Heritage open weekend at Peterborough Cathedral

King Henry

King Henry - Credit: Archant

Peterborough Cathedral is inviting people to look inside the building as part of a Heritage Festival.

King Henry

King Henry - Credit: Archant

There is no charge to enter the Cathedral on June 21 and 22 and as well as enjoying a wander round or a chance to sit down and take in the architecture, visitors can also catch one of the events that will be taking place.

These include free 20 minute guided taster tours and an array of performances with visits from King Henry VIII and his Queen Katharine of Aragon, readings from Peterborough poets and on Saturday short concerts from the Cantus Polonicum Polish Community Choir and The Marimba Ensemble African drummers.

There will be an exhibition of photographs, fashion and even a unicorn to mark the anniversaries being celebrated this year by Hampton Vale Primary School, the Pakistani Community Association of Peterborough and Peterborough City College.

A pop-up café will be running at The Becket Chapel, in collaboration with Beetroot Catering, to sell delicious lunches and teas, all in aid of Cathedral funds.


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“The Heritage Festival is the ideal opportunity for anyone who has never set foot in the Cathedral before to do so,” said Canon Jonathan Baker. “We hope that the taster tours will inspire people to come back for a longer visit!

“I think Festival-goers will also enjoy the two services that are happening at the end of each day. On Saturday at 5pm we have the contemplative, candlelit Taizé service, and then on Sunday at 3.30pm there will be a splendid finale to the Festival with Evensong in the centuries-old tradition of Church choral music.”

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Saturday June 21

The Cathedral is open to visitors from 10-4.

Taster tours from 10-3

An audience with King Henry VIII and Queen Katharine of Aragon 11.30am & 2.30pm

12.30pm & 4pm - Readings from Peterborough Poets

1.30pm - Cantus Polonicum, Polish Community Choir

3pm - Traditional African music from the Marimba Ensemble (25 mins)

5pm - Taizé Service

7.30pm - Festival Lecture: Shirley Williams, The Life of Vera Brittain

Sunday June 22

Sunday morning services are at 8am, 9.15am and 10.30am. All welcome.

The Cathedral is open to visitors from 12.00 noon - 3.00pm.

Noon – 3pm - 20 Minute taster tours

1pm & 2.30pm - An audience with King Henry VIII and Queen Katharine of Aragon

1.30pm - Readings from Peterborough Poets

3.30pm - Festival Evensong with Peterborough Cathedral Choir and Festival Chorus

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