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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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History Walk

Saturday 25 September at 10:30 AM

Lace up your boots for a guided walk of the nearby woodlands and riverbanks, and uncover hidden histories along the way.

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Meet Luke Jerram, Moon Artist (online event)

Tuesday 28 September at 7:00 PM

Join the artist behind Museum of the Moon, Luke Jerram, for an online talk about the inspiration behind his work.

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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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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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Outdoor Tours

Thursday 16 September to Thursday 30 September at 1:00 PM

On week days this September delve into the history of the cathedral and its surrounding buildings.

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Chorister Experience

Saturday 2 October at 12:30 PM

Girls and boys in school years 2 – 6 are invited to spend a day finding out what it’s like to be a cathedral Chorister.

 

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Capturing the moon: Matt Robinson talks astrophotography

Saturday 2 October at 7:00 PM

Join Matt Robinson, a local professional astrophotographer and science communicator, under Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon to talk about all things astronomical.

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Go Stargazing night

Wednesday 6 October 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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Durham Book Festival Fringe: Pilgrims Progress

Monday 11 October at 7:00 PM

A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Gavin Wakefield speaks about locating Northern Saints in the landscape.

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GoStargazing night

Tuesday 12 October 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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Durham Book Festival Fringe: Telling the Truth

Wednesday 13 October at 7:00 PM

A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Sarah Meyrick speaks on the call to write fiction.

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How Did The Moon Get There? Talk by Dr Vincent Eke

Wednesday 13 October at 7:15 PM

What do moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts and computer simulations tell us about how the moon formed? Explore this question with Dr Vincent Eke from Durham University.

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The Choral Pilgrimage 2021: The Call of Rome

Friday 15 October at 7:30 PM

Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen for an evening of stunning classical music, performed under Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon art installation.

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Durham Book Festival Fringe: Captain Pugwash to Cardinal Grotti

Saturday 16 October at 7:00 PM

A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Alana Harris and Isabel Ryan give a talk on the life and cartoons of John Ryan.

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Full Moon: Moon and Tower Experience

Wednesday 20 October

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Combine a night-time experience of Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon in the Cathedral nave with an exclusive climb up the cathedral's tower to see an actual full moon.

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Forest School

Friday 17 September to Friday 22 October

Postponed

Our Under 5s Forest School sessions develop little ones' confidence and love of the outdoors on the cathedral's woodlands and riverbanks.

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Half Term Family Activities

Monday 25 October to Sunday 31 October

Come along to Durham Cathedral for a fun programme of family-friendly activities during cathedral opening hours.

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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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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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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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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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Dave Finnegan's Commitments: Live at the Cathedral 2022

Friday 24 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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Scouting for Girls: Live at the Cathedral 2022

Saturday 25 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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