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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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Young Curators - taster day

Saturday 22 September at 10:30 AM

10.30am-12noon
Are you a history lover aged 11-16? Come along to this taster day for our Young Curators programme, and discover what goes on behind the scenes in a museum! 

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Installation of the new Canon Chancellor

Saturday 22 September at 3:00 PM

Join us for a celebratory evensong welcoming the Reverend Charlie Allen at her official installation as Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral. All are welcome to attend this service.

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Armistice: Living with the Peace

Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 2 February

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 North East England as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.


 

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There But Not There

Tuesday 25 September to Tuesday 13 November

Cathedral Church

Durham Cathedral is proud to take part in the nationwide 'There But Not There' installation project. The clear shadows of figures, commemorating those who never returned from fighting in the First World War, are powerful aids to reflection and remembrance as we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. This installation in the Cathedral has been made possible through a generous grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.

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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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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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Armistice Family Activities Day

Saturday 27 October at 10:30 AM

South Trancept, Cathedral Church
A special day of family activities as we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. Come down for this free event in order to participate in a range of activities, such as a virtual reality trench-life experience, poppy and badge making, costumes, and a story tent.

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Stones of Durham - riverbanks walk

Saturday 27 October at 10:30 AM

10.30am - 12noon, Woodlands and riverbanks

An outdoor guided walk with local geologist Brian Young covering aspects of the geology of the Durham Cathedral site, including the riverbanks. Discover the variety, sources and uses of stone within the Cathedral and its associated buildings

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Combined ticket for Stones of Durham tours

Saturday 27 October at 10:30 AM

10.30am-12noon and 1.30pm-4pm

Join local geologist Brian Young for both his talks on the geology of the Cathedral and its surrounding areas. At 10.30am explore the fascinating geology of our woodlands and riverbanks, and at 1.30pm hear a talk from Brian on the geology of the Cathedral's stone, before a tour of the Cathedral.

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Stones of Durham - talk and Cathedral tour

Saturday 27 October at 1:30 PM

1.30pm - 4pm
Durham Cathedral ranks in the top 100 geological sites in the UK. Join us for a 45 minute talk, followed by refreshments and questions, and then a geology tour of the Cathedral.

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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 centenary 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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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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