St Albans Cathedral Announces Children’s Summer Programme

Thu, 17 July 2014

St Albans Cathedral is hosting a fascinating summer programme of children’s activities throughout the school holidays – including creative workshops based on the First World War and fun family trails exploring the moon and the stars!

With a busier programme than ever before, young visitors are invited to join the Cathedral’s award winning Education Centre to take part in a series of specialist arts and crafts workshops with a First World War theme. 

Children will explore watercolours through Michael Foreman’s novel ‘War Games’; there will be puppet work inspired by the film and theatre productions of ‘War Horse’, and there’s a chance to discover ‘Trench Art’ using actual pieces of art crafted by soldiers during the war.

Steve Clarke, Education Officer at St Albans Cathedral, said, “The workshops are aimed at exploring different elements of the war in a fun and interactive way. Our last holiday workshop sessions all sold out, so hopefully these activities will capture the children’s imagination too. We look forward to welcoming young visitors throughout the summer holidays.’

The workshops are suitable for children aged between 7 and 11 years old and take place at selected times on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.  Tickets cost £7 and are available from the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290 or online at

In addition to the workshops, the Cathedral will be hosting FREE Family Discovery Mornings on Thursdays throughout August, suitable for all ages.  Families can pop in between 10.00 and 12.30 to enjoy themed trails around the building and a fun craft activity.  This year’s themes include ‘To Infinity and Beyond’, exploring the sun, moon and stars in the Cathedral, and ‘Blooming Marvellous’ which takes a closer look at plants and flowers in the run up to the Cathedral’s Flower Festival in September.

There is no need to book for the Family Discovery Mornings – just turn up and enjoy exploring.  For full dates and details go to or call 01727 890290.


Summer Holiday Workshops 2014

Suitable for ages 7-11.  Tickets cost £7.  Pre-booking is advisable as spaces are limited.

War Horse Puppets Workshop

Tuesday 12th & Tuesday 26th August. Sessions at 10.30 & 13.30.


Discovering Trench Art

Wednesday 13th & Wednesday 20th August. Sessions at 10.30 & 13.30


'War Games' & Watercolours

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 27th August. Sessions at 10.30 & 13.30


Family Discovery Mornings Programme Summer 2014

Time: 10.00 - 12.30

Price: Free. Donations gratefully received.

Suitable for ages 3-11. We advise arriving before 11.30 to complete all the activities.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

7th August: War and Peace

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War this trail will look at how conflict and resolution are depicted in the Cathedral, from the battles fought by the saints through to the Battle of Hastings, the Wars of the Roses and wars fought in the twentieth century.

14th August: To Infinity and Beyond

Sun, moon and stars – you will discover them all in the Cathedral. Find out also how the Cathedral can act as a compass and tell you which direction you are looking at.

21st August: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Inspired by the popular children’s game, this trail will take you on a tour round the Cathedral looking at the different materials used to build it and the part played by scissors…

28th August: Blooming Marvellous!

Just ahead of the Flower Festival (25th-28th September) this trail will explore all the different flowers and plants that are to be found in stone, textiles, paintings, glass and metal around the Cathedral.



The Abbot’s Kitchen at the Cathedral is open daily and serves lunches, snacks, refreshments and ice creams.

The Cathedral is located in the heart of the city centre and Verulamium Park is right on the doorstep for a play after one of the Workshops or Family Discovery Mornings.




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