Summer has officially begun, and there is a lot to look forward to over the next few months.
Live music, outdoor theatre, famous artists and giant puppets – they're just some of what you’ll be able to experience in our modern medieval city this summer.
If you’re looking for things to do in Salisbury, we think you should try some of these:
This Saturday, 25th June, Salisbury Live host their closing event for 2022. The Summer Scrum Down at Salisbury Rugby Club will feature two of Europe's top tribute acts - Total Jam and the Foo Forgers. Not only that, but they’ll be joined by Salisbury favourites The Zucchinis and Southbound plus the brilliant Evolution Choir. There will also be food and drink and entertainment for the kids. Tickets are £8 but under 12s get in free.
Enjoy live music in Salisbury this summer
On Sunday 26th June, Salisbury will mark Armed Forces Day with a day of free activities in the Market Place. There will be military displays, craft workshops, fair rides, music and more as Salisbury shows support for the men and women - past and present - who make up the Armed Forces community.
The children will love Armed Forces Day in Salisbury
You’ll be able to see artwork from the celebrated contemporary artist, Grayson Perry, at Salisbury Cathedral from 29th June.
His exhibition, The Vanity of Small Differences, will showcase six huge tapestries that all explore class. Although the pieces have toured before, this is the first time they'll be seen in an ecclesiastical setting.
Salisbury Racecourse is one of the oldest in the country. Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it’s a perfect location to watch horse racing or enjoy a movie this summer!
The Salisbury race fixtures continue throughout the summer. The popular Ladies Evening returns on 9th July, with entertainment from Mania, the ABBA tribute. On 23rd July there’s another evening session, this time with music from Radio One DJ and I’m A Celebrity star, Jordan North. In August, there are also Summer Holiday race days for the whole family. Find the full fixture list by clicking here.
For something a little different, why not gather your friends and family and enjoy an outdoor movie experience! They have three open-air cinema events planned for 1st to 3rd July, with Bohemian Rhapsody, Grease Sing-a-Long and West Side Story all shown on the giant screen. Tickets are running low so book now!
There's a lot happening at Salisbury Races this summer
Salisbury Pride UK Festival 2022 returns for a seventh year to Queen Elizabeth Gardens on Saturday 2nd July 2022. Kelly Llorenna will headline the day of music and entertainment, with the jam-packed line up also including Becca Maule, Benji Matthews, Evolution Choir and Louise Jordan. Although tickets have now sold out, walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event. Those who have pre-bought tickets will get priority in the queue.
After a two-year break, the Stars Appeal's Walk for Wards fundraising event will return to Wilton House on Sunday 3rd July. The hugely popular sponsored walk was put on hold because of Covid but it is now back and ready to raise more vital funds for the Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal. There are 3k, 5k and 10k routes around the beautiful Wilton Estate so something for everyone! Click here to find out more.
Walk for Wards will return to Wilton House this July
Joyfest is a music festival at Salisbury Rugby Club that will raise money for Salisbury Hospice. Taking place on 9th July, there will be lots of family fun with 10 music acts, food, drink, bouncy castle and face painting just some of what you’ll be able to enjoy! Tickets are £10 and under 12's go free.
The popular Salisbury Street Sellers continues throughout the summer. The event, which takes place on the second Sunday of the month in the Market Place, celebrates everything that makes our city special. Traditional English crafts, products and produce from a range of independent and quirky traders will be on offer, plus live music, entertainment and street food. The next Street Sellers, on 10th July, will have an Alice in Wonderland theme to it, so get ready for some weird and wonderful family fun!
Don't miss the Alice in Wonderland themed Salisbury Street Sellers
Will you go outdoor or indoor this summer?! There is a whole range of theatre to choose from in Salisbury.
On 26th July, Immersion Theatre invite you to enjoy an afternoon of open-air decadence and hilarity as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. See it in the beautiful setting of Arundells garden in the Cathedral Close.
The classic story, The Railway Children, will also come to life at Arundells this summer. Take the whole family and enjoy a picnic in the stunning garden setting. Book tickets now to see it on 18th August.
From 23rd July, Salisbury’s Guildhall Square will fill with summer fun as Fayre on the Square returns! This year there will be a nine-hole crazy croquet course, table tennis, ice cream, a city garden bar and street food vendors. With the Jubilee and Commonwealth Games this year, you’ll be able to experience a very British themed Fayre on the Square this summer in Salisbury!
There will be plenty to keep you entertained at Fayre on the Square
The Organ Festival continues at Salisbury Cathedral over the summer months. Anna Lapwood, the organist, conductor and broadcaster will perform a special concert on 23rd July, then, in August, the popular Organ Proms returns. This thrilling evening of music will include all your favourite classics and film scores played by none other than the Salisbury Cathedral home team of organists: David Halls, John Challenger and Samuel Bristow. This event was a sell-out in 2019, so buy your tickets early!
If you’re looking for ways to keep young children occupied over the summer holidays, make sure to head to the Fun in the Sun events. There will be craft play, music and games for primary school aged children. There are two Fun in the Sun events – the first is on 30th July at Salisbury Methodist Church and the second at Salisbury United Reformed Church on 13th August.
Gnomus – the caretaker of the Earth – returns to Stonehenge in August! The giant puppet is a great way to get youngsters involved in history. He’ll take part in family-friendly performances that combine puppetry, history and conservation. If you want to see Gnomus you can book online now and save. He’ll be at Stonehenge from 27th to 29th August.
Gnomus will make a welcome return to Stonehenge this August
Salisbury’s food and drink festival, Taste Salisbury, will return to round off the summer months. Following the success of last year's inaugural event, the ten-day celebration will once again include a programme of events, special promotions and discounts. It’ll be held across the city centre from 26th August and end on 4th September with Foodie Sunday. We’ll be releasing more details soon, so keep an eye out for those!
The crowds descended on the market place in 2021 for the first Foodie Sunday
Whatever you want to experience this summer, Salisbury has plenty of options. See a full list of summer events in Salisbury by clicking here.
Experience Salisbury this summer.
Salisbury Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome, and hospitality for over 800 years. The story of this great Cathedral is a tale of defiance and ingenuity that begins back in 1218.
Arundells is a Grade II Listed home in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral Close. It is the former home of the late Sir Edward Heath – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974.