2020 marks the 800th anniversary of the laying of Salisbury Cathedral’s first foundation stone and the development of Salisbury. Salisbury 2020: City on a move is a year-long programme of events and activities to celebrate this milestone.
Salisbury BID is a founding partner of Salisbury 2020: City on a move, along with Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Creative, Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership Sports and VisitWiltshire.
The story behind the anniversary begins in the early 1220s when 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:
Find out more about Salisbury 2020 and get involved here.
In partnership with VisitWiltshire, Salisbury BID co-fund the Visit Salisbury website to promote the city to visitors. The Visit Salisbury website has a full events calendar for Salisbury.