It is the last weekend before Christmas Day and the final stages of Christmas shopping are getting underway!

It could be a busy weekend as one report finds panic buying will lead to shoppers across the UK spending £1.55bn – a 19% increase on 2019. £1.1bn of that will be spent in-store.

The Shopping for Christmas 2020 report, carried out by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR), also found that the majority of shoppers will be out today (19th December) on what is being dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.

In the South West they estimate £117.5m will be spent in shops today, with an increase in footfall expected.

Salisbury City Centre has already seen a sharp rise in shoppers since the end of the second lockdown. Last Saturday (12th December) footfall was up 24.3% on the previous week.

With more people expected to hit the shops, business owners are reminding customers to please remember Covid-19 safety rules to help keep everyone safe:

Wear a mask

Sanitise hands

Stick to 2m social distancing

Please be patient if there is a queue to get into a shop

Rachel Tribbeck, Director of Salisbury BID and owner of H R Tribbeck & Son, said: "It has been a difficult year for everyone but the support from the Salisbury community has been great, and we are thankful for it. Local shops will get through this crisis with their help.

“Customers are adhering to the Covid safety rules and as last-minute shopping picks up, we ask that they continue to be mindful of others in order for everyone to a healthy and happy Christmas. There is a real festive vibrancy to Salisbury this year with lots to see and do, which I think we have all needed after the last 9 months."

If you are heading into Salisbury this weekend why not see if you can find all the Christmas trees on Salisbury City Council’s Christmas Tree Trail, or pick up a unique gift at the Fisherton Mill Makers Market, or how about checking out Salisbury Cathedral’s Christmas Trail and 32ft Christmas tree!

There is a lot to keep you festive this weekend in Salisbury and you can see a full list of what’s on here.