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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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Meet Saint Bede: Durham Cathedral Museum exhibition

Monday 11 July to Saturday 29 October

Durham Cathedral Museum’s new exhibition, Meet Saint Bede, gives a snapshot illuminating Bede’s life and legacy with loaned objects and items from the cathedral’s collections.

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Summer Organ Recital Series: Joseph Beech

Wednesday 17 August at 7:30 PM
Distinguished organists join Durham Cathedral's organists for a recital series on the cathedral's magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ. 

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Monk Summer School

Thursday 28 July to Thursday 1 September

Get a hands-on experience of the life and skills of the medieval monks who once lived at Durham Cathedral. Each week of the summer holidays have a go at different activities like dyeing fabrics, making flatbreads, and decorating manuscripts. Suitable for families with children aged 7+. 
 

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Riverbanks History Walk

Saturday 23 July 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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Meet the Monk at Durham Cathedral Museum

Tuesday 26 July to Tuesday 30 August

On Tuesdays in the summer holidays meet the monk roaming the museum to learn more about how the medieval monks of Durham Cathedral once lived, cooked, slept and studied in the spaces that today house the museum.
 

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Twelfth Night - the Handlebards

Wednesday 24 August at 7:00 PM

Join The HandleBards at Durham Cathedral for a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

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Summer Organ Recital Series: John Kitchen

Wednesday 24 August at 7:30 PM
Distinguished organists join Durham Cathedral's organists for a recital series on the cathedral's magnificent 1876 Harrison & Harrison organ. 

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Thursday 25 August at 3:30 PM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Summer Organ Recital Series: Ronny Krippner

Wednesday 31 August at 7:30 PM
Distinguished organists join Durham Cathedral's organists for a recital series on the cathedral's magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ. 

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Meat Loaf by Candlelight

Thursday 1 September to Friday 2 September

Join us for two incredible nights of Meat Loaf Anthems by candlelight.

 

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Meet Saint Bede summer holiday activities

Friday 22 July to Sunday 4 September

Meet Saint Bede this summer through free activities and trails in the cathedral, Mondays to Saturdays 10am-4pm during the school holidays.
 

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Tuesday 6 September at 10:00 AM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Summer Organ Recital Series: Daniel Cook

Wednesday 7 September at 7:30 PM
Distinguished organists join Durham Cathedral's organists for a recital series on the cathedral's magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ.

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Heritage Open Days

Saturday 10 September to Monday 19 September

Explore spaces that are usually closed to the public during Heritage Open Days this year, and take a peek behind the scenes with talks by staff at the cathedral.

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Chorister Experience

Saturday 24 September at 12:30 PM

Boys and girls in Years 2 – 6 are invited to spend a day finding out what it’s like to be a Cathedral Chorister.

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Friday 30 September at 3:30 PM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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George Michael by Candlelight

Friday 30 September at 7:30 PM

We ‘Knew You Were Waiting’ for this incredible night of George Michael Hits, performed by Rory Phelan, his backing singers and an epic live band by candlelight.

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Tuesday 4 October at 10:00 AM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Levelling-up or Left Behind?: Durham Cathedral Institute Debate

Friday 7 October at 7:30 PM
Join two leading experts and public figures, Dr Fiona Hill and Professor John Tomaney, both from the North East to discuss and debate the restoration of communities and the renewal of opportunity and social mobility.

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Life by Luxmuralis

Wednesday 12 October to Sunday 16 October

Experience Life by Luxmuralis, a spectacular sound and light performance bringing our natural world to the inside of Durham Cathedral.

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Soweto Gospel Choir Freedom Tour

Monday 24 October at 7:00 PM

Winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for their latest album “Freedom”, a collection of songs which celebrate and commemorate South Africa’s democratic movements struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir now bring their “Freedom” concert to the UK.

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Thursday 27 October at 3:30 PM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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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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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Tuesday 8 November at 10:00 AM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Roma by Anthony Lo-Giudice

Friday 18 November at 7:30 PM

ROMA is a dance theatre production that explores the notions of belonging, nationhood and cross-cultural identity, told through the semi-biographical account of Anthony's English mother and Sicilian father.

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Joe McElderry, Music of Hope at Durham Cathedral

Saturday 19 November at 7:30 PM

Join Joe McElderry for an incredible evening of Music and Hope at Durham Cathedral.

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Thursday 24 November at 3:30 PM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Tuesday 6 December at 10:00 AM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Christmas By Candlelight

Tuesday 20 December at 7:30 PM

An incredible West End Cast and live band perform classic Christmas Hits as you have never heard them before!

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The Snowman including Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

Wednesday 21 December

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

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Durham Cathedral Museum - Quiet Hour

Thursday 29 December at 3:30 PM

On certain days throughout the year Durham Cathedral Museum will be open for one hour to all people, families and carers who might benefit from visiting the museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public. This could be especially good for those individuals with a range of sensory needs.

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Bublé Christmas By Candlelight

Friday 30 December at 7:30 PM

Featuring a live Big Band and the UK’s number one Michael Bublé tribute act, join us for an unforgettable evening of Christmas hits made famous by the one and only Michael Bublé!

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