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Museum of the Moon (during opening hours)

Monday 13 September to Thursday 11 November

During your visit this autumn see Durham Cathedral in a whole new light, as Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon illuminates the nave. Experience the installation during normal opening hours.

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Durham Cathedral Museum Tours

Monday 19 July to Friday 31 December

This unique behind-the-scenes experience tells the stories of the cathedral, including what life was like for the monks who once lived here. The tour will start in the cloister, and lead you through the medieval buildings giving you the chance to explore the Great Kitchen and the Monks' Dormitory. Once part of the Benedictine monastery, these extraordinary spaces now house the museum collections, such as the remarkable treasures of St Cuthbert.

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Half Term Family Activities

Monday 25 October to Sunday 31 October

This half term will be out of this world at Durham Cathedral. Come along for family-friendly moon-themed fun including talks, crafts and a silent disco under Museum of the Moon.

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Me, My Dad and the Moon - Dr Andy Aldrin

Monday 25 October at 3:00 PM

A Journey of Exploration and Inspiration: a talk by Dr Andy Aldrin, from the Aldrin Family Foundation

What would it have been like to see your father be one of the first to step foot on the Moon? 

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How the stars got their names: Chapter House talk

Monday 25 October at 7:15 PM

Feed your mind with a fascinating talk about the naming stars by our very own Exhibitions & Collections Officer, Marie-Therese.

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Museum of the Moon at Night

Wednesday 22 September to Thursday 11 November

See Museum of the Moon is all its glory on selected nights during September, October and November.

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Workshops with artist Ellie Clewlow

Wednesday 20 October to Wednesday 27 October at 10:30 AM

Channel your creativity and contribute to a new sculptural work, with this drop in origami workshop from artist, Ellie Clewlow.

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Seven starry sisters: Chapter House talk

Wednesday 27 October at 1:00 PM

Inquisitive minds with enjoy this fascinating talk about female astonomers through time, by our very own Exhibitions & Collections Officer, Marie-Therese.

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Yoga under the Moon

Thursday 23 September to Thursday 11 November at 9:15 AM

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Start your day with a stretch under Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon with yoga teacher Liz Adams on Thursday mornings.

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The Moon - our nearest neighbour. Talk by Dr Pete Edwards

Thursday 28 October at 2:15 PM

This half term join Dr Pete Edwards from the Science Outreach Team at Durham University for an exploration of the Moon. There's no need to launch into space, just sit back in your seat and enjoy the ride!

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Family Fun Silent Disco

Thursday 28 October at 5:45 PM

In partnership with Tees Valley Music Alliance, join us for Durham Cathedral's first ever silent disco.

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Moon Dance Silent Disco

Thursday 28 October at 7:45 PM

In partnership with Tees Valley Music Alliance, dance the night away under the Museum of the Moon.

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Durham Miners’ Gala 150th anniversary service

Friday 29 October at 5:30 PM

The 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners' Gala will be celebrated at a special evensong service.

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Evensong in celebration of the life of Richard Lloyd, 1933-2021

Sunday 31 October at 3:30 PM

An Evensong in celebration of the life of Richard Lloyd (1933 - 2021), formerly Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral (1974 - 1985). The service is sung by The Bede Singers and will feature a number of Richard Lloyd's compositions. All are welcome to attend the service and booking is not required.

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Star maps from pre-history to the present: Chapter House talk

Monday 1 November at 7:15 PM

Spark your curiosity with a fascinating talk about star maps by our very own Exhibitions & Collections Officer, Marie-Therese.

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Library of the Moon: Rare Books from Durham Cathedral Library

Wednesday 3 November

To celebrate the Museum of the Moon at Durham Cathedral, join our curators in the beautiful 17th-century Refectory Library and get up-close with rare books.

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The Constellations in Myth and Art: Chapter House talk

Wednesday 3 November at 1:00 PM

Feed your imagination with a fascinating talk about constellations by our very own Exhibitions & Collections Officer, Marie-Therese.

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Go Stargazing night

Thursday 4 November at 6:30 PM

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Learn all about the moon with local astronomers from Go Stargazing under the Museum of the Moon, climb the cathedral's tower to enjoy a tour of the night sky, and try your hand at stargazing.

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Library of the Moon: Rare Books from Durham Cathedral Library

Saturday 6 November

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To celebrate the Museum of the Moon at Durham Cathedral, join our curators in the beautiful 17th-century Refectory library and get up-close with rare books.

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Go Stargazing night

Tuesday 9 November at 6:30 PM

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Learn all about the moon with local astronomers from Go Stargazing under the Museum of the Moon, climb the cathedral's tower to enjoy a tour of the night sky, and try your hand at stargazing.

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Organ Recital Under the Moon

Wednesday 10 November at 7:30 PM

Durham Cathedral's organists perform excerpts from Gustav Holst's The Planets suite.

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Festival of Remembrance

Saturday 13 November at 7:00 PM

The Festival of Remembrance returns to Durham Cathedral this year as a live event. This moving fundraising concert remembers those who have given their lives for their country and serving soldiers who put their lives at risk for our liberties today.

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Lumiere at Durham Cathedral by night

Thursday 18 November to Sunday 21 November

Lumiere returns to Durham 18 - 21 November 2021. Find out what's on at the cathedral, as part of the festival, by night.

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Lumiere at Durham Cathedral by day

Thursday 18 November to Sunday 21 November

Lumiere returns to Durham 18 - 21 November 2021. Find out what's on at the cathedral, as part of the festival, by day.

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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

Saturday 11 December at 7:30 PM
Join Durham Cathedral Choir and the Reg Vardy Band for a spectacular evening of festive classics.
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Blessing of the Crib and Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Sunday 12 December at 3:30 PM

This special service will get the whole family into the festive spirit as the lights on the 20 feet tall Christmas Tree are switched on.

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The Snowman

Monday 20 December at 1:45 PM

Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.

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The Snowman

Monday 20 December at 4:00 PM

Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.

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The Snowman

Monday 20 December at 6:30 PM

Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.

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Aled Jones - Cathedral Tour 2022

Tuesday 22 March at 7:30 PM


Join Aled Jones as he embarks on a UK-wide tour.  Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Aled's outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. He is the original crossover star and has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE, released over 30 albums - with over 10 million album sales and counting - and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs. After beginning his career at the age of 12, Aled became one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos, releasing 12 hit albums in 4 years with the defining moment being ‘Walking in the Air’, the hit song from the family-favourite, Christmas animated film ‘The Snowman’. As a broadcaster, Aled has forged an extensive career, having presented across BBC Radio 2 & 3 and BBC Radio Wales. Aled also hosts the Classic FM Sunday Breakfast Show and has become a popular favourite on the station and enjoyed his own show ITV Weekend.
 

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Scouting for Girls: Live at the Cathedral 2022

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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Dave Finnegan's Commitments: Live at the Cathedral 2022

Saturday 25 June 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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