HERE are just some of the events and activities taking place in and around Salisbury this weekend

1. Festival of Archaeology

The festival returns for its sixth year at Salisbury Museum.

It runs from Saturday to Sunday. Doors open at 10am on both days.

There will be a series of talks over the weekend from Dr Phil Harding, archaeologist Alex Landlands, who is know for BBC’s Victorian Farm and has a keen interest in the history of Old Sarum, Albion Falconry, historic musician Sophie Matthews, and museum director Adrian Green will be selecting some items from the museum collection to talk about during the festival.

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The festival programme also features displays, from historic falconry, bronze-casting and textile making to live entertainment with a historical twist as well as hands-on activities like archery.

A £2 donation is asked per person, which also includes entry to the museum itself.


2. Salisbury Live

The first of Salisbury Live's two events kicks-off today (Friday July 23) Salisbury Live in the Square takes place in the market square with the Deloreons headlining an evening of live music starting at 5pm, which runs until 10pm. Entry is free.

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Also performing are reggae favourites, HP & the Reggae Source, 80s disco specialists, The Stingrays, Jack Card and Ribble.

There will be real ale and cocktail bars, hot food vendors and outside seating at the Market and Ox Row Inns.

Tomorrow (Saturday July 24), there is an afternoon and evening of music across two stages at Salisbury Live Lift Off which takes place at Salisbury Rugby Club (training field). Gates will be open 3pm-10pm

This event will be headlined by Europe’s top Madness tribute, One Step Behind, who are back by popular demand.

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Support comes from Salisbury’s top covers band The Zucchinis, musical story tellers, Lump, popular ska outfit Da’ Ska Assassins, pictured below, sets by two talented young acts Signature Vision and Home from the Unknown, punk/new wave covers band CLS.

Plus there will be showcases courtesy of the revitalised Sound Emporium youth music/media organisation.

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Tickets are still available from priced at £5 (under 10’s free).

This event has limited parking so public transport or travelling on foot is advised.

3. Fayre on the Square

A mini golf course and pop-up garden bar are coming to Salisbury this weekend as part of Fayre on the Square.

The event opens from tomorrow (July 24) and runs until Tuesday, August 31 in Guildhall Square.

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A nine hole mini golf course will be open from 10am until 9pm (last entry to play is 8.20pm) every day giving you the opportunity to enjoy fun for all the family for just £4 per person.

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Relax and enjoy a drink at the pop-up Salisbury City Garden Bar, which will be open throughout the day (Monday to Saturday, 11am-11pm, and Sunday, 11am-10.30pm.

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There will also be food vendors from 11am until 7pm.

Charter 1227 will be offering Mediterranean street food menu and The Eccentric Group will be selling morning breakfast bagels and Mexican food later in the day.

4. Makers Market

Local artists and makers will be in the courtyard at Fisherton Mill for the Makers Markets tomorrow (June 24).

Each market day features six individual stalls offering original handcrafted fare and a range of gifts such as: greeting cards, framed and unframed prints, glass tableware, felt and crochet works, hand embroidery, paintings and illustrations, plus some delicious artisan food and drink and jewellery.

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Picture: Julie Barham Ceramics

It will run every Saturday until September 11.


5. Stonehenge

Budding young archaeologists are invited to Stonehenge for some fun activities and a new trail.

Unearth the past in the special sandboxes, using a selection of archaeologists’ tools. Replica artefacts from across the centuries are ready to be excavated, giving children the chance to learn more about the history of Stonehenge.

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Antiquarian archaeologist and their assistants will be on hand to chat and reveal the stories behind the pottery, tools and other treasures.

Families can also take part in the Summer Explorer Quest over the summer holidays. English Heritage is hosting the Stonehenge Kid’s Dig family activity from tomorrow (Saturday July 24) until August 31.

From tomorrow, Old Sarum is also holding a summer adventure quest.


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