Peterborough Cathedral – Events Timetable

MAY 2018

EXHIBITION – Books of Hours
Friday 13th April to Friday 4th May – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)   Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Books of Hours are exceptional and beautifully-decorated Christian devotional books. This exhibition will be showcasing a number of impeccable facsimiles of these books – lent by a private collector for this exhibition – and we hope you will be able to come and enjoy this unique and rare collection.

NB: Due to insurance reasons, the exhibition may be closed on selected days at weekends.

Entry: Free, but donations are welcome to cover costs.

Tower Tours
Selected dates from Saturday 5th May onwards

Come and take a tour to the upper levels of the Cathedral. You can choose from a Long Tour – a 90 minute exploration of the Cathedral’s triforium level, towers and ringing chamber – or a Short Tour (lasting 45 to 60 minutes). Have a look behind the scenes and enjoy stunning views across the city of Peterborough.

Tickets: The Long Tour: £10, £8 concessions. The Short Tour: £8, £6 concessions. Bookings will open soon via the Cathedral website or via calling Peterborough Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Tours are limited to 13 people, so you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

EXHIBITION – Peterborough Embroiderer’s Guild – ‘Something Old, Something New’
Wednesday 9th May to Saturday 9th June – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)
Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

The Peterborough branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year by showcasing both new creations and older pieces with a particular personal or sentimental significance. This mix of old and new will showcase the changes, advances and progress that members have achieved in their work over the years.

Entry: Free, but donations are welcome to cover costs.


Unsung Heroes: Movers and Shakers Tours
Friday 11th May and Saturday 12th May at 2.00pm

Come along to a unique tour celebrating the amazing figures commemorated in the Cathedral whose involvement in science, politics and religion have made a difference to the lives of people in Peterborough, the UK and the world.

Tickets: £8, £6 concessions. Book online via http://shop.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/unsung2 or by calling Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Dean Peter Peckard
A talk by Dr Rowan Williams – Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

Friday 11th May at 7.30pm – Cathedral Nave

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rowan Williams to talk about the life and work of Dean Peter Peckard. Dean Peckard was a former Dean of Peterborough and Vice-Chancellor of Magdalen College, who was also a fierce campaigner against the slave trade. His pamphlet of 1778 – ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother?’ – was hugely influential on such activists as Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce. This is a rare chance to hear about a true unsung hero of Peterborough.

Tickets: £12, £10 for under 16s (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). Book online via Peterborough Cathedral’s page at Oundle Box Office (accessed via http://peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/dean_peter_peckard), or call the Box Office on 01832 274734. You can also call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Charity Abseil 2018
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May – 9.00am to 8.00pm

Do you have nerves of steel? If so, you can take part in a 150 foot abseil down the North West Tower of Peterborough Cathedral (under the supervision of Derby Mountain Rescue). Proceeds from the event will be split between the Cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity ‘Shine UK’, whose work supports those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Tickets: £50 (plus a booking fee). Entrants can book via www.cathedralabseil.com and must be at least 16 years old in order to take part. Participants are also encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 for the two worthy causes. If you’re not quite brave enough to abseil yourself, sponsor the Dean via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisDalliston.

Places are limited and sure to sell fast, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Organ Recital

Wednesday 23rd May at 1.00pm

Come and hear a free lunchtime recital by one of the Cathedral Music Department’s accomplished organists.

Donations are invited.

Half Term Family Activities
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June

COSMOS Roadshow: Interactive Science Exhibition for Families
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June – 10.00am to 4.00pmCathedral New Building

Be a part of a ‘Sensational Science!’ roadshow as COSMOS brings hands-on exhibits, shows and activities for all the family to enjoy. Experience an illuminating illustration of how your mind and body work together to let you sense the world around you. From the anatomy of the ear to the eerie ‘velvet hand’ illusion, it has to be seen to be believed!

Entry: Free (no need to book), but donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time Explorers: Normans
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June – 1.00pm to 4.00pm – Cathedral Nave

Experience the story of Norman Peterborough through family craft activities. You can construct a castle for Tout Hill for Abbott Turoldus, make a chest to hide treasure from Hereward the Wake, and create an arch to help rebuild the Abbey after the fire of 1116.

Entry: Free (no need to book), but donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Scone Making
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 10.00am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm
Becket’s Tea Room

Come and join us for scone making fun at our amazing 14th century tea room. We’ll even let you eat them afterwards!

Entry: Free. To book, call 07702 948216 or email becketstearoom@gmail.com. Please note that there is a maximum of eight places per session.

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