Heytesbury Extravaganza. Longleat Park is the venue for a regular calendar of events including the Last Night Of The Proms, a balloon fiesta, and the annual horse trials. The local newspapers, the Warminster Journal (published on Thursdays) and the Wiltshire Times And News (published on Fridays) carry advance publicity, and full details and dates of all events are available from the Tourist Information Centre.


Dining Out
From the humble fish and chip shop to the exotica of the East, Warminster has many restaurants catering for all tastes and offering everything from Continental cuisine to traditional British fayre. Many of the district's historic inns offer a mouth-watering menu, some with their own specialities. There are also several pleasant tea shops and coffee lounges.


Accommodation
Accommodation is plentiful in and around Warminster, ranging from town and farmhouse bed and breakfast, full board, and self-catering, to licensed hotels, large and small. Caravan and camping facilities are also available in quiet and pleasant surroundings. The Tourist Information Centre is more than happy to help you with your arrangements.