Things to do in Salisbury this August

You will never be at a loose end this August with so much to see and do around Salisbury! 

From giant puppets to crazy croquet and movie madness to bear hunts – there is plenty on offer. 

Here are our top things to do in Salisbury over the coming weeks: 

Fayre on the Square

Salisbury’s Guildhall Square is looking brilliantly British this summer! Croquet, Big Ben, a summer bar, ice cream, table tennis and even a Mini – you'll find them all at Faye on the Square until the end of August. Inspired by the Jubilee and Commonwealth Games, there's a lot to celebrate with the whole family. Pre-book your crazy croquet here. 

Enjoy Fayre on the Square in Salisbury this summer

Sports Roadshows 

Salisbury City Council’s Sports Roadshows are a great way for children to let off some steam this summer! There are three sessions, one at Bemerton Heath, one at Churchill Gardens and another at Harnham Recreation Ground running on 1st, 2nd and 4th of August. These are FREE for children aged 7 to 14, with those taking part being able to try sports including football, hockey, basketball, cricket and even tchoukball! Find more details here. 

Taste Salisbury 

Last year’s inaugural Taste Salisbury was such a success, we’re doing it all again! From 26th August there will be ten days of food and drink festivities. Join us for events, exclusive Taste Salisbury offers and special promotions. You’ll find all the details right here on the Experience Salisbury website and our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. 

Foodie Sunday will return as the finale of Taste Salisbury 2022

Click here for more things to do in Salisbury 
Movie Madness 

Gather the family and head to Salisbury’s Market Place on 14th August for Movie Madness at Salisbury Street Sellers. The hugely popular Encanto and Sing 2 will be shown on a big screen during the day and, if you’re one of the first 250 children there on the day, you’ll get to enjoy some ice cream decorating too – all for free! There will also be live music and over 50 artisan stalls to browse. Click here for more details and timings. 

Summer music 

Head to Salisbury’s Market Place for a music extravaganza this August Bank Holiday, 28th August. Salisbury Live Summer Splash features the best in local musical talent plus a special guest musician from Ukraine. There will also be food, drink and fun stuff for children - and it’s free! 

Salisbury Live will return to Salisbury's historic Market Place

Salisbury Library 

It’s going to be a busy month at Salisbury Library, with lots of activities to keep children entertained as part of Salisbury Rotary Club’s centenary celebrations. These are: 

From 2nd August, you’ll also be able to see the BookBenches that have been designed by children at eight Salisbury schools. You can find out more about that on the Experience Salisbury News pages here. 

Salisbury Cathedral 

There’s going to be a memorable night of music at Salisbury Cathedral this August, when the Organ Proms returns. You’ll get to enjoy some classic tunes as well as some well-known film scores, including James Bond, Star Wars and Harry Potter! Book now for a magical evening on 13th August. Or, why not try winning tickets with Experience Salisbury! We have two to give away. Find more on that here. 

Salisbury Cathedral will also be holding a Youth Eco-Day on 17th August, giving youngsters the opportunity to spend time at the cathedral learning about the ecological life there. Those involved will get to take a tower tour and make a 'bug cathedral', among lots of other fun activities. This is a FREE event. Click here to find out how to book a place. 

Visit Salisbury Cathedral this summer

Live theatre 

Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is a stunning location for outdoor theatre, and there are two performances you won’t want to miss this August. 

Award-winning theatre company, Calf2Cow, brings to life the classic story of The Wind In The Willows in the spectacular surroundings of the garden at The Wardrobe museum. Be whisked off to the world of ratty, mole and toad in this mesmorising re-telling. Head down to the river bank on 10th August!  

Then, on 18th August there’s another outdoor theatre spectacle in the beautiful Arundells garden. The Railway Children will re-tell the classic children’s story in a stunning setting. Make sure you get there early to explore the gardens and enjoy a picnic!  


Visit Wiltshire’s ancient stone circle during August and budding archaeologists will love taking part in the Stonehenge Kids' Dig and Summer Explorer Quest. Unearth the past in special sandboxes, explore Neolithic houses or test your strength at the pulling stone!  

Also, at Stonehenge this summer is Gnomus, the Caretaker of the Earth! The giant puppet will be there from 27th 29th August for a programme of family-friendly performances around history and conservation. Book online and save.

Gnomus will be back to entertain families at Stonehenge

If you’re looking for more activities in Salisbury, make sure you check out the Experience Salisbury What’s On pages. 

The Salisbury Bear Hunt, Grayson Perry exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral and Salisbury Arts Scene are just some of the other events you’ll find in August.

If you are looking for things to do a little further afield, then Salisbury is a perfect location to explore the wider area. The Jurassic Coast, Bath, the New Forest and Longleat are just some of those attractions worth a visit. Find more ideas here.

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