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Early Music Wells Concert: Opus Anglicanum – Annunciation

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Join us on the evening of Saturday 25 March for Opus Anglicanum’s final Wells Cathedral concert under the directorship of founder, John Rowlands-Pritchard. The concert will feature beautiful music and readings for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the magnificent candlelit surroundings of Wells Cathedral Quire.

To book: tickets cost just £12 and are available from Wells Cathedral Box Office on 01749 672773, in person from the shop or on the door.

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Fixed Date Special Interest Tours

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The Cathedral runs a number of fixed date special interest tours for our visitors which run on specific dates during the year.

Our team of tour guides are experts on the Cathedral and their specialist subjects, injecting every tour with fascinating stories and insights into this unique place. Our fixed date tours run at a specified time and date during the year, last between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours and can accommodate up to 15 people per party.  They do need to be pre-booked.

Tour themes:

Themes include in-depth looks at the Cathedral’s unique stained glass, stone carvings, gothic architecture, embroideries or our chained library. Click on the theme of your choice below for more information on each tour and to make an online booking:

Stained Glass tour dates

Stone Carvings tour dates

A Doorway to Gothic Architecture tour dates

Embroideries tour dates

Chained Library tour dates

To book:

You can book yourself and friends or a group onto these fixed date special interest tours via the Cathedral’s Box Office on 01749 671663 or in person from our shops at the low price of £10 per person. We also take online bookings which are subject to a small booking fee. Click on the tour theme of your choice above to make an online booking.

Tourists admire the West Front

Want to bring your Group to the Cathedral but can’t make these dates?  Our Visits team can talk to you about tailoring a group visit to suit the date and theme of your choice.  Click here to find out more.

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Lent Reformation Tours

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

To support the Reformation series of addresses over Lent we are also delighted to be offering two special Reformation Tours on Saturday 18 March and Saturday 25 March. On both dates tours will take place from 11.30-1.00pm and again from 2.00-3.30pm.

Led by Cathedral Librarian, Kevin Spears, and Archivist Anne Crawford, they will give a unique insight into this landmark event in our history. Visitors on the Reformation library tours will see relevant books and  documents from the cathedral’s collections displayed in the Chained Library and Muniment Room, spaces not open to general public access.

These items will be used to explain the impact of the Reformation in England and on Wells Cathedral in particular. Please note that these tours are not suitable for under 16s nor wheelchairs due to the spiral staircase leading to the library.

Tickets for tours are at the special price of £10.00 each + booking fee, but with limited spaces available so please book your place.

To Book:

You can do this online via Eventbrite. Simply click on the date and time of your choice below:

Saturday 25 March, 11.30am-1.00pm

Saturday 25 March, 2.00pm-3.30pm

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Charities of the Month – March

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Cathedral is committed to supporting community groups which serve people facing challenging circumstances.

‘The Week’s Good Cause’ Donation Point provides a dedicated space for Somerset organisations, both to raise awareness of the group’s aims, and to raise funds for that work.


St Margaret’s Hospice and Parkinsons’ UK

St Margaret’s Hospice is a local charity with two inpatient units in Taunton and Yeovil. We are committed to providing specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families. Our care is available to any adult with a terminal or life limiting illness, for example, cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease. Through our medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services, we offer physical, emotional, social and spiritual care to our patients and their families.

Parkinson’s UK

We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. For more than 40 years we’ve been working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know why people get the condition. One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK. The Mendip branch exists to offer friendship and support to all those with Parkinson’s, and their carers in the Mendip area.

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New Archdeacon of Wells

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The Bishop of Bath and Wells has announced that the Revd Canon Anne Gell will be our next Archdeacon of Wells and Residentiary Canon of Wells Cathedral.

Anne is currently Vicar of St Peter’s Wrecclesham in the Diocese of Guildford, and Area Dean of Farnham. She will take up her appointment after Easter.

Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Peter said: “It is with great joy that I announce Anne’s appointment. She is coming to the diocese at an exciting time and will bring warmth and enthusiasm, pastoral skills and prayerfulness to this post. Anne is a wise and experienced parish priest and Area Dean with a deep desire to support the flourishing of all God’s people. As the next Archdeacon of Wells she will be involved in helping benefices, schools and chaplaincies in living and sharing the good news of Jesus.”

The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies said: “The Chapter will be delighted to welcome Anne and her family into the life and ministry of the Cathedral at Wells. She brings with her a rich variety of experience, including knowledge of Cathedral ministry through her role as an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral. It will be very good to welcome her after Easter.”

More information is available via the Diocesan website here.

Welcome Anne!

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LENT ADDRESSES “Reformation 500, 1517 – 2017″

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

It was in 1517 that Luther launched his great Reform movement, and in this 500th anniversary year it is good to reflect on how this great shift in consciousness affected Europe and our own world and imaginations.

A series of free Sunday afternoon addresses with acclaimed speakers will begin at the Cathedral on 5 March, and then on each Sunday for five weeks, to commemorate this great landmark for our culture and for the Christian Church.

Click here to listen to an interview with the Dean of Wells and the Dean of Bristol recorded prior to the first session.


Sunday 5 March Lent 1: Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol

Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Bristol, will preach on the pre-Reformation imagination – what was it like to worship, believe and pray before the Reformation? Then after Evensong and a cup of tea, David will deliver an address on Luther’s achievement as a great reformer.  David is a Reformation scholar, and one of the best speakers in the Church of England:

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Pre Reformation Imagination’

4.15pm Public Lecture ‘Luther’s achievement’

Sunday 12 March Lent 2: Prof. David Thomas, Birmingham University *

3 pm Evensong with Address ‘The Reformers and other faiths’

4.15pm Seminar ‘Christians and other faiths today’

Sunday 19 March Lent 3: Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral *

3pm Evensong with Address  ‘Religion in the Vernacular’


Sunday 26 March Lent 4: The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Birth of Anglicanism’


Sunday 2 April Lent 5: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Counter Reformation’

*Both David and Elizabeth were sponsored for ordination from Wells Cathedral

All visitors, including from across the diocese and county, will be very welcome. No booking required.

Reformation Tours:

To support the Reformation series of addresses over Lent we are also delighted to be offering two special Reformation Tours on Saturday 18 March and Saturday 25 March. Led by Cathedral Librarian, Kevin Spears, and Archivist Anne Crawford, they will give a unique insight into this landmark event in our history. Visitors on the Reformation library tours will see relevant books and  documents from the cathedral’s collections displayed in the Chained Library and Muniment Room, spaces not open to general public access.

Click here for more information, including how to book.

To download our poster with details of all dates and speakers please click here or on the image of the poster below:

Reformation 500 Seminars 2017poster V4


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Music in Wells 2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Our ‘Music in Wells 2017′ leaflet has details of all of the concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral this year. To download a copy please click on this link or pick up a hard copy in the Cathedral.


You can also view the remaining concerts and recitals for 2016 leaflet by clicking on the image below:

Music In Wells Cathedral 2016 leaflet

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Group Bookings

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Are you part of a local history, special interest or community group? Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, a trip to Wells Cathedral will make an unforgettable addition to your group’s itinerary for 2017.

A range of tours and benefits:

Choose from a range of tours to suit your group’s special interest, and, if you pre-book your group visit with us our entry charge includes the services of one of our highly trained, experienced guides, a 10% discount for all group members in our Cathedral café and two shops plus a free place for your group organiser, tour manager or bus driver.

In order to ensure you benefit from the pre-booked groups rate and so that we are able to guarantee you a guide, pre-booking is essential. Our busy Cathedral diary means that we also ask for two week’s notice if possible. Remember – group organisers go free! Please note that availability of guides to be confirmed at latest two weeks prior to the date of the booked tour.

To book:

More information is available here, call us on 01749 671663 or email us via  [email protected].

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Join Wells Cathedral’s Song Squad!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Would you like to sing, have fun and make new friends?

Are you in school years 3-6?

Then Wells Cathedral’s Song Squad is for YOU!

About Us

Wells Cathedral Song Squad (formally Wells Cathedral Junior Choir) rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 5.00 – 6.00pm in term time. There is no audition, and both boys and girls are very welcome. We sing music in lots of different styles and there are plenty of performance opportunities.

Concert at St Cuthbert's Church

The choir is led by Tricia Rees-Jones.

If you would like more information about the choir, please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 01749 330160 or [email protected].

More Information

For more information please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 07497 895664 or via email at [email protected] Please provide your name, date of birth, telephone number, a parent’s name and your home address.

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Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Church of England or the Government towards maintenance, restoration and development work, a challenge which is often little understood both in this country and overseas.

Here in Wells that means the Cathedral has to raise £4,500 per day which must be achieved via our own endeavours and with the help of our visitors, congregation and supporters.

The Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events and one of the major sources of regular income for the Cathedral to meet these costs is therefore from visitor entry donations.

Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Wells Cathedral work on roof

From Monday 4 July 2016, anyone wishing to make a donation to the Cathedral and enjoy fast-track access for 12 months via the Cathedral’s Donation Desk can purchase a new Wells Cathedral ‘Annual Pass’.

It is our policy to welcome everyone to the Cathedral irrespective of their ability to leave a donation.  However, we hope that the Annual Pass will provide a convenient method for those who feel able to contribute to our work.

How to Purchase an Annual Pass

The Annual Pass costs £15 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To purchase an Annual Pass or for more details please call us on 01749 672773 or email [email protected].

Details of other ways to make a donation can be found here.

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