Join us for a fun-filled day of family activities in celebration of St Cuthbert!
Saturday 18 March, 1.45pm
The Northumbrian Association holds its annual walk from Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral in honour of St Cuthbert. This year the walkers with the banner, accompanied by Dean of Durham, the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, will be joined for the procession from the Market Place by an array of special guests led by a traditional Northumbrian piper and drummer. The Mayor of Durham, Councillor Andrew Bell, will also be adding his support by joining the procession accompanied by his guards, or Pikemen, in full regalia.
Families are encouraged to get involved in the festivities this year by downloading template masks, available here, representing the wildlife on Cuthbert’s beloved Lindisfarne, to make at home and wear on the day. Storyteller Adam Bushnell will be on hand to entertain families in the Market Place from 1.45pm, and those wishing to take part in the procession are asked to arrive by this time.
The banner and the walkers and welcomed to the Cathedral at 2.15pm for a procession and prayers at the Shrine of St Cuthbert.
Template Masks available here
Saturday 18 March, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Storyteller Adam Bushnell will celebrate St Cuthbert with stories about the Anglo Saxons and the vicious Vikings! There will be handling objects and other activities suitable for ages 3+.
A free event – no need to book.
Saturday 18 March, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Learn more about the life of St Cuthbert in Open Treasure and make an animal mask to take home as a reminder of your visit. You can also explore the Open Treasure exhibition spaces with a special family fun trail or one of our toddler backpacks!
Open Treasure admission applies: £7.50 adults, £2.50 childred aged 5-18, under 5s free. 2 for 1 admission to Open Treasure will apply on Saturday 18 March only.