Salisbury's Hudson's Field CLOSED to the public

Salisbury's Hudson's Field CLOSED to the public

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:18am 21st June 2019. (Updated at 12:02pm 21st June 2019)

We won't be able to get onto the open space for the next couple of weeks, because of the Armed Forces Day event.

From Monday (June 24th), Hudson's Field will partly shut.

That's so the bulk of the work can begin to set up the huge Salisbury AFD event, which takes place next weekend (June 28th - 30th).


The closure will remain in place until after the events for the National Armed Forces Day celebrations are over.

The team is allowing days after the events to clear the field and get it re-opened.

In a statement, Wiltshire Council has said:

"The main event site will be closed to the public for obvious safety reasons.

"We have made routes around the event site for people to pass through HF, but access will probably be further restricted Monday 24 June – Monday 1 July."

Salisbury AFD Armed Forces Day Hudson's Field Fencing
Large fences are going up around the perimeter of Hudson's Field for safety and security reasons


Here's how the Friday (June 28th) shapes up:

  • Event open from 2.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Last admission 7.00pm
  • Entertainment and activities for all
  • Free barbecue from 5.00pm for serving military personnel and their families
  • Live music on the main stage, from local acts including Break Cover, the Royal Artillery Contemporary Band, and Shine 4 Salisbury winners Duck n Cuvver
  • Headliners The Feeling will be on stage at 9.00pm
The Feeling (Stray FM)
Friday night headliners The Feeling will bring the first day of events to a close

On Saturday June 29th, it's billed as the 'community day' at Salisbury AFD:

  • Event open from 9.00am - 10.30pm
  • Last admission 7.00pm
  • Big screen for those wanting to watch a live stream of the military parade in Salisbury city centre
  • Armed Forces demonstrations and displays in the main arena
  • Royal visit from Princess Anne following the military parade
  • Air display over Hudson's Field, supported by Old Sarum Airfield, and featuring the Red Arrows
  • Live music from Spire Samba, Royal Artillery Contemporary Band, Military Wives Choir, Invictus Games Choir, The Treblemakers and The Upbeat Beatles
  • Headliners Kaiser Chiefs will perform on the main stage
  • Fireworks finale at 10.00pm
Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs will take to the main stage on the Saturday night - just before the huge fireworks display

All the events come to a close on Sunday June 30th:

  • Event open from 12.00pm midday - 7.00pm
  • Last admission 5.00pm
  • Commemoration and drumhead service, supported by Royal British Legion, with the Bishop of Salisbury and padres
  • World record attempt for the largest human poppy
  • Afternoon tea for veterans
  • Live music on stage from Salisbury City Band of the Royal British Legion, Sticky Toffee Jazz, Wiltshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums and Bugles, Salisbury Rock Choir, Starcast Performing Arts School, Middle Wallop Military Wives and Young Brando
  • Bjorn Again will be performing the hits of ABBA as the headline act to conclude the event
Björn Again Salisbury Armed Forces Day 2019
Three days of celebrations for Salisbury AFD will end with a set from Bjorn Again at Hudson's Field

All the events on the Friday to Sunday are ticketed.

Saturday is sold out, but you can still get tickets for the Friday and Sunday via the Wiltshire Council website.

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