Salisbury Cathedral Close

Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival 2016

Fabulously sited beneath the cathedral’s soaring spire, Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival returns to celebrate superb craft skills both ancient & modern.

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Contemporary & Heritage Crafts – Over 100 of the UK’s top designer-makers will be selling exquisite handmade textiles, breathtaking furniture & ceramics to perk up an everyday cuppa or for tea with the Queen – and jewellery fit for the occasion!

Tours & Talks
 to explore Salisbury’s heritage with specialist tours around the Cathedral, listen and learn about crafts from experts or borrow a human book for a one-to-one on a range of cultural topics. Learn about contemporary craft practice from artists in the talk tent and relax in the film tent whilst watching beautifully made craft films.

Discover your creative skills in half-day workshops or take part the pottery wheel circle or the Plain Arts Paint Off. See the creative process of heritage and contemporary crafts with make your own and demonstrations sessions with over 30 makers.

Exhibitions – Explore the ‘Reflection’ art exhibition – a series of specially created glass sculptures. Celebrate the work created on the festival’s Craftivate programme in the School’s Heritage Craft Challenge exhibition and the work created by local groups.

Games & Activities
Step back in time to enjoy medieval games on the west lawn, whilst admiring the view of the Cathedral. Sit back and listen to creative tales by our Festival storyteller and take part in the Festival’s children’s heritage craft challenge.

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The festival occupies the West Lawn of Salisbury’s soaring medieval cathedral in one of England’s most beautiful architectural enclosures. Not just a stunning backdrop, the cathedral stands centre stage. With contemporary and heritage talks, tours, workshops and activities alongside the exhibitor marquees, the festival acknowledges the historic craftsmanship evident at every turn, while celebrating the design, ingenuity and skill of contemporary makers. Visitors can explore the setting, try their hand at the demonstration and workshop stands, and buy from the best in their field.

There are plenty of activities for the whole family to get involved in. Tickets include everything within the festival programme from specialist tours to creative workshops across all three days and are available for purchase on the gate throughout the weekend.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 Festival!

Ticket Costs:
Adult ticket £7
13-18 years/Student Festival ticket £2
Disabled and OAP’s £5
Family ticket £14
Under 13’s are FREE

Opening Times:
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11th September 10.30am – 4.00pm

The Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival is a not for profit event run with any surplus proceeds going to local causes, predominantly relating to arts, craft and heritage.