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Advent Service: Sunday 3 December 5pm

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Our beautiful candlelit Advent Procession “Dawning Light” takes place on Sunday 3 December at 5.00pm.

The service will include readings, traditional congregational Advent carols and music for Advent, including the first performance of Stuart Beer’s “Eight Magnificat Anitphons”.

All welcome!

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Wells Cathedral wins GOLD at Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18

Friday, November 10th, 2017

We are absolutely delighted to have won a GOLD award at 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 at the Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton.

Organiser Nell Barrington said “these awards showcase the best that Somerset, Bristol and Bath have to offer visitors; from food and drink to attractions, experiences, accommodation and new for this year, guided tours. I hope that as many as possible can go on to win in the South West and then VisitEngland Awards, to raise the profile of this magnificent area.”

The awards are not only a recognition of the role the Cathedral plays in the tourism economy, but also recognises us as an important centre for our various communities.  We stand at the heart of Somerset and our doors are open to all.

As winners, we will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 and then possibly on to the National Visit England Awards later in 2018.

BBS Awards

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Candlelight Concert tickets

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Only transept tickets now remain for our annual Christmas Candlelight Concerts (20 and 21 December).

Our Box Office opening hours are:

Box office opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11.30am – 4.30pm

Our Wells Cathedral Carol Services (22 and 23 December) are not ticketed but are extremely popular so we advise everyone to arrive in good time (to be seated by 5.40pm).

Check out all of our Christmas services and event details either via our What’s On pages or this Latest News post.

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Children’s Festival 2018

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Saturday 20 January, 10.30am-3.00pm

Wells Cathedral’s annual Children’s Festival is a fun day for 4 to 11 year olds with loads of activities including worship, circus skills, crafts, music, animals, and fun! Our theme for 2018 is “Noah and the Flood” and everyone is welcome – come as a group or come as a family!

Places do need to be pre-booked – download our Booking Form on our website or contact us using the information below. Suggested donation of £1.50 per person.

The event is organised by Wells Cathedral in partnership with the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

To book:
Please contact us via email at or by calling 01749 674483.

Download our Booking Form here.

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Advent and Christmas services and events

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The four week season of Advent leading up to Christmas, marks the beginning of the Church’s year. Though Christmas carols are sung at many services through Advent, the season of Christmas itself really begins a few days before Christmas Day when the Cathedral, lit by thousands of candles, celebrates, at two great candlelit concerts, the coming of the child of Bethlehem.

Details of all our music and services over this important period in the Church’s calendar can be found in our Music and Services List for November and December here or via our What’s On pages here.

All of our Christmas services are also listed on the A Church Near You website and we’re delighted to support the Church of England’s #godwithus Christmas campaign.

Key service and event highlights include:

Wells Cathedral Advent Carol Service 

Sunday 3 December, 5-6.30pm

Our beautiful candlelit service of readings, traditional congregational Advent carols, and music for Advent, including Tavener’s Hymn to the Mother of God, and the world premiere of Stuart Beer’s Eight Magnificat Antiphons.  All welcome!

Cathedral Christmas Lunches in Vicars’ Hall 

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December

Only £22.00 for 3 courses or £18.00 for 2 courses.  More details here. Booking required – call us on 01749 676543 or email us at

Wells Cathedral Candlelight Concerts 

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 December, 8.00pm

Limited tickets now available.  Call our Box Office on 01749 672773 for more information: opening hours are Monday to Saturday (10.30am – 4.30pm) and Sunday (11.30am – 4.30pm). 

Wells Cathedral Carol Services

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December, 6.30pm

A traditional carol service led by the Choir, plus bible readings. This year we’ll be hosting two Carol Services on Friday 22 December and also on Saturday 23 December. These traditional services take place on both nights from 6-7.30pm, are not ticketed and are always popular so please arrive in good time (to be seated by 5.40pm)!

Wells Cathedral Crib Services

Sunday 24 December, 2.00pm AND 3.15pm

A very warm welcome to the cathedral’s crib services, especially to children who are invited to dress as a shepherd, or an angel or a King! We’ll have some dressing up clothes for children who will also be invited to take part in making our own real nativity scene in the Cathedral. Each service will last approximately 30 minutes.

Eucharist of Christmas Night

Sunday 24 December, 11.30pm

Midnight Mass with Vicars Choral and senior choristers.

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) services

(the Cathedral is open until 1.00pm):

8.00am: Holy Communion

9.30am: Christmas Morning Eucharist

11.30am: Christmas Morning Matins

3.00pm: Evening Prayer Said (in the Close Chapel)

Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day) services

(the Cathedral is open 10.00am – 4.00pm):

10.00am: Morning Liturgy

3.00pm: Evening Prayer said


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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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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

2017 began with a major series of presentations during Lent to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. National and more local speakers talked about Martin Luther, the Reformation and other faiths, the birth of Anglicanism, the Counter Reformation, and the poetry and prose of the period.

Later on in the year there were presentations on FD Maurice and the Callings of Anglicanism, and on themes connected with Islam. There was also a session on the interpretations of the Apostles Creed.

Additionally there were book launches for a new study on the law of English cathedrals by Professor Norman Doe, and on leadership in the Church by Vaughan Roberts.

The autumn saw a presentation on the Reformation by Charles Cornish-Dale of Oxford, ‘Blessings and Deficits of the Reformation’, marking Reformation Day, and the 500th anniversary of Luther’s initial protest.

And in Advent the Dean will offer two Evensong reflections on ‘Heaven and Hell’, and ‘Death and Judgement’, the four last things, often reflected on in Advent.

In 2018 the possibility of a Theology Summer School is being explored, and before that in Lent there will be a major series of presentations on 1918-2018 – how the 1st World War changed both belief and the nature of society.

John Davies, Dean of Wells

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Cathedral Newsletters

Friday, June 16th, 2017

November Newsletter 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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Charities of the Month – November

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

November – Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Somerset Community Foundation

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.

Click on the link to the Outreach & Learning page on the website for more information on this month’s charities and an update from Amnesty International.

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