Summer plans at Newcastle, Chester and Guildford.
Summer in our Cathedrals – what will you discover?
Newcastle Cathedral joins in a city trail celebrating Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep, Pete Waterman OBE and his Railnuts return to Chester and Guildford has a summer programme of theatre, outdoor cinema, fun days for families and a new art exhibition.
Just some of the events you can discover at our cathedrals this summer.
Newcastle Cathedral will unveil a sculpture of Shaun the Sheep later this month aspart of the citywide ‘Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne’ art trail of which it is a sponsor.
The trail starts from St Oswald’s Hospice and will bring colour to the streets and landmarks of Newcastle. It is the hospice’s third year of art trail and it will run from 19 July – 27 September when Newcastle city centre and surrounding areas will be transformed by the arrival of 50 super-sized sculptures inspired by the much-loved star of film and television, Shaun the Sheep.
Located alongside some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, each Shaun the Sheep sculpture will be uniquely designed by artists from the region and beyond, providing a fun, family-friendly art trail for locals and visitors to follow.
For the summer holidays, Newcastle Cathedral has created an exciting programme of events around Shaun the Sheep including self-led craft activities, a mini flock of artistic creations from local schools and nurseries and there’s a hidden animal trail through the cathedral. Other events include storytime every Thursday in August and an animal family fun day on 23 July.
Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks returns to Chester this summer for the third and final instalment at the Cathedral from 26 July to 2 September.
This year’s 64-foot-long track is modelled after Milton Keynes railway station with some very special never-before seen features and trains.
Like previous years, visitors will be able to drive the trains using dedicated control tablets.
‘I am really excited to bring this new even better layout to Chester again this year – after being set the challenge of building a station, I can honestly say it’s going to be something very special and we will be offering the chance to adults and children alike to drive the trains.’ Said Pete Waterman.
Guildford Cathedral’s summer programme includes a return of outdoor cinema this August, tower tours and a summer-themed Family Fun Day when visitors – young and old- will create a jellyfish, design an ice-cream cone and use a concertina method to make a watermelon. There is also the opportunity to join in with the word hunt that takes visitors on a journey to explore the whole Cathedral building.
The summer exhibition is Seahenge: A Journey – Andrew Rafferty. Andrew’s photographic style creates distinctive and atmospheric pieces that draw the viewer into an encounter of landscape and place. Integral to this exhibition is the artist’s collaboration with poet Kevin Crossley-Holland and the images are a response to a journey captured in poetry. It opens 1 August until 3 September.
This August also sees the return of the Luna Cinema to Guildford Cathedral.