Summer fun in Salisbury Cathedral and Close

SALISBURY’s magnificent Cathedral and elegant, historic Close should be full of laughter and excited voices as childen and their families enjoy some of the many holiday activities on offer, from music to painting, treasure hunts and fun ways to explore the Cathedral.

This year’s summer trail, New Animal Antics, is available from the Welcome Desk, inviting visitors to search for some of the fascinating, carved animals in the Cathedral.

For the more mathematically minded, there is Know Your Quatrefoils on Wednesdays 8th and 29th August – a chance to discover and marvel at the medieval shapes in the Cloisters.

On Wednesday 15th August, it’s make-your-own-bunting time in Flagtime Fun in the North Transept, and Fire Your Spire, blending physics and craft to build a spire that will fly high into the sky.

It’s party time for grown-ups too, when the Swing Unlimited Big Band (pictured) comes to the Close on Sunday, 12th August. Bring a picnic and the family, then settle in for an afternoon of toe-tapping music and dancing on a wartime theme. The Alcock Sisters sing Andrews Sisters’ classics and audience participation is welcome when it comes to nostalgic favourites like White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again. For those who don’t want to bring their own food, the team from the Refectory Restaurant are running an all-day barbecue.

All family activities and Swing Unlimited are free. Just come along and join in the fun. Details on the Cathedral website.