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What’s On At Canterbury Cathedral

Revised guidance on face coverings (valid from 30 November 2021)

  • The Cathedral: For the safety of our visitors, worshippers and staff, we strongly recommend that face coverings are worn within the Cathedral.
  • Shop and Visitor Centre: In line with government guidance, face coverings must be worn* whilst inside the Cathedral’s Shop and Visitor Centre.
  • Canterbury Cathedral Lodge: For the safety of our visitors and staff, we strongly recommend that face coverings are worn when moving around within the public areas of this building.

*You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to): young children under the age of 11; not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability; if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.

For the comfort, safety and reassurance of our worshippers and staff, Canterbury Cathedral will continue to maintain a number of Covid mitigation measures, including:

  • Provision of hand sanitiser stations
  • The wearing of face coverings when in close proximity to others
  • Delivery of an enhanced cleaning regime in busier areas.

In line with government guidance:

  • Congregational singing is allowed.
  • You are no longer required to seat 2m away from others, although you may wish to space yourself from others and we ask you to respect the wishes of others for space when you choose where to sit.

The Cathedral is a very large space with excellent natural ventilation, which is a key factor in reducing the risk of COVID infection. Please see our Worship FAQs for further information.

People who are symptomatic

Anyone feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit or attend services of worship due to the risk that they may pose to others. Remote participation should be considered, for example by watching our daily online videos.


We are delighted to welcome congregations to worship within the Cathedral. Please see below for details of our in-person services.

Worship at Canterbury Cathedral

Christmas services

Click here for details of our Christmas services and events, and to watch livestreams and recorded services.

Regular Worship

Daily Morning Prayer 07.30 (Mon-Fri); 09.15 (Sat-Sun & Bank Holidays)
Daily Eucharist 08.00 (On Sunday this is BCP Communion)
Lunchtime Eucharist 12.30 (Wednesdays and Feast Days only)
Daily Choral Evensong** 17.30
Sacred Space 19.00 (Wednesdays for Students & Young Adults)
Sunday Choral Eucharist* 11.00
 

*Our Choral Services are livestreamed and available on our website and via YouTube. If you attend these services you may be seen on camera, and by attending these services you give your permission to appear in this way.

** During December the time of Evensong will be different on the following days:

  • December 5th – 16.30 (said)
  • December 11th – 15.15 (said)
  • December 24th – 17.00
  • December 25th – 15.00
  • December 29th – 15.00

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. See the daily list for the locations of the services.


Cathedral Constables chat with a family of visitors

Security

The Cathedral takes the safety and security of all our worshippers and visitors very seriously. If you are coming to the Cathedral, please be aware that as a condition of entry we reserve the right to search any bags or luggage on entry. Our Cathedral Constables and Visits Teams are there for your safety, so please do cooperate fully with all security checks and support these vital members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe and sound.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after thorough proper inspection at a designated area set aside for this purpose.

Our bag policy

Regrettably, we do not have a left luggage facility and we would prefer you do not bring large bags into the Cathedral. If you bring any luggage or bags, you must not leave them unattended as they may be treated as suspicious items and could be destroyed.

The Cathedral plays an active role in the community and is regularly used for community and/or public events, from university degree ceremonies to concerts and local schools’ commemoration services.

Below you will find details of our main public events, a more detailed Calendar View as well as News and Newsletters. The Videos will give you an insight into some of the work that goes on behind the scenes.

View our Autumn 2021 What’s On Guide

To stay informed about events in the Cathedral, subscribe to our Newsletter, join us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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