If you are looking for something Christmassy to do this weekend, here is what’s going on in our Weekend Itenary for the 19th and 20th of December 2020:
Saturday 19th and 20th December
Christmas Performers 2020
Come and do your Christmas shopping in Salisbury and enjoy festive music and entertainment in the city from 11am - 3pm. The entertainment is running all the way to Christmas Eve but here's what you can find in the city centre over the weekend:
Saturday 19 December
Elliot Newman Collective - violin/cello duo playing Christmas hits and carols
Salisbury Pluckers - Acoustic ukulele band playing Christmas hits
Tom and the Clementynes - Playing original music and Christmas classics
Sunday 20 December
Salisbury Community Circus - youth circus
Eve N Song - solo singer performing music from 1940s to 1990s
Salisbury's Festive Corner running across the weekend
If you are heading into the city centre to see the performers this weekend why not also stop off at the Salisbury Festive Corner. 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.
Sunday 20th December
Sunday Festive Market
The last Sunday Festive Market of 2020 takes place on Sunday 20th December. Local traders return to 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.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December
St Thomas Church, Carols at the Crib
Get in the festive spirit with a short carol service by the crib at St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury city centre.
Saturday 19th December 4pm and 6pm
Sunday 20th December 4pm and 6pm
Members of the congregation must comply with social distancing rules and must wear face coverings in church, unless they fall into one of the exempted categories. Entry is through the west door. Please note the toilet is not available for the time being. Exit through the St Michael’s Room and the south churchyard. The full timetable and more infomation can be found here.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December
Salisbury Cathedral Christmas Offerings
Throughout December there are Carols in the Cathedral sung by a number of choirs, including Salisbury Cathedral School choirs, Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir, Kate Edgar’s community choirs and the Cathedral Choristers.
On Saturday 19th December they will be at:
13:30 - sung by SC Youth Choir
14:15 - sung by Choristers & Organ
There's also the 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.
The Salisbury Cathedral 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 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.
You don't need to book to visit the gift shop though - check it out for some unique Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.
Saturday 19th December
Salisbury Charter Market and Christmas Lights
The historic Charter Market returns to the Market Place this Saturday 8am - 3pm. The last Saturday market before Christmas DAy. 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 19th December
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:
Clare is a handweaver and textile artist/maker
Rachel makes wheel thrown stoneware pottery for the table including mugs, bowls and dishes.
Hand crafted unique blankets, cushions and rugs that are practical as well as beautiful.
Fiona Ingram Jewellery
Jewellery designer with a passion for metal clay
Charlotte Anna Reed
The original ‘Happy Artist’ has been painting feel-good floral artwork professionally from her studio in Salisbury for 7 years
The Pure Image Works
Trevor Judd is an experienced photographer who creates images of a wide variety of subjects specialising in the photography of flowers, nature, and landscapes
Through The Rainbow
Creating beautiful needle felting kits for making birds, animals, bees, toadstools and fairy tale creatures all inspired by the flora and fauna of the British countryside and the folklore surrounding them
Showcasing local artisans from across Wiltshire, our beautiful gift boxes and produce make the perfect stocking filler or gift by post this festive season!
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.
Saturday 19th December
Art In The Arches returns to Salisbury Arts Centre for the final time this Christmas. The new shopping experience promotes local artists, as they 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:
A multi-disciplinary artist working with themes of life and land
Ann uses mainly acrylics and collage, creates small artworks, hand painted boxes, gifts and cards with a folk-art influence.
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.
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.
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!