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General Services & Calendar

For a copy of the Services and Music List for May please click here.

Click here to view Music in Wells Cathedral 2019.

General Service Times


Holy Communion



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For library opening times please click here.
Please note that the East End of the Cathedral starts to close from 4pm onwards. The Quire closes...


The season of Christmas, which includes the celebration of the visit of the wise men to the child at Epiphany, lasts for forty days and ends with the Feast of Candlemas on 2nd February when a special evensong is held. This service starts by...


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...

new music wells

new music wells
forty years of music: a celebration

Founded in 2008 by Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers, this innovative festival is a retrospective of sacred choral and organ music of the previous forty years...

Visiting Choirs

When our own Cathedral choir is on vacation we warmly welcome other choirs, from both this country and abroad, to come and sing the services. Visiting choirs play a valuable part in the life of the Cathedral, enabling our choral tradition to...

Vicars Choral

The Vicars Choral are the men of the Cathedral Choir.

They are not in holy orders; the word ‘vicar’ comes from ‘vice’ and simply means a deputy (as in vice-president). Historically, vicars were the substitutes or deputies for the...

Cathedral Commissions

Established in 2006, Cathedral Commissions is a scheme run by Wells Cathedral to raise funds for the commissioning of new works from some of today’s most exciting composers, and to share the thrill of commissioning with as many people as...

Be a Chorister for a Day

The Wells Cathedral ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ event takes place each year on the second Saturday in October. Children aged between 7 and 9 years old learn what it is like to be a Cathedral Chorister.

Up to forty five children can...


Cathedrals were originally places of sacred learning.

Indeed most of them, including Wells, have ancient libraries, where the creative relationship between faith and study was worked out in each generation.

Education is key in our...

Lent Course 2018

Education is key in our mission and thus the ‘Theology@Wells’ programme employs a wide range of educational methods to attract different people at different levels.

Our Lent 2018 programme is as follows:

Ash Wednesday: 14th...

Choral Evensong on iplayer

Listen again to last week’s BBC Radio 3 LIVE broadcast of Choral Evensong from Wells Cathedral.

Unfortunately this is no longer available on iplayer

Still a few places left on 'Be a Chorister for a Day'

This year’s ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ will take place on Saturday 15 October. At this event children aged between 7 and 9 years old can learn what it is like to be a Cathedral Chorister.

Up to forty five children can...

Wells Cathedral Choir Association

The WCCA was formed in 2009 by Matthew Owens, the current Organist & Master of the Choristers. The aim of the Association is to maintain a link between the Cathedral and the current choir with ex-choristers, Vicars Choral, choral scholars and...

Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir

Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir was formed in 1986 to sing services in the cathedral when the professional choir was on holiday or performing elsewhere. It is an amateur, mixed voice choir trained to sing liturgical music, although it does...

A Patron of the Chorister Trust meets the girl choristers

Marina Hobson, a Patron of Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, meets the girl choristers after evensong. For more information on the work of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, please click here.

The Choir sing to a full Quire

The Cathedral Choir sing evensong to a large congregation in the Quire. To read more about the Cathedral Choir please click here.

Latest News!

First performances of new music at Wells Cathedral
Several brand-new pieces of music will be performed for the first time over the coming weeks. We hope you can join us to hear them:

Sunday 9 December, 11.30am Matins and 3.00pm...

Copies of Talks and Sermons

Please click on the relevant link to download a copy of the document of your choice.

NEW “Reformation Spiritualties” a sermon given by Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol, at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 7 April 2019

The Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs National Festival

Ten members of the Voluntary Choir took part in the 11th National Festival on 1st and 2nd March at Derby Cathedral.   It is the second time the festival has been hosted by Derby Cathedral Voluntary Choir and again it was a well-organised happy...


Wells Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”, is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building was...

General Services and Calendar

Well over 1000 services take place in the building every year and people from all around the world find it an inspiring space in which to worship. Services take place every day and range in style and length from very simple acts of worship to...


Wells Cathedral is open daily and we invite all of our visitors to join us for any of our services and events; service and music information and times can be found here.