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Launch of Wells Heritage Pass

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The Cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace and Wells & Mendip Museum have joined up to offer residents and visitors the chance to enjoy unlimited access to these three historically significant sites all year round with one annual pass.

The Wells Heritage Pass starts at £40 for an individual, and also offers Joint and Family options. If you’re struggling to find a gift for someone who has everything this Christmas, the gift of 12 months of Wells Heritage could be your perfect present! Purchase yours now from the Cathedral Donations Desk.

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Prayers for Parliament

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Tuesday is a key day for our nation. Decisions will be made in Parliament which will affect the life of this country both in the short and the longer term. So special prayers will be offered at Evensong on Monday – and all are invited to be present to pray for our Parliament, government and nation at this crucial time!

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Christmas Savings at Wells Cathedral Gift Shops

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Every Wednesday from the 5th December up to Christmas, shoppers can enjoy a whopping 25% discount at both Cathedral gift shops!!

There will also be  a wine tasting in the Market Place shop on Wednesday 12th December. All proceeds go directly to supporting the Cathedral and local economy.

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Coming to the Cathedral at Christmas

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Lots of people are coming. Among those coming for special services are:

Local school choirs for the Primary Schools Christmas Concerts; Millfield School; Age UK; WI; Hazlegrove School; Wells Cathedral School for services and concerts; Kings of Wessex Academy, Hugh Sexey’s & Fairlands; Crispin School; schools from across the county for the Somerset County Schools Christmas Concert; and people from across the county and beyond attending the MidSomerset Series Carol Service organised by the Trinity Group of newspapers and led by the Wells Journal, and the Sing for Somerset Carol Service organised by the Somerset Community Foundation.

We welcome them all most warmly!

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Children’s Festival 2019 – The Wonder of God

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Earth, Moon and Stars, Saturday 19th January 10.30-3pm

Our annual Children’s Festival is a fun day for 4 to 11 year olds with loads of activities including:

Come as a group or come as a family!

Places need to be pre-booked. If you are coming as a group then please book your tickets together to ensure you are in the same activities.

Tickets available from Eventbrite at £1.90 per person incl. VAT

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Silver Access and Inclusivity Award

Friday, November 16th, 2018

We are very happy to announce that Wells Cathedral picked up a Silver in the Access and Inclusivity Award Category at the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards 2018.

Nearly 300 guests from the best tourism businesses across Bristol, Bath and Somerset attended the awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Bath. Wells Cathedral works hard to try and ensure that everyone is able to visit, and that when they do, they feel welcome and enjoy coming to this wonderful place of worship that is also one of the top tourist attractions in the West of England!

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Wells Cathedral Choir in BBC Music Magazine

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Wells Cathedral Choir was specially selected to record this year’s Christmas CD for BBC Music Magazine. The CD includes five previously recorded pieces, along with fourteen other works which were recorded by the choristers and Vicars Choral over two nights in early October.

Pick up your copy when it hits the shops on 29 November!

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G4 Christmas Tour comes to Wells Cathedral

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018


Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting…

Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric “G4 Christmas” tour across the UK in November and December 2018.

With a series of 24 shows in beautiful cathedrals nationwide, these intimate performances see Jonathan, Mike, Lewis and Nick recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal in some of the UK’s most iconic historical venues.

The Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts (Bath) will also be performing in association with G4 Young Voices.

VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm for all  “G4 Christmas” tour dates.


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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.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th of October at 7pm  with a 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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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 or via the link below.

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. The tour route does not include access to the top of the tower.

Visitor Safety Instructions and Terms and Conditions:

Please read this information carefully as you will be expected to comply with all restrictions and requirements listed below; the Cathedral wishes you to have an enjoyable and safe tour experience and we are grateful for your co-operation. A copy of Visitor Safety Instructions and Terms and Conditions can also be downloaded here.  Also note that this is a busy, working Cathedral so on occasion there may be some noise from other activities taking place, but this should be minimised due to the nature of the tour route.

The tour is not recommended for any of the following visitors:

The lead Cathedral Guide is in charge of the tour; anyone not following the Guide’s instruction will be escorted back to the ground floor level while the rest of the group wait.

The Cathedral reserves the right to refuse any visitor admittance on the tour if deemed to be in breach of any of the above. This will be for your safety and for the safety of others. The Cathedral’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal.

How to book:

Bookings can be made via the website up to 24 hours prior to the tour taking place; click on the month of your choice below to choose your preferred day and time.  Or check availabilty at the Donation desk when you arrive at the Cathedral.

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