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  1. Dare You Climb the Tower?

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    Newcastle Cathedral – Dare You Climb the Tower?

    St Nicholas Square, Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1PF

    A rare chance to climb the 162 steps of Newcastle Cathedral’s Lantern Tower with breath-taking views of the city.

    Each aspect of the tower reveals a unique story of the heritage and people of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    During the climb up, we stop to take a breath at the Cathedral Bell Chamber and hear some of the fascinating stories behind the Cathedral’s history.

    This is a challenging tour; enclosed spaces and lots of steps!

    You must be physically fit to undertake this tour.

    Sensible footwear must be worn and no large bags are permitted on the tour.

    FREE but pre-booking via Eventbrite only. https://dare-you-climb-the-tower.eventbrite.co.uk

    Minimum age 13; all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Opening Times

    Friday 13 September 2019: Tours at 1000, 1200, 1400
    Saturday 14 September 2019: Tours at 1000, 1200

    Booking Details

    Pre-booking: Required
    Go To: https://dare-you-climb-the-tower.eventbrite.co.uk


    Full wheelchair access within the Cathedral. The Cathedral floor is uneven in places and care should be taken. Tower Tours will only be accessible to those of full mobility.

    Additional Information

    Max 10 people per tour/session. Tours will last approx 90 minutes and pre-booking is required.


    Newcastle Cathedral is located on the junction of Mosley Street and St Nicholas Street. The tour will meet by the font at the Cathedral’s West End.

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    Before booking, please ensure you have read the important Health and Safety information below:

    • There are 162 steps to the top of the tower. The steps are uneven in width and height. At the top of the tower it is necessary to bend under the cross-beams of the lantern.
    • The tower is not suitable for anyone frightened by heights or confined spaces.
    • The tower is not suitable if you have a medical conditionsuch as a heart or respiratory disorder which may be exacerbated by climbing stairs.
    • If you feel unwell or uncomfortable at any time you must notify the guide immediately.
    • Pregnant visitors are strongly advised not to climb the tower.
    • Children must be 13 years old or over and all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • No smoking in or at the top of the tower.
    • Suitable footwear is required in the interests of safety. Visitors cannot wear high heels, flip-flops, platforms, backless shoes, ‘heelys’ or have bare or stockinged feet.
    • No food or drink may be taken up the tower.
    • Large bags, including some large handbags, are not permitted.
    • It is advisable to have both hands free for your own safety.
    • Beware that floor length dresses could be a potential tripping hazard.
    • There are no toilet facilities in the tower.
    • There is a rest point half way up the tower, but there is no seating here or at the top.
    • Photography is allowed in the tower.
    • As we do share the space with some resident pigeons, we advise that you refrain from putting your hands near your face and that you wash your hands afterwards, especially before eating.
    • Newcastle Cathedral is not responsible for the loss of or damage to clothing or personal possessions.

    The Chapter of Newcastle Cathedral reserves the right to refuse entry to the tower at any time.

    What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

    Newcastle Cathedral is within easy reach of many public transport links:

    Newcastle Central Train Station is just five minutes’ walk from Newcastle Cathedral. When leaving Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. You will pass by the monument to George Stephenson, father of Robert Stephenson, as well as The Literary and Philosophical Society and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Then follow Collingwood Street to bring you out at Newcastle Cathedral.

    The nearest major public car park can be found on Dean Street. Walk out of the car park, cross straight over Dean Street and almost directly in front of you is a small stairway that brings you up into Amen Corner, at the back of the Cathedral. Follow the path left or right to approach the front entrance to the Cathedral. There are numerous other parking facilities, including multi-storey facilities and 48 surface car parks operated by Newcastle City Council. The Quayside’s multi-storey car park is approximately 12 minutes’ walk away and can hold up to 500 vehicles.

    The Nexus operated Tyne and Wear Metro service operates into Newcastle city centre – with several stations in close proximity to Newcastle Cathedral. The nearest stations are Monument Station (at the top of the Grade I-listed Grey Street) and Central Station, both less than ten minutes’ walk away. If travelling from the Airport via Regent Centre, you will have to alight at Haymarket and change platforms.
    The Q1 QuayLink bus service runs to the bottom of the Side, the medieval Quayside street which leads up to the Cathedral. Public buses run outside of the Cathedral into Gateshead and towards Durham and Chester-le-Street once every 15 minutes (weekdays and Saturdays).

    From the city centre: Head down Grey Street, passing by the Theatre Royal. Turn right along Mosley Street, which will bring you out to the north facade of Newcastle Cathedral.
    From Central Station: As you leave Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. Following Collingwood Street will bring you to Newcastle Cathedral.
    From the Quayside: Alight the Side – the main medieval route into Newcastle. Alternatively, you can take Dog Leap Stairs. They’re steep but rise straight up to the Cathedral. The Castle Stairs are another route. These can be found on the Quayside, across the road from the Swing Bridge. Again, this is steep but will bring you to the Castle Keep. Keep forward along St Nicholas Street to approach the Cathedral on your right.

  2. Handel’s Messiah

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    Newcastle Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra are giving a complete performance Handel’s Messiah.

    Tickets £15 plus £1.58 Eventbrite booking fee: https://messiah-tickets.eventbrite.co.uk

    The Girl Choristers, Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars of Newcastle Cathedral Choir will be giving an exciting and rare performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Cathedral.

    Many will be used to standard large scale performances of Britain’s favourite choral work, but this performance will feature the young choristers of the Cathedral Girls Choir, and the professional singers of the choir’s back row.

    The instrumentalists will be some of the North of England’s best early music players. They will be performing on the kind of instruments that would have been used in Handel’s first performance.

    Do book tickets now for this highlight of the cultural diary!

    In aid of Newcastle Cathedral’s Sponsor a Chorister Fund.

  3. Evensong with Admission and Commissioning of the Dean of Newcastle

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    Today’s Evensong includes the Admission and Commissioning of the Very Reverend Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle as County Chaplain for Northumbria (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear) to the most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

    4:00 pm Sundays during term time
    5:30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during term time

    The Cathedral Choir (or sometimes a visiting Choir) takes the principal part in this service, in which Psalms are sung, two readings are taken from the bible, the Song of Mary (Magnificat), the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis) and an anthem are sung, and prayers offered.

    The congregation is invited to listen and let the music lift up the heart to God.

    The traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer is used.

    This service lasts between 40 minutes (weekdays) to 1 hour (Sundays).

  4. Evening Prayer

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    5:30 pm Fridays (also Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays out of term; 4:00 pm Sundays out of term)

    This is a quiet reflective service of psalms, bible readings and prayers. Modern language is used, except on Sunday evenings out of term. It lasts 20-30 minutes.

  5. Evensong

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    4:00 pm Sundays during term time
    5:30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during term time

    The Cathedral Choir (or sometimes a visiting Choir) takes the principal part in this service, in which Psalms are sung, two readings are taken from the bible, the Song of Mary (Magnificat), the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis) and an anthem are sung, and prayers offered.

    The congregation is invited to listen and let the music lift up the heart to God.

    The traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer is used.

    This service lasts between 40 minutes (weekdays) to 1 hour (Sundays).

  6. Organ Recital Series *AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH, NEWCASTLE*

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    Why not take a break and spend your Monday lunchtime listening to beautiful music in tranquil surroundings?

    Our free organ recitals take place on Mondays throughout the year, starting at 1:05pm, and last approximately 45 minutes.

    Admission is free to all; there is a retiring collection following the recital to help defray costs. Suggested donation £5.

    Organ Recital Series_April 2019

    For details of future recitals, please see below:

    Monday 1 April 2019
    Kris Thomsett (Newcastle Cathedral)

    Monday 8 April 2019
    David Hamilton (University of Strathclyde)

    Monday 15 April 2019
    Magnus Williamson (Newcastle University)

    Bank Holiday Monday 22 April 2019
    Christopher Herrick (World Famous Recitalist and Concert Organist)

    Monday 29 April 2019
    John Goodenough (St Alban’s, Windy Nook, Gateshead)

    Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019
    Daniel Cook (Durham Cathedral)

    Monday 13 May 2019
    John Green and Michael Haynes (Hexham Abbey)

    *Monday 20 May*
    Ian Roberts (Newcastle Cathedral)

    Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2019
    Peter Stevens (Westminster Cathedral)

    Monday 3 June 2019
    John Cooper Green (St John’s, Keswick)

    Monday 10 June 2019
    William Fox (St Paul’s Cathedral)

    Monday 17 June 2019
    Kris Thomsett (Newcastle Cathedral)

    Monday 24 June 2019
    Laurence Caldecote (All Saints’, Northampton)

    Monday 1 July 2019
    Michael Haynes (Hexham Abbey)

    Monday 15 July 2019
    Ian Roberts (Newcastle Cathedral)

    Monday 29 July 2019
    Friedhelm Flamme (Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany)


    More dates and information will be added as it becomes available.

  7. Shakespeare at the Cathedral

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    The Shakespeare Club Gathering @ Newcastle Cathedral

    After running at Newcastle’s Lit and Phil for the past 4 years, Shakespeare Club is now ‘on the road’ and coming to the crypt of Newcastle Cathedral, as part of The Late Shows!

    Shakespeare Club is a free, public, informal, and friendly reading group devoted to helping everyone enjoy Shakespeare. Whatever you know (or think you don’t know) about Shakespeare, everyone’s opinion will be valued as you are encouraged to share your ideas about the play we’ll be looking at in this special session: Hamlet.

    Where better to think about what this play may say about the afterlife, and the slings and arrows of this life, than the Cathedral’s crypt?

    Shakespeare Club @ Newcastle Cathedral, will meet at 5:30pm on Saturday 18th May. The event will run between 5:30pm to approx 7pm. Following the Shakespeare Club, Lee Symons will be performing live as part of the Cathedral late show events.

    You can pick up one of 10 free copies of the play from the Cathedral (first come, first served!), or bring along your own edition. All are welcome!

    For more information, please contact Dr Adam Hansen, at Northumbria University (T: 0191 243 7193; E: adam.hansen@northumbria.ac.uk).

  8. Newcastle Cathedral secures £4.2 million National Lottery grant

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    England’s most northerly cathedral is set to be transformed after securing a multi-million pound grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, Newcastle Cathedral’s exciting heritage project, Common Ground in Sacred Space, has been awarded £4.2 million. The project will see the Cathedral re-established as a dynamic community hub and a key attraction in Newcastle city centre with significant improvements to the public space outside and an overhaul of its interior to accommodate more visitors, activities and events.

    Newcastle Cathedral’s ambitious Common Ground in Sacred Space project will revive and transform the historic fabric of the unique and beautiful building and its churchyard, to revitalise the medieval church’s civic role throughout the centuries as the centre of city life for locals, families, tourists and pilgrims alike.

    The total cost of the project is expected to be almost £6 million and The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant is bolstered by additional funding from the Cathedral’s supporters, benefactors and charitable trusts. A large slice of the total cost will pay for the physical changes inside and out, including removal of the pews; installing underfloor heating; renewing the Nave floor to create a stunning open and flexible space; landscaping the south and east churchyards; and transforming the basement beneath the Cathedral hall to provide new staff, volunteer and visitor facilities.

    A significant sum will go towards creating imaginative ways of interpreting the unique civic, industrial and spiritual stories that the Cathedral encapsulates in its monuments, ledger stones (the commemorative slabs on the floor), and stained glass windows. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a fulfilling and emotive art, architectural and heritage experience in the Cathedral with new and exciting activities and an events programme for schools, families, community groups, and tourists both from the region and further afield.

    Explaining the importance of The National Lottery Heritage Fund award, the Dean of Newcastle, the Very Reverend Geoff Miller said: “We are thrilled to have received this once-in-a-lifetime support. We are delighted that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has put their trust in us and provided a magnificent resource to enable us to deliver a sustainable future for Newcastle Cathedral.

    “We have a passionate and highly committed team who are really excited to be delivering such a big project in the Cathedral’s history. After years of careful planning, we are confident that our project will embrace and meet the needs of the people of Newcastle and the region, including the vulnerable, residents, and tourists, by making sacred space common ground.”

    Commenting on the award, John Squires, Chairman of the Newcastle Cathedral Trust said: “The news of this National Lottery award is joyously received. It duly rewards the excellent preparation over the past several years by the Cathedral Trust working closely with the Dean and Chapter. Our deep appreciation also goes to the generosity of the many trusts and donors who have donated the match funding required by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.”

    The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman said: “This will inspire people for generations. It is wonderful news for the whole of our Diocese that Newcastle Cathedral has been successful in securing this support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The funding will see the Cathedral greatly enhanced as a place of welcome and worship, and its presence in the city centre will be transformed. This further investment in the continuing development of Newcastle’s medieval quarter is creative and exciting for the City and for the Church.”

    Physical work will begin in early 2020 with the launch of the redeveloped Cathedral and grounds at Easter 2021. The Common Ground in Sacred Space project is expected to create seven new jobs, one hundred new volunteer opportunities, and attract over 100,000 visitors to the Cathedral every year.

    Newcastle Cathedral is actively committed to engage with all stakeholders. To find out more and to get involved in the Cathedral’s Common Ground in Sacred Space project, please register your interest by emailing: CGISS@stnicholascathedral.co.uk or telephoning: 0191 232 1939.

  9. Dawn Vigil with Easter Fire

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    Dawn Vigil with Easter Fire – starting in the Castle Keep, hear the salvation story read by candlelight (please dress warmly!) before climbing to the rooftop to greet the Easter Dawn. Followed by hot breakfast at the Cathedral.
  10. Messy Cathedral – The Easter Story

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    Messy Church at Newcastle Cathedral


    Interactive children’s service and preparing the Easter garden – an interactive retelling for children, families and the young at heart, followed by drinks and hot cross buns.

    Prepare the Easter Garden
    Craft Activities
    Biscuit Decorating
    Fun for all the Family
    Hot Cross Buns/Drinks


    For catering purposes please book a place with Canon Jean: jean.skinner@stnicholascathedral.co.uk.