30 May 2024

Here’s what’s on in Salisbury over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend

The long weekend of royal celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner.

With plenty of events happening in and around the city, here’s a handy guide to what’s on in Salisbury over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend (Thursday 2nd June 2022 – Sunday 5th June 2022).

Thursday 2nd June 2022
The lighting of the Jubilee Beacon

Salisbury City Council will light the Jubilee Beacon at Old Sarum to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To have the opportunity to attend the event, residents of Salisbury will need to complete this application form which will then go into a ballot.

70 lucky people will then be picked to attend the beacon lighting with the successful applications contacted by Friday 27 May.

Live at the Farm

The musical River Bourne Community Farm fundraiser in Laverstock is back for 2022 with tribute acts, “The Marley Experience” (Bob Marley), and “Hells Bells” (AC/DC) headlining the evening.

New to 2022 is a second stage – The Salisbury Live stage – which will have excellent local talent performing including Gypsy Jukebox, Signature Vision, Train to Skaville, and Pyeshoppe to name a few.

There will be a variety of food and drink vendors plus bouncy castles and face-painting for the children. Adult tickets are £11 and tickets for children are £3.30 – tickets can be purchased here.

Wilton Jubilations
A free three-day event will take place in Wilton for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Expect a pub Quiz, tree planting with Lord Pembroke, a family barn dance, Decades Disco and a Jubilee Family Fun Day on Saturday 4th June. See the full programme below.

City Encounters
As part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival lineup, Wiltshire Creative will once again be bringing their City Encounters performances to the city centre over the Jubilee weekend.

In the Old George Mall, you’ll find the ‘Big Gay Disco Bike’. Drag icon Fatt Butcher takes to the streets of Salisbury on a golden disco bike for a feel-good pop-up disco.

Big Gay Disco Bike is suitable for all ages and the show involves some audience participation and music throughout.

In the Market Place, you’ll find ‘Timeless’, a performance which uses dance, circus and theatre on a 7m high rotating hourglass to tell the story of civilisation as we know it and its fragile relationship with time and nature.

In the Guildhall Square, ‘Look Mum, No Hands!’ tells a tender story about friendship and growing up. The show uses a combination of theatre, movement and acrobatics as a powerful narrative tool. 

And finally, in The Maltings you’ll find ‘No Mans Land’ – an outdoor aerial performance that is directed and performed by a monster.

For more details dates and timings of the performances, click here.

Photography by Ash Mills

Friday 3rd June 2022
The Platinum Jubilee Party – Flash Queen Tribute at Brown Street

Brown Street is celebrating 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen with her musical counterpart – Freddie Mercury and his legendary band Queen.

Flash: A Tribute to QUEEN will take to the stage to play hit after hit for a Jubilee bash fit for royalty.

Final release tickets are now on sale here for £14.00.

The Big Jubilee Picnic at Sixpenny Handley Cricket Pitch
The Big Jubilee Picnic in Sixpenny Handley will recreate the traditional community street party with children’s crafts, workshops and live music from Ben Waters and his band.

There will be trestle tables and chairs for around 150 people (early booking is recommended). Otherwise, all are welcome to bring their own chairs and rugs with plenty of space on the field.

Pop-up-Produce will be providing pre-ordered picnic boxes and the Penny Tap will be open all afternoon. For more details click here.

Tickets for the event cost £10 for adults and are available online here or via Clarkes the Butcher, 55 High Street, Sixpenny Handley. For further information, please email sixpennysessions@gmail.com

Saturday 4th June 2022
West Dean Jubilee Fete

Running from 1pm-5pm, the West Dean Jubilee Fete will feature a flypast by a Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – a fitting way to mark a tremendous occasion!

The day will also showcase the Romsey Old Cadets band who will march through the village accompanied by the children taking part in the Royal fancy dress competition.

Other attractions include a falconry display, dog show and agility course and the King John’s Morris men. In the children’s zone there will be an arts and crafts tent, archery, fly fishing and golf. There will also be a tea and cake area with entertainment from the Sandleheath Brass Band.

Entry is free for under-16s and £3 per adult.

Sunday 5th June 2022
Market Place Jubilee Celebration

A group of Conservative City Councillors have come together with Salisbury Live to host a day of royal celebrations in the Market Place.

The event will take place from 10am to 9pm and will feature live entertainment from local musicians; displays from Salisbury Arts Scene; a replica Spitfire provided by the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection; and an array of food and drink from Charter 1227 Catering, Salisbury Hog Roasts and Catering, Inc. Bar and Simply Olives & Nuts.

Milford House Jubilee Art Exhibition

This unique exhibition showcases the artwork created by residents of Milford House Care Home to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Each work features a theme chosen by the residents to reflect an aspect of The Queen’s reign.

The exhibition is free to visit and will be shown in Waterstones, Salisbury, from the 5th June until the 3rd July 2022.

Special worship service at Salisbury United Reformed Church

Salisbury United Reformed Church, at 30 Fisherton Street, is marking the Platinum Jubilee with a special worship service at 10:30 to celebrate 70 years of freedom to worship and express faith in the Free Church.

The service highlights liturgy and hymns written by members of the United Reformed Church in Great Britain. “All are welcome to join us.”

For more information visit the church website here.

Amesbury’s Official Jubilee Street Party

Amesbury’s Offical Jubilee Street Party will see live music, food and drink vendors, children’s rides and entertainment take over the Central Car Park.

Entry is free, more details below.

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Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty