This Summer at the Cathedral
There is plenty to do this summer at the Cathedral for families.
- Family friendly trails
- "Tombs are Alive" new smartphone trail from 4 August
- Family Craft and activities
- The Leaves of the Trees exhibition
- Confetti exhibition
- Three Choirs festival.
- Pet Blessing Service
Find out about each below. For information about opening times see the What's On page.
We have a number of trails available to guide you around the Cathedral. The two currently available in the Cathedral are the Stained Glass Window Trail and Oswald the Mouse.
"The Tombs are Alive" our new digital trail is available from 4 August, drop in and bring historical figures back to life as you explore the Cathedral with your smartphone. Journey round some of the tombs and memorials of the Cathedral and find out more about who they were as you meet the characters. It includes the opportunity to meet King John.
July - Thursday 21 and Friday 22
Cathedral themed craft and activities in the Undercroft Learning Centre
August - Thursday 5, Friday 6, Monday 9, Monday 16, Wednesday 18, Friday 20, Tuesday 24, Thursday 26
Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the City of Worcester Charter and discover your Cathedral’s connections to Worcester’s story with craft, fun and games for families and all ages.
Activities are free, donations are very welcome to help cover the cost of materials.
From 5 - 31 August, we're looking forward to hosting The Leaves of the Trees - an installation of 5,000 steel 'Hope' leaves, as a reflective memorial to the effects of the pandemic. The installation is designed to honour those who have lost their lives, but also to allow everyone to take a moment to contemplate what we have been through and to think about loved ones.
As part of this, 60 Worcestershire and Dudley schools have used paper leaves to create their own displays based on the exhibition. From 5 August visitors will be able to view a selection of these designs and add your own HOPE leaf to our paper display in the Dean’s Chapel.
We all have our own personality traits to make us unique. When we're with friends or family and one member is missing, the group feels out of balance because that person isn't there to bring their own individual quirk. We can be labelled with these traits such as 'the joker' or 'the quiet one' and through the Confetti series the artist, Jess Pritchard, will illustrate this using petals. Each petal is different to the next but without every one of them, the flower can't exist as a whole.
Come and see this exhibition in our brand new Undercroft. There will be activities for families to engage with the artwork and films to show the development of the pieces.
The exhibition is open from Friday 27 - Monday 30 August during Cathedral visiting times: 10am - 5pm Friday, Saturday and Monday (last entry 4.30pm) and 1pm - 3pm on Sunday (last entry 2.30pm).
Find out more about the artwork: https://pritchart.co.uk/confetti
The world famous and historic Three Choirs festival is in Worcester again this summer after it's postponement last year.
Among the many concerts and performances they are hosting some family events. Take a look at their website to find out more.
We are delighted to invite our four-legged friends along once again to our annual pet blessing service here at the Cathedral.
The service will take place on Sunday 22 August at 2pm and all creatures, big and small, are welcome (with a well behaved owner!)
The service will include a time of memorial for those pets that have been lost.
Held in partnership with the Greyhound Trust Hall Green, it is free to attend and we can't wait to welcome animals of all shapes and sizes!
Cooking with the Cathedral
We are delighted to share with you our first cookery class! Join Maria, our Catering Manager, and learn how to make pasta and meatballs. This session has been created for #ReadySteadyWorcs - holiday activities for children and families in Worcestershire.
Create your own tile for the Cathedral floor with our arts workshop. Cheryl will take you outdoors to find some resources for your artwork and then show you how to make your own tile design. We'd love to see what you create. Add it to facebook, twitter or instagram and @ us!
Find out about some of the lesser known parts of the Cathedral with our Clergy Tuesday videos. Here is the first one from Canon Georgina.
New ones added most Tuesdays to social media, and all the existing ones are on our YouTube channel.
We've also got a bunch of other videos to explore on the channel!
Learning at Home
Enjoy these activities you can do at home to engage with the Cathedral and learn about it's story.
- Tudor Activities - Have fun at home playing Tudor games and learning about King Henry VIII’s six wives by downloading activities from our Tudor activities page. Find out about Worcester Cathedral’s connection to the Tudor dynasty though Prince Arthur, the boy who would have been king, Henry’s elder brother.
- Learn to write like a Monk - want to write like a Monk, or Harry Potter? Download our resource that will teach you how to write like the Worcester Cathedral monks. You could even have a go at creating your own quill.
- Prayer Stones - Many visits to the Cathedral include an time of quiet reflection or prayer. Create a prayer stone that could help you find peace and calm.
- Monks Herb Box - Have a go at growing your own herbs with this resource. Find out how the Monks of the Cathedral used them for medicine and cooking.
- Get Outdoors - Explore your local neighbourhood or go for a walk somewhere nearby. Print off and take our trail to learn about Worcester Cathedral while you are exploring nature.
We'd love to see what you get up to. Add your photos to facebook, twitter or instagram and @ us!
We regularly offer FREE activities for children and families during the school holidays. These are usually suitable for Primary and Pre-School aged children unless specified otherwise. Past activities include rock and fossil craft days, Tudor themed activities, making a clay gargoyle, stained glass pictures, brass rubbings, designing Easter eggs and fishing games.
Please see our What’s On guide for dates and times.
Donations are appreciated to cover the cost of materials.