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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.99

Cathedrals at Night: new nationwide campaign invites visitors to see the historic and sacred space of Bristol Cathedral in a new light

0n7147Bristol Cathedral will open after hours to welcome in visitors for free, part of the first coordinated nationwide Cathedrals at Night campaign in the UK.

This year, Bristol cathedral is joining other participating Church of England cathedrals and its partners to offer people a Cathedrals at Night experience where visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the culture and spirituality of this beautiful building and enjoy a taste of cathedral life for free.

Bristol Cathedral will open its doors on May 14 with an evening that includes a bar by Espensen Spirit, featuring the Cathedral’s very own house gin, and plant-based food from Captain Joy’s. 

The campaign, postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, has been co-ordinated by the Association of English Cathedrals (AEC) and is the first nationwide project that brings together Church of England cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, Cathedral Isle of Man, and St Davids and St Asaph from the Church in Wales, around a single, simple campaign. 

It has been inspired by the European campaign, Les Nuits des Cathedrales which was first launched in 2008 and sees participating European cathedrals open their doors after hours for free on the second Saturday in May. 

It is hoped Cathedrals At Night will become a regular date in the diary for English Cathedrals and their partners beyond 2022.