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Hidden Heights

Following the need for conservation work on the central spire, we are pleased to introduce an alternative to our popular tower tour.

The new Hidden Heights tour will explore walkways through medieval beams and rooftop parapets which are not normally open to the public, where you can enjoy views over Lichfield and the surrounding countryside.

Tours last approximately one hour.

Please note the terms and conditions.

Tours are subject to cancellation in adverse weather conditions.
The tour is open only to adults and children 8 years old and over.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The visit is unsuitable for anyone who suffers from heart or respiratory disorders or any medical or other condition (including pregnancy) which could be adversely affected by the climb.
Everyone taking part in the visit must have both hands free for the climb of 90 spiral steps to the roof.
All baggage must be left at ground level.
Sensible, sturdy footwear must be worn. No flip-flops, high heels, slippers, etc. For your own safety, you will not be allowed to climb if you are wearing inappropriate footwear.

Dates from April to August
Tickets Adult £8.00, Child (over 8 only)  £5.00
 

Library Tour

Dates throughout the year | 10:30 and 19:30

The Library, situated on the upper floor of our unique two-story Chapter House, is one of the Cathedral’s best-loved treasures. It houses a magnificent collection of early printed books and hand-copied manuscripts. Highlights include one of only three surviving hand-coloured 16th century printed copies of Christopher Saxton’s map book of Tudor England and Wales, and a manuscript set of orders signed by Charles I. Following completion of restoration and repairs to the Chapter House roof, the Library is offering a limited number of public tours this year. Climb 35 spiral steps to the historic library and view some of our best books and manuscripts.

Tickets £18
You must be able to climb 35 spiral steps to take part in this tour.

Birmingham Bach Choir: 100 Years Gala Concert

Saturday 16 November | 19:30

Paul Spicer, Conductor: "A centenary concert is a very special occasion and in the midst of all sorts of different and challenging programmes that the Birmingham Bach Choir is currently undertaking, it seemed essential to go back to our core and sing Bach and Handel with a little leavening of the bread with Haydn’s extraordinary Nelson Mass.

We start the programme with the virtuoso motet by J S Bach Singet den Herrn which is a pure outburst of joy in outer movements. Normally performed just with organ continuo, this is also a wonderful opportunity to explore the richer textures of orchestral accompaniment with wind for one choir and strings for the other. Handel’s Dixit Dominus is another great virtuoso work from the composer’s youthful Italian period. An exuberant, celebratory, but in places deeply tender work which has become justly popular.

The Birmingham Bach Choir is on top form and this concert given with the wonderful period instrument orchestra, the Musical and Amicable Society, together with world-class soloists will make this a truly memorable anniversary concert."

Conductor:   Paul Spicer

Orchestra:    The Musical and Amicable Society

Soloists:        Soprano:       Anita Watson

                       Alto:               Samantha Price

                       Tenor:            Mark Wilde

                       Bass:             Felix Kemp

J S Bach: Singet dem Herrn     

Handel: Dixit Dominus     

Haydn: Nelson Mass             

Tickets Front Nave £25, Front Nave Concession £20, Rear Nave £15, Side Aisles £15
For wheelchair users or carers and essential companions (50% discount for carers), please contact the box office directly on 01543 306150.

Candlelit Tours

November 19, 20, 22, 23, 29 | 19:30   Take a step back in time and explore the Cathedral under candlelight. See medieval craftsmanship in intricate detail, followed by light refreshments.

​Private group bookings are also available - please contact visitorservices@lichfield-cathedral.org or call 01543 306100.

Tickets £15

An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah

Sunday 24 November | 19:00

Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but has become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. Now he’s back to share a selection of his famous poems and to discuss his remarkable autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah.

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham. He cannot remember a time when he was not creating poetry, but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of 13. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, by the time he was 15 he had developed a strong following in his home town of Handsworth where he had gained a reputation as a young poet who was capable of speaking on local and international issues.

Tickets £15 
Season Ticket for the following events £50:
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 
 

Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite

Monday 25 November | 19:30

Malcolm Guite is a poet, singer- songwriter, academic and priest. He is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism. His books include: Love, Remember (November 2017); Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (February 2017, paperback edition February 2018); Parable and Paradox (2016); The Singing Bowl (2013); Sounding the Seasons (2012); Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry (2006). Malcolm has edited two poetry anthologies for Lent and Advent: The Word in the Wilderness (2014) and Waiting on the Word (2015). Malcolm also writes Poet’s Corner, a weekly column in the Church Times.

Tickets £15
Season Ticket for the following events £50:
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 

Let's Talk Poetry: Workshop with Bert Flitcroft

Tuesday 26 November | 10:30-12:00

Ex Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft will lead a discussion workshop - no writing involved - for those who like their poetry but may not be confident enough to write themselves. Bert will chat informally about a selection of poems: their starting points, the process of writing, and decisions made along the way to produce (hopefully!) a successful poem.

Bert Flitcroft was Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2015-17 during which time he curated ‘The Staffordshire Poetry Collection’, which is now available on-line. He is an experienced and accomplished poet who for some time has been quietly and unassumingly spreading the poetry word. He ran, for a number of years, week-long residential poetry-writing courses for sixth formers in Staffordshire, working alongside guest poets in residence such as Carol Ann Duffy, Adrian Henry, Linda France and others.

Tickets £5.00
 

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle: Creative Writing Workshop with Emma Purshouse

Wednesday 27 November | 10:30-12:00

Emma Purshouse was born in Wolverhampton and is a freelance writer and performance poet. She is a poetry slam champion and performs regularly at spoken word nights far and wide. Her appearances include, The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival and Solfest. She has supported the likes of John Hegley, Holly McNish and Carol Ann Duffy. Emma has undertaken poetry residencies for Wolverhampton Libraries, The New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and The International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge.

Tickets £5.00

 

Mythology of the Moon: Creative Writing Workshop with Emily Rose Galvin

Wednesday 27 November | 18:00-19:30

Emily Rose Galvin, the 2017-2019 Staffordshire Poet Laureate, is an avid writer and performer.  A regular participant at various poetry and performance events around the county, Emily celebrates the modern poetry scene.

Tickets £5.00
 

A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann

Wednesday 27 November | 19:30

Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties as a result of major ill-health. She has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and has been a regular contributor to The Church Times. She has published five full-length books, including Dazzling Darkness (Wild Goose) and Fierce Imaginings (D.L.T.), as well as contributing to many others. Ordained into the Church of England in 2005, Rachel is Rector of St Nicholas Burnage. Between October 2009 and September 2017, she was Poet-in-Residence and Minor Canon at Manchester Cathedral. 

Tickets £15
Season Ticket for the following events £50:
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 
 

Between the Sacred and the Profane: A Workshop with Rachel Mann

Thursday 28 November | 10:30-12:00

Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties as a result of major ill-health. She has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and has been a regular contributor to The Church Times. She has published five full-length books, including Dazzling Darkness (Wild Goose) and Fierce Imaginings (D.L.T.), as well as contributing to many others. Ordained into the Church of England in 2005, Rachel is Rector of St Nicholas Burnage. Between October 2009 and September 2017, she was Poet-in-Residence and Minor Canon at Manchester Cathedral.

Tickets £5.00

 

An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts

Thursday 28 November | 19:00

Michael Symmons Roberts has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association. His broadcast work includes the BBC4 verse film ‘Men Who Sleep in Cars’ – described by the Observer as “a work of genius”,  ‘A Fearful Symmetry’ – for Radio 4 – which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and ‘Last Words’ commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11. He has published two novels and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tickets £15
Season Ticket for the following events £50:
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 
 

Tony Hadley Live

Tuesday 3 December | 20:00

Lichfield Festival and Lichfield Cathedral present... Tony Hadley Live!

Join us for a very special fundraising event this December in Lichfield Cathedral, when we will be welcoming Festival Patron, former Spandau Ballet frontman and I'm a Celebrity... star, Tony Hadley, for a one-off live performance, with all proceeds going to Lichfield Festival and St Giles Hospice.

Backed by his fabulous band, this unique concert will see Tony perform a selection of Spandau Ballet hits, as well as songs from his latest album and a sprinkling of festive favourites, in the glorious Lichfield Cathedral.

VIP Meet and Greet tickets (£75) on rows A, B and C include a glass of prosecco and the opportunity to meet and have a photograph taken with Tony, pre-show from 6.15pm. 

This concert is very kindly sponsored by City Jewellers of Lichfield.

Tickets £75 VIP, £45, £38, £32, £12 Aisles (we cannot guaruntee that these seats will have a view of the stage).

Essential carers and companions receive 50% discount (not appicable to VIP tickets). To book for carers or wheelchair users, please call 01543 306150.

Cathedral Illuminated 2019

16 - 21 December | Tickets in 15 minute intervals from 17:30 - 21:30

The award-winning spectacular light and sound show for Christmas is back.  The Best Event in Staffordshire for 3 years running! The artistic collaboration, Luxmuralis, return to light up the exterior and interior of Lichfield Cathedral with stunning sound and light projections. 

‘The Beginning’ will complete the journey of Space, Light and Time following this year’s theme and is a stunning and spectacular experience for all the family to enjoy. The perfect beginning to Christmas.  

This year featuring ‘Constellation: In the Image and Likeness’ artwork by Peter Walker working with thousands of school children in the area. 

Tickets Adult £6, Child £4 (age 4-16) and Family ticket £16 (two adults and two children)

Further Information
1. We’ve listened to customer feedback and this year there will be fewer people per time slot with a new earlier start time to accommodate families.
2. This is a ticket only event - there will be no access to The Close to non-ticket holders (residents will still have access).
3. Children under 3 go free and do not require a ticket.
4. The event is both pushchair and wheelchair friendly.
5. The event does require movement between projections and this includes an area with a small incline. There will also be a short wait between projections with limited places to sit.
6. Due to the nature of the projections the site will be dark and access around the Close is at the ticket holders own risk.
7. The event includes access to the Cathedral which will have a further series of projections and access to the Christmas Tree Festival, as well as the Cathedral Gift Shop (for those last minute presents!)
8. A Buggy Park is available in College Hall – Buggies are parked at owners’ risk.
9. Ticket holder access will be from Dam Street only.
10. Please be mindful this is an outdoor event and therefore is open to the elements. Please ensure you check the weather and wear appropriate clothing.
11. There will be strictly no vehicular access. This includes no drop off and no accessible bays due to the light projections on the front of the Cathedral. For more information on where to park please please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk which includes information on accessible parking bays.
12. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
13. The Cathedral’s café, Chapter’s, will be selling hot drinks and winter warming snacks.
14. Visitor toilets are available on site - there are no toilets in the Cathedral.
15. Whilst entry is timed, you are free to walk through the experience at your own pace.
16. The projections will be a mix of light and sound. This might involve some flashing images and the music might be considered loud.