Each year we have a large number of Events that are held here at Worcester Cathedral.

See further below how to apply to hold an event here.  

Forthcoming Events
For more details click the link to the Whats On? calendar page

For details of Exhibitions held at Worcester Cathedral ...
For details of Concerts held at Worcester Cathedral ...


 Click here for events marking the death of King John at Worcester Cathedral in 2016


King_John_Sara150.jpg King John Portrait Competition
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The Dean's Challenge

The Friends of Worcester Cathedral are delighted to announce that in June 2016 The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester Cathedral, will be undertaking a sponsored cycle ride of 1000 kilometres in Normandy in support of The Friends.

The “Dean’s Challenge” will be undertaken during his three-month sabbatical this summer. The great Benedictine abbeys such as Le Mont St Michel and Le Bec which he will visit, were founded in the same century as our great Cathedral in Worcester.

The Dean will follow the route taken in 1897 by a famous English clergyman, Percy Dearmer, who was a follower of Ruskin and Morris, and a friend of Woodbine Willie and Lord Beauchamp.

However, there is a double challenge, one for the Dean to complete his cycle ride, and one for the Friends, because for every kilometre sponsored it is hoped to recruit a New Friend. For £10 sponsorship per kilometre there will be a year’s free membership of the Friends. Whether you wish to join the Friends or just sponsor some kilometres the Friends would be thrilled to hear from you. The Friends are an important part of the Cathedral organisation and the more Friends there are, the more support can be given to the work of the Cathedral and to maintaining and enhancing its beauty.

It is hoped to raise £10,000 and this money will contribute towards the repair of the Edgar Tower, first built by King John. It was the gatehouse to his castle and was the monastic entrance of Worcester Cathedral Priory. The Tower is currently being repaired at a cost of nearly £500,000.

If you would like to join the Friends and support the Dean’s Challenge you can find forms in the Cathedral, on-line via the website www.thefowc.org.uk, in the Worcester Tourist Information Centre or telephone us on 01905 732920. We would love to hear from you.


1 - 29 August
Dressed for Drama Costume Exhibition
An exhibition of period costume from British television and film set in Worcester Cathedral's stunning 12th Century Chapter House.
Dressed for Drama features thirty five period costumes including Mr Selfridge,  Far from the Madding Crowd, Wolf Hall,The Scandalous Lady  W and The Danish Girl.  It  features costumes worn by stars such as Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Benedict Cumberbach.  To pre-book tickets, telephone 01905 732900

Discover_Something_Different_no_date.jpg Sat 13 - Sat 27 August
Discover Something Different at Worcester Cathedral
Tours, talks, children's activities, worshop, recitals etc.  Programme to follow

Wed 24 August, 2.30 - 3.30pm (plus short period of Q & A)RSN_talk_Jem_holograms.jpg
Embroidery in costume and fashion

This fully illustrated lecture will reveal the role embroidery plays in fashion. Beginning with a brief history of embroidery in fashion, it will then look at how embroidery is applied to garments using examples from the bespoke work of the RSN. It will move on to the influences of and from film and television costumes, how embroidery has been used in fashion this season and end with examples of celebrities wearing embroidered pieces.

The lecture will take us from the 18th century court to the Oscar red carpet and from Rodeo Drive to the High Street.

The lecture will be given by Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace. Susan lectures for NADFAS and has been invited to speak internationally in Japan, China, Taiwan, USA, Germany and this year in Canada. The RSN is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery and has worked on pieces for Alexander McQueen, Patrick Grant’s E Tautz, Vivienne Westwood and Nicholas Oakwell as well as Game of Thrones.

Tickets.  £6.00, (no concessions) from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427


Sat 27 August, 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm
Celtic Style Calligraphy Workshop
To be led by Dr Elizabeth Beattie, Cathedral artist-in-residence.

Tickets £15.00. Booking essential via the Cathedral Chapter Office on 01905 732900 

The class will be limited to approx. 20 - 25 people and this will allow lots of 1:1 tuition.

Art material and tea/coffee will be included (lunch not included).
Bring an apron and disks/containers to mix the inks in.
For details about the artist, visit her website www.emerybeattie.co.uk

HOD_small.jpg Sat 10 September, 10am - 4pm
Heritage Open Day
Events in and around the Cathedral

Sat 1 October
Big Bible Study

Thurs 13 October
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sanlam Lecture
Tickets Adults £25, Under 16's £15 from events@sanlam.co.uk
Details to follow

Sat 15 October
Festival of Healing


Tues 18 October, 7pm & 9.15pm; Tues 18 - Sat 22 October, 7.30pm;
Weds 19 - Sat 22 October, 2pm
William Shakespeare: 'King John'
Performed by Worcester Repertory Company
Directed by Chris Jaeger
Tickets will be available from January 2016 from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427




    We have a variety of Events held here at Worcester Cathedral:-

    • Arts Events - Exhibitions, Plays, Filming, Recording, Poetry Workshops, Re-enactments, Talks and Lectures.

    • Musical Events - Concerts, Free Recitals, Three Choirs Festival, Childrens musical events.

    • Open Days - Heritage Open Day, Cathedral Community Day, other Festivals.

    • Educational activities - Our own in house events, also others linked with the Diocese and Worcestershire County council.

    • Religious Events - Advent lectures and Lent courses. 

    • Meetings, training, business away days, conferences and lectures

    • Functions - including hospitality for celebrations, receptions, private and business breakfasts, lunches, suppers and dinners, large and small, formal and informal.

    Different spaces within the Cathedral can be hired for these various events.

    If you are interested in applying to hold an Event here, then please email us with your enquiry.   

    Photograph of Exhibition - 'Faith on the Move' courtesy of the Standard Newspaper



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