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Sudanese refugee entrusted with the special honour of lighting Durham Cathedral’s Christmas tree

Dud, a Sudanese child refugee, had the special privilege of illuminating the 25 ft Norwegian Spruce Christmas tree, which adorns the North Transept of Durham Cathedral during yesterday’s Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib service.

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Join Durham Cathedral to celebrate a Night of Stars this Christmas

On Friday 21 December Durham Cathedral will undergo a spectacular transformation as the North Transept will be adorned with stars in a Son et Lumiere type display to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

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CEO’s from across the County gear up to brave the cold once more for charity

For the third consecutive year, Chief Executive Officers from across County Durham are gearing up to make the historic Cloisters of Durham Cathedral their home for the night on 30 April 2019, all in the name of charity. 

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Carols, Choirs and Christmas Cheer at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is delighted to announce its programme of Christmas services and events. With a jam packed calendar, there really is something for everyone to enjoy over the festive period. So whether you are local or are visiting the area, everyone is welcome to join the Cathedral in celebrating the birth of Christ with over 33 special occasions to get involved in.

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Durham Cathedral joins #GivingTuesday 2018 by launching its Christmas Wishes Appeal

From 30 November, Durham Cathedral will warmly welcome members of the public to come and celebrate Christmas by adding a personalised wish to a newly installed eco-friendly Christmas tree at the West End of the Cathedral. 

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Durham Cathedral says Thanks To You by offering free Open Treasure entry to lottery ticket holders

Durham Cathedral is to offer visitors free entry to its Open Treasure exhibition between 30 November and 7 December. This exclusive offer is available as part of the national #ThanksToYou campaign which aims to thank those who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

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Music Outreach Celebration a harmonious success

Today Durham Cathedral welcomed over 250 children from primary schools across the Sunderland region as part of the Cathedral’s triannual Music Outreach Celebration.

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Durham Cathedral’s governing body on the lookout for new lay member to further its mission of financial sustainability

The north east landmark, situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is advertising for a new Chapter Member who will also be appointed an honorary Canon to join the Cathedral’s governing body.

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Durham Cathedral’s Central Tower unwrapping

Durham Cathedral begins the mammoth task of unwrapping the Central Tower on 4 December, following the £1.9 million restoration work which has been underway since November 2015.

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Durham Cathedral celebrates a triple win at the County Durham Environment Awards

On Thursday the annual County Durham Environment Awards took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham and Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral came out on top, securing three awards, including one that celebrates its international significance.

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The skill of Cathedral craftsmen recognised by the guild of Durham City Freeman

Three of Durham Cathedral’s craftsmen have had their skill and work ethic recognised by the guild of Durham City Freeman, and are to be sworn in as Freemen of the City and members of their respective trade companies on 12 November 2018, at Durham Town and Guild Hall.

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Durham Cathedral to showcase its Refectory Library art treasures at exclusive event

The Cathedral will open the doors to the Refectory Library, an area normally closed to the public, to showcase the Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library, with a particular focus on the Cathedral’s extensive art collections, on 17 November.

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Durham Cathedral to commemorate the centenary of the armistice with programme of remembrance services and events

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Durham Cathedral is rolling out a full programme of remembrance services and events to ensure that the memory of those who gave their life for their country, lives on in the local community. 

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Handel’s Messiah to be performed by Durham Cathedral Choir as part of their special Advent programme

On Saturday, 15 December, at 7.30pm, Durham Cathedral Choir, led by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of the Cathedral, will join with the Avison Ensemble for a festive period performance of Handel’s famous oratorio, The Messiah. 

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Durham Cathedral’s annual Prisons Week symposium to highlight the issue of overcrowding

The annual symposium returns to Durham Cathedral on 20 October, 9.30am- 1pm at Prior’s Hall. The seminar aims to shine a light on the issues faced by prisons in the region and the criminal justice system as a whole during Prisons Week.

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Adopt a Book programme celebrates its third year with catalogue launch event

Adopt a Book, Durham Cathedral’s literary adoption programme, is entering its third year and to mark the occasion a launch event is to be held on 11 October from 6.15pm.  

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Durham Cathedral launches annual Make a Will Month campaign

For the third consecutive year, Durham Cathedral is running a Make a Will Month campaign throughout October, to raise awareness of the importance of making a will.

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Durham Cathedral bids farewell to Canon David Kennedy

The Cathedral and Diocesan community bid farewell to the Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy at his final Evensong as Vice-Dean and Precentor at Durham Cathedral on 30 September.

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Durham Cathedral’s new Sunderland-born Canon to be installed in Evensong service

The Reverend Charlie Allen will be officially installed in her post as Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral at Evensong at 3pm on Saturday 22 September. Coming to the Cathedral from a post in the Diocese of Salisbury as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Coordinator for Initial Ministerial Education, she will build on the legacy left by Canon Rosalind Brown, who retired from the Canon Chancellor post earlier this year.

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Chamber annual dinner raises £75k for Durham Cathedral

The restoration of one of the North East’s most significant landmarks, Durham Cathedral, was supported by over 630 business leaders with a fundraising dinner on Thursday 6 September 2018. The North East England Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner was hosted in the nave of the Cathedral, the first time a major event of this type has been held there.

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Canon Michael Hampel returns to Durham Cathedral as Vice-Dean and Precentor

The successor to the Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy as Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral returns to the North East from his current ministry at St Paul’s Cathedral.  The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel will take up the position of Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral following Canon Kennedy’s move to Corbridge Parish Church, Northumberland, in October. Michael’s main role will be leading on the planning of worship at the Cathedral as well as being a member of Chapter, its governing body.  He will also be Custos of the Chorister School, located on the Durham World Heritage Site as part of the Cathedral.

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Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral receives a RIBA National Award

Having been recognised by RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) North East with three regional awards, Durham Cathedral and Purcell architects are delighted to announce that Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral, has won a RIBA National Award. This puts Open Treasure on the long list for the much coveted RIBA Stirling Prize which is awarded annually to the best building in the UK.  

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Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer – a new temporary exhibition within Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral – showcases the mining heritage of North East England

Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer is a new temporary exhibition within Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s exhibition experience in its stunning medieval claustral buildings. The exhibition showcases artefacts, documents, photographs and stories of the rich mining history of County Durham and North East England.  It is open to the public from Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 15 September.

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The Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy is appointed Vicar of Corbridge

The Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy is appointed Vicar of Corbridge and will be leaving Durham Cathedral later this year.  

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Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral is shortlisted for a National RIBA Award

Durham Cathedral and Purcell architects are delighted to announce that having won three awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional awards for Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral, the project is now shortlisted in the national RIBA awards.  Regional awards achieved are - the Building of the Year 2018 for the North East, a Regional Winner award and the Conservation award.  The award ceremony took place in York on Thursday 24 May. The national RIBA award winners will be announced on Thursday 21 June.

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Steer group to launch across County to make Durham City ‘Dementia Friendly’

A new steer group has been formed with representatives from organizations across County Durham, coming together in a bid to make the City more accessible for those living with Dementia, along with their carers, family and friends.  

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Dave Bilbrough to lead worship at Thy Kingdom Come Beacon service at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is once again holding a Beacon Event as part of Thy Kingdom Come, an international and ecumenical call to prayer led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that takes place around the world on and around Pentecost as Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Worship will be led by Dave Bilbrough.    

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Bishop of Jarrow to retire at next birthday

The Rt Revd Mark Bryant, The Bishop of Jarrow has announced that he will retire from the Diocese at his next birthday in October 2018.   

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British Flowers take over Durham Cathedral in local growers’ showcase

Parts of Durham Cathedral will be decorated with tulips, scented narcissi, hellebores and wild blossom from Friday 27 April to Thursday 3 May in an installation showcasing locally grown British flowers.  

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Bishop of Durham, Dean of Durham and Business Leaders from the region take part in CEO Sleepout at Durham Cathedral

On Monday 30 April local business leaders will be sleeping out in the Cloister of Durham Cathedral to raise money for CEO Sleepout and a range of local charities, joined by the Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham.  

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