If you are looking for something Christmassy to do this weekend, here is what’s going on in our Weekend Itenary for the 12th and 13th of December 2020: 

Saturday 12th December

Art In The Arches at Salisbury Arts Centre

This is a new shopping opportunity where local artists will display and sell their work - just in time for picking up some unique Christmas gifts! A range of different artists will display and sell their work over two Saturdays (12th and 19th) - those appearing includes:  

Sally Newton 

A multi-disciplinary artist working with themes of life and land 

Ann Miller

Ann uses mainly acrylics and collage, creates small artworks, hand painted boxes, gifts and cards with a folk-art influence. 

Murray Marshall

Murray has produced a series of artist's books explaining all you need to know about the origins of the universe and matters prehistorical. Titles include The Big Bang, The End of the Cretaceous and A Brief History of World Warfare. And most recently The End Times and how to survive them. 

Annaliese Stoney

An artist who has had her work published in several children's book titles and is known locally for her humorous illustrations featuring well-loved Salisbury scenes. 

Anne-Marie Marshall Fieber

Anne-Marie makes characterful ceramic animals which are decorated with texture and pattern. 

Salisbury Arts Pottery

Work created by the ceramic artists associated with Salisbury Arts Pottery at Salisbury Arts Centre. Expect to see work by Mirka Golden-Hann, Jennie Gilbert, Bridget Timoney, Lynne Heaton, Eli Eisenhauer and more, with opportunities to buy from each. 

**

Saturday 12th December

Salisbury Charter Market and Christmas Lights

The historic Charter Market returns to the Market Place this Saturday 8am - 3pm. The market offers a wide range of goods including food (meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread, cakes, tea and coffee), clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, watches, flowers and plants, music, tools, collectables, homeware, pet food and linen to name just a few.

It has been given the 'We're Good to Go' accreditation by Visit England to signal that the City Council has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

While you are there it's worth checking out the Christmas lights that sparkle around the stalls. There are also plenty more to see around the city. Head to the Old George Mall to check out the massive bauble!

**

 Saturday 12th December 

Fisherton Mill Christmas Makers Market 

The Maker’s Market returns for a second weekend. It features small craft businesses in a carefully curated outdoor market. Seven vendors will be there on Saturday 12th December, under a covered decorated pergola in the courtyard of the iconic Victorian grain mill. The Makers Market will run on six dates across December, artists/businesses appearing on the 12th are:  

Felt By Bex

Bex is a needle felt sculptor specialising in people and wildlife

Francesca McLean Illustration

Francesca is an illustrator who works primarily with gouache and ink stamps creating vibrant pattern designs and illustrations inspired by Wiltshire's countryside

Line Simply - Sally Firino

Sally Firino is a Salisbury based fine artist whose line drawings are inspired by the everyday moments captured in the work of Anita Klein and the humorous observations of Grayson Perry

Photofinish Jewellery

Stunning handmade colourful jewellery created from photographs which are then transposed onto recycled aluminium

Slumbermonkey Designs

Slumbermonkey Designs design and make original illustrated hand made jewellery as well as patterned homewares, stationery and a variety of wood gift

Katy Wilkinson Jewellery

Katy is a designer and maker of contemporary jewellery, working mainly in sterling silver with gemstones and a little gold, she creates simple yet timeless designs

Winged Hare

Bold and beautiful hair accessories

** 

Saturday 12th December

Handel’s Messiah at St Thomas’s church

Celebrate Voice presents two 75-minute highlight performances of Handel's masterpiece, bringing stunning live classical music to one of Salisbury's iconic city centre venues, St, Thomas's Church.

Performed by an ensemble of 8 professional singers, string quartet and organ, and conducted by David Gostick, this performance of The Messiah is one of the few live performances in the South West this Christmas season.

Ticket numbers are strictly limited for each show in accordance with government guidelines on concert performances. Please book your tickets online - there are still tickets available for the 7:30pm performance.

**

Saturday 12th December

Craft Fair - Salisbury Guildhall 10am - 5pm

There will be a range of crafts on display, including: beaded jewellery, papercraft, sewn cards, candles, pottery, Christmas decorations, fused glass, baby clothes, purses, cards and so much more!

**

Sunday 13th December 

Sunday Festive Market 

Enjoy a unique Christmas shopping experience this December as the Market Place hosts the second of three festive Sunday markets. Local traders will offer an enticing and varied range of goods and produce. Choose from craft and gift items; perfect for a unique Christmas gift or a fabulous addition to your home. There will also be delicious festive food to take away. The Sunday Festive Markets will be Covid secure. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when visiting. 

** 

Salisbury Christmas Tree Trail running across the weekend 

Download a map and hunt down the 12 Christmas trees that make up Salisbury's Christmas Tree Trail. They are situated across the city centre, creating a magical trail for the whole family to enjoy safely. Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and finishing at the Market Place, the trail will guide you through the medieval streets of Salisbury. Click here to find out more, and learn how you could also win a £50 Salisbury Gift Card by taking part. 

** 

Salisbury's Festive Corner running across the weekend

New for 2020, the corner, located at the Guildhall Square, is open every day from 10:30am until after the shops shut.

Take a festive ride on the carousel, pick up an original gift from the festive stalls and enjoy a bratwurst and hot drink.

**

Christmas At Salisbury Cathedral 

Join Salisbury Cathedral in their celebrations this year by taking part in their Christmas Trail - thirty flower arrangers, led by Michael Bowyer, the Cathedral’s award-winning Director of Flowers, have prepared a special Christmas trail that explores the Christmas story using seasonal foliage and contemporary as well as traditional arrangements, all linked to festive activities and customs. Learn why we have Christmas trees, or why wreaths are round.

Their Christmas Tree is definitely one to look out for. It’s a Norway Spruce grown and felled in Longleat Forest, where trees are managed sustainably. Norway Spruces grow at around a foot a year - this tree is 32ft high, so an estimated 32 years old, with a 10inch diameter trunk. Weighing in at over 250 kilos, it takes 12 people to move it. 

The magnificent Renaissance style Nativity (above) is also back in place at the Cathedral for this Christmas. Printed onto enormous voile panels around 10ft wide by over 35ft long the photographic tableaus hang nearly 50ft above the ground, at the heart of the Cathedral. The Nativity is built from a series of individual and group portraits of members of the Cathedral community. 

Booking is needed to visit the Cathedral due to the coronavirus pandemic. Get all the booking details here. 

**

Fisherton Mill’s Seasonal Treasures running across the weekend 

If you are heading to Fisherton Mill for the Makers Market why not also check out Seasonal Treasures, their annual Christmas exhibition which runs until Christmas Eve. The exhibition features some fantastic artwork including beautiful Japanese inspired mini screens and lamps, sculpture, original paintings and illustrations, contemporary brass and crystal mobiles, vintage & iconic etched glassware, unique enamel and silver jewellery, vibrant hand-stitched wall hangings, delicate ceramics and more!