Charter Fair returns to Salisbury

Charter Fair returns to Salisbury

Published by Mike Draper at 4:01am 20th October 2019.

2 minute read

It's a fun filled event that's been staged every year since 1227.

Salisbury city centre will be lit up with an exciting variety of traditional and modern rides, stalls and attractions.

  • WHEN: The Charter Fair is open from today, Sunday 20 October - until Wednesday 23 October
  • WHERE: Salisbury Market Place and Guildhall Square
  • OPENING TIMES: The Fair's open 4pm-9pm on Sunday, and then 11am-10pm Monday through to Wednesday

Look out for candy floss, the big wheel, hook a duck, and loads more!


In 1227 - seven years after the building of Salisbury Cathedral began - King Henry III granted a Charter to the Bishop of Salisbury to hold a fair on the third Monday in October.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Walsh, will officially open the Charter Fair at 4pm alongside fellow Salisbury City Councillors and members of the Showmen's Guild Western Section.

An official photo of the Mayor of Salisbury 2019 - 2020 Cllr John Walsh.
Salisbury's Mayor, John Walsh, will take the first ride of the 792nd annual Charter Fair.

As history and tradition also dictates, the first ride will be for the Mayor of the city, and Councillor Walsh is gritting his teeth it's nothing too fast:

"If I'm honest with you I'll be trying to pick a ride which is not too much up in the air."

"The dodgem cars about my level I suspect, and I'm hoping my grandchildren will be there to see their grandfather making a fool of himself."

The Charter Fair will bring plenty of fun for all the family with fair favourites including the carousel, dodgems and waltzer as well as other exciting rides for the thrill seekers.

Get your 50p off vouchers for all rides at the Salisbury Information Centre in Fish Row.

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