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The Bekynton Lecture with Professor Mark Hill

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

“Canon Law in the service of the Church”

Sunday 14 July, 4.15pm,  Education Room

Professor Mark Hill will reflect on how a deeper understanding of the nature and purpose of canon law can contribute to a deeper appreciation of the nature of the church and give renewed impetus to the ecumenical movement.

Earlier in the same afternoon, Professor Norman Doe, Professor of Law, School of Law and Politics, University of Cardiff, will speak at Evensong (3pm) on Richard Hooker, one of the founding geniuses of Anglicanism.

All welcome.

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Diocesan Choral Festival 2019

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Saturday 22 June at 5.15pm

A wonderful celebratory service bringing together the voices of many visiting choir singers with the Cathedral’s own choir.

This beautiful service is held in the Nave and we invite anyone to come along and raise the roof in song!

An occasion not to be missed!

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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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The Dean’s Contemporary Book of the Month: June

Well, for this month not one book but eleven!

Have you ever wondered what the Resurrection is really about? Or what do we mean by ‘God’? Or why is there suffering in God’s world? Or why read the Bible? And how are we to understand Jesus as both divine and human? These and other really key questions are tackled in a brilliant series of booklets published by SPCK, costing just a few pounds each, and with some expert theologians writing very accessibly – Tom Wright, Rowan Williams, James Dunn, Paula Gooder, Jane Williams, Alister McGrath and others.

The series is called ‘Little books of guidance’. And really they are superb.

The whole series is now available in the Cathedral Shop – a gold mine for regular worshippers and visitors alike; a great addition to our ministry of theological resourcing. Take and read!

John Davies, Dean of Wells

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Italian Sonatas from the Golden Age concert

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Friday, 14 June⋅19:30 – 21:00

Part of the Early Music Wells programme at Wells Cathedral.

An evening of music from one of the most exciting, richly varied and satisfying eras of music history for listeners and players alike.

The Avison Ensemble (violins and theorbo) will be giving their first concert at Wells Cathedral, entitled “Italian Sonatas from the Golden Age”. The featured works, by Dairo Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Alessandro Piccinini, Biagio Marini, and Archangelo Corelli, are from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Location: in the Quire of Wells Cathedral.

Tickets: £15; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773) and at the door.

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Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) at Wells Cathedral

Monday, April 1st, 2019

20 July until 11 August 2019

The internationally renowned WAC exhibition of some of the world’s finest contemporary art will be on display within the Cathedral’s magnificent cloisters, in the contemplative Camery Gardens as well as positioned within the Cathedral itself. This year the open art competition has attracted approximately 1,800 submissions from around 20 countries and a panel of highly respected judges will assess each piece for the final exhibition of shortlisted work.

This year a series of forums will also be organised entitled “I know what I like”. These are chaired by Robin Sewell, an artist and long standing University Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. Robin will lead groups through the exhibition and hopes to enrich their viewing experience by discussing art works that they respond to and enjoy, as well as the one ones they find more difficult. Dates and price of the forums will be available shortly on the website.

The exhibition is free of charge and open to all.

More information here or visit

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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
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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Monthly Taize prayer meetings

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The monthly Taize prayer meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month in the Vicars’ Close Chapel at 7pm with an optional song practice beforehand at 6pm.

The service is made up of readings and chants, taken from the community of Taize in France, with a focus on contemplation and reflection.    All are warmly invited to attend.

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Newsletters & Chapter Letter

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Monthly eNewsletter

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 16 June 2019 which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.



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