Family Fun at Salisbury’s Craft & Heritage Fayre
On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of September, Salisbury’s inaugural Contemporary Craft & Heritage Fayre will take place on the West Lawn of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close.
There’s lots to do for all the family come rain or shine with a craft fayre under marquee, hands on workshops, fascinating demonstrations to watch, specialist tours around the cathedral and its grounds, talks from leading experts about Salisbury’s heritage and Stonehenge, art and craft trails around the city and more.
UK’s top Craft Makers and Designers
The craft fayre under marquee has high quality, handmade works from 85 of the UK’s top craft makers and designers to browse and buy. Craft categories include original artwork, ceramics, furniture and wood, glass, semi-precious and designer jewellery, leather, metal, mixed media, silver and textiles.
Learn a new Skill
In addition to the craft fayre, there will be 18 heritage experts in their own gazebos out on the West Lawn, demonstrating their crafts. Many will also be running workshops during the day so that both children and adults alike can try their hand at learning a new skill. These include wood turning, stone carving, seat weaving, calligraphy, brass rubbing, metal work and glass work.
Explore Salisbury’s Heritage
There will also be a variety of guided tours exploring Salisbury’s Heritage both within the Cathedral Close and outside around the city centre. Specialist hour long tours will also be taking place within the Cathedral Grounds themselves on the stained glass and the stonework architecture of the Cathedral.
During the course of each day, there will also be talks by heritage experts in the ‘Talk Tent’. Topics include Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Magna Carta and making parchment.
If that isn’t enough, there are art and craft trails which can be done by families unaccompanied at any time during the weekend. These start at the Cathedral with various routes defined within the event programme through the city centre and ending up at the Arts Centre. Explore Salisbury’s art and craft culture and visit the local shops, galleries and studios taking part. There’s even a prize for everyone who does the trail and makes it to the Arts Centre.
Create a Masterpiece
Take inspiration from the setting of the Cathedral’s cloisters on Saturday 6th and paint your own masterpiece on canvas.
Games & Food
As a distraction for the children, there are a number of medieval games to play including Shove Groat, Fox and Geese and Kubb. For the adults, there will be cream teas and sandwiches served on the West Lawn under cover.
In addition, plenty of local restaurants will be offering good food including a special deal over the weekend to those who have attended the fayre. Why not either come for the day and have lunch in the centre or come in for the afternoon and stay for an early dinner.
All in all, the fayre promises to be a great day out for the family – especially with the tickets valid for the whole weekend and including all the workshops, tours, talks and trails within the price! Ticket prices are £12 for families, £5 for adults, £2 for 12-18 year olds/students and free for under 12s.
To book early and receive a ‘fast track’ entry to the fayre on the weekend, visit www.salisburycraftfayre.org.