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Open Treasure - Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer

Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 15 September


Celebrate the mining heritage of County Durham with a fascinating exhibition in the Open Treasure Collections Gallery.  Twenty-five years since the closure of the last County Durham colliery, and 75 years since the founding of the ‘Bevin Boys’, we explore the Cathedral's links to coalmining in the region, the continuing role of the Durham Miners' Gala, and how mining remains an integral part of County Durham life.

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Durham Photographic Society exhibition - The Heritage of County Durham

Wednesday 1 August to Friday 31 August

North Nave Aisle

Wednesday 1 August to Friday 31 August

The exhibition explores the heritage of County Durham in all its colours and forms. Interpreting 'heritage' in a broad sense, from the architectural magnificence of the county's iconic landmarks, to the ever-present legacy of our industrial past, this exhibition hopes to delight but also inspire poignant reflection.

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Family Fun Fridays - Miners

Friday 17 August to Friday 31 August

Join our Education team for craft activities this summer in Open Treasure's Community Gallery! Alongside our current exhibition in Open Treasure, Miners, Pitmen and Prayer, have a go at using traditional tools and methods to create beautiful Hook and Proddy badges out of rags!

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North-West Tower Trips

Friday 6 April to Saturday 29 September

For the first time, the public will be able to climb the North West tower, and see Durham City from a new perspective. With the central tower still closed to the public for a major conservation project, we are excited to offer this unique opportunity to climb one of the smaller towers of Durham Cathedral and see the roof, masonry and central tower up close for the first time.

Trips will run on Fridays and Saturdays at various times throughout the day.

Please contact the Visitor Desk to check availability.

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Ten Minute Talk

Saturday 18 August at 2:00 PM

Monks' Dormitory, Durham Cathedral

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 James Taylor for a talk on 'Gold, Silver, and Jewels in the Anglo-Saxon World. A look at the trade, use and social meaning of precious materials in Anglo-Saxon culture.

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Ten Minute Talk

Wednesday 22 August at 2:00 PM

Monks' Dormitory, Durham Cathedral

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 Anne-Marie Ashman for a talk on 'Miners' banners - proud heritage of the North East: A look at miners' banners past and present and their role at the Durham Miners' Gala'.

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Organ Recital Series

Wednesday 1 August to Wednesday 12 September at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

1 August - 12 September, every Wednesday

Join us for our organ recital series, featuring some of Britain's greatest organists.

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Bat walk

Friday 24 August at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral and the Woodland and Riverbanks
Take a gentle stroll along the riverbanks to find out more about the bats of Durham.  You may see pippistrelles, daubentons and noctules foraging for food.  The walk starts at the North Door of the Cathedral, off Palace Green. 

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Ten Minute Talk

Saturday 25 August at 2:00 PM

Monks' Dormitory, Durham Cathedral

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 Anne-Marie Ashman for a talk on 'Miners' banners - proud heritage of the North East: A look at miners' banners past and present and their role at the Durham Miners' Gala'.

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August Photography Evening

Thursday 30 August at 6:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

A special opportunity to spend a summer evening with your camera inside Durham Cathedral.  

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Heritage Open Days - Allotment Garden

Saturday 8 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Deanery Wall Paintings 10am

Saturday 8 September at 10:00 AM
The Deanery

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Deanery Wall Paintings 12pm

Saturday 8 September at 12:00 PM
The Deanery

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Deanery Wall Paintings 2pm

Saturday 8 September at 2:00 PM
The Deanery

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Heritage Open Days - Chapter House

Saturday 15 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

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Armistice: living with the peace

Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 5 January at 10:00 AM

Runs to early 2019
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 the north east as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.


 

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Orchestra North East annual concert

Saturday 6 October at 7:30 PM
Conducted by Aidan Oliver and featuring renowned soprano soloist, Sarah Fox, Orchestra North East will be performing George Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’, Richard Strauss’ ‘Four Last Songs’, and Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony.

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Durham Book Festival: The Dark Side of God

Monday 8 October at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral, Prior's Hall
Drawing on her travels to the darkest and most Northerly inhabited place in the world, Cathy Bird challenges the universal assumption that associates darkness with fear and evil. Why is it that light has come to be exalted, venerated, adored even, whilst darkness has become demonised and feared? Drawing on her book The Divine Heart of Darkness, Cathy will challenge our pre-conceptions and enter a new realm in which light and darkness co-exist and complement each other.

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Durham Book Festival: The Song of Hild – A Danish take on British History

Tuesday 9 October at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral, Prior's Hall

Exquisitely translated from a number one bestselling Danish novel, The Song of Hild is an epic new take on the prominent role of women in the Church during the during the period of conversion to Christianity in the seventh century. Author Vibeke Vasbo and translator Gaye Kynoch reveal the story behind the story, drawing us into a world of dark dealings, powerful patriarchy and religious wrangling, where women had to develop peace-weaving strategies and became pioneers of the early Church.

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Durham Pudding Club

Friday 12 October at 6:30 PM
The second serving of the Durham Pudding Club is sure to be an evening filled with delicious treats and warming autumnal dishes - a treat whether you’re a sweet-toothed pudding fanatic or curious to try something new.

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History Walk

Saturday 13 October at 10:30 AM
Woodlands and Riverbanks

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral’s historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader.

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Henry V

Monday 15 October to Tuesday 16 October at 7:30 PM
Marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice of 1918, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V in Durham Cathedral for two special performances. 

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Stories of Sanctuary

Friday 19 October at 7:30 PM

The Chapter House

Stories of Sanctuary captures the heart and soul of the stories of sanctuary sought in the city of Durham, both past and present, through spoken word and song. This performance showcases brand new songs that were written by participants from different backgrounds, including Syrian refugees, in a series of summer workshops facilitated by Durham-based folk singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher. 

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Prisons Week Seminar - our crowded prisons - where are we going?

Saturday 20 October at 9:30 AM
Prior's Hall

Durham Cathedral is hosting its annual Prisons Week seminar. 

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British Sign Language Tour of Open Treasure

Saturday 3 November at 3:00 PM

We invite visitors to join our innovative tours of the whole of Open Treasure, incorporating both our permanent displays and temporary exhibitions, Armistice: Living with the peace.

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Festival of Remembrance Concert

Saturday 10 November at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral
A moving concert to remember those who have given their lives for their country and serving soldiers who put their lives at risk for our liberties today.  The 2018 Festival of Remembrance concert will be particularly poignant as we commemorate the centerary of the end of the First World War. 

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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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Local Producer's Market

Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December at 1:00 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.

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Carols For All

Saturday 1 December to 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: 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 to 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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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 Concert

Wednesday 5 December at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

Enjoy an evening of Christmas music in support of the Friends of 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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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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Durham University Chamber Choir Concert

Saturday 8 December at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral.

Durham University Chamber Choir deliver a spectacular programme of festive music.

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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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Carol Service: Durham School

Friday 14 December at 6:45 PM

Durham Cathedral.

A service of Carols with Durham School.

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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 performance of Handel's famous oratorio. Soloists will be from within Durham Cathedral Choir, the orchestra is led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. 

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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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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 to Monday 24 December at 3:00 PM

All are welcome to attend our traditional Festical 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. These services are 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 Sunday 24th December the Durham Miners' Association Band will play before the service.

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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: 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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The Snowman Tour

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

'The Snowman' and 'The Nutcracker' as you've never seen them before!

Watch these classic animated films on the big screen in Durham Cathedral, accompanied by a live orchestra. 

Hear some of the UK's top musicians perform Howard Blake's beautiful soundtrack - featuring the evocative 'Walking in the Air' sung by a Cathedral chorister - performed in perfect synchronicity with the film shown on the big screen.

Experience the wonder of 'The Nutcracker' brought to life by Tom Scott's superb animated film accompanied by a live orchestra.

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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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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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