There are lots of activities going on at Durham Cathedral in June 2019 - here's what's on.
#1: Open Treasure new exhibition
The Open Treasure new exhibition starts in June 2019. The changeover will finish on Monday June 10 and from Tuesday June 11 the exhibition Vikings in Northumbria will open. You can read all the details in our Open Treasure new exhibition story.
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#2: Durham Cathedral Forest School
Running on Friday mornings and afternoons, the under fives forest school is designed to help children develop a love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral's woodlands and riverbanks in tailored sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral's education team.
The Durham Cathedral Forest School is on Friday June 7 at 9.45-11.45am, and an afternoon block is at 1-3pm, and runs for the following five Fridays too. Block booking of all six sessions costs £25 per child, and accompanying parents go for free. Booking is essential as places are limited by calling Durham Cathedral on 0191 338 7178.
#3: Climb Durham Cathedral tower
Durham Cathedral tower reopened to visitors this month after a three year closure. You can read about the renovation work in our Durham Cathedral tower reopening story.
You can now climb the 325 steps of the Durham Cathedral central tower to take in the views and see the new stonework up close. Children must be aged eight or above; it's open Mondays to Saturdays 10am-4pm, and Durham Cathedral tower tickets cost £5 adults and £2.50 children, from the visitor desk.
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#4: Stage and Screen concert
The first of two concerts takes place in Durham Cathedral on Saturday June 8. Featuring music from stage and screen, the concert includes internationally renowned baritone Sir Thomas Allen performing popular hits from films and musicals with Durham University students. Music will include Jurassic Park, Les Miserables, and The Great Escape.
Doors open 7pm and tickets cost £20 adult, £17 concession in the front nave, and £15 adult, £10 concession in the back nave, from the booking page.
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#5: Paul Taylor - Durham City Jazz Festival
Paul Taylor gives a solo piano performance as part of DJAZZ, the Durham City Jazz Festival. Performing in the transept, it's on Sunday June 9 at 1.45pm.
Also on Sunday June 9 are Paul Edis and Graeme Wilson, a pipe organ and saxophone improvised duo, playing at 5.30pm. You can buy tickets for the whole Durham City Jazz Festival here.
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#6: Special Service - Pentecost Evensong and Procession
Pentecost calls to mind the descent of the Holy Spirit to Jesus' disciples and the beginning of their mission to take God's word out into the world. Incense is offered, and the choir sings music to commemorate this feast. The service concludes with a procession to the Easter Garden in the Galilee Chapel, where the Paschal Candle is extinguished, marking the end of the Easter season.
Durham Cathedral special service is on Sunday June 9 at 3.30pm.
#7: Treasures of Durham Cathedral library
On Saturday June 15 at 3.30pm, take a look around the Refectory Library, which is usually closed to the public, and see a specially curated collection of the Cathedral Library's historic collections on the theme of languages.
There are two timeslots: 2-3pm and 3.30-4.40pm. Tickets cost £5, £4.50 concessions, and can be booked via these links: for the 2pm slot and the 3.30pm slot. You can also book Refectory Library tickets on 0191 338 7178 or email@example.com.
#8: Piano Recital - Olga Zado
Ukrainian pianist Olga Zado will be performing pieces including Schubert Impromptus Op. 142, Chopin Ballade no. 3 and Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 111.
Olga Zado is at Durham Cathedral on Monday June 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£10 concessions) from ticketsource.
#9: Ten minute talk - Judy Hurst
Durham Cathedral holds regular ten minute talks on a variety of subjects inside the Open Treasure exhibition. On Wednesday June 19 at 2pm will be 'Pilgrimage Illuminated: Artist Judy Hurst explains her interpretation of our Pilgrimage, a unique visual and tactile story of our region through the mists of time to the present day'. Open Treasure admission charges apply.
#10: Special service - Corpus Christi Sung Eucharist
Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for 'the Body of Christ') is a thanksgiving for the gift of Holy Communion. It's on Thursday June 20, and sung Eucharist is at 7.30pm in the quire.
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#11: Durham Cathedral photography morning
Durham Cathedral photography is allowed following a rule change earlier in 2019, but every so often there is also a special photography morning where you can catch the best light and avoid the crowds. On Friday June 21, head to Durham Cathedral at 5am for a two hour early morning photography session on the Summer Solstice.
Durham Cathedral photography tickets cost £10 per camera, £7.50 for students with valid student ID and under 18s, which includes a cup of tea or coffee. No flash is permitted but tripods are allowed. Book on 0191 338 7178 or on the ticket page.
#12: Special service - ordination of priests
New priests of the diocese are ordained by the bishop, and their ministry inaugurated, in a celebratory service at Durham Cathedral on Saturday June 29. Evening prayer in the Galilee Chapel is at 4.15pm, and the service is at 5.15pm.
Another service the next day, Sunday June 30 at 10am, is for deacons of the diocese. Morning Prayer precedes the service at 9am in the Galilee Chapel.