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Crown and Cathedral: Durham's Royal Stories

Thursday 28 April to Sunday 3 July

 

See unique items from the museum collection, such as the royal cope worn by the Bishop of Durham at the coronations of Queen Elizabeth II, George VI, George V, and Edward VII. 

 

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Cathedrals at Night

Monday 23 May at 6:30 PM

Experience the wonder of Durham Cathedral at dusk, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

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Online Quiet Day: The Venerable Bede

Wednesday 25 May

Head over to the cathedral's Facebook page for this online Quiet Day, with video reflections, live-streamed services and prayers. This year sees the 1000th anniversary of the translation of the relics of the Venerable Bede from Jarrow to Durham, and provides us with the perfect opportunity to learn more about his life and work.

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St Bede Feast Day Special Service

Wednesday 25 May at 5:30 PM

This year is the 1000th anniversary of the translation of the relics of the Venerable Bede from Jarrow to Durham and we are looking forward to celebrating Bede in style again at Durham Cathedral on his feast day as we gradually emerge from the difficulties of the last two years.

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Under 5s Forest School

Friday 29 April to Friday 27 May
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 in our outdoor classroom. Book online here.

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Jubilee Family Activities

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June

Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a week of family activities. Make your own paper crowns and patchwork flags, enjoy a picnic in the cloisters and download a trail to explore Durham's riverbanks.

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Picnic in the Cloisters

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June

11am - 1pm

Enjoy a summer picnic on the grass in the Cloisters every lunchtime during the week of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Bring your own blanket and snacks, and if you want to indulge you can upgrade your lunch with savoury treats, scones, and drinks from the undercroft cafe.

This is a rare opportunity to celebrate in style, as this space is being opened specially for this historic occasion.

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Summer in the City: Fanfare!

Friday 3 June at 7:30 PM

Music Durham’s Annual Showcase Concert. Held on the weekend of the Queen’s Jubilee, this concert’s main theme is celebration!

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Jubilee Flag-making workshops

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June

Learn how to hand sew a “boro” patchwork flag to take home and wave for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. These workshops are led by Sharon from Durham-based sewing business Raggy Robin.

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Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

Saturday 4 June at 3:00 PM

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign with a special service of Thanksgiving.

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Durham University Choral Society: Gates of Splendour

Saturday 18 June at 7:30 PM

Durham University Choral Society performs a range of English Anthems, from composers such as Handel, Parry and Walton.

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Scouting for Girls: Live at the Cathedral

Friday 24 June 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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The South and Lolly: Live at the Cathedral

Saturday 25 June at 7:30 PM

An evening of live music from The South, supported by Lolly.

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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. 

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Durham Brass Festival: LYR & Easington Colliery Band

Friday 15 July at 7:30 PM

As Durham Brass Festival returns for 2022, we're hosting a performance from LYR together with The Easington Colliery Band.

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Durham Brass Festival: Richard Hawley & NASUWT Riverside Band

Saturday 16 July at 7:00 PM

With the return of Durham Brass Fesitval this year, Richard Hawley and NASUWT Riverside Band take the stage. 

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Meat Loaf by Candlelight

Friday 22 July at 8:00 PM

Join us for an incredible night of Meat Loaf Anthems by candlelight.

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Queen by Candlelight

Friday 29 July at 8:00 PM

Following a run of sell-out shows across the UK in 2021, experience an incredible night of Queen Anthems performed by candlelight at Durham Cathedral.

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents CINDERELLA

Friday 5 August at 7:00 PM

Full of song, mirth, and joy for the summer ahead, join us on Cinderella’s journey of a lifetime to a magical ball where nearly anything is possible especially if it is before midnight.

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Tuesday 9 August at 7:00 PM

Join family and friends for what promises to be a splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.

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Queen by Candlelight

Friday 12 August at 8:00 PM

Following a run of sell-out shows across the UK in 2021, experience an incredible night of Queen Anthems performed by candlelight at Durham Cathedral.

 

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Meat Loaf by Candlelight

Friday 2 September at 8:00 PM

Join us for an incredible night of Meat Loaf Anthems by candlelight.

 

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Glass Exchange: The Life of St Bede by Monster Chetwynd and The Moment by Katie Paterson

Saturday 26 March to Sunday 11 September

Bringing together ground-breaking contemporary artists with some of the most highly skilled glass makers in the country, Glass Exchange is an ambitious project led by the National Glass Centre to present four ambitious new art works in locations across the North East, including Durham Cathedral.

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History Walk

Saturday 14 May to Saturday 24 September

The woodlands and riverbanks that surround the cathedral are a hidden gem, rich in the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The history walk is 1.5 miles long and reveals secrets about the hidden heritage of the cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks.

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents 21st CENTURY ABBA AND ELTON

Friday 4 November to Saturday 5 November at 7:30 PM

Come together with family and friends to listen to the live sounds of some of the greatest performers of all time in Abba and Elton John.

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