For the past three weeks Salisbury Cathedral has been partially open for private prayer and contemplation. Now worshippers can return, as the Cathedral opens fully for public worship from Sunday.

The first public service to be held is a Eucharist at 9am, followed shortly afterwards by a second Eucharist at 11am.

The services will be spoken and the newly restored and repaired Father Willis organ will be played at beginning of each service with an organ voluntary at the end.

The two services are being held back-to-back in order to ensure as many people as possible can take part in worship within social distancing guidelines. Cleaning will be carried out between services.

Advanced booking for services has been introduced to manage numbers. It also allows the Cathedral to contact people quickly and easily, should the need arise. To book worship go to the Cathedral website or call 01722 512156.

The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury said: “Salisbury Cathedral was built to the glory of God and for the worship of God, so the resumption of public worship here is an occasion of huge significance and of immense joy.

“In the weeks ahead all are welcome to join one of our services as we give thanks for all we’ve learned, grieve for all we’ve lost, and commit ourselves to our shared future with hope.”

Digital worship will also continue for the time being, and a regular pattern of worship in the Trinity Chapel will be established from Monday July 6. Booking is essential.

From Wednesday July 8, visitors and tourists will also be able to return. Advanced booking and a one-way system will be in place. For the first time, visitors and art lovers alike will be able to see the multimedia exhibition, Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour, in its entirety.

Since lockdown came into force, the interior exhibits have only been available to view online, via the virtual art tour on the Cathedral website.

Jacquiline Creswell, Curator and Cathedral Visual Arts Adviser said: “I am thrilled that we can share this very significant exhibition at last. The virtual art tour has been a real success, with nearly 14,000 visits since we launched it, but nothing beats seeing the art for real.

“I would encourage everyone come along and enjoy the range and quality of work on show, and through it celebrate the spirit and ambition of the builders who created this remarkable Cathedral eight centuries ago.”