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RESTRICTED ACCESS: Thursday 26 July 2018, from 2pm 

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Thursday 26 July 2018, from 2pm – RESTRICTED ACCESS.

The shops, cafe and cloisters will be open but there will be NO access to the nave of the Cathedral and surrounding areas, including the Lady Chapel.

Said Evening Prayer will take place at 5.15pm in the Close Chapel (Vicars’ Close).

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Occasionally the Cathedral, or parts of it, may also need to close or only offer restricted access for a service, special event, filming or general maintenance.

We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, as we know that people may travel long distances to visit us.  As soon as we know about a closure it will be posted below.   Please remember to check the Closures and Restrictions page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may have to be arranged at short notice.

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Somerset Chamber Choir Concert: Paradisi Gloria

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The glories of the Mediterranean come to Wells Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 28th July, when the Somerset Chamber Choir performs thrilling Italian music in the company of acclaimed orchestra Southern Sinfonia and international instrumental and vocal soloists.  The concert features music by some of the most famous residents of Venice, Naples and Rome.  Vivaldi’s famous Gloria already has plenty of admirers, but there are some new discoveries to be made too:  sublime music by Tartini and not just one Scarlatti, but two, father and son!  Somerset Chamber Choir offers the sunshine and art of Italy without the check-in queues and the eye-watering prices: tickets for the 7pm concert start at just £10.

Vivaldi  Gloria

Tartini  Trumpet Concerto

D Scarlatti  Stabat Mater

A Scarlatti  Salve Regina

Tickets £10 – 25 available from (0333 666 4466), Wells Cathedral Shop (01749 672773) and

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Free Lunchtime Concert by Richard Lennox and Marcus Evans

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

On Friday 27 July at 1.05pm, Richard Lennox (Piano) & Marcus Evans (Baritone) will be giving a lunchtime concert of music from ‘light opera’ in the Nave of Wells Cathedral.

Free admission with retiring collection.

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Yvonne Harry Exhibition

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The popular and talented artist, Yvonne Harry, returns to Wells Cathedral with an exhibition of her works from Saturday 21 July to Saturday 4 August. Yvonne Harry specialises in watercolours of flowers and the natural world.

Entrance to the exhibition in the South Cloister is free and all works of art are on sale.

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Henry V Tickets on Sale!

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Tickets are on general sale from Saturday 14 July for Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V which will be performed LIVE at Wells Cathedral – as part of their national Cathedral tour – on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018.

Marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice on 11 November 2018 and performed by an international cast of British and French actors, this adaptation combines Shakespeare’s epic history play with original songs inspired by the poetry of AE Housman, in “a powerful tribute to the young soldiers caught up in conflicts five centuries apart”.

Tickets now available via their website at:

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Dying Matters

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

On Saturday 11 August the Cathedral is putting on an event in association with the Diocese of Bath & Wells and St Margaret’s Hospice, called “Dying Matters”.

Starting at 9.45am, the morning workshop is an excellent training opportunity for anyone involved in Pastoral work. It is also of value to everyone wanting to consider this little-discussed aspect of being human.

The programme comprises:

  1. Ann Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St Margaret’s Hospice
  2. Revd Canon Ian Ainsworth-Smith, Adviser on Healthcare Chaplaincy, Diocese of Bath and Wells
  3. Ann Fulton, Spiritual Care Coordinator at St Margaret’s Hospice
  4. Prebendary Dr Alison Perham, Retired Specialist in Palliative Medicine
  5. Liz Rothschild, Performer, performer, celebrant and award-winning burial ground owner

The workshop finishes at 12.30pm following a reflection activity and refreshments.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance; no entry on the day.

Tickets cost £5 and can be booked via Eventbrite ‘Dying Matters, Wells Cathedral’

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Summer Holiday Workshops

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

The Cathedral is running two Holiday Workshops in August to keep the kids entertained and amused.

On Wednesday 1 August the theme is ‘Leather Scraps Make and Take’ with different activities suited to all ages. This workshop is free and you can take away your creations at the end of the day.

On Wednesday 22 August there is a ‘Glass Painting Workshop and Trail’. The glass paint is water-based and non-toxic but can stain clothing so don’t wear your smartest outfits! Cost is £5 per family (2 children, additional children £1) and you can take away what you make.

You don’t need to book in for either of these workshop dates and can drop in at any time during the sessions. Times are from 10.30am – 12.00 noon or 2.00 – 3.00pm. Helpers will be on hand and materials are provided although you can bring your own glass item to paint at the ‘Glass Painting Workshop’ if you like.


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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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Reviews of 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 from the Cathedral’s Music Office and the Cathedral Shops.

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).

So far the CD has received great reviews from ‘Gramaphone’ and ‘Choir and Organ’.

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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!

“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)

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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