Schools Out and so are the Light Sabers

02nd August 2023

Chewbacca and Han Solo in the Quire stalls? Whatever next? A light saber battle on the Cathedral Green? You bet! This is Peterborough Cathedral this summer. What will you discover?

Light Sabers at 20 paces – Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral is inviting visitors to join in the Cosplay fun this Friday evening  (August 4) followed by a striking display of light saber combat on the Cathedral Green from the national champion and the top ten light saber artists in the UK.

This unique event will see one of the premier local Star Wars Costume Groups, The East Midlands Garrison at the cathedral and visitors are invited to have their photo taken with Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and much more.

It is just one event as part of Peterborough Cathedral’s summer offering of the Unofficial Galaxies exhibition, one of the biggest private Star Wars collections in the world is on display in the cathedral until the end of August.

This Friday is all about the costumes with tutorials on what it takes to create the most authentic Star Wars costumes and an invitation to enter the Cathedral’s best-dressed competition with a cash prize and a chance to be featured on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

In an epic finale, there will be a display of light saber combat on the Cathedral Green. There are refreshments and this is a ticketed event.

Unofficial Galaxies is rarely seen in the UK and amongst the 120plus piece collection is a full-size Landspeeder purchased from London’s Elstree Studios and the desk and chair of young Anakin Skywalker from the 1999 film The Phantom Menace.

Also on display is an array of original production items, costumes for characters such as Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Star Wars toys dating from 1977 to 1999.

And every Sunday throughout the exhibition time, there is a talk inspired by the exhibition which explores faith and science including alternative worship with the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams when he explores the famous line I am Your Father. 

There are galaxy-inspired craft events every Wednesday and an Out of This World relaxed family service this Sunday (August 6).

Please note the Cathedral has organised a number of quiet sessions available for those with additional needs when the music will be turned off and the lighting adjusted.