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Celebrate our rich history of pilgrimage with new trails and an exciting programme of events.

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Celebrating Pilgrimage in 2020

 

The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, has designated 2020 as Durham’s Year of Pilgrimage in celebration of the launch of six new Northern Saints Trails leading to Durham Cathedral.

These long-distance walking routes are inspired by ancient pilgrimage routes and the stories of our much-loved northern saints: Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and Bede.

The work of the cathedral and partners around the region, the Northern Saints Trails launch in Spring 2020. Find more information on the Northern Saints project website. 

Find out more about the events coming up this year as part of #YearofPilgrimage by downloading our What's On guide February-September 2020.

Awe-inspiring installations and incredible exhibitions

 

Durham Cathedral has developed an exciting programme of special services, exhibitions and events for 2020 to encourage visitors of all faiths to experience pilgrimage for themselves at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We look forward to welcoming Diocesan pilgrimages on specific days throughout the year, as well as a new and immersive contemporary arts programme.

We hope you'll visit to see the breath-taking installation, LIGHT, by Chris Levine, with sound composed by Will Todd, recorded by The Sixteen, from the evening of 20 March to Advent. In the Autumn Luke Jerram’s stellar display, Museum of the Moon, lands at Durham Cathedral. See what's on at Durham Cathedral.

In the summer, explore a specially-curated exhibition on the history of pilgrimage in Open Treasure, the cathedral’s award-winning interactive museum for all ages.

Everyone's celebrating!

 

Durham’s focus on pilgrimage ties in with the Association of English Cathedral’s national 2020: Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage celebration, plus Cathedrals at Night, a series of evening openings with a specific emphasis on pilgrimage.

 

Keep up to date

 

This page will be regularly updated with news and events for this special celebration of pilgrimage. 

We'll also be keeping our followers up to date through our fortnightly news and events email newsletters - scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up.