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Heritage Open Days Programme

Heritage Open Days Programme

 

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The Canterbury Journey

After a hugely successful ‘Family Fun Summer’ programme, the Canterbury Journey is delighted to invite you to join our exciting activities as part of the Heritage Open Days.

Take a peek behind the scenes of one of England’s most iconic buildings to see the Cathedral’s craftspeople at work, or learn about precincts Plants, Prints, Hops and Herbals.

Places are strictly limited, so advance booking only – book you place via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment!

Heritage Open Days 

IMG_1261Thursday 10 September – SORRY, NOW FULLY BOOKED!

10:30 – 12:30

The Great South Window – A high-level highlight tour

A Heritage Open Day activity for adults and accompanied children aged 12+.

This is a unique opportunity to see conservation in action as Cathedral stonemasons and stained glass specialists provide a fascinating insight in to the repair and restoration of the Cathedral’s Great South Window, containing some of the earliest stained glass in England. The visit includes a trip up the scaffolding to see work in progress, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral’s Stained Glass Studio and Masons’ Drawing Office.

Please note that due to the nature of this event, visitors must be medically fit, have a good head for heights, and wear sensible clothing, including flat-soled shoes. The organisers may refuse the right-of-entry to anyone who is inappropriately dressed. We regret this event is unsuitable for wheelchair users.

This is a free activity but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please note that normal precinct charges apply to visiting the Cathedral.

 

Thursday 10 September – SORRY, NOW FULLY BOOKED!

14:00 – 15:00

Big Blocks for Bell HaryBig Blocks for Bell Harry

For adults and accompanied children aged 12+.

Where is most of the stone for conservation projects at Canterbury Cathedral prepared and finished? Visit the Broad Oak Stonemasons’ Yard to find out more in this fascinating behind-the-scenes tour with Yard Supervisor Emlyn Harris.

Meet some of the Cathedral’s expert team of stonemasons and see how medieval and modern methods combine. Wheelchair accessible route.

This is a free activity but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please note that normal precinct charges apply to visiting the Cathedral.

Saturday 12 September

10.30 – 12:30

Plants, Prints, Hops and HerbalsPlants, Prints, Hops and Herbals!

For blind and partially sighted accompanied children aged 7 – 13 and their families.

Enjoy a multi-sensory, audio-described tour at Canterbury Cathedral. Investigate real plants in the Cathedral herb garden, and illustrations and descriptions of them in Tudor herbals, documents, books and maps from the Cathedral Archives and Library. Then work with artist Dawn Cole to create exciting 3D pictures and prints using real plants, including Kentish hops!

This is a free activity but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please note that normal precinct charges apply to visiting the Cathedral. Wheelchair accessible route. Guide dogs and sighted guides welcome.

 

Saturday 12 September

11:30 – 12:30 – SORRY, NOW FULLY BOOKED!

Hops and Hoodeners!

For adults and accompanied children age 12+

Enjoy a multi-sensory tour at Canterbury Cathedral. Investigate plants in the Cathedral herb garden, illustrations and descriptions of them in Tudor herbals and discover the importance of hops and beer to East Kent. After the tour, why not stay around to see Morris Dancing in the Precincts at 12:30 as part of the annual Hop Hoodening Festival, followed by a performance of 18th century Catch Club drinking songs in the Cathedral Archives at 13:00. Wheelchair accessible route.

This is a free activity but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please note that normal precinct charges apply to visiting the Cathedral. Wheelchair accessible route.

 

Saturday 12 September

13:30 – 14:30

Plants, Prints, Hops and HerbalsHops and Hoodeners!

For blind and partially sighted adults and accompanied children aged 12+

Enjoy a multi-sensory tour at Canterbury Cathedral. Investigate plants in the Cathedral herb garden, illustrations and descriptions of them in Tudor herbals and discover the importance of hops and beer to East Kent.

Arrive early to experience the sound and spectacle of Morris dancing in the Precincts at 12:30 as part of the annual Hop Hoodening Festival, followed by a performance of 18th century Catch Club drinking songs in the Cathedral Archives at 13:00.

This is a free activity but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please note that normal precinct charges apply to visiting the Cathedral. Wheelchair accessible route. Guide dogs and sighted guides welcome.

 

Saturday 12 September

14:30 – 16:30 – SORRY, NOW FULLY BOOKED!

Plants, Prints, Hops and Herbals!

For children age 7 – 13 and their families

Enjoy a multi-sensory tour at Canterbury Cathedral. Investigate plants in the Cathedral herb garden, and illustrations and descriptions of them in Tudor herbals, documents and maps from the Cathedral Archives and Library. Then work with artist Dawn Cole to create exciting 3D pictures and prints using real plants, including Kentish hops!

This is a free activity but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please note that normal precinct charges apply to visiting the Cathedral.

 

 

 

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