GET ready for The Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend which will have "something for everyone".

The free three day event event, which is being run online, takes place from Friday, May 29 to Sunday 31 with a programme of music, yoga, family workshops, sports training, quizzes, talks and virtual exhibitions.

The celebrations are part of Salisbury 2020, city on the move - marking the 800th anniversary of the founding of Salisbury Cathedral and the emergence of the modern city.

Organisers said: "The Salisbury 2020 partners have come together to offer something for everyone: with sport and physical activities from Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership and Salisbury City Council; stories about our past and debates about our future from Wiltshire Creative, Chalke Valley History Festival and Salisbury History Festival; discussions about our present with talks from Salisbury Cathedral on peregrines and contemporary art exhibition, as well as a family workshop, quizzes, a virtual walk from Salisbury Literary Festival and more."

Highlights include:

  • Archaeologists and Time Team favourite Phil Harding talks archaeology and the history of Salisbury
  • Author Jenny Pearson, leads a children's literary workshop.
  • The Deloreons will performing as part of the Salisbury Live’s 20th-anniversary sessions
  • MP John Glen helps discuss how 21st-century cities can benefit all their citizens.


  • Sandy Nairne, the former director of the National Portrait Gallery and Trustee of the Courtauld Collection in discussion with Jacquiline Creswell, curator and visual arts adviser at Salisbury Cathedral
  • Sir Nicholas Serota, the Chair of Arts Council England and former director of the Tate looks at the role of arts in the 21st century city.
  • Historian Tom Holland is giving a talk on the stories of Sarum old and new

Local artists, coaches and musicians

  • Salisbury City Council’s community sports officer Tom Gailey brings family activities and games
  • Pezzaz Street Soccer and Wessex Futsal club will be providing football sessions
  • Alex Taylor, of Girls Love Fit and Kids Love will get you moving with exercise classes.
  • Music with Colin Holton and Georgia Agombar along with many other local musicians

For more information on Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend visit