St Cuthbert's Procession is the highlight of a four day festival celebrating the life of Durham's most important saint. Here's the date, start time and location.
St Cuthbert has great importance for much of northern England, but in particular for Durham. Although St Cuthbert is seen as the patron saint for the ancient kingdom of Northumbria and still has many associations with the modern region it since became, it is Durham where St Cuthbert is buried, and St Cuthbert's shrine in Durham Cathedral is a focal point both for visitors and for cathedral services.
The four days of the St Cuthbert Festival, running from Wednesday March 20 to Saturday March 23, is based around St Cuthbert's Day on March 20. The St Cuthbert's Festival sees a whole host of events taking place in Durham to celebrate the life of St Cuthbert, from traditional services through to food fairs and live music performances. You can see what's on in our story on the St Cuthbert Festival events.
But on Saturday March 23 is the main event to the St Cuthbert's Festival: the St Cuthbert's Procession. Organised by the Northumbrian Association, the St Cuthbert's Day Procession starts at St Mary's and St Cuthbert's Church, Chester le Street at 9.30am.
It follows a historic pilgrimage route symbolising the arrival of St Cuthbert's body, and covers eight miles. Children are welcome to go along on the St Cuthbert Procession, but organisers are asking parents to consider whether their children will be up to walking the route given that it is quiet a distance.
Everyone can then join in the procession behind the banner from Durham Marketplace to Durham Cathedral, arriving at 2.10pm for a short service at St Cuthbert's shrine.
You can book your free tickets on the Durham Cathedral website.