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Miners Festival Service: Durham Miners Gala

Saturday 9 July at 3:00 PM

Join the traditional celebration of the local miners in this annual festival, returning for 2022 following the pandemic. The hugely popular Miners Festival Service at Durham Cathedral has been part of every Gala since 1897. 

This service will be livestreamed on Durham Cathedral's Facebook page.

The Durham Miners' Gala takes place annually to celebrate the mining communities of Durham. 

Colliery bands and banners will march from the Market Place to Durham Racecourse, where there will be rides and stalls for all to enjoy. Following speeches, new banners parading at the Gala for the first time will march to the cathedral, where there will be a special commemorative service and a blessing of the banners. This service has been part of every Gala since 1897.

Read the news story about this year's Miners Festival Service.

Find more information about this year's Miners Gala.

Watch live on Facebook

This service will be livestreamed on Durham Cathedral's Facebook page.

Download the order of service.

Celebrating five new community banners

At this service, five new community banners will process into Durham Cathedral accompanied by brass bands, to be blessed by the Bishop of Durham. The North Skelton Band and the Durham Miners Association (DMA) Brass Band will accompany the banners for: Coxhoe Colliery; West Rainton and Leamside Collieries; Murton Colliery; and Rough Lea Colliery (Hunwick); and ‘Myrtle’ which is the banner of the Women’s Banner Group. 

What's happening at the event

  • 1.30pm: everyone is welcome to come to the service. To help us manage the numbers of people at the cathedral, you are welcome to start arriving from 1.30pm. Please follow the signs outside the cathedral which will direct you to enter through the Galilee Chapel, to the right of the main entrance.
  • 1.45pm-2.15pm: the world-famous Mangrove Steel Band from Notting Hill, London, will be performing in Durham Cathedral before the service begins. Find out more about their cultural exchange partnership with the Durham Miners Association band.
  • 2pm: the cathedral closes to visitors in preparation for this very busy service. The museum, shop and cafe remain open until their usual closing time.
  • 2.30pm: brass bands and banners will parade into the cathedral
  • 3pm: service begins