There are many events throughout Wiltshire that will commemorate the Great Charter’s 800th Anniversary. Salisbury Cathedral houses one of the four surviving 1215 Magna Cartas, and Salisbury town will take a leading role in the commemoration effort.
For more information about events in Salisbury, click here to visit the bespoke page. Below are more events taking place in Wiltshire, including Trowbridge and surrounding towns.
Trowbridge ‘What’s On’ Guide:
Trowbridge is a Magna Carta Baron Town, with many events planned for 2015 (See below). An excellent guide has been produced for those visiting, which can be viewed in our gallery below:
Dates for your diary:
28th February – 25th July: Magna Carta – Game of Barons at Trowbridge Museum. Click here for more information.
24th April: Professor Chris Dyer – Magna Carta and the Common People: Did the Great Charter Have Any Meaning for Peasants? Click here for more information.
25th April: Magna Carta and King John Conference at Trowbridge Civic Centre. Click here for more information.
15th May: Professor Nicholas Vincent – Magna Carta: The Salisbury Connection. Click here for more information.
27th May: Paint Yourself A Baron! Giant picture portrait time – paint yourself a life size Baron but be prepared to get messy! Meet in the Trinity Chapel and be a King’s baron or a rebel fighting for justice and law! All activities are child friendly and suitable for ages 4-12 years. Parents stay. All materials are provided. Click here for more information on this event.
27th – 30th May: Shakespeare’s Globe perform King John in Salisbury Cathedral. Click here for more information.
30th May: Medieval History Day, at Trowbridge Museum. Click here for more information.
7th June: Professor Dick Howard – Magna Carta’s American Adventure. Click here for more information.
13th June – 15th September: Enlightenment: An interactive lighting projection in Salisbury Cathedral’s North Porch and an interactive word and light based projection in the Morning Chapel, produced by Squid Soup. Click here for more information.
13th & 14th June: Trowbridge to take part in ‘Strike a Blow for Democracy’ UK Bellringing. Click here for more information.
13th – 14th June: Magna Carta Gala Weekend at Salisbury Cathedral. Click here for more information.
14th June: LiberTeas at Salisbury Cathedral. A free tea party in the Cathedral Close with live music by the Salisbury Concert Band. Click here for more information.
14th June: Trowbridge LiberTeas Medieval Big Lunch. There will be music and traditional games and entertainment representing life in Trowbridge 800 years ago. Come dressed up as your favourite medieval character (optional). Click here for more information.
15th June: Salisbury Cathedral Open Day – families welcome to enjoy the Cathedral’s location on a day of international celebration and commemoration. Click here for more information.
15th June – 7th September: Salisbury Barons’ Trail. Click here for more information.
18th June: Lord Igor Judge – Magna Carta and the Law. Igor judge is one of the most highly regarded members of the British judiciary, a tireless advocate for human rights and equality before the law. He has been lauded as one of the most successful holders of his 700-year old office, namely for his skill at defending the rights of the citizens against the state, and interpreting the law fairly without fear or favour. Click here for more information about this event.
20th – 21st June: A new play by Olivier-nominated Hattie Naylor, explores how the themes of Magna Carta are relevant to young people today and staged as a promenade event in the Cathedral. Tickets £12 available from 01722 320333 or, click here.
20th – 21st June: Join us at Old Sarum to discover the original home of Salisbury’s Magna Carta and celebrate the 800th anniversary of ‘The Great Charter’ which changed democracy. Enjoy a feast of entertainments including music and plays, and be transported back to the time of this momentous moment in the 13th – Century. Click here for more information.
7th July – 10th July: Magna Carta Cantata. Children’s Premiere Performance. Click here for more information.
15th – 18th July: Southern Cathedrals Festival. Salisbury, Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals come together to perform music related to the themes of Magna Carta in a series of events in the Cathedral and other venues in the city. Click here for more information.
18th – 19th July: Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain. Click here for more information.
20th July – 31st August: Magna Carta Treasure Hunt! Search in Salisbury Cathedral for artefacts and articles to complete your wordsearch… can you find the missing piece? Collect your trail inside the Cathedral and get detecting straight away! Available each day except during services. Click here for more information.
25th – 26th July: Medieval Charter Fayre – Trowbridge Town Park. Markets, Business Expo, Play Day in the Park (25th) with re-enactors, falconry, bouncy ‘Castle’, Jousting (26th), Town Criers competition and much more. Click here for more information.
15th – 20th September: ‘Magna Flora’ Flower Festival. Click here for more information.
13th – 25th October: Magna Carta Embroidery Panels at the American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath. Click here for more information.
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