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There But Not There

Tuesday 25 September to Sunday 18 November

Cathedral Church

Durham Cathedral is proud to take part in 'There But Not There', a nationwide commemorative installation to remember those who never returned home from the First World War. Silhouttes of figures are on display in the Cathedral's pews and in the DLI chapel as powerful aids to reflection as we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

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Armistice: Living with the Peace

Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 2 February at 10:00 AM
The Collections Gallery, Open Treasure

On 11 November 1918 an armistice ended the war in Western Europe, although peace would not fully return for many more months. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of this momentous event, this exhibition explores what it meant for the people of Durham and North East England as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Art

Saturday 17 November at 2:00 PM
Refectory Library

A chance to visit the Cathedral’s beautiful Refectory Library – usually closed to the public – and see a specially curated collection of the Cathedral Library's historic collections on the subject of art.

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Ten Minute Talk - Open Treasure

Saturday 17 November at 2:00 PM
Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk in Open Treasure. Hear one of our experienced Gallery Attendants sharing their insights into Durham Cathedral’s history and collections in a short, informative talk. Today join Laura Beknazarian for her talk Stitching the Anglo-Saxon Embroidery: a technical look at the embroidery of the 10th century Maniple and Stole found in St. Cuthbert's tomb.

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Art 3.30PM

Saturday 17 November at 3:30 PM

A chance to visit the Cathedral’s beautiful Refectory Library – usually closed to the public – and see a specially curated collection of the Cathedral Library's historic collections on the subject of art.

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Music Outreach Celebration

Wednesday 21 November at 1:40 PM

We are delighted to welcome children from local schools to join with the Cathedral's Boy and Girl Choristers to sing in our termly Music Outreach Celebration.

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Ten Minute Talk - Open Treasure

Wednesday 21 November at 2:00 PM
Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk in Open Treasure. Hear one of our experienced Gallery Attendants sharing their insights into Durham Cathedral’s history and collections in a short, informative talk. Today join Latoya Schadel for a talk on Sanctuary Seekers: A gendered perspective.

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Chorister Experience Day

Saturday 24 November at 12:30 PM

A fantastic opportunity for girls and boys in years 2 to 5 to have a first-hand experience of being a Chorister, which culminates in singing Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. Free of charge.

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Ten Minute Talk - Open Treasure

Saturday 24 November at 2:00 PM
Join us for our regular Ten Minute Talk in Open Treasure. Hear one of our experienced Gallery Attendants sharing their insights into Durham Cathedral’s history and collections in a short, informative talk. Today join Kendra Johnson for her talk Do Monks Wear Socks? Day, night, at home and away: what the monks of Durham wore.

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Special Service - Commemoration of Founders and Benefactors

Sunday 25 November at 3:30 PM

The Cathedral community is joined by representatives from Durham City Trust, Durham County Council and Durham University to commemorate all those who have been instrumental in the founding and development of this Cathedral church and the wider community in Durham.

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Special Service: Advent Compline

Thursday 29 November at 9:00 PM

Special Service: Advent Compline.

The Compline will be sung by Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers.

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Free entry to Open Treasure #ThanksToYou

Friday 30 November to Friday 7 December
#ThanksToYou

From Friday 30 November to Friday 7 December, Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral is delighted to be joining together with other National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK to say thank you to people who raise money for good causes by buying Lottery tickets. During this period, visitors who present a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard get free entry into the exhibition. So come along and discover 2,000 years of history as told by the Cathedral’s unique and awe-inspiring collections…for free!

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Local Producers Market

Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December at 12:00 PM

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the Cathedral stall in the Cloister, and the Marquee on Palace Green, to find unique Christmas gifts.

Friday 30th November: 10am - 6pm
Saturday 1st December: 9am - 5pm
Sunday 2nd December: 12pm – 4.30pm

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Carols For All

Saturday 1 December at 11:00 AM

Carols for All, Durham Cathedral.
An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

 

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Carols for All

Saturday 1 December at 2:00 PM

Carols for All, Durham Cathedral.
An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

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Special Service: St. Nicholas' Procession

Saturday 1 December at 4:15 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A special family service depicting the story of St. Nicholas, who always makes an appearance. The service follows a lantern procession to the Cathedral, led by the Chester-le-Street Salvation Army Band, starting at 3:30pm in Durham Market Place.

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Special Service: Advent Procession with Carols

Saturday 1 December at 7:00 PM

Durham Cathedral.

All are welcome to attend a service of lessons and carols for Advent in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Music is sung by Durham Cathedral Choir. 

As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time.

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Carols for All

Sunday 2 December at 2:00 PM

Carols for All, Durham Cathedral.
An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

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Special Service: Advent Procession with Carols

Sunday 2 December at 7:00 PM

Durham Cathedral.
 

All are welcome to attend a service of lessons and carols for Advent in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Music is sung by Durham Cathedral Choir. 

As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time.

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Carol Service: DICCU

Monday 3 December at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

Durham Inter-Collegiate Christian Union Carol Service hosts their annual carols in the Cathedral.

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Make and Take - Christmas Past

Tuesday 4 December at 6:30 PM
Learning Centre, Durham Cathedral

Join us in the Learning Centre at Durham Cathedral to get into the Christmas spirit.You’ll learn more about Christmas through the ages and get to try and make historic food, drink and decorations.

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Carol Service: NHS

Tuesday 4 December at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

Special Service of Carols - Durham and Darlington NHS.

 

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Friends of Durham Cathedral Christmas Concert

Wednesday 5 December at 7:30 PM

Enjoy an evening of Christmas music in support of the Friends of Durham Cathedral.

Join in with traditional christmas carols led by the Consett Salvation Army Band, savour the musical talent of the Durham Cathedral Young Singers, and witness over 100 local performers from the North East Rock Choir performing for the first time in Durham Cathedral.

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G4 Christmas Tour 2018

Thursday 6 December at 7:30 PM

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric “G4 Christmas” tour across the UK in November and December 2018.

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Make and Take - Textiles Christmas

Saturday 8 December at 9:30 AM
Learning Centre

Join the Education team and local artist Wendy Stoker from MADE in England for a morning of festive creativity!

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Carol Service: Durham City Branch of the NSPCC

Saturday 8 December at 11:00 AM

Durham Cathedral.

Carol Service for the NSPCC.

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Special Service: County Durham Federation of Women's Institute's Carols

Saturday 8 December at 1:30 PM

Durham Cathedral. 

Join us for Carols for the Durham Women's Institute.

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Make and Take - Christmas Tag and Wrap

Saturday 8 December at 1:30 PM
Education Centre

Join the Education team and design and create your own festive wrapping paper, gift tags and Christmas cards.

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Nature's Christmas

Sunday 9 December at 1:00 PM
Learning Centre

Enjoy a walk around the Cathedral owned Woodlands and Riverbanks in the centre of Durham. Collect natural materials to take back to the Learning Centre where you will make your own individual hanging decoration or table centre. Once the festive season is over your decoration will be fully biodegradable so can either recycled or placed in your garden to become a mini beats habitat.

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Special Service: St. Chad's College Advent Procession

Sunday 9 December at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A special service for St. Chad's College Advent Procession.

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Carol Service: St. John's College Carols

Tuesday 11 December at 7:00 PM

Durham Cathedral.

St. John's College Carol Service.

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Special Service: Durham High School for Girls Carol Service

Wednesday 12 December at 2:15 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A special Service of Carols for Durham High School For Girls.

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Patron and Corporate Partners Christmas Reception

Wednesday 12 December at 6:30 PM
Individual and Corporate Supporters are invited to join us for our annual Christmas Reception in the cosy surroundings of the Solarium, with a real fir tree and open fire. You can find out more about Patron membership and benefits, including invitations to exclusive events, on our Become a Patron page.

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Carol Service: Durham School

Friday 14 December at 6:45 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A service of Carols with Durham School.

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Make and Take - Living Christmas Wreath

Saturday 15 December at 9:30 AM
Education Centre

Join the Education team and an experienced florist to design and create your own floral door wreath or table centre. Learn how to add those extra little touches to make your wreath stand out on your door!
Sessions at 9.30am and 1.30pm.

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Make and Take - Living Christmas Wreath 1.30PM

Saturday 15 December at 1:30 PM
Education Centre

Join the Education team and an experienced florist to design and create your own floral door wreath or table centre. Learn how to add those extra little touches to make your wreath stand out on your door!
Sessions at 9.30am and 1.30pm.

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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir - The Messiah

Saturday 15 December at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir is joined by the Avison Ensemble, for a festive period instrument performance of Handel's famous oratorio. Soloists will be from within Durham Cathedral Choir, the orchestra is led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. 

Complete your festive experience with a special pre-concert meal in the Undercroft Restaurant at 5pm. £25 per person, including a mulled wine reception. Can be booked at the same time as booking tickets for the concert.

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Special Service: Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Blessing of the Crib

Sunday 16 December at 4:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

Watch as the lights on the magnificent 20 feet tall Norwegian spruce are switched on. The Clergy and Choir then process to the West End of the Cathedral where the Crib is blessed. This service is particularly suitable for children.

Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring wrapped Christmas presents appropriately marked with age and whether for a girl or a boy. The presents are collected by the Salvation Army to be given to families in need. Thank you to Ward Brothers, who donate the Christmas Tree each year.

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Special Service: St. Cuthbert's Hospice 'Light Up A Life'

Sunday 16 December at 7:00 PM

Durham Cathedral.

The winter season can be a poignant time for those missing a friend or a loved one. Why not light up the life of someone by making a donation to St. Cuthbert's Hospice in their memory? Their name will be entered into a Book of Remembrance and dedicated at this service.

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Family fun - On a starry night

Thursday 20 December at 10:00 AM
The Education Centre

Come and hear the Christmas story told by a friendly fox, and then make and take a Christmas decoration that you can take home as a reminder of your visit.

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Special Service: Durham Johnston Carols

Friday 21 December at 1:00 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A special service of Carols with Durham Johnston School.

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Special Service: Haswell and District Mencap Carol Service

Saturday 22 December at 2:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

Special Service - Haswell and District Mencap Carols.

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Special Service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Saturday 22 December at 7:00 PM

All are welcome to attend our traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City.  A highlight of the Advent and Christmas season, during which lessons are read and the Cathedral Choir sings beautiful music to herald the birth of Christ.

 

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Carols for Children

Sunday 23 December at 2:00 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A traditional 30-minute carol service for families. An opportunity for children and their parents/carers to come to the Cathedral to sing well-known Christmas carols with the Cathedral Choristers.

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Special Service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday 24 December at 3:00 PM

All are welcome to attend our traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. A highlight of the Advent and Christmas season, during which lessons are read and the Cathedral Choir sings beautiful music to herald the birth of Christ.  On Christmas Eve the Durham Miners' Association Band will play before the service.

 

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Special Service: Midnight Eucharist

Monday 24 December at 11:00 PM

Celebrate the birth of Christ through music, prayer, and Holy Communion as Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day. This is a most joyful celebration of the Eucharist and all are welcome to attend. Sung by the gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir, with invited sopranos.

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The Snowman Tour

Friday 28 December to Friday 28 December at 7:00 PM

Join us as we host The Snowman Tour for one day only. 

Screenings also taking place at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

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Special Service: Durham Churches Together New Year's Eve Service

Monday 31 December at 6:30 PM

Join with the churches of Durham and gather for a service of reflection on the past, of thanksgiving for the blessings of God in the present and of hope for the year to come. You are invited to gather in Durham Market Place at 6:00pm with lanterns and process to the Cathedral for 6:30pm.

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Durham Singers: J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio

Saturday 5 January at 7:00 PM

On the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany, the Durham Singers bring the Christmas season to a joyful close with Cantatas I, II, IV and VI from J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Cantata I celebrates Christ's birth and a magnificent aria for bass and baroque trumpets proclaim his majesty. The music moves to the peaceful setting of the shepherds' fields for the second cantata, with the mellow oboe da caccia and flutes. A pair of natural horns take over in the fourth cantata, before the trumpets return in the final Epiphany canata to herald the arrival of the Three Kings. The period instruments of the Durham Singers Ensemble, led by Caroline Balding, will bring out all the expressive colours of Bach's writing. The Durham Singers are joined by an exciting line-up of young soloists from Samling, including former Durham Cathedral Head Chorister Zoë Jackson and Samling Artist Timothy Langston.

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St John Passion

Sunday 14 April at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir joins forces with the Avison Ensemble to perform Bach’s stunning St John Passion on the evening of Palm Sunday 2019. This unmissable concert will be conducted by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral.  The orchestra will be led by reknowned period instrument violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk.

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