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New Archdeacon of Wells announced

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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Reformation 500, 1517 – 2017

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A series of addresses and seminars to celebrate the landmark anniversary of Martin Luther’s reforming work will begin on Sunday 5 March 2017, 3.00pm. At the opening seminars the Dean of Bristol, Dr David Hoyle will speak about ‘The Pre-Reformation Imagination’ and ‘Luther’s Achievement.’

Four more speakers will hold five further sessions across the Lent period as detailed below. More details will follow soon. Visitors from across the diocese and county will be very welcome.

Reformation 500 Seminars poster


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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 next year.

To download a copy please click on the image below or pick up a hard copy in the Cathedral shortly:










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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Fun Workshops and Worship at our Annual Children’s Festival

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Wells Cathedral ‘s annual Children’s Festival takes place next year on Saturday 21st January 2017 from 10.30-3.00pm.

Every year the Cathedral opens its doors to 4-11 year olds and their church groups,  leaders and families for a fun-filled day of workshops and worship. The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Camels and Candles’ and we’ll be celebrating Epiphany and Candlemas with:

Collective worship at the opening and closing of the day involves action songs, prayer and a few surprises!


Saturday 21 January 2017 to be held here at Wells Cathedral

10.30am until 3pm

£1.50 per person (suggested donation)

To Book:

Bookings are taken up until 9th January via our Education Officer on 01749 674483 or via email at [email protected]

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Booking A Group Tour of Wells Cathedral

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.

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.

We’re easily accessible from Bath, Bristol, Wales and the west country and can include a pre-booked catering package as part of your visit.

To book:

More information is available here, call us on 01749 674483 or email us via  [email protected].

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Buy “A Wells Christmas” CD

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Order your copy by calling the shop on 01749 672773 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] (P&P charges will apply)

“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).

Great reviews are already in including:

“Seamlessly blended by choirmaster Matthew Owens, who has cultivated a bright, gleaming sonority, and the type of crisp attack heard to good effect in the Zither Carol…this is a desirable collection”.  BBC Music Magazine

“A beautifully sung and exceptionally well-recorded disc with a pleasing mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar” Choir and Organ magazine

The disc will also feature as the Classic FM Album of the Week from Monday 12 December!  A track will be featured each day at 10:15am so tune in to find out more and, if inspired, you can order your own copy from our Cathedral shop via 01749 672773!

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


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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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Free Daily Scheduled Tours

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

On most days of the year (Monday to Saturday), regular, scheduled tours of the Cathedral are available with one of our highly trained guides. They are free of charge, last approximately one hour and are designed to provide a general overview of the highlights which make Wells unique among English Cathedrals. They can add significantly to your enjoyment and appreciation of the Cathedral.

Tourists admire the West Front

No need to book; simply gather by our ‘Tour’ sign in the nave before the tour is scheduled to begin.

And remember that if you visit us on a Wednesday or a Saturday morning between April to October we run FREE weekly stained glass and embroidery walks which showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and beautiful embroideries. More details here.

Entry to the Cathedral is by donation.

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Entry donations

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

While admission to the Cathedral is free, donations are very welcome.

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance, restoration and development work.

Here at Wells that means we have to raise £4,500 per day which we must do through our own endeavours and with the help of our visitors, congregation and supporters.

To help us with this the suggested guideline for individual visitors is as follows:

Adults £6.00
Senior Citizens £4.00
Students and children £3.00
Family £15.00

If you are a UK taxpayer please also consider Gift Aid. This scheme enables the Cathedral to claim a tax refund of an extra 25p for every £1 you give. Information for Groups and Travel Trade bookings is here.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Cathedral and to worship here irrespective of their ability to leave a donation.

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