COLOURFUL displays have filled St Thomas's Church in Salisbury for its Christmas tree festival.

The festival opened today (Tuesday November 30) and entry is free.

Local organisations, schools, businesses and individuals are showcasing their creative talents and have decorated trees of many different shapes and sizes.

One of the organisers John Cox said it was "really good" to have the festival back in the church since the renovations that have taken place inside. 

Around 90 festive trees are on display for visitors to see.

Last year, the festival was held virtually due to Covid.

Local choirs, ensembles and musicians will be providing entertainment for visitors throughout the festival.

When the Journal visited the festival John Challenger, the assistant director of music at Salisbury Cathedral, was playing the organ. 

Visitors while walking around the church can scan the QR codes to find out more about the Christmas trees on display and the festival.

"Just come and enjoy," said John, who said people will have a warm welcome and can always revisit as there is so much to see.

"Bring friends and family - everyone is welcome."

"It is nice to step out of the rush of life," added co-organiser Diane Emsley.

There's also a chance to enjoy a seasonal treat or refreshment at the Festival Cafe.

The Christmas tree festival is also raising money for nominated local charities as well as St Thomas's Church.

This year The Children’s Society and Wessex Stoma Support Group are the featured local causes.

The festival runs until Sunday (December 5) and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 12noon to 6pm.

Visit: stthomassalisbury.co.uk

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