Archive for the ‘News’ Category

A New Look to the Cathedral Shop

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Cathedral Shop has had a bit of a transformation with some great new product lines and more to come!

The shop also now features the Dean’s “Book of the Month” suggestion, a much improved range of religious artefacts, greeting cards, some marvellous music themed gifts and an updated range of local food items.

There will be more changes over the next couple of months and look out for news of a new loyalty card in May!



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Christian Aid Week Service: Sun 12th May (3pm)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Christian Aid Week is now on the horizon and there will be an ecumenical launch for Christian Aid Week in the Wells area here at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 12th May at Evensong, 3pm.

The speaker is the Revd Dr Susan Durber,  (Theology Coordinator for Christian Aid and Minister of the URC Church in Taunton) and the Cathedral’s fundraising campaign for Christian Aid will also be launched at the service.

After Evensong refreshments will be available, during which Smartie tubes will be handed out for people to empty and then refill with £1 coins over the period of the next 36 weeks (each tube holds 36 coins!).  When the tubes are returned on 19th January for the close of the project we hope to have raised £5,000 which will be donated to work with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq, and this amount will be matched 6:1 by ‘Bread for the World’.

All welcome to this service and all other Christian Aid events taking place across Wells during the week including:

Plus house-to-house collections during the week.


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Sermons and Talks

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Copies of recent sermons and talks are available in the ‘About Us’ section of the Cathedral’s website, including the most recent given during the 2019 Lent series of addresses here at Wells.

Copies of the most recent Cathedral monthly e-newsletter and Chapter Letter are also available.

Click here to access the ‘About Us’ section.

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Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) at Wells Cathedral

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Wells Cathedral is delighted to be working in partnership with Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) this year.

19 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. Last year the open art competition attracted almost 1,400 submissions from 26 countries and a panel of highly respected judges assessed 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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The Christmas Jethro Tull Concert at Wells Cathedral

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

We are delighted to be hosting the Christmas Jethro Tull Concert at Wells Cathedral!

Friday 13th December, 7.30pm

Over the last twelve years, Ian Anderson has performed in many of the great Cathedrals and churches in the UK helping to raise much-needed funds for their preservation.

Based on a Christmas-themed concert, he features prominently the work of Jethro Tull as written and recorded by Ian since 1968. Added to this are several pieces of re-worked Classical repertoire and traditional pieces from the musical liturgy of the Church of England. Wells Cathedral’s very own choristers will also be performing at the concert.

Ian says of the show, “Whether your Christmas is a secular affair of gift-giving and family gatherings or a more worshipful recognition of one of the two biggest days in the Christian calendar, join us for some uplifting Christmas spirit, music, readings and maybe even a prayer or two.”


Rear Side Aisle no views (screens available) £15 + 1.32 Fee*

Premier Front nave seat £50 + 3.24 fee  SOLD OUT

Front /Nave seat £40.00 + 2.69 fee  SOLD OUT

Rear Nave seat £30.00 + 2.14 fee SOLD OUT

Wheel chair tickets £30.00 + 2.14 fee  SOLD OUT

Front Side Aisles restricted views £20 + £1.59 Fee* SOLD OUT

*note that screens positioned at points in the nave will broadcast the concert


Book tickets here.

Maximum of 7 tickets per booking. No ticket returns.

No filming will be allowed during the performance.

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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 21 April 2019 which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.



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