In 1220 the people of Salisbury came together to build a new cathedral.
In 2020 we find ourselves in unprecedented times where, at the moment,
we cannot be together.

Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend, is a weekend packed with music sessions, yoga,
family workshops, sports training, quizzes, fascinating talks and virtual exhibitions from
the partners of Salisbury 2020 – all presented online free to everyone.

FRIDAY
29th MAY

Salisbury Cathedral

An introduction to the Big Weekend

An introduction to the Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend in the 800th anniversary year of the founding of Salisbury Cathedral, from the Dean of Salisbury, Nicholas Papadopulos.
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Wiltshire Creative

MIND THE GAP

Responding to the theme of movement our Mind the Gap group have continued to stay creative at home by working on this project.  Recalling memories of travel, moving through life and moving as a concept we have generated a range of…
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Salisbury 2020

Welcome from the Mayor of Salisbury

Councillor John Walsh, the 759th mayor of Salisbury, introduces the Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend.
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Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral Anniversary Service

This service is an edited version of one that was originally broadcast on 28 April 2020. Join this simple service of words and music to mark this important year in the life of Salisbury Cathedral.…
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Wiltshire Creative

SALISBURY SCRATCH SESSIONS as part of AIRWAVES

Throughout the weekend, listen out for local musicians and artists performing on BBC Radio Wiltshire as part of its Airwaves Festival. Wiltshire Creative have teamed up with Salisbury Live to provide this opportunity for musicians of all types to perform to…
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Wiltshire Creative

MAKERS’ TALE

Makers’ Tale examines craft and making as a highly relevant component of contemporary life. 
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Wiltshire Creative

Salisbury 2020 Creative Learning 

We have THREE exciting opportunities for young people to respond to Salisbury 2020 through our creative learning programme, these can be done at home or through Schools and other settings.
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Salisbury Cathedral

‘Spirit and Endeavour’ Virtual Family Art Tour

Hear about Salisbury Cathedral’s contemporary art exhibition ‘Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour’ - their largest contemporary art exhibition for nearly two decades, conceived and curated by Visual Arts Advisor Jacquiline Creswell. This remarkable exhibition brings…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Football – Ball Mastery Top 10 Skills

Join renowned local coaches Perry Cocking (Pezzaz Street Soccer & Southampton FC) and Geoff Bonner (Wessex Futsal Club & Southampton FC) as they showcase their top 10 ball mastery practices to help children improve individually.…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Introduction to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Join Salisbury’s Alex Taylor, Director of Girls Love Fit (GLF) for the perfect introduction to HIIT.  This class is suitable for all fitness levels. You can take it at your own pace and still feel…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Introduction to Yoga 1 – 20mins

Join Salisbury’s NEW Park Yoga instructor Sarah Naylor for an exciting and unique 20 minute yoga lesson suitable for beginners and those more experienced.  Sarah is a 500hr British Wheel of Yoga teacher and is…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Family Fitness 1

Join Salisbury’s Alex Taylor, Director of Girls Love Fit (GLF) and her daughter for Family Fitness!  30 Mins of this fun session is guaranteed to get everyone moving, grooving & making memories! A great way…
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Salisbury Live

Music Sessions

Join us over the Big Weekend for an eclectic mix of music and chat from local musicians. We have two special one hour broadcasts celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Salisbury Live. From pop to punk,…
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Ash Mills
Salisbury Cathedral

Cathedral Art in a time of Lockdown

Salisbury Cathedral curator Jacquiline Creswell and Sandy Nairne, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, discuss the exhibition ‘Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour’ and the decision to launch it virtually. When the launch…
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Wiltshire Creative

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ARTS AND CULTURE IN A 21ST CENTURY CITY?

100 years ago, the average UK citizen consumed less than 3 hours of story per week, mostly in a communal setting. Today the same citizen consumes more than 40 hours of story but gets the majority via screen, often on…
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Chalke Valley History Festival

Salisbury: Ancient and Modern

To mark the 800th birthday of Salisbury Cathedral, Tom Holland looks at how, for thousands of years, south Wiltshire has stood at the heart of turbulent affairs, and explores what it actually means to describe…
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SATURDAY
30th MAY

Wiltshire Creative

Salisbury 2020 Creative Learning

We have THREE exciting opportunities for young people to respond to Salisbury 2020 through our creative learning programme, these can be done at home or through Schools and other settings.
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Wiltshire Creative

MAKERS’ TALE

Makers’ Tale is co-curated with Loucia Manopoulou. The exhibition is a result of a co-operation between Wiltshire Creative and the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, in association with Salisbury Cathedral.
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Shane Brennan
Salisbury Cathedral

The Peregrine Detective

Naturalist and ringing specialist for peregrines in South West England, Ed Drewitt describes himself as a wildlife detective and his investigations have certainly uncovered marital strife, infidelity, attempted murder, intrepid exploration and sheer bloody mindedness…
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James Fisher
Salisbury Cathedral

#Where’s Sally?

Learn about #WheresSally, the Cathedral’s exciting new hi-tech nature project aimed at children. The detective ‘game’, which is being trialled on the Cathedral website, uses unique GPS data captured over the course of 2 years in the…
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Wiltshire Creative

HOW CAN 21ST CENTURY CITIES ENSURE THAT THEIR OPPORTUNITIES CAN BENEFIT ALL THEIR CITIZENS?

There is more wealth than ever before in the western world. Panellists from across the political spectrum explore whether the wealth always go to the right people, and how we can ensure that it is shared fairly. Panellists include Cleo…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Family Fitness 2

Join Salisbury’s Alex Taylor, Director of Girls Love Fit (GLF), and her daughter for Family Fitness!  30 Mins of this fun session is guaranteed to get everyone moving, grooving & making memories!  A great way…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Football – Front Room Freestyle

Join renowned local coaches Perry Cocking (Pezzaz Street Soccer & Southampton FC) and Geoff Bonner (Wessex Futsal Club & Southampton FC) as they put together their favourite freestyle moves for children to practice. This fun…
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Andrew Ziminski
Wiltshire Creative

Andrew Ziminski: Salisbury in ruins

“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” Over the past three decades, Andrew Ziminski has worked as Stonemason and Conservator in Salisbury and Wiltshire. By examining projects he has undertaken in and around Salisbury –…
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Salisbury Live

Music Sessions

The Salisbury Live Sessions Welcome to the second instalment of the Salisbury Live Sessions, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Salisbury Live. This instalment features 8 fantastic, diverse acts. Including:  Echobirds Echobirds, an Indie Pop duo…
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Wiltshire Creative

CAN 21ST CENTURY CITIES BALANCE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY?

Cities consume resources at an ever-increasing rate. Can this continue in a finite world? Panellists include Harpreet Kaur (Powerbrokers International leadership programme fellow, researcher, consultant and arts manager, culture, heritage and climate action sectors) and Gary Topp (Executive Director Arnolfini, former…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Total Tone – Exercise Class

Join Salisbury’s Alex Taylor, Director of Girls Love Fit (GLF) for Total Tone!  These fun 30 minute sessions combine the fun factor of Aerobics with all your favourite functional movement patterns including squats, lunges, upper…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Introduction to Yoga 2 – 30mins

Join Salisbury’s NEW Park Yoga instructor Sarah Naylor for an exciting and unique 30 minute yoga lesson suitable for beginners and those more experienced involving breath and posture work.  Sarah is a 500hr British Wheel…
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Wiltshire Creative

PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN FROST

This talk will examine some of the ideas that underpinned the foundation and layout of thirteenth-century Salisbury, as well as other more recent theories that have contributed to its transformation over time, and discuss their relevance to the possible future…
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Chalke Valley History Festival

Charles I

Leanda de Lisle will talk about the tumultuous reign of Charles I. From the king’s early clashes with Parliament to growing mistrust over his leanings towards Catholicism and his notions of absolute monarchy, Leanda de…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Seated Dance – Inclusive Fitness

Join Inclusfit owner Sam James for an exciting brand new Seated Dance and Inclusive Fitness session.  This is suitable for anyone to take part in, but particularly those with limited mobility or who may struggle…
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Wiltshire Creative

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE HIGH STREET IN A 21ST CENTURY CITY?

City transport is becoming more complicated and shopping is moving online. Architects, urbanists, writers and those on the retail front-line come together to discuss how the high street can reinvent itself to stay central to 21st century life. Panellists include…
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Salisbury History Festival

The Old Manor Hospital

Salisbury History Festival's Frogg Moody discuss gardening and mental health and the fascinating history of Salisbury's Old Manor Hospital. More details to follow.
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Wessex Archaeology

Phil Harding in conversation

Wessex Archeology's Phil Harding in conversation. More details to follow.
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SUNDAY
31st MAY

Wiltshire Creative

Salisbury 2020 Creative Learning

Salisbury 2020 Creative Learning We have THREE exciting opportunities for young people to respond to Salisbury 2020 through our creative learning programme, these can be done at home or through Schools and other settings. Salisbury 2020…
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Salisbury Cathedral | Sarum College

The Virtual Body of Christ? Worship in Digital Spaces

Long before lockdown, Karen O’Donnell from Sarum College’s Centre for Contemporary Spirituality had begun to write a book due to be published next year that considers the church in a virtual space. The past weeks…
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Salisbury Literary Festival

Meet The Author: Jenny Pearson

Please visit www.salisburyliteraryfestival.co.uk on the day for the link to the Zoom Room (100 places max on a first come, first served basis: Zoom room will be open 10 minutes before the event). Jenny Pearson…
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Wiltshire Creative

MAKERS’ TALE pre-recorded panel discussion

Join Curators Mirka Golden-Hann and Loucia Manopoulou from 12pm on 31 May, as they speak to some of the key artists involved in the exhibition about their work, their processes and their inspiration.
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Football – Skillz to Beat Top 10

Join renowned local coaches Perry Cocking (Pezzaz Street Soccer & Southampton FC) and Geoff Bonner (Wessex Futsal Club & Southampton FC) as they showcase their top 10 Skillz to Beat Players, from their online SkillTech…
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Sarum College

Befriending Death? Reflecting on vulnerability

A live session of reflection with The Revd Canon James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College, to open up the meaning of death and invite participants into an imaginative, honest and compassionate discussion. Amidst Covid 19 and our experience of our…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Family Games & Activities

Join Salisbury City Council’s Community Activity Leaders for a range of games and activities that you can do in or outdoors within family groups using minimal equipment you can find around the home. The activities…
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Salisbury Literary Festival

Literary Walk Live

One of the popular features of each Salisbury Literary Festival are the literary walks around the city, led by festival director Tom Bromley. In this special online version of one of the walks, Tom will…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) 2

Join Salisbury’s Alex Taylor, Director of Girls Love Fit (GLF) for the perfect follow on session from Friday’s introduction to HIIT.  This class is a little more intense than the last but is still suitable…
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Wiltshire Creative

SUE ALLENBY – Elias: A Story of the Founding of Salisbury

Sue had never thought she would be writing a novel when she was researching the role of Elias of Dereham, the elusive rebel lawyer-priest and artistic genius. And John Elliott, of Spire Books, had never thought of publishing one. This…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Yoga Relaxation and Meditation

Join Salisbury’s NEW Park Yoga instructor Sarah Naylor for a brand new 20 minute yoga relaxation and meditation lesson suitable for beginners and those more experienced.  Sarah is a 500hr British Wheel of Yoga teacher…
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Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Seated Stretch – Inclusive Fitness

Join Inclusfit owner Sam James for an exciting brand new Seated Stretch Inclusive Fitness session. This is suitable for anyone to take part in, but particularly those with limited mobility or who may struggle to…
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Salisbury Cathedral

The Salisbury Anthem

Originally destined to be heard for the first time in Salisbury Cathedral on its Foundation Day (28 April), the premiere of the Salisbury Anthem has been re-imagined as a virtual performance, led by the Cathedral…
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Salisbury Cathedral

Concluding thoughts

A few concluding thoughts from the Dean of Salisbury, Nicholas Papadopulos, prior to the final event.
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Salisbury Literary Festival

Salisbury Literary Festival’s Literary Quiz

To round off the final day of the Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend, join Salisbury Literary Festival for a literary quiz to test your fictional knowledge about the city in books and the authors who have…
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