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Dedication Festival: Wednesday 10 October

Monday, September 24th, 2018

The Dedication Festival: 11am Wednesday 10th October.

Each year this service focuses our thanksgivings on the founding, the history and the present ministry of Wells Cathedral.

The preacher this year is the Very Revd Dr Nicholas Frayling, until recently Dean of Chichester. Dean Frayling had previously been Rector of Liverpool, and throughout a distinguished ministry he has had an eye for the needy and the outsider.

All who care for the life and ministry of the Cathedral are invited to the Dedication Festival.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

All lunchtime concerts are held from 1.05 – 1.40pm and are FREE with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music. All welcome!


Thursday, 27 September, 1.05pm – Bach Complete Organ Works: Recital 23

Thursday 11 October, 1.05pm (Quire) Martin Patzlaff of the Kultur Institut Rossignol, Westerwald, Germany

Part of the new music wells 78-18 festival:

Friday 12 October: TRUMPETWORKS (Quire) by Oliver Chubb (trumpet), accompanied by David Bednall (organ)

Monday 15 October: PIANOWORKS (North Transept) by specialist pianists from Wells Cathedral School

Tuesday 16 October: CHAMBERWORKS (North Transept) by Wells Cathedral School’s New Music Ensemble, featuring compositions by student composers

Wednesday 17 October: CHAMBERWORKS (North Transept) by Wells Cathedral School’s New Music Ensemble, featuring compositions by this year’s Composer-in-Residence, Diana Burrell

Thursday 18 October: ORGANWORKS (Quire) – Jeremy Cole (Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral) performs a recital of organ music for new music wells 78-18, including works by Michael Berkeley CBE (in his 70th birthday year), Judith Bingham, Barnaby Martin, Tarik O’Regan (in his 40th birthday year), and Composer-in-Residence, Diana Burrell

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Be A Chorister for a Day 2018 – boys needed, waiting list for girls!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Boys needed!  Waiting list for girls!

Our next free ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ event will take place on Saturday 13 October and includes singing games, learning about the Cathedral and finding out what a Chorister really does. Lunch is provided, and at the end of the day the children sing Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. In the afternoon parents can take a tour of Wells Cathedral School, and have afternoon tea in Vicars’ Hall before Evensong.

There are still some boys’ places available, and there is a waiting list for girls. If you know a child who will be aged between 7 and 9 on this date and would like to take part, please send your contact details to Melanie Lawlor in the Music Office by emailing , or telephone 01749 674483.

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West Front scaffolding

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Eagle-eyed visitors to Wells will see scaffolding on the Cathedral’s West Front over the next few weeks.

The scaffolding is part of a regular inspection programme the Cathedral makes of the whole building and will be erected for a four-week period to allow access for a historic building conservator to undertake a range of specialist non-invasive survey and analysis techniques to the Medieval statuary and surrounding masonry structure. The work has been funded by the Wells Cathedral Preservation Trust.

Pictures and updates will be available on the Cathedral’s website and social media channels whilst the scaffolding is up and work is on-going, and so anyone interested in learning more should watch this space!

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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 6th of September 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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100 Days of Prayer for Peace/World War One commemoration activities

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

On 4th August 1918 King George V called a national day of prayer: in a time of great national difficulty and pain, it seemed a natural and good response. 100 days later World War One ended.

On Saturday 4th August, at Evensong (5:15pm) we marked the centenary of that call to prayer at Wells Cathedral. Cathedrals and churches across the country began 100 days of prayer for peace, reconciliation and hope and the anniversary and the days of prayer are commended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Centenary of the end of World War One – commemoration activities:

A raft of commemorative events are also being planned for the Cathedral; services, displays, drama, theological exploration, music and youth activities.

Full details are available in this pdf and printed leaflets are available within the Cathedral. It is a rich programme to reflect such an important cultural landmark and complements many other activities taking place in the city of Wells, details of which can be found on the Council’s website here.


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Henry V Tickets on Sale!

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Don’t miss 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: or call 0333 666 3366.

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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.

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018


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Newsletters & Chapter Letter

Friday, June 16th, 2017

September 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 25 September 2018 which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.

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