AS WE say good bye to another year, there is lots to look forward to in Salisbury in 2022.

Events, festivals, shopping and history - below we have compiled a list of just some of things in and around the city to enjoy over the next 12 months. 

Art, theatre and music 

Salisbury has always been a special hub for the arts, and 2022 will be no exception. Several events have already been advertised for this year including exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre and Fisherton Mill, a flower festival, and live music at Salisbury Chapel. 

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Salisbury Playhouse has already revealed its spring programme, which includes a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical revue 'A Grand Night for Singing', an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel 'Private Peaceful' and the return of the popular Comedy Barnstormers nights.

Salisbury Journal: Another performance coming to Salisbury Playhouse - 'Sheila's Island'. Picture by Ollie Rosser and Michael WharleyAnother performance coming to Salisbury Playhouse - 'Sheila's Island'. Picture by Ollie Rosser and Michael Wharley

Festivals galore

Despite Larmer Tree Festival's upsetting cancellation for a third year, there are other exciting events and treats lined up locally for this year.

Following a two-year break, Salisbury International Arts Festival will be making its comeback with a special theme.

And the long-awaited comedy festival and nineties music festival, cancelled in 2021, will be taking over Hudson's Field the last weekend of July.

Salisbury Journal: Salisbury International Arts Festival. Picture by Adrian HarrisSalisbury International Arts Festival. Picture by Adrian Harris

Businesses old and new

The shopping scene has changed dramatically during 2021, and while we have sadly said good bye to several stores and restaurants around the city, we have also welcomed some newbies to the high street.

Captive Worlds, Botanic Folk, The Dusty Apron, Bohemia, Sufinama, House of TweedCupp Bubble TeaSofas and Stuff and The Salisbury Orangery are just some of the businesses that have decided to call the city centre their home during the last 12 months.

And of course we still have lots of independents, retailers, cafes and more that have stood the test of time and will be ready and waiting to see you this year.

Read more: The 20 independents that opened in Salisbury in 2021

Salisbury Journal: The team at Cupp Bubble TeaThe team at Cupp Bubble Tea

History and culture

Salisbury has always embraced its traditional and medieval roots, in particular through architecture, historic archives and special installations.

A small visit to the city can include the findings and treasures inside Salisbury Museum and the neighbouring iconic cathedral, rich in its own historic tales.

Trails and walks across the city also help visitors divulge in Salisbury's past. 

Installations in and around the city also pay homage to the history of the city, including the recently unveiled Secret Spitfire memorial near Hudson's Field.

This is all coupled with a contemporary feel however thanks to other sculptures in the city centre, including the controversial 'Turning Point' in Guildhall Square and 'This Too Shall Pass', first on High Street and now in the Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre.

Salisbury Journal: Secret Spitfire memorial - Picture by Spencer MulhollandSecret Spitfire memorial - Picture by Spencer Mulholland

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Queen is poised to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this year, becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service.

She acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, when she was just 25-years-old.

Throughout this year, Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion, culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.

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In the UK, an extra bank holiday has been created and the traditional Spring bank holiday has been moved from the end of May to the start of June, to create a special four-day Jubilee weekend from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

Salisbury Journal: The Queen visits the Royal Welsh Regiment to mark St David’s Day at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, where she met Shenkin the Regimental Goat The Queen visits the Royal Welsh Regiment to mark St David’s Day at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, where she met Shenkin the Regimental Goat

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