Cathedrals at Night: Exeter

Cathedrals at Night: Exeter

Saturday 14 May 6:30pm-8:30pm

Free entry and special events on Saturday 14 May from 6:30-8:30pm.

Enjoy free entry with special events and activities as part of Cathedrals at Night – a nationwide campaign inviting everyone to experience the historic and sacred spaces of cathedrals in a new light.

The evening will include family activities, entertaining special tours, a chance to see ancient books and artefacts from the Cathedral’s Library & Archives and much more!

Events & Activities

Secret Space Tour: Come and explore a space inside the Cathedral that is normally off limits to visitors. Hear about the people who worked in this little known part of the building and discover our secret witch marks. The Dog Whipper, the Sluggard Prodder, the Bang Beggar and the Bell Toller; who were these individuals and what connection did they have to this great cathedral Church? All will be explained!

Tower Tour: Take a peek behind the scenes, with a trip up the North Tower of the Cathedral. Test your endurance with a climb high above the Nave, and learn the secrets of the famous vaulted ceiling.

Vestments Display: For over 85 years The Company of Tapisers has worked behind the scenes to create vestments, stitched altar linen and canvas work for the Cathedral, to complement worship and beautify the building. A display of vestments will provide a unique opportunity to see at close quarters the exquisite handiwork of this talented group of volunteers. Canon Ian Morter will be available to explain the meaning of the vestments, when they are used and the symbols embroidered on them.

Library & Archive: Spot the oldest: Spot the oldest! Do you know your Anglo-Saxon from your Medieval? Library & Archives will be displaying a thousand years of ‘mystery’ treasures from the Cathedral Library and Archive – can you put them in date order?

Brass Rubbing: Stop here and spend a moment creating. Take a rubbing from one of the Cathedral’s brass plaques – take a little piece of history home with you!

Have a go at bellringing: Why not try your hand at bell ringing with the Exeter Cathedral Bellringers using handbells and a simulator.

And much more!

The Ten Fifty low-carbon café and Cathedral Shop will both be open.