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The popular annual event is an opportunity for visitors from the local community and beyond, to sample life behind the scenes at the Cathedral.
The event starts with Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir at 5.30pm and activities and displays run from 6.30pm to 8.40pm. The evening will finish with a special concert sung by the Cathedral choirsters, followed by Compline at 9pm.
Cathedral explorers will have the opportunity to try their hand at a number of skilled crafts including applying gold leaf, carving stone, and brass rubbing. Free guided and audio tours will be on offer and there will be visits to the private chapels, the Bell Tower, the organ loft, and the choir practice room. Refreshments will be available in the Chapter House.
Remembering World War I will be at the centre of this year's event; examples from the rich collections at the Cathedral Archives will be on display to tell the story of life in the Cathedral City between 1914-1918. The exhibition will feature manuscripts, photographs and patient records illustrating the Voluntary Aid Detachment hospitals; a series of documents relating to the War Work Dept; letters from soldiers from the front; the diary of a cavalry office and WWI pilot; artefacts relating to HMS Kent; details of how the casualties of the war were remembered, and the construction of the memorials in the Cathedral and in the City. Activities for children will include making a remembrance poppy and lavender bag.
|Tue 7 Oct 2014|
Entrance to the open evening is free.
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The Cathedral is located in the centre of Canterbury, within walking distance of both Canterbury East and West stations. Canterbury is only 30 minutes drive from Dover (continental ferries) and Folkestone (Eurotunnel), making it an ideal stop-over en route to London. Fast speed trains bring passengers from Canterbury to London within 56 minutes.
: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station