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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.

The tower is closed on 12 and 13 June due to bad weather.

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Photography Morning

Friday 21 June at 5:00 AM
Durham Cathedral

Join us on the Summer Solstice for a early morning photography session. 

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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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Durham University Orchestral Society Concert

Saturday 22 June at 7:30 PM

Join Durham University Orchestral Society for their final concert of the 2018/19 year in Durham Cathedral.
Enjoy a spectacular evening of music from DUOS’ Symphony and Chamber orchestras, featuring symphonies from Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns, as well as Mahler’s titanic Symphony no.5. This concert is the result of a year’s hard work for DUOS and will be the last opportunity to hear the 2018/19 orchestras.

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Public talk: the Life of Bede

Friday 28 June at 10:00 AM

John McManners delivers a talk on the life of the Venerable Bede in celebration of this fascinating historical figure.

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Special Service: Ordination of Priests

Saturday 29 June at 5:15 PM

New Priests of the Diocese are ordained by the Bishop, and their ministry inaugurated, in a celebratory service at the Cathedral.

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Special Service: Ordination of Deacons

Sunday 30 June at 10:00 AM

New Deacons of the Diocese are ordained by the Bishop, and their ministry inaugurated, during a great service of celebration in the Cathedral. 

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Extra cathedral and tower opening hours

Monday 1 July to Saturday 6 July

The cathedral and central tower will be open to visitors until 8pm during the week of Durham University congregations and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches at the Emirates Riverside Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street.

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Durham University Summer Congregations

Tuesday 2 July to Friday 5 July at 9:00 AM

Visitor access to the cathedral will be disrupted because of Durham University graduation ceremonies taking place throughout the day.

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Special Service: Durham Miners' Gala Festival Service

Saturday 13 July at 3:00 PM

Thousands of people from across the County and beyond come to Durham to celebrate the rich mining heritage of the North East. This day of festivites culminates in the procession of pit banners, preceded by the pit brass bands, to the Cathedral, where they are laid up, and often new banners are dedicated.

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Under 5s Forest School - Friday mornings

Friday 7 June to Friday 19 July at 9:45 AM

Develop your child’s love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks in tailored sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral’s Education team.

6 sessions on Friday mornings: Friday 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 12 and 19 July from 9.45-11.45am. 

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Under 5s Forest School - Friday afternoons

Friday 7 June to Friday 19 July at 1:00 PM

Develop your child’s love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks in tailored sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral’s Education team.

6 Friday afternoon sessions: Friday 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 12 & 19 July from 1-3pm. 

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Verdi Requiem: Brass Festival Choir accompanied by Reg Vardy Band

Saturday 20 July at 7:30 PM

Durham Brass Festival present a thrilling new transcription of Verdi's choral masterpiece for brass band and choir. The brilliant Reg Vardy Band will join forces with our Festival chorus as well as a special guest choir from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas for a unique concert in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral.

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Children's bat walk

Friday 2 August at 7:00 PM
Join us for bat themed activities in the cloister. Learn about the bats that live in the Cathedral and watch them as they emerge from their roosts. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

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History Walk

Saturday 10 August at 10:30 AM

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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Concert by Community of St Aidan & Hilda

Saturday 10 August at 7:00 PM

Music concert given by Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear. This concert is part of the Celtic Summer School week in Durham organised by The Community of Aidan & Hilda, a globally dispersed Celtic New Monastic Community.

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Interview and music with Community of St Aidan & Hilda

Sunday 11 August at 7:00 PM

An evening interview with Andy Raine and Anna Raine, with music from Anna Raine. This concert is part of the Celtic Summer School week in Durham organised by The Community of Aidan & Hilda, a globally dispersed Celtic New Monastic Community.

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Rock Choir concert

Friday 16 August at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

A spectacular display of uplifting, feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs performed by the Durham, Chester-Le-Street & Sunderland Rock Choir.

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Photography Evening

Thursday 29 August at 6:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Join us for an evening of photography inside Durham Cathedral.

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Bat walk

Friday 30 August at 7:45 PM

Take a gentle stroll along the riverbanks to find out more about the bats of Durham. You may see pippistrelles, daubentons and noctules foraging for food. The walk starts at the north door of the cathedral, off Palace Green. Bring a torch and please wear sturdy footwear as there are steep slopes. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult (not suitable for very young children).

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Special Service: The Translation of the Relics of St Cuthbert

Sunday 1 September at 11:15 AM

September 4 has long been venerated as the anniversary of the enshrining in 999 of the body of St Cuthbert in the original ‘White Church’ prior to the building of the present Cathedral, and we celebrate this today with Sung Eucharist at 11.15am.

 

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Special Service: Durham Light Infantry Reunion Service

Sunday 8 September at 12:45 PM

Veterans from the Durham Light Infantry hold an annual reunion service in the Cathedral, at which the regimental roll of honour is read and hymns and prayers are offered in commemoration of the fallen, and those who have died since the previous reunion. The service centres around the Durham Light Infantry Chapel, in which the regimental colours are preserved. 

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Special Service: Evensong & Commemoration of the Battle of Britain

Sunday 8 September at 3:30 PM

The Battle of Britain, a pivotal conflict of the Second World War, saved England from invasion and prepared the way for the subsequent liberation of Europe and the defeat of the Nazis.  The bravery and sacrifice of so many men is commemorated at Evensong today.

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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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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 experience, showcasing the exquisite and extraordinary maps, charts and atlases in the Durham Cathedral Library collections, including early maps of Durham.

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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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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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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 7.30pm.

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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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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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Durham Christmas Food Producers Market

Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December at 9:00 AM
An opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. Visit the Cathedral stall in the Cloister, and the Marquee on the Palace Green, to find unique Christmas 
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Carols for All

Saturday 30 November to Sunday 1 December at 2:00 PM

An opportunity for visitors to the Durham City Christmas Festival to sing carols in the spleandor of Durham cathedral.

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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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Advent Procession with Carols

Saturday 30 November to 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 bt 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 bt Durham Cathedral Choir. As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time.
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DICCU Carol Service

Monday 2 December at 7:30 PM
A Special service of carols for Durham Inter-Collegiate Christian Union
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Friends Christmas Concert Rehearsal

Wednesday 4 December at 1:00 PM
For more information about visiting Durham Cathedral please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit-us
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Friends Christmas Concert

Wednesday 4 December at 7:30 PM
Enjoy an evening of Christmas music in support of the Friends of Durham Cathedral.
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St Chad's College Advent Procession Rehearsal

Friday 6 December at 6:30 PM
More information available through the visitor desk - 0191 338 7178 or visitor.desk@durhamcathedral.co.uk

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WI Carol Service

Saturday 7 December at 1:30 PM

A special service of Carols for  the Womens Institute

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St Chad's College Advent Procession

Sunday 8 December at 7:30 PM

A special service for St Chad's College

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St John's College Carol Service

Tuesday 10 December at 7:00 PM

A special service of Carols for St John's College

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Durham High School for Girls Carol Service

Thursday 12 December at 3:15 PM

A special Service of Carols for Durham High School For Girls.

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Durham School Carol Service

Friday 13 December at 6:45 PM

A special service of Carols for Durham School.

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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

Saturday 14 December to Monday 16 December at 7:30 PM

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

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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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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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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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Freemason's Carol Service

Thursday 19 December at 7:00 PM

A Service of Carols for Freemasons.

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Durham Johnston School Carol Service

Friday 20 December at 1:00 PM

A special Service of Carols for Durham Johnston School.

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 22 December to 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. As these are very popular services, members of the congregation are advised to arrive in good time.
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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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