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October Half-Term Family Free ‘Art with Leaves’ Workshop

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Join us for FREE family activity workshops with leaf-themed activities for all ages on Wednesday 26th October, 10.00am-12.00pm and 1.00-3.00pm.

All materials will be provided for these sessions to be held in the Cathedral’s Education Room.  Donations towards cost of materials welcomed. No need to book, just turn up and get involved!

Plus, Wells Cathedral Nature Trail

As part of these workshops we are also holding the Wells Cathedral Nature Trail at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Starting from the Education Room these FREE guided tours lasting approx. 15 minutes, take you around the cathedral looking for leaves hidden in the decorations. A great way to get some inspiration for the craft workshop!

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Wells Cathedral Choir : New Christmas CD

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Ahead of its official release, the new Christmas CD from Wells Cathedral Choir is now available from the Wells Cathedral shops.

“A Wells Christmas” features an irresistible array of 20 popular carols and more recent offerings, including works by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Kenneth Leighton, Matthew Owens, and many more. If you are not able to visit the Cathedral shops in person, you can order your copy by calling the shop on 01749 672773 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] (P&P charges will apply).

Only the proceeds from CDs purchased from the Cathedral shops will support the Choir and Cathedral.

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New Wells Cathedral choir CD ‘Missa Wellensis’

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Our Cathedral Shop is stocking copies of Wells Cathedral Choir’s new CD ‘Missa Wellensis’ launched at a special evensong on Thursday 22 September.

The disc features works by Sir John Tavener, including a Mass written for Wells Cathedral Choir in the last year of the composer’s life. It was premiered by the choir under the direction of Matthew Owens, in May 2014, during the new music wells festival, in the presence of the composer’s widow, Lady Tavener. The disc also features the world premier recording of the Preces and Responses, also written for Wells Cathedral Choir alongside some of Tavener’s finest and best-loved works such as Song for Athene, and his Greek-Orthodox inspired Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.

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Wells Cathedral Photographic Competition 2016

Monday, September 12th, 2016

To celebrate the wonder of stunning Wells Cathedral in its visual splendour we are holding a photography competition to see the Cathedral through the eyes of our visitors. Use your imagination to capture your perspective on the Cathedral and Vicars’ Close. Or have you taken a photograph you’re particularly proud of from a recent visit to us?

Competition Details

The Wells Cathedral Photographic Competition is open from Monday 12 September 2016 and closes at 12noon on Thursday 29 September 2016. A panel of judges will collect to select entries for a shortlist and choose an overall winner to be displayed at an exhibition and on Facebook plus a dedicated Pinterest board. Results will be announced by the end of play Friday 30 September with the winner and all entrants selected for shortlisting being contacted by a representative of Wells Cathedral.

 Vicars Close and cat  The great West Front of Wells Cathedral The Nave and famous ‘Scissor Arches’ at Wells Cathedral

Entry Details


Email image

You can enter by simply emailing your picture to [email protected] either directly or via a file transfer site such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. To accompany your entry you should provide us with your name and contact phone number although we will restrict contact to your email address.



Alternatively you can enter via Facebook by direct messaging your picture and comments to us or by posting your picture on our Facebook page @WellsCathedral using the tag #WellsCathedralPhotoCompetition to make sure it gets entered. If you are lucky enough to be shortlisted or win the competition we will direct message you via Facebook. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with, Facebook. By participating you hereby release and hold harmless Facebook from any and all liability associated with this promotion.

A short description of your photo and what it means to you would also be very welcome for all entries. Photo files must be high resolution of at least 300dpi for photographic reproduction. You won’t be contacted for any other reason than to be told you are short-listed or are our winner.

Chapter House vaulting The famous West Front by night View from Lady to Chapel West


Shortlisted photos will be professionally printed to 8 x 6” and displayed at our Photographic Competition Exhibition in Wells Cathedral’s South Cloister from Saturday 15 – Friday 28 October 2016.

The winner will receive a voucher for a meal for two at Wells Cathedral’s café, a £100.00 high street stores voucher and their winning photo printed on a canvas for display at the competition exhibition. Once the exhibition closes this canvas will be sent to the winner for display in pride of place at home.

Terms & Conditions

By entering the competition you are confirming that the picture you enter is your own original image and that Wells Cathedral has the right to use and display your image for marketing and promotional purposes using whatever platform and medium they choose. Your details will not be passed onto any 3rd party and will not be used by Wells Cathedral for any purpose other than automatic subscription to our monthly newsletter from which you can unsubscribe at any time.

Photo canvas – Wells Cathedral can only ship this to UK destinations. Whilst every effort will be taken to ensure safe delivery Wells Cathedral cannot accept any liability for damage during transit.

Wells Cathedral café voucher details – to be presented in the café at the till in exchange for food and drink including alcohol, up to the total value of £40.00. Voucher is valid until 30 October 2017.

High Street stores voucher – winner can select from a voucher for John Lewis, M&S, Post Office or Amazon. There is no cash alternative and the voucher will be valid for a minimum of two years.

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Be a Chorister for a Day 2016

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Our next Be a Chorister for a Day event will take place on Saturday 8 October from 11.00am-5.00pm, and includes singing games, learning about the Cathedral and finding out what a Chorister really does. Lunch is provided, and at the end of the day the children sing Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. In the afternoon parents can take a tour of Wells Cathedral School, and have afternoon tea in Vicars’ Hall before Evensong.

There are still some boys’ places available, and there is a waiting list for girls. If you know a child who will be aged between 7 and 9 on this date and would like to take part, please send your contact details to Melanie Lawlor in the Music Office by emailing [email protected] , or telephone 01749 674483.

Places are limited so please register early.

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Refugee and Migration Day: Monday 10 October 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

On Monday 10 October the Cathedral will be hosting two events investigating the issues around migration and refugees.

Morning Event: Sixth Form Conference

In the morning we will be hosting a Sixth Form Conference which will include a real life story from a young Afghan refugee, representatives from charities working in the field (British Red Cross and Christian Aid) and an academic overview from a member of the Migration Research Group at the University of Bristol. The half day conference will include speeches and workshops in smaller groups. The cost is £3.90 per pupil.

For more information and a booking form click here.

Afternoon Event : ‘Migration – The Next Move?’. Free event for adults

At 2.00pm in the Cathedral Nave a variety of speakers will be presenting a series of short talks including a representative from Somerset County Council who will be giving a brief summary of local projects.

Our event is followed by refreshments in the Cathedral Education Room, a ‘Question Time’ informal discussion and opportunities to explore how we might make a difference. This event will be chaired by Bishop Ruth Worsley.

Donations will be welcomed on the day to cover costs; we hope to have enough voluntary contributions to be able to make donations to related charity projects.

To book: you are welcome to turn up on the day but we cannot guarantee availability. To secure your place, please book by clicking here. 


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The next Dean of Wells announced

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells. Confirmation of the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street at 10am this morning (Tuesday 23 August 2016). Dr Davies succeeds the Very Revd John Clarke, who retired at the end of 2015.

Dr Davies will be officially installed as Dean of Wells at a special service to be held on Sunday, 20 November 2016 here at Wells Cathedral.

Further information about the announcement can be found on the diocesan website here.

And to listen to an interview with BBC Radio Somerset’s Ben McGrail click here (approx. 2h 10mins in).

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Join Wells Junior Choir

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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

Are you in school years 3-6?

Then Wells Junior Choir is for YOU!

About Us

We 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.

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.

WC Junior Choir Poster 2016

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“The Passion of Joan of Arc” film screening and orchestral performance

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Wells Cathedral are delighted to partner with Hauser & Wirth Somerset to present ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’, a special live orchestral performance and film screening here at Wells Cathedral on Friday 7 October 2016, 8 pm.

‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ is a collaboration between the gallery, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and award-winning conductor Charles Hazlewood. Adrian Utley and Will Gregory have devised a new score sound-tracking the dramatic and moving narrative of Danish film director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (1928), which chronicles Joan of Arc’s trial and execution during her captivity in France. Initially commissioned by the Colston Hall and supported by The Watershed, Bristol, the inventive new score will be performed live alongside a screening of the film, led by Charles Hazlewood with guitars, horns, harp, synthesisers, percussion and an 8 voice choir.

‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ performance at Wells Cathedral will be Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s second collaboration with Somerset-based world-renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood. It follows the recent David Bowie tribute at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which involved Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra in a performance of Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, inspired by Bowie’s 1977 album.

Tickets range from: £40 / £35 / £30 / £25 / Restricted seats: £15 / £10. To purchase any of the final remaining tickets click here.

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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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