A Programmed Day

The beautiful oak-framed Education Suite has been specially designed to accommodate school groups. Its secure access provides a contained space that serves as a great base from which to explore the cathedral as part of a programmed day. It offers toilet facilities for children, cupboards for bags and coats and tables for crafts and/or lunch.

EY dancing

Tailored to your needs, programmed days range from the early years through to sixth form, covering themes such as: special places, big buildings, Christian symbols, Latin, geometric art, decorative carvings & bosses, arches & architecture through to focusing on historical periods including the Reformation and English Civil War.

We devise a day programme bespoke to each class/school visit, to suit their topic, age, and ability. Most full day programmes incorporate the following;

  • a guided tour tailored to your topic
  • the display at the clock complete with jousting knights and Quarter Jack
  • an opportunity to read a prayer from the pulpit
  • picnic lunch in the Camery garden or Education Suite (if wet)
  • a themed activity working in groups
  • an individual craft activity relating to your visit creating a souvenir to take home
  • reflection


The most popular activities during a day visit are:

Window Collage – making a Lady Chapel paper window collage in groups of 6 (KS 1&2) or individual acetate window (KS 2&3)

Block Model – working as a team to build the wooden block replica of the cathedral (KS 2&3)

Explore and Draw – sketching in the cathedral (KS 1,2&3)

Clay – making individual clay bosses to take home (KS 1,2,3 and 4)

clay boss making

Arches – workshop, exploring forces, architectural styles, and the famous scissor arches (KS 1,2&3)

Symbols – workshop and making badges to take home (KS 1&2)

Glass painting – paint a glass candle light or drinking glass. Available at an additional cost. (KS 2,3 and 4)

Geometric art – use compasses to create your own tracery window (KS 2&3). This is a new workshop and discounted rates will be applied to first 5 schools that book this.

New Lower Rates for UK School Groups!

We are committed to making a cathedral visit accessible to all UK school groups, and have new lower rates for school booking a programmed day.

A programmed day with tour and activities costs £3.90 per pupil. We offer free places for accompanying staff (supervision 1:10 please).

Day programmes involve staff and other spaces, for example, a guided tour on a theme of your choice, a related activity session led by the Cathedral Education Officer and use of the private lunch room, toilets and bag storage facilities.

Please Note: unbooked groups will be asked on entry for a suggestion donation

Visiting with a school group – helpful advice

Booking Enquiry form

The Cathedral Education Officer can be contacted directly by email at education@wellscathedral.uk.net or on 01749 674483 Ext 212.