In the early 1220s Bishop Richard Poore, the medieval bishop of Salisbury, moved the cathedral and its community from Old Sarum to its present site.
Driven by the need to access fresh water, and desperate to escape bad weather, royal supervision and regular harassment by soldiers stationed at Old Sarum Castle, his actions changed the community and landscape of South Wiltshire forever.
By April 1220 the foundation stones for what was to become an iconic national landmark were laid and expansion of the city we know and love.
The anniversary programme is themed around movement with three ‘pillars’ or key areas of activity:
- family events that offer opportunities to take part in physical activities, echoing the strength and endeavour required to build a new cathedral
- technology activities and events that celebrate the ingenuity of our forebears and offer ways to discover the latest in technology and science
- family activities and events that explore developments in thought and ideas across the last eight centuries.
Click here to view all confirmed events to date.
Salisbury 2020 founding partners are Salisbury Cathedral with Salisbury BID, Salisbury City Council, Visit Wiltshire, Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Creative and Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership. If you are are interested in becoming a sponsor, organising an event or becoming a 2020 champion, we’d love to hear from you, click here to get in touch!