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Wells Cathedral shortlisted in South West Tourism Excellence Awards

Friday, December 8th, 2017

We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2017/18!

Wells Cathedral will be competing in the Large Attraction category alongside other very worthy finalists and winners will be announced at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on 1st February 2018.

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manage the Awards, commented: “Excellence is elusive.  It requires patience, vision, consistency, commitment, drive, hard work, skill and often a bit of money.  That’s not an easy list and I’d like to commend this year’s finalists for once again blowing the socks of the judges.  You are a credit to tourism and the region is proud of you.”

More information and the full list of finalists can be found here.

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New Bishops’ Chaplain Announced as Reverend Canon Dr Graham Dodds

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Following Stephen Lynas’s retirement, the next Bishops’ Chaplain has been announced as Reverend Canon Dr Graham Dodds, currently the Treasurer at Wells Cathedral.   

Our friend and colleague, Graham Dodds is to start in the role early next year.    The announcement was made in the Cathedral yesterday morning and you can read more on the diocesan website at:

Congratulations and best wishes to Graham on his new appointment. We will miss him dearly but are happy for him and glad that he is not going too far!

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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 Cathedral 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. All activities taking place over the period, including concerts we’re hosting for other partners, are listed on our What’s On pages here. Alternatively you can refer to our Wells Cathedral What’s On Advent and Christmas 2017 web leaflet online or in the Cathedral.

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, 7.00pm

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, 6.00pm

Wells Cathedral’s carol services, previously named by Classic fm magazine as the ‘Top choice’ in the South West, will take place on two days this year – Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December. Both services will start at 6.00pm. There will be plenty of congregational carols, as well as beautiful singing from the Cathedral choir, and festive readings. There is no entry charge and it is suggested people may wish to arrive early as it is very popular. The doors open at 5.00pm. and we request that you are 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

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.


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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

Advent & Christmas 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, Sunday 10 December which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.

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Charities of the Month – December

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

December – Julian House and the Samaritans

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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Group Bookings

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.

A range of tours and benefits:

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.

In order to ensure you benefit from the pre-booked groups rate and so that we are able to guarantee you a guide, pre-booking is essential. Our busy Cathedral diary means that we also ask for two week’s notice if possible. Remember – group organisers go free! Please note that availability of guides to be confirmed at latest two weeks prior to the date of the booked tour.

To book:

More information is available here, call us on 01749 671663 or email us via

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