Touring Salisbury Cathedral

Dates have been confirmed for this year’s Salisbury Contemporary Craft and Heritage Festival; the annual event will return to Salisbury Cathedral on 9th, 10th and 11th September.

The festival has been described as a celebration of all things creative in the south west, and groups visiting can browse over 100 stalls from contemporary craft makers and designers.

There will be plenty of wares to choose from, including bespoke jewellery, hand-crafted pots, textiles and furniture.

Groups can also enjoy live demonstrations of heritage craft skills in the ‘have a go’ zone. Visitors can try their hand at a wide variety of skills including wood-turning, pot-throwing, stone-carving, and basket-weaving.

Those who’d prefer to sit and watch can enjoy other demonstrations including Raku firing (a process used for glazing ceramics) and glass-cutting.

There will also be a number of Medieval-style games for visitors of all ages to play, such as ‘Fox and Geese’ and ‘Kubb’ – games that require both tactical thinking and precision.

Meet a Human Book

During the event there will be the opportunity to listen to talks by craft makers, and to interrogate Human Books.

A Human Book is someone who volunteers to challenge prejudice and stereotype through respectful conversation with members of the public.

Visitors interested in taking a Human Book out of the festival’s Human Library can do so on the day, or book in advance.

You can watch highlights from the 2015 Salisbury Contemporary Craft and Heritage Festival in the video below:

Group visitors

Group perks include a meet and greet service from the cathedral drop off zone, as well as a free specialist tour of Salisbury Cathedral.

The free tour will highlight the creative aspects of the building, like the cathedral’s architecture.

Group packages start at £10 per person; GTOS can enquire further by calling 01722-0426582 or e-mailing

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