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Handel's Messiah

Friday 22 November at 7:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

A celebratory performance of Handel’s famous masterpiece marking the 10th anniversary of girl choristers at Durham Cathedral.
The Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Consort of Singers and former cathedral choristers of all ages join with the Avison Ensemble for what promises to be a musical spectacular.

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Afternoon Tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 23 November 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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Mapping the World

Monday 7 October to Saturday 18 January

An exhibition in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum, showcasing the exquisite and extraordinary maps, charts and atlases in the Durham Cathedral Library collections, including early maps of Durham.

For millennia humans have strived to understand our place in the world.  We have recorded the places we have lived, worked and travelled in with drawings and maps. Explore some extraordinary examples of these from the Cathedral’s own collections, discover the people involved, and find out about the work that made it possible.

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Undercroft Restaurant exhibition: Norman Wade

Sunday 1 September to Sunday 2 February

A selling exhibition of prints of Durham Cathedral, Northumberland and the region by local artist Norman Wade in the Undercroft Restaurant. Durham Cathedral received Norman's remaining artwork after he and his wife passed away as a legacy gift, to sell in support of the cathedral which they both loved.

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Lumiere 2019

Thursday 14 November to Sunday 17 November at 5:30 PM

Lumiere returns to Durham for a special 10th year anniversary edition. Lumiere is the UK's largest light festival and will transform the city with returning festival favourites and dazzling new works by world-leading artists and local talent. The Cathedral is once again central to the festival, which is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by Artichoke.

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Special Service: Evensong and celebration of 150 years of the Durham Miners' Association

Wednesday 20 November at 5:15 PM

The 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners' Association will be celebrated at a special service of Evensong, together with the people and communities of the region's mining industry, past and present.

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Free entry to Open Treasure: National Lottery #thankstoyou

Saturday 23 November to Sunday 1 December
This year is the 25th Birthday of The National Lottery and to celebrate Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum, is delighted to be joining together with other National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK to say thank you to people who raise money for good causes by buying Lottery Tickets. During this period, visitors who present a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard at the cathedral visitor desk get free entry into Open Treasure. 

 

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Special Service: Commemoration of Founders and Benefactors

Sunday 24 November at 3:30 PM

Every year we remember the men and women who down the centuries have made our cathedral, city and university the heart of Durham life. 

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Friends Lecture Series: The Galilee Chapel in Peril: James Wyatt and the Gothic Revival at Durham Cathedral in the early 19th century

Monday 25 November at 6:30 PM

A talk from Jeremy and Jennifer Bonner, organised by the Friends of Durham Cathedral as part of their lecture series.

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G4 Christmas Concert

Tuesday 26 November at 7:30 PM
Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 28 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered exquisitely in some of the UK's most iconic historical venues.

See what to expect with this concert preview video. https://youtu.be/7b0bLFrcH9o

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Music Outreach Celebration

Wednesday 27 November at 1:40 PM

Welcome to children from schools in Sunderland as they join with the Cathedral Choristers for a musical celebration. 

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Banned Books-November

Wednesday 27 November to Wednesday 27 November at 3:30 PM
Refectory Library

An opportunity to visit Durham Cathedral’s beautiful 17th-century Refectory Library – not usually open to visitors – to view some of the historic volumes in our collections that have caused controversy over the centuries. The books on display will help demonstrate the reasons why books were added to the Roman Catholic Church’s ‘Index of Forbidden Books’, and show some of the steps printers took to ensure their works could still reach an appreciative audience.

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Special service: Advent meditation and compline

Thursday 28 November at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers sings the ancient monastic office of Compline, a service of quiet and reflection for the close of day, with an address given by Canon Michael Everitt.

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Durham City Christmas Festival - Cloister local producers market

Friday 29 November

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the stalls in the Cloister and the marquee on Palace Green to find unique Christmas gifts. Entry to the cloister market is free with a donation of £3 per person encouraged.

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Durham City Christmas Festival - Cloister local producers market

Saturday 30 November

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the stalls in the Cloister and the marquee on Palace Green to find unique Christmas gifts. Entry to the cloister market is free with a donation of £3 per person encouraged.

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Special service: Carols for All

Saturday 30 November at 11:00 AM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendor of Durham Cathedral.

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Special service: Carols for All

Saturday 30 November at 2:00 PM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendor of Durham Cathedral.

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Special service: St Nicholas' Procession

Saturday 30 November at 4:15 PM

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 30 November at 7:00 PM

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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Durham City Christmas Festival - Cloister local producers market

Sunday 1 December at 12:00 PM

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the stalls in the Cloister and the marquee on Palace Green to find unique Christmas gifts. Entry to the cloister market is free with a donation of £3 per person encouraged.

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Special service: Carols for All

Sunday 1 December at 2:00 PM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendor of Durham Cathedral.

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Special service: Advent Procession with Carols

Sunday 1 December at 7:00 PM
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. 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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Special service: DICCU Carol Service

Monday 2 December at 7:30 PM

A special service of carols for Durham University Intercollegiate Christian Union.

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The Friends of Durham Cathedral Christmas concert

Wednesday 4 December at 7:30 PM

Following the success of our 2018 Christmas Concert, the Friends are pleased to announce that the North East Rock Choir, Consett Salvation Army Band and Durham Cathedral Young Singers will be returning to perform for us again. Join them for their highly anticipated annual Christmas Concert.

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Christmas crafts

Saturday 7 December at 1:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Make your Christmas a crafty one with an adult crafts session in the beautiful surroundings of Prior’s Hall.

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Special service: WI Carol Service

Saturday 7 December at 1:30 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: St Chad's College Advent Procession

Sunday 8 December at 7:30 PM

A special advent procession for St Chad's College, Durham University.

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Special service: St John's College Carol Service

Tuesday 10 December at 7:00 PM

A special advent procession for St John's College, Durham University.

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Patron Christmas Reception

Wednesday 11 December at 6:30 PM

Prior's Hall

We invite all cathedral Patrons, Corporate Partners and 2020 Club Members to join us for a warming glass of mulled wine and a delicious mince pie. 

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Living Christmas wreath workshops

Thursday 12 December to Thursday 12 December at 6:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Get crafty and make your own Christmas wreath for your door or dinner table with the help of a local artist. Enjoy sessions at 1pm and 6pm.

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Special service: Durham High School for Girls Carol Service

Thursday 12 December at 2:15 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special Service: St Mary's College Carol service, Durham University

Thursday 12 December at 7:00 PM

A special advent procession for St Mary's College, Durham University.

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Special service: Durham School Carol Service

Friday 13 December at 6:45 PM

A special carol service for Durham School.

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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

Saturday 14 December at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Join Durham Cathedral Choir and the Reg Vardy Band for a spectacular evening of festive classics.

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Special service: Evensong with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Blessing of the Crib

Sunday 15 December at 3:30 PM
Watch as the lights of 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' service

Sunday 15 December at 7:00 PM
The winter season can be a poignant time for those missing a friend or a loved one. Whynot 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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On A Starry Night

Tuesday 17 December at 10:00 AM
Education Centre

Education Centre

Come and hear the Christmas story told by a friendly fox, and then make and take a Christmas decoration that you can take home as a reminder of your visit. Suitable for pre-school children.

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Special service: The Chorister School Carol Service

Wednesday 18 December at 2:15 PM
The Chorister School's end of term Carol Service takes place in Durham Cathedral and is an opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choristers and the Galilee Choir sing seasonal music.
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Special service: Freemasons Carol Service

Thursday 19 December at 7:30 PM

A special carol service for the Freemasons.

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Special Service: Durham Johnston School Carol Service

Friday 20 December at 1:00 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Haswell and District Mencap carol service

Saturday 21 December at 2:30 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 22 December at 6:00 PM

All are welcome to our traditional festival 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. 

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Special service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Tuesday 24 December at 3:00 PM

All are welcome to our traditional festival 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.

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Special service: Midnight Eucharist

Tuesday 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 gentleman of the Cathedral Choir, with invited sopranos.
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Christmas day services

Wednesday 25 December

All are welcome to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Special service: Durham Churches Together New Years' Eve service

Tuesday 31 December at 6:30 PM

Join with the churches of Durham and gather for a serivce 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 6pm with lanterns and process to the cathedral for 6.30pm.

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist on the Feast of the Epiphany

Monday 6 January at 5:15 PM

We recall the visit of the wise men to the Christ Child at Bethlehem and is celebrated in a choral service of the Eucharist when we gather at the crib scene and symbolically offer the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh while also offering through prayer our own gifts and talents in the service of God. 

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Durham University Winter Congregation Ceremonies

Thursday 9 January to Friday 10 January at 10:00 AM

Graduation ceremonies for Durham University. Please note, visitor access to parts of the cathedral will be restricted during ceremonies. There is usual access to Open Treasure, the cathedral's world-class museum. 

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Plough Sunday

Sunday 12 January at 2:00 PM

Relive the revival of a traditional English festival. Enjoy music and traditional dancing in Durham City Marketplace, and follow the plough as it is processed up to the Cathedral to be blessed by the Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett.

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Afternoon tea in The Chapter House

Saturday 18 January 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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Special Service: Epiphany Procession With Carols

Sunday 19 January at 3:30 PM

We celebrate the Epiphany season with a service of readings and music that follows the journey of the Three Kings as Christ is revealed to them. 

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Organ Recital: La Nativite du Seigneur

Wednesday 22 January at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Hear the great Christmas cycle by the French 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, performed by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral. The nine pieces each portray one aspect of Christ’s birth and coming among us.

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This Joyous Night

Saturday 25 January at 7:30 PM
Durham Choral Society open the Durham Vocal Festival 2020 with a performance of “This Joyous Night” by local composer Alan Woods, a work commissioned in 1999 by the John Lewis Partnership. The concert also features the ever popular Fauré Requiem. The choir will be joined by the Durham Music Service Youth Choir and accompanied by members of the John Lewis Partnership Orchestra.

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Friends Lecture Series: Tournai and Durham: two great Romanesque book collections compared

Monday 27 January at 6:30 PM

Prior's Hall

A talk from Richard Gameson, organised by the Friends of Durham Cathedral as part of their lecture series.

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Get to know your Cathedral

Friday 31 January at 9:00 AM

Don't miss this great opportunity to discover how your business can support Durham Cathedral and the benefits that a partnership with the cathedral can offer.  You'll also have a chance to explore the cathedral with exclusive behind-the-scenes insights from our property team. 

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North East Festival of Youth Choirs

Saturday 1 February at 7:00 PM

Durham Vocal Festival celebrates the finest youth choirs in North East England, from primary to university level. This annual event is a wonderful celebration of the young vocal talent the region has to offer. 

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist on the Feast of Candlemas

Sunday 2 February at 11:15 AM

The festival which recalls the visit of Mary and Joseph to the Temple to give thanks for the birth of Jesus also marks the official end of the Christmas season and was a festival in the middle ages when candles were blessed for use in church and at home. 

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Monteverdi Vespers

Sunday 2 February at 7:00 PM
Front Nave

Durham Cathedral Choir and renowned period orchestra The Avison Ensemble join forces to present Monteverdi’s much loved masterpiece.  Conductor: Daniel Cook,  Leader: Pavlo Beznosiuk

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March History Walk

Saturday 14 March 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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Open Treasure: British Sign Language tour March

Saturday 14 March at 3:00 PM

Tour of Open Treasure, led by a British Sign Language interpreter and a Gallery Attendant.

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Under 5s Forest School: 24 April – 22 May

Friday 24 April at 9:45 AM
Durham Cathedral
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 24 April to 22 May from 9.45am-11.45am.

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June History Walk

Saturday 6 June 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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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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