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Climb the central tower

Monday 3 June to Tuesday 31 December at 10:00 AM

Durham Cathedral's central tower is open to the public again after a three year closure for a major conservation project. The reopening is sponsored by Baldwins Accountants. Climb the 325 steps of the central tower to enjoy fantastic views over the historic Durham City and the surrounding countryside. You'll also get a close look at the repair works on the tower's parapet, which involved our small team of expert in-house stonemasons carve and install new hand-carved stone to replace weathered Victorian sandstone.

 

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The Vikings in Northumbria

Tuesday 11 June to Saturday 28 September at 10:00 AM

This exhibition in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum experience, traces the history of Vikings in North East England. It tells the story of the devastating raids on Lindisfarne in 793 AD, and how the Community of St Cuthbert searched for a safe home for their saint after leaving Lindisfarne in 875 AD. We also examine how, over a period of over 200 years, the Vikings invaders and later settlers shaped the political and cultural landscape of Northumbria through raids, trade and conquest.

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Under 5s Forest School - Friday mornings

Friday 7 June to Friday 19 July at 9:45 AM

Develop your child’s love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks in tailored sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral’s Education team.

6 sessions on Friday mornings: Friday 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 12 and 19 July from 9.45-11.45am. 

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Under 5s Forest School - Friday afternoons

Friday 7 June to Friday 19 July at 1:00 PM

Develop your child’s love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks in tailored sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral’s Education team.

6 Friday afternoon sessions: Friday 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 12 & 19 July from 1-3pm. 

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Durham Brass Festival 2019: Verdi Requiem

Saturday 20 July at 7:30 PM

Durham Brass Festival present a thrilling new transcription of Verdi's choral masterpiece for brass band and choir. The brilliant Reg Vardy Band will join forces with the Brass Festival chorus as well as a special guest choir from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas for a unique concert in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral.

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Wizarding wonders broomstick workshops

Thursday 25 July to Thursday 29 August at 1:00 PM

Join us in the Cloister, a filming location for the first two Harry Potter films, to make your own broomstick, try flying around the cloister and discover hidden magical messages.

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Organ Recital: Francesca Massey

Wednesday 31 July at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Organ Recital by Francesca Massey, Sub-Organist of Durham Cathedral. 

Francesca, an award-winning organist, was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has held scholarships in various prestigious locations including Windsor Castle, and will take up the position of Director of Music and Organist at Rochester Cathedral from September 2019.

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Children's bat watch

Friday 2 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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Durham Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Saturday 3 August to Saturday 31 August

The Durham Photographic society have held their annual exhibition in the cathedral for over 25 years. The theme of this year's exhibition is 'the towering North East' and takes a broad view of the region. Enjoy over 60 images that illustrate aspects of the North East that make it such a special place.

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Organ Recital: Steven Grahl

Wednesday 7 August at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Organ Recital by Steven Grahl, Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

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History Walk

Saturday 10 August at 10:30 AM

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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Concert by Community of St Aidan & Hilda

Saturday 10 August at 7:00 PM

Music concert given by Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear. This concert is part of the Celtic Summer School week in Durham organised by The Community of Aidan & Hilda, a globally dispersed Celtic New Monastic Community.

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Organ Recital: Roger Sayer

Wednesday 14 August at 7:30 PM

Organ Recital by Roger Sayer, Organist and Director of Music at Temple Church.

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Rock Choir concert

Friday 16 August at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

A spectacular display of uplifting, feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs performed by the Durham, Chester-Le-Street & Sunderland Rock Choir.

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Organ Recital: Ian Wicks

Wednesday 21 August at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Organ Recital by Ian Wicks, Headmaster of The Chorister School, Durham.

Ian read Chemical Engineering at Exeter University whilst also being the Organ Scholar at the Universtity Chapel and Choral Scholar in the Cathedral. He was Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral School for seventeen years before becoming Headmaster at The Chorister School. He has written choral pieces for both child and adult choirs, with several of his works published by the RSCM.

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Organ Recital: Simon Hogan

Wednesday 28 August at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Organ Recital by Simon Hogan, Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster

Simon was born and educated in Bristol, becoming a member of the choristers of St Mary Redcliffe as a young boy. He was an Organ Scholar at Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals, before obtaining a first in music at the Royal College of Music. Simon has featured on many commercial recordings, with his debut solo recording released in 2015.

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Photography Evening

Thursday 29 August at 6:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Join us for an evening of photography inside Durham Cathedral.

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Bat walk

Friday 30 August at 7:45 PM

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. Bring a torch and please wear sturdy footwear as there are steep slopes. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult (not suitable for very young children).

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Special Service: The Translation of the Relics of St Cuthbert

Sunday 1 September at 11:15 AM

September 4 has long been venerated as the anniversary of the enshrining in 999 of the body of St Cuthbert in the original ‘White Church’ prior to the building of the present Cathedral, and we celebrate this today with Sung Eucharist at 11.15am.

 

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Organ Recital: David Halls

Wednesday 4 September at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Organ Recital by David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral.

David has been playing the piano since the age of four, and graduated with an honours degree in Music from Worcester College in 1984, where he help an Organ Scholarship. He has been awarded numerous prizes including the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He has been Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral since 2005, as well as touring internationally and recording four solo albums.

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Special Service: Durham Light Infantry Reunion Service

Sunday 8 September at 12:45 PM

Veterans from the Durham Light Infantry hold an annual reunion service in the Cathedral, at which the regimental roll of honour is read and hymns and prayers are offered in commemoration of the fallen, and those who have died since the previous reunion. The service centres around the Durham Light Infantry Chapel, in which the regimental colours are preserved. 

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Special Service: Evensong & Commemoration of the Battle of Britain

Sunday 8 September at 3:30 PM

The Battle of Britain, a pivotal conflict of the Second World War, saved England from invasion and prepared the way for the subsequent liberation of Europe and the defeat of the Nazis.  The bravery and sacrifice of so many men is commemorated at Evensong today.

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Organ Recital: Daniel Cook

Wednesday 11 September at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Organ Recidal by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral

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Heritage Open Days: Deanery wall paintings

Saturday 14 September to Saturday 14 September at 2:00 PM

Celebrate Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.
A unique opportunity to see the rare medieval wall paintings which decorate the hallway of the Deanery in the Cathedral College. 

Tours at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

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Heritage Open Days: cut-flower and herb gardens

Saturday 14 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.
Explore the cathedral's cut flower garden and enjoy activities for all ages in our monastic herb garden.

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Heritage Open Days: Chapter House

Saturday 14 September to Saturday 21 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.
Explore the Chapter House, a stunning hidden space within Durham Cathedral.

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Heritage Open Days: Stonemason demonstration

Saturday 21 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.
See a cathedral stonemason at work and learn about their craft with demonstrations throughout the day.

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist for Michael and All Angels

Sunday 29 September at 11:15 AM

Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the three named biblical angels, depicted as the beloved messengers of God.  A basilica near Rome was dedicated in the fifth century in honour of Michael on 30 September, beginning with celebrations on the eve of that day, and 29 September is now kept in honour of Michael and all Angels throughout the western Church.  

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Orchestra North East – Encore

Saturday 5 October at 7:30 PM

This ever-popular orchestra returns to the glorious surroundings of Durham Cathedral for the first concert of its 2019-20 season, with an exciting programme of music.

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Mapping the World

Monday 7 October to Saturday 18 January at 10:00 AM

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

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Special service: 200th Anniversary of HM Prison Durham

Tuesday 8 October at 5:15 PM

A Service of Reflection to mark the 200th Anniversary of HM Prison Durham.

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The Legend of Cuthbert: from hagiography to historical fiction

Tuesday 8 October at 7:00 PM

Prior’s Hall
Part of the Durham Book Festival
Cuthbert, an Anglo-Saxon warrior turned saint, was dragged out of solitude on Inner Farne to become the most powerful church leader in the land. The stories and legends associated with Cuthbert are familiar in the North East. Novelist Katharine Tiernan, author of Cuthbert of Farne, offers new and intriguing insights into the man behind the legend. She reveals her research into the turbulent times in which Cuthbert lived, and the role of historical fiction in illuminating our understanding of his life.

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Book and Brunch at Durham Cathedral

Wednesday 9 October at 10:00 AM

A fundraising event hosted by Jacksons Law Firm to raise funds and awareness for its charity of the year, Dragonfly Cancer Trust.

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Queen Victoria’s Archbishops

Thursday 10 October at 7:00 PM

Prior's Hall
Part of the Durham Book Festival
Discover the political and ecclesiastical controversies of the nineteenth century through the eyes of Queen Victoria’s six Archbishops of Canterbury. Personal scandal and tragedy abound, with death, bed-sharing, and political bust-ups. Michael Chandler, author of Queen Victoria’s Archbishops of Canterbury, takes us on a whistle-stop tour of these intriguing men and their extraordinary families.

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Banned Books

Saturday 12 October to Saturday 12 October 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: All Saints Day

Friday 1 November at 7:30 AM

A special day of services in honour of God’s saints including Holy Communion at 7.30am, and a Sung Eucharist in the Quire at 17.15pm.

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Special Service: All Souls' Day

Saturday 2 November at 7:30 PM

On All Souls’ Day, we commemorate all those whom we have loved and lost, at a celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome to attend and give thanks for the life of a family member or friend.

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Special Service: Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 10 November at 10:15 AM

The Cathedral Community is joined by military representatives and dignitaries to remember those who have given their lives for their country and the serving soldiers who put their lives at risk today. The service will be followed by wreath-laying and a formal parade.
 

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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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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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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: 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 to Monday 16 December at 7:30 PM

Join Durham Cathedral Choir and the Reg Vardy Band for a spectacular candlelit 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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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 7:00 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. On Sunday 24 December the Durham Miner's Association Band will play before the service.

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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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