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“A Wells Christmas” CD available to purchase

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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

The CD was selected by DAVID MELLOR on Classic FM as ‘best of the festive new releases in 2016 and great reviews included: “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 was also featured as the Classic FM Album of the Week!

To order:

Call the Cathedral shop via 01749 672773 or send an email to (P&P charges will apply)!

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Wells Cathedral Finalists in Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18

Monday, October 9th, 2017

We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18, in the category of “Large Attraction of the Year”.

Judging was carried out by an independent panel of past winners, industry leaders and experts in their field. The awards will be presented and winners announced at a ceremony on 9th November at the Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton.

We’re in great company but fingers are crossed!

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Vicars Choral Commemoration Concert

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Thursday 9 November, 8-9.30pm

An ever-popular candlelit concert featuring a selection of some of the finest cathedral music for men’s voices and arrangements of popular songs.

Performed by the highly-acclaimed Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir this will also be the first year that Jeremy Cole, the Cathedral’s new assistant organist, will be directing. Jeremy joined Wells Cathedral from St-Martin-in-the-Fields (London) earlier this year where he held the post of Assistant Director of Music.

Tickets do sell very quickly for this annual concert and can be purchased for £15.00 from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office on 01749 672773.

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Half term family workshops: masons’ marks trail and soap carving activities

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Wednesday 23 October: 10.30am-12noon AND 2-3.30pm.

All welcome to follow our masons’ marks Treasure Hunt and enjoy soap carving activities during our October half term ‘have a go’ family workshops!

Mason marks are a series of symbols that, for the past 4,000 years, have been used by designers and builders to inscribe patterns on stones to help illiterate masons to carry out their orders and know which materials fitted where.A treasure hunt in the style of a bingo card will be available during your visit; can you find all the masons’ marks around the Cathedral?

Our creative workshops are always popular and the chemical free soap for today’s workshop is made by a local craftsman; the particular blend was created to produce a soap which has the colour and texture resembling the locally quarried Doulting stone which was used to build the Cathedral. And the best thing of all? You get to keep your soap as a souvenir. of your visit!

Two sessions are offered, the first between 10.30am-12noon and the second at 2-3.30pm.

No need to book, donations welcome!

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Reformation Day Lecture: Tuesday 31 October

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Following our Evensong service on Tuesday 31 October (5.15-6.15pm) there will be a short lecture by Charles Cornish-Dale of Lincoln College Oxford, five hundred years to the day since Martin Luther is thought to have pinned his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, beginning the Reformation.

After the presentation there will be time for questions and then a drinks party. The Lecture will be held in the Education Room, off the Cloisters.

RSVP by email to Paula Denyer at by 25th October.

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Modern Slavery “A CURSE IN OUR AGE” talk and workshops

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Modern slavery is one of the scandalous ills of today’s society. Efforts to combat it are a great work, drawing together many people of good will. The Church of England is closely involved with this endeavour and Wells Cathedral will be hosting two public events, in conjunction with the Diocese of Bath and Wells and The Clewer Initiative, looking at this important issue:

Wednesday 18 October “The National Picture” with The Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern 

The first event is on Wednesday 18 October (3.00 – 4.00pm) and includes tea and briefing with The Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern (Lead Bishop on Modern Slavery) who will be exploring “The National Picture” in the Quire of the Cathedral. The previous day the Church of England will have launched the Clewer Initiative, a key project in this area, so our briefing will be timely.

Wednesday 15 November “The Local Picture”

Our second event will be held on Wednesday 15 November (2-4.00pm) when a variety of speakers will provide us with opportunities to discuss the challenges at a local level – “The Local Picture”.

Please come to find out more.  No need to book for these free events but donations are welcome.

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New Cathedral Choir CD by composer John Joubert

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Wells Cathedral Choir’s new CD of works by prolific veteran composer John Joubert is now available.

Featuring pieces commissioned for and first performed by the Cathedral Choir at Wells, this programme has at its heart the extended St Mark Passion, a profound and heartfelt retelling of the well-known passion story, the expansive Missa Wellensis, and Joubert’s vivid and powerful setting of Locus iste.

This very special disc is available from the Cathedral Shops and for a limited time will be available at the special price of £10. Please call the Shop to check availability on 01749 672 773.

Wells Cathedral Choir Recordings:

More on Wells Cathedral choir recordings can be found here.

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Monday, August 14th, 2017

Education is key in our mission here at Wells Cathedral and thus our ‘theology@wells’ programme offers a number of events throughout the year to prompt discussion and provide intellectual and spiritual support.

Here is a taster for some of the events which will be offered this autumn, open to all.

More details on events which take place as part of our ‘theology@wells’ programme can be found here. Or sign up to our regular monthly e-newsletter here to keep up-to-date with all events and activities taking place in the Cathedral.

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Cathedral Newsletters

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Monthly Newsletter – October issue out now!

Click on the link 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.

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 to download a copy of our weekly Chapter Letter which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.

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FREE October 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

‘St Calixtus & St Gregory': A look at two early medieval Popes depicted in contrasting styles. St Gregory is in a medieval setting and dates from the 1340s while St Calixtus’ window was made in the 1920s in a different  style typical of that time.

Explore the Embroideries Walks

St Indract October 2017‘And did those feet in ancient times?’ :

Discover Glastonbury history and legends depicted in the Quire embroideries.

    Please note there will not be a Weekly Embroideries Walk on Saturday 7 October, or any Weekly Walks on Saturday 11 & Wednesday 14 October due to other events taking place. Please check on arrival.

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