The Spirit of Water Flower Festival

13-18 May 2025

The Spirit of Water


The 2025 festival, The Spirit of Water, is a companion piece to the Cathedral’s summer art exhibition, Living Water. Just as the art show explores the power of water, its ability to hold memories and shape the identity of a place, as well as our need to live in balance with this life sustaining force, the Flower Festival takes its inspiration from water in all its different forms – rain, water, ice and more.

Our Team


The festival’s design team is led by the Cathedral’s Creative Director of Flowers, Michael Bowyer MBE, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judge and the president of the South West area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS). Michael is joined this year by the talented floral designer Debbie Wadge, a NAFAS National Judge and National Associate of Honour and Susan Branch as their administrator. Salisbury Cathedral is committed to working sustainably.

Opening Times


Monday 12 May 2025 (Exclusive preview evening)
18:30-20:30

Tuesday 13 May 2025

10:00-16:15

Wednesday 14 May 2025
10:00-15:45

Thursday 15 May 2025
10:00-16:15 & 18:30-20:30

Friday 16 May 2025
10:00-16:15

Saturday 17 May 2025
10:00-16:15

Sunday 18 May 2025
12:30-15:15

Tickets


Adult tickets: £17
Young person: £7
Under 5s are free.

Please prebook tickets online via the link below and email boxoffice@salcath.co.uk for the under 5 tickets to be added.

For groups of 10+ please email groups@salcath.co.uk to find out about our groups rate.

Annual Cathedral entry tickets cannot be used for the Flower Festival event. Flower Festival tickets must be purchased separately.

You will need to book a timed entry when you purchase your Flower Festival tickets. Please choose your date and time carefully, any amendments to tickets will incur a £3 charge per ticket. No amendments can be made within 48 hours of your booked date/time.

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FAQs

Flower Festival FAQs

  • What is the Flower Festival?

    Salisbury Cathedral’s 2025 Flower Festival will bring stunning floral arrangements made of more than thirty thousand blooms to adorn the Cathedral’s interior.

    The festival, titled The Spirit of Water, is a companion piece to the Cathedral’s summer art exhibition, Living Water. Just as the art show explores the power of water, its ability to hold memories and shape the identity of a place, as well as our need to live in balance with this life sustaining force, the Flower Festival takes its inspiration from water in all its different forms – rain, water, ice and more.

  • How much are tickets?

    Adult tickets: £17
    Young person: £7
    Under 5s are free.

    Please prebook tickets online and email boxoffice@salcath.co.uk for the under 5 tickets to be added.

  • Can I use my annual cathedral entry ticket?

    Annual Cathedral entry tickets cannot be used for the Flower Festival event.
    Flower Festival tickets must be purchased separately.

  • What are the opening times?

    Tuesday 13 May 2025
    10:00-16:15

    Wednesday 14 May 2025
    10:00-15:45

    Thursday 15 May 2025
    10:00-16:15

    Friday 16 May 2025
    10:00-16:15

    Saturday 17 May 2025
    10:00-16:15

    Sunday 18 May 2025
    12:30-15:15

  • How accessible is the Flower Festival?

    If you use a wheelchair, you can easily access all areas of this event, including the Cathedral Floor, Chapter House, Cloisters, Refectory Restaurant, Gift Shop and toilets.

    Salisbury Shopmobility provide mobility aids for hire.

    Disabled parking spaces are available in the Cathedral Close at a fixed price of £10 per day.

    The nearest Changing Places public toilet can be found at Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Lush House).

  • Will there be tickets for sale on the day?

    Limited tickets may be available on the day; we strongly advise to pre-book to avoid disappointment. If we are at our maximum capacity on the day, you may have to wait until people have left before you can enter.

  • Will there be programmes for sale?

    Souvenir Programmes will be sold at the event for £5

  • When should I arrive?

    We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before your ticket time. There may be a queue for tickets on the day. Pre-booked ticket holders get fast tracked entry through our North Porch.

  • Where is the entrance?

    Pre-booked ticket holders get fast tracked entry through our North Porch. For tickets on the day, please enter the Cathedral via the main visitor entrance.

  • Is there a discount for groups?

    We offer a special rate for groups of 10 or more. Please email groups@salcath.co.uk to find out more and book your group’s tickets.

  • Can I make a change to the date or time of my ticket?

    Please choose your date and time carefully, any amendments to tickets will incur a £3 charge per ticket. We can only admit you at the timed entry on your ticket on the day.

    No amendments can be made within 48 hours of your booked date/time.

  • Is there parking on site?

    Limited parking is available within the Cathedral Close at a fixed cost of £10 for the whole day, this includes disabled car park spaces. There is a charge of £1 for Motorcycles. This cannot be pre-booked; parking is allocated on a first come first served basis.

    The nearest public car parks are Lush House (SP2 7TD) and the Old George Mall (SP1 2PH), both about a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral Close.

    Park and Ride stations are also located on all main routes into the city.

  • Can I use the Refectory Restaurant and Gift Shop without a ticket?

    Yes, our Refectory Restaurant and Gift Shop will be open for anyone to visit. Refreshments will also be available from a marquee outside the Cathedral entrance.

  • Where are the toilets?

    There are toilets outside by the Bell Tower Tea Rooms and in the Cloisters, including two accessibility toilets.

  • Is photography allowed?

    Photography is allowed for personal use but please do not bring tripods, drones or lighting equipment.

  • Are dogs allowed?

    Dogs are not allowed at this event, except for assistance animals.