You are Invited to Party like Pilgrims


Gloucester Cathedral Invites People to Party like Pilgrims

  • Building work at Gloucester Cathedral on the £6m development project, Project Pilgrim Phase 1 has now been completed
  • Cathedral will hold medieval-themed family fun day on Sunday 24 June to celebrate
  • Local residents throughout Gloucester are invited to come and see the new Cathedral Green and the fully restored Lady Chapel, as well as exploring the new Tribune Gallery exhibition installation
  • Activities will include archery, stonemasonry demonstrations, heritage crafts and lots more…
  • The event will take place between the Cathedral’s Sunday services which all are welcome to join (Morning Eucharist from 10.15am and Evensong from 3pm, led by the Dean in the morning and Bishop Rachel at Evensong)

On Sunday 24 June at 12noon, Gloucester Cathedral is inviting local residents to come and enjoy an afternoon of medieval-themed family fun to celebrate the completion of Project Pilgrim Phase 1.

Building work has now finished on the ground-breaking £6m project which involved conserving and improving key parts of the Cathedral for visitors and was supported by a £4.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

A range of activities will be available to suit all ages and tastes, including archery, circus performers, stonemason demonstrations, heritage crafts, scaffolding tours, choral music and lots more.

As well as The Monk’s Kitchen’s own refreshments, a Hog-Roast will be available in the Cathedral grounds.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“The purpose of Project Pilgrim remains to help Gloucester Cathedral to become as welcoming and accessible as possible for everyone. The completion of the first phase of the project is a significant milestone towards this goal and we are delighted with the outcome.

What better way to celebrate and to thank people for their support than to invite them to their Cathedral to see the results for themselves and to enjoy a day of fun activities for the whole family.”

For more press information contact:

Sandie Conway
Communications Officer
01452 508219

Theo Platt
Head of Development & Communications
01452 874963

About Project Pilgrim

Project Pilgrim is a once in a generation opportunity to improve and restore particular areas of the Cathedral, which will help the building fulfil its role as a place of dynamic spiritual, civic and heritage activity at the centre of Gloucester.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and through the generosity of Trusts and individuals, Project Pilgrim is an ambitious ten-year programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement. It’s about involving people to bring the Cathedral’s history and religious purpose to life so everyone benefits. Project Pilgrim will provide opportunities for all people, whatever their age, background or faith, to learn about, respond to and interact with Gloucester Cathedral. 

Building work on the first phase of the project has now been completed

Find out more here 

Private Pilgrim Thanksgiving Event

On Thursday 14 June a private reception will be held for supporters of the project from 6.30pm.

About Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest buildings in the country, it boasts a variety of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 400,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of almost 500 volunteers.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery

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