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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Bibles and Prayer Books

Saturday 20 June to Saturday 20 June at 3:30 PM
Library

An opportunity to visit the stunning Refectory Library - not usually open to visitors - to explore a selection of historic bibles and prayer books from the collections of Durham Cathedral Library.

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The Three Inch Fools: Romeo & Juliet

Thursday 2 July at 7:00 PM

An inventive outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, performed in the Monk's Garden.  Prepare for a carnival of passion and imagination, with live music-making, deft physicality and vibrant story-telling. Expect fast-paced drama, plenty of musical instruments and many a quick costume change along the way!

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Under 5s Forest School: 10 July - 24 July

Friday 10 July at 9:45 AM
Woodlands & Riverbanks
Engage your child with the great outdoors in tailored sessions on Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks. See your child develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences with a difference.

Sessions take place on Fridays from 10 July from 9.45am-11.45am.

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Wizarding Wonders Workshop

Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 27 August at 1:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Enjoy magical family activities in a Harry Potter filming location! Join us in the sunny Cloister to make your own magical broom stick, take part in flying practice and see the Chapter House.

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Stone Carving Workshop

Saturday 25 July to Sunday 26 July at 9:00 AM

Carve your own St Cuthbert's Cross to keep as a reminder of your participation in Pilgrimage 2020. This two day course is taught by the expert stone masons of Durham Cathedral. No previous experience is required and all equipment will be provided.

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Afternoon Tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 25 July at 1:30 PM
Chapter House

Enjoy a tour of Durham cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Stones of Durham: outdoor geology walk

Saturday 8 August at 10:30 AM
Woodlands & Riverbanks

Walk with local geologist Brian Young along Durham Cathedral's riverbanks to discover the geology of Durham's peninsula. 10.30am-12 noon. 

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Stones of Durham: cathedral geology walk

Saturday 8 August at 1:30 PM
Cathedral

A talk from local geologist Brian Young on the geology of the cathedral, followed by refreshments and a tour of the cathedral. 1.30pm-4pm. 

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Children's bat watch

Monday 10 August at 7:00 PM

Join us for bat themed activities in the cloister. Learn about the bats that live in the Cathedral and watch them as they emerge from their roosts. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

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Children's bat watch

Thursday 27 August at 7:00 PM

Join us for bat themed activities in the cloister. Learn about the bats that live in the Cathedral and watch them as they emerge from their roosts. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

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Bat Walk

Friday 28 August at 7:45 PM
Durham Cathedral

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 Durham Cathedral, just next to Palace Green.

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Afternoon Tea in the Chapter House

Friday 4 September at 1:30 PM

Enjoy a tour of Durham cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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September History Walk

Saturday 12 September at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral's historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader. Starts from the cathedral visitor desk.

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Cathedrals at Night: Museum of the Moon

Saturday 12 September at 7:00 PM

The Museum of the Moon comes to Durham Cathedral!  An opportunity to be one of the first to interact with this astounding installation from artist Luke Jerram, in situ until 6 November. 

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Museum of the Moon

Sunday 13 September to Friday 6 November at 9:00 AM

The Moon awaits you as you visit Durham Cathedral!  Come and experience this awe-inspiring art installation - and don't forget to keep an eye out for a series of exciting events taking place 'under the moon' September-November.
 

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Afternoon Tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 3 October at 1:30 PM

Enjoy a tour of Durham cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Dave Finnegan's Commitments: Live at the Cathedral

Friday 9 October at 7:30 PM

Stelliferous Limited and Live at the Cathedral Ltd by arrangement with Piper Music Management presents Dave Finnegan’s Commitments and Lolly: Live at Durham Cathedral.

Over twenty years on, neither time age nor music has managed to tame one of the soul survivors of the Commitments. Mickah Wallace is brasher and louder than ever and continuing to spread the gospel of soul to the undisputed masses.  Dave Finnegan's Commitments undoubtedly continue where the film left off, still spreading the word of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and the other apostles of soul, and in doing so enabling us all to experience live, the essence of... sweet soul music. 

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The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2020: The Call of Rome

Friday 16 October at 7:30 PM
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Sixteen’s annual Choral Pilgrimage tour. Since 2000 the choir have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, discovering some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and building relationships with wonderful communities, many of which they return to year after year.

 

This year’s tour focuses on Rome, a city which has inspired countless pilgrimages, and where each of the four composers in this year’s programme created some of their finest work. Motets by Josquin and F. Anerio are framed by Victoria’s powerful Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday, culminating in Allegri’s eternal Miserere.

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Scouting for Girls: Live at the Cathedral

Saturday 17 October at 6:40 PM

Stelliferous Limited and Live at the Cathedral Ltd by arrangement with Piper Music Management presents Scouting for Girls: Live at Durham Cathedral.

Friends since they were five, Pete, Greg and Roy have picked up nominations for four Brits, an Ivor Novello and played everywhere from a sold-out Wembley Arena to countless festival stages.  This year they have also released a new album ‘The Trouble with Boys’.
 

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Family Sleep under the Moon

Thursday 29 October at 6:30 PM
Cathedral

Join us for this amazing magical family opportunity to sleep in Durham Cathedral.  The overnight ‘sleep under’ the moon will include family activities in the Cloister on arrival, family tours of the church after closing and pre bedtime storytelling under the moon.  Each family will be given a flag on arrival to place in the church in order to designate their sleeping area.  Includes a continental breakfast in the Cloister.

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