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Pilgrim Days 2017

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Cathedral was buzzing with life over the last couple of weeks with nearly 2000 children coming for Year 6 Pilgrim Days, celebrating the end of their junior school years and the move on to secondary school.

More details here on the Outreach & Learning – Schools section of the website.

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Paintings Exhibition by David Carson Shaw

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

A free exhibition of paintings held in the Cathedral South Cloister from Friday 23 June to Friday 7 July.


The paintings in this exhibition represent a range of themes which have interested me for decades. They are based on visits to a variety of ecclesiastical sites great and small. All the images are derived from direct observation or the recorded memory of an experience.

They reflect and evoke imagery which is in the broadest sense spiritual and allegorical, including allusions, memories, fragments and palimpsests. There is an awareness of the divide between permanence and the fleeting passage of time.

Pereunt et Imputantur! (how the hours fly and are lost!)

For more details of all events and exhibitions at the Cathedral please visit our What’s On pages.

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Summer holiday free family ‘Have A Go’ creative workshops

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Wednesday 2nd August and Wednesday 23rd August

Our holiday creative workshops always prove popular and, over the summer holidays, we invite you to spend time with us for two sessions where you may not only learn a little more about the Cathedral but also test out your creative skills!

Wednesday 2 August, 10.30am – 12.00pm, then again from 2-3.30pm (Cathedral’s Education Room)

Our theme today is ‘Working with Paper. We’ll be having a go at origami (paper folding), kirigami (paper cutting), pop-up cards and mindfulness colouring. Our sessions are free of charge but donations welcome to cover the cost of materials

Wednesday 23rd August,  10.30am – 12.00pm, then again from 2-3.30pm (Cathedral’s Education Room)

Our theme for these sessions are ‘Shapes and Geometric Art’. Take part in a shapes trail around the Cathedral. Take inspiration from the Cathedral’s architecture and use compasses to create your own tracery window. Colour geometric patterns to take home!

These sessions are for children accompanied by their parents or guardians and are free of charge (although donations are gratefully received to cover the cost of materials).  No need to book; just turn up prepared to be busy!

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Cathedral Newsletters

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Monthly Newsletter

Click on the link below to download a copy of the monthly e-newsletter for Wells Cathedral which provides a summary of all service and events taking place in the forthcoming month:

Wells Cathedral June Newsletter 2017

If you would prefer to receive your newsletter automatically via email each month please follow the instructions on this page.

Weekly Chapter Letter

Click on the link below to download a copy of our weekly Chapter Letter which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral:

Weekly Chapter Letter, Sunday 18 June

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Cathedral Bell ringing to Support Charity Campaign

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The bell ringing for our Evensong service on 26 June will be a method called, strangely, “Julie McDonnell New Bob Caters“.

A band comprising five ringers from the Wells area – all of whom are either members of the Wells band or who regularly support the local band at practice nights and with Sunday ringing – plus five ringers from Bath Abbey will attempt to ring the method for Evensong. The latter will have raced to Wells directly from Bath Abbey where they will have attempted the same feat and Julie hopes to join the team in Wells!

The aim of the challenge is to support Julie McDonnell’s campaign to raise money for charity; in her case to ring church bells as part of a campaign for better treatments for cancer. Julie has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer, and is raising money through corporate sponsorship by encouraging ringers to ring methods that have her name.

So far 43 Cathedral/Minster/Abbeys have rung “Julie McDonnell” in support of her challenge and raised £7 million in sponsorship in 2016. This year the challenge has been thrown down to ring quarter peals in one of the methods.  More about the campaign can be found by clicking on the following link:

Did you know – the bells at Wells Cathedral are the heaviest ring of ten bells in the world!

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Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Check out our Job Vacancies page for details of job and volunteering opportunities available at the Cathedral.

Please click here for more information.

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New Assistant Organist Announced!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Wells Cathedral is delighted to be welcoming a new Assistant Organist to its Music Foundation following the appointment of Jeremy Cole.  Jeremy, who is currently the Assistant Director of Music at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London will take up the post in September 2017.*

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) said “I am thrilled that Jeremy Cole will be joining us as Assistant Organist. He comes to us with glowing recommendations from those with whom he has worked, and with a great deal of experience of working at a very high level as an organist, choir trainer, and conductor. I know that the whole Cathedral choir will make him feel most welcome upon his arrival.”

Jeremy said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Wells Cathedral as Assistant Organist, and to be moving to such a beautiful city. I am very much looking forward to working with Matthew Owens and the superb Cathedral choir, as well as the clergy, staff, and volunteers that make up the Cathedral community.”

Jeremy Cole is currently assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, where he is the principal organist and plays for all regular and special services, as well as broadcasts and concerts, in one of London’s busiest churches. He also oversees the music at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London. Alongside these roles, Jeremy pursues a busy freelance career as a conductor, organist, and piano accompanist. He is assistant conductor of the Holst Singers, and is in demand as a repetiteur for choirs, solo singers and instrumentalists, and as a continuo player. He is artistic director of Illuminare Choir, a professional ensemble which he founded in 2012.


Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has studied the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr, and David Briggs, and conducting with Stephen Layton. He has an increasing profile as a recitalist, with recent engagements including London’s Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, and the cathedrals of Gloucester and Southwark.

Jeremy joins a team of organists at the Cathedral, which includes two organ scholars. Wells Cathedral choir was also hailed recently by an international jury from Gramophone Magazine as the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall.  It consists of 18 boy choristers, 18 girl choristers and 12 Vicars Choral (the men of the choir).

*appointment is subject to DBS referencing

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Bach Complete Organ Works: Lunchtime Recitals

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral). Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.  All welcome!

Our next recital:

Thursday 13th July , 1.05 – 1.40pm


Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536; Fugue in B minor, on a theme of Corelli, BWV 579;Trio in G minor, BWV 584;Toccata in E major, BWV 566; Chorale Preludes from the Neumeister Collection.


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FREE Weekly Stained Glass Window Walks and ‘Explore the Embroideries’ (Wed and Sat mornings)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Our popular and FREE weekly Window and Embroidery Walks take place on most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.10 am and 11.40am respectively and continue through to October.

Lasting approximately 20 minutes each these themed walks showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and wonderful embroideries. We offer a different theme each month and no booking is required. Binoculars are useful and recommended for Stained Glass tours although not essential.

Stained Glass Window Walks

July’s theme is ‘St Dunstan’:

Medieval and early 20th century portraits of St Dunstan.  He was a local man who became Abbot of Glastonbury and Archbishop of Canterbury.  We will look at the different techniques used in the glass making and design and compare the changes.

Explore the Embroideries Walks

July’s theme is ‘Two Martyr Saints:

Learn more about St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and St Andrew, to whom the Cathedral is dedicated.


(No Window Walk tour on Saturday 1st July)

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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.

*You can book up to ten people per transaction via the website

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