Canterbury Cathedral is expecting a rather unusual visitor on one of its free summer activity days later this month (August).
Paula the Polar Bear, who is spending her summer at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, has planned a day trip to see the beautiful Cathedral and wander around the Precincts.
The realistic life-size puppet will be meeting visitors on Wednesday 22 August during one of the Cathedral’s Discovery Days and it is expected that her visit may well promote discussion about environmental issues including climate change.
Archdeacon of Canterbury Jo Kelly-Moore said, “We’re so excited to have Paula visit us for the day and give her a tour of the Cathedral. We have thousands of visitors from all over the world, but we’re fairly sure a polar bear is a first for us!”
Paula has been taking trips to the beach in Margate where she is staying for the exhibition, Animals & Us, which the Cathedral has supported by loaning a selection of books containing drawings and studies of animals.
Head of Fundraising at Turner Contemporary, Danielle Sharma, said, “We’re thrilled that Paula the Polar Bear is able to take a trip to Canterbury Cathedral. Paula is already opening up important discussions in Margate about climate change and has captured the imaginations of thousands of visitors to Turner Contemporary. This project could not have been realised without the backing of all 292 donors who supported our crowdfunding campaign, and we’re so grateful to Canterbury Cathedral for working with us to extend the project’s reach.”
Meet Paula at Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 22 August between 11.00 and 13.00. Visit every Wednesday in August for free summer activities in the Cathedral Precincts on a range of themes from the lives of monks to hidden beasts, each week is different!