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Climb the central tower

Monday 3 June to Tuesday 31 December at 10:00 AM

Durham Cathedral's central tower is open to the public again after a three year closure for a major conservation project. The reopening is sponsored by Baldwins Accountants. Climb the 325 steps of the central tower to enjoy fantastic views over the historic Durham City and the surrounding countryside. You'll also get a close look at the repair works on the tower's parapet, which involved our small team of expert in-house stonemasons carve and install new hand-carved stone to replace weathered Victorian sandstone.

 

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Divine Desserts at Durham Cathedral

Friday 11 October at 6:30 PM
Undercroft Restaurant

Enjoy an evening of divine desserts at Durham Cathedral's Undercroft Restaurant. Feast upon a main course prepared with locally-sourced ingredients before indulging in unlimited helpings of delicious miniature puddings. The ultimate indulgence for those looking for a unique dining experience.

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What On Earth is Going On? An evening with Jeremy Vine

Saturday 12 October at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Join one of the UK’s most prolific broadcasters and author as he attempts to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all.

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Undercroft Restaurant exhibition: Norman Wade

Sunday 1 September to Sunday 2 February

A selling exhibition of prints of Durham Cathedral, Northumberland and the region by local artist Norman Wade in the Undercroft Restaurant. Durham Cathedral received Norman's remaining artwork after he and his wife passed away as a legacy gift, to sell in support of the cathedral which they both loved.

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The Vikings in Northumbria

Tuesday 11 June to Saturday 28 September at 10:00 AM

This exhibition in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum experience, traces the history of Vikings in North East England. It tells the story of the devastating raids on Lindisfarne in 793 AD, and how the Community of St Cuthbert searched for a safe home for their saint after leaving Lindisfarne in 875 AD. We also examine how, over a period of over 200 years, the Vikings invaders and later settlers shaped the political and cultural landscape of Northumbria through raids, trade and conquest.

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Heritage Open Days: Chapter House

Saturday 14 September to Saturday 21 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public. Explore the Chapter House, a stunning hidden space within Durham Cathedral.

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Singing Children of Africa

Tuesday 17 September at 7:00 PM

Educate the Kids presents The Singing Children of Africa for their 2019 'Wonderful' tour. Don't miss this exciting evening filled with energetic and uplifting performances. These Kenyan children come from the most difficult of circumstances and are touring to raise funds for the charity that supports them through their education. Their performance will have you on your feet!

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Heritage Open Days: Stonemason demonstration

Saturday 21 September at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Heritage Open Days with free events at Durham Cathedral and explore spaces usually closed to members of the public.

See a cathedral stonemason at work and learn about their craft with demonstrations throughout the day.

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Special service: Installation of the Canon Pastor

Sunday 22 September at 3:30 PM

Installation of the Venerable Michael Everitt as Canon Pastor at Evensong.

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Celebrating the Camino Ingles

Saturday 28 September at 9:30 AM
Auckland Castle Chapel to Durham Cathedral

The walk from Finchale Abbey to Durham Cathedral and beyond to Auckland Castle is now officially recognised as part of the Camino Ingles, forging connections between Durham and the Camino routes leading to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Take part in a celebratory pilgrimage.

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Open Treasure temporarily closed

Sunday 29 September to Sunday 6 October

Durham Cathedral's museum, Open Treasure, is closed for a short period for an exhibition changeover. It will reopen on Monday 7 October.

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Special Service: Sung Eucharist for Michael and All Angels

Sunday 29 September at 11:15 AM

Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the three named biblical angels, depicted as the beloved messengers of God.  A basilica near Rome was dedicated in the fifth century in honour of Michael on 30 September, beginning with celebrations on the eve of that day, and 29 September is now kept in honour of Michael and all Angels throughout the western Church.  

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Durham University Matriculations

Wednesday 2 October

Durham University welcomes new generation of students as they begin their studies. Visitor access to parts of the Cathedral will be restricted during ceremonies, taking place between 9.45am and 4.45pm. 

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Chorister School Open Morning

Saturday 5 October at 9:30 AM

The Chorister School is an excellent school at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site for girls and boys 3-13 years. This open morning takes place between 9.30am and 11.30am.

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Chorister Experience Day

Saturday 5 October at 12:30 PM

Does your child love to sing? Enjoy an afternoon making music with the Durham Cathedral Choristers, enjoying craft activities and geting a taste of life at The Chorister School, an 'excellent' school at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site. Boys and girls in years 2-6 are invited to this free event.

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Orchestra North East – Encore

Saturday 5 October at 7:30 PM

This ever-popular orchestra returns to the glorious surroundings of Durham Cathedral for the first concert of its 2019-20 season, with an exciting programme of music.

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Mapping the World

Monday 7 October to Saturday 18 January at 10:00 AM

An exhibition in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award-winning museum, showcasing the exquisite and extraordinary maps, charts and atlases in the Durham Cathedral Library collections, including early maps of Durham.

For millennia humans have strived to understand our place in the world.  We have recorded the places we have lived, worked and travelled in with drawings and maps. Explore some extraordinary examples of these from the Cathedral’s own collections, discover the people involved, and find out about the work that made it possible.

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Courting Controversy: Hensley Henson, Bishop of Durham

Tuesday 8 October at 2:00 PM
Refectory Library

Herbert Hensley Henson, Dean 1912-18 and Bishop 1920-39, has long been regarded as a controversial public figure – a self-described 'heretick', a campaigner against women's suffrage and ordination, a Bishop at times at odds with his own diocese. This archive-focused workshop offers an opportunity to view original materials from Durham Cathedral's Henson Papers, including unpublished journals and letters.

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The Legend of Cuthbert: from hagiography to historical fiction

Tuesday 8 October at 7:00 PM
Prior's Hall

Part of the Durham Book Festival
Cuthbert, an Anglo-Saxon warrior turned saint, was dragged out of solitude on Inner Farne to become the most powerful church leader in the land. The stories and legends associated with Cuthbert are familiar in the North East. Novelist Katharine Tiernan, author of Cuthbert of Farne, offers new and intriguing insights into the man behind the legend. She reveals her research into the turbulent times in which Cuthbert lived, and the role of historical fiction in illuminating our understanding of his life.

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Book and Brunch at Durham Cathedral

Wednesday 9 October at 10:00 AM

A fundraising event hosted by Jacksons Law Firm to raise funds and awareness for its charity of the year, Dragonfly Cancer Trust.

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Special service: 200th Anniversary of HM Prison Durham

Wednesday 9 October at 5:15 PM

A service of reflection to mark the 200th anniversary of HM Prison Durham.

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Queen Victoria’s Archbishops

Thursday 10 October at 7:00 PM
Prior's Hall

Part of the Durham Book Festival
Discover the political and ecclesiastical controversies of the nineteenth century through the eyes of Queen Victoria’s six Archbishops of Canterbury. Personal scandal and tragedy abound, with death, bed-sharing, and political bust-ups. Michael Chandler, author of Queen Victoria’s Archbishops of Canterbury, takes us on a whistle-stop tour of these intriguing men and their extraordinary families.

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Sonat Vox Men's Choir

Friday 11 October at 7:30 PM

Augustine Noble is pleased to present Sonat Vox in the Chapter House of Durham Cathedral as part of the choir’s UK concert tour. The choir will perform a programme of sacred choral music, accompanied by German folk songs. Come and hear this extraordinary choir on hallowed ground.

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October History Walk

Saturday 12 October at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

A chance to experience a walking tour of Durham Cathedral's historic woodlands and riverbanks guided by an expert walk leader.

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Banned Books

Saturday 12 October to Saturday 12 October at 3:30 PM
Refectory Library

An opportunity to visit Durham Cathedral’s beautiful 17th-century Refectory Library – not usually open to visitors – to view some of the historic volumes in our collections that have caused controversy over the centuries. The books on display will help demonstrate the reasons why books were added to the Roman Catholic Church’s ‘Index of Forbidden Books’, and show some of the steps printers took to ensure their works could still reach an appreciative audience.

Two sessions take place, at 2pm-3pm and 3.30pm-4.30pm.

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The Background to Crime - Prisons Week Symposium

Saturday 19 October at 9:30 AM
Prior's Hall

Prisons Week is a time to reflect on how we - as individuals, as a church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment. An opportunity to meet practitioners and academics concerned with the prison system – and in particular to discuss the background to crime. It is open to anyone with a concern for, or an interest in, the judicial system.

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Stone Auction

Saturday 19 October at 1:00 PM

Ever wanted to own a piece of history and secure Durham Cathedral's future at the same time? Now you can by taking part in Durham Cathedral's first ever Stone Auction.

Stones of all shapes and sizes taken from the top of the central tower during the recent renovation project will be sold with the help of the local auction house Anderson & Garland.

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The Pulse

Sunday 20 October at 6:30 PM

A termly youth gathering for young people (school years 7-13) organised by Durham Diocese. An opportunity for young people to have fun and explore faith together in a variety of different ways.

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Friends Lecture Series: Bishops across the Quire: Thomas Hatfield and Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Monday 21 October at 6:30 PM

Prior's Hall

A talk from David Hunt, organised by the Friends of Durham Cathedral as part of their lecture series.

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The Sixteen

Friday 25 October at 7:30 PM

The Sixteen's 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting their choral journey over the last 40 years. Their close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on their very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in this concert as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

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Stones of Durham: woodlands and riverbanks guided geology walk

Saturday 26 October at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

An outdoor guided walk with local geologist Brian Young covering aspects of the geology of the Durham Cathedral site, including the riverbanks. Discover the variety, sources and uses of stone within the Cathedral and its associated buildings.

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Stones of Durham: combined ticket

Saturday 26 October at 10:30 AM
Durham Cathedral

Get more value for money by booking both the woodlands and riverbanks walk and geology tour of the cathedral together.

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Stones of Durham: Geology tour of Durham Cathedral

Saturday 26 October at 1:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral ranks in the top 100 geological sites in the UK. Join us for a 45 minute talk followed by tea/coffee and questions and then a geology tour of the Cathedral.

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Bell Chamber Open Afternoon

Sunday 27 October at 1:30 PM

Join the Durham Catherdral Guild Of Bellringers for an open day - an opportunity to see firsthand how the bells are rung and see the bells themselves.

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Special Service: All Saints Day

Friday 1 November at 7:30 AM

A special day of services in honour of God’s saints including Holy Communion at 7.30am, and a Sung Eucharist in the Quire at 17.15pm.

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Live at the Cathedral: Collabro

Friday 1 November at 7:30 PM

Join the World’s Number 1 Musical Theatre group, Collabro, for an unforgettable live concert at the stunning Durham Cathedral.

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Open Treasure: British Sign Language tour November

Saturday 2 November to Saturday 2 November at 3:00 PM

Tours of Open Treasure, led by a British Sign Language interpreter and a Gallery Attendant, run today at 1pm and 3pm.

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Special Service: All Souls' Day

Saturday 2 November at 7:30 PM

On All Souls’ Day, we commemorate all those whom we have loved and lost, at a celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome to attend and give thanks for the life of a family member or friend.

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Festival of Remembrance

Saturday 9 November at 7:00 PM
Front Nave

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Remembrance in Durham Cathedral. The focus will be the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the decisive action that helped liberate France, Belgium and Holland from Nazi rule and bring WW2 in Europe to an end.

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Special Service: Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 10 November at 10:15 AM

The Cathedral Community is joined by military representatives and dignitaries to remember those who have given their lives for their country and the serving soldiers who put their lives at risk today. The service will be followed by wreath-laying and a formal parade.
 

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Special Service: Evensong and celebration of 150 years of the Durham Miners' Association

Wednesday 20 November at 5:15 PM

The 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners' Association will be celebrated at a special service of Evensong, together with the people and communities of the region's mining industry, past and present.

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Handel's Messiah

Friday 22 November at 7:00 PM
Front Nave

A celebratory performance of Handel’s famous masterpiece marking the 10th anniversary of girl choristers at Durham Cathedral.
The Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Consort of Singers and former cathedral choristers of all ages join with the Avison Ensemble for what promises to be a musical spectacular.

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G4 Concert

Tuesday 26 November at 7:30 PM
Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...


After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date! This intimate performance sees G4 recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal in one of the UK's most iconic historical venues.

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Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Banned Books-November

Wednesday 27 November to Wednesday 27 November at 3:30 PM
Refectory Library

An opportunity to visit Durham Cathedral’s beautiful 17th-century Refectory Library – not usually open to visitors – to view some of the historic volumes in our collections that have caused controversy over the centuries. The books on display will help demonstrate the reasons why books were added to the Roman Catholic Church’s ‘Index of Forbidden Books’, and show some of the steps printers took to ensure their works could still reach an appreciative audience.

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Durham City Christmas Festival - Cloister local producers market

Friday 29 November

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the stalls in the Cloister and the marquee on Palace Green to find unique Christmas gifts. Entry to the cloister market is free with a donation of £3 per person encouraged.

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Durham City Christmas Festival - Cloister local producers market

Saturday 30 November

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the stalls in the Cloister and the marquee on Palace Green to find unique Christmas gifts. Entry to the cloister market is free with a donation of £3 per person encouraged.

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Special service: Carols for All

Saturday 30 November at 11:00 AM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendor of Durham Cathedral.

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Special service: Carols for All

Saturday 30 November at 2:00 PM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendor of Durham Cathedral.

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Special service: St Nicholas' Procession

Saturday 30 November at 4:15 PM

A special family service depicting the story of St Nicholas, who always makes an appearance. The service follows a lantern procession to the Cathedral, led by the Chester-le-Street Salvation Army Band, starting at 3.30pm in Durham Market Place.

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Special service: Advent Procession with Carols

Saturday 30 November at 7:00 PM

All are welcome to attend a service of lessons and carols for Advent in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Music is sung by Durham Cathedral Choir. As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time.

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Durham City Christmas Festival - Cloister local producers market

Sunday 1 December at 12:00 PM

An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the stalls in the Cloister and the marquee on Palace Green to find unique Christmas gifts. Entry to the cloister market is free with a donation of £3 per person encouraged.

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Special service: Carols for All

Sunday 1 December at 2:00 PM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the splendor of Durham Cathedral.

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Special service: Advent Procession with Carols

Sunday 1 December at 7:00 PM
All are welcome to attend a service of lessons and carols for Advent in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Music is sung by Durham Cathedral Choir. As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time. All are welcome to attend a service of lessons and carols for Advent in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Music is sung by Durham Cathedral Choir. As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time.
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Special service: DICCU Carol Service

Monday 2 December at 7:30 PM

A special service of carols for Durham University Intercollegiate Christian Union.

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The Friends of Durham Cathedral Christmas concert

Wednesday 4 December at 7:30 PM

Following the success of our 2018 Christmas Concert, the Friends are pleased to announce that the North East Rock Choir, Consett Salvation Army Band and Durham Cathedral Young Singers will be returning to perform for us again. Join them for their highly anticipated annual Christmas Concert.

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Christmas crafts

Saturday 7 December at 1:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Make your Christmas a crafty one with an adult crafts session in the beautiful surroundings of Prior’s Hall.

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Special service: WI Carol Service

Saturday 7 December at 1:30 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: St Chad's College Advent Procession

Sunday 8 December at 7:30 PM

A special advent procession for St Chad's College, Durham University.

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Special service: St John's College Carol Service

Tuesday 10 December at 7:00 PM

A special advent procession for St John's College, Durham University.

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Living Christmas wreath workshops

Thursday 12 December to Thursday 12 December at 6:00 PM
Durham Cathedral

Get crafty and make your own Christmas wreath for your door or dinner table with the help of a local artist. Enjoy sessions at 1pm and 6pm.

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Special service: Durham High School for Girls Carol Service

Thursday 12 December at 2:15 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Durham School Carol Service

Friday 13 December at 6:45 PM

A special carol service for Durham School.

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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

Saturday 14 December at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Join Durham Cathedral Choir and the Reg Vardy Band for a spectacular evening of festive classics.

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Special service: Evensong with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Blessing of the Crib

Sunday 15 December at 3:30 PM
Watch as the lights of the magnificent 20 feet tall Norwegian spruce are switched on. The Clergy and Choir then process to the West End of the Cathedral where the Crib is blessed. This service is particularly suitable for children. Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring wrapped Christmas presents appropriately marked with age and whether for a girl or a boy. The presents are collected by the Salvation Army to be given to families in need. Thank you to Ward Brothers who donate the Christmas Tree each year.
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Special service: St Cuthbert's Hospice 'Light up a Life' service

Sunday 15 December at 7:00 PM
The winter season can be a poignant time for those missing a friend or a loved one. Whynot light up the life of someone by making a donation to St Cuthbert's Hospice in their memory? Their name will be entered into a Book of Remembrance and dedicated at this service.
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On A Starry Night

Tuesday 17 December at 10:00 AM
Education Centre

Education Centre

Come and hear the Christmas story told by a friendly fox, and then make and take a Christmas decoration that you can take home as a reminder of your visit. Suitable for pre-school children.

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Special service: The Chorister School Carol Service

Wednesday 18 December at 2:15 PM
The Chorister School's end of term Carol Service takes place in Durham Cathedral and is an opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choristers and the Galilee Choir sing seasonal music.
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Special service: Freemasons Carol Service

Thursday 19 December at 7:00 PM

A special carol service for the Freemasons.

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Special Service: Durham Johnston School Carol Service

Friday 20 December at 1:00 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Haswell and District Mencap carol service

Saturday 21 December at 2:30 PM

Visitor access to the nave of the cathedral will be limited during this service.

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Special service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 22 December at 6:00 PM

All are welcome to our traditional festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. These services are a highlight of the Advent and Christmas season, during which lessons are read and the Cathedral Choir sings beautiful music to herald the birth of Christ. 

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Special service: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Tuesday 24 December at 3:00 PM

All are welcome to our traditional festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which always starts in darkness with a solo chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. These services are a highlight of the Advent and Christmas season, during which lessons are read and the Cathedral Choir sings beautiful music to herald the birth of Christ. On Sunday 24 December the Durham Miner's Association Band will play before the service.

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Special service: Midnight Eucharist

Tuesday 24 December at 11:00 PM
Celebrate the birth of Christ through music, prayer and Holy Communion as Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day. This is a most joyful celebration of the Eucharist and all are welcome to attend. Sung by the gentleman of the Cathedral Choir, with invited sopranos.
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Christmas day services

Wednesday 25 December

All are welcome to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Special service: Durham Churches Together New Years' Eve service

Tuesday 31 December at 6:30 PM

Join with the churches of Durham and gather for a serivce of reflection on the past, of thanksgiving for the blessings of God in the present and of hope for the year to come. You are invited to gather in Durham Market Place at 6pm with lanterns and process to the cathedral for 6.30pm.

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Organ Recital: La Nativite du Seigneur

Wednesday 22 January at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Hear the great Christmas cycle by the French 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen, performed by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral. The nine pieces each portray one aspect of Christ’s birth and coming among us.

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Friends Lecture Series: Tournai and Durham: two great Romanesque book collections compared

Monday 27 January at 6:30 PM

Prior's Hall

A talk from Richard Gameson, organised by the Friends of Durham Cathedral as part of their lecture series.

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Get to know your Cathedral

Friday 31 January at 9:00 AM

Don't miss this great opportunity to discover how your business can support Durham Cathedral and the benefits that a partnership with the cathedral can offer.  You'll also have a chance to explore the cathedral with exclusive behind-the-scenes insights from our property team. 

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Open Treasure: British Sign Language tour March

Saturday 14 March at 3:00 PM

Tour of Open Treasure, led by a British Sign Language interpreter and a Gallery Attendant.

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