Cathedral What’s On – Autumn 2021

20th October 2021

What will you discover this Autumn in our Cathedrals.

What’s On – Cathedrals Autumn 2021

As the dark nights close in, we want to let you into a secret. 42 of them in fact.

Leicester Cathedral is shining a light on communities with a unique sound and light installation, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon can be found in Wells and Durham Cathedrals and has now opened in Chichester Cathedral offering a diverse programme at each cathedral of moon-inspired events, talks, music, and worship, Norwich Cathedral is preparing to say goodbye to Dippy on Tour with a light spectacular, and tickets have gone on sale at St Albans’ for this year’s Fireworks’ Spectacular.

Where There Is Light is an immersive sound and light installation that shares the voices and stories of sanctuary from different communities across the country.

Created by Squidsoup, the piece was originally conceived for Gloucester Cathedral to mark the 20th birthday of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and has been redeveloped with partners in Hull, Leicester, Coventry and Halton.

This is a pay what you can event.

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith said:

“Where There is Light offers visitors a space to come together and share a sense of connection and hope with others living in their city who they may not otherwise interact with.”

Where There is Light in Leicester Cathedral until 24 October.

Pre-booking is required on a ‘pay what you can’ basis – book your place now via Eventbrite

Rochester has just announced it will be hosting Luke Jerram’s illuminated sculpture of planet earth, Gaia in February 2022. The Cathedral has just seen 7,500 visitors over three days, a sell-out, for the art and sound installation, Space Journey, by Luxmuralis.

Norwich Cathedral too has broken all visitor records with its National History Museum Dippy on Tour exhibition which is about to enter its final week with a varied programme of events, including a light spectacular, Blue Light Dippy At Night plus more dinosaurs as the GoGoDiscover T. Rex sculptures, which decorated Norwich’s streets this summer, will be gathered under one roof.

Tickets are on sale for St Albans’ Fireworks’ Spectacular which this year returns to Verulamium Park in person after last year’s super successful crowdfunding campaign to take it online and socially distanced.

Money raised from the firework event will help the cathedral and three local charities, Highfield Park Trust, Age UK, and the Herts Domestic Abuse Headline.

And you can find all the moon events taking place in Durham, Wells and Chichester (from this weekend) below.

Museum of the Moon events:

Peterborough Cathedral’s half term events are moon-inspired too. It is the last week visitors can see One Small Step by artist, Peter Walker, which recreates the lunar surface using NASA imagery. The National Space Centre in Leicester will bring its Star Dome inflatable planetarium on Thursday 28th October to give tours of the night sky, pointing out stars and constellations. Advance booking necessary.

There are other space themed activities too including One Giant Leap which will see teddy bears’ parachute jumping.

There’s something for everyone at all our cathedrals. From art, heritage and history to worship and song. Check each cathedrals’ individual website for latest events and worship times.

Please be assured all our Church of England cathedrals have achieved the Visit Britain’s industry standard and consumer charter mark We’re Good to Go which means visitors can be confident that cathedrals are taking all the necessary steps to help ensure people’s safety in line with latest Government and Public Health guidance.

What will you discover?

Photo courtesy of St Albans Cathedral and Jackies Jaunts