Fantastic faces

Embark on a face hunt in the Cathedral and see how many you can find. Pick your favourite face and recreate it in The Education Centre with clay. Lasts approximately 1½ hours.

Muddy monsters

This half day session has been designed to introduce young children to the concept of geological science through play with mud.  Children will adventure through the Cathedral woodland to our ‘Mud Monster Swamp’, where they will create mud monsters in the trees.  The children will follow a simple timeline through the woods, passing an open coal seam and learning about rock formation.  Children will be encouraged to be hands-on in the session, using a mixture of mud and modelling clay to create their ‘monsters’.

Building on our award winning Education provision, and following the Forest School philosophy of promoting learning through outdoor play, these sessions will engage the very youngest of learners with their first understanding of science and geology in a fun and engaging environment.

Environmental art

Children will explore colour, patterns and textures in the environment surrounding the Cathedral.  They will use their senses to listen and draw woodland sounds.  Your students will use natural materials to create their own work of art.  

New for 2016, this activity is available in either our new Medieval Monastic Herb Garden or the Cathedral's Woodland classroom.


The Cathedral is such a big building that people often forget that it is, first and foremost a church! Our tour explains what all the different “bits” of the Cathedral are for. Get the answers to questions such as “What’s that big table up at the top end?” and help your children to develop an awareness of the sacraments.

You may even turn one of them into a bishop for a few minutes! The tour is complemented by a brief hands-on session in the Education Centre. This will focus on 2 of the sacraments: baptism and communion. Children will be able to role-play a baptism and set up an altar table as it would be for communion in the Cathedral. Lasts approximately 1½ hours, suitable for Reception age children.

Outdoor experience

Join us for a short nature walk on the Cathedral's riverbanks.  Follow our seasonal sensory trail to discover more about this environmental haven in the centre of Durham City.  This is followed by sendory activities in our new Medieval Monastic Herb Garden.

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