The Beach is Coming

07th July 2023

The UK’s most landlocked cathedrals are bringing the beach to the city this summer.

Back by popular demand, The Beach will return to Lichfield Cathedral from Saturday 22 July to Sunday 3 September – and this time there will be water!

Sand, decking, deck chairs, children’s activities and refreshments will be available throughout the school summer holidays for everyone to enjoy. And  Lichfield Cathedral will add water play each Monday and Friday between 10 and 12.

Every weekday during the school holidays Lichfield Cathedral will host a free Craft Club for children and big children alike.

Each week will see a different activity with the opportunity to create artwork that will be on display in the Cathedral during the autumn installation: ‘Journey Through Creation.’ Children will be making light catchers from recycled materials, fish, feathers, clouds, and much more.

This summer will also see a new art installation Wellspring by Carolynn White that will feature representations of water cascading and bursting from the Font and children’s creations during summer Craft Club will be added.

The Right Revd Jan McFarlane, Dean of Lichfield said everyone was welcome.

“Come for the day, bring a picnic, and enjoy the sand trickling through your toes. Join in with children and adults alike, making sandcastles, sunbathing, and simply enjoying relaxing in one another’s company.

“Life is tough at the moment, with worries about household bills and the cost of living. Child-like play is good for us grown-ups as well as the little ones. Please know that you are always welcome at Lichfield Cathedral – your Cathedral.”

Find out more here.

In Coventry, Cov By the Sea will see the Ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral transformed into a beach location from 11am on the 4 – 6 August.

The Cathedral ruins will be turned into a seaside haven with a vintage carousel, free crafts, free games and activities, an Ice Cream van, live music and a community seaside mural to make.

Full programme coming soon here.