Enjoy Resident's First Weekend 2015 at the Cathedral
Visitors are invited to enjoy Resident’s First Weekend at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January when the Cathedral will open its doors to local residents for a weekend of exciting free events including Tower Tours, children’s trails, and exhibitions.
Free Tower Tours which explore some of the oldest parts of this historic building, including the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form, are on offer throughout the weekend. There are limited tickets available on the day on a first-come first-serve basis from the Cathedral Box Office (located in the Gift Shop).
Exhibitions from local art and history groups include colourful artworks from St Mary’s Church in North Mymms, and a fascinating display from St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society which demonstrates how St Albans grew from a small medieval village to a bustling city.
The recently renovated Cathedral Library will host an exhibition on Saint Alban himself, and welcomes visitors to discover this interesting public theological lending library and the adult learning opportunities available.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to view the work of the Textile Guild, who are an essential group of volunteers at the Cathedral responsible for the creation and maintenance of everything from the clergy’s copes to stunning altar frontals.
Resident First Weekend takes part in a very important year for the Cathedral which will be celebrating the 900th anniversary of the church’s dedication throughout 2015.
Reverend Dr Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor at the Cathedral, said; “Although much older, it is 900 years ago exactly that our current building was completed by the Normans and dedicated to God, with its aim of showing hospitality to all. We hope therefore that even more people will come this year to share in our varied activities and to learn about our rich and living tradition.”