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Friends Day – Saturday 9 June

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Friends Day is the annual gathering of those who are members of the Cathedral’s Friends association. They will come from near and far to share in the annual general meeting and social activities. These gatherings have happened for many years and give physical form to a network of Friends which stretches around the globe.

New Friends are always welcome!!

For members, the day includes lunch in the East Cloister, talks by the Dean and a guest speaker, the AGM in the Lady Chapel, tea in the East Cloister, and a special Evensong commemorating Bishop Thomas Ken, one of the greatest of the Bishops of Bath and Wells.

This year the guest speaker is Lord (Patrick) Cormack. Lord Cormack has been an assiduous supporter of cathedrals in Parliament, and a significant influence on the government when it granted monies to cathedrals through the World War One fund.

Invitations are going out to Friends so here is a spur to join up if you haven’t yet done so! Forms are in the North Transept of the Cathedral or you can join online.

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Knit & Natter Poppies Group

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

As part of the events and services commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1, Wells Cathedral is planning on putting on a unique exhibition of knitted or crocheted poppies.

If you can knit or crochet please join in. More information on the Poppies Exhibition AppealKnitting Patterns for Poppies K&N and Crochet Patterns for Poppies plus details of the Knit & Natter group in the Cathedral café can be found here.

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‘1066 – A Medieval Mosaic’ Exhibition

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

This exhibition is an absolute delight and not to be missed!

The Medieval Mosaic is a complete recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcrafted from 3 million tiny pieces of spring steel. The mosaic, created by Michael A. Linton, is 64m long, weighs 350kg and took 33years to complete. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest steel mosaic.

Admission to the exhibition in the South Cloister is free and it will be here until Thursday 31st May. Open daily from 10 am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday with the creators on hand to answer any questions.

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New Cathedral Choir Recording of Works by Gary Davison

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Wells Cathedral Choir’s new CD of works by renowned American composer, Gary Davison, is now available.

Awake, my Soul is the second recording that the Cathedral choir has made by Davison. All the tracks are first recordings of pieces written for and premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir, including Davison’s setting of the Requiem Mass. Alongside the choir are Philip Dukes (viola), Rachael Lloyd (mezzo-soprano), and David Bednall (organ).

Copies will be available from the Cathedral’s Music Office and the Cathedral Shops.

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Could your daughter or son be a Chorister at Wells Cathedral?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Wells Cathedral are looking for keen and musical boys and girls in current school years 3 to 6 as choristers in Wells Cathedral Choir. Scholarships and additional bursaries for Wells Cathedral School, which all choristers attend, are available. Click here for more information about Wells Cathedral choristers.

“one of the most impressive of today’s British cathedral choirs” in “world class form” (Gramophone Magazine).

Call 01749 834213 or email

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Thursday, April 19th, 2018

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!

Tour participants will discover hidden spaces, galleries and chambers including behind the Wells clock (considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain) and one of only two surviving medieval tracing floors in the country where masons drew designs of areas of the building on the floor. The route will take in a walk along the singing gallery, discover Wells Cathedral’s trumpet holes, explore the south transept roof space and allow participants to marvel at the nave from a very different perspective!

Tours will run regularly throughout the week and places can be pre-booked here on Cathedral’s website.

Who can book:

The maximum number in any upper levels tour is 12 . Children under the age of 10 years are not permitted on the tour. Children between the ages of 10 and 16 years must be accompanied by one adult for every two children, unless they are part of an organised youth group when at least two adults must be in attendance.

Any visitors with a fear of heights or confined spaces and/in poor health should consider carefully their suitability for the tour. There are up to 250 steps, uneven floors, low ceilings and the narrowest point is just 60cm (2ft.) wide.

Please read the Visitor Safety Instructions and Terms and Conditions of booking information carefully as you will be expected to comply with all restrictions and requirements listed on this page. The tour route does not include access to the top of the tower.

How to Book:

Click here for more information, including how to book a place on this exciting new tour! Catering options also available!

And why not share your photographs with us via the Cathedral’s social media pages using the hashtag #hpwells! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


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Family Holiday Workshops – Water Trail Storytelling

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Wednesday 30th May, 10.30am-12noon AND 2-3.30pm

The historic city of Wells takes its name from the springs which can be found in the gardens of our neighbours, The Bishop’s Palace. Come and hear water-themed stories from the book ‘Big Drips from Bath & Wells’ during one of Wells Cathedral’s regular school holiday family workshops. Each family will receive their own copy of the book to take home after the workshop!

Free family tours of the Cathedral on a water trail can also be taken at any time during the two workshop sessions.

Story telling sessions begin at 10.35am, 11.05am and 11.35am during the first workshop in the morning, and at 2.05pm, 2.35pm and 3.05pm during the second workshop in the afternoon.

£5 per family for 2 children (additional children £1). All welcome – no need to book, just turn up and have fun!

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Service to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of the Arrival of MV Empire Windrush

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

June 22nd marks the 70th anniversary of the docking of the MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, marking the first wave of large-scale immigration from the Commonwealth to Britain. To complement a national service being held at Westminster Abbey, Wells Cathedral will also be hosting a service to commemorate this significant event on Sunday 24th June (3pm) and we’re looking to invite members of our community to take part.

Do you know anyone who could join us as guests? Were any of your family members on the boat? Would you or someone you know like to share your stories during the service?

If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us via We look forward to speaking with you.

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Afternoon Teas in Wells Cathedral’s cloisters

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Those looking for the quintessential English afternoon tea experience this summer will be delighted to learn that they will be on offer in the atmospheric cloisters of Wells Cathedral as part of a new ‘pop up café’ experience.

Dainty sandwich selections, home-made cakes and tea or coffee will be served on a range of authentic vintage crockery and table linen; strawberry tarts filled with crème patissiere have already proved to be a big hit with the Dean of Wells who trialled the new teas recently! And they’ve been so popular customers now have a choice of sandwich packs for two, cream teas for two or full afternoon teas!

The pop up café will be available Wednesday – Sundays from 1.30-4.30pm up to Sunday 2nd September.

No need to book! All profits from the café go to supporting the work of the Cathedral.


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Newsletters & Chapter Letter

Friday, June 16th, 2017

May Newsletter

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 20 May 2018 which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.

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