From festivals, comedy and theatre to open gardens and concerts, September has plenty to offer.

Here are just some of the events coming up this month.

1. Salisbury Pride

Salisbury Pride UK Festival is taking place today (Saturday September 4).

All tickets are now sold out. Organisers say walk-ins are welcome but priority is given to ticket holders.

The headliner is X Factor star Lloyd Daniels, pictured below. The line-up also includes Evolution Choir, Spire Samba, Funk Soul Sista, Marina E, Scott Knox, Miss Lucy, Luscious Lips, Kyle Finn, The Legends, Dixie Normous, Misty Lee, Adam Renz, Tess Drive, Paul Knight Magician, Pink Tribute and The Stingrays. The event runs from 11am until 10pm at Queen Elizabeth Gardens.

The Salisbury Pride – After Party is at The Chapel Nightclub from 10pm to 2am with DJ Scott Knox and Louise Dance. Tickets:


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2. Taste Salisbury

On Sunday September 5 there is Foodie Sunday in the Market Place from 10am to 4pm with food demonstrations, tastings, local chefs and an array of food vendors as well as the Salisbury Vegan Fair.

There will also be live music acts including five piece band King Louie.

The Great Salisbury Bake Off is also being held on Sunday.

The competition forms part of its Foodie Sunday programme which also marks the 10th and final day of the Taste Salisbury food and drink festival.

All you need to do is bring your cake to Salisbury Guildhall by 12pm on the day to enter in either the Under 16’s or Over 16’s category.

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Picture by: Ash Mills 

3. Sean Walsh

Comedian Seann Walsh is at The Chapel nightclub in Salisbury this weekend.

On Sunday (September 5), the club will launch the first Salisbury Comedy Club of The Chapel Live, a series of events at the venue.

Seann Walsh will headline the show, supported by Mike Cox and Abi Clarke, with MC Andrew White.

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Doors will open at 7pm, with the first of the lineup on stage from 7.30pm.


4. Salisbury Story Trail

The Salisbury Story Trail takes people on a journey through the history of Salisbury and the story behind its new city marque.

The nine different letters that form the marque spell out SALISBURY.

They are spread out at locations across the city and at each stop-off there is more information about the story behind the letters.

The trail map is available to download here or can be picked up from Salisbury Information Centre on Fish Row.

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5. Sudan fete

The annual Sudan Fete is back and takes place on Sunday September 5 from 2pm to 5pm.

The fete will be held in the garden of the Bishop of Salisbury’s residence, South Canonry, in the Cathedral Close.

Money raised will be used to support the Salisbury Sudan Medical Link, which provides training for clinical officers, nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians.

The fete is an ideal opportunity to learn more about South Sudan and its medical needs, meet old and new friends, enjoy tea, visit the numerous stalls selling bric-a-brac, books and cards, plants and home-made cakes and preserves.

Have fun listening to the Navy Larks Choir and the Amesbury Town Band.

And, don't miss the appearance of the camels.

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6. Open garden

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, West Hatch, Tisbury is opening to visitors on Thursday September 9 as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The open garden takes place from 10am to 3.30pm. Admission is £5, children free.

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7. Hyde Band

ENJOY an afternoon of popular music with Hyde Brass Band.

The concert is supporting Ringwood Community First Responders and takes place on Sunday September 5 at Ibsley Village Hall. Doors open at 2pm. Weather permitting the event will be held outside.

The proceeds will be spilt evenly between two charities, The Hyde Band and South Central Ambulance Charity Ringwood Community First Responders. Entry is £10, which includes a cream tea. Tickets are available via Ticket Source visit: or by calling 0333 6663366.

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8. Secret Gardens of the Close

The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral’s popular Secret Gardens of the Close event is back and this year there is a new attraction.

The event, which enables the public to visit gardens in Salisbury Cathedral Close that are normally hidden from view, will include a green fair comprising a dozen stalls with an eco-friendly theme.

Secret Gardens of the Close & Green Fair takes place in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Sunday September 12 from 1pm to 5pm.

As well as touring some of the larger gardens in the Close and De Vaux Place, visitors can enjoy tea and cake on the lawn of South Canonry, the home of the Bishop of Salisbury.

The green fair stalls will include Harnham Water Meadows Trust, Plantlife and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Representatives from these organisations will be explaining what they do and how the public can get involved.

Salisbury Florilegium Society will be hosting an exhibition of members’ botanical paintings in the Medieval Hall.

There will be paintings for sale, along with the society’s illustrated book, Secret Gardens of the Close.

Musical entertainment will be provided by recorder group Close Consort, whose members will be playing in a number of the gardens.

Tickets for Secret Gardens of the Close & Green Fair are £10 (under-16s free), and are available at the event.

9. September in the Rain

Wiltshire Creative present a new production of John Godber’s September in the Rain.

It opens on September 17, with previews from 16 September, and runs until October 9.

The production stars Ian Kelsey and Nicola Sloane, and is directed by Gareth Machin.


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10. Elizabethan evening 

Join Avon Valley Churches from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday September 11 in the beautiful surroundings of Hale Church for an authentic Elizabethan evening.

You will be serenaded by Renaissance recorders, lute, tambour, pipe players and madrigals.

There will also be a mock trial with interactive elements of Dr Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s play.

Tickets are £15 with bar available. Bring your own picnic (tables and seating provided).

All proceeds towards the upkeep of the Hale Church.

Tickets available at: Woodgreen Community shop, from or

11. Ringwood Eco Fair

Ringwood is to host its first ever Eco Fair to raise awareness of how communities can take steps to become more sustainable.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Ringwood and Ringwood Actions for Climate Emergency (RACE), the event takes place on Saturday September 11 from 10.30am.

There will be local groups and businesses with planet friendly workshops, stalls and gifts at the Furlong and outside the Gateway building close to Ringwood car park and the bus stops.

The fair will have fun for all the family – children can create their own eco hero, test their (and your) knowledge of trees and play the “which waste goes where” game.

And for nature lovers there will be a chance to find out more about the work of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Marine Conservation Agency, as well as learn more about native trees and how to grow your own fruit and vegetables.

The fair will be accompanied by talks in Ringwood Meeting House from 1pm with tea and coffee available.

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12. Messums Wiltshire

In a new venture marking their fifth anniversary, Messums Wiltshire in Tisbury debut The Bridgepoint Ensemble and international superstar percussionist Colin Currie in a concert entitled Out of the Woods.

A solo and chamber artist, Colin is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

The event is part of the celebrations around the fifth anniversary of Messums Wiltshire and the moment when a 13th century thatched building – the largest of its type in the country – became a venue for the arts.

The concert takes place on September 17, 7pm.

13. People in the Park

Salisbury Transition City’s (STC) People in the Park community event is back.

It is being held at Queen Elizabeth Park on September 18 and runs from 11am until 7.30pm.

Entry is free. There is a programme of live music, entertainment, poetry and talks from a wide range of community, sustainability, and environmental groups.

This year sees the addition of the ‘youth stage’ for young local acts to perform.

14. Salisbury Baroque

Salisbury Baroque is celebrating its 10th birthday.

In September 2010 the group gave its first concert in St Thomas’s Church. The plan was to celebrate the anniversary in 2020, but Covid intervened.

The group will revisit some of the music of that first concert in a performance on September 19 at 3.15pm in St Thomas’s.

For each of its 30 concerts Salisbury Baroque have invited a professional director/leader, and this time welcome back Theresa Caudle, pictured with members. Tickets: or 01722 714440.

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15. Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre is back in action and present Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, which will be performed during a socially-distanced run from September 20 to 25.

Doors open at 7.10pm, starting at 7.30pm.

Theatre critic Mortimer is aghast to learn that his two elderly maiden aunts have a penchant for sending lonely old gents to a better place with the help of their homemade elderberry wine.

To make matters worse, brother Teddy thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt and is building the Panama Canal in the basement and homicidal gangster brother Jonathan turns up looking for a safe place to hide from the cops. Anthony von Roretz directs Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy.

To book visit: Tickets are very limited.

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Picture by Anthony von Roretz/ Trinity Photography 


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