Peterborough Cathedral invites you to come and celebrate Easter! There are lots of exciting things happening at the Cathedral in the next couple of weeks, so whether you are looking for quiet contemplation, entertainment for the children, a breath-taking tower tour, or just somewhere for a nice cup of tea, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Take a Tower Tour
“Quite possibly the best tenner I’ve ever spent” is how one visitor described the famous Tower Tour at Peterborough Cathedral. The tour, led by a knowledgeable volunteer guide, goes up the steep stone stairs and onto walkways looking down into the body of the Cathedral. Other highlights include seeing the bell ringing chamber, the rare 13th century wooden windlass and close up views of the stained glass.
You will also arrive at the top of the tower where, on a fine day, you can see spectacular views over the city. The route crosses inside the Gothic vaults 25 metres high over the West Front, before descending to ground level.
Tower Tours are scheduled for 1.30pm on Wednesday 12th, Saturday 15th, Wednesday 19th, Saturday 22nd April, as well as Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st May 2017.
Bookings may be made via www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or from Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336. Tickets, for ages 10-80 years only, are £10 adults and £8 concessions. Participants will be asked to sign an insurance disclaimer.
Explore the Cathedral with our free tail and make some Easter crafts to take home
Families with children of all ages can drop in between 11.00am and 4.00pm on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April (not on Wednesday) to follow our free trail around the Cathedral. It’s a great way to introduce children to this wonderful historic building.
The trail, which also goes outdoors into the Cloisters, explores the Easter story and some of the Cathedral’s amazing history. At each stopping point there is an activity and something to collect. In the beautiful New Building, for those who can stay longer, there will be lots of colourful Easter-related crafts to make and take home. Adults are welcome to take part too.
The trail is free of charge and the crafts in the New Building are £3 per person.
Take a free guided tour
Have you taken a free guided tour of the Cathedral yet? They take place at 11.30am and 2.00pm from Monday to Saturday throughout the Easter period (except for Thursday 13th and Friday 14th April when services are taking place). Your guide will point out some fascinating details in the building and tell you stories from its history that will expand your knowledge and enrich your visit. Donations to help with Cathedral costs are invited.
It’s a lovely way to entertain family or friends who might be visiting Peterborough.
Take a break in the new Becket’s Tea Room … with complimentary Easter biscuits!
Opening on Easter Monday, Becket’s Tea Room is situated in the historic Becket Chapel, just to the left as you come through the archway from Cathedral Square and the shops. It will be open daily from that date, serving freshly prepared light meals, cakes and drinks, and also ice creams should it be warm enough to sit outside on the grass, or relax on the Tea Room terrace overlooking the beautiful West Front of the Cathedral.
For any customers at the Tea Room on Easter Monday, there will be free Easter biscuits in celebration of the opening!
Easter is, of course, the most important festival of the Christian year, marking Jesus’ journey to the cross and his resurrection to new life on Easter Sunday. All are welcome at these services which include Good Friday Meditations from 12 noon to 2.00pm on 14th April, led by the Right Revd John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth; the Easter Vigil and Confirmation service at 8.00pm on Holy Saturday; and on Sunday the Easter Eucharist at 10.30am and Choral Evensong with Procession at 3.30pm.
More details are on the Cathedral website at www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk