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Heritage Open Days free tours – Wells Cathedral and the Monmouth Rebellion

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Tuesday 17th September

In conjunction with Heritage Open Day activities taking place across the country (and Wells!) here is an opportunity to take a short tour with a Cathedral guide visiting locations connected with the Monmouth Rebellion.

You will learn about this historical event and Bishop Ken’s involvement and the tour ends in the Archives Reading Room, not usually open to the public. Here you can see original documents relating to this demonstration of ‘People Power’ in Somerset, sometimes known as ‘The Pitchfork Rebellion’ which ended in defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor.

This tour is free of charge. Please meet the guide in the West Cloister.

Tours last around 20 minutes, plus additional time with the Archivist. Departures at regular intervals, as groups assemble. Morning tours between 10.00-11.00am. Afternoon tours between 3.00-4.00pm.

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Dedication of a memorial to Bishop John Bickersteth

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

On Sunday 8th September, Evensong at Wells will be followed by the dedication of a memorial to Bishop John Bickersteth (Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1975 to 1986) in the Cloisters.

All who remember Bishop John will be very welcome.

The service of Evensong begins at 3pm.

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Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle to be the new Dean of St. George’s Cathedral (Perth, Western Australia)

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The Dean and Chapter of Wells are delighted to announce the appointment of The Revd Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle as the new Dean of St. George’s Cathedral, in Perth, Western Australia. We expect Nicholas to be with us throughout the Autumn and to leave just after Christmas.

We will be very sorry to see Nicholas leave but this is a tremendous opportunity for him and his family. There will be more details to emerge in the coming weeks but for now please join in congratulating Nicholas and his family on their news.

 

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Nave cleared of chairs for August

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

As is now our custom here at Wells, the chairs in the Nave have been removed for August, giving visitors a wonderful view on their entry.

Enjoy the space before the chairs are returned in time for the start of the new academic year in September!

 

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Family Summer Trails

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Enjoy your summer at Wells Cathedral with free self-guided trails – each week a different theme!

Click on the trail of your choice below to download.

 

 

Week beg 29th July: Glass

Week beg 5th August: Masons Marks

Week beg 12th August: Saints

 

Week beg 19th August: Water

 

Week beg 26th August: Dragons

 

 

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‘Why Did People Believe in Dragons?’ Lecture by Professor Darren Oldridge

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Monday 16 September, 2.00 – 4:30pm

A public lecture in the Cathedral’s Education Room, by Darren Oldridge, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Worcester.

The dragon killed by Bishop Jocelin belongs, it seems, to a world of fantasy. But for centuries people believed that dragons were real and deadly creatures. In our own time of “fake news”, it is worth thinking about why this was so. Professor Oldridge sets out the many and surprising reasons why people once accepted the existence of dragons, and introduces the experts on these creatures from seventeenth-century England. He suggests that there is still much to learn from the world in which dragons seemed to be real.

Darren Oldridge is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Worcester. His most recent books are The Supernatural in Tudor and Stuart England (Routledge, 2016) and Strange Histories, 2nd edn. (Routledge, 2018). He is currently editing the third edition of The Witchcraft Reader.

Free of charge; no booking required.

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Theology at Wells

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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

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SOS Africa Charity Abseil of Wells Cathedral’s Tower

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

This autumn, Shepton Mallet based charity, SOS Africa, is organising its toughest, largest and longest fundraising event to date; a 124ft freefall abseil from the Cathedral’s North West Tower!

From Friday 27th September to Saturday 5th October 2019 from 9am to 6pm (excluding Sunday), brave participants from across the country dressed as their favourite characters from children’s books will climb the 262 steps to the top of the tower (the height of 9 giraffes to be precise) and freefall abseil from a cantilever platform assembled on the tower roof.

How to Participate:

The event is being run by SOS Africa. Abseilers (minimum age 10, maximum weight 17 stone) are required to pay a deposit to cover instructor’s fees. Once registered, they are required to raise a minimum of £100 per person before completing their abseil.

To enter, individuals or team leaders should do the following:

Email Team Leader Info (name, email & postal address), Team Members names & email addresses and preferred abseil date / time to info@sosafrica.com.
Transfer deposits (Adults: £20 / U16s: £15) using your individuals or team name as a reference to: SOS Africa, 40-47-28, 32032554.

SOS Africa will then email to confirm registration, abseil date / time and provide an online fundraising page address within 24 hours. This is a one-off event and places will be limited so, we recommend signing up and sending your deposit as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

More information here or, for regular event updates join SOS Africa’s Facebook Event Group.

 

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Chained Library Tours: book here

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain and is not generally open to the public.

It is especially attractive as it is still in its original location built in the 1450s, although the current bookshelves and chains are 17th Century. The Chained Library houses books published before 1800 which were collected by the canons in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting their wide-ranging intellectual interests.

Please allow one and a half hours for this popular tour. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

How to book:

Various dates and times are available. Places do need to be pre-booked via Eventbrite here. Maximum tour numbers apply.

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High Parts Tours: book here

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

“If you’re reading this go online and book the high parts tour… it’s a fascinating 90 min tour of the upper areas of the cathedral … you won’t be disappointed!” (TripAdvisor feedback)

Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of Wells Cathedral masons with new behind-the-scenes tours of Wells Cathedral’s High Parts; one of the most memorable things to do in Wells!

Click here to book your place on this hugely popular one and a half hour tour of the Cathedral’s hidden spaces at height!

Access is via spiral staircases and booking terms and conditions apply.

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